Episode #103: How To Manage A Low Thyroid, Ketogenic Diets and More.

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“Dr. Fitt” AKA Roby Mitchell, pictured above, is Interviewed in the Episode's Featured Topic

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In this July 14, 2010 free audio episode: how to manage a low thyroid, are ketogenic diets helpful for fat loss, link between magnesium and testosterone, budgeting your supplement intake, how to improve circulation, knee strengthening exercises, how to eat during an Ironman triathlon.

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Featured Topic: “Low Thyroid”

In the featured topic, I interview Dr. Roby Mitchell (pictured at the top of this post), aka “Dr. Fitt” . Dr. Mitchell graduated with honors from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas and was selected to be the first medical student in an exchange program with Jinan University Medical School in mainland China. Over years of studying in both China and the United States, Dr. Mitchell has become an authority on nutritional medicine and bio-identical hormone replacement therapies in his own right. He served as a physician for the US Medical Triathlon Society, and even practiced as Chuck Norris's sparring partner! During our interview, Dr. Fitt discusses:

-Why is proper thyroid activity  important?

-The exact range of  symptoms that you should look for to identify low thyroid

-Is Synthroid or Levithyroxin the best option for people with low  thyroid? Why or why not?

-What are alternatives to common hypothyroid  hormone replacement?

-What is Thyropak, and how is it different from  other over the counter drugs?

Be sure to check out the helpful resources at Dr. Fitt's website at http://www.drfitt.com and also the book he recommends: Hypothyroidism Type II by Mark Starr.

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Listener Q&A:

Do you have a question for Ben? Just click Ask a Podcast Question at the bottom of this page and leave a voicemail, leave a Skype voicemail to username “pacificfit”, or e-mail [email protected]

Listener Sean asks: My question is, do you have any literature or information about athletes with low testosterone and how it affects their training. I've listened to your podcast about your own battle with Low T. Besides any supplements or medication, do you think it takes a guy like me, more time to reach the desired results due to my low testosterone?

In my response to magnesium, I mention the oral magnesium and the topical magnesium that I personally use.

Listener Patrick asks: “For a long distance training plan (like the Marathon/Triathlon Dominator) how much fitness is really gained in the last big month of volume. I'm on the Triathlon Dominator plan and am 3 weeks into the last 5 week kick of volume before the taper. I'd be interested to know how much all this volume really amounts to on race day. I get the feeling that it might not make much of a difference from a fitness perspective, but perhaps help a lot more from a mental perspective; enhancing things like visualization, self-esteem and self-confidence that your body can handle the stresses of race day.”

Listener Gabe asks: I'm on a budget, but committed to improving my health. If you had to choose (I know you don't ; ) would you take EnerPrime as a first priority, or is it needed if you were taking Living Fuel greens as a meal replacement? Also, speaking of budget, which supplements would you say are the MOST valuable in order of priority to start with (greens, multi vitamins, essential fats, etc)? I have less than $100 per month to work with for supplements; what would you do in this case?

Both supplements Gabe mentioned can be found here.

Listener Laurel asks: I just pulled something in my back doing squats without a squat rack-putting the weights down when I was done. I am trying to get my left quad back from an acl injury, and I think squats are some of the best exercises. Are there better (safer) ones to do at home? There are so many slang terms for exercises, is there a place to look them up?

Balance exercises, one leg exercises, proprioception, etc. Good resource for exercises http://www.pacificfit.net/exercises.php and https://www.youtube.com/bengreenfieldfitness.

Listener Patricks asks: What is your opinion on Very Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diets? In studying for the test and reading Volek & Forsythe's chapter on VLCKDs, they basically praise it to the skies as a new, cutting edge way to increase your metabolism and lose weight.

“Studies support the notion that short-term VLCKDs are safe and effective in terms of promoting weight/fat loss, improving metabolic and cardivascular risk factors and are compatible with a physically active lifestyle … there is sufficient scientific research to safely prescribe a VLCKD as an option to those people who prefer this approach…”

They mean “compatible with a physically active lifestyle” in the sense that it “can adversely affect performance for the first week, but longer adaptation (4-6 weeks) to the diet does not significantly impair physical performance.”

Listener Jason has a call-in question about Ironman fueling, and I direct him to Triathlon Dominator.

Listener Jennifer has a call-in question about circulation. In my response, I mention http://www.greyhoundjuice.com (5% discount code BGF), and EnerEFA Fatty Acids Supplement.

Do you have a question for Ben? Just click Ask a Podcast Question at the bottom of this page and leave a voicemail, leave a Skype voicemail to username “pacificfit”, or e-mail [email protected]

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3 thoughts on “Episode #103: How To Manage A Low Thyroid, Ketogenic Diets and More.

  1. John says:

    Hi Ben, I am frequent listener. Great job! Do you have any book recommendations for someone wanting to implement the ketogenic diet? (Especially for someone who both eats out often, as well as, cooks at home.) Thanks! John R. PS. Also. is there any documented evidence that the ketogenic diet helps lower high blood pressure.

  2. Kelly says:

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to explain the differences in thyroid treatments. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism by an open minded doctor down in Florida, but I moved to Atlanta approximately 1.5 years ago and wasn't able to continue treatment with him. I attempted to go to a doctor up here who switched me from armor thyroid to synthroid, and I have been sluggish, gained weight (and I have been running and exercising regularly and watching my calories), not to mention a host of other symptoms. Even hearing about the change in prescription and how that affected me (or could have) is very validating – so thank you for the information. Being that this particular doctor also told me my tonsils looked great (when I had a sore throat), and I haven't had tonsils for 25 years… time for a new doctor. All that said… should I be looking for naturopaths who look at the body as a whole? Once again, thanks so much for the information.

    1. Short answer: yes. Slightly longer answer: you need someone who is willing to look at your unique needs and also think outside the bounds of conventional Western medicine when it comes to thyroid testing and management.

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