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Low Iron and Ferritin—Causes and Symptoms

Low Iron and Ferritin

Can low iron be the cause of your fatigue, brain fog, and other symptoms? I will talk about that, how to find out if you have low iron, and what to do about it. 

My name is Dr. Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I’ve had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits over the last 35 years. Many of whom have had thyroid and gut issues. 

A common issue that I see is deficiencies, commonly iron deficiency. What are the symptoms of low iron or low ferritin: lack of concentration, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, hair loss, decreased thyroid function, and oftentimes, digestive symptoms including IBS. There are many other symptoms as well. For kids decreased growth and development, ADHD, and anxiety.

Testing for Iron Deficiency

In testing for it, you don’t want to just check iron. You want your doctor to look at serum iron, total iron-binding capacity (TIBC), percent saturation and ferritin. Ferritin is a storage protein that can reflect your body’s stores of iron. Iron level is just a brief view in your serum and ferritin reflects your body’s stores. The ferritin lab ranges are 10 to 150 ng/ml for females and 20 to 400 for males, which is a huge range. I like to see optimal ferritin levels in the 60 to 90 ng/ml range. 

A woman at the level of 20 can have major symptoms even though you’re considered within the normal range. Then we look at other things as well. You don’t want to just look at iron levels. You also want to check at the minimum, a CBC, comprehensive metabolic panel, thyroid TSH, T3, T4, lipids. I also like to check several other factors including B12, folic acid, vitamin D and magnesium. You want to get a more complete picture. 

If you want a more complete list, on page 104 of my book I give a comprehensive health panel, which has 27 different items. You can look at that if you’d like. But at the minimum, I would do those listed above.

Causes of Low Iron

What are the most common causes of low iron? Decreased intake, increased blood loss due to menstruation in women, internal bleeding as in an ulcer, or decreased absorption. I also see gluten sensitivity and other food reactions with people who are iron deficient. 

Infections including gut infections, parasites, yeast, and bacteria can cause malabsorption. Leaky gut is another cause of malabsorption. It’s usually not just one thing but often multiple things are involved. 

Just to give an example:  a 37-year-old woman came to me with symptoms of fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath. She was too exhausted to even exercise. She also had digestive symptoms of nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 

She had seen doctors including another functional medicine doctor. He did more testing, found her ferritin level was low as well as vitamin D. He treated for those, but she was still feeling terrible. When she came in, I did more comprehensive testing and found she had gluten sensitivity and other food reactions. She had infections including yeast, intestinal bacteria, and H-Pylori, a stomach bacteria that was causing the heartburn, nausea and abdominal pain.

Iron Deficiency Treatment Needs More Than Just Iron

She also had leaky gut and other things as well, including multiple deficiencies, not just iron. So what are the solutions for that? Just taking iron on your own is not typically the best solution. You need to make sure you’re taking the right kind. I prefer iron glycinate. It’s highly absorbable and is designed not to cause constipation or gut reactions. 

You also need to take the right amount. I use 29 milligrams of iron glycinate. For this patient, her ferritin was at 17 so I prescribed two pills twice a day because one just wasn’t enough. You do the right amount depending on what your levels are. Taking vitamin C is helpful to take with that because it helps increase absorption. If you have low iron, most commonly you have other deficiencies as well. It’s rarely just iron.

As I said, she was also low in vitamin D plus many other nutrients that we checked. I will typically recommend Functional Five™, which is a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium, and probiotics which help with absorption and gut health. B12 and folic acid are common deficiencies I see as well as digestive enzymes. In her case, she needed stomach enzymes, including HCL. It helps absorb iron from foods and helps you break down your foods and absorb them better. 

Diet for Low Iron and Low Ferritin

On top of that, I will use the FreeDiet®, because most people I see who are iron deficient are also gluten sensitive, which contributes to malabsorption. I put our patients on the FreeDiet®, which is not only free of gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. These are the foods most commonly responsible for inflammation, leaky gut, and other chronic health issues.

If you’d like a free copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, you can click here.

I put her on the FreeDiet® along with supplements and in four weeks her ferritin went from 17 to 89 ng/ml. Equally as great was that most of her symptoms resolved. She had more energy. Her digestive issues cleared up, the nausea was gone, and her brain fog lifted. She was able to start exercising again!

It’s amazing what can happen when you find out the underlying causes and are provided the right solutions. It’s also important to follow up. So you test. You find out your deficiencies. You take iron for a while according to protocol. then you want to get retested. 

When your levels are good, it doesn’t necessarily mean you stop taking the iron. Your physician can adjust the dosage accordingly or you may be able to stop taking it. It depends on a lot of factors. You want to follow up to make sure that you are consistently on the right track.

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Does Iodine Help Thyroid Nodules and Goiter?

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Can iodine help with thyroid nodules and goiter? This is a common question I will answer today. Let me tell you about a patient who had thyroid nodules that were completely resolved over 18 months. I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I have seen over 100,000 patient visits over the last 35 years. Many of those have gut and thyroid issues including nodules and Hashimoto’s. 

I recently saw a 69-year-old female with thyroid nodules and Hashimoto’s who had been on medication over 10 years and was feeling miserable. She suffered from the usual thyroid symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, aches and pains, brain fog, and digestive issues. In the initial evaluation, I typically look for underlying root causes including these five main areas:  deficiencies, toxins, infections, hormones, and food reactions.

The Debate—Is Iodine Helpful or Hurtful for Thyroid

One thing we found with her was low iodine. Our treatment protocol often involves diet adjustments and supplements. The decision whether to treat with iodine is a complex issue because many doctors do not advise it at all for thyroid issues. In fact, some recommend restricting it. Others will advise that iodine is important for your thyroid. So which is it?

The truth is that not one size fits all. If you have thyroid issues, whether goiter, nodules, Hashimoto’s or are hypothyroid, you need to be working with your healthcare provider. They should check your iodine levels, and if yours is low, then a supplement may be very helpful. 

Your levels should be monitored as we did with her over several months. We checked her TSH, free T4, free T3, TPO antibodies, and thyroglobulin antibodies along with other markers. These are the minimum indicators that should be checked every few months while on iodine. She did very well and all these numbers (TSH, low T4, low T3) improved. Her elevated thyroglobulin antibodies also returned to normal.

On The Road To Recovery—Supplements Helpful for Thyroid

All this improvement occurred while taking a relatively high dose of 12.5 milligrams of iodine which is in our iodine formula. We saw this improvement with her even though many doctors would not give iodine under these circumstances or any similar thyroid circumstances. For most of the cases I see with nodules and goiter we use iodine and see improvement. There is a small percentage of patients for whom iodine doesn’t do well. In that case, you make the decision to stop that and try another approach. 

So using iodine can be helpful as it was with this individual. She had two thyroid nodules, one resolved over six months and the other in 18 months. Both thyroid nodules were completely gone in 18 months. One was slightly under a centimeter. The other was much larger. 

For this patient we used selenium in addition to the iodine. It’s important to take selenium when you take iodine so the thyroid can use it properly. If someone is low on iron (she was not) they are unable to utilize iodine properly in the thyroid. Your physician needs to assess that for you. 

Other supplements I use if needed are vitamin C, B12 folic acid and zinc. I did use these with this patient. N-Acetyl Cysteine can also be very helpful. We generally start with the functional five though, which is multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D with K2, magnesium, and probiotics. Those are the five most important nutrients. I call them the Functional Five™ because they are the foundation that most people would benefit from. Beyond that, diet is very important.

The FreeDiet® for Gut and Thyroid Issues

As in this patient, almost everyone I see with thyroid nodules, Hashimoto’s and gut issues is gluten sensitive and has other food sensitivities. We put her on the FreeDiet® which is not only free of gluten, but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. These foods are most commonly responsible for inflammation, and other chronic health issues. 

If you would like a copy of the FreeDiet phase 1 food chart you can click here and we’ll send that off to you. If you would like further information on what we just talked about, I have a chapter on thyroid nodules in my book, The FreeDiet®  which you can click on to see more about it.

So if you have goiter, nodules, auto-immune thyroid issues, Hashimoto’s, it’s not a standalone thing. There are things happening in your body. At one time you were normal and healthy and then suddenly, or gradually you’re not. Something over time has caused the change. 

The important thing is to realize that your body has a tremendous ability to heal itself. Once you find the underlying root cause and provide the proper solutions, I believe most everyone can get better.

Hair Loss Natural Treatment

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I want to discuss the hidden causes of hair loss. Over the last 30 years of practice, I have had patients come in with various chronic conditions. Among those conditions are fatigue, aches and pains, headaches, brain fog, digestive issues, skin problems, and hair loss.

Hair loss is a common symptom among women who come in. There are several causes, and we’ll go over some significant reasons for hair loss. I’ll also give you some simple solutions. Hair loss can be a good thing because it’s telling you that something is going on that needs attention. 

Hair Loss Lets You Know Something Is Not Right

How can hair loss be a good thing? It’s letting you know that something’s wrong inside your body. Much like driving your car, and the engine warning light comes on. We were going to Orlando for a conference a couple of weeks ago, and the oil light in the car came on. Instead of panicking because the light’s coming on, you just need to stop and check and maybe add oil. In the same sense, hair loss is a warning that something is going on inside your body that’s not right. This can be a problem that can lead to other issues. 

The most common causes for hair loss that I see are thyroid and other hormone imbalances. So often, when people go to the doctor, they get a general lab test on their thyroid. They may check your TSH, which is only one thyroid value, and tell you your thyroid is fine. However, if you have hair loss, you need your thyroid checked more thoroughly. That includes TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and your two thyroid antibodies.

Identifying The Causes of Hair Loss

Knowing your TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, TPA and thyroglobulin antibody values can give you a complete picture of what’s going on in with your thyroid. I often have patients coming in whose doctors have said their thyroid is fine. Yet when we do a thorough evaluation, it is not. The thyroid is a prevalent cause of hair loss and can easily be fixed once you get the numbers and then balance them. 

Other common causes we’ll run through are hormonal issues and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Hormones that can affect hair loss are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and adrenal hormones. In addition, being under stress for long periods can be a factor.

Nutritional deficiencies are a widespread cause of hair loss. These include certain B-vitamins, zinc, vitamin D, and iron. Iron deficiency is a very common cause of hair loss. Maybe even more so than thyroid. Ferritin levels are what you want to test for iron deficiency. The problem is that doctors do not usually check unless you specifically ask. 

I’ll touch upon a few other causes. Toxins are an issue that can cause hair loss. Among those toxins are heavy metals, mercury, lead, and other environmental toxins. Surprisingly, however, iron can be one of those toxins. 

I know I talked to you about iron deficiency as one of the most common causes of hair loss. Well, too much iron can also be a cause of hair loss. So before you decide on your own to start taking iron, you need to have your levels checked.

Other issues contributing to hair loss may have to do with chemical toxicity. However, it can be things that you use externally on your hair, which is a whole other topic.

There are other causes: infections, especially fungal yeast overgrowth; too much yeast in your body; auto-immune issues, including autoimmune thyroid conditions. There’s also an autoimmune condition that affects your hair specifically.

We address hair loss by finding the root cause. Food reactions, especially gluten, can be another cause of hair loss. I developed the FreeDiet®, which is free of the most commonly allergenic foods and those most commonly responsible for inflammation, digestive issues, and other chronic conditions. If you want a copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, click here.

Natural Solutions for Hair Loss

When patients come to us, we do a comprehensive health panel, and I check ferritin levels and two or three other different iron factors in the blood. The range of ferritin is from 10 to 300. So if your doctor checks this and you’re at 11, and he determines everything’s fine, or you’re at 29 and everything’s fine…No, it isn’t. Ferritin levels below 50 can cause hair loss, and ferritin below 40 or 30, hair can fall out even more rapidly.

I had a 38-year-old patient last year who came in with many symptoms and her primary symptom was hair loss. She suspected she had a thyroid condition due to fatigue, anxiety, brain fog, and many others. One of the main things that brought her in was hair loss. She’d been to her doctor and several other doctors, traditional and functional medicine doctors, and she was so upset because of the hair loss.

When I did a comprehensive panel including ferritin, her ferritin level was 7. Remember the range is 10 to 300. Her level was seven, and below 40-50, hair starts falling out. This was just an obvious answer as to what was going on. We began iron supplementation. The supplements that we use are highly absorbable and non-irritating iron. Many people don’t like to take iron because it’s constipating and irritating to the stomach, and they just don’t do well with it. The supplement I use is highly absorbable, non-irritating, non-constipating. Click here to take a look. 

At that level, it takes many months to build up iron stores. But after some time, her levels started to build back up. Her hair stopped falling out and gradually started growing back and getting thicker. It’s a process that takes time. But once you find the answers and the causes, hair loss can usually be reversed. 

I recently had a patient in her early sixties whose ferritin level was over a thousand. Remember that the range is 10-300. Ideally, you want 60-90. Hair loss can occur when ferritin is under 50. She was over a thousand, which is quite toxic. That can cause organ damage in addition to hair loss.

That is why you want to get your levels checked before taking iron on your own. There is a particular protocol used to eliminate the toxins and heavy metals from the system. It takes quite some time, but it can be accomplished. As that takes place, the hair can then start growing back. 

In Conclusion

Hair loss can be a good thing if it motivates you to get checked and determine what is going on. 

It comes down to hormones, including your thyroid and adrenals, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, food sensitivities, infections—especially yeast, autoimmune conditions, and medications. For example, birth control pills can cause hair loss; antidepressants and blood pressure medication can cause hair loss as well. 

So it comes down to having this warning sign that something’s going on. Then, get checked specifically to see what the cause is. Once the cause is identified, not only can you reverse hair loss and have it start growing back, but these other symptoms and damage being done to your body can also get cleared up.

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If you would like help personally, call us at 561-627-5800 or email us at info@nmcwellness.com. We would love to help you.

If would like a complimentary copy of the  FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, click here. For more information on The  FreeDiet® book click here.

HOW TO SHRINK THYROID NODULES IV

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I treat patients with thyroid and digestive issues and one of my new patients, a 51-year-old female with multiple thyroid nodules and Hashimoto’s disease, had gained over 40 pounds.

This patient also suffered from joint pain, hot flashes, brain fog, indigestion, and heartburn, along with many other symptoms. Having been to other doctors who said her thyroid hormones were fine, she came to us. I ordered testing that looked beyond simple thyroid hormones to five broad categories that help determine underlying root causes of thyroid nodules.

What Causes Thyroid Nodules?

The first step is to identify underlying causes, which may include thyroid hormones. However, my practice is to evaluate five broad categories. Those categories are deficiencies, toxins, infections, hormones, and food reactions. 

I most commonly see in patients with nodules deficiencies in vitamin D, iron, zinc, and magnesium. However, this patient also suffered from an iodine deficiency–the most common cause of thyroid nodules and goiter. In addition, she had high levels of fluoride, which can interfere with iodine absorption.

Another common problem is food reactions and sensitivities. This patient had gluten sensitivity and a leaky gut. Gluten sensitivity often leads to a leaky gut, causing other food reactions, perpetuating that whole cycle. This sensitivity then can trigger autoimmune conditions, especially Hashimoto’s.

The FreeDiet® Solution

Once the underlying causes are determined, we begin with addressing diet. I developed and use the FreeDiet® because it’s not only free of gluten but free of gluten grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. It is free of those foods most responsible for inflammation, gut and thyroid, and other chronic health issues.

What Supplements for Thyroid Nodules

I recommend a list of specific supplements to help correct any deficiencies beginning with what I call the Functional Five. These are multivitamin, D w K2, fish oil, magnesium, and probiotics. And I test for iodine. If you are low in iodine, adding it can be beneficial since the thyroid needs iodine to function. However, if you are not low, taking it can be counter-productive. If you do take iodine, it’s essential to check antibodies and thyroid levels routinely.

I recommend Selenium for my patients who are taking iodine, as well as zinc, and iron if needed. This patient also took a digestive enzyme to help break down and absorb food. Methyl folate was also included in her routine. Curcumin helps with inflammation and immune support. Adrenal support formulas help with hormone balance.

Road to Improvement

As this patient followed the given routine over the following months, her symptoms began clearing up. Her energy increased, and fatigue decreased. Other issues that were resolved were indigestion and heartburn, brain fog, headaches, joint pain, dizziness, anxiety, and insomnia. Hair loss decreased. Hot flashes were gone. Heart palpitations, shortness of breath, itchy skin, acne–all of these improved over several months.

In a follow-up nine months later, I was thrilled to see that her larger nodule had shrunk by 95%, and the two smaller ones had shrunk by 54% and 82%.

If you have been diagnosed with thyroid nodules, I strongly suggest that you at least begin with the FreeDiet®. For a free copy of The FreeDiet phase 1 food chart, click here.

Including some of the common supplements listed above can also help. As always, check with your doctor.

Thyroid nodules do not just happen. There are underlying causes. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If you find root causes, you can then be provided the solutions. 

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If you would like personal assistance, we would love to help. Call us at 561-627-5800 or email us at info@nmcwellness.com

If would like a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, click here. For more information on The  FreeDiet® book click here.

 

What is the Best Diet for Your Thyroid?

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Did you know that diet can help heal your thyroid? I have been in practice for over 30 years and have seen over 100,000 patient visits. Many of those patients come in with thyroid issues—hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, and autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease. 

In my years of practice, I have seen a common thread between patients with thyroid disease, autoimmune disorders, and chronic health conditions such as fatigue, pain, headaches, anxiety, and depression. That one common thread among them is digestive issues. I want to let you know how the two are related and how you can use your diet to improve your thyroid issues, become healthier and start feeling better.

Causes of Thyroid Conditions

There are several main causes of thyroid conditions and nodules that some doctors often miss. These include deficiencies, toxins, infections (bacteria, parasites, yeast, viruses), hormonal imbalance, and food reactions. Sometimes food sensitivities alone can affect the thyroid, but it is usually more than just one thing. This is often the case with chronic health issues and autoimmune health conditions as there are multiple root causes and often linked to food reactions and gut issues.

Using The FreeDiet® to Help Your Thyroid 

The FreeDiet® is a diet that I have come up with that can help with gut and thyroid, and other chronic health conditions. My wife, Dawn, had a thyroid nodule that was 2.1 centimeters, and within seven weeks the size was down by 50% at her follow-up ultrasound. Within the first two weeks, she started seeing an improvement in size. Dawn was using my FreeDiet® as well as our Natural Medicine Formulas®, including iodine which she was deficient in.

Another patient of mine was a young girl, about seven years of age, with a very large thyroid (or goiter). Typically, the recommendation for a nodule this size is surgery. But the question is, what caused it.

The FreeDiet® is free of gluten, gluten grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods, as these are the foods that cause the most inflammatory issues. When you avoid inflammation, the gut can heal. Also, when the inflammation is calming down, so are the autoimmune conditions, and the thyroid nodules. The FreeDiet® can help the gut heal, improve absorption, eliminate inflammatory food reactions, allow the body to calm down, and allow many chronic symptoms start to fade away.

Finding the Root Cause of Thyroid Problems

When it comes to thyroid issues, there is a root cause, and it is my job to find it. Patients are normal up until a certain point in their life and then suddenly start having issues. These issues can appear out of nowhere. So, what is the cause? In the case with the young patient earlier, she had deficiencies that included vitamin D and iron. These are both commonly related to thyroid issues. 

Other issues she was experiencing were toxins, yeast overgrowth, and unhealthy bacteria and a parasite in her intestine. These are all commonly related to thyroid issues, food sensitivity, and leaky gut. All these issues together resulted in an enlarged thyroid and impacted her health. 

Natural Treatment for Thyroid Conditions 

For some patients, the FreeDiet® and supplements are enough to help with their thyroid issues, including nodules. I have had emails from people telling me the diet has helped them reduce the size of their thyroid by more than 50% within the first few weeks of using it. 

It is important to remember the diet addresses the food sensitivity part of thyroid issues. The diet also helps because if you have yeast, bacteria or parasites in your intestines, they live off the sugar, yeast, and grains you are consuming. By using the FreeDiet®, you minimize their food source and essentially starve the problem.

Leaky Gut and Thyroid

The FreeDiet® also helps with leaky gut. This is because, again, you are eliminating those inflammatory foods that cause you to have the leaky gut problem. If you want to use the diet and get tested for other pathogens, I highly recommend you have a comprehensive stool analysis and blood tests done to determine your deficiencies. These tests can show toxins as well as food sensitivities and allergies. Using the FreeDiet® can help with eliminating the most common foods that cause reactions leading to leaky gut issues and thyroid issues.

I hope you have learned a little more about how your diet and food sensitivities can affect your thyroid and your gut health. If you would like help with this, you can contact us at info@nmcwellness.com

If would like a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet phase 1 food chart, click here. To see The FreeDiet book click here. 

Depression, Anxiety, and Brain Fog from Low Thyroid Function

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Depression, Anxiety, and Brain Fog from Low Thyroid Function

Did you know that your anxiety, depression, and brain fog can be related to your thyroid? Many people associate low thyroid function with fatigue, difficulty losing weight, aches and pains, constipation, and hair loss. While these are indicators of low thyroid function, there can be other symptoms. Brain function is closely associated with thyroid function. In the last 30 years, I have been in practice and have seen over a hundred thousand patient visits. While those are some of the common issues we see in patients with thyroid function, brain fog, anxiety, depression, and insomnia are also very common thyroid symptoms.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

While symptoms such as moodiness, poor memory, brain fog, and difficulty concentrating are all indicators of low thyroid function often the term ADD or ADHD is brought up when someone has difficulty concentrating. Suppose you have talked to your doctor about these symptoms and been prescribed typical medication such as an antidepressant, antianxiety drug, tranquilizer, or mood stabilizer. In that case, you may think this is helping the problem. You may be labeled as bipolar because of depression and anxiety or labeled as moody because you are up and down. Ritalin or Adderall may be prescribed for difficulty concentrating. While these medicines can help with the symptoms you may be experiencing, you still are not addressing your underlying issues, which can be a low functioning thyroid. 

How to Treat Low Thyroid Function Naturally

Most doctors agree when a patient comes in with symptoms, they are prescribed medication such as Ritalin and Adderall for low concentration. But what if there was a way to treat your thyroid naturally? When we see patients in our office, the first thing we try to do is find the underlying cause of their issues. Why do they have this condition? Why are you experiencing brain fog, anxiety, depression, and fatigue? There is usually some problem in the body that is causing the issue. Typically, we run a complete set of labs to determine if you have a thyroid issue. 

Testing for Thyroid Function

Often when a patient comes in, they let us know that their doctor has already performed a series of thyroid tests, and their thyroid function was considered normal. But doctors most often check only the TSH and sometimes T4 levels. I typically run six different tests for the thyroid. When I look at the test results, I can check not only for within normal range but also for above or below optimal and look for trends in the test results. When it comes to your thyroid, it is not always the test results but how the results are interpreted. I am confident once I run your labs, look at your test results, and get you on the right treatment plan you can soon be feeling better.

My treatment plans can include natural approaches with diet and supplements. Some patients do need thyroid medications. and one that is often prescribed is Synthroid. There are other options including some that are natural.

Treatment for Low Thyroid

Some patients who come into our office are already being treated for thyroid issues and are on medications, but they still feel terrible. They still have trouble losing weight, still suffer from depression and anxiety, brain fog, and fatigue. This could be a simple fix, such as switching thyroid medications or taking a different approach. We can do a round of tests that will also check vitamin deficiencies which along with thyroid conditions could be causing your trouble. 

Again, it is not only the tests that are done but also how the doctor interprets your test results that will make the most significant impact. Your TSH, free T3, free T4, and even TPO and thyroglobulin antibodies can all be in normal lab ranges but still causing you symptoms. But if your doctor is not looking at the whole picture, finding solutions can be missed.

The FreeDiet® for Thyroid Balance

Patients who come to us and are still having trouble with their thyroid no matter what they do; no medication is helping symptoms, and no diet can help them lose weight. They are often frustrated. We can take them in and begin the process of our program. This includes functional evaluation and proper supplements to balance out your system. 

The FreeDiet®, which I came up with for my patients, is the first step. This diet consists of eliminating foods that can cause inflammation, digestive, and other chronic health conditions. It is free of gluten, grains, sugars, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods.

Patients who have used our program that includes the FreeDiet® and our Natural Medicine Formulas® have seen a difference in weight loss and symptoms. They feel better than they have in years, and we have helped them get to the underlying root cause of their gut and thyroid issues.

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If you are experiencing brain fog, depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, or insomnia, feel free to contact us. Something is causing these issues in your body. It could be a thyroid condition or autoimmune issues. Whatever the case, we are here to help you. We believe that if we can first find the cause of your issues, we can then find the solution.

If would like a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet phase 1 food chart, click here. For more information on The FreeDiet book click here.  

IBS—Discovering Root Causes and Natural Treatments

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Today I’m going to talk to you about IBS, which stands for irritable bowel syndrome, or in my opinion, It’s BS. And why would I say that? Because certainly millions of people have IBS. Well, I’ve been practicing for over 30 years and have seen over 100,000 patient visits, treating all sorts of conditions—pain, fatigue, brain fog, depression, anxiety, thyroid, adrenal issues, autoimmune.

But the one thing though that almost all my patients have in common is digestive issues. I’ve seen it more so lately, and it seems like almost everyone comes in with some sort of gut symptoms. Many of my patients have been to other doctors and get labeled as having IBS.

IBS Traditional Treatment

So I want to talk about what you can do to find out what’s causing it and how to correct it. So, typical scenario, you go to the doctor saying you have symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, cramping, constipation, diarrhea. Even mucus in the stool can feel miserable. 

And so you go in and your primary doctor says, all right, well why don’t you take this medication (usually acid-blocking drugs)? See if that works. 

You go back, still no better. All right, well, let’s send you to the GI doctor.

So you go to the GI doctor. What’s going on? 

Well, doc, I don’t know, I have some gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, just feel really irritable. My bowels feel irritable all the time. I don’t know what’s going on. 

All right, well, let’s do some tests. We’ll do a colonoscopy. 

Maybe they’ll do a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. So you get the results back and go in. 

So what is it? 

Oh, well you have IBS. 

Oh, what’s that Doc? 

That stands for irritable bowel syndrome.

Well, wait a minute isn’t that what I told you I had, irritable bowel? 

Right, you have irritable bowel syndrome, exactly. 

Well, what causes that? 

Well, no one really knows what causes it. 

What can I do about it? 

Well, you can get this medication for it. We have acid-blocking drugs. 

That’s the one that didn’t work.

Okay, we can do muscle relaxers or anti-anxiety pills, or you can do these pain meds or even anti-depressants. These are all common medications used for IBS. 

And that’s why I say It’s BS because IBS is not a condition, it’s simply a description of what’s going on. It would be like going to the orthopedist and you say, 

Doc, my neck hurts, it’s been really hurting a lot lately. 

They do some x-rays, maybe an MRI. 

Okay, well, you have something very serious. It’s called HNS. 

HNS, what’s that? 

Hurt neck syndrome. 

What do you mean?

You have HNS. 

Well, I know, my neck hurts. 

But this is an actual condition. Look it up online.

You go online, HNS, there are support groups. There are all kinds of blogs, websites all over the place. I’m making this up, by the way, maybe I’m not, maybe it does exist. But this is how it works. Anyway, that’s why I say it’s BS. 

Root Cause of IBS

However, IBS does exist. I know, I had it years ago, even as a kid I had all these symptoms. I was miserable. And as I got older, it even got worse. So I went through all this. I was able to get it cleared up and basically what it comes down to is finding out the root causes of IBS. 

Number one is pathogens (infections)—bacteria, yeast, parasites. And why don’t they ever test for this? It’s so rare that you can even get your doctor to order a stool test. I like to order these comprehensive stool tests, not just to check for parasites, but also yeast, bacteria, digestive enzymes, different markers of inflammation, immune health. So it gives a clear picture. 

So parasites, for instance, in one study I read almost half of the IBS patients had this parasite called Blastocystis hominis. I did other videos on that if you want to check that out. But 46% had blasto. and all the symptoms of IBS can be from this blastocystis and other parasites, the gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, constipation.

Yeast overgrowth is also a common cause of IBS symptoms, and bacterial overgrowth (dysbiosis) as well. And when I tested myself, these are just some of approximately 20 stool test parasite pictures and everything that I did years ago when I had these issues. I wanted to get to the underlying root cause. And it took me a while to figure out and get it cleared up. But you should do a comprehensive stool test if you want to find out and figure out what’s causing your gut symptoms. 

So infections, pathogens are one. And what do you do about that? Well, depending on what it is, for parasites, there’s certain natural formulas we use and sometimes you need a prescription medication. For me, I use a series of products that I found really worked, and this was after I tried a few different prescription drugs for the parasites which did not work.

Natural Treatment for IBS

If it’s yeast, there are certain protocols for that. I use a product called Yeast Defeat™. If it’s a bacterial overgrowth, I use Microb-Balance™.  There are probiotics that I use that are effective and powerful called ProbioSupreme™SB or other of our probiotics depending on the findings. So, eliminating the cause of the infection is one thing.

Second, are deficiencies—nutrient and digestive enzyme deficiencies, so that has to be addressed and they are different types of enzyme supplements, such as GastricZyme™ or PanAbsorb™ that can be a huge help.

Third, are food allergies/sensitivities. Gluten is the most common one I see. There are other foods that are highly reactive as well. You have to find out which foods you are sensitive to. That’s a major cause of digestive issues. Two ways to do this are, you can test, there is a comprehensive gluten celiac test, food allergy and sensitivity tests. You can check upwards of 100 or more foods. 

So the typical tests doctors run for gluten, if you can get them to do that, is for just 2-3 markers for gluten sensitivity and celiac. But meanwhile, there is a particular lab test I use to check more than 20 different antibodies, which is a very comprehensive approach to find out if gluten is an issue. 

Testing Options for IBS

So another option besides testing for gluten are testing for others. A food allergy test if you can get your doctor to order that. Some of the major labs offer panels of 10 or 15 foods, and those are true allergies. Most people have sensitivities more so than allergies, so I like to test both in panels of about 100 foods or more. 

So aside from food testing, another option I came up with is a diet I call the FreeDiet® because it’s not only free of gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. And you go through that, phase one is typically four weeks where you are eliminating these potentially reactive foods. And most patients, usually within the first couple of weeks are doing so much better.

And then as everything clears up, we go onto phase two, we start adding foods back one at a time. So, this is what worked for me. Because I tested positive for gluten sensitivity, and I went gluten-free but was eating all the gluten-free grains, millet, rice, corn, gluten-free pasta and bagels, everything. 

I was not feeling any better because you must eliminate the bacteria, yeast, parasites, all of those things. All of those live on, they love sugar, grains, yeast, starches. So this diet, the FreeDiet® is free of all of those. 

It really helps your gut calm down. If you want a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, feel free to click here to check that out. So the FreeDiet® gives your gut a rest, calms down the inflammation, allows it to heal. If you have infections, pathogens, it also is the diet you would follow for that. So it’s all-encompassing as far as to help clear up gut issues and that’s what worked for me after I finally figured it out over many years of testing and tweaking and for many of my patients since then.

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Parasites—Clearing Up Blastocystis Hominis IBS and Hashimotos

Hashimotos

Today I’m going to discuss how parasites, namely one called Blastocystis Hominis (blasto), can cause IBS symptoms, skin issues, thyroid, auto-immune, and all kinds of other symptoms. Lately, I’ve been seeing so many more patients dealing with digestive issues. 

I’ve been practicing for over 30 years and have seen over 100,000 patient visits. Most new patients come in complaining about fatigue, aches and pain, brain fog, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues. One thing that almost all our patients have in common is that they have a lot of gut issues. We perform a lot of stool and various blood tests

Lately, I’ve seen an increase in test results showing more patients with parasites, especially Blastocystis Hominis, which is the most common parasite in the United States.

Blastocystis Hominis Can Cause Many Symptoms

Blastocystis Hominis can cause gut symptoms—diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and cramps. Blastocystis Hominis can also cause hives, rashes, and affect your thyroid. When you’re fighting off a parasite like this, it can ramp up your immune system and induce autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroid condition. Hashimoto’s is the most common cause of thyroid nodules.

It’s interesting to see how something like a parasite can affect an organ like your thyroid and even cause thyroid nodules. We’re going to discuss how to discover if you have this parasite or any others, and then how to treat it. 

Blastocystis Hominis is something that I had about 15 years ago. For many years I had a lot of gut issues including IBS symptoms, abdominal pain, cramps, gas, bloating, indigestion, and fatigue as well as body aches and pains.

Discovering and Testing for Blastocystis Hominis

Through testing, I found out I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (elevated thyroid antibodies) along with an elevated rheumatoid arthritis antibody. I was feeling pretty miserable. I also found out I had a gluten sensitivity and started eating gluten-free but that didn’t help too much. 

The reason why it didn’t work as well was that I was eating more non-gluten grains like rice and gluten-free products. I was replacing my gluten-containing foods with gluten-free cookies, gluten-free bread, and gluten-free pasta instead of completely eliminating grains. 

I did a stool test on myself and found out I had not only yeast overgrowth and dysbiosis (bacterial overgrowth) but also the parasite, Blastocystis Hominis. At the time, I hadn’t heard of that specific parasite and was unaware of the problems it caused, so I was doing a lot of research about it. This was around 1993 before we even had computers in our houses. In discovering how to eliminate it, I found out there were many effective natural remedies I could use as well as some prescription drugs. I started taking the various herbs and supplements that were recommended. 

Blastocystis Hominis Treatment Options

One of the most effective natural remedies for Blastocystis Hominis was supposed to be a liquid herbal remedy that contained Gentian, a purple-colored compound. I used this product for many months, and one of my most vivid memories was spilling it and staining my white countertop, as well as my clothes repeatedly. It was just a big mess. I performed over 20 stool tests on myself over the years. At the time, the lab would send you a picture if you had a parasite. Every time I would get the test results back, it was very frustrating as it would keep coming back positive. It was very depressing and frustrating as I couldn’t seem to get rid of it. Finally, I broke down and went to an MD and asked them to prescribe the medication that the CDC possibly recommends.

Conventional Treatment Options Often Fail

I say possibly recommended because the CDC views blasto as a yeast-like compound like candida. They believe that it may or may not cause problems, and you don’t really have to treat it. As a result, treatment was very controversial. I asked the medical doctor to prescribe the medications, antibiotics, and antiprotozoal prescriptions, which was very hard for me. 

A natural health doctor having to use a prescription medication for the first time in many years was very humbling. I followed the recommended treatment protocols for a while and then got retested and the protocol wasn’t even effective at eliminating the Blastocystis Hominis. 

In the literature, it says that medication often doesn’t work, so it was even more frustrating. Finally, I discovered a combination of things that did work and I was able to get rid of it. After all these positive tests, I finally received my first negative test. Since then, I’ve gotten tested multiple times and for the last ten years have received negative test results. 

Blastocystis Hominis and Autoimmune Conditions

I’m going to share how I and many other patients have been able to eliminate blastocystis hominis. Once I got rid of the blasto and cleared up the yeast and the bacterial overgrowth, my thyroid antibodies went down to normal and Hashimoto’s was resolved. For over ten years now, the Hashimoto’s and rheumatoid arthritis antibodies tests I’ve had have shown normal levels. 

There are also reports in the literature that link Blastocystis and Hashimoto’s and other various health conditions. It was interesting to me that autoimmune conditions and most all chronic health conditions are typically caused by deficiencies, toxins, infections like parasites, yeast and bacteria, hormonal imbalance, and/or food reactions. So how did we eliminate blastocystis hominis?

How to Get Rid of Blastocystis Hominis

The first step is diet. Parasites and yeast love sugar, carbs, and yeast in your diet. If you want to eliminate these problems, you must change your diet. You not only have to eliminate gluten, but also rice and other grains. When I started and it didn’t help, it was because I was still consuming grains and rice protein. I was eating a whole lot of rice with vegetables for lunch. Like previously mentioned, all these gluten-free substitutes like gluten-free cookies, bread, pasta, etc. aren’t desirable to eat when trying to balance your gut flora. 

Parasites thrive on sugar and yeast. Since the gluten-free diet wasn’t enough, I came up with the FreeDiet®. The FreeDiet® is not only free of gluten but free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. Cleaning up the diet is so important as you need to starve the bugs. Whether you take prescription drugs or natural remedies, if you’re still feeding them, you’re not going to get rid of them. If you want a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, feel free to click here and we can send you that.

The second step is to strengthen the terrain to make your gut uninhabitable to parasites, yeast, and bacteria. I had all three. I do recommend if you’re having auto-immune thyroid issues, any autoimmune, or digestive issues that you get stool testing. I like to do these comprehensive stool tests, not just test for parasites but also to check for co-infections of yeast and bacteria and leaky gut at the same time. 

It’s important to address all of these to strengthen your intestinal environment so that it’s uninhabitable to parasites. Probiotics are so important, and I use a product called ProbioSupreme™SB that can be very helpful for blastocystis hominis, as well as other parasites and yeast.

The third step is to add in products to help kill unwanted pathogens. I use a product called Yeast Defeat™ that has different herbs and compounds in it to help kill off blastocystis hominis, excess yeast, and fungus in your system. 

I also use Microb-Balance™. which is an herbal remedy containing berberine, which helps kill off excess bacterial overgrowth as well as blastocystis. 

Since then, I put together a group of five products that I call Blasto-Pack. You can click on the details section or that product and it lists the protocol.

Another thing that helped back then was this Amoeba Homeopathic remedy. At that time, I wasn’t all that familiar with homeopathic remedies and didn’t really see how they could even work because they function on a whole different principle. I took this homeopathic remedy, which then strengthens your immune system to kill off the blastocystis. When I combined all these products together with the diet, I finally got a negative result the first time I retested.

Healed for Over 10 Years 

After the protocol, it was amazing that everything was cleared up. I’m thrilled to say that after 10 years of trial and error but I was able to get rid of it. I’ve been able to share what I have learned with many patients, who I have helped get better since then. If you need help with this or similar issues, feel free to contact us and feel free to share this with someone you know, who is having any digestive, auto-immune, thyroid, or skin issues. 

PCOS Diet and Supplements for Weight Loss Clear Skin and Balanced Hormones

PCOS

What is PCOS?

I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano, founder of the natural medicine clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Over the last 34 years, I’ve had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits. Many of my patients have gut and thyroid issues in addition to hormonal imbalance. Oftentimes, lab results will reveal a hormonal imbalance called PCOS. PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. 

PCOS Symptoms

The main or most common symptom of PCOS is irregular or absent menstrual periods. In addition, severe menstrual cramps, excess androgenic hormones like testosterone DHEA, and polycystic ovaries are other common findings. 

With PCOS, the ovaries become surrounded by fluid-filled sacs called follicles that surround the eggs. The ovaries can also swell up and cause a lot of issues. If a woman has two of these three symptoms, they can be diagnosed with PCOS: irregular periods, excess male hormones, or polycystic ovaries. 

Living with PCOS

Menstrual cramps, PMS, and infertility are common symptoms of women that have PCOS. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women. Excess male hormones can cause increased hair growth on the face, back, and chest, as well as hair loss on the head. Oily skin and acne can be common complaints. The above symptoms are all signs of excess androgens (male hormones). 

Excess sweating, anxiety, depression, weight gain, and hormonal issues including thyroid problems are extremely common with PCOS. 

Hormone Imbalance and PCOS

Hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, and Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroiditis) are commonly observed in women that have PCOS. What are the underlying causes? The main cause is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can lead to increased testosterone production from the ovaries, causing many of the symptoms. 

Other hormonal imbalances, like increased DHEA (an adrenal hormone), can be involved too. Prolactin and luteinizing hormone (LH) are other hormones that can be too high. There also may be a genetic component as well. I like to dig deeper and identify the root causes. 

Testing for Underlying Root Causes of PCOS

When I do an evaluation, I run comprehensive testing for five different areas of underlying root causes. For instance, I often see deficiencies of iron, B12, folate, magnesium, and vitamin D. Vitamin D is a prohormone that’s really important for regulating hormones and insulin. 

I also check for environmental toxins (like too many plastic compounds) as well as heavy metals and their components. Under infections, I often see Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) or gut infections. Most often patients with PCOS suffer from digestive issues, gas, bloating, and IBS. With GI stool testing, I often find bacterial overgrowth, yeast/candida overgrowth, and parasites. 

Stress Causes Hormone Dysfunction

Hormone dysfunction is usually linked to adrenal dysfunction. Stress can cause the adrenals to have some imbalances over time, initially excess cortisol—the stress hormone. DHEA or cortisol can also be depleted from excessive stress over a long period of time. 

Food Sensitivities and PCOS 

The 5th area of testing is food sensitivities. Almost every patient that I have seen with PCOS has a gluten sensitivity. It often has a large effect on insulin resistance. Gluten sensitivity is the main food intolerance I find, but there are other foods as well that are commonly involved in causing food reactions. 

Food reactions cause inflammation and are often a large piece of what causes PCOS symptoms. The above-mentioned issues we test for are often the main root causes of PCOS.

Case Study of 36-Year-Old Female Patient

I had a 36-year-old female patient who came in for thyroid nodules. PCOS is often involved in causing thyroid issues. Not only was she dealing with thyroid issues, but she also had PMS, painful menstrual cramps, heavy periods, infertility and prior miscarriages, excessive perspiration, anxiety, depression, fatigue, acne, aches and pains, and headaches. 

After doing a thorough evaluation I put her on the main component of our treatment plan, the FreeDiet®. In her case, not only was she gluten sensitive, but she was reacting to other foods. The FreeDiet® is not just free of gluten, but free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. It’s free of all those commonly allergenic foods responsible for causing inflammation, digestive problems, and other chronic health issues. I had her on the FreeDiet® along with the appropriate supplements.

Improvement from PCOS Symptoms 

Four weeks later, when I re-checked some of her lab work, her testosterone dropped in half from 42 to 22 to the normal range. Her DHEA, another androgenic hormone was cut by almost 100 points to normal levels, and her estrogen dropped by almost 100 points to normal, where she previously had estrogen dominance. Her progesterone increased by a factor of 10X and her ferritin (which is a sign of insulin resistance) dropped almost a hundred points to normal, and her inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein) went from 57 to less than one. 

There was a dramatic reduction in inflammation, which really drives insulin resistance, inflammation, and so many different chronic health issues. A major purpose of the FreeDiet® is to reduce inflammation and insulin levels, which allows you to heal. While women with PCOS typically struggle with weight loss resistance, she dropped 20 pounds. She went from a size 12 to a size four within two months and was thrilled about that as well.

PCOS Treatment 

The traditional treatments for PCOS are birth control pills, Metformin (a diabetes drug), and spironolactone (a high blood pressure drug). There’s a surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling that is sometimes performed if the drugs don’t work. The traditional treatment listed above can help manage symptoms. 

Natural PCOS Treatment 

Our Functional & Free™ treatment plan includes, besides the FreeDiet®, the following vitamin supplement recommendations. 

  • ActivMulti™- High Quality Multivitamin
  • OmegaSorb 3X™ – Fish Oil Capsules
  • D3 5000 + K2 
  • Magnesium Malate
  • ProbioSupreme™ 30 – Probiotics

I call these the Functional Five™ supplements. The multivitamin has high levels of nutrients like chromium and vanadium that help also with blood sugar regulation, which is very important for insulin resistance. 

I also recommend: 

Zinc Glycinate – as extra zinc can be helpful for PCOS. 

Hormone Balancer™ – myo- and d-chiro inositol combination that’s been shown to be helpful for PCOS. 

CardiometaboliX™ – Berberine and alpha-lipoic acid which support healthy insulin levels. 

MethylFolate B12 Plus – Folic acid and B12 are commonly deficient with PCOS 

FemSynergy™ – Supports Hormonal balance and estrogen detoxification. 

Patient-Specific Treatment Plans

The treatment plan for PCOS is based on what each patient specifically needs. Someone may be iron deficient, whereas someone may need some other nutrients that they’re low in. One woman may need 10,000 units of vitamin D, whereas many people only require 5,000. It really depends on the fine-tuning of the individual case, but generally, the above is what I use foundation.

Have hope if you have PCOS, even though online it says there’s no cure and you’re just going to have to live with it. For most chronic health conditions, if you identify the underlying root cause you can often be provided with long term permanent solutions to help you get better. 

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High Blood Pressure Home Remedies

I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano from The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I’ve had the privilege of helping over a hundred thousand people over the last 34 years. There are simple things you can do at home to help maintain healthy blood pressure. In this article, we’ll talk about the things you should consider. 

What is High Blood Pressure?

What is high blood pressure? A reading of greater than 130 over 80 is stage one, and stage two is greater than 140 over 90. The stage one levels were recently lowered to 130 over 80, so now more people are categorized as having high blood pressure. In our office, it is one of the more common issues patients are dealing with. 

Almost half of Americans have hypertension, and 54% of African Americans have hypertension as the rate is proportionally larger in the African-American community. We are going to go uncover some of the underlying root causes and some solutions on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Medication Alone May Not be Effective

One of the things that my patients with high blood pressure have in common is that most are on high blood pressure medication. When I take their blood pressure, it’s still high even though they’re on medication. 

Oftentimes one hypertension medication is not effective and then you need to go on a second medication, and sometimes a third. One of my patients had a cardiologist husband who was on five different prescriptions for high blood pressure, and it was still high! They were having a hard time figuring out why. 

One of the reasons is when you’re not addressing the underlying root cause, and instead just trying to cover it with medication, the body adapts, and the blood pressure increases again because you are not fixing the issue.

What Causes High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

Here are some underlying root causes for high blood pressure.

DEFICIENCIES—ESPECIALLY VITAMIN D 

First, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in particular vitamin D, is a huge factor in this category. As far as getting back to why I believe African Americans have a disproportionately higher amount of blood pressure is because the darker your skin, the less you absorb vitamin D from the sun.

I had a patient from The Bahamas who was a gardener and was out in the sun every day, all day long. He came in with a long list of symptoms, including high blood pressure, aches and pains, and fatigue. His vitamin D was one of the lowest I’d ever seen, and he was out in the sun all day long. The reason is, the darker your skin, the less you break down and absorb vitamin D into your bloodstream. 

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies I see repeatedly, especially in people with hypertension. 

TOXINS

Toxins are another underlying root cause. When someone comes in and we perform testing, oftentimes we will see high levels of mercury or iron overload. 

INFECTIONS

Infections are another common root cause of high blood pressure. There’s a particular virus called cytomegalovirus, as well as other gut infections, that can cause high blood pressure. 

HORMONES

Other causes of hypertension are hormonal imbalance, such as insulin, cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, and others.

FOOD REACTIONS

Food allergies and sensitivities can be a root cause for high blood pressure, especially gluten.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Supplements for Blood Pressure

I had a 68-year-old female patient who came in with neck and back pain, fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, insomnia, sinus congestion, digestive issues, and high blood pressure. After lab testing, one of her root causes was gluten sensitivity. I put her on the FreeDiet® ,as well as vitamin and mineral supplements that she needed. Thirty days later, her blood pressure dropped 66 points to normal, as did her blood sugar, triglycerides, inflammatory markers, and she lost 12 pounds. 

The FreeDiet® is free of not only gluten, but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, and other common allergenic foods that result in inflammation, digestive, and other chronic health issues. Underlying inflammation in the body is a driving force for high blood pressure. By following the FreeDiet® inflammation can be reduced.

Supplements for Blood Pressure Support

I typically recommend five supplements, which I call the Functional Five™. I suggest switching your diet to the FreeDiet®. The first part of the functional five is a good quality multivitamin and fish oil. OmegaSorb 3X is the particular one we use. 

Vitamin D is an important nutrient and testing will reveal what your levels are and what dosage you need to take. On average, most people need 5,000 IUs of  Vitamin D along with Vitamin K2. It’s really important to get vitamin K2 with Vitamin D to help with absorption. 

Magnesium is an important mineral to take, and I believe magnesium malate is the best form. You can take magnesium citrate if you deal with constipation, but magnesium malate is my first pick. Typically, I recommend approximately 400-600 milligrams a day. A good quality probiotic like ProbioSupreme is very important to take as well. 

Other vitamin and mineral supplementation would be recommended unique to your specific levels. For instance, B12 and folate deficiency are common deficiencies with hypertension, so I would recommend MethylFolate B12 Plus. If your inflammatory markers are high, curcumin is a great supplement to support healthy inflammation. 

Case Review

A 54-year-old male patient whose blood pressure was 182/108 followed all the guidelines to avoid hypertension. He didn’t smoke and only drank alcohol occasionally. 

He wasn’t overweight, exercised regularly, consumed a generally healthy diet, monitored his salt intake, and still had high blood pressure. His doctor said it was hereditary and needed to be on medication for the rest of his life, but he didn’t accept that. 

After testing, I put him on the FreeDiet® as well as all of these supplements listed above. At the follow-up appointment four weeks later, his blood pressure had come down 71 points. A lot of people don’t realize when they have hypertension, they are actually experiencing food reactions. 

Gluten, in particular, can aggravate inflammation and raise blood pressure if you have a gluten sensitivity. In addition to taking supplements, it’s important to follow a good quality anti-inflammatory diet, such as the FreeDiet®

Schedule an Appointment Today 

If you’re tired of dealing with high blood pressure, we would love to help. Give our office a call to schedule your appointment today. We can run labs and get to the root cause of your hypertension. If you would like a free copy of The FreeDiet®  Phase 1 food chart, click here.

If you would like to read more about this, I have a chapter in my book on High Blood Pressure and you can click thefreedietbook.com  for more information. 

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