This podcast episode covers a number of different topics including:

  • how to get the best value from your thyroid support team
  • The Cell Danger Response
  • Chronic cell stress
  • Antibodies and how they don’t cause actual damage to the thyroid gland.
  • Thyroiditis and the difference between it and Hashimoto’s.
  • Reducing cellular stress/inflammation.
  • The best question to ask yourself.
  • Thyroid health as an onion.

What is ‘cellular hypothyroidism’?

On a simplified level, it is when at the individual cell level, the cell itself is in a hypothyroid state.

Remember that a cell when they are in a low stress state is in manufacturing mode. It is making energy, protein, enzymes, skin, hair etc. To do that they need a lot of T3 inside the cell, binding to receptors to turn on that manufacturing process.

A cell in danger wants to turn OFF the manufacturing process and turn on the protective mechanisms and to do that those cells need a low T3 state inside the cell.

That can be why you’re tired, your hair is falling out and your skin is dry.  Even if your thyroid gland is producing thyroid hormones and there is T4 and T3 in the blood stream, the cell itself has flicked the switch into self-protection mode.

The Cell Danger Response

Dr Balcavage referred to a paper by Dr Robert Naviaux called The Cell Danger Response. You can read it here.

It is about how on a cellular level, our tissue and cells innately seek to protect us from danger which is good until it becomes chronic and involves lots of tissues and cells.

The BEST question to ask is:

What is my body trying to protect me from?


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#41. Going back to basics with Tara Nelson


Meet Dr Balcavage

Rejuvagen Clinic Director, Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Board Certified in Intergrative Medicine, Certified Gluten Coach.

Dr. Eric Balcavage DC, CNS, CFMP, BCIM, is the owner and founder of Rejuvagen. Dr. Balcavage is widely recognized around the world as a leader in Functional Medicine and Thyroid Physiology. In over 20 years of practice, he has successfully helped thousands of people suffering with thyroid problems and other chronic health conditions.

Dr. Balcavage received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport, Iowa in 1995, and has been in practice since 1996. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. Dr. Balcavage is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. He spends hundreds of hours every year advancing his knowledge base on functional medicine, thyroid physiology, functional neurology, immune system function, hormone function, and regenerative therapies. Dr. Balcavage’s quest for advanced research and training is the result of his passion and determination to help patients who have been unable to heal and recover from chronic illness in the Allopathic medical model.

Dr. Balcavage has studied under and consulted with several experts in Functional Medicine over the years, including renowned thyroid expert Dr. Datis Kharrazian and methylation expert, Dr. Ben Lynch. Dr. Balcavage trains and consults with hundreds of doctors on topics such as Thyroid physiology, GI physiology, Organic acid testing and Methylation. He also lecturers locally and around the country on numerous other health conditions.

His Functional Medicine center has always been on the cutting edge of health care and science. Currently, he devotes his practice to treating patients with thyroid disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes/ insulin resistance, autoimmune & inflammatory disorders and other metabolic challenges.

He has been a guest on numerous podcasts and health summits. He co-hosts the Thyroid Answers Podcast which is available on iTunes. Dr. Balcavage is also the author of the soon to be released book, The Thyroid Debacle.

Connect with Dr Balcavage:


Instagram @DrEricBalcavage

Youtube Channel

Thyroid Answers Podcast


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Suspect you have a thyroid issue? PLEASE trust your instincts and get it thoroughly checked out with your health practitioner. This thyroid basics page has an overview of what tests to ask for and an affiliate link to use a private lab if your doctor won't order them.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.




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