UNDERSTANDING THYROID, ENVIRONMENT & DEPRESSION

Functional Nutrition Helps Address the Emotional Fallout

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n animated friendly conversation. That morning coffee kick. The beach on a warm sunny day.

Energy feels good.

A permanently closed storefront. A yard full of trash. A cold shoulder.

When the energy goes, it’s depressing.

Mitochondria in each of our cells are the powerhouses of our bodies. The better our mitochondria do the better we feel.

It takes a complex matrix of nutrient inputs to keep them at their best. It’s a good idea to make sure our mitochondria have what they need because when they start to wear out we call it aging.

Alongside their nutrient inputs mitochondria need the right level of hormonal stimulation to run at full power. That’s the job of thyroid hormones. They step on our metabolic gas by ramping up mitochondrial activity.

The thyroid is a “sentinel” gland. It senses the state of the environment and responds to changing conditions by ramping metabolism up and down. When it’s cold we need to burn more energy to stay warm, for example.

Apparently it was helpful to our ancestors’ survival to also be able to turn metabolism down during times of little food, buying time by saving energy. Even today one way to suppress and cool thyroid activity is to starve ourselves, to indulge crash diets repeatedly. Of course food insecurity does the same thing.

Another is to live in toxic times. Apparently it also enabled survival to be able to reduce metabolic activity when times were poisonous, perhaps so as not to absorb so much from the exposure.

So special hormones block thyroid receptors when the body’s confronted with our uniquely modern stew of long- and short-lived environmental poisons in air, water and food.

Another route to low thyroid is through autoimmune activity.

If our microbiomes are populated by the kinds of unhealthy microbes that thrive when we expose them to trace levels of agricultural chemicals they make our gut walls leaky.

That allows partially digested proteins like dairy peptides to leak into our bloodstreams. Unfortunately those dairy peptides bear a striking resemblance, as far as many of our immune systems are concerned, to tiny structures on the surfaces of our thyroid glands’ cells.

Perceiving our own thyroid glands as a toxic invader, immune cells respond by making antibodies that attack our own thyroid glands. That’s a third route to thyroid deficiency.

How can we tell when our thyroid function is low?

First, we’re cold. This is easily measured at home.

Next, we’re often tired and don’t feel like exercising.

Third, we stop taking pleasure in life and start skipping out on our responsibilities. That leads to depression and anxiety.

Autumn is often when low thyroid people start to feel it the most. As days shorten and the weather cools our systems compound cold upon cold and we can hit the skids emotionally and cognitively.

This course covers several different functional metabolic routes to low thyroid and the nutrient solutions to them with a special focus on depression in the autumn.

Two Hour Live Webinar

9-11am (PDT, GMT-7)

Sunday, July 31

2 California BBS CE Hours

$49

 

  • Understanding toxins & thyroid
  • Understanding autoimmune & thyroid
  • The role of thyroid hormones in mental health
  • Clinical pearls you can put to use immediately
  • How to discuss nutrition with clients while observing scope-of-practice boundaries
  • Complex metabolic pathways made simple with story and metaphor
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This course focuses on:

Estimates of frank and subclinical thyroid disease prevalence range up to 30% in some adult populations. Since the brain is 5% of the body’s weight but uses 20% of the body’s energy, the thyroid’s influence on metabolic rate means it can have a dramatic impact on mental health.

This course will review research supporting this insight as well as the impact of selected micronutrients and food choices on thyroid health.

  • understanding the roles of TSH, T4, T3 and reverse T3
  • common causes of thyroid inflammation
  • thyroid health quick self-assessment
  • thyroid impact on mental health

Goals & Objectives:

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

  • Name and accurately describe the use of two nutrients that support thyroid hormone conversion and thyroid function
  • Understand and describe how modern industrialized environments impact thyroid hormone function
  • Describe common hypothyroid presentations

Two Hour Live Webinar

Sunday, July 31

9-11am (PDT, GMT-7)

2 CE Hours for California BBS licensees

 $49

 

  • Understanding toxins & thyroid
  • Understanding autoimmune & thyroid
  • The role of thyroid hormones in mental health
  • Clinical pearls you can put to use immediately
  • How to discuss nutrition with clients while observing scope-of-practice boundaries
  • Complex metabolic pathways made simple with story and metaphor
  •  

Duane Law, L.Ac. has taught acupuncturists since the 1980s and has been a provider of continuing education for mental health professionals in California since 2000.

Duane is among the earliest acupuncturists licensed in the US. His clinical focus has been mental health issues and otherwise non-responsive medical challenges since 1982, with an emphasis on food awareness, nutrition and client education as interventions.

The Understanding Thyroid, Environment & Depression course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, 2 PDA points as required by NCCAOM (2.5 PDAS for the Ondemand version), and 2 hours of CE credit as required by the California Acupuncture Board.

While Duane Law, L.Ac. goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which arise which may require intervention and/or action. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances. When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken. The participant(s) will be asked to put their concerns in writing. If the grievance concerns a course, the content comprising the course or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. If a participant complains about the quality, content, delivery system or proficiency level required to pass a course or complete a program their tuition will be refunded.

If you need special accommodations for any reason please let us know at the time of your enrollment in the course by sending me a message, texting or calling me at (310) 498-2777.

Course certificates for live course attendees will be provided by email within 48 hours at the end of the seminar. Asynchronous attendees viewing the webinar recording will be asked to pass a short quiz; the passing rate will be 70% correct and certificates for these students will be provided by email within 48 hours of completing the quiz. Asynchronous attendees seeking NCCAOM PDAs will also need to complete a worksheet.

Duane Law, L.Ac. (CAMFT 102132) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs; and by NCCAOM (Provider #9140) and the California Acupuncture Board (CE Provider #1667) to provide continuing education for acupuncturists.

Duane Law, L.Ac. maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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