Thyroid Answers Podcast

Thyroid Answers podcast is focused on providing answers to the most common questions people who have a thyroid problems and thyroid symptoms need and want answers to. The podcast is hosted by Dr Eric Balcavage and Dr Erica Riggleman. Both are doctors of functional medicine, chiropractors and certified nutrition specialists. Their practices focus on helping people with thyroid conditions improve their symptoms and regain their health using functional medicine.
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Apr 13, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Carrie Jones, the medical director of Precision Analytical, the developer of the wildly popular hormone testing kit, the DUTCH Test.

Dr. Jones is a leading expert in the field of hormones. She has an amazing knack for breaking down complex science and chemistry so that it becomes extremely understandable.

We dig into the DUTCH test in this episode. Dr. Jones and I discuss each of the markers in the androgen and estrogen section of the test so that you understand what each test maker represents, its significance, and how it relates to your health, and symptoms.

Lots of great information in this episode of the podcast.

If you want to hear more great information from Dr. Jones, you can find her on Instagram @ dr.carriejones. You can also find great content on hormones by going to

Enjoy the episode and make sure to leave any questions and share this episode and all episodes of the podcast with your friends and family.

Apr 6, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, I discuss fatigue and adrenal physiology with Dr. Joel Rosen.

Joel is an expert in adrenal physiology and has spent more than a decade helping people understand and address adrenal function. 

We discuss topics like:

  • What is "Adrenal Fatigue"?
  • Does "Adrenal Fatigue" really exist?
  • What causes the symptoms people associate with adrenal fatigue
  • What are the strategies people can use to identify and address what is causing their fatigue?
  • More ...

You can find out more about Dr. Josen and what he does by searching the web, Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube for Dr. Joel Rosen.

His website:


Mar 16, 2021

In this episode of the Thyroid Answers Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Kelly Halderman to discuss 6 lab patterns that can be used to detect cellular/tissue hypothyroidism, despite "normal" blood levels.

If you have been told your thyroid labs are normal, yet you have chronic hypothyroid symptoms? Have you been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, prescribed thyroid replacement, been told your thyroid values are normal, but you still have hypothyroid signs and symptoms?

This is the podcast for you to dig into. We break down 6 common lab patterns that might confirm that you have less than optimal thyroid hormone impacting your tissues.

Jan 31, 2021

It seems that every doctor and health care practitioner has a different opinion on which thyroid tests are important and which ones aren't.

In this episode of the podcast I try to provide some clarity to what tests are needed to evaluate thyroid physiology. In most cases it will come down to 4 key factors:

  • What type of doctor is running your bloodwork
  • What their philosphy is regarding thyroid physiology
  • What they are trying to identify
  • What the goal of testing is

I hope this episode clears up some of the confusion for you!

Jan 13, 2021

In this episode of the podcast Dr Kelly Halderman the co-author of my soon to be released book the Thyroid Debacle sits in for Dr Erica. 

This discussion is on our book. I know so many of you are anxiously waiting for news on when it will be out.

In the podcast we discuss:

  • Our ups and downs in getting the book finished and ready for print.
  • Dr Kelly's journey from allopathic physician to functional medicine practitioner.
  • We discuss what you will learn in the book.
  • We discuss why medical doctors address thyroid physiology the way they do.
  • Why medical doctors don't run the same panels or have the same concerns that we do in functional medicine
  • We discuss a different approach to addressing hypothyroidism
  • an more...



Dec 22, 2020

Dr Eric and Dr Erica answer more of your questions regarding hypothyroidism. If you have questions about hypothyroidism or any aspect of your health, submit the questions to the podcast to

In today's episode the doctors answer listener questions including:

  • Why does blood glucose rise when I do Intermittent fasting?
  • Why is fasting blood glucose high if insulin is low?
  • Are T4 / T3 combo medications bad?
  • Why does Ketogenic diet make me feel worse?
  • It seems like I have to keep increasing T3 medication just like I had to do with T4 medication, WHY?
  • More ...
Nov 26, 2020

In this episode of Thyroid Answers Dr Erica and Dr Eric discuss the significant role the GI Tract has in thyroid physiology, Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism.

In this podcast the doctors discuss:

  • The link between the GI tract and the Cell Danger Response
  • Malabsorption and hypothyroidism
  • The GI problems causing hypothyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism causing GI dysfunction
  • Evaluating the GI Tract
  • Addressing GI problems improves GI physiology 
  • Food Intolerances
  • Histamine
  • More ...
Nov 10, 2020

In this episode of Thyroid Answers Dr Erica and Dr Eric answer a bunch of listener questions. Some of the questions answered include:

  • When does hypothyroidism start?
  • What causes hypothyroidism?
  • Is fasting bad for those with hypothyroidism?
  • Why do I get low blood sugar episodes on a ketogenic diet?
  • My weight is not budging on ketogenic diet and T4 medication. Can you tell me why?
  • Why do I initially feel better when I start any form of thyroid hormone replacement therapy but then improvement tapers off?
  • Why dose my insomnia seem worse the stronger my dose of THRT?
  • More ...
Oct 27, 2020

In this episode of Thyroid Answers the doctors discuss Postpartum Thyroiditis. While it is thought to impact less than 10% of women, if you are one of them, it can result in a significant impact of your health and quality of life.

Topics covered include:

  • What is Postpartum Thyroiditis
  • What causes Postpartum Thyroiditis
  • What are the signs and symptoms
  • Postpartum Thyroiditis vs Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
  • Postpartum Thyroiditis vs Primary Hypothyroidism
  • Postpartum Thyroiditis symptoms vs "normal" postpartum symptoms
  • How is Postpartum thyroiditis detected
  • More ...
Sep 17, 2020

In this episode of the podcast the doctors interview Cindy Kennedy, MS, FNP-BC. Cindy is a nurse practitioner who practices functional medicine and has a special interest in Lyme Disease.

While there are many things that can trigger hypothyroidism, Lyme disease is being discussed more as a possible trigger for some with hypothyroidism. 

In this episode the following topics are covered:

  • Brief history of Lyme disease?

  • Is Lyme disease at epidemic proportions?

  • Why Lyme disease can be so difficult to treat if not caught early on?

  • What is the association between Lyme and thyroid issues

  • How to address Lyme and hypothyroidism

Cindy loves working with people who need compassion and help dealing with chronic health issues that have gone unresolved with general medical care.  The belief that everyone deserves optimal wellness, is the driving factor behind her starting to practice functional medicine.  Her own struggles with undiagnosed Lyme disease was the very beginning of the journey into the functional medical space.

While working in health care for more than 20 yrs. as a Nurse Practitioner, she began having unexplainable health issues with multiple symptoms.  This is when she became the patient as she started her journey with Lyme disease. Her basic allopathic training was not enough to get to the root of why her body was unable to heal from Lyme disease.

Working on diet, stress reduction, detoxification, sleep strategies and light exercise she realized that just antibiotics and herbs were not going to help her heal. It was the whole-body approach that would make the difference. Because true healing after a chronic illness does not happen overnight, Cindy learned to have patience and belief in the process.

It became time for her to help others and in 2017, she began using podcasting as a way to help people learn more about Lyme disease. Her show, Living With Lyme. Has been well received and has become a wonderful resource for many. This site is available at:

After practicing gynecology for over 20 years, she left to pursue her passion to help others more thoroughly. Studying with the Institute of Functional Medicine and the School of Applied Functional Medicine she and her daughter Kerah, a registered dietitian, opened their functional medicine practice, Pursue Wellness. They work both in person and virtually. The Integrative Health Center and Spa in East Longmeadow, MA, welcomes patients and clients from the New England area.  You can learn more about the center at

Jun 11, 2020

In Episode 71 the doctors interview Sandra Scheinbaum, Ph.D., IFMCP who is the founder and CEO of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Topics discussed in this episode include:
- Definition of Functional Medicine
- Functional vs Integrative vs Allopathic Medicine
- Functional Medicine Doctor vs Health Coach
- Role of a Health Coach
- Foundational concepts of functional medicine
- More ...

If you have ever wondered what a Health Coach is and what the role of a health coach is this will be an important episode to listen to or watch. 

Maybe you know what a health coach is and have thought of being one yourself. Dr Sheinbaum discusses her coaching program and how you too can become a health coach.

Health & wellness practitioner and educator Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum is passionate about transforming our broken healthcare system and empowering people to become CEOs of their own health. She believes that a great health coach is the ally each of us needs to make healthy changes that actually last. With her co-founder Elyse Wagner and in collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine, Dr. Scheinbaum founded The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy in 2014. A clinical psychologist for over 35 years, Dr. Scheinbaum is an expert in positive psychology and mind-body medicine, and the author of "Functional Medicine Coaching," "Stop Panic Attacks in 10 Easy Steps," and "How to Give Clients the Skills to Stop Panic Attacks."

Jun 2, 2020

In this episode the doctors interview Tiffany regarding her recovery from thyroid cancer and her journey to helping others recover from thyroid disorders.

Topics covered include:
- What is the 8-week Rock Bottom Thyroid Reset (RBTR)?
- How is RBTR different from other thyroid health diets and protocols?
- What can people expect from the Rock Bottom Thyroid Reset?
- Is it a weight loss plan, a diet for thyroid health, an exercise plan, or a little bit of everything?
- You were diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to have your thyroid removed. Were there any surprising effects on your health that the doctors didn’t prepare you for?
- How did you decide to become a board-certified nutritionist? What does nutrition have to do with thyroid health?
- How does your thyroid affect other aspects of your health like mood, weight, sleep, and even blood sugar?
- How do you work with clients inside your nutrition consulting business Rock Bottom Wellness?

Tiffany Flaten, M.Ed., MSN, CNS is a thyroid expert in nutrition. As founder of Rock Bottom Wellness, Tiffany helps thyroid patients improve their symptoms through proper nutrition education. She’s helped hundreds of women and men get to the root cause, find a way up from rock bottom, be their own best advocate, and shortcut the path to an amazing life. Rock Bottom Thyroid Treatment: An 8-Week Thyroid Diet for People with “Normal” Thyroid Test Results to Thrive Not Just Survive is Tiffany’s first book. Meet others on the journey to better thyroid health at Book a free Thyroid Breakthrough Session with Tiffany at to get a personalized plan for the next leg of your thyroid journey.

Instagram: @rockbottomwellness


Apr 21, 2020

This episode covers a topic that is plagued with myths and misunderstandings. We interview diet, nutrition, and fitness expert Lacey Dunn.

Topics covered include:

  • What are the best and worst types of training / exercises for those with hypothyroidism?
  • How does exercise impact the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid-Adrenal (HPTA) Axis?
  • How do you know what type of exercise is right for you?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of too much or inappropriate exercise?
  • How can you "test yourself before you wreck yourself"?
  • How to balance exercise and recovery
  • More ...

Lacey Dunn is breaking the mold in the “dietitian world” as a fitness professional, bodybuilder, and registered dietitian. Her mission is to educate others on evidence-based nutrition by promoting a healthy, sustainable lifestyle through flexible dieting. She believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach, and that self efficacy in food choice is a driving force for fostering healthy habits and encouraging behavioral change.

Lacey is the owner of a thriving online coaching platform, UpliftFit Nutrition, as well as host and founder of UpliftFit Nutrition radio. Lacey’s goal as a dietitian is to provide the tools that people need in order to achieve a healthy, and balanced diet while simultaneously helping them to grow and thrive in all aspects of their lives. 


Twitter: @laceyadunn


Apr 15, 2020

In this episode the doctors discuss some of the foundational principles of health with the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Reed Davis.

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Physiologic stress and hypothyroidism
  • Metabolic chaos and factors that cause it
  • The impact of internal and external environment
  • Metabolic Typing Diet
  • Foundational principles of health

To receive a free 3 Step Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Guide that explains their program go to


Reed, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) and Certified Nutritional Therapist (CNT), is an expert in functional lab testing and holistic lifestyle medicine and Founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN).  Reed served as the Health Director and Case Manager at a Wellness Center in So. California for over 10 years and now teaches the FDN Course with over 2500 trainees or graduates in 50 countries.  Reed is known as one of the most successful and experienced clinicians in the world today, having provided functional lab assessments to over 10,000 clients. Reed is also a Clinical Advisor for BioHealth Laboratories and lives in the US, teaching the FDN Certification Course and helping his graduates build robust private practices.

Reed Davis, CNT

Founder | Functional Diagnostic Nutrition© Certification Course

Clinical Advisor | BioHealth Laboratory |

Phone: 858-449-7384 | Skype: ReeddavisFDN

Feb 4, 2020

In this episode, Dr Eric Balcavage interviews nurse practitioner and nutrition expert maverick Cynthia Thurlow on intermittent fasting, time restricted eating and hypothyroidism.

Many people struggling with hypothyroidism have been told that fasting and time restricted eating is unhealthy for them and will make their hypothyroid condition worse. Cynthia explains why fasting and time restricted eating is not only safe for those with hypothyroidism but often beneficial in helping improve thyroid physiology.

Topics covered:

  • Dieting, Time Restricted Eating (TRE), Intermittent Fasting (IF)
  • Calories in vs calories out myth
  • Safest ways to implement TRE and IF
  • How to know if TRE / IF is or isn't working
  • Benefits of fasting
  • How to effectively use fasting to improve thyroid problems
  • Lifestyle modifications that are important to incorporate along with fasting

Cynthia is a sought after entrepreneur, nurse practitioner, nutrition expert and 2x TEDx speaker. She is the founder of Cynthia Thurlow, LLC, co-author of Primal Eating and co-host of Everyday Wellness podcast.





Jan 22, 2020

In this episode the Thyroid Answers team interview pharmacist Dr. Donna Mazzola. In this interview the doctors discuss the various medications used to treat hypothyroidism and the pros and cons of each.

Topics covered include:

  • What are the different thyroid medications on the market and how do they differ?
  • Why might people not experience symptoms relief from synthroid?
  • What is tyrosint? Pros/Cons
  • What is Cytomel? Pros/Cons
  • Glandular products - what are they and why might they be appropriate or not?
  • Interactions and absorption issues… how you can combat them
  • More .....

Donna Mazzola is a Pharmacist who has always had a passion for natural health and preventative care.  After obtaining a Doctorate in Pharmacy, this passion became an obsession as her learnings conflicted with her core beliefs.  Conventional medicine did not have all the answers and she recognized the importance of balance with nutrition and medicine through her own struggles with Hashimotos.  To complement her pharmacy background, Dr. Mazzola is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in the field of Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition. She currently runs a blog “DrAutoimmunegirl” to share reputable scientific information related to autoimmune disorders. Dr. Mazzola’s mission is to help others identify the root cause of disease and create the balance between nutrition and medicine.

Social info:

Facebook: Drautoimmunegirl

Instagram : Drautoimmungirl


Dec 31, 2019
Managing hypothyroidism during the holidays can be difficult.
Stress of the holidays can induce increased inflammation and worsen hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, and cellular hypothyroidism.
In this episode of Thyroid Answers Podcast the doctors discuss ways to manage your health and hypothyroidism during the holidays.

Topics covered include:

  • Top ways to reduce cell stress and get thru the holidays healthy and happy

  • Stress management

  • Managing food and drink temptations during the holidays while on an AIP diet

  • Traveling tips 

  • More ...
Oct 29, 2019

In this episode of Thyroid Answers Podcast the doctors discuss one of the biggest challenges many of us face and that is the quest to chase vanity.

Vanity is what you want others think or perceive about you. It is the rare human who does not have some concern about another person's perception of who they are. The challenge is much of what we often do to chase vanity is not in the best interest of our health or quality of life.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Vanity vs Vitality
  • "Mistakes" or "myths" people make in a quest to lose weight or searching for their “beach body”
  • Why the challenge of abnormal body fat often caused be underlying metabolic conditions (especially Cellular Hypothyroidism)
  • Fascia - what is it and what does it have to do with the gut/digestion/a ‘flat stomach’
  • Top GUT/flat stomach/core tips
  • Discussion on Bio-Individuality: why what works for your friend may not work for you

Dr. Shalini Bhat

Dr. Bhat is dedicated functional medicine professional with a decade of experience in the health and wellness field. She is the founder of the The Movement Boutique in Toronto, a next generation wellness clinic and designer of programs that are designed to help people achieve optimal wellness through moving, feeling and looking better.

Instagram: @dr.shalinibhat

practice: @themovementboutique

YouTube: The Movement Boutique my show Chat with Dr. Bhat website: 

You can sign up for her free “two weeks to a better you” program.

Oct 15, 2019

In this episode of Thyroid Answers Podcast the doctors discuss supplements that many people take to improve their health and thyroid physiology that may either not have the intended impact or make their thyroid physiology worse.

Supplements discussed include:

  1. Vitamin D
  2. Carnitine
  3. Milk Thistle
  4. Ox Bile
  5. Selenium
Oct 1, 2019

In this episode Dr Eric and Dr Erica interview Alexx Stuart. Alexx is an educator and change agent who founded Low Tox Life in 2010 after seeing the lack of transparency in our food system, personal care, and cleaning products. She's built a movement that's non-judgmental, positive and says low tox peeps are a force to be reckoned with! A columnist for Wellbeing magazine, she is also a sought-after speaker and consultant to businesses committing to change for good.

She also is also the author of the book, Low Tox Life, which is available wherever books are sold.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Alexx's journey into awareness of food and everyday products and how they impact our health and our planet
  • What you can do to lower your toxic burden without freaking out
  • The toxins in our food, water, beauty products, home and environment
  • Impact of toxins on your health and thyroid physiology
  • and more ...

Instagram @lowtoxlife
Twitter @Alexx_Stuart

Jan 31, 2017

One of the most common complaints for people with Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism is that they have difficulty with weight loss. This is even true for people who are taking thyroid replacement hormone, exercising and eating well. It seems that no matter what they do, the weight will not budge. Dr. Eric Balcavage and Dr. Erica Riggleman discuss the myths of diet and exercise that may be making your thyroid symptoms worse.

Jan 13, 2017

One of the most common complaints for people with Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism is that they have difficulty with weight loss. This is even true for people who are taking thyroid replacement hormone, exercising and eating well. It seems that no matter what they do, the weight will not budge. Dr. Eric Balcavage and Dr. Erica Riggleman discuss the myths of diet and exercise that may be making your thyroid symptoms worse.

Dec 23, 2016

Dr Eric Balcavage and Dr Erica Riggleman introduce the Thyroid Answers Podcast.

The Podcast will focus on answering the questions people with thyroid symptoms and thyroid conditions want and need the answers to and just aren't getting from their doctors.

Both doctors are functional medicine specialists with an extensive background in nutrition, genetics, functional medicine and specifically thyroid physiology.

The focus of both of their practices is on helping people who struggle with chronic thyroid symptoms and conditions recover their health. They are using the Thyroid Answers Podcast as a vehicle to bring their education and clinical experience to a broader audience.