Thyroid Function Explained



Did you know that an estimated 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition?  Moreover, statistics show that 60 percent of people with thyroid conditions don’t know that they have a condition at all (1).

The thyroid gland is a bowtie shaped gland near the center of your neck.  Diseases impacting the thyroid gland can often cause enlargement of this tissue, and /or nodule formation.  The Doctors at Natural Medicine Center (NMC) have functional imaging techniques to confirm tissue changes. 

While it is an oversimplification, the following analogy is instructive: Please think of circulating thyroid hormone particles as “fuel injectors” for boosting your metabolism.  This fuel fosters our metabolic reactions, so fuel creates energy.  It is through thyroid hormones [T3 and T4] that you are able to regulate body temperature.  Moreover, the relative abundance of T3 hormones will dictate fat-burning actions and protein utilization patterns throughout your body. All of our NMC Doctors want readers to be aware of two prevalent thyroid conditions–hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.  Less common thyroid conditions include thyroid cancer, thyroid nodule accumulation disorders and nonspecific goiters.



Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid condition, and this instigates (i) weight gain, (ii) tiredness, (iii) hair loss, and (iv) cold extremities.  A very common variant of Hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s Disease. As the prefix for hypothyroidism implies, thyroid glandular tissue fails to excrete enough T3 and T4 hormones.  If left untreated more severe problems can occur including heart and nerve problems.


Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid excretes too much thyroid hormone.  A very common variant of hyperthyroidism is Graves Disease.  This presents with symptoms such as (i) irritability, (ii) weight loss, (iii) heart palpitations, and (iv) diarrhea.  If the hyperthyroid condition is left untreated, the neglected hyperthyroid patients may suffer damages to their heart, bones, muscles and reproductive organs.


A recent trend picked up by Doctors at NMC is to observe *mutual* thyroiditis defects–meaning the patient displays both Hashimoto’s and Graves Disease.  When Hashimoto’s co-occurs with Graves, the patient’s thyroid goes through stages of excreting too much thyroid hormone and then skips to secreting too little.  It is important to note that thyroiditis can be triggered by food or environmental allergies.  This is why Doctors at NMC are routinely checking for Hashimoto’s and for Graves diseases. It is very valuable to know which autoimmune thyroiditis is being manifest, because a clinically directed lifestyle change can re-stabilize the thyroid [e.g., patients who test positive for Hashimoto’s should avoid gluten, cut out dairy and eat low glycemic foods.  Patients with Graves disease can promote stable thyroid function by avoiding caffeine and ionized salt.


Normally, thyroid blood tests are done annually during a wellness visit with a general practitioner. However, if you have a thyroid condition or have symptoms of a thyroid condition, getting a complete thyroid panel is the best way to understand how and why your thyroid isn’t functioning correctly.


At a general practitioners visit, they often only check the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone).  At The Natural Medicine Center we like to take it several steps further. The reason is, that dysfunction often occurs even when the TSH is ‘in normal clinical ranges’. We test T3 Total, T3 Free, T4 Total, T4 Free, TSH, Thyroglobulin, Reverse T3 and thyroid peroxidase. With these additional tests, we will know 3 very important things that we wouldn’t know if we only ran a TSH blood test.



These 3 things include:

  • autoimmune involvement
  • if high stress is corrupting the dissemination of active T hormones to body tissues
  • if liver/ kidney function is preventing the distribution and uptake of T hormones by cells or tissues


Once the blood test results are in, our doctors can recommend naturally compounded RX medications, Chinese herb remedies, and lifestyle practices to support thyroid function. 


Ways to support thyroid function right away:

  • Avoid Red dye #3
  • Educate yourself on yersinia in pork
  • Avoid gluten and dairy
  • Eat foods naturally rich in iodine

Want more information?  Call us at 863-899-9977 or book an appointment





IV Therapy and IM Vitamin Menu

Intramuscular Shots: (15 Minute Appointment)

B12- $20

Vitamin B12 helps your body use fat and carbohydrates for energy and make new protein. It is also important for normal blood, cells, and nerves.

Vitamin D3- $25

  • Maintain the health of bones and teeth.
  • Support the health of the immune system, brain, and nervous system.
  • Regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management.
  • Support lung function and cardiovascular health.

BComplex-  $27

B vitamins have a direct impact on your energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism. Vitamin B complex helps prevent infections and helps support or promote: cell health and growth of red blood cells.

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IV Vitamin Infusions (15minute to 2 hr appointment)

IV therapy is designed to either treat specific conditions or just promote overall wellness. The following are some of the most common:

Myers’ Cocktail: $150.00

Includes vitamins B1, B2, B4, B5, B6, B12, C, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc and sodium. This particular blend was developed in the 1970’s by Dr. John Myers at Johns Hopkins University. It has been used to treat a number of conditions such as asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chest pain, infections, depression, muscle spasms, hives, and dementia

Glutathione Therapy  $60.00 or $20.00 as an add on

This substance acts principally on liver and brain tissues. Research suggests glutathione therapy can lead patients to an improved memory, while also helping to lower the risk for dementia conditions, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, and liver disease.

High Dose Vitamin C  Starts at $120.00

Although this vitamin is commonly found in supplement form, an IV therapy infusion will produce much higher serum concentrations of Vitamin C than that obtained after oral dosing. Vitamin C is used to fight both the flu and chronic fatigue syndrome.  High dose injections of Vitamin C have also been found to boost the immune system and can help fight and prevent cancer.

Hydrogen peroxide  $175.00

Chemists refer to Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) as a ‘reactive oxygen species’. H2O2 encourages the body to release single oxygen molecules into the bloodstream. Newly liberated O2 molecules are available to kill viruses, bacteria, cancer cells. A higher oxygen serum oxygen level also makes it easier for the liver and kidneys to remove toxins.

Mineral Bags  $065.00

Hydration: Saline bags are administered for instances of dehydration from the flu, exhaustion, hangovers, food poisoning, and jet lag. These are also ideal for beauty purposes/ anti-aging.

Magnesium: Magnesium is essential for muscle function and nerve function. Magnesium is also essential for regulating blood sugar and blood pressure. This infusion can alleviate a migraine headache.

Selenium and Zinc ‘The immune boost’: These vitamins work together to support your thyroid and immune system. This is ideal for before a trip or a big project as it will help greatly in preventing many common infections or diseases.
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A Note From Dr. Catherine



Modern citizens exist and operate in a sea of both Natural and Unnatural electromagnetic fields (EMF). For example, the earth has an EMF pulsing at approximately 10 Hz.  I like to encourage conceptualizations!  You could think of the planet Earth’s EMF pulsing like a small engine capable of facilitating electrical impulses while also hastening blood and lymphatic fluid flow rates.  Hold this truth in mind:  the blood is the River of Life.  The full spectrum of cell tissues needs (amino acids, fatty acids, glucose, potassium, magnesium, oxygen, and more)…..are carried in the blood. 

    As we age, the smallest blood vessels in the circulatory tree (our microvessels), can become blocked with atherosclerotic plaque laydown or via calcification.  A clinician’s targeted goal is to move blood past microvascular impedance zones.  The best tool to accomplish that goal is P.E.M.F. (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy.   P.E.M.F technology emerges as a truly innovative contribution to any Functional Medicine Doctor’s armamentarium. PEMF therapy helps to work a patient’s blood ‘around and across’ blockage zones.  When microvessel blood flows freely  again, the patient’s cells gain access to nourishing vitamins, minerals, and dissolved blood gases.  At the whole body or systems level, patients who embrace PEMF sessions at least daily will experience more energy, better sleep, and sharp decrements in ‘inflammation’ reactions throughout cellular tissues. 


Catherine Onuoha, PhD, R.Ph, BCPP, CPh

EMF Radiation Exposure: The Global Danger No One Wants to Talk About

Written by David Butler and Dr. Catherine Onuoha

“Electromagnetic fields from power and telecommunications systems, as they are present in our everyday environment, have biological and human health impacts that have not been officially acknowledged. The effects of these fields have simply not been taken seriously enough.” – Dr. Paul Heroux.

Health concerns over EMF radiation exposure (Electro-magnetic-field) is still not seen as a real threat by most Americans.  While it may be easy to ignore the issue and pretend it doesn’t exist, a rapidly expanding literature base on EMF radiation exposure—emergent from cell phones and other electronic devices—proves the serious health impacts of EMF radiation exposure.  The present authors view this causal link between EMF and physiologic detriments as irrefutable. More support for this opinion rests with the official appeal to the European Union [EU], in 2017. The EU appeal was drafted by nearly 200 scientists from all over the world who submitted this: “Harmful effects of RF-EMF exposure are already proven”. Scientists drafting the EU correspondence asked for a postponement in the rollout of 5G until RF-EMF effects on human health are better understood.  The appeal document also cited numerous studies manifesting adverse health  effects from EMF exposure in humans and in animals. Among the deleterious health effects detailed were: DNA/Cellular damage, tumorogenesis, neurologic disorders, sleep derangements, infertility syndromes and more (The full letter can be found in a link at the bottom of the page).

It is appropriate at this juncture to describe the plight of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) patients. In a surprisingly large number of people, immediate repercussions are felt from exposure the RF-EMF pollution; quick symptom emergence in the following categories: (i)  migraines / headaches,  (ii) anxiety, and (iii) heart palpitations occurs when EHS patients are exposed to ambient electricity.  Said differently, EHS patients are supremely sensitive to any form of electricity.  This ‘electro-sensitive’ syndrome falls well in line with comparible idiosyncratic drug hypersensitivities, or music or light sensitivities.  There is believed to be roughly 3-5% of the human population that have EHS, but unfortunately, many Doctors and hospitals (especially in America) do not take this to be a legitimate condition and insist that these problems are psychiatric.


Why do American policy makers and corporations continue to ignore the health effects of cell phones?

There are two very simple answers. First, we can all acknowledge that RF-EMF has deep roots in American society…and, RF-EMF is appreciated by many of our citizens for rendering ‘convenience’.  Second, it is correct to point out key financial factors.  Fact: the cellular and wireless industry is one of the biggest industries on America’s –Stocks & Commodoties-markets (Wall Street). In fact, several of the major cell phone manufacturers rake in up to $355 billion per year.  It is instructive to reflect back on topics like the following:
                                       **climate change
                                       ** cigarette smoking

True or False:  Do Americans shy away from accepting scientific discoveries about a technology’s side effects because the cost of ‘acceptance’ is daunting in that it would curtail a preferred lifestyle?

Has the Fox been guarding the Hen-House?

One of the biggest problems in the way of bringing this issue into the public’s attention is the lack of quality research by American scientists.  This is because virtually all studies of cell phone safety have funding that is completely or partially dependent upon the major cell phone manufacturers.  With such a brazen conflict of interest, it’s easy to see why studies showing no adverse health effects become published and advertised while those with negative health effects often do not see the light of day and have their funding pulled early on.  While not advertised to consumers (in America at least) literature on EMF health effects and organizations supporting safer technology use are abundant on the internet.  Because America is so behind in our research and concern over EMF fields, a quick google search might not turn up a lot, but by looking a bit deeper at what other countries are doing you can see the international trend that America refuses to follow.  In the sources section of this page we have links to the groups Physician’s for Safer Technology and EMF which are two excellent sites for extensive and credible information on EMF technology and their health effects.


What can be done to combat something so prevalent and accepted in our society?  

It may seem impossible to make any real change in an industry so heavily protected by money, lawyers, and the naïve good will of the public, but many countries have made significant efforts to reduce overall EMF exposure and to educate their citizens on the health risks.  All across Europe EMF radiation exposure is taken much more seriously and there is active debate concerning appropriate regulations.  In 2015 France adopted a new law setting tighter restrictions on cell tower manufacturers in order to reduce EMF radiation exposure to the population, and many other countries have similar restrictions put in place.  While we do have some safety measures in place in the USA, they are incredibly lax and are often not based on realistic cell phone usage. 

For example, while all cell phone manufacturers adhere to the requirement that their devices not emit over a specific amount of radiation while on a call, the testing process is often rigged in the favor of cell phones being safe.  They rig such a test by measuring the phone’s radiation when it is half an inch to a quarter of an inch away from the measuring device instead of direct contact which is the way most people use their phones.  The difference in radiation from a quarter of an inch to direct contact is shocking.  When placed in direct contact, the measuring device detected nearly triple the SAR coming from the phone (Far above safety regulations) than when held at a minor distance.  Loopholes such as this are unfortunately all too common in cell phone testing which is why it is up to the consumer to educate and protect themselves.

If you are as shocked and concerned about the lack of regulations, warnings, and quality research being done on this issue we have a few recommendations for what you should do:

  1. Educate yourself – We encourage to take a deeper look at the resources at the bottom of this page to see the first hand accounts of scientists who are deeply troubled about the rapid expansion of cell towers and EMF fields.


  1. Protect yourself – There are some very simple things you can do it limit your exposure to EMF fields even if you use a phone daily. Using speaker phone or earbuds with a microphone are a great way to reduce direct contact as well as refraining from holding your phone.  We sell lanyard-style EMF protective devices—capable of throwing a safe zone around body tissues. Some studies have also shown that proper nutrition such as having healthy levels of Vitamin E and Folic Acid can help to protect your cells from damage.


  1. Advocate for yourself and others – Don’t be afraid to share this news with your friends, family, and coworkers – If you have children who use smart phones frequently it is especially important to try and reduce their EMF radiation exposure as phone safety protocols are never designed with children in mind (Even though children and adolescents are more susceptible to radiation such as EMF fields).



Products Available for EMF radiation exposure and protection:

Aires Guardian – $290 suggested retail; $260 through Natural Medicine Center
Aires Shield Pro – $55.00 suggested retail; $ 49.50 through Natural Medicine Center

Aires Shield Pro

Aires Guardian

Sources / Further Research:

  • Article by Notre Dame Alum Discussing her Struggles as an EMF Refugee

  • A Comprehensive Database of EMF Research Created by an Official UK Agency:














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Thermography for Breast Health


Breast Health Awareness Month


      Every year October is a month that we dedicate to ‘Breast Health Awareness’. We invite you to celebrate this with us at The Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland. Thermography is a great place to start with any holistic healthcare agenda because thermography is a discovery tool. It is a radiation free/ noninvasive way to look inside your body. Through this infrared medical technology we can detect unusual heat patterns that suggest healing problems, inflammation or nerve issues.

      Thermography is more popular and researched with breast imaging than any other region of the body. During your 30 minute imaging appointment, thermographic images will detect breast abnormalities, general inflammation, and hormonal imbalances. Because thermography can detect these challenges up to 7 years before symptoms occur, you are serving yourself by using thermography as a risk indicator (before symptoms occur).
      With this annual *risk indicator* visit, you are allowing yourself the time you need to heal and eliminate toxins that may be present before they manifest into a serious healing crisis. If you have symptoms, we urge you to get started with your breast health plan today.
      Younger women will benefit from *risk indicator* visits as well. Fibroglandular and dense breast tissue is unique to each women and can be observed thermally in women from at least 20 years of age. This annual thermography appointment will serve women as young as 20 years old, by informing them of their individual risk, hormonal issues, and toxic load. From there, the Natural Medicine Center will provide expert advice and guidance in creating an effective and supportive care plan.

      In honor of breast health awareness month, we would like to offer you $20 off on Mondays. This visit still includes your imaging, your official report and a follow up visit with our Doctor. At the follow up visit we will review your MD interpreted imaging report and create a wellness plan. The Natural Medicine Center has so much more to offer you after your thermography appointment. We provide an herbal pharmacy, infrared sauna, PEMF therapy, IV therapy, hormone testing, and prescriptive authority to support your breast health.



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Back to School with Neurofeedback


     Neurofeedback is a brain training device which helps to lessen symptoms of ADHD/ADD and improve overall cognitive function in a number of areas such as sleep, concentration, and memory.  Neurofeedback can be used to greatly help those suffering with psychological conditions such as ADHD/ADD or Depression as well as to increase the overall mental sharpness of anyone wanting to improve themselves.

     If your child has frequent outbursts of bad behavior in class and at home, the chances are that they are stressed or struggling. They may not know how to properly express their frustration.  Through Neurofeedback we’ve seen children, teenagers, and adults become more expressive and open with their feelings and thoughts. This leads to more productive and less combative communication.  When children are able to communicate what they don’t understand and the areas they need help in, it’s much easier for parents and teacher to help them reach their full potential.

    In our clinic we’ve seen young children improve up to 20 percentile points in their end of the year testing after receiving their sessions of Neurofeedback. Similar results can be found in various professional studies and testimonials across the web.  Especially for children who have to go to a new school in the coming semester, Neurofeedback can greatly help to alleviate their initial nervousness in adjusting to a new environment and new people.

     Our Neurofeedback system, NeurOptimal, is also ideal for children as it is incredibly gentle, requires zero effort, and to most of our clients is a rather relaxing and enjoyable experience.  Another benefit of our system is that it is considerably cheaper than many other more targeted and aggressive neurofeedback systems that other clinics offer.

     If you are interested in learning more about Neurofeedback or bringing your child in for a free demo session, please call or email us!


The Natural Medicine Center of Lakeland

315 Doris Dr.

Lakeland, FL, 33813

 M-F 8:30-6pm Sat 10-1pm

Phone: 863-899-9977



Individual sessions for $80

Session Bundle of 5 for $350

Session Bundle of 10 for $600

Prescription Drug Counseling

Would You Like to Reduce the Amount of Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs You Are Taking?

                          WE CAN HELP.

The United States is only one of two countries in the WORLD that allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to consumers.

USA is 5% of the World Population

  • USA is 5% of the World Population
  • Rest of the World

USA Consumes 75% of the World's Prescription Drugs

  • US Consumes 75% of the World's Prescription Drugs
  • Rest of the World

Adage: an expression or phrase conveying wisdom, although the expression should not be interpreted literally.

Big Pharma Run Amok

Consider the adage, “He who pays the piper calls the tune”… this proverb resonates HOW western medicine is “broken”.

Prescription Drug Counseling Reduce Get Off Pills Holistic Approach Addiction Side Effects Symptoms Holistic Recovery Natural Medicine Center Lakeland Central FloridaDid you know that only two of the world’s 195 nations (US and New Zealand) allow direct to consumer [DTC] marketing for prescription drugs? DTC advertising was first enacted under President George W. Bush’s term. Sadly, after DTC permissions were in place, and ads became commonplace, further deregulation subverted the US FDA agency’s authority for halting misinformation in DTC ads. Big Pharma Conglomerates have proceeded to air inaccurate and highly biased messages in their radio and TV advertising.  Truth in advertising is dead.

Citizens of the US are drowned by misrepresented strategic prescription drug messages numerous times a day! TV commercials portray happy, good-looking actors who pledge loyalty to certain branded drugs.  Some actors share their gratitude for the ‘healing’ they’ve experienced. Subtly, popular media has chiseled messages into the grey matter of American viewers / listeners. Wise consumers pause to recall that an advertising agency has paid these actors and radio spokespersons. Most other people, though, will accept media messages at face value. Alas, since the governmental regulations have swung toward leniency, Americans seem to believe what the Big Pharma shareholders would like them to believe. “He who pays the piper calls the tune”.

Here’s a second important downside to the fact that mass media is ‘without’ conscience –medical prescribers have been yielding when their patients’ request specific drugs (e.g., research review by Frosch Hence, the Big Pharma conglomerates fix consumer notions that their branded drug will “heal” (invoked via subliminal messaging rather than through explicit persuasion). This unfortunately activates patients to request specific drug products during an office visits. Sometimes the brand drug that a patient has requested is less effective and has a larger side effect liability than older and less expensive prescription drugs. The most important point, however, is that… when a charade like this unfolds… Big Pharma sales TRUMP prescriber training and patient well-being. Further research is needed on the clinical and economic impacts of DTC advertising, but it remains banned in 193 out of 195 nations.

We strive to give only accurate and genuine information to our patients. A coercively sterilized consideration is promised to all patients, which sets-aside the promotions of drug companies, to focus only on patient care.

Do You Want to Feel Better?

We will provide:

  1. Disease assessment and management
  2. Drug regimen review
  3. Patient counselling
  4. Medication delivery systems
  5. Drug information
  6. Medication therapy management services
  7. Patient-focused activities
  8. Facility focused activities such as establishing policies and procedure for medication use
  9. Out-patient compliance packaging

Prescription Drug Counseling with Dr. Catherine

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Nature provides many remedies to work with or replace prescription drugs typically without side effects.

Dr. Catherine Onuoha attended the Medical College of Virginia for her PhD in both Pharmacology and Toxicology and later recieved her certification as a BCPP (Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist).  While Dr. Catherine has not had training as an MD, her strong background in medical academia and pharmacology make her an expert at managing medications as she aims to bring patient’s toward lower prescription drug dependence.  Although she sees patients with a variety of issues, her specialties can roughly divide into 2 focus areas:

  1. Hormonal health
  2. Psychiatric pharmaceutical counseling

Dr. Catherine is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and she embraces medication adjustment (Onuoha skillfully assists her patients to get OFF of troubling and side-effect laden medications). ADHD is a focus area and Psychometric testing is performed on site.

Dr. Catherine Onuoha has written 26 articles/books on neural function and psychiatric dysfunction. Psychiatric medications are distributed freely in our society and are inadequately explained to drug recipients. Dr Onuoha combines dietary initiatives and cognitive treatment modalities (truly holistic treatments!). When downsizing Prescription loads, Onuoha seeks a medically safe discontinuation strategy.

Hormones are neural mediators! Hence, we balance hormones (Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Cortisol, Thyroid). Hormonal rebalancing can greatly improve depression & anxiety. Through advocacy psychiatric medication regimens are managed with an eye to drug reduction. Serotonin/ Dopamine/ and Norepinephrine mediators are measured. Acupuncture and personalized counseling is embraced and naturopathic/ herbal treatments are given.


Work Sited:

1. Frosch D, American Journal of Public Health, Vol 100; Issue 1