Education and Newsletters, Kelli Cuda, Masters in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Uncategorized

Thyroid Health Uncovered

What is the Thyroid Gland?

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that sits just below your Adam’s apple. It is a master gland that secretes hormones and is responsible for regulation of metabolism, growth and development, and influences nearly every physiologic process in the human body. When thyroid levels are out of balance, so is our health and well-being.

How Does the Thyroid Gland Work?

In order to create balance, the thyroid communicates with two other glands in the brain, the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. The hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis (HPT axis for short) aka thyroid homeostasis, is an entire neuroendocrine system responsible for the regulation of metabolism. One might imagine the hypothalamus as the person who regulates the thermostat. It releases Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and tells the pituitary gland where the thyroid should be set. The pituitary gland (the thermostat), then releases Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to the thyroid gland, which acts as the furnace, producing thyroid hormones, Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). Thyroid hormones are like heat. When there is enough heat, the thermostat turns off, the room cools (thyroid hormone levels drop) and the process starts again as a negative feedback loop.

The thyroid gland itself uses iodine to produce the two main hormones, T4 and T3. The thyroid produces 80% T4 (inactive) and 20% T3(active). The body must convert the inactive hormones into an active, unbound, usable form.  Certain conditions, factors, and nutrients must be present, not only for the thyroid to produce these hormones but for this conversion to take place.

What Are Symptoms of a Malfunctioning Thyroid?

A wide array of symptoms can stem from either an under or over-functioning thyroid gland. Nearly every system in the body can be impacted so symptoms should not be ignored.

 

How to Treat a Thyroid Disorder

Often times when a thyroid condition is diagnosed, little is done to determine the underlying insult to this essential “master gland” of our body. Rather, treatment often stops at replacement hormones without determining where the imbalance has occurred. Simply replacing hormones, does not address the immune system dysregulation, which is often the root cause. Some considerations in a thorough work-up include;

  1. A FULL thyroid panel. Many times, only TSH, T3, and T4 are tested.  A full panel would include the following markers: Free T3, Free T4, Total T4, TSH, Anti-thyroglobulin Ab, Anti-TPO Ab, Thyroglobulin, Thyroxine-Binding Globulin (TBG) and Reverse T3
  2. Thyroid lab ranges vary. “Normal” can be a wide range with optimal functioning in a narrower window.
  3. Assess for specific nutrients that facilitate thyroid health
  4. Assess for potential factors (lifestyle, toxins, medications, etc.) that inhibit thyroid
  5. Heal the gut! Over 70% of the immune system originates in the gut. Gut bacteria also assist in hormone conversion
  6. Determine the most appropriate replacement hormone based on the patient’s specific needs

Want to optimize your thyroid and overall health? Kelli is currently accepting new patients. Call us to schedule! (614) 888-HERB (4372).

About Leaves of Life, Kelli Cuda, Masters in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Uncategorized

Meet Kelli Cuda, Masters in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner

Hi, I’m Kelli, a Family Nurse Practitioner that is beyond thrilled to begin my work at Leaves of Life, one of the most well-established healing clinics in the Columbus area.

My journey all started as a student nurse at The Ohio State University Medical Center.  I quickly realized that I was on the right path when I looked forward to sitting at my patient’s bedside learning more about their story. I received my BSN at OSU and worked ten years in critical care. Ten years and two kids later, I returned to graduate school to fulfill my longtime goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. In 2014, I had the pleasure of working with an amazing medical team at a large family practice. During this time, I cared for patients of all ages and ailments. I was pleased to have the opportunity to initiate real change using an integrative, patient-centered approach.

Today I hold close not only the valuable professional and life experiences I have gained overtime, but my internal desire to become part of the exciting and evolutionary change in healthcare. I am currently completing a post-maters certificate in Functional Medicine and it is my desire to sculpt the paradigm of healthcare through education, prevention, and wellness.

I have a husband and three beautiful kiddos, 2, 8, and 10. My side job is their personal uber driver and lover of all their sports and recreation. Our community is everything. I find peace in my faith, my village, and always…on the lake. I still love to choregraph a good dance routine, sleep in whenever I can (usually once a year), and belt a tune like I am Beyoncé. (I’m terrible…but my kids think it’s hysterical). I believe balance is key. That…and tickle time.

How Can I Help You?

At Leaves of Life, I’ll help you better understand your health and how to move it in the right direction. I strive to improve whole body wellness by identifying the root cause of inflammation or imbalance. Every patient is unique and biochemically diverse and therefore a comprehensive history is essential. We review symptoms, conduct a thorough medical/surgical/family history, review lab work and other diagnostics, discuss lifestyle (including nutrition, stress, sleep hygiene, toxic burden, etc.), and physical exam. I will work alongside your primary care physician and communicate identified imbalances based on my extensive work-up and make suggestions accordingly. I believe in collaboration and value the importance of integrating traditional medicine with functional medicine. It is an extension of evidenced-based practice that allows us to treat more than just the symptoms by treating our patients just as uniquely as they were created.

If you’d like to take charge and work toward your best health yet, I’d love to partner with you and your primary care physician on your journey!
Amy Timmerman, RN, BSN, Laser Allergy

Laser Allergy Treatment Success Stories!!

“My husband received laser allergy treatments at Leaves of Life. At the start of treatment, he was lactose intolerant, and had multiple environmental allergies that required him to take Claritin daily. After treatment, he’s no longer lactose intolerant, and his environmental allergies, while not completely gone, are much improved. He no longer has to take allergy medicine. We highly recommend laser allergy treatments. The technician, Amy Timmerman, at Leaves of Life is a registered nurse, and very knowledgeable about natural health as well as conventional health treatments.”–C.R.

“I no longer have eczema on my legs and arms”

“I can eat corn without getting stomach pain”

“My morning nausea is gone”

“I don’t sneeze and have itchy eyes when I’m on the golf course”

“I feel so calm and relaxed after a treatment”

“I can go to my friend’s house and her cat no longer makes me sneeze”

“I’m finally able to gain weight. I feel so much better now that I can tolerate a wide variety of foods”

“My child’s eczema cleared up completely in just 4 sessions and we have tried everything!”

 

These are just a few of the success stories from patients who have received Laser Allergy Treatments at LOL.

 

What are Laser Allergy Treatments??

The ASA Balance machine uses lie detector technology to scan the patient for a dermal stress response to various allergens.

Once the allergens are identified, the patient is re-exposed to the balanced frequency of the allergen while simultaneously going through a process known as immune conditioning….

Click here to see a laser allergy session video


5 Things I Wish my Patients Knew About Prevention of Food Allergy/Sensitivity

-by Amy Timmerman, RN, BSN

  1. Do a GI Map stool test. This test looks at overall gut health, including the presence of viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria, immune response, inflammation, levels of normal flora and digestive efficiency. An imbalanced gut can be the root cause of allergies. Knowing where your gut is out of balance takes the guesswork out of treatment.
  2. Get rid of inflammatory foods (dairy, gluten, soy, sugar, etc). Increased inflammation can dysregulate the body’s immune response.
  3. Rotate the foods you’re able to eat. The more you overeat the same foods, the more likely the body will develop an allergy to that food. Rotation also allows for more nutrient and gut bacteria diversity.
  4. Add digestive enzymes. These help to break down fats and proteins in your food. Poorly digested food is more likely to cause an immune reaction.
  5. Boost low stomach acid. Stomach acid is critical for digestive enzyme production.

 

Leaves of Life Staff

Clare

I have been working at Leaves of Life for two years now and love working at an office of health.  I live in Worthington Hills with my husband, one cat and one dog: love my short commute to work.  I have 3 adult children, and a new daughter-in-law as of this past October.  I have worked in the health care field all my life.  I found functional medicine when my son was very ill.  Traditional medicine with traditional testing could not find the cause of his issues.  After a simple stool test we had our answer.  All it took was a diet change and we had a new healthy child.  I was and am a believer in functional medicine.  Diet and lifestyle is the best medicine!

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April

I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and have been married to my supportive husband for 10 years. We have 2 wonderful daughters ages 8 and 10. I have been employed with Leaves of Life as the Lab Technician for 2 ½ years and love what I do. I feel very privileged to be able to help people in a natural practice focusing on the root cause of the problems and healing with foods and supplements.

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Karen

I found Patty on my journey to health about 15 years ago.  We became good friends in the process and now I’m the office manager at Leaves of Life.  I grew up in Virginia, went to college in North Carolina and moved to Ohio in 1990.  My husband and I have 4 children between us,  ages 11 – 31.  Besides working at Leaves of Life, I have an organizing business and enjoy hula hooping, doing puzzles and frequent trips to Hocking Hills.  Patty and Leaves of Life have greatly improved my health – I am so thankful for this job and the people I work with.

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Cristine

As a mom of three, I am often the resident health care provider in our home. I was happy to find Leaves of Life because I have been interested in holistic medicine for over 20 years. I use essential oils, chiropractic care, and try to eat well and exercise. I enjoy walking and yoga. I also enjoy spending time with friends. While working at Leaves of Life, I’ve learned a lot, and discovered a wonderful place to find answers to my family’s health concerns. Seeking out the root cause of an ailment is what I’ve believed in for so long, and now we have the expertise we need.

Cristine is a front desk receptionist at Leaves of Life and the newest member of our team.

Bodywork and Energy Treatments, Brittany Baumgartner, LMT

Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

Traditional Hot Stone Massage provides several benefits, including relief of muscle tension and pain, stress and anxiety reduction, increased circulation, and better sleep. The average skin temperature is 92 degrees. Stones are usually warmed to 105-110 degrees.

In general, Himalayan Salt has several benefits: air purification, reduction of electromagnetic radiation, reduction of unhealthy positive ions, easing of allergies and asthma and improvement in mood and sleep.

The combination of a hot stone massage with Himalayan salt stones adds even more benefit. You can see the effects of the salt after one session. Your skin, body and mind will thank you!

The benefits of a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage:

  • Negative ions are produced when heated, creating a sense of peace and deeper sense of relaxation.
  • The heat of the salt melts restrictive fascia to go deeper into the muscles and loosens the joints.
  • The moist heat of the stones assist with soothing inflamed muscles and joints.
  • Leaves the skin feeling refreshed and glowing.
  • The salt stones moisturize and plump up the superficial layers of the skin.
  • May detoxify and alkalize the body.
  • May aid in reduction of insomnia, blood pressure and stress.

On a spiritual level:

  • Can ground and balance meridian levels, chakras and electromagnetic field.
  • Clear your Qi and energy.

The stones provide 84 essential mineral and trace compounds. Stones may be used hot or cold. Unlike river stones, Himalayan stones are antibacterial.

Give yourself a wonderful treatment by scheduling a Himalayan salt stone massage session today!

Brittany Baumgartner, LMT

Education and Newsletters, Joanne Corroto, RN, BSN, LMT

About the BioScan (Meridian Stress Assessment)

Joanne Corroto RN, BSN, LMT uses the BioScan (Meridian Stress Assessment), a class 2 FDA-approved medical device, to detect imbalances in the body. The BioScan provides an extraordinary perspective on the state of your body’s energetic health and balance by measuring electrical conductivity at response points (acupuncture/meridian points) on the hands and feet.  A total of 58 points are used for testing and are recorded to provide a profile of the client’s present condition. According to research, acupuncture points are related to the body’s organs and systems.

As the client moves away from health, imbalances can be sensed along the meridians at representative points. As a result, stress associated with the corresponding organs can be surveyed using the indicated organ points.

The BioScan can provide information on how organs, glands, and body systems are performing and how they’re reacting to environmental toxins, stress, emotions and more.  It is a comprehensive, non-invasive and pain free test. It creates a complete circuit (like an EKG) using a highly sensitive Ohm meter that measures the flow of energy between each meridian point and organ.  After the initial assessment or measurements have been taken and recorded, the results can be viewed. If stress values are above or below the balance point, the systems’s extensive computer database will allow consideration of a wide range of possibilities that can help the client regain a healthy balance. The BioMeridian allows consideration of thousands of homeopathic, herbal and nutritional products.

Here’s what testing looks like:

At a typical appointment, the client sits in a chair and holds the moistened brass hand mass in one hand, while the other hand is tested using a stylus to touch the various acupuncture meridian points on the fingers. The information is visibly plotted on the computer, displaying the energy that point is exhibiting: stressed, weak or balanced.

Testing the small bowel point might indicate a possible imbalance with digestion/absorption, indicating to the technician that there is a need to look at other items that impact digestion and absorption. Low stomach acid, sluggish bile flow, flora imbalance are some of the possible underlying causes. Once the underlying cause is determined, the BioScan helps to determine from thousands of treatment options, what will work best with the client.

Overall, the BioScan unit is an information gathering device to disclose patterns of stress and provide feedback to help restore each system and meridian to an appropriate balance.

The BioScan does not provide a medical diagnosis.

by Joanne Corroto, RN, BSN, LMT

About Leaves of Life

Open House April 28, 2018, 10a-2p Schedule of Events

TIME TOPIC OF SESSION PRACTITIONER
10:00 Meditation Class Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE QTTP, CMEC
10:30 GI Map Stool Test–Why GI health impacts literally every cell in the body Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist
10:30 Improving the Go–Identifying underlying causes in chronic constipation Anne Guist, Women’s Health Physical Therapist at Fitness Matters
10:30 Spectracell Micronutrient Testing–The importance of knowing INTRAcellular nutrient levels and how nutrient deficiencies can cause common illnesses Bob Wood, RPh, Hormone Specialist
10:30 Therapeutic Touch Demo Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC
11:00 Meditation Class Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC
11:15 ZRT Saliva Testing–When saliva is more accurate than blood for sex hormones and practical advice on hormone imbalance Bob Wood, RPh, Hormone Specialist
11:30 GI Map Stool Test–Why GI health impacts literally every cell in the body Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist
11:30 The Function of Females, Feelings and Food Holly Wood, MSW, LISW-S
12:00 CardioMetabolic Test–Think you know your cardiovascular risk because you know your cholesterol numbers? Think again! Kelli will review cutting edge cardiovascular risk factors. Kelli Cuda, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner
12:15 Commit to Combat (Tools to fight daily stress/anxiety/depression) Holly Wood, MSW, LISW-S
12:30 GI Map Stool Test–Why GI health impacts literally every cell in the body Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist
12:30 Therapeutic Touch Demo Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC
1:00 Meditation Class Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC
1:00 The Function of Females, Feelings and Food Holly Wood, MSW, LISW-S
1:30 GI Map Stool Test–Why GI health impacts literally every cell in the body Patty Shipley, Naturopath, RN, Herbalist
1:30 Therapeutic Touch Demo Valerie Christensen, RN, CDE, QTTP, CMEC