Author: Josh Redd, DC

Three things Hashimoto’s patients must look for in a multivitamin

If you have Hashimoto’s, then you may know how difficult it is to find a multivitamin that is safe for you. Most multivitamins, even the expensive practitioner brands, are frequently inappropriate for Hashimoto’s patients. They have ingredients that can flare up your symptoms or work against your goal of reducing symptoms. They contain forms of […]

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What are the signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s?

By Josh Redd, MS, DABFM, DAAIM, Chiropractic Physician Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, is a common diagnosis these days. However, did you know that an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s causes more than 90 percent of hypothyroidism cases? In this article I’ll talk about the symptoms and lab markers that identify Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s is an […]

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Five ways to keep kids healthy during the pandemic this winter

By Dr. Josh Redd, Chiropractic Physician, RedRiver Health and Wellness Center, MPHb Candidate – Johns Hopkins – Healthcare Epidemiology & Infection Prevention & Control As we head into this winter’s cold and flu season, parents are extra concerned this year due to Covid-19. But not to worry, not only are children naturally more resilient to […]

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The must-have supplement for every patient with Hashimoto’s: Glutathione

By Josh Redd, MS, DABFM, DAAIM, Chiropractic Physician Antioxidants are a buzz word in health circles that sometimes deliver empty promises. But when it comes to autoimmune Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, one antioxidant is a must-have in your protocol kit: Glutathione. Glutathione is considered the body’s master antioxidant and you need it dampen autoimmune disease and lower […]

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Blood sugar imbalances potent trigger of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

By Josh Redd, MS, DABFM, DAAIM, Chiropractic Physician Although researchers have found different factors that can trigger Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, such as gluten, certain viruses, and even particular environmental toxins, one of the most common is also the most overlooked: A blood sugar imbalance. Americans are notorious sugar and carb addicts and have the high blood […]

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Why Did I Get Hashimoto’s? Nine Things That Can Trigger Autoimmune Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism

You felt crappy for weeks, months, or possibly even years before your hypothyroidism diagnosis. Thyroid medication made you feel a little better and normalized your labs, but symptoms persist. Perhaps you were told you have autoimmune Hashimoto’s disease, but there is nothing that can be done for it. If this sounds like you, you may […]

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Think You Might Have Hypothyroidism? 10 Reasons It’s Urgent You Act Now

If you think you may have Hashimoto’s you’re not alone! Statistics vary, but it’s estimated about 20 million people in the United States have hypothyroidism, the vast majority of them women — one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime, and about 10 times more women than men develop hypothyroidism. What’s […]

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Knitting and other crafts help repair damage from too much screentime

Most people today spend many hours a day looking at a screen —at least half their lives now. This excess of screen time is now linked with myriad health disorders, including brain development problems in children and progressively worsening mood, focus, and isolation in adults. Excess screen time is also linked to depression, sleep disorders, […]

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Hair dyes and chemical relaxers linked to high cancer risk particularly among black women

We live in a society that disapproves of aging women and considers straight hair desirable, facts that make going gray or being a black woman difficult if you want to keep your body healthy. But it may be time to start embracing our natural attributes — a just-published study shows hair dyes and relaxers significantly […]

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New research shows inflammation causes brain fog

New research shows what those of us who practice functional medicine have long known: Inflammation causes brain fog. In fact, brain fog is one of the most common symptoms reported in people with Hashimoto’s low thyroid and other autoimmune conditions. The study recruited 20 healthy young male volunteers and gave them three different shots over […]

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Coffee enemas – the little known strategy that can help manage Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Is this your first time hearing about coffee enemas? If so, it’s normal to feel a little bewildered and put off. But you might be surprised to know coffee enemas have long been a staple in alternative medicine associated with a number of benefits. Coffee enemas are known to help: Relieve pain Boost energy Relieve […]

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Exercise shown to improve Hashimoto’s low thyroid

Exercise may seem like a bad idea when you feel run down, in pain, or fatigued from Hashimoto’s low thyroid. Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland, can make exercise feel impossible at times. However, research shows daily physical activity improves outcomes and helps manage symptoms of […]

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Why you should filter your tap water for better health

Although our home drinking water is sanitized to prevent disease, you should still filter it for truly healthy water. While treating tap water prevents disease from pathogens such Cryptosporidium and Giardia, it still contains abundant treatment chemicals and environmental pollutants. Chlorine and chloramine are the two treatments used to treat drinking water. Chlorine is the […]

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How to prevent autoimmune thyroid flares while traveling during the holidays

Managing an autoimmune low thyroid condition requires care and attention, which can become challenging during holiday travel.  Boarding with relatives, long car rides, busy airports and crowded airplanes, trying to eat well while living in a hotel room, and constantly having to turn away trigger foods offered by well meaning relatives all present additional work. […]

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Does exercising make you sicker? You may have exercise intolerance?

Although diet is important to managing your health, you can’t ignore exercise — it is practically a magic bullet to feel and function better. Numerous studies show the multiple benefits of exercise. After all, the human body is designed to require constant physical activity for optimal function. Not only does it keep our muscles and […]

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What Is MTHFR and Why Should You Care When You Have Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism or Brain Issues?

On your internet searches for managing your low thyroid or brain condition, have you seen references to MTHFR? Just what is MTHFR and why does it matter? About 60 percent of people have a defect in the MTHFR gene, and knowing this can help you better manage Hashimoto’s low thyroid or brain-based symptoms. MTHFR stands […]

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Vegans & Vegetarians May Not Get Enough Dementia-Prevention Nutrients

A plant-based diet has many of health benefits, including promoting a healthy gut microbiome, giving you lots of vitamins and minerals, and helping you get plenty of fiber. However, you may be missing out on a essential dementia-fighting nutrient if you avoid animal fats: Choline.  Choline is only found primarily in animal fats and is […]

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Positivity is Good for Your Health, But so is Healthy Negativity — Avoid “Toxic Positivity”

If you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism or another autoimmune disorder, you have probably heard a positive attitude is good for you. Positive thinking, gratitude, and healthy socialization are all linked to better health outcomes. However, there can be dark side to positivity. How often do we all hear “just think positive,” “focus on the good,” “don’t […]

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American Diabetes Association Finally Supports Low-Carb Diets

Although the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is behind the ball compared to the rest of us, they have  finally included lower carbohydrate diets among their recommendations for diabetics. In the world of functional medicine, we have known low carb diets improve health and stabilize blood sugar for decades. We also know that typical western diets […]

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Volunteering Helps Relieve Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety have become more common than ever, with millions of Americans search for ways to feel and function better. While many routes can help, particularly functional medicine protocols that reduce chronic inflammation, you still must tend to the health of your spirit. A proven remedy in this area is to spend time volunteering. […]

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What Type of Brain Inflammation Do You Suffer From?

If you suffer from autoimmune Hashimoto’s low thyroid, you may also suffer from some degree of brain inflammation. Symptoms of brain inflammation brain fog, fatigue, poor motivation, and depression. Sometimes brain inflammation can be debilitating if it is advanced enough. What type of brain inflammation do you have? Brain inflammation can be subtle, moderate, or […]

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New Lab Test May Emerge for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome — more appropriately identified as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) — is an extremely frustrating chronic health disorder. Most physicians either don’t believe it exists or that it’s a psychiatric problem. Even though ME/CFS debilitates many of its victims, the disorder is frequently the target for jokes or ridicule because no diagnostic […]

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Exercise and Hashimoto’s low thyroid: A balancing act

Although symptoms from autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s low thyroid can vary depending on the tissue being attacked. Nevertheless, people with different autoimmune diseases struggle with bouts of fatigue, energy “crashes,” brain fog, inflammation, and pain. These symptoms can sabotage an exercise habit. Or perhaps bouts of these symptoms have prevented you from starting an […]

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Streaming Films About Chronic Health Problems

One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with a chronic autoimmune disorder such as Hashimoto’s low thyroid is how isolating it feels. Autoimmune disorders are “invisible” illnesses —you may look healthy and normal when in fact you’re suffering from fatigue, brain fog, depression, and other symptoms. It’s common for doctors, employers, and family members […]

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Autoimmune diseases; Hashimoto’s becoming epidemic

Sadly, most doctors don’t know how to manage autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s low thyroid — a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Yet, researchers say autoimmune diseases have become an epidemic, affecting more Americans than heart disease and cancer together. The insurance-based health care model also argues autoimmune disease is […]

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Why pregnancy can raise the risk of hypothyroidism

Many women develop low thyroid symptoms either during pregnancy or right after pregnancy. The majority of these women have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. The vast majority of hypothyroidism cases are caused by Hashimoto’s. So why do so many women develop hypothyroidism around pregnancy? Pregnancy […]

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Strategies for Optimal Stomach Acid and Good Gut Function

Doctors typically treat symptoms of acid reflux, gas, bloating and heartburn with antacids, histamine type 2 receptor agonists (H2 blockers), Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), or even surgery. They also do not use a lab test for stomach acid levels, even though testing exists. Unfortunately, stomach acid meds worsen the problem for many people. Antacids lower stomach acid for […]

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New Research Links Processed Foods to Shorter Life

New research shows eating processed foods on a regular basis raises the risk of an earlier death. We already know in functional medicine that a processed foods diet typically leads to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. The study, which was […]

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