Hypothyroidism: Lacking in Metabolic Fire

  The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is situated below and behind the larynx (Adam’s apple) and in front of the windpipe (trachea). The pituitary gland produces thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that directs the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone regulates the metabolic rate, the efficiency with which all the physical and […]

Preventing and Treating Influenza Naturally

  The role of good nutrition (no sugar), adequate sleep, stress reduction, exercise and regular hand washing with a mild hand soap go a long way toward preventing influenza. Natural remedies that GSMC physicians have found helpful include: Flu Solution An FDA approved over-the-counter homeopathic remedy. Take according to package directions at the very first […]

Tips to Prevent Mold Growth

  Thoroughly inspect any home for mold contamination before buying it. Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to mold growth.   Treat mold contamination by addressing conditions that support mold growth: lack of ventilation, darkness and, especially, moisture.   Ventilate high moisture areas: the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry. Use fans to exhaust moisture from the laundry, […]

Is Your Moldy Home Making You Sick?

  We’ve all seen the dramatic footage on the evening news. An entire family finds themselves homeless, prohibited from entering their dream-home-turned-moldy-toxic-EPA-nightmare.   Could molds be putting your health at risk? For more and more people across the nation, the answer is yes.   More than 200,000 species of molds have long been associated with […]

Q/A: If You Were Stuck on a Remote Island . . .

  Q: Drs. Wilson and Wright recently put their heads together to answer this question: Excluding a multiple vitamin/mineral formula, what five supplements would you choose to have with you (and why) if you practiced on a remote island?   A: First, Vitamin C. Unlike nearly every other mammal, fruit bats, guinea pigs, and human […]

Speedometers, Lymphocytes and Your Health

Few people would check their car’s speedometer once a year and think that doing so would protect them from getting a speeding ticket later that year.   Yet, that is exactly what many people do with their health if they rely on the laboratory serum tests routinely performed during annual physical exams to screen for […]

The Cholesterol Hypothesis of Heart Disease and Statin Drugs

The guys in white coats are in your television set, and they’re advertising cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) 24/7. They know if they throw enough spaghetti on the wall, some of it will stick.   Americans spend $12.6 billion/year on statins, proving the cholesterol hypothesis has stuck. The theory that cholesterol causes heart disease is called the […]

Angioplasty with Stent Placement vs. Exercise Training

Young woman jogging outside in sunny autumn forest. The sun is shining in the background.

Research results reported in the March 2004 issue of Circulation may be the best news for heart patients since, well, the bicycle was invented.   The benefits of stent angioplasty as rescue intervention in acute coronary problems is well established. But its benefits are less clear in a patient with stable exercise-induced angina.   Cardiologists […]

Health Risks of Obesity

If you need a dose of reality about the health risks associated with diabetes, check out this formidable list: Type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and lipids, sleep apnea, coronary artery disease, osteoarthritis of the knee, fatty liver disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gout, low back pain, impotence, and some cancers, […]

Dying for a Good Night’s Sleep?

woman sleeping

  Each night across America, an estimated 15 million people are, in effect, being asphyxiated in their own homes.   Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a much more serious health problem than just the annoyance of snoring. When lying down to sleep at night, the airway can actually collapse or can become physically obstructed, resulting […]

The Secret Life of Fat

Who would have imagined that a seemingly passive slab of belly fat could turn on its accommodating host by deploying sophisticated biochemical weapons that undermine health?   Though this “Attack of the Killer Fat” sounds like the title of a low budget movie, understanding the concept may go a long way toward removing the stigma […]