Frequently Asked Thyroid Questions

Ep 60
In this week’s episode of ReInvent Healthcare, we tackle frequently asked questions and misconceptions people have about the thyroid so that we can make sure that our clients are well-informed. This way, we can help people do the right thing in getting proper diet, exercise, medication, and way of living to optimize their health.


Food for Thyroid
Don’t be scared of brassicas like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage in the diet, since they do wonders for the body. These have only been a concern when nutrients were isolated.  With soy, there is a misconception that it is bad for you. It’s only a problem for people with thyroid function if they’re low in iodine, because the goitrogens in the soy can interfere with the uptake of the iodine which is needed for making thyroid. Foods to stay away from are gluten, dairy, and sugar. 

Can people get off Thyroid Medication?
It is not possible to get off medication if people have had their thyroids removed. There is also a chance that they are on the wrong medication and that is causing further harm. For those who still have their thyroid, it is very possible to get off medication through balancing blood sugar, practicing mindfulness, and getting proper sleep and movement.We as practitioners have to be able to tell our clients to get the proper tests done, make the right lifestyle choices, and improve their diet so that people do not fall through the cracks.

Hormones that Interact with the Thyroid
Insulin – Studies show that TSH levels can correlate with insulin. Thyroid dysfunction can also impact insulin and can lead to diabetes.

Cortisol – Adrenals affect high and low levels of cortisol and the conversion of T4 to T3. It can also affect receptors and inflammation in the system.

Sex Hormones – Birth control or hormone replacement therapy at menopause will cause an increase in thyroid binding globulin, which effectively causes too much bound thyroid hormones and not enough free. People on testosterone therapy make less thyroid binding globulin, which causes more free thyroid hormones which can lead to symptoms of  hyperthyroidism.



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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.