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HASHIMOTO'S

In Hashimoto’s the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid causing inflammation and decreased thyroid function, Hypothyroidism. This is an Auto-immune Disorder and steroids are often given which then compromises the immune system and adrenal glands. Steroids have serious side effects and can not be taken long term. The best therapy is to nourish, support and correct the immune system and restore thyroid function.

 

HEARTBURN

The esophagus is the tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach. It can not tolerate contact with stomach acid or it creates a sensation of “burn” which, because of its location near the heart, gets called “heartburn”. When stomach acid splashes into the esophagus, heartburn results.

 

HEPATITIS

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by bacteria, viruses or chemical exposure. Type A Hepatitis is commonly caused by bacteria in food poisoning. Type B is the blood borne virus transmitted from transfusions and needles. Type C is controversial because the virus is present but the person has no symptoms. The treatment with Interferon drug therapy however can leave a patient disabled and increase the viral load causing full blown liver infection, cirrhosis and death. Supplements to promote liver health have no known side effects.

 

HIATAL HERNIA

A Hiatal hernia is not a true hernia but a relaxation of the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. This creates GERD. Treatment includes maintaining a normal weight and avoiding offending foods. Supplements to decrease rather than eliminate acid, as well as heal the mucosal lining are preferred over long term use of antacid medication or surgery.

 

HORMONES

Chemical messengers released inside the body that circulate through the bloodstream to produce physiological responses. Hormones are important for regulating a diverse range of body functions relating to sleep, energy production, sexual function, emotions, stress response, and many others.

 

HOT FLASHES

A sudden feeling of heat in the face or upper part of the body, caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the skin and often accompanied by a red, flushed face and sweating.

Hot flashes can impair the quality of life. Hormone replacement provides relief but causes Cancer, Stroke and other serious side effects. Some experts believe future research will demonstrate “Bio-identical” hormones to also prove harmful. Solid research shows a combination of herbs help the body better utilize its hormones thus safely eliminating hot flashes without side effects.

 

HYPOGLYCEMIA

Glucose (a type of sugar) is the body's main energy source. Hormones, such as insulin, control the level of glucose in the blood. It's unhealthy if a person's glucose levels get too high, or too low. Hypoglycemia occurs when the levels get too low. This can happen to people who have diabetes. It can occur if the person doesn't eat enough or if the person takes too much insulin, which lowers glucose levels. A person with hypoglycemia may feel hungry, shaky, sweaty, weak, drowsy, or dizzy. If left untreated, hypoglycemia may even make someone faint or pass out.

 

HYPOTHYROID

Hypothyroidism is caused by a “sluggish” or under active thyroid. Many people, especially women are diagnosed with “normal” thyroid levels but have many symptoms of an under active thyroid. Symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, loss of sex drive, dry skin, constipation and hair loss. Improvement is seen with nourishment to the thyroid.

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