Thyroid Care & Relief

Did you know that 90% of all hypothyroid cases are autoimmune? Autoimmune thyroid, commonly know as Hashimoto’s disease is the most common autoimmune disease in the United States. We use functional medicine to address all thyroid disorders.


Thyroid Care

A message from Dr. Ian Hollaman (DC, MSc, IFMCP) Owner of Red Tail Wellness and Featured Expert in the praised documentary


Where Are The Weak Links in Hypothyroidism (and all thyroid disorders)?

Hypothyroidism, one of several thyroid disorders in which the thyroid function is low, is known to exist in more than 40 million women. Is it the scourge of your life?

The American Endocrine Society has acknowledged that over half of American women (>170 million total) may develop hypothyroidism at some point in their life and experience symptoms from anxiety, depression, brain-fog, inability to lose weight and poor digestion despite taking replacement thyroid hormones.

But what most people don’t know, including your medical doctor, is that your thyroid is not the problem in the majority of cases!

The #1 cause of hypothyroidism according to the American Endocrine Society is an auto-immune disorder called “Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism”. That’s right – your thyroid condition is really an immune system condition! This means that hypothyroidism care may have to switch focus from your thyroid to your immune system.

There’s a good chance that your doctor did not properly assess your thyroid antibody levels even though they are essential to confirm the right diagnosis!  But why not?

The answer lies in that knowing your antibody levels will not change your treatment or management of your hypothyroidism. Traditional MD’s, even endocrinologists are not educated to know and understand the triggers that initiate and exacerbate this auto-immune condition.

I get frustrated by the ambiguity/lack of clarity as it relates to modern medicine! To give you a better taste of this, I recently read the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists position paper on clinical nutrition. In the article they clearly indicate a problem and that it should be solved:

“The current sociomedical problem can therefore be framed as follows: • There is a profound shortage of physicians who are experts in clinical nutrition; • There is an epidemic nationally and globally of overnutrition and undernutrition that will have dramatic potential adverse effects on the American health care system; and • Endocrinologists have a background in metabolism and when trained in nutritional medicine will be able to provide ambulatory and hospitalized patients with expert nutrition care.”Read the article here.
They conclude by saying: “New models for nutrition teams that focus on value added must be investigated (20).

Individual physicians and institutions have concerns that must be addressed since currently, endocrinology trainees and practicing endocrinologists are discouraged from developing a hospital nutrition practice. Current physician concerns include lack of are cognized medical team model to base a practice, practicing and significant coding and reimbursement issues (21).

Institutions are understandably focused on the bottom line. Many do not recognize or support a clinical nutrition program as they look only at direct costs, rather than an economic model of cost avoidance related to appropriate use of nutrition support and downstream benefits, such as quality of life or clinical outcomes.”

This is where our functional medicine for hypothyroidism can shed some light onto the problem. What everyone needs to understand is that medicine for hypothyroidism is different from medicine for thyroid. An auto-immune disease is different from a thyroid disorder.

Let me ask you this: When was the last time an endocrinologist, or for that matter your doctor EVER asked you about your diet, talked with you about nutrition or referred you to a specialist in nutrition for thyroid disorders, hair loss, anxiety, depression or weight gain? All I can hear right now are A LOT of crickets! Isn’t this what we want from our providers? More than 5 minutes in a cold, sterile office?

Don’t we want enough time and compassion to understand the core of our bodies so that true healing can take place?

What they are giving is lip service that takes years of study and practice to master (and they really just need to incorporate functional medicine like the Cleveland Clinic has!) But, this is one of the most fundamental aspects of functional medicine and is emphasized in the care we administer at Red Tail Wellness.

Without a solid understanding of biochemistry and how nutrition impacts our genetics and the diseases we live with, you will never see long-lasting resolution and optimization of metabolic disease states. Nor are the pharmaceutical industries slightly interested in medical doctors having this knowledge when they view it as competition, rather than the solution to your problems!

To put it in other words, when the pharmaceutical industry already has your doctor’s ear, why would they encourage or allow nutrition and functional medicine to be taught to medical students? There is no return for them in optimizing and maximizing the function of the human body.

I recently watched a documentary called “Bought”, and this clearly shows how the medical, government and food industries are inseparably connected and how that leads to poorer health for our nation.

So what are the individual problems with Hashimoto’s/Hypothyroidism that are addressed at Red Tail Wellness with Functional Medicine?

  • Nutritional Status: What are the vitamins/minerals your body needs and are you absorbing them optimally? Which ones do you specifically need and could taking certain supplementation actually hurt your thyroid and immune system?
  • Hormonal Status: How can one hormone, for example, insulin, impact other hormones including the thyroid? How do your female and male hormones impact the immune and thyroid system?
  • Central Nervous System: How do various areas in your brain contribute to health? How does thyroid impact the brain and vice versa?
  • Intestinal Permeability: What is leaky gut and is this impacting how you express auto-immune disease?
  • Dysbiosis: How do the 3 pounds of gut bacteria influence our immune system and the rest of the body? What happens when bad bacteria become the dominant player in your gut?
  • Detoxification Ability: How does the environment plus your genetics interact to sequester and eliminate toxins that are known to create thyroid disease?
  • Inflammation: How does your body process inflammatory chemicals and how do they create a vicious circle with hypothyroidism?
  • Food Sensitivities: What foods are beneficial and what are not? How do I determine what food sensitivities I have?
  • Anti-oxidant status: What is glutathione and how can it help my thyroid? How do I get my body to make this naturally and should I supplement with it?
  • Immunomodulation: This is a fancy term for “what can we do to calm your immune system down and activate the symphony conductors, T-regulatory cells?” This is critical because these are the generals of the immune system and dictate whether we develop an auto-immune disease in the first place! Even with dietary changes and detoxification and the removal of the above factors patients need stimulation to the immune system to rehabilitate it and optimize results.

So If I currently identify 10 separate and distinct interfering factors for this condition (and any other auto-immune disease), how can we address them systematically?

This is where functional medicine for hypothyroidism shines!

Functional medicine is all about “thinking & linking” your systems together instead of “blaming & taming”. Whether it’s diet, lifestyle modifications, supplements or specific neurological therapies, you need a plan that is designed for your specific needs, not a one size fits all drug, supplement or dietary plan. We use this effective customized approach for thyroid disorders and autoimmune conditions with significant results.

If you are truly committed to empowering yourself towards health then this is where we step in and develop a comprehensive plan to support each of the above areas.

We know it takes a commitment to reach your goals and we are here to guide you to reach beyond your goals. Let’s stop accepting “average” and putting up with “good enough”. It’s time to regain our health and our families’ health!

Join me by contacting Red Tail Wellness Centers at 303-882-8447 and let your health soar. Let our certified functional medicine for hypothyroidism work to make your life and health better.

Engage with some of the success stories from our amazing patients!

Michele: I first went to see Dr. Ian after a long struggle with extreme exhaustion and frequent illness. I had been diagnosed with “hypothyroidism” 8 years prior and was promptly told it was incurable and they put me on medication to deal with it. But yet I still had symptoms! Once I started seeing Dr. Ian I learned that I had Hashimoto’s and that it was indeed something that could possibly be, if not completely reversed, reversed enough to reduce or banish symptoms.

I also learned I have Celiac disease and that my small gluten cheats in the years prior had contributed to my ails. And finally I learned I had adrenal failure, which was what was contributing greatly to this latest bought of exhaustion. Immediately Dr. Ian started me on a plan to address each of these and within weeks I started feeling better than I had in years. He also pointed out some memory and neurological issues I had picked up through my years of eating gluten. (My particular type of Celiac disease resulted in entirely neurological symptoms, not gastrointestinal).

We have been successfully knocking down each of those issues and I have noticed a great improvement already in my memory, awareness, and attention. I highly recommend making an appointment with Dr. Ian if you have ANY inkling that you are suffering from thyroid issues, memory issues, feel that you may have any food sensitivities, or just don’t feel like you are full of energy and vigor. You deserve more, and Dr. Ian can help you get there.

Susie: Dr Ian helped me overcome many health problems. When I initially went to see him, I was suffering from hypo-thyroidism. With his help, I am no longer hypo-thyroid. Amazing Results! He is highly recommended!

Dasha: I had been feeling very ill since I had my son five years ago. I was suffering from debilitating fatigue, nausea, muscle pain, brain fog, bloating, anxiety attacks, and much more. After five years of seeing different doctors and being unable to find help (they were just ordering more and more of useless and very expensive tests) I found Dr. Ian at Red Tail Wellness. He has been really amazing. He knows more about thyroid issues than anyone I have ever met.

I love his holistic approach to every client. He is not only knowledgeable and attentive but also friendly and fun. I respect him and thank him for making it possible for me to feel normal again. It took one inexpensive test to have me diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. He also made some significant changes to my diet (and I thought I was eating healthy ;)) and recommended several supplements, and I was feeling like a new person within a month. ALL my symptoms were gone! I would encourage everyone not to be afraid of having to pay too much because it is actually the other way around. Trust me. Do it for yourself, you are worth it!

Joetta: I initially started seeing Dr. Ian for intense tiredness, digestive problems, low thyroid and a slew of other symptoms. He has been so amazing in supporting me to continuously make improvements and the results have been incredible. I highly recommend him, he is intuitive, wise and a high integrity person that I respect and value!
Jill: “Using adjustments, blood analysis, supplements, suggested diet and exercise, Dr. Hollaman has been able to re-create the proper function of my endocrine system and I feel like a new person!

I’ve lost weight and feel good about myself again. I know that my health is better than it has been for many years and I am no longer taking thyroid supplementation.”
Mary: “Ian really knows A LOT about thyroid problems! Several months later, I feel stronger, more energetic, and am happier than I have felt in a long time. Many thanks for all your help!

Katherine: I would highly recommend Dr. Ian to anyone seeking to find a better pathway through thyroid issues. I was cycling downward and found myself depressed and with very low energy. Through blood panel analysis and saliva testing, Dr. Ian was able to analyze my problems and prescribe a regimen of dietary changes and supplements that have been truly helpful. It has taken several months, but I feel better than I have for a long time. A secondary testing panel of blood/saliva helped show some significant changes for the positive. Dr. Ian is friendly and helpful and a good listener. If you have not tried an alternative approach to thyroid issues, Redtail Clinic is a great place to start.

Gail: I always look for the truth when it comes to my health. By that I mean why is my body challenged with…..? How can I bring my body back naturally … the body can heal. For the past 8 years, I have been challenged with adrenal fatigue & exhaustion, thyroid challenges, digestive issues and weight gain! I decided to go see Dr Ian Hollaman at Red Tail Wellness.

I’ve known Dr. Ian for a few years and was inspired to have a consultation with him after reviewing his website. After consulting with Dr. Ian I felt this was where I needed to be and began working with him. OMG, I am so happy I did. My health is soaring!! Dr. Ian’s knowledge is quite extensive, his listening skills are superb, his compassion is comforting and he truly understands the human body. I never hesitate to recommend him. I am thriving, stronger every day. Lost weight, am keeping it off; all my spinal pain is gone; my digestive challenges are minute; I feel emotionally strong again!!! Love it!

Alex: If you’re looking for a caring pair of doctors, this is the place to go! After dealing with thyroid issues for over a year, I found Red Tail Wellness. I feel so much better and have learned so much about thyroid issues. They always take the time to educate and answer any questions. I highly recommend them! Dr. Karen & Ian have spent tremendous amounts of time learning the triggers of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and look forward to helping you regain your vitality!

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