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The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca

Jul 14, 2019

If you’ve been struggling with your weight, feeling sluggish, and getting no luck with a doctor’s diagnosis, you could still have thyroid disease. Unfortunately, most doctors don’t have all the answers when it comes to correctly diagnosing hypothyroidism. Today’s guest, Elle Russ, has taken her thyroid health into her own hands and now helps other women do the same.

Elle has developed and written The Paleo-Thyroid Solution after years of undiagnosed thyroid issues. She has been through it all with the medical system, including being patronized by doctors who are uneducated about thyroid disease. She is a regular on The Primal Blueprint podcast where she discusses thyroid health and the paleo diet.

An extraordinary amount of people have to figure out their thyroid problems on their own. Becoming your own thyroid advocate might be the only solution to your health problems. Therefore having a solid knowledge of what tests you should and shouldn’t take is essential.

Thyroid issues can be caused by a number of different lifestyle influences, some of which you may never have even considered. American diets are designed in a way that makes your body sugar-burning, which usually has a detrimental impact on your health. Optimizing your body to be fat-adapted, which takes at least a month, can already solve a number of health and thyroid issues.

Undiagnosed thyroid disease can have an impact on your mental health, and not just hormonal and chemical reasons. But there are other people out there who have solved their own hormone issues. Finding online communities and reading books, like The Paleo-Thyroid Solution and The Hormone Fix, can help exponentially.

How long can you go without food? Have you repeatedly been to the doctor without receiving any kind of diagnosis? Do you feel like you can’t go more than four hours without food?

In This Episode:

  • How the paleo-primal diet works to treat thyroid disease
  • What tests you should and shouldn’t take to diagnose thyroid disease
  • What type of influences can cause thyroid problems
  • How stress can affect your thyroid and hormones
  • Why there is more to thyroid treatment than taking medication
  • Why you need to take your health into your own hands and educate yourself
  • How your mental health can suffer when dealing with undiagnosed thyroid problems
  • What the difference is between a sugar-burning and fat-adapted body is
  • Why you need to deal with your hypothyroidism before becoming fat-adapted
  • How following your intuition when it comes to food can have a positive impact on your body


“I didn’t realize I was basically eating and exercising my way into a Type 2 insulin-resistant situation.” (13:51)

“People sometimes get all of the tests they should, except the Reverse T3, and it’s just not comprehensive enough.” (25:06)

“Perseverance pays, no matter what. I wouldn’t be here right now if I was unwilling to accept this state of being.” (31:15)

“This is a feeling of not being able to live in your own skin. Every minute of the day sucks. And all you can do is wait to go to bed so you don’t have to exist.” (32:28)


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