June 6, 2018

 

Note from our Executive Director: Nicole Hodson

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"What ARE you?"

In high school this question generally meant, "What group do you belong to? Are you a 'rocker?' A 'preppy?' A 'jock?'" I didn't hear this question for years after graduating from high school.

Then I entered the nutrition industry, and the question resurfaced. "What ARE you?" At first, it stopped me in my tracks. What does that mean, 'What ARE you?' After many years now I've learned that the question really is, 'What diet do you eat?'

Today when I think of this question, I chuckle a bit to myself. The answer is that I've been many things over the years, including vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, Keto, Paleo and Intermittent Faster. But since finding my way to holistic nutrition I've committed myself to some fundamental eating standards from which I've never strayed.

I eat real, whole foods, free of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides (and any other "cides" you can think of), locally-sourced, sustainably grown/raised, and in season, whenever I can. I don't drink soda pop, eat fast food, or "foods" developed by people in lab coats. I prepare most of my food at home with fresh ingredients I've carefully sourced, with love and intention. I savor the eating experience, maximized by a selection of varied items, with little in the way of repeats. And with a mind toward food as my primary medicine I strive each day to put the most nutrient-dense foods I can find into my body.

Okay, so that's a long answer to the short question of, "What ARE you"?

(Ironically, a dear friend just called me with concerns that her spouse eats too much meat in his Paleo diet, and to tell me how her parents had recently made great strides in their health by becoming vegans).

Here's the thing… holistic nutritionists represent a wide-ranging list of eating styles and disciplines. There is no one central dogma amongst members of our NANP family. We have vegans, vegetarians (of all types!), Paleos, Ketos, Intermittent Fasters, and the list goes on. But I think we all agree that real, whole, nutrient-dense, seasonal, and consciously raised/grown foods are the way to go.

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OVERALL PATIENT DISSATISFACTION WITH CONVENTIONAL HYPOTHYROID TREATMENT

 

 Author: Node Smith, ND - Posted May 23, 2018 In Naturopathic News

An interesting study has recently been published that highlights patient dissatisfaction with their treatment of a very common condition, hypothyroidism.1 This may come as concerning revelation, considering the routine comfort many practitioners have in treating this condition, which occurs in over 10 million individuals in the United States.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE OF THE SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM ON HYPOTHYROIDISM

Last spring, over 12,000 people with hypothyroidism filled out an online survey that was posted on numerous websites and social media channels. The survey was conducted for 2 months by Program Committee of the Satellite Symposium on Hypothyroidism, organized by the American Thyroid Association. The surveys asked demographic information as well as satisfaction with treatments, physicians and opinions of their physicians’ knowledge about treatments for hypothyroidism, need for new treatments and quality of life due to hypothyroidism.

CONTROVERSIAL STUDY

The study is obviously controversial, and Dr. Alan Farwell, Program Committee member says, “[i]t is important to realize that this was a voluntary survey and respondents may not represent the majority of the >10 million individuals in the U.S. with hypothyroidism.” And this may be so. However, it is certainly a supportive study for checking in with patients regarding how they are experiencing treatments, not just for hypothyroidism.

1| PATIENTS ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THERAPIES AND PHYSICIANS

The average patient response when rating overall satisfaction of the therapy they were receiving for their hypothyroidism, on a scale from 1 to 10, was a 5. This is juxtaposed with an average rating of 10 for the degree to which hypothyroidism has affected their life.

2| “NATURAL” THERAPY OVER SYNTHETIC

Those taking natural preparations were more satisfied. Animal derived natural thyroid or desiccated thyroid extract (DTE) was rated on average with a 7 out of 10 for satisfaction. Levothyroxine, the synthetic form of T4 was given an average score of 5. Combination therapy with levothyroxine and synthetic T3 (liothyronine or cytomel) was rated an average of 6. It was noted that individuals taking DTE reported less problems with weight management, energy levels, memory or mood compared to the other two drug therapies.


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