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Thyroid Summit

Hi there,

I have spend the last week listening to the awesome Thyroid Summit. Great info from some wonderful leaders in our field. They are offering a special price only good until Monday night of $67.

If you missed the Summit or only heard part of it, I highly recommend this. It’s a crash course in helping to understand your situation.

If we are already working together, you know I appreciate it when you learn about your condition and are proactive. That action on your part reduces the time and expense on your end because we can spend less time with me educating you on the basics, and more time on your specific situation and how you can feel better.

Here is the link:

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The price will go up soon, so get this while you can.

Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

6 Steps to Boost Your Metabolism and Lose Weight

Take your Omega 3’s.

Omega-3s have been found to balance blood sugar and reduce systemic inflammation, affecting your metabolism. They also reduce resistance to leptin which is increased in inflammation and affects how your body burns fat. Look at your labels to see the breakdown of how much DHA and EPA is in your Omega 3 supplement. I’ve seen some very low doses of DHA and EPA in capsules that say they contain “1000 mg of Omega 3”. Choose a very highly reputable brand that has been independently tested for mercury contamination. Don’t buy cheap Omega 3 supplements…they only will add to toxic overload and the inflammation you are trying to reduce.

Omega 3 capsules

Drink green tea.

Studies with green tea show that it increases metabolism and that means it burns fat. It also helps prevent obesity, helps balance blood sugar and even can help reduce cholesterol. Black tea and green tea are the same plant, black tea is just one step further in the processing of the plant. If you are sensitive to caffeine (like I am) you can drink decaf green tea. You can add mint, lemon, have it iced or hot. I like iced green tea with some fresh mint from the back patio and a little lemon stevia.

green tea with mint


Get to bed earlier.

Most of us need more rest than we are getting. Less sleep means higher ghrelin, which can trigger hunger and reduce energy. Less sleep also alters our metabolism by adversely affecting our blood sugar and cortisol levels. Cortisol naturally goes down in the evening so we can slow, rest and rejuvenate. If you stay up after your cortisol levels are going down, you are adversely affecting your endocrine function and setting yourself up for imbalances on many levels, including holding onto those extra pounds. More sleep and getting to bed earlier means more weight loss (and lower ghrelin).

man sleeping with moon outside window

Use organic, unheated, virgin coconut oil.

Coconut oil has medium chain triglycerides, which can be burned in your body for energy. More energy burned equals more fat burned. Coconut oil will not make you fat…it will help you lose weight, is easily absorbed and increases your metabolism. Saute with it, eat it off the spoon, put it in your warm beverages (it melts and you cannot even taste it).


Eat high quality food and eat frequently…especially protein.

Eat protein every 3 hours to preserve lean body mass, which burns fat. Eat an organic apple every day (I like the organic green Grannie Smith apples). Apples contain pectin, help with bowel health and the fiber helps balance blood sugar. Spicy foods (jalapeño and cayenne peppers) increase fat burning. Drink water…half your body weight in ounces is what you need every day. We are mostly water, so our cells need it. Pure water flushes out toxins, is great for your skin, helps with bowel regularity and more. If you don’t like the taste of water, add a squeeze of lemon, a squirt of flavored stevia or even a fresh crushed berry.


Go for a walk.

Make the time to go for a walk. Walk around the neighborhood, breathe in the fresh air, look at the flowers and sky, smile at the people you pass and give thanks for being alive. Even 20 minutes a day is a great metabolism booster. Just walk out of your door and walk for 10 minutes, then turn around and walk back. Easy. If you have a dog, your “best friend” will love you even more. My dog gets a walk every day but she still gets excited and acts like it’s something new and the coolest thing on the planet.

shoes in grass

Do these simple steps, feel better about yourself and you are moving closer to changing your body chemistry. You deserve it. Guess what? When you change your body chemistry you are happier…and healthier.

Yours in health, healing and happiness.

Dr. Elena 😉



10 Easy Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo Healthy Snacks

So you have eliminated grains and dairy, you are new at this “paleo thing” and frustrated with trying to find things to eat. You may be needing to eat 6 times a day on your new program and wanting some tasty options. This doesn’t have to be boring…it’s a new chapter in your life and your health!

Some of these suggestions need refrigeration or heating up and some are just fine at room temp.

turkey roll ups1. Turkey slices rolled up (I like mine with lots of freshly ground pepper), and a dill pickle, raw sauerkraut or kim chi (I like the Rejuvenate Brand Spicy Kim Chi available at Whole Foods). Anything with “chi” in the name has to be good for our chi, right?  😉    Rejuvenate spicy kim chi and sauerkraut




2. Half of the protein shake you had a breakfast, which you have chilled to have later.

3. Smoked Alaskan, wild salmon (often called “lox”) with a sliced persian cucumber.

4. Shredded white meat chicken with half an avocado.

avocado half

5. Leftovers from last night’s stir fry.

6. Skinless, boneless sardines in olive oil (don’t turn your nose up…these are delicious and jam-packed with protein and omega 3’s)!  😉

I always have some of these in the office in case I need them and I when I travel I take several tins in my suitcase. They are very convenient!

sardines in olive oil

 7. Canned tuna in olive oil, with half of a lemon squeezed on it (I bring this with me when I am out all day long as it keeps well and doesn’t need refrigeration).

8. Three slices of turkey bacon which you made this morning. This also keeps great after cooking, doesn’t need refrigeration and the strips taste like “jerky” when you eat them later.

cooked turkey bacon

9. Chicken soup (which you previously made a couple of days ago so you’d have something to eat for a few days).

10. An organic apple and almond butter. red and green apples


There are tons of options. Get out of that headspace of “feeling deprived”…keep your mind open, try new tastes and explore the many foods available. Good luck, stay healthy and have fun with it!

cartoon of sun smiling

Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people access their inner healing power for over 30 years. Having personally overcome many health challenges including advanced stage cancer, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (autoimmune disease) and cardiac issues, her passion is helping others regain their health and vitality and take control of their life.    


Gluten Free but Still Don’t Feel Well?

So you have decided to go gluten free.  You have avoided all gluten for several months but you still feel tired, depressed, anxious, bloated, have pain, may be carrying excess weight…and more.

Yellow Gluten Free image


Why?  You’ve been so “good”, brought your own food to parties, had great will power and can’t figure out what’s going on.

Here are some things that might be happening…



1.  If you are still eating dairy…even organic dairy, your body may be “reading” that as gluten.  Gluten and dairy cross-react.  So you may have been very diligent in avoiding gluten, but if you are still eating dairy, your body may still be reacting.

2.  You may have given up gluten, but if you are still eating grains and flour…even gluten free grains and flours…your body may be reacting as if you were eating gluten!  This is because there is now cross-reactivity between many grains.  Going gluten free may not be enough…you may need to go grain free…totally and completely grain free.

A patient of mine came into the office frustrated and confused.  She had been very diligent about avoiding gluten and dairy and had been doing well.  But she agreed to meet a friend at a neighborhood bagel shop to “catch up”.  My patient was very emphatic that she didn’t eat one bite of a bagel, no cream cheese, nothing…she just had herb tea while her friend ate bagels and cream cheese.

But my patient started having severe symptoms soon after that…gluten-type symptoms.  One of her particular symptoms is that her face would swell up, her brain would feel foggy and she would feel incredibly fatigued.  All of this happened and she hadn’t eaten any gluten or dairy. What gives?

As amazing as this sounds, it is true and I have seen it happen many times.  The gluten sensitive person gets the symptoms just be being in a place where gluten is very prevalent.  In a bagel, donut or cupcake shop, or even in a pizza restaurant…it’s in the air!  The particles are airborne and the person can breathe them in.

Going gluten free, being gluten sensitive, dealing with autoimmune issues…this can be complex.

Be vigilant, read labels and stay out of “risky places”!  Avoiding environments where bread is baked, can actually help you stay gluten free.

Be well, be safe.

Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉


Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people access their inner innate healing power for over 30 years.  Having personally overcome many health challenges including cancer and autoimmune disease, her passion is helping others regain their health and vitality. for helpful handouts.




Why Does Healing Sometimes Take So Long?

— by Dr. Elena Michaels


Someone recently contacted me saying she was frustrated that her health goals had not been achieved.  She wanted to give up on the program we had created because things “weren’t happening fast enough”.

Sometimes healing happens rapidly, then it may stall for a bit and plateau, and then speed up again.  Frustration and disappointment in ourselves, only hinders the process of healing.  Being loving toward ourselves contributes to our healing.

It’s important to remember that if an imbalance in physiology has been going on for several decades, it might take more than one month to change!  Being patient and trusting the process is very important.

Depending upon what your health goals are, you may experience rapid changes and improvements like Marianne and others have.  See their videos and comments at

I personally have experienced frustration as I’ve dealt with my own health challenges as my body has worked it way toward balance and healing.  The key is to be patient, know that everyone is unique and to trust the innate healing power of the body.

I do believe there is a divine intelligence…how can there not be? Look at the divine symmetry found in nature, the exquisite beauty of a young child, or the inspiration from a colorful sunset to be reminded that that higher intelligence is at work.

When I was dealing with advanced stage cancer and healing from the shock of that diagnosis and the treatment, I would look at my cat who would often come and lie on my chest, somehow seeming to know that doing that comforted me. Everything about her was perfect…and she didn’t even know it.  😉

She had no awareness of her beauty.  I thought, “Whatever intelligence created her, is always at work creating, and if it can create this perfection and balance in her, it can create perfection in my body”.

I would look at whatever was in front of me (making sure to have positive and uplifting things in my visual field) and try to find the perfection and balance in it. Looking out the window or being outside and looking at nature, is wonderful for finding the “positives”.  That is what I saw because that is what I was looking for.

Since our bodies are the physical manifestation of energetic frequencies, sometimes simply working on the physical level by taking supplements and sticking to a food program, is not enough.  There may be emotional issues, even unconscious ones we are not even aware of, that may be sabotaging the work we are trying to do.

Chronic illness, weight loss and autoimmune issues often take some time to completely resolve.  It takes many years for some of this situations to develop and manifest physically, so expecting very rapid results may sometimes not be realistic. However, positive movement can take place and we can move toward our health goals.

If you are not moving forward fast enough in your healing goals, really look closely at yourself.  If you’ve been “slipping” in your program, perhaps you are not being being honest with yourself about taking your supplements, sticking to your food plan, sleeping enough, or maybe you are letting stress get to you and not managing it well, being exposed to chemicals or using drugs or alcohol, or not dealing with emotional issues.

When we are working on healing, it is important that we acknowledge the small steps, taking note of those forward movements and being patient with ourselves and trusting that our highest good will prevail.

Our bodies were designed to be in balance, at an ideal weight, with calm emotions and a sense of joy.  Looking at all aspects in a holistic way, can often unlock what may have been sabotaging our goals.

Blessings to you on your journey,

Dr. Elena 😉



A Salt Lamp, A Cat and A Dog


The other evening we had guests over and they asked about a salt lamp we have.

I  often get asked about them by people who come to see me in the office.  They are lovely and soothing.

My cat and dog “helped” with the video.  Here is the link to the (very casually-recorded) video!

In  health,

Dr. Elena 😉