Doctor Interviews

Endocrine

59: No Biopsia es 100% Exacta⎥Exámenes Moleculares son los Mejores, con Dr. Paul Y. Casanova

Dr. Paul Y. Casanova-Romero, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E, E.C.N.U, que se unió a Palm Beach Diabetes y Endocrine Specialists en 2012, recibió su grado médico con honores (Summa Cum Laude) y Doctor en Ciencias Médicas (DMSc), de la Universidad de Zulia, la Escuela de Medicina en Venezuela.
* ¿Cómo se identifican los nódulos y por qué ocurren? autoexamen o en la oficina del médico
* La mayoría de los nódulos son benignos pero ocurren porque en mas de 70% de la población
* ¿Qué tests puede realizar un médico para evaluar el nódulo?
* Ninguna test es 100%
* Ultrasonido – qué están buscando en general
* Que es ojo fina y el proceso general
* Tests moleculares
* ¿Qué tipos de resultados se pueden obtener de la citología y qué significan?
* La mayoria de ojo finas son benigno

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Pathology

58: No Biopsy is 100% Accurate⎥Molecular Testing Gets Close, with Dr. Bridget Brady from Austin Thyroid Surgeons

Dr. Bridget Brady is Austin’s first fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon.
In this episode the following topics are discussed:
Austin Thyroid Surgeons sees 30 patients per week with thyroid nodules
Up to 80% of US population could have a thyroid nodule(s)
less than 5% of Dr Brady’s thyroid nodule patients test positive for cancer
How relevant is what I don’t know won’t hurt me in thyroid cancer and biopsies of nodules?
BETHESDA system or the middle category, also known as indeterminate
For thyroid nodules that are indeterminate, historically a surgery would be performed 
With molecular testing, surgery can be decreased by up to 50%
Afirma molecular testing uses messenger RNA
If Afirma comes back suspicious it does NOT necessarily mean it is cancer

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Functional medicine

57: The Gut⎥Antibiotics Danger, Fixing Inflammation, and Thyroid Health, with Dr. Lisa Sardinia

Dr. Lisa Sardinia is an associate professor in the Pacific University Biology Department. In this episode we discuss:
Majority of antibiotics given to children under three are for upper respiratory issues, fact is antibiotics do not work for such issues
85% of antibiotics used are given to food sources, and released into the environment including soil and water
Danger of consuming emulsifiers
Cow’s milk
US has low gut diversity — more diversity means more resilience
Autism and gut connection
Resetting your gut microbiota by changing diet

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Functional medicine

56: Levothyroxine and Hair Loss⎥Thyroid Health, with Dr. Susanne Breen

In this episode, the following topics are discussed:
* Fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, anxiety, and depression.
* Sub-clinical hypothyroidism
* Standard range for TSH has changed over the years, .5 – 1.5 TSH is optimal
* Armour Thyroid vs Levothyroxine
* If antibodies are involved than it is most likely related to the gut
* Getting off thyroid medication
* Testing: TSH, free T3 T4, TPO antibodies, reverse T3
* Getting motivated and inspired by fixing thyroid
* Selenium
* Iodine
* Thyroid supplements
* Treating fertility

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Endocrine

55: Thyroid Cancer Treatment and Surgery Explained⎥Dr. Gerard Doherty from Harvard Medical School

* Imaging has increased thyroid nodule discovery.
* Following patients with small thyroid cancer ? analogous to prostate cancer.  Better followed than treated.
* Tiny thyroid cancers can be defined by those nodules less than 1/4 inch in size. 
* Less RAI is being used as a part of thyroid cancer treatment. This means, less need to do total thyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy.
* Dry mouth and dry eyes are risks to doing RAI.  Also, there is risk to developing a second malignancy.   Most of the secondary cancers are leukemia.
* Risks to operation include changes to voice and calcium levels.  Thyroid surgery is a safe operation but not risk free.
* Best question for a patient to ask is, who is my treatment team?

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Endocrine

54: Hypothyroidism⎥Weight Gain, Fatigue, and Sluggishness, with Dr. Alan Farwell from Boston Medical Center

Thyroid surgery and RAI sometimes results in hypothyroidism
Most common cause is Hashimoto’s disease
Weight gain, dry skin, constipation
Very few symptoms unique to hypothyroidism
Sleep apnea and being tired all of the time and weight gain.
Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
Blood tests diagnose hypothyroidism based on TSH levels, when elevated means it is not working too well.
Explaining TSH in laymen’s terms
Normal TSH in the U.S. is .3 to 3.5
Treating for feel rather than a number
People with elevated TSH have many of the hypothyroid symptoms, but people with normal TSH levels may also have hypothyroid symptoms

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