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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Feb 27, 2021

Probiotics are one of the things that everyone thinks they need, yet very few people really understand what they are, and how they work. 

In this episode, I speak with Jeff Thurston co-owner of Master Supplements and US Enzymes. We discuss the basics of probiotics that everyone should know and understand.

We cover topics like:

  • What a probiotic actually is
  • The difference between prebiotics and probiotics
  • What someone should look for when considering a probiotic
  • What probiotics do
  • Does everyone need to take a probiotic
  • And more ...

Jeff is the co-owner of Master Supplements and US Enzymes. He has a degree in biology and chemistry.  he began his career as a virologist under a government security clearance working with extremely virulent pathogens. As he grew to understand the purpose of the work, he left to begin a career in sales and sales management.  While working in organic agriculture in the Central Valley of CA, he met Randy Porubcan.  Both were speakers at a meeting.  Being of similar age, similar backgrounds, college in the upper midwest they hit it off.  That was in 1995.  Randy suggested they start a business one day.  In 2002 Randy called Jeff and asked if he was ready, he said yes and they started their business, Master Supplements.  In September of 2019, they purchased US Enzymes adding a product line of highly efficacious enzyme supplements to their line of probiotics. 


Jeff can be found at:

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Oct 6, 2020

The TAP team interview medical doctor Leah Austin regarding the challenges medical doctors and patients experience when addressing thyroid disorders, hypothyroidism, and chronic hypothyroid symptoms.

The doctors discuss:

  1. The allopathic approach to hypothyroidism and other disorders
  2. Allopathic Medicine vs Integrative Medicine vs Functional Medicine
  3. The time crisis in allopathic medicine
  4. Managing TSH vs addressing the cause of hypothyroidism
  5. Why medical doctors don't run comprehensive thyroid panels
  6. The mismatch between what thyroid patients want and allopathic do in regard to evaluation and treatment.
  7. The hypothyroid spectrum
  8. More ....

Dr Leah Austin graduated from Newcastle University in Tyne, UK in 2007 and completed her General Practitioner training in 2014. She completed posts in general medicine, orthopaedics, emergency medicine, microbiology, palliative care, genitourinary medicine, obstetrics & gynecology. Since working as a General Practitioner she has gained experience working in the North East, Yorkshire, London, UK and Beijing, China. Working as General Practitioner within the NHS, she became frustrated with time constraints of 10 minute consultations; the ability to manage patients with longstanding (chronic) health problems and really being able to give patients the individualized assessment and care they deserved. Being of mixed ethnic background with Chinese and English, she became fascinated with eastern medicine and the true impact of nutrition, genetics, herbs, environment and lifestyle. With this and her own health/family concerns; led her to study nutrition and qualify as a Nutritional Therapist in September 2017 at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. She now practices in London, UK as an integrative practitioner specializing in exploring the root cause of health problems, chronic, nutrigenomic, hormone and digestive health.




Social media instagram dr.leahaustin


Aug 21, 2020

In this episode of the podcast the hosts discuss the common patterns seen in thyroid blood chemistry panels.

The doctors discuss:

  • What a comprehensive thyroid panel looks like
  • The difference between optimal and laboratory reference range
  • Reading labs for high or low vs interpreting lab results
  • The confusion regarding a "comprehensive" panel
  • What the individual thyroid tests represent
  • Common thyroid panel patterns
  • More ....
Jul 22, 2020

In this episode the Thyroid Answers team dig into the hypothyroidism and blood glucose regulation. Many people struggle with some form of blood sugar dysregulation. Some forms include reactive hypoglycemia, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and diabetes.

The doctors discuss how cellular hypothyroidism is linked to all of these blood sugar regulation disorders and what to do to address both hypothyroidism and blood glucose dysregulation.

Topics covered include:

  • Types of blood sugar problems
  • Optimal fasting glucose levels
  • Role of GI function in glucose control
  • Why people get hangry
  • Why you may always seem hungry and crave sugar
  • The role of thyroid hormone in glucose transport
  • more ...
Jul 8, 2020

In this episode the doctors dig into a deeper discussion into the hypothyroid spectrum. Hypothyroidism often starts long before the thyroid gland loses 90% of its function and TSH and T4 are out of lab range. 

The discussion covers:

  • The Hypothyroid Spectrum - what it is
  • The phases of the hypothyroid spectrum
  • Cellular vs glandular hypothyroidism
  • Why hypothyroidism is linked to so many disorders
  • The cell danger response
  • Thyroid physiology adaptation vs thyroid dysfunction
  • Multi-System Adaptive Disorder
  • More ...


Dr. Erica Riggleman graduated from Logan College in Chesterfield, Missouri with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree as well as a Masters in Nutrition and Human Performance.  She specializes in functional medicine and is a graduate of the American Functional Neurology Institute (AFNI).

Dr. Riggleman regularly teaches post-graduate educational seminars on topics such as functional nutrition, functional medicine, and functional neurology. She hosts a nationally known podcast called Thyroid Answers you can find on iTunes.

Dr. Riggleman enjoys living an active lifestyle indoors and outdoors as well as pursuing a clean and healthy lifestyle with her husband, Dr. Evan Riggleman.

Dr Eric Balcavage is the owner and founder of Rejuvagen, a functional medicine clinic in Chadds Ford, PA. He is nationally recognized speaker and educator on various health related topics including thyroid physiology, bile physiology, detoxification, oxidative stress, methylation and chronic illness.

Dr. Balcavage is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Balcavage is the co-host of Thyroid Answers Podcast. The podcast focuses on answering the pressing questions those suffering with chronic hypothyroid symptoms can’t get answered elsewhere. You can find his educational Thyroid Thursday videos on Vimeo and Youtube.

Dr Balcavage has made it his mission to change the way medicine looks at hypothyroidism. He is the co-author of the soon to be released book, Thyroid Debacle, The book co-written by Kelly Halderman MD,  addresses the problems with current allopathic and functional medicine approaches to hypothyroidism as well as the solutions to restoring thyroid physiology.

Jun 23, 2020

Have you ever wondered how YOU developed hypothyroidism? Do you question how it is possible if you have a fairly healthy diet and lifestyle?

In episode 72 of Thyroid Answers we talk with the Wholistic Health Boss, Jenn Malecha. Jenn's own history and thyroid challenges led her down the path of becoming a Health Coach.

In this episode we cover:

  • Jenn's story of developing hypothyroidism
  • The importance of your health history and heath timeline in identifying the factors that lead to hypothyroidism
  • Why hypothyroidism is less about an immune system out of control and more about a cell defense and adaptation to excessive cell stress.
  • What creates the excessive stress load
  • How even healthy habits and behaviors may be part of the problem
  • Impact of mold and toxins in causing hashimoto's and hypothyroidism
  • More ...


Jenn Malecha supports busy, health-mind professionals in taking back control of their health by giving them access to the right lab tests and resources so they can find the missing pieces of their health puzzle, actually fix what is wrong and get back to feeling like themselves again.

Using over a decade of personal training experience, training in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Transformational Coaching, she creates personalized health-rebuilding programs for clients that are realistic and sustainable for long-lasting results, and that empower clients to be the boss of their own health.

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner

Transformational Health Coach

Certified Personal Trainer

P: 619.800.8348


Apr 7, 2020

In this episode the discussion focuses on the Hypothyroid and hormones with the "Hormone Guy", Dr Ralph Esposito.

  • The relationship between testosterone, estrogen and thyroid hormone?
  • Why your sex matters when evaluating for hypothyroidism?
  • Common symptoms of hypothyroidism in men?
  • Cellular vs Glandular Hypothyroidism
  • Brain vs body regulation of hormones
  • The therapeutic order of health care
  • More ....


Dr. Esposito is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in integrative endocrinology and urology along with men's health. His precise and personalized style utilizes a systems biology and precision medicine approach to medicine.

In addition to advising as a peer reviewer for medical journals, he has authored several medical textbook chapters and has designed education modules for health professionals specifically on urological conditions, male and female hormone dysfunction, hypogonadism, exercise, men’s health and sexual dysfunction.

Dr. Esposito has trained at NYU Integrative and Functional Urology Center. He holds a position as adjunct professor at New York University where he lectures on integrative medicine. Currently, Dr. Esposito practices in NYC.


IG: @dr.ralphesposito

Twitter: @drralphesposito

FB: Dr. Ralph Esposito 

Mar 26, 2020

In this episode the discussion focuses on the Hypothyroid crisis, what it is, and why it may be occurring.

  1. Why many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism continue to struggle with thyroid hormone replacement therapy?
  2. Is hypothyroidism a mistake or a protective mechanism?
  3. How common is hypothyroidism in Ireland?
  4. Thyroid Nutrition Ireland: What it is and its mission.
  5. What are the strategies that must be put in place to help those struggling with hypothyroidism?

Olivia Beck has a well-established clinic in Limerick City, Ireland, with a special interest in Thyroid Health, having released her first recipe e-booklet in 2014 and recently setup Thyroid Nutrition Ireland.  Olivia is currently doing her Master’s Degree in Advanced Nutrition and hopes to continue to educate people on how Nutrition can help to support a thyroid condition. Olivia uses evidence-based research to inform her practice and talks, as well as her belief in walking the walk-in order to inspire others. 



Mar 20, 2020

In this episode of the podcast the doctors interview the Queen of Carnivore aka the Sassy Carnivore, Holly Warner.

In the episode the trio discuss why the carnivore may help help people with hypothyroidism and other autoimmune disorders. Some of the topics covered include:

  1. Why we don't need fiber
  2. How we are getting adequate nutrients when nose to tail, and why the RDA is getting thrown out the window- no we won't get scurvy
  3. Oxalates, how they contribute to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
  4. Why the Carnivore Diet and Low Oxalate Diet helps our thyroid conversion 
  5. How Carnivore diet changes our microbiome and why that isn't a concern
  6. What supplements I still use and why

Holly Warner is a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Cannabinoid Therapist who specializes in hormone imbalances, bHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy), thyroid/gut/adrenal health, autoimmune disease, LDN therapy, functional genetic testing and clinical/forensic nutrition.  Her approach is rooted in science while combined with a modern holistic perspective. 


Instagram: (her hashtag is #TheSassyCarnivore)


Twitter: @DNA_Gangsta 


Feb 25, 2020
In this episode the doctors interview vascular surgeon Dr Jeff Martinez. Doctor Martinez discusses his story of finding improved health not through allopathic medicine but through the introduction to functional medicine, a world he literally did not know existed until meeting Dr Balcavage.
In this episode the doctors discuss:
  • His journey into dysfunction and disease
  • His introduction to functional medicine and what he calls a parallel universe he didn't realize existed 
  • The dietary changes that resulted in his dramatic improvement of his weight and health
  • How allopathic doctors and are trained and why there is a disconnect between allopathic and functional medicine
  • How allopathic medicine had good intentions but didn't provide improved health
  • The impact of diet and lifestyle modifications can have on health and quality of life
  • The place both allopathic and functional medicine have in health care
Dr Jeff Martinez is a vascular surgeon in San Antonio. He grew up just outside of Dallas. He attended Texas A&M University
and then went to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his general surgery residency at the same institution and completed a two year fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery. He completed a 3 month mini endovascular fellowship.
He practiced in the US Navy for 8 years and moved to San Antonio to start private practice in 2001. His medical group
is one of the largest single specialty private practice vascular surgery groups in the country. He was President for 3 years. He participated in multiple clinical trials for vascular disease.
He has a wife and two sons. He likes to hunt and fish for hobbies. He is a board member for the Dallas Safari Club South Texas Chapter in San Antonio.
Jan 8, 2020

In this episode of Thyroid Answers Podcast, the doctors discuss the relationship between thyroid hormone regulation and cold intolerance. 

Topics covered include:

  • Does thyroid hormone or lack of thyroid hormone play a role in cold intolerance?
  • How heat is generated in the body?
    • Obligatory thermogenesis vs Facultative thermogenesis
  • What is the role of thyroid hormone in heat generation in the body?
  • Why you are still cold despite normal TSH
  • Cellular hypothyroidism vs glandular hypothyroidism
  • Why thyroid hormone treatment may not help your cold intolerance
  • More ...
Dec 17, 2019

In this episode of Thyroid Answers Podcast the doctors discuss the link between amenorrhea and hypothyroidism . 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The types of amenorrhea
  • Common causes of amenorrhea
  • The role does thyroid hormone in amenorrhea 
  • How to identify or test for the cause or causes of amenorrhea 
  • What people can do from a nutrition & lifestyle perspective if they have amenorrhea

Robyn Johnson is a Functional Medicine Dietitian Nutritionist. Her passion of using food and lifestyle as medicine found her after a personal battle and triumph with psoriasis. She specializes in helping women optimize their health & hormones by finding the root cause to their symptoms. Robyn runs a virtual private practice and is the co-creator of Her Hormones Academy, an online program for women who want to improve their health and hormones with food and lifestyle. Robyn believes healthcare should be individualized and that starts with each person understanding how their body works and what their body needs to truly thrive!

Dec 11, 2019

In this episode of Thyroid Answers Podcast the doctors discuss the impact of of trauma in inducing the Cell Danger Response and its impact of causing Cellular Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Autoimmunity, and Glandular Hypothyroidism. 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The cell danger response
    The difference between stress and trauma
  • How stress or trauma can impact a cell danger response and what is the impact on our physiology - fight, freeze, flee
  • Why two people can experience the same trauma but have different outcomes
  • How  people can uncover whether they have a chronic CDR instigated by trauma
  • How people can get themselves unstuck

Veronique left her career as a family doctor 20 years ago because she felt she was causing harm.

She learned what trauma really is when she retrained as a somatic trauma therapist. She shares the science of how adverse life experiences increase risk for disease on her blog, Chronic Illness Trauma Studies. The research explains why it’s not psychological.

You can find more about Dr Mead and her work at

Veronique Mead, MD, MA

Nov 12, 2019

In this episode of Thyroid Answers Podcast the doctors discuss the impact of nutrition on women's health with Dr Katie Takacs. 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The pro's and con's of vegetarian / vegan diet
  • What effects does estrogen have on the thyroid and hormone production? Testing?

  • What effects do birth control and HRT have on the thyroid?

  • What lifestyle and dietary changes can help to reduce estrogen levels?

  • Is the ketogenic diet "good" for the thyroid?

  • How does stress affect the thyroid?

Dr. Takacs is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences. From there, she attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange Florida. During her time spent there, Dr. Takacs hold a diplomate with The American Board of Chiropractic Internists (DABCI), and is board eligible for her Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN).


Dr. Takacs focuses in women's health at Gateway Natural Medicine in Berthoud, CO. She became interested in women’s health after seeing many friends and family members suffer from various conditions. Learning that symptoms like cramping during menstruation and hot flashes during menopause are abnormal, is what gave Dr. Takacs her desire to treat women.  She hopes to educate women on female conditions, explaining why they occur, as well as tips for prevention.


Follow her on Instagram for all things women's health --> @allnaturaldoc

Contact Info:

Gateway Natural Medicine

1211 Lake Ave, Suite 101

Berthoud, CO 80513

Sep 23, 2019

In this episode Dr Eric and Dr Erica discuss some of the general topics regarding thyroid physiology and autoimmunity.

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • What predisposes a person to autoimmunity
  • What triggers immune attack on the thyroid gland
  • What is molecular mimicry
  • What's the difference between Graves and Hashimoto's
  • Functional vs Allopathic medicine approaches to thyroid autoimmunity
  • What is Thyroiditis
  • Nodules vs Goiter, what's the difference
  • What steps to take to support autoimmunity
Sep 17, 2019

In this episode the Thyroid Answers team addresses some of the basic things you need to know and understand if you think you have a hypothyroid condition or have been diagnosed with a hypothyroid condition.

Topics discussed:

  • Common symptoms of hypothyroidism
  • What constitutes a comprehensive thyroid panel
  • How to identify if you have a thyroid condition
  • Glandular vs Cellular hypothyroidism
  • What you can do before consulting a doctor
Sep 12, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss hormone cycles and fertility with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack.

This interview is loaded with amazing information on how to improve your hormone cycles and optimize your fertility. Topics include:

  • What is a vital sign? And why would should we consider the menstrual cycle a vital sign?
  • What does a normal, healthy menstrual cycle look like?
  • What are the most common health conditions that disrupt the menstrual cycle?
  • Why is regular ovulation important for optimal health (even when you’re not actively trying to conceive)?
  • What hormonal contraceptives do to the body. What makes them so effective in preventing pregnancy?
  • What are the most common side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives?
  • and more ....

Lisa Hendrickson-Jack is a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign,
Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific
literature, Lisa presents an evidence-based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health.

Instagram: @FertilityFriday
Twitter: @FertileFriday
Pinterest: FertilityFriday
Skype: FertilityFriday

Sep 12, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss Hormones and Hypothyroidism with Dr Meaghan Kirschling..

This interview is loaded with amazing information on the connection between Hypothyroidism and hormones like estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and cortisol. Topics include:

  • Hormone deficiency vs adaptation
  • Nervous system-Immune system-Endocrine system axis
  • What causes hormone imbalances
  • Insulin and hormone disruption
  • How to test hormones
  • Why hormone therapy can make you feel worse
  • Discussion on the Women's Health Initiative
  • More ...

Dr. Meaghan Kirschling has a passion for education and integrative health!  She has both an allopathic and alternative medical background, receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University, a B.S. in Nursing and Exercise Science from Valparaiso University, a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Connecticut Bridgeport, and two Masters of Nursing: one in Women's Health from the University of Cincinnati and the other in family practice from George Washington University.

Her background in healthcare includes;

  • Organ Transplant Nurse
  • Worked as a civilian with the Army overseas as a chiropractor
  •  Faculty member at the University of Maryland where she teaches health science classes
  • Working in various functional medicine hospitals.  Currently owns a holistic practice in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
  • Runs a blog and podcast at

Social media:

Website to clinic:

Facebook and instagram: OneAgoraHealth

Sep 12, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, and the Autoimmune Protocol with Mickey Trescott.

This interview is loaded with amazing information that every person who is struggling with hypothyroid symptoms needs to listen. Topics include:

  • What is the Autoimmune Protocol
  • Beyond food on the Autoimmune Protocol
  • The biggest challenges for those on the AIP
  • The biggest misunderstandings about AIP
  • The two phases of the AIP
  • The three phases of AIP
  • Three tips for those starting the AIP
  • More ...

Mickey Trescott, NTP prides herself in finding creative solutions to preparing, cooking, and succeeding on allergen-free diets. She is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and author of the best-selling guide to the Autoimmune Protocol, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. With her partner Angie Alt, she co-authored The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, an award-winning guide that teaches a whole-lifestyle approach to healing from autoimmune disease. Her newest release, The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen focuses on nutrient density, an often overlooked aspect to deep healing with food.

Sep 12, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss Parent Essential Oils, oxidative stress and Hypothyroidism with Dr. Brian Peskin.

This interview is loaded with amazing information that every person who is struggling with hypothyroid symptoms needs to listen. Topics include:

  • How the food we eat is triggering our poor health, inflammation and autoimmunity
  • Processed oils and inflammation
  • How processed foods cause Cellular stress and autoimmunity
  • Omega 6 vs Omega 3 fatty acids
  • The problems with fish oil supplements
  • Adulterated vs Unadulterated fats
  • Cell membrane health and hypothyroidism
  • More ....

Sep 12, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss the Autoimmune Protocol and Hypothyroidism with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne PHD.

This interview is loaded with amazing information that every person who is struggling with hypothyroid symptoms and considering the AI protocol needs to hear. Topics include:

What is the Autoimmune Protocol
Autoimmune vs Paleo Diet
Factors causing Cellular stress and autoimmunity
How long should someone be on the autoimmune protocol
How and when to reintroduce foods
Diet vs toolbox
More ....

Award-winning public speaker, New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned health expert, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD (aka The Paleo Mom) believes the key to reversing the current epidemics of chronic disease is scientific literacy. She creates educational resources to help people regain their health through diet and lifestyle choices informed by the most current evidenced-based scientific research.

Sep 3, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss hormones and Hypothyroidism with Dr. Jolene Brighten.

This interview is loaded with amazing information that every woman needs to hear. Topics include:

  • Post Birth Control Syndrome
  • Impact of Birth Control on thyroid physiology
  • Impact of Birth Control on overall health
  • Long term consequences of birth control
  • Estrogen and thyroid physiology connection
  • Birth control and weight gain
  • Birth control, hashimoto's and autoimmunity
  • Birth control and GI function
  • Hormones and acne
  • More ....

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a Functional Naturopathic Medical Doctor and nutritional biochemist with a focus in women’s endocrine health. She is recognized as a leading expert in Post-Birth Control Syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives.

Dr. Brighten is the author of Beyond the Pill, a 30 day plan to support women on birth control, help them transition off, and eliminate symptoms of post-birth control syndrome. She is a speaker,
women’s health advocate and a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations.

Sep 3, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss what is driving Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism with Dr. Lacey Chittle. .

Dr Chittle explains her transition from physical therapist to functional medicine and her personal struggles with chronic hypothyroid symptoms, cellular hypothyroidism, and hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • The true root cause of your thyroid disease, understanding the 3 triggers for autoimmunity
  • Triggers of hypothyroidism and autoimmunity including: genetic predisposition, leaky gut, stressful life event, hormonal shift, bacterial/viral/fungal, environmental toxins and foods.
  • Food sensitivities how to address and heal as many as is possible.
  • Answer the questions regarding 100% adherence to elimination diets
  • Antigen clearance, how long does it take ? 6wks to 6months?
  • Do I have to be gluten, dairy, soy, corn free forever?
  • The AIP diet, is it the best diet and is it forever or for a period of time?
  • Environmental toxins in water, air, self care products and what action steps can be taken to clean these things up.
  • Metabolic dysregulation commonly seen in thyroid disease.

Dr. Lacey Chittle is a Functional Medicine practitioner who specializes in "tough/mystery" cases, when the other specialists have thrown up their hands and don't know what the cause of the symptoms are, they come to her.

The most common patient symptoms she sees includes fatigue, pain, digestive issues and autoimmune diseases, however some seek her guidance after they haven’t been feeling like themselves for the last few years and want to return to optimum functioning. She consults with individuals worldwide guided them to reclaim their health utilizing a root cause approach.

Before becoming a Functional Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Lacey Chittle was a physical therapist specializing pediatric pain and genetic syndromes, and prior that she was a personal fitness trainer.

She is a lifelong athlete and all around type A lady who was incapacitated by mysterious illness. At the height of her illness she lost partial vision,  had impairments in kidney function, and inflammation of the heart, as well as symptoms of chronic pain, debilitating fatigue, dysautonomia, and digestive disorders before healing herself through Functional Medicine.

Dr. Lacey Chittle feels she was divinely lead to this work. It is both her passion and honor to help others reclaim vibrant health so they may live their best lives.

Sep 3, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss hypothyroidism with Dr Kirsty Washam, "the fed-up pharmacist".

Dr Kirsty explains how she went from traditional pharmacist to the 'fed-up pharmacist". She discusses her personal struggles with chronic hypothyroid symptoms, cellular hypothyroidism, and hashimoto's thyroiditis.

The doctors discuss:

  • The disconnect in allopathic medicine
  • The challenges patients struggle with in allopathic medicine
  • The wack-a-mole medicine model
  • Medications that can hide or cause hypothyroidism
  • Nutrient depletion disorders caused by prescriptions
  • and more .....

Dr. Kirsty Washam is a pharmacist who is passionate about helping people find their illness’s root cause and heal through lifestyle modifications.

Through her own struggles with an autoimmune thyroid condition known as Hashimoto’s, she discovered the power of nutrition, movement and stress reduction. The dramatic improvement she experienced has her convinced that food holds a sacred place in the healing process and she gladly  shares this information with others as a Whole30 Certified Coach.

Sep 3, 2019

Drs. Eric Balcavage and Erica Riggleman discuss Epstein-Barr Virus and hypothyroidism with Dr Kasia Kines.

The Epstein-Barr virus is a potential trigger of cellular hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and Primary hypothyroidsim. The doctors discuss:

  • The link between EBV and hypothyroidism
  • The common symptoms of EBV
  • How EBV presentations
  • The difference between acute and chronic EBV- what should we watch for
  • If you can reverse engineer chronic EBV
  • The biggest triggers that can keep you trapped with EBV and what do we need to avoid?

Dr. Kasia Kines is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, the CEO of Holistic Nutrition Naturally and EBV Educational Institute. She is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Nutritionist licensed by the Washington State, with two Master’s degrees, including a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from the prestigious Bastyr University. She is the author of the Amazon best-seller The Epstein-Barr Virus Solution. She also certifies practitioners in EBV Clinician Training Program.

Dr. Kines has been in clinical practice since 2005, providing individualized support to nearly 2,000 clients with complicated health issues, especially gastrointestinal and autoimmune, with EBV being the main focus in the last few years. Her virtual practice serves clients nationally and globally. Dr. Kines lives in Seattle with her family.

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