Thyroid disease is becoming more and more pervasive in today’s world — one could even say, epidemic. In today’s interview with my good friend, Dr. Christianson, we shed some light on exactly why this is.
Dr. Alan Christianson is a licensed Board Certified Naturopathic Endocrinologist who has focused almost his entire career on thyroid care. He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose recent titles include The Thyroid Reset Diet: Reverse Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Symptoms with a Proven Iodine-Balancing Plan (which just came out in 2021!) and The Metabolism Reset Diet: Repair Your Liver, Stop Storing Fat, and Lose Weight Naturally (2019). Dr. Christianson has also been featured on Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Today Show. Additionally, he is the founding president behind the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American College of Thyroidology. In short: he is highly-credentialed to have this conversation around thyroid health today!
This episode is for people who have had to manage thyroid disease and people who know other people in their lives with thyroid disease — which, you may be surprised to know, affects two-thirds of our population!
[1:15] About today’s episode with return guest, Dr. Alan Christianson.
[3:12] Welcoming Dr. Alan Christianson back to the podcast!
[3:29] Dr. Christianson provides an update on how he’s been doing in the midst of the pandemic and what compelled him to write his new book, The Thyroid Reset Diet.
[4:56] Dr. Christianson explains thyroid disease and why it happens.
[6:35] Why is thyroid disease so pervasive? What are the biggest drivers of it?
[8:48] What is iodine and why is iodine tolerance a driver of thyroid disease?
[9:42] What has changed in our understanding about the connection between our thyroid and iodine?
[11:04] Is iodine in our salt an issue?
[11:15] Should we stop iodizing our food in general and just start fresh?
[15:09] Is iodine relevant in all cases of thyroid disease?
[17:18] If Hashimoto’s or hyperthyroidism is correlated with iodine excess, would we be looking at Graves’ disease as being a deficiency of iodine?
[18:16] What happens if hyperthyroidism and Graves’ are happening simultaneously?
[19:21] How do we determine our iodine status?
[20:50] Talking iodine testing methods and rate of iodine absorption.
[23:03] Non-traditional sources of iodine.
[25:26] Lesser-known sources of iodine in food.
[26:42] Is the consumption of gluten an independent risk factor for thyroid disease?
[27:24] Additional sources of iodine in food.
[27:58] Should we be vilifying iodine across the board?
[28:16] is the crux of a thyroid reset diet around reducing our iodine intake? And what else should we doing in conjunction with this to repair the thyroid? And what does the overall timeline look like in terms of seeing improvement in our thyroid health?
[30:29] Do we see any changes in antibody levels with regards to our thyroid health?
[31:10] Dr. Christianson shares about the considerations for the individuals that are currently medicated to manage their thyroid disease.
[33:47] Dr. Christianson provides some tips on how individuals can successfully get their physician on board with addressing their thyroid health with the new research that has come out.
[35:47] Dr. Christianson shares some invaluable information that is key to know about when it comes to your thyroid health.
[37:16] Where to pick up a copy of Dr. Christianson’s newest book!
[37:34] Dr. Christianson’s KPIs!
[41:04] Where to learn more about Dr. Christianson’s work!
[41:15] Thanking Dr. Christianson for joining the podcast!
[41:26] About our upcoming five-day course-building challenge!
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More About Dr. Alan Christianson
Dr. Alan Christianson is a Board Certified Naturopathic Endocrinologist who focuses on thyroid care. He is a New York Times bestselling author whose recent titles include The Thyroid Reset Diet: Reverse Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Symptoms with a Proven Iodine-Balancing Plan (2021) and The Metabolism Reset Diet: Repair Your Liver, Stop Storing Fat, and Lose Weight Naturally (2019).
Dr. Christianson has been featured on countless media appearances including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Today Show. He is the founding president behind the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American College of Thyroidology.
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“Almost any kind of thyroid disease can be caused by ‘too much’ or by ‘too little.’ And today, the risks for ‘too much’ in the modern world are much, much higher than ‘too little.’” — Dr. Alan Christianson
“It’s not that thyroid disease is something that you’re stuck with; it’s really something that has to be perpetuated. So, when you take away what’s driving it, it can often reverse.” — Dr. Alan Christianson
“[When it comes to improving your thyroid health], there’s basically a reset phase and a maintenance phase.” — Dr. Alan Christianson