sonia mcnaughton, thyroid,autoimmune, hashimotos, graves, hypothyroidism, hypothyroid, hyperthyroidism, hyperthyroid, hormones

1 supplement in Hashimoto’s & Graves’ to reduce thyroid antibodies. Updated 2017

On the search to feel more energetic, more upbeat and regulate weight with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves' disease?  Have you heard about the mineral selenium?  It is one of the most extensively researched, science based, natural treatments for reducing the autoimmune attack on the thyroid! The Selenium Story: The selenium and thyroid story are closely … Continue reading 1 supplement in Hashimoto’s & Graves’ to reduce thyroid antibodies. Updated 2017

How to Reduce Thyroid Antibodies in Hashimoto’s: New Research 2017

Reducing thyroid antibodies may increase the quality of your life if you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the autoimmune cause of hypothyroidism. A new, high quality, research study strengthens the evidence building for science based natural solutions in Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. The Story So Far: We’ve known for some time that low vitamin D status was associated with … Continue reading How to Reduce Thyroid Antibodies in Hashimoto’s: New Research 2017

Hypothyroid, not yet medicated, but need to feel better?

Hashimoto's thyroiditis (Hashimoto's) is the most common autoimmune disorder in the world affecting more than 10% of females and 2% of males causing hypothyroidism with fatigue, weight gain / difficulty losing weight, infertility, constipation, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, swelling and more. A study was completed on women in … Continue reading Hypothyroid, not yet medicated, but need to feel better?

thyroid, graves, hashimotos, autoimmune thyroiditis, naturopath, herbalist, newcastle nsw, fatigue, weight gain, infertility, antibodies, tsh, t3, t4

7 years advanced notice of thyroid disorder with simple tests

So you've been told your thyroid is normal but you are still exhausted, forgetful & gaining weight? Did you know your immune system could be causing these symptoms 7 years before they show up on your 'thyroid test' (TSH test)? Antibodies from the immune system have been found attacking the thyroid up to 7 years … Continue reading 7 years advanced notice of thyroid disorder with simple tests

Getting enough sunshine may help you avoid a thyroid disease.

Our bodies need sunshine! Our current obsession with shielding ourselves from all sun exposure may be dangerous* if you have a family history of any autoimmune disease. From the sun (and also from some foods) our body gets Vitamin D which is actually a precursor to a powerful hormone in our body.  Sunshine becomes in … Continue reading Getting enough sunshine may help you avoid a thyroid disease.

Are pimples linked to diet?  The science of natural solutions to acne.

It’s the Easter Sunday tally of chocolate and hot cross buns and it’s time to get science to help me prevent pimples popping-up like bunny rabbits!  In 7 days I will be standing in front of a group of gals talking evidence based health solutions and a visage resembling a pizza is not a confidence … Continue reading Are pimples linked to diet?  The science of natural solutions to acne.

The Goldilocks Hormone Keeping Your Heart Beating

Heart cells can only use a biologically active thyroid hormone (T3) that is not commonly tested nor prescribed in Australia.  If you do not have the correct amount of T3 getting into your heart an alarming array of signs and symptoms can develop with fatal outcomes. Drs’ Klein and Danzi in the American Heart Association … Continue reading The Goldilocks Hormone Keeping Your Heart Beating

Heart disease kills more Australian women than any other cause, including breast cancer – do you know your risk factors?  

My mum died of a sudden and fatal heart attack after years of being regarded as the “healthy one” having dodged the family narrative of autoimmune diseases, arthritis and dementia. When my mum died I started researching what would have caused an otherwise healthy woman to have such a massive heart attack.  I was shocked to … Continue reading Heart disease kills more Australian women than any other cause, including breast cancer – do you know your risk factors?  

What to do when you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling*. The science behind regaining your lost libido.

What can you do when that lovin’ feeling is gone, gone, gone?*  And where does it go?  Are there any facts supporting the claims that aphrodisiacs can bring your sexy back**? Lost libido can be an early warning sign or further proof that something is not quite right with your health, your diet or your … Continue reading What to do when you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling*. The science behind regaining your lost libido.

Energy-Boosting, Craving-Busting Snacks

Do you find you are looking for something to pep you up to get through the day?  Is the diet coke / coffee and chocolate afternoon snack more than the occasional go-to food? I was talking fatigue and craving-busting strategies with my gorgeous friend Leah who is a mum to 2 active boys (3yo & … Continue reading Energy-Boosting, Craving-Busting Snacks

Fighting Fatigue, Boosting Energy

Feeling fatigued is a wide-spread problems for about 20% of our population who possess so little energy their exhaustion interferes with their ability to enjoy a normal life (9). Are there evidence-based solutions that boost your energy that don’t leave you crashing and worse-off? The simplest, natural treatment for fatigue is rest and sleep. Sadly … Continue reading Fighting Fatigue, Boosting Energy

Tired, teary & sluggish?

Feeling tired, teary & sluggish?  Can't lose fat or gain muscle?  You might have one of the most common chronic disorders - hypothyroidism.  A whopping 5% of the total population have hypothyroidism and as you age your risk increases.  In your 50's and 60's 10% of the population have hypothyroidism.  Plus it's more common in women than men (2, 3).  … Continue reading Tired, teary & sluggish?

Feeling stressed, tired or irritable? 

What can you do if you are deep in the mid-year, mid-winter drag? A herbal tonic called Rhodiola rosea is a natural pick-me-up to help you cope with feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and down. Rhodiola has been used for hundreds of years in many different cultures for its anti-stress, anti-fatigue and antidepressant properties. A 2016 review of the scientific studies on Rhodiola found evidence … Continue reading Feeling stressed, tired or irritable? 

Sonia McNaughton, naturopath, herbalist, newcastle, vitamins, minerals, nutrition, confused, vitamin d, magnesium, thyroid, pms, acne

I call bullshit on oversimplified info on supplements

The amazing peeps at Harvard are trying to help the average shopper interested in their health with an article on why information on nutrients and supplements (and I think herbs too) is so confusing and overwhelming. Simply put it comes back to the science: what formulation of the nutrient was used in the scientific trials, what dosage, … Continue reading I call bullshit on oversimplified info on supplements

‘Smudging’: is there room for traditional beliefs in modern, scientific, natural medicine?

Ahhh the irony 'smudging' my new room in the integrative medical practice where I proudly use scientific, research methodology to help people get better. Have you heard of smudging? It's an ancient practice of native Americans where they burn herbs, mainly white sage, to waft smoke through the air of a space to cleanse the … Continue reading ‘Smudging’: is there room for traditional beliefs in modern, scientific, natural medicine?

Healthy, delicious, fast lunch

Keeping on track with my 2016 goals gets hard when I'm time poor!  What I need is a quick and healthy meal to help me stay alert, calm and full throughout my busy afternoon while lovin' my liver. Challenge accepted! Carrot & Beetroot Salad (with thanks to Everyday Cookbook) Recipe: 1 carrot 2 beetroot (raw) ½ green apple ¼ … Continue reading Healthy, delicious, fast lunch