Is Hashimoto’s Disease Genetic?

Any diseases you accrue throughout your life originate from your genetics. Your body’s structure is a roadmap to why you may, or may not, come down with an autoimmune disease or chronic illness. When talking about Hashimoto’s Disease this is just as true and there are links to your everyday life that could activate it …read more


What are the Main Causes of Depression?

What causes depression or depressive disorder? Many think that depression originates from a lack of serotonin, but is that really the case, or is depressive disorder caused by something else? We debunk the myth that antidepressants are the ultimate solution for depressive disorder and what natural steps you can take to combat your disease naturally. …read more


Chocolate Coconut Popsicles

Ingredients: One 13-Ounce Can of Full-Fat Coconut Milk 1/3 Cup Raw Cacao Powder Two – Three Tablespoons Raw Honey One Tablespoon Vanilla Extract Popsicle Molds Optional: Coconut Flakes, Sprinkles Directions: Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 2 hours or until solid. Submerge …read more


How Can Hashimoto’s Affect My Quality of Life?

Having Hashimoto’s and not dealing with it properly can destroy your quality of life. Typically, you’re made to feel like, “your thyroid is actually quite normal, your labs are normal, I’ve got you on the right drugs. You’re not actually sick, you actually can sleep. Maybe you have a mental problem and you should see …read more


What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease to your thyroid and typically causes your thyroid to drop in function. It is caused by a leaky gut that is allowing inflammation to accrue. Genetically, you then have a thyroid disease on your genes. Those autoimmune markers then go and attack your thyroid, and your thyroid function drops. …read more



What are Common Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s disease is such an interesting thing. Most people that come into Dr. Goodbinder’s office, specifically women, will say something like “my thyroid isn’t working right, I’m on this medication and I’m not having any results curing symptoms.” And to that, Dr. Goodbinder tells them specifically why their thyroid isn’t working correctly. If you have …read more


Can You Optimize the Health of Those With Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s patients want to know, “How can you cure my Parkinson’s?” For Dr. Goodbinder, this is not his goal. His goal is to help you stop shaking, decrease the autoimmunity to the brain, and help you produce your own dopamine and utilize that dopamine again. At the Epigenetics Healing Center, this is taught through lifestyle …read more


Is Inflammation a Key Factor in Parkinson’s Disease?

Inflammation is absolutely a key factor in Parkinson’s disease.Typically, Parkinson’s disease is an autoimmune disease to the substantia nigra or basal ganglia of the brain, and that deals with intention tremors. When we become inflamed, our blood-brain barrier is broken down (we can pass proteins through here). Typically, this will create an inflammatory response within …read more


The One Thing You Need to Know About Epigenetics

Epigenetics is not a cure-all. There is no magic product that will cure you. Epigenetics, however, is the scientific way of looking at the body and understanding that you weren’t always sick, you became sick, and there’s no reason that you can’t be healthy again. You can feel great again, be the strength that pulls …read more


Can Functional Medicine Help With Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease inhibits those who bear the disease from living a normal life. Patients who have come to Dr. Goodbinder at the Epigenetics Healing Center were shaking wildly, couldn’t play the piano, couldn’t pick up their cup right, and couldn’t spend time with their friends without feeling embarrassed. “We don’t give you drugs that replace …read more



How Does Epigenetics Work?

What if I told you that you didn’t have to be sick the rest of your life? That drugs and natural remedies weren’t the only options if you wanted to be healthy? Functional medicine focuses on exactly that: the root cause rather than just the symptoms. Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression …read more


Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup

Prep Time: 30 min  Cook Time: 20 min  Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 5-6 cups of cauliflower florets (about 3-4 cups when “riced’) 2- 3 tbsp curry powder or curry seasoning (turmeric should is usually included in the curry seasoning/powder) 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp sea salt 2-3 tbsp olive oil for roasting 3/4 cup …read more


The Difference Between Functional & Traditional Medicine

There are important differences e between functional and traditional doctors. “Functional medicine doctors actually work with science. Your medical doctor has some science there, but it’s mostly pharmacology”, says Dr. Goodbinder. Traditional medicine doctors are focused on ‘what drug do I give you’. Which is not to say traditional medicine and specialty medicine doctors are …read more


How to Reduce Risk of Hypothyroidism

There are steps that one can take to reduce the risk of hypothyroidism. First and foremost the most important step is to “take care of yourself” says Dr. Goodbinder. This is similar to the ways you should take care of yourself to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and any other medical condition. “If …read more


Simple Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Perfectly simple and delicious Paleo Pumpkin Bread that’s great alone as a breakfast bread or toasted with butter or nut butter. Packed with sweet pumpkin spice flavor, it’s hearty yet tender and moist and contains no dairy, refined sugar or grains. Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes Servings 10 servings Calories 198 kcal Author Michele-paleorunningmomma.com         Ingredients …read more


Symptoms and Tests for Hypothyroid

What are common symptoms of hypothyroidism? “Some common symptoms of hypothyroidism,” Dr. Goodbinder says, “include lack of energy and ability to lose weight, sleep issues when you wake up every couple hours, you haven’t had a bowel movement in a while… Maybe your hair is falling out or you get some depression”. The symptoms of …read more


Healthy Marshmallow Recipe

These fluffy honey-sweetened homemade marshmallows will deliver all the flavor but none of the health-compromising refined sugar. Plus, these can be made in a coconut or chocolate version (see below) based on the recipes plans or preferences. This simple recipe will make you wonder why you ever bought marshmallows at the store. But remember, the …read more


How does functional medicine approach hypothyroidism?

Traditional medicine prefers to look at hypothyroidism as your thyroid isn’t producing enough hormones; they then often just give you that hormone, instead of addressing why the thyroid isn’t making it itself. Regular medicine usually operates in a sense that if you are missing something, they just give you that something you are missing, rather …read more


Is hypothyroidism genetic?

“Your genetics loads the gun, your lifestyle fires the gun,” says Dr. Goodbinder. What he means by this metaphor is yes, you can have the gene in your DNA makeup. However, there is something in your lifestyle that allows the gene to express itself or not; it’s your day to day activities, habits, and routines …read more


What is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone?

What is TSH and how does it relate to low thyroid? “TSH is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. It’s one of the most commons things tested when looking for hyperthyroid,” says Dr. Goodbinder. It doesn’t tell you what is going what’s going on with a thyroid, but it’s what they use to check your medications. The purpose …read more



CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAKFAST MUFFINS

                  Makes about 12 muffins Ingredients: 1 cup coconut sugar 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons organic vanilla 1 1/2 cups cassava flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I like this brand) 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (or about 2 medium-sized) 1/2 cup pumpkin …read more


Coconut Flour Tortillas

Coconut Flour Tortillas Yields: twelve 8” tortillas Ingredients: 2 1/2 Cups Almond Milk or Coconut Milk 4 large Organic Eggs 2 Cups Tapioca Flour Starch 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed Meal 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional, but recommended when using tortillas for sweet crepes) Directions: 1. Heat an 8” frying …read more


Will Certain Foods Impact The Functioning of My Thyroid?

Will Certain Foods Impact The Functioning of My Thyroid? Foods certainly can impact the functioning of your thyroid. It all depends on the person as to what foods will help or hurt your thyroid. A lot of resources online will say that dark leafy greens such as Kale or Collard Greens can decrease the performance …read more


Lemony Broccoli Slaw

Ingredients For the Salad: 1 Bundle Broccoli ½ small head of green cabbage 2 carrots, peeled ¼  cup chopped parsley ¼ cup chopped chives or scallions 2 lemons,  zested ½ cup raw cashews For the Salad: 1 Bundle Broccoli ½ small head of green cabbage 2 carrots, peeled ¼ cup chopped parsley ¼ cup chopped …read more




Mango Gazpacho Recipe

Ingredients: 8 Cups (about 12 mangos) or use frozen mango chunks 1 Cup Water 2 Cans Ginger ale ½ Cup Rice Wine Vinegar ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste 2 Cucumbers, seeded and finely diced or use English Cucumbers and simply finely dice 1 small Red Onion, finely diced ½ …read more


Can Birth Control Pills Affect My Thyroid?

Can Birth Control Pills Affect My Thyroid? “I’m not a medical doctor, I don’t tell people to get off their medications. However, medications are processed through your liver. Your liver is integral to activating your thyroid hormone. And, if you are constantly putting exogenous or synthetic hormones through your liver, it has to process it. …read more


Is Thyroid Dysfunction an Autoimmune Disease?

Thyroid Hormone Levels

Is Thyroid Dysfunction an Autoimmune Disease? “Thyroid dysfunction. Is it an autoimmune disease? The answer can be both yes and no. The vast majority of the time a thyroid issue is due to an autoimmune disease. However, there are many different ways to express hyper or hypothyroid symptoms.” What are common types of autoimmune thyroid …read more


Spring Rolls Recipe

  Prep time: 30 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 3 to 5 Ingredients: 6 to 8 large napa cabbage leaves 1 tablespoon coconut oil, palm oil, or leaf lard 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup ground pork, chicken, or beef 1/4 cup finely grated carrots 1/2 cup finely shredded cabbage 1/2 cup finely sliced …read more