Dr. Ruscio’s Wrap Up #185



In Case You Missed It

On Monday, spoke with Dan Pardi and discussed improving memory through proper exposure to light.

On Wednesday’s podcast release, we spoke with Dr. Jeff Birchall and discussed PRP injections for hair loss.

Latest Research

According to this study, the prevalence of subclinical hypothyroidism was higher in individuals ≥60years, compared to that in individuals <60years, but when age-specific TSH reference ranges were used, it was comparable between both study groups.

This study is an excellent example of why it is important to use age-specific reference ranges in daily clinical practice to avoid misclassification in older individuals.

Though more advanced studies are needed. This meta-analysis, based on limited data, concluded that subclinical hyperthyroidism might be associated with an elevated risk of dementia whereas subclinical hypothyroidism is not.

“Both conditions are not associated with faster decline in Mini-Mental State Examination over time.”

There are many factors that affect the gastrointestinal absorption of Levothyroxine (LT4). Gastrointestinal disorders, such as celiac disease, atrophic gastritis, lactose intolerance, and Helicobacter pylori infection, may impede absorption. In terms of food, soybeans and coffee have the greatest impact on the reduction of absorption, whereas vitamin C has the ability to increase absorption. There is a significant decrease in absorption when administered simultaneously with cholestyramine, colesevelam, lanthanum, calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium acetate, iron sulfate, ciprofloxacin, aluminum hydroxide, sevelamer, or proton pump inhibitors.

Laugh a Little!

Healthy Foodie

Against All Grain: Korean Beef Wrapped Asparagus
Loren Cordain: Almond Lime Kale Salad
Joel Runyon: Paleo Italian Meatballs and Braised Greens
Pink Fortitude: Chocolate Fudgey Caramel Brownies

Happiness Homework 

Make a terrarium.

Dr. Ruscio’s Quotable

“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives.”
— Jon Kabat-Zinn

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