Thyroid and Thyroid metabolism: follow the science or follow opinion?
“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading”. -David Bailey What does this quote have to do with Thyroid metabolism and Thyroid metabolites? Directly, not a lot. Indirectly—a whole lot. I believe this quote points to an often unrecognized problem that permeates under the surface of […]
Dr Goodyear speaks at A4M in Las Vegas 2014
It was again an honor for Dr Goodyear to speak at the annual A4M Functional & Regenerative Medicine conference in Las Vegas on 12.12.14. This conference brings together the largest gathering of Functional Medicine practitioners in the World. New ideas and new research, from around the world, in Health and Health restoration are learned, […]
“Wheat Belly” Book Review by Nan Sprouse, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” -Let It Snow lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Wintertime in Tennessee is a great excuse to download or buy a new book and then get lost between its covers. My favorite for 2012 is “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis. This is a fascinating and fun read describing how the amber waves of grain of our grandparents are barely recognizable as today’s genetically modified dwarf grain. This leads to potential digestive disorders, increased inflammation, and ultimately malabsorption of nutrients.
Did you know that wheat products elevate blood sugar more than Snickers candy bars or ice cream? As blood sugar (glucose) rises, more insulin is released from the pancreas. This allows entry of glucose into the cells of the body, converting glucose to fat. The higher the blood glucose after eating, the greater the insulin level leading to more fat being deposited, especially in the abdomen. The bigger your wheat belly, the poorer your response is to insulin, in turn leading to insulin resistance which can trigger diabetes.
Reflections from Nan: Detox For Better Health
“I feel stupid, fat, and tired,” is a recurring theme with many of our new patients at Seasons. Many factors play a role in this syndrome.
One common but overlooked contributor is environmental toxins. A new study by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) found over 48 toxic chemicals in women’s blood and urine. Besides toxic metals, chemicals such as pesticides, BPA, phthalates, etc. were discovered in large amounts.