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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 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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