Author Archives: Holtorf Medical Group

The Holtorf Medical Group specializes in optimizing quality of life and being medical detectives to uncover the underlying cause of symptoms, rather than just prescribing medications to cover-up the symptoms. We are experts in natural, prescription bioidentical hormone replacement and optimization, complex endocrine dysfunction, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease. We’ve dedicated our practice to providing you the best in evidenced-based, integrative medicine that’s not only safe and effective, but provides measurable results.

5 Groups Who Really Can Benefit from Nutritional Supplements

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Supplements have become an important part of individual wellness. This is illustrated by the fact that upwards of 70% of Americans use dietary supplements regularly. Some would argue that such supplementation is unnecessary and has a minimal influence on wellness. In actuality, most people benefit from some form of daily supplementation. Read on to learn of the growing importance of supplementation, who benefits from supplementation, and what supplements to consider including in your own wellness plan. Why Are Supplements Important? To function properly, we must supply the body with resources in the form of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Ideally, everyone gets the requisite amount of these nutrients through their diet. Unfortunately, because of factors outside their control, many cannot do so. Two of the chief contributors to the country-wide decrease in nutrition acquisition is the dwindling nutritional value of foods, due to soil depletion and poor farming practices, and […]

Nutritional Supplements: Eligible Expense for FSAs or HSAs?

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Healthcare accounts allow individuals to financially invest directly in their own wellness. Proper use of these programs can provide significant savings regarding medical products and services. Unfortunately, despite being enrolled in these programs, many are not aware of the full range of benefits that come with their account. Knowing the benefits and limitations of your healthcare account can help you make more informed decisions about your care and may facilitate access to a wider range of medical products, including beneficial supplements. The Importance of Knowing Your Benefits The two most common types of consumer-directed healthcare accounts are Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Depending on the account you are enrolled in, there are certain benefits and drawbacks. Being familiar with these elements is critical, as ignorance of the specifics of your plan may cause you to miss out on substantial money-saving opportunities and limit your access to […]

The Importance of Supplementation and Nutrition

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Transcript Interviewer: Supplements while you’re pregnant, supplements when you’re not. Can you take too many? HMG Physician: Absolutely you can take too many, but you should… Here’s the thing, in the American diet it’s well known that there are not enough nutrients and vitamins. And that’s because mechanized farming, industrialized farms, GMOs, pesticides, herbicides… Over all of those things, our foods are processed. Right? So, they have to put back in vitamins. So yes, you can take too many, but almost no one does. We mostly take too few. Interviewer: What if you’re taking none right now? What should you be taking? HMG Physician: Well here’s the thing, I like to think about Hippocrates. Hippocrates is widely called the “Father of Medicine”. He is famous, most famous, for saying, “Let food be thy medicine.” Now, that’s important. Food should be our medicine, but in medical school the curriculum today only one […]

5 Supplements Everyone Should Consider

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Supplements are an easy and effective way of acquiring specific nutrients. Most people use supplements to address nutritional gaps or inadequacies found in their diet. However, supplements may also support various systems and functions throughout the body, facilitate greater wellness, and help people achieve their individual health goals. Supplements Everyone Should Consider Taking Everyone’s nutritional requirements are unique. There is no singular supplement regimen that satisfies everyone’s health needs. However, there several nutritional supplements that should always be considered when creating your personal supplement protocol. Studies suggest that regularly taking one or more of these powerful substances can notably improve various areas of wellness. Read on to learn about the five essential everyday supplements that everyone should consider including in their wellness plan. High-Quality Multivitamins Perhaps the most obvious and broadly beneficial supplement for everyone is a high-quality multivitamin. Taking a quality multivitamin daily helps ensure that the body gets all the […]

How to Choose Quality Supplements

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To maintain proper bodily function, we must keep the body supplied with many nutrients. Unfortunately, studies show that a large percentage of the population is severely deficient in essential substances including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B and D, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Fortunately, you can help ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs is through supplementation. One of the most important parts of effective supplementation is using high-quality products. After reading this article you will recognize the markers of a quality supplement and know what type of products and substances to avoid. The Importance of Supplement Quality Despite the widespread use of supplements, many people are unaware that low-quality supplements do not provide the same nutrition as higher grade options. There are, however, major differences in supplement efficacy and safety depending on the product’s quality. A quality supplement offers the purest form of a substance while a […]

Do You Need Nutritional Supplements?

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Each person’s body has unique dietary requirements. Factors such as depleted soil, food storage and transport, farming techniques, toxin exposure, and lifestyle factors including age, stress and food sensitivities all influence nutrient acquisition. These and other factors have contributed to widespread malnutrition. Fortunately, it may be possible to ease deficiencies and improve nutrition through supplementation. Why We Need Supplements Research suggests that the entire population has some degree of nutrient deficiency. This is bolstered by findings showing that up to 80 percent of people have a suboptimal intake of various vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, those with a deficiency may still not be able to get the nutrients they need regardless of dietary optimizations. This is primarily because of a decline in food quality and elements that disrupt of the body’s ability to absorb and utilize nutrients. We discuss some primary contributors below. Increased Consumption of Processed foods Over the years, […]

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and How Is It Treated? – An Interview with Dr. Holtorf

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Transcript Interviewer: Hi! We’re here today at the Holtorf Medical Group with Dr. Holtorf. Today we’re going to be talking about Hashimoto’s disease. So Dr. Holtorf, Hashimoto’s has been in the news a lot lately and a lot of controversy surrounding it. So what exactly is Hashimoto’s? Dr. Holtorf: Well, what is Hashimoto’s… I think it’s great that people are bringing out more awareness because it’s very common and certainly getting more common. Basically, Hashimoto’s is when the body is attacking the thyroid. Instead of trying to fight an infection, it’s going after the thyroid. So it’s an autoimmune disease. Interviewer: Okay. I know a lot of doctors say this, and this is another controversial statement, but are there any treatments for it? Dr. Holtorf: You know, there is. Absolutely! You get a lot of endocrinologists and doctors say, “Why check it if you can’t do anything about it?” But you […]

Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism: Autoimmune Connection

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Thyroid disease is complex and highly impactful. Two of the most common forms of thyroid disease are hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis acts as a precursor to hypothyroidism. However, hypothyroidism may also develop without the influence of Hashimoto’s. Understanding the relationship between these two conditions is key to identifying and treating thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, or Both? Thyroid disease may manifest in a variety of ways. Hypothyroidism is the most common, followed closely by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hypothyroidism is a condition wherein the thyroid no longer produces the hormones necessary to maintain proper bodily function. This is typically accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, poor cognitive function, weight gain, and depression. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that triggers the release of antibodies that attack healthy thyroid tissue. This causes irreparable damage to the thyroid gland, often resulting in a decline of thyroid function and subsequent hypothyroidism. Even though Hashimoto’s […]

AIP Diet: What Is the Autoimmune Protocol Diet?

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Any form of immune malfunction can cause serious disruption throughout the body. However, perhaps of the most impactful form of immune dysregulation is autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease is well-known for causing a wide range of symptoms and being difficult to treat. Interestingly, studies show that through proper implementation of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet, those with autoimmune disease may ease or begin to resolve their condition. Read on to learn more about the impressive efficacy and benefits of the Autoimmune Protocol diet. What is Autoimmune Disease? Autoimmune disease causes the immune system to misidentify healthy cells and tissues as a threat. When the immune system labels these structures as a dangerous it releases autoantibodies to eliminate them. As these autoantibodies assault healthy tissues, they induce significant inflammation that can cause serious and, sometimes, irreparable damage. This leads to the development of an array of symptoms and often other illness. Resolving […]

How Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Addresses Autoimmunity

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Do you struggle with constant fatigue, have difficulty thinking clearly or regularly get sick? If so, you may be one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from autoimmune disease. Autoimmune malfunction of any variety has a significant impact on wellness. Autoimmune disease specifically, besides detracting from one’s well-being, is exceptionally difficult to treat. A great deal of research has been done on how to best resolve autoimmune disease. Recent studies have found that Naltrexone, a medication with a long history of use in addiction therapies, has impressive immune-regulating qualities that may prove highly beneficial in treating autoimmune disease. A Brief Look at Immunity The immune system is an integral component of health. When working correctly, the immune system fends off harmful pathogens including germs, bacteria, allergens, parasites, and viruses. When the immune system recognizes any of these harmful agents in the body, it releases antibodies to eliminate the specific pathogen. […]

What Are Common Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease?

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Studies suggest that autoimmune disorders are increasingly common in the United States and elsewhere, but have you ever wondered what the common symptoms were? Sadly, many are not aware of the potential threat of autoimmune dysfunction or the significant impact it has on individual wellness. Having a strong understanding of the basic characteristics of autoimmune disease may provide you with the information you need to better identify autoimmune dysfunction in yourself and others. How Does the Immune System Work? Your immune system is an impressive collection of tissues and cells whose job is to protect you from infections and harmful substances. The immune system defends against many pathogens including bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, and much more. Normally, when the immune system encounters something that could be potentially harmful, it mounts a defense to destroy or eliminate the threat. However, immune malfunction can disrupt or significantly alter this kind of healthy response. For several […]

Can Infections Cause Autoimmune Diseases?

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In recent years, a great deal of research has been done on autoimmune disease. Our improved understanding has dispelled many previously held beliefs, specifically regarding the cause of autoimmune disorders. It has been recognized for many years that genetic factors influence some autoimmune diseases. However, we now know that underlying or chronic infections may also play a significant role in the development of autoimmune diseases. To better treat autoimmune illness, we must implement new and reliable information regarding the connection between autoimmune disease and infections. Delayed Implementation of Important Data If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, your doctor may have told you something like “all autoimmune diseases are genetic,” “autoimmune conditions have no known cause,” or “there is no treatment for autoimmune disease other than managing symptoms.” These statements are untrue. While medical professionals are knowledgeable and well-meaning, they often cannot keep up with current research on specific […]