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March 26, 2023

What is Cellular Hypothyroidism and Do You Have It?

with podcast guest

Alysia Raftery


Alysia Raftery is an Australian Naturopath and Myotherapist passionate about women’s hormones and hormonal weight gain. She has a family history of thyroid issues, and after her third child, her thyroid symptoms were crazy – things like brain fog, finding it hard to finish a sentence, and constant bloating. Testing revealed that she had SIBO, which Alysia discovered was caused by cellular hypothyroidism. Since then, Alysia has been on a mission to get the message out that symptoms are not in your head, and there is help for this.

In this episode, we talk about common symptoms of hypothyroidism, why getting a full thyroid panel is essential, what different thyroid markers mean, cellular hypothyroidism, the connection between cellular hypothyroidism and SIBO, how you can start healing your thyroid, and so much more!

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  • Common symptoms of hypothyroidism
  • Why you need a full thyroid panel, not just TSH testing
  • What is cellular hypothyroidism?
  • The connection between cellular hypothyroidism and insulin resistance
  • Alysia’s SIBO diagnosis and how she found out she had cellular hypothyroidism despite normal thyroid test results
  • Why SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) happens
  • Testing for cellular hypothyroidism
  • Key markers that give us important information about thyroid function
  • What you can learn from tracking your basal body temperature
  • The danger with cellular hypothyroidism being misdiagnosed
  • How thyroid issues can progress if left untreated
  • The rate of thyroid conditions in children is increasing
  • Why thyroid conditions often get worse as we head into perimenopause
  • How you can start healing your thyroid
  • The importance of addressing your gut health


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Dr Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a hormone expert, nutrition scientist, and thought leader in women’s medicine. She is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology and trained in

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