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Oct 19, 2022

Why You Should Listen: 

In this episode, you will learn about the thyroid and how thyroid conditions may be the result of a Cell Danger Response.

About My Guest:

My guests for this episode are Dr. Eric Balcavage and Dr. Kelly Halderman.  

Eric Balcavage, DC, CNS, CFMP, BCIM is the owner and founder of Rejuvagen, a functional medicine clinic in Chadds Ford, PA.  He is a 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 (CNS), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor.   He is the co-host of the 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. 

Kelly Halderman, DCN completed a Family Practice Medicine internship with the University of Minnesota.  She has a Naturopathic Medical Degree from Kingdom College of Natural Health.  She holds certification in MethylGenetic Nutrition by the Nutrigenetic Research Institute and certification from The American Functional Neurology Institute in Functional Neurology and Neurofeedback.  She is an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, President and Founder of The American Association of Nutraceutical Formulators, as well as a member of The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.  Dr. Halderman is also board certified in Clinical Nutrition by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board.  She coined the term "Phase 2.5 Detoxification" which involves properly restoring bile physiology.  She serves as Weo Foundation’s Chief Health Officer; the global leader in water research and its application to living systems.  Dr. Eric and Dr. Kelly are the co-authors of the book The Thyroid Debacle which addresses the problems with current allopathic and functional medicine approaches to hypothyroidism as well as the solutions to restoring thyroid physiology.  

Key Takeaways:

  • What symptoms might lead one to explore thyroid physiology?
  • Why are thyroid issues broader, systemic issues?
  • What is the best way to evaluate thyroid conditions?
  • How does the Cell Danger Response (CDR) play a role in thyroid conditions?
  • What are the primary triggers of the CDR that lead to issues with thyroid physiology?
  • How might an autoimmune attack on the thyroid itself be an intelligent response?
  • Is it more important to kill the bug or to modulate the host response?
  • Could an elevated rT3 be an indicator of a Cell Danger Response?
  • Is iodine appropriate to use in Hashimoto's?
  • What is the role of the mitochondria, compared to the thyroid and adrenals, in chronic illness?
  • How might supporting sulfation and glucuronidation make the thyroid problem worse?
  • What is "Multisystem Adaptive Disorder"?
  • How might SIBO be associated with the thyroid?
  • Is hypercholestolaemia associated with the Cell Danger Response and issues with thyroid physiology?
  • Is blood sugar metabolism associated with cellular hypothyroidism?
  • What is the "Strategic Thyroid Solution Protocol"?
  • What are the fitness factors that comprise the wellness wheel?

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Interview Date:

October 7, 2022


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