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Why I won’t take statins for my high cholesterol

The latest New Zealand Listener magazine has a feature article on statin drugs, I feature saying I wouldn’t touch them personally – here is why: When my total cholesterol hit 10 about 18 months ago it gave me a fright. My LDL was up to 7.5 mmol/L. My HDL is around 2 and my triglycerides […]

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Mineral deficiencies in New Zealand: Iodine

Iodine deficiency is on the rise in New Zealand, and those eating a paleo diet may be affected. Here is a map of Global Iodine deficiency (Source http://www.iccidd.org/) New Zealand soils contain low amounts of iron, iodine and selenium (I’ll talk about selenium deficiency in NZ in another post) Goitre (swollen thyroid due to iodine […]

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Unexplained infertility? It might be caused by gluten

Just a quick cut and paste today. (I’m studying for an exam) This topic is a subject that is important and close to my heart. I’ve never been able to get pregnant. Yup – infertile. A loaded word that often makes a woman feel less than a woman. Unexplained infertility. I have no hormonal problems, […]

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Hashimotos, Auto-immune thyroid disease, avoid gluten like the plague

I see a number of people with Hashimotos or auto-immune thyroid disease. In this disease your body makes anti-bodies that attack the thyroid tissue, these can cause more and more damage to the point where the thyroid is unable to make thyroid hormones. I have Hashimotos, fortunately I am symptomless, and so no treatment is […]

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