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Reflexology for Thyroid Health

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Nov 27, 2016 4:38:07 PM

Reflexology is a gentle, complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy in which pressure is placed along reflex points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face, or ears. A Reflex Map identifies various reflex points and corresponding regions or systems throughout the body. A certified reflexologist uses specific patterns of touch and pressure to stimulate these points.

The theory that underlies reflexology is that stimulation of the reflex points opens the flow of energy (referred to as Life Force or Chi) and nutrients throughout the body. It is believed that reflexology taps into the body's natural healing process by enhancing the functioning of the lymphatic system (a major part of the immune system), which helps move fluids and waste products from within the tissues into the circulatory system, ultimately for excretion from the body.

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Topics: endocrine health, thyroid, complimentary therapies

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DHEA

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Quick Overview

DHEA 5 mg capsules supply 5 mg of DHEA for the synthesis of important hormones and for a variety of potential physiological responses such as healthy aging, ongoing energy and vitality, a balanced stress response as well as muscle integrity and fat reduction.* This low dose DHEA can be slowly titrated upwards as needed.

Product Description

Brought to you by popular demand…this lower dose DHEA can be slowly titrated upwards if needed.

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Topics: anti-aging, endocrine health

Health Benefits of DHEA

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM


By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Over 2500 medical articles have reported the benefits of dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, a hormone secreted from the adrenal glands. As a dietary supplement, DHEA has many applications to human health. Following is a discussion of some of these applications.

How DHEA works

Aging is a gradual deterioration of our various organs and systems. It is not just "getting older." People don't simply die because they are older. Death results from failure of an organ or system.

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Topics: cardiovascular health, anti-aging, immune health, degenerative disease, endocrine health, smart supplementation, lifestyle

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health 7-Keto 60 capsules

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Dec 9, 2014 5:55:00 PM

Quick Overview

7-Keto® is a registered trade name for the compound 3-acetyl-7- oxo DHEA, a stabilized form of 7-oxo DHEA. Once ingested, acetyl-7-oxo DHEA is cleaved to 7-oxo DHEA, a DHEA metabolite naturally found in the body. Although 7-oxo DHEA is similar to DHEA, it does not convert into estrogenic or androgenic hormones.

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Topics: weight management, endocrine health, emotional health, smart supplementation

Common Triggers of Depression

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Nov 14, 2014 11:01:00 AM

Depression: Functional Medicine Approach

By Ronald Grisanti, DC, DABCO, DACBN, MS

Depression is considered the most dreaded condition of mankind. What makes depression so awful is the sad fact that it is the one disease devoid of hope in the minds of many who suffer with this global epidemic.

Unlike debilitating diseases like arthritis, which shows it's ugly face by causing pain, depression is a silent enemy afflicting millions every year.

My goal in this article is to prepare and educate you on a few of the common triggers of depression.

These are not original thoughts on the subject of depression but are in fact documented peer-reviewed research proving the existence of a world of information kept under "lock and key" contributing to a sea of suffering and mental anguish.

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Topics: micronutrients, endocrine health, detoxification, emotional health

Natural Breast Enlargement

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Nov 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Breast Enlargement Botanicals

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Nowadays, many women who desire larger breasts are opting for surgical breast implants. These implants are controversial, with some scientists saying they’re dangerous, and others saying they cause no harm. This gives rise to the question, “What other methods exist for increasing breast size?” In answering this question, the first place to begin is with a discussion of female hormones.

Female hormones

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Topics: herbs & botanicals, female health, endocrine health, smart supplementation

Natural Androgen Alternatives

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Oct 15, 2014 10:34:00 AM

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences 

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician. 

For better of for worse (depending upon your viewpoint), as of January 2005 androgen or “andro” products are no longer available. For some athletes, this represents a significant loss in their dietary supplement arsenal. After all, whatever else you might say about andro it did have some established benefits: 

  • Some androgens increased testosterone levels

  • Some androgens increased performance

  • Some androgens increased strength

  • Some androgens promoted muscle growth  

So now that andro is gone, what viable alternatives currently exist? Following is a discussion of dietary supplement ingredients that offer similar benefits to those of andro, or perhaps better. 

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Topics: herbs & botanicals, endocrine health, smart supplementation

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DIM-Avail

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 16, 2014 5:24:00 PM

Quick Overview

Due to its crystalline structure, absorption of DIM is minimal when given orally (similar to CoQ10). DIM absorption can be greatly enhanced by emulsifying it with lecithin in rice bran oil, including with it compounds that hold it in solution such as beeswax, and finally adding fat-soluble nutrients that aid absorption through the gut wall. DIM-Avail™, which gets its name from its high bioavalability, is a unique combination of such ingredients. 

Research tells us that a low level of the 2-hydroxyestrone and a high level of 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone are not desired. DIM works by helping to increase 2-hydroxyestrone and therefore improves the 2/16 hydroxyestrone ratio.*

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Topics: weight management, female health, endocrine health, smart supplementation

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Adrenotone

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jun 23, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Quick Overview

Adrenotone™ is a combination of standardized herbs and nutrients which are known for rejuvenating the adrenals. This product is designed to promote healthy cortisol levels, hypothalamic and pituitary function (HPTA axis), and catecholamine production (dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine).* Adrenotone™ does not contain glandulars.

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Topics: endocrine health, smart supplementation

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 5

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Oct 26, 2011 6:00:00 AM

In the United States the most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroid. An autoimmune condition is an immunological response of the body against its own tissue and organs. Named after the scientist who first identified this condition, Hashimoto's involves a progressive attack of the thyroid gland by the immune system.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

The slow and gradual attack on the thyroid gland by immune cells eventually destroys enough tissue of the gland that it stops producing enough of its hormones. This causes the pituitary to release more thyroid stimulating hormone and can be seen as elevated TSH levels in the blood. This process can take many years and will often go undiagnosed until a large portion of the thyroid tissue has been destroyed.

It is common to suffer the symptoms of Hashimoto's for years before a diagnosis is made and treatment prescribed. As with other autoimmune conditions, Hashimoto's comes in waves or flareups. This is part of the reason it is difficult to pinpoint the condition. If testing takes place   flareups, blood tests may not reveal the necessary markers for a diagnosis.

The symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis are most often the same as those of hypothyroidism (slow thyroid). However, as destruction of the gland progresses, it is possible to suffer the symptoms of hyperthyroidism (fast thyroid) as well. Grave's Disease is another form of autoimmune thyroid that only expresses itself as hyperthyroidism. But Hashimoto's can exhibit both.

How to Identify Hashimoto's

Most medical checkups include a thyroid test. But typically the test is only for TSH levels. TSH levels may or may not be elevated with autoimmune thyroid. It is ideal to have a more comprehensive thyroid panel that includes, Total T4, Total T3, T3 uptake and thyroid antibodies known as TPO and thyroglobulin AB. It is safe to assume if thyroid antibodies are elevated significantly that there is an autoimmune response present. If allowed to persist this will usually develop into an advanced case of Hashimoto's. Traditional physicians may not diagnose Hashimoto's simply with elevated antibodies, but a functional medicine doctor may treat it at this point as a means of preventing destruction of this important gland.

Gluten and Hashimoto's

Scientific evidence has uncovered a strong correlation between autoimmune thyroid and gluten sensitivity. The gliadin molecule found in gluten that causes the greatest reactions in the gluten sensitive is molecularly similar to the tissue of the thyroid. Thus when gluten enters the system and causes an immune response, the immune system mistakes the thyroid for the true culprit - gluten. For this reason it is highly recommended that those with autoimmune thyroid conditions be tested for gluten sensitivity. It is also highly advised to avoid gluten indefinitely.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is a complicated autoimmune condition that requires the assistance of a trained professional that understands autoimmunity. With the help of diet, lifestyle changes and immune modulating botanicals it is possible to better manage the frequency and severity of flareups with the hopes of preventing extensive damage to the organ and its life altering consequences.

Read the other articles in the Healthy Thyroid Function series.

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Topics: weight management, immune health, endocrine health, lifestyle