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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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.