Did you know that more than an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease? And up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.

Crazy, right?

Not only that, but women are five to eight times more likely to develop thyroid problems than men. And one in eight women will develop some form of thyroid disorder during her lifetime.

This is just another clear example of an evolutionary mismatch disease...

And the problem with trying to heal yourself and your thyroid is that most of the information will have you running in circles, including the (mis)information from the one you're supposed to trust the most—your doctor.

That's why I'm excited to have Elle Russ—host of the wildly popular Primal Blueprint Podcast and author of The Paleo Thyroid Solution: Stop Feeling Fat, Foggy, and Fatigued at the Hands of Uninformed Doctors—join me on today's episode of Ancestral Health Radio.

Elle and I discuss how you, the audience, can reclaim your health through a simple (although not easy!) ancestral approach to optimizing your metabolism.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn…

  • The six basic blood panels Elle recommends everyone get tested for,

  • Elle explains how your body uses both T4 and T3 hormones (and how to optimize them both),

  • Why Elle says endocrinologists are the worst people to see for your thyroid, and…
  • Much, much more.

  • How Elle gave herself hypothyroidism through maladaptive lifestyle choices
  • Why Elle wrote The Paleo Thyroid Solution and how she nursed herself back to health with a high fat, low carb diet
  • Why Elle believes the majority of endocrine doctors are 100% uninformed and are practicing borderline malpractice with their thyroid patients
  • The biggest problem with being undiagnosed with hypothyroidism
  • The last annoying thing on every hypothyroid patient's mind
  • Why Elle calls the thyroid the master gland
  • What happens if your thyroid is working sub-optimally
  • What Elle says this master gland is primarily responsible for and how it works
  • How your body uses T4 and T3 hormones
  • What Elle describes as the most optimal choice for thyroid hormone replacement
  • Why Reverse T3 (RT3) is "a problem on the rise"
  • Why most people with hypothyroidism have some degree of adrenal fatigue
  • When Elle says you should—or shouldn't—get tested for underlying symptoms of hypothyroidism
  • Where Elle recommends people go to get blood work
  • Why Elle says you should, "RUN!" if your endocrinologist judges you based off this 1973 test
  • Six basic thyroid tests Elle recommends everyone get
  • Why it's more important for someone with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis to be on a paleo-primal lifestyle
  • Elle explains the origins of natural desiccated thyroid
  • Why endocrinologists and doctors were told Synthroid is the only treatment for hypothyroidism
  • Why Elle says you shouldn't trust any doctor
  • The difference between desiccated thyroid and thyroid glandular
  • Why endocrinologists are the worst people to see for your thyroid—and what to do about it
  • Why Elle says, "If your blood work is within range does not mean it's optimal. Period. End of story."
  • What paleo, primal, and ancestral health all have in common
  • Elle describes chronic cardio and why hot yoga 5 times a week can actually make you fatter
  • The fat-burning sweet spot in regards to aerobic max (hint: 180 minus your age)
  • Eat this to zap your hunger once and for all
  • Why Elle thinks you should experiment with your protein intake
  • Elle describes the benefits of caloric efficiency (and10 ways to achieve it)
  • Why Paleo is cheaper than most people believe
  • Why Elle feels she made peace with seven years of suffering with thyroid disease
  • Why you need to get your thyroid checked before your doctor puts you on an anti-depressant or statin medication
  • Selenium's critical relationship between hormones T4 and T3
  • When you should supplement for specific micronutrient needs due to malabsorption versus maintaining proper ratios through whole foods
  1. “Let's start off with who you are and what led you to writing The Paleo Thyroid Solution?"
  2. "Let's talk about the thyroid gland and what exactly is its purpose?"
  3. "Is there a place or a recommendation that you would give to someone that wanted to get a full panel like that done?"
  4. "How do traditional doctors typically treat hypothyroidism?"
  5. "Do you want to talk about the Primal Blueprint for a second?"
  6. "What's the benefit of eating high fat?"
  7. "Is there anything else you'd like to leave the audience with? Any parting words that you think are really important that we may have left out of the conversation?"
  8. "Do you take cod liver oil or just regular fish oil?"


"Until I went paleo-primal and it changed my entire life and I reduced my medication in half, and now, for the first time in 13 years, I'm actually completely off thyroid medication." — Elle Russ
"It just goes to show you if you correct underlying situations over time, it's possible to not only get off thyroid hormone, it's possible to live a great life on thyroid hormone, or never get on it in the first place and correct it naturally and nip it in the bud before you have problems." — Elle Russ
"This gland is the most important gland in the body and if you care about fat burning, energy, and life, then you want to make sure this gland is operating at its best." — Elle Russ
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Elle Russ is a writer, health/life coach, and host of the Primal Blueprint Podcast. She is becoming the leading voice of thyroid health in the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement (also referred to as Paleo, Primal, or Ancestral Health). Elle has a B.A in Philosophy from The University of California at Santa Cruz and is a certified Primal Health Coach. She sits on the advisory board of The Primal Health Coach Program created by Mark Sisson, bestselling author ofThe Primal Blueprint. Originally from downtown Chicago, Elle lives and plays in Malibu, CA. 

Website: www.elleruss.com

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