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Dr. Labbe is one of the country’s leading authorities on thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s. She has authored numerous articles and blogs on health, nutrition, and thyroid issues. Dr. Labbe resides in San Diego, Calif. She likes chasing the little white ball around the golf course, jogging the hills of San Diego, and listening to music, especially gospel, jazz and the blues; favorites are Ray Charles, Billy Holiday, Etta James, and the great Eric Clapton. Laughing with friends and families over a great tribal meal is her idea of an evening well-spent. Dr. Labbe provides an excellent example of living vibrantly post-menopause. In addition she successfully manages her own symptoms of Hashimoto’s and celiac disease. It’s her life’s mission to help others “lose that voice in your head telling you that you’re crazy lazy, or finished!”
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Wellness mentor reveals the hidden condition affecting 50 million Americans in mid-life…
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – According to a new book, over 50 million women across the country are suffering from autoimmune disorders…and most don’t even know it.Dr. Joni Labbe, known as “The Thyroid Doctor,” recently published the book, Why is Mid-Life Mooching Your Mojo? to address the lack of information surrounding women’s mid-life health issues. For over a decade, Dr. Labbe treated hundreds of women with thyroid and auto-immune disorders at the Labbe Health Center in San Diego, California. “So many menopausal and post-menopausal women are suffering from inflammation, exhausted adrenals, hormonal imbalances, hidden auto-immune diseases, anemia, leaky gut, and thyroid disorders,” Dr. Labbe said. “This really is a global epidemic! My book explains what is happening inside their bodies and shows them how they can reclaim a vibrant and energetic life.” Dr. Labbe felt the impact of these health issues firsthand after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease – an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid, adrenal glands, and digestive system – in 2007. Upon further study of autoimmune, thyroid, and hormone disorders, she began treating herself with the methods she would eventually use to help her patients. In Why is Mid-Life Mooching Your Mojo? Dr. Labbe reveals the seven most important factors that cause women to feel so lousy, drowsy, and cranky in mid-life. She then provides a detailed, and holistic plan to manage these symptoms, which includes regular testing, changes in diet, and proper supplementation. “There is a huge void in the healthcare model for treating, managing, and properly understanding chronic autoimmune conditions, like Hashimoto’s,” said Dr. Labbe. “So many women are being told that their symptoms are just aging or menopause. When I saw how many women were suffering and how dramatically my protocols could help them, I knew I had to get the word out with this book.”
For more information, visit www.mojogirlfriends.com.Why Is Mid-Life Mooching Your Mojo?
By Dr. Joni Labbe
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble About the author
Dr. Joni Labbe is a board certified clinical nutritionist, Doctor of Chiropractic, and former host of “Healthier Way with Dr. Labbe.” She lives in San Diego, CA and is one of the country’s leading authorities on thyroid disorders.
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Joni’s 21st century book, written in a highly readable, useful, and practical style, shows women how they can continue to have a full, passionate, and energetic life throughout their life cycle. Dr. Labbe shows how the typical problems women experience in their mid-life can be not only managed, but overcome.
-Richard W. Levak, Ph.D.
If you suffer with an autoimmune disease, or have a stressed out life, you will love this book. You will love Dr. Labbe, and she will get to the root problem. She has helped many of my patients overcome insomnia, digestive issues, hot flashes and brain fog, and has my highest respect for the way she explains complicated material in an easy, fun, understandable format.
–Al A. Fallah, DDS, FICCMO, AIAOMT
Over the last ten years of transitioning from conventional allopathic medicine to the present functional medicine model, I have seen that the chiropractors, and other alternative practitioners, are leading the way to a new, natural approach to healing, and Dr. Labbe is in the forefront of this movement. Her book provides the full perspective of healing in a concise, easy to read format, and references to get additional help, if needed.
–Juergen Winkler, MD
Dr. Labbe, you have spent the last 20 years trying to spread the word about a condition that affects a huge number of people in our country. What is this condition?
- Foggy Brain
- No libido
- Inability to lose weight
- Stomach issues
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
These symptoms really are just the tip of the iceberg.
According to the American Thyroid Association, 60% of people with a thyroid condition aren’t even aware of it. Why do you think that is?
By Dr. Joni Labbe, taken from Thyroid & Menopause Madness?
Ladies, we shouldn’t feel like every hose, gasket, and bolt inside of us suddenly broke down the day we turned 45, but unfortunately it’s all too common to attribute these symptoms to aging. I’ve met many clients who have been sent home from the doctor’s office with a pat on the head and a prescription for Prozac. Like them, you may have heard from family and friends that, “it’s no big deal,” “that’s just part of aging,” or “you’re over-exaggerating.” After visiting endless doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and other practitioners to no avail, maybe you have even started to wonder everyone else is right.
My answer to you is that you are not lazy, crazy, or finished! There is a good chance that you are actually suffering from a condition called “hypothyroidism.” That means that your thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck, is not producing enough thyroid hormone. This hormone helps regulate your metabolism. You may not realize this, but your metabolism plays a huge role in almost every system in your body, from weight management, to your digestive health, and even your brain health. When your thyroid is low, the wheels start to come off, so to speak.
You may wonder – if my thyroid is low, won’t my doctor catch this? The answer is, not necessarily! Keep reading to find out why.
Sounds familiar? Perhaps you’ve been feeling these same symptoms, and yet your blood tests also came back normal. Let me be the first to tell you that you are not lazy, crazy, or finished!
I have met so many women who go to their doctors only to be assured that their blood tests are normal, when in fact “normal” doesn’t actually mean “normal” at all! The current medical standards that define normal thyroid function are incredibly broad. If a patient’s level of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (THS) is between 0.35 to 5.0, the test will be considered normal.
In fact, the optimal level of THS is 1.8 to 3.0. This is the range at which a person will feel healthy, energetic, and focused. You may be “functional” with a THS below 1.8, the same way you can be “functional” by eating just 1,200 calories a day, but you will not be optimal.
When we look at health, we need to go beyond diagnosing severe illness and focus on supporting true health.
However, in certain situations, your immune system can get tricked or accidentally mistake something good for something bad. In fact, this is exactly what happens in the case of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Never heard of it? You aren’t alone.
I bet you have heard of hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid produces low amounts of thyroid hormone. Since the thyroid hormone helps regulate the body’s metabolism, a lack of thyroid hormone is like adding water to your car’s tank instead of gasoline. Those who suffer from hypothyroidism often feel exhausted, gain weight, experience brain fog, and basically feel lousy most of the time.
If you have hypothyroidism or know someone who does, it’s likely that the cause of your condition is Hashimoto’s disease. In fact, Hashimoto’s is the number one cause of low thyroid or hypothyroidism in the United States. Though it can affect men and women of all ages, it is found most prominently in post-menopausal women.
When someone has Hashimoto’s disease, their immune system often attacks the thyroid, which results in lower functioning, less thyroid hormone, and all the lousy symptoms that make you feel like you’re falling apart.
When you have Hashimoto’s, you don’t have just a “thyroid” problem, you have an “autoimmune” problem! This is an important distinction, because the thyroid hormones that doctors commonly prescribe to hypothyroid patients do nothing to manage the Hashimoto’s. All they do is mask the symptoms by providing your body with synthetic thyroid. If you have a leak in your gas tank, adding more gas will help your car keep running, but it won’t fix the leak!
You’d think that when you walk into your doctor’s office and explain that you’ve been feeling exhausted, anxious, and forgetful for no reason, your doctor would immediately run a battery of blood tests to look for Hashimoto’s.
In most cases, you’d be wrong! Many doctors will only run a test that looks at the level of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (THS) in your blood. This number will tell your doctor whether your thyroid is working within normal ranges but NOT whether or not you have Hashimoto’s.
Okay, so you’re thinking, Why in the heck doesn’t my doctor look for Hashimoto’s? Is it impossible to find or something?
Doctors usually don’t look for Hashimoto’s, because they will typically respond the same way whether you have Hashimoto’s or not. They see low thyroid functioning and prescribe synthetic thyroid problem. There’s a big problem with this protocol…It doesn’t actually solve the problem!
Remember, if your gas tank is leaking, the solution isn’t to simply add more gas to the tank, it’s to fix the leak. In order to fix the leak, you’ve got to know that the leak actually exists.
Hashimoto’s is not impossible to find. Your doctor just needs to run a blood test that looks for special antibodies called TPO and TGB antibodies. If these guys show up on your test results, then you have Hashimoto’s disease.
Once you’ve identified the cause of your hypothyroid symptoms, you can start to figure out ways to calm your immune system down so it doesn’t keep throwing punches at your thyroid.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It’s the stuff that gives dough its elasticity and makes bread, brownies, and cookies nice and chewy. Anything that contains flour or bread also contains gluten. It also shows up in all sorts of things you might not imagine, like soups and salad dressings.
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to mistake thyroid hormones for intruders and unleash an immune response. The result is that your own immune system attacks your thyroid, wearing it down until it produces less and less of the thyroid hormones you need.
What causes the immune system to make this mistake and attack the thyroid? These triggers are called antigens. A number of foods can function as antigens to certain people. By far the most common antigen is gluten. The structure of gluten is very similar to the structure of thyroid hormones. When gluten enters the body of someone with an autoimmune disorder, the white blood cells – the soldiers of the immune system – attack anything that looks like gluten, including thyroid hormones and the thyroid!
How do you know whether or not you are sensitive to gluten? There are tests available to check for a gluten allergy that I talk about in Is Mid-Life Mooching Your Mojo? You can also try cutting gluten out of your diet for 30 days to see if any of your symptoms improve.
Learn more in Thyroid & Menopause Madness by Dr. Joni Labbe, DC, CCN, DCCN
Women in the United States who are menopausal or post menopausal:
U.S. Women Who Have Reached Menopause:
An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has been diagnosed with celiac disease. That’s less than
of the population
However the estimated number of Americans with celiac disease that are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed:
Estimated Americans with thyroid disease (12% of the population):
Americans with undiagnosed thyroid disease:
- Women are five to eight times more likely to have thyroid disease than men
- One in eight women will develop thyroid disease during her lifetime
- Hashimoto’s Disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States