Episode 114: The Impact of Hypothyroidism on Health

Dr. Eric Balcavage

Cindy Kennedy, FNP, is joined by Dr. Eric Balcavage for a discussion of the underlying issues of why hypothyroidism is poorly addressed in medicine. It is the unfortunate truth that more emphasis is put on the stimulating hormone, TSH, rather than the actual production of the two thyroid hormone levels.

Dr. Balcavage is the owner and founder of Rejuvagen, a functional medicine clinic in Chadds Ford, Pa. He is nationally recognized speaker and educator on various health related topics including thyroid physiology, bile physiology, detoxification, oxidative stress, methylation and chronic illness.

Dr. Balcavage is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Balcavage is the co-host of Thyroid Answers Podcast. The podcast focuses on answering the pressing questions those suffering with chronic hypothyroid symptoms can’t get answered elsewhere. You can find his educational Thyroid Thursday videos on Vimeo and Youtube.

Dr Balcavage has made it his mission to change the way medicine looks at hypothyroidism. He is the co-author of the soon to be released book, Thyroid Debacle. The book, co-written by Kelly Halderman MD, addresses the problems with current allopathic and functional medicine approaches to hypothyroidism as well as the solutions to restoring thyroid physiology.

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SHOW NOTES

What is cellular hypothyroidism? How is it different from Primary Hypothyroidism?
You state that hypothyroidism is a spectrum disorder, what does that mean?
What are the two causes of an under-active thyroid gland?
Why is the title of your book Thyroid Debacle?
How many people are impacted by hypothyroidism?
What do you see as the biggest challenge with the current healthcare system in regard to identification and treatment of hypothyroidism?