118: An At-Home Approach to Balancing Thyroid Hormones with McCall McPherson

An At-Home Approach to Balancing Thyroid Hormones with McCall McPherson

McCall McPherson is a PA and functional medicine doctor who is passionate about helping others with balancing thyroid hormones. Her cause is personal too … when doctor after doctor failed to help with her thyroid problems, she decided to take matters into her own hands and founded a functional medicine clinic focused on thyroid patients.

I know a little about this topic given my own health struggles … I can’t wait to dive in and compare notes!

Balancing Thyroid Hormones Naturally

After years of doctors mismanaging her case, McCall knew she needed answers. No one could explain away how she actually felt: so tired she could barely stay out of bed and awake past 6 p.m. (Side note: Sound like depression? McCall says depression and thyroid problems are two sides of the same coin.)

Hear her story and the path to healing she recommends for others with thyroid and autoimmune disorders. Also, don’t miss the amazing story of how she and her hubby rescued hundreds of people during the flooding due to Hurricane Harvey! It’s just one more reason I’m so honored to have her on the podcast today.

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • what the thyroid does and how you might know if yours isn’t optimal
  • how to start balancing thyroid hormones, for good … and why they got out of balance in the first place
  • decoding thyroid labs … and why it’s so hard to get the right diagnosis
  • why you can have a thyroid problem even if your lab numbers are “normal”
  • the real-life culprits behind thyroid disease (hint: not sleeping is one!)
  • why TSH shouldn’t be the measure of thyroid hormone (and what should be)
  • how T3 is like the gasoline that drives the metabolism (and how T4 is like crude oil)
  • what to do when you’re on medication but not feeling better
  • how to improve thyroid function naturally
  • the role of food allergies in thyroid disease (as well as an alternative to allergy testing)
  • why dairy is so addictive and how to break the addiction
  • three big nutrients to get if you have thyroid disease: low dose iodine, zinc, selenium
  • why a thyroid problem usually means an adrenal problem too (and how to start reversing it)
  • and more!

Resources We Mention

Further Reading


Other Resources

Do you suspect you have a thyroid condition? Do you struggle getting the right help? Please join the conversation below!

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Reader Comments

  1. Awesome info! I am on medication and since beginning it I feel worse and have more of the symptoms I was told I should have been experiencing before medication. I, literally, was not having any of these problems pre-meds. I am about 5 hours from Austin but I will be making the drive to Modern Thyroid Clinic! The info on how to get the kids out of the carb-cycle is huge for me. I have a challenging eater but I know I can get her back on track. This really encouraged me to stay the course with her. Thank you, thank you!

  2. Another fantastic, informative podcast! Thank you Katie!

  3. McCall, You should fact check your clinical laboratory information before spreading MISinformation. The laboratory is everyone’s favorite whipping boy because it is out of sight but it really serves to discredit the other information that IS in your area of expertise when you spread falsehoods. Reference ranges are established by testing NORMAL volunteer donors and are verified every year with more volunteer NORMAL donors. Yes, they are different from laboratory to laboratory due to different instrumentation, methodologies and patient populations but reference ranges are NEVER established with abnormal PATIENT samples. By definition those are not NORMAL and are, therefore, excluded from a “NORMAL” value study. If you are utilizing a laboratory that uses patient samples to establish their reference ranges you should try using a more reputable laboratory and ask to see their licensing credentials.

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