Author Archives: amymyersmd

Are You Deficient in These 6 Nutrients? This Doctor Says They’re Critical in Preventing Autoimmune Disease

Your immune system is a complex machine, and just like a car, it can’t function properly without the right fuel. Here are six key nutrients that one functional medicine doctor considers to be the premium fuel. If your body is deficient in any or all of these key nutrients, your immune system is at risk of going haywire and attacking the body’s own tissues, which could lead to autoimmune diseas

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What Does Dr. Amy Myers Eat Everyday for a Healthy Thyroid? Her Delicious Meal Plan Delivered!

As a Functional Medicine doctor, my first priority is to get my thyroid patients healthy by getting to the root cause of their chronic illness. I work with them to heal leaky gut, detoxify, eliminate infections, relieve stress, and of course optimize their diet. I call this protocol The Myers Way® because it truly is a way of life, and I know this because I live by it!You may know that I was

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Dr. Myers on Why Conventional Medicine Gets Thyroid Disease Wrong

This is an excerpt from The Thyroid Connection: Why You Feel Tired, Brain-Fogged, and Overweight - And How to Get Your Life Back.Okay, so here’s the thing: Conventional medicine is failing far too many people. And nowhere is this failure more evident than with thyroid dysfunction.The American Thyroid Association says that over the course of a lifetime, at least 12 percent of the U.S. pop

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Understand The Root Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction – A Q&A with Dr. Amy Myers

By Amy Myers

Thyroid Health Q&A with Dr. Amy Myers  We are in the midst of a thyroid epidemic. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists estimates that 27 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and one woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. What’s worse, up to 60% of people with thyroid dysfunction don’t even know it!As thyroid dysfunc

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Is Your Dental Work Leaching Toxins, Creating Inflammation, and Worsening Your Chronic Condition?

By Amy Myers, MD

When I treat my patients, I’m always looking for sources of inflammation because it’s the root of most chronic diseases, including autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s or MS. I’ve found that inflammation is often caused by five major environmental factors: our diets, a leaky gut, stress, toxins, and infections.Changing the diet and healing the gut are big first steps in getting to the

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3 Toxins That Threaten Your Thyroid

By Amy Myers, MD

Toxins can impact your physical health, specifically your thyroid, in many ways: increasing inflammation in your body, disrupting your hormones, putting you at risk for an autoimmune disease, like Hashimoto’s, MS or Lupus, and even causing cancer. As I discuss in my book, we’re exposed to hundreds, if not thousands, of toxic chemicals on a daily basis that can accumulate in our bodies and sign

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If You Have Hypothyroidism, Are You Getting Enough of This One Important Element?

By Amy Myers, MD

Believe it or not, iodine is a key player in your thyroid health. It’s actually one of the building blocks of your thyroid hormones. And even though your body is incredibly efficient at absorbing and storing iodine, your thyroid can’t always tell the difference between iodine and other substances with very similar chemical structures.Iodine is part of the halogen family, which also includ

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10 Foods That Fight Candida Naturally

By Amy Myers, MD

If you suffer from mood swings, seasonal allergies, digestive issues, or frequent yeast infections, you may have Candida overgrowth. The good news is there are ways to naturally fight Candida with certain food choices.What is this overgrowth, exactly? A small amount of Candida (yeast) resides in your mouth and intestines to aid digestion, but your medications, diet, and environment can all ch

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What’s Really Causing Your IBS?

By Amy Myers, MD

If you’re often scrambling to find a bathroom or worry about traveling because your diarrhea might act up, you’re not alone. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. In fact, studies estimate that 38-96 million Americans suffer from IBS, although only 5 to 7% have been diagnosed. Symptoms of IBS include frequent diarrhea, constipation (or bot

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8 Myths About Autoimmune Disease You Need to Stop Believing

By Amy Myers, MD

I’ve seen the science, I’ve reviewed the research, and I’ve treated thousands of patients, and from my experience I know there are a lot of myths out there about autoimmune disease. Whether you’re living with an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s, Lupus, MS or something else, or you know someone who is, understanding the facts is crucial to finding solutions. As both physician and pat

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Success Story: Curing My Patient’s Lupus, Leaky Gut, Depression, Brain Fog….Starting at the Gut

By Amy Myers, MD

My patient Shenna was excited. We were just beginning our first appointment, and she was hoping to finally resolve her symptoms and get off her medications.Shenna had been diagnosed with lupus about six years ago. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the immune system attacks a wide variety of the body’s tissues and organs, which can include joints, kidneys, skin, heart, lungs,

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My Autoimmune Journey: I Could Have Saved My Thyroid If I Knew Then What I Know Now

By Amy Myers

I couldn’t believe this was happening to me.I was lying in bed, clutched in the grip of a panic attack. I wanted desperately to continue with my second year of medical school. But I was struggling with the nightmarish symptoms of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid gland attacks itself and overproduces its own hormone. Awful as the symptoms were, the helplessness

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Expert Spotlight with Amy Myers, MD

This week Further Food is pleased to spotlight Amy Myers, MD, one of our experts in autoimmune disease. After suffering from symptoms of Graves' disease — panic attacks, insomnia, drastic weight loss — and following a conventional approach that destroyed her thyroid, Dr. Myers decided to study functional medicine, because she believes there isn't a one-size-fits-all treatment for a health

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Living with Hashimoto’s? MS? Lupus? 3 Reasons to Give Up Gluten Now

By Amy Myers, MD

Have you been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or any other autoimmune disease? If so, I can say without a doubt that gluten initiated your disease, and continuing to eat it is wreaking havoc on both your gut and immune system.Gluten is now found nearly everywhere in our modern world, but I want to point out that today’s gluten is not the same gl

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