Category Archives: Thyroid Health

The Great Fluoride Myth

One of the great things about being a health practitioner for more than three decades is that I get to see exciting new research and development emerge –- and also witness the medical and scientific communities retract mistakes and give credence to things that were dismissed years ago. (Remember when butter was “bad” and margarine […]

Should I Get My Thyroid Checked?

Almost twenty years ago, the American College of Physicians, a pretty conservative organization, stunned the medical community by issuing a guideline that women over 50 should have their thyroids tested at least once every five years. At that time, most physicians thought that they could diagnose thyroid problems themselves and that testing guidelines were unnecessary. […]


by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP Sometimes when women experience problems like increased fatigue, loss of concentration and weight gain, the first thing that comes to mind as the cause is “it must be my thyroid.” The thyroid gland regulates your metabolism, which has a huge impact on your weight, your energy levels, and your moods. […]

The Master Hormone – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

by Marcelle Pick OB-GYN, NP The thyroid gland has long been considered the master gland and is well known for its ability to affect metabolism. When a TSH test is ordered, I am trying to determine exactly how much of this hormone TSH is circulating in the blood. This provides me with information about how the […]

Hypothyroid Symptoms

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Hypothyroidism is the medical term for a sluggish thyroid. It can lead to a wide range of hypothyroidism symptoms:  Severe fatigue, loss of energy  Weight gain, difficulty losing weight  Depression and depressed mood  Joint and muscle pain, headaches  Dry skin, brittle nails  Brittle hair, itchy scalp, hair loss  Irregular periods, […]

Simple Dietary Changes That Can Help Your Thyroid Naturally

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The case for thyroid nutrition Nutrients that support our thyroid What about soy and thyroid health?  Foods that may disrupt thyroid function Find your balance — the Women to Women approach The thyroid is one of the most important, and often mismanaged, glands we have working in our body. Located […]

Can Your Thyroid Be Affected By Stress?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP  The brain controls both the adrenal and thyroid glands  How stress affects your thyroid gland  Tips for improving thyroid and adrenal health As a female practitioner of functional medicine, I began to notice patterns among my patients linking stress to various physical disorders. Although this is a recognized occurrence in […]

Alternative Hypothyroidism Treatment

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Alternative practitioners try to resolve the underlying causes of poor health rather than simply treat the symptoms. In our experience, alternative hypothyroidism treatment can often reverse suboptimal thyroid function well before a woman develops permanent thyroid disease. Success in this approach largely depends on how early we intervene and on […]

Thyroid Health And Selenium

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Selenium is one of nature’s best kept secrets. We need only small amounts of this amazing mineral, but it has huge effects on our health. Selenium protects us against many health problems which are associated with the aging process, such as certain types of cancer and osteoarthritis. More than that […]

Thyroid and Hypothyroidism: Frequently Asked Questions

by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP Answers to your concerns about problems related to your thyroid, including low thyroid disorder. If my thyroid was enlarged, could I feel it? Where is my thyroid? The thyroid is a small gland that lies behind and is wrapped around your Adam’s apple, but is not the Adam’s apple itself. […]

Natural Thyroid Solutions

by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP In addition to the most recent studies showing why plants, herbs and minerals can help strengthen our thyroid health, I’m hearing from women who are feeling better without prescription medication also shows how beneficial natural remedies can be. Let me tell you about Bonnie, a young woman who was diagnosed […]

Goitrogens And Thyroid Health — The Good News!

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP What is a goitrogen? What foods contain goitrogens? Enjoy your goitrogens with a sprinkling of common sense My patients with hypothyroidism sometimes ask about stories they’ve heard in the news or seen on-line about the effects of certain foods on their thyroid health. Soy is their most common concern, but […]

Iodine and The Thyroid — Worth A Second Glance

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Iodine deficiency — how common is it? From intake to uptake — why are some of us so iodine deficient? How’s your iodine? — iodine testing and treatment We’ve all heard of iodine, of course. But if we were asked to define iodine’s role in human health, we might either […]

Hypothyroidism In Women

Learn about low thyroid function – issues and approaches to hypothyroidism in women by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The thyroid gland is a little winged gland in our necks that controls the rate of function for every cell and gland in the body, including growth, repair and metabolism. It’s fair to say that you can’t […]

Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Issues and Weight Gain

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Over the years, I’ve treated a number of women with unusual weight gain or difficulty losing weight. They often ask me, “Is it my thyroid?”. The answer for many of these women is yes, but the connection isn’t simple. Thyroid function is intimately connected with your metabolism — thyroid hormones […]

How Thyroid Issues Affect Weight Gain

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP When I talk with women suffering with unexpected weight gain, often one of the first questions I am asked is “Is it my thyroid?” Sometimes, my answer is “yes” — after all, our thyroid hormones play a huge role in regulating our metabolism and how we use nutrients. And research […]