The Healthy Skeptic Podcast – Episode 4

March 1, 2011 in Podcasts | 6 comments

ths podcast logoHere we go with another episode of the podcast! I finally got myself a decent mic so I don’t sound like I’m talking in a tin can. Also, we’ve decided to group questions together into 1-2 distinct themes for each show, instead of doing a random grab bag of questions. This will allow me to go into more depth on topics, and it will allow you to quickly see whether the subject of the podcast is of interest to you.

We’ve received some great feedback on the show. If you have a moment, we’d be grateful if you could head over to iTunes and leave us a review. It seems the so-called “skeptics” from the cabal have showed up to proclaim in their typical myopic and ignorant fashion that anything challenging the dominant paradigm is not factual, accusing me of sharing “anecdotal” evidence and making “unsubstantiated” claims. Obviously they’ve neither listened to the show nor read my blog – but that doesn’t stop them from feeling qualified to write a review! A few people have already responded to their nonsense, including a physician who listens to the podcast, and I’d be grateful if you’d do the same.

This week’s show is focused on hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s, leaky gut and autoimmune disease. Specific topics covered include:

  • Do plant goitrogens influence the thyroid?
  • Why do I continually need higher doses of my thyroid medication?
  • Kelp’s affect on the thyroid
  • Synthroid vs. Armour, what is the best thyroid medication?
  • Can antibiotics cause autoimmune disease?
  • What is the best diet to heal the gut?

And remember, keep those questions coming in!



SMK March 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm


What are the ideal T4 T3 numbers?What are the numbers we should see for this in pregnancy?


Ron March 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Chris: is there a definitive diagnostic test to determine if someone has a leaky gut? Thanks

Julie March 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I understand nuts & seeds are not allowed recommended for those with autoimmune disease because of the enzyme inhibitors, but what if we soak the nuts? (Per this article:

From what I have read, the enzyme inhibitors are neutralized through soaking, thus making them safe to eat. Is this right?

park March 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

HAVE YOU you seen someone lower anibodies via diet?

Phil March 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm

As for Iodine and autoimmune thyroid disorders here is a cut and paste of what Dr. Brownsterin says.
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“The best results with iodine, as with all nutritional supplements, can be achieved as part of a comprehensive holistic program. As I describe in my book, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It 2nd Edition, adding magnesium and vitamin C will enhance the effects of iodine. This is particularly true for individuals experiencing a number of factors related to iodine. This article will cover four major factors sometimes associated with iodine supplementation and how vitamin C and magnesium can support individuals with these concerns:

1. Allergy
2. Autoimmune thyroid disorders
3. Detoxification Reactions
4. Iodism

“Some physicians feel that iodine supplementation causes autoimmune thyroid disorders. They also claim that those with autoimmune thyroid disorders should not take iodine as it will exacerbate their condition. Before conventional medicine began using radioactive iodine to treat autoimmune thyroid disorders, large doses of iodine was the treatment of choice in treating autoimmune thyroid disorders. There are numerous reports in the literature, some dating back well over 100 years, showing the benefits of using iodine in excess of the RDA to treat autoimmune thyroid illnesses. If iodine was the cause of autoimmune thyroid illnesses, these illnesses should have been decreasing over the last 30 years. The opposite has occurred. In the United States, iodine levels have fallen approximately 50 percent over the last 30 years while, at the same time, autoimmune thyroid disorders have been rapidly increasing. My clinical experience has shown that in an iodine deficient state, higher doses of iodine, as part of a holistic treatment program, are an effective and safe way to treat autoimmune thyroid illness without appreciable side effects.”

“Iodine can cause a detoxification reaction in the body by facilitating the body’s release of the toxic halides fluoride and bromide. If the body’s detoxification pathways are overloaded when the toxic halides are being released, a detoxification reaction can be triggered. A detoxification reaction can take the form of fatigue, muscle aches, fever, diarrhea, and brain fog, skin rashes, etc.”

“If one is found to be iodine deficient, it is best to correct other nutrient imbalances before instituting iodine supplementation. Proper dosing of magnesium, Vitamin C and minerals will maximize the response to iodine. Before beginning any nutritional program, the best results can be achieved when working with a health care practitioner skilled in the use of natural agents.”

Jeanmarie March 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Hi Chris,
I have just started subscribing to your podcasts. I linked to your terrific “eat real food” blogpost today. Great job!
I’m curious as to what comments you got from the folks at I think highly at their work, despite the fact that they’re not necessarily up to date on nutrition. Where are the comments from them? I’d be interested in seeing what criticism you got.

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