Can gluten cause infertility?

Can gluten cause infertility? It is a question on many women’s minds… especially when they’ve tried everything to get pregnant. There’s a lot to say about gluten and its effects on your health. Practitioners may recommend that you avoid gluten for a number of reasons – to lower systemic inflammation, increase cognitive function, or to help reduce the symptoms of …

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Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something?

Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something? Have you ever received a letter or a note from your doctor about your lab results that simply says, “Everything is normal?” Unfortunately, for many people, their doctor will tell them everything looks normal, although they feel utterly terrible. Getting regular lab testing done is an important part of every person’s health journey.  It …

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Why I Require a Complete Thyroid Panel & Your Doctor Should Too

In my practice, I make it a point to order a complete thyroid panel on all of my patients, especially those with symptoms or who have just had a baby. The majority of my patients have never had a complete thyroid panel, as their doctor would only order a TSH. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH is a pretty standard blood …

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Is Whiskey Gluten Free?

Is whiskey gluten free? This is a common question in my practice as people begin to review the list of foods that are and are not gluten free. It is understandable— I can remember the overwhelm when I first had to go gluten free as I tried to navigate the grocery store (It’s why I created this Gluten Free Guide). The …

Hypothyroidism? Why You Should Absolutely Quit Gluten Now

It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of hypothyroidism in the United States is caused by an autoimmune condition. In these cases of autoimmune hypothyroidism, known as Hashimoto’s, antibodies attack the thyroid, resulting in thyroid tissue destruction. There is evidence showing gluten plays a significant role in driving the antibody attack against your thyroid.

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SIBO Part II: Natural Treatment and Therapies

As we talked about in the previous post, “SIBO Part I: What Is It & How Do I Know If I Have It?,” SIBO can be quite difficult to treat. Today, in SIBO Part II, I want to share my approach to treating this condition and what steps you can take right now to heal your gut. When treating SIBO, …

How to Tell If You Are Gluten Intolerant

  More and more patients are coming to me wanting to know if they have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition in which you experience symptoms when eating gluten, but do not have an autoimmune response like that of celiac disease or an allergy to wheat (1). Although the symptoms people experience are very real …

Grain Free Almond Apple Muffins

These days it seems like I am hearing more from everyone, not just patients, about the issues they are having with grains. Gluten, in particular, tends to cause problems for many people with an array of symptoms pointing to a sensitivity. But in general, grains can be inflammatory for people leading to joint pain and bloating, among other symptoms. And …