How is Your Thyroid Doing?

I have written about thyroid health numerous times here in the past, including articles about the importance of getting a comprehensive thyroid test and the numerous problems your thyroid can mimic.  I have even written about the fact that broccoli can slow down your thyroid gland when eaten in larger quantities.  This time, however, it’s personal.

This summer, I got really tired.  Not the type of tired you might feel after, say, an all nighter or a monster workout.  I’m talking about the kind of tired that two Venti Starbucks a day can’t fix……bone ass, drag-yourself-through-the-day kind of tired.  At first, I thought maybe the summer heat was leaving me feeling drained and lethargic.  Then, I began to wonder if something was really wrong with me.  I kept thinking I was fighting something and always hit a wall around 3pm in the afternoon.  I had trouble doing CrossFit and decided to take a break for awhile.  It gets tough to do an intense WOD when you don’t even have the energy to get through the normal daily routines.

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Broccoli in Moderation

We often think of broccoli as a superfood, one of those perfectly healthy foods.  It’s packed full of fiber and antioxidants, with none of those trans fats or refined sugars.  However, broccoli may not be healthy for the reasons you might think. Continue reading “Broccoli in Moderation” »

Antidepressant Medications: Do They Work?

Are antidepressant medications working?  There seems to be a growing trend of believers who think not.  Are you on an antidepressant?  If so, did you receive a proper evaluation?  Many people are prescribed with an antidepressant by a physician who does not properly evaluate the patient to rule out bipolar disorders, hypothyroid, hormonal imbalance, sleep disorders, heavy metal toxicity, and even anemia.  In most cases, people are prescribed with these meds with no plan to discontinue taking them….ever. Continue reading “Antidepressant Medications: Do They Work?” »

Ruby the Hyper-Hypo

One of our dogs seems to have developed a bit of a weight problem.  Ruby, our 6 year old goldendoodle, was supposed to be “around 40 pounds” as an adult, or so the breeders said.  She tipped the scales at 77 pounds at Christmas and seemed to be getting bigger, despite the fact that I began running her.  Apparently, it didn’t work.  Last week in our back yard, my neighbor took one look at her and said, “My gosh, you’re a MOOSE!” Continue reading “Ruby the Hyper-Hypo” »

Antidepressants vs. Exercise

Are you taking an antidepressant?  How about a medication for anxiety like Xanax or Klonipin?  These days, antidepressants are handed out like M&Ms, and most mothers seem to be taking something-prescribed or not.  Most of the time, antidepressants are prescribed by a general physician, internist, or OBGYN.  Sadly, few of these physicians have been trained to assess and diagnose anxiety and mood related problems at all.   Continue reading “Antidepressants vs. Exercise” »