Hypothalamus Disorders

The Hypothalamus

It is a small area in the center of the brain that has many functions.  It serves an important role in hormone production.  It has an important role in the nervous system as well as in the endocrine system of the human body.  It is also linked to another small and vital gland called the Pituitary Gland.

The location of the Hypothalamus gland is below the Thalamus and right above the stem of the brain.  It is about the size of an almond in humans.

It controls certain metabolic processes and other activities of the Autonomic Nervous System.  It synthesizes and secretes neurohormones, often called Hypothalamic-Releasing hormones.  They control and regulate the secretion of the Pituitary hormones.

Functions of the Hypothalamus:

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  • Controls the release of 8 major hormones by the pituitary gland
  • Controls the temperature of the body
  • Controls food and water intake as well as hunger and thirst
  • Controls sexual behavior and reproduction
  • Controls daily cycles in the physiological state and behavior known as the circadian rhythm
  • Intervenes in emotional responses

Disorders of the Hypothalamus

Another term for this disorder is known as Hypothalamic Disease.  The diseases of the Hypothalamus are very hard to pinpoint because the Hypothalamus has such a wide range of roles in the endocrine system.

One of the important roles of the Hypothalamus is signaling the Pituitary Gland to release hormones to the rest of the endocrine system.  It is very difficult for doctors to determine which gland isn’t working properly.  They often call these disorders Hypothalamus-Pituitary Disorders.  The doctor may prescribe some tests to try and get to the root of the disorder.

Some causes or symptoms of the Hypothalamic Disease may include:

  • Eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia
  • Genetic disorders that cause excess iron buildup in the body
  • Malnutrition or an imbalanced diet
  • Inflammation
  • Infections
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness or vertigo

Dietary Tips

Diets high in polyunsaturated fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, can help to reverse inflammation in the Hypothalamus.  These fats may be a safe alternative to other types of oils and fats.  Foods with high omega-3 content include:  fish, walnuts, flax seeds, eggs, chia seeds, and dark leafy vegetables.

Additional healthy dietary choices to support the Hypothalamus and optimal brain function include vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables as well as Vitamin C and B Vitamin Supplements.

Foods that are particularly high in vitamin C include:
  • papaya
  • citrus fruits
  • strawberries
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • dark leafy greens, such as kale, mustard greens, and chard

Assortment of healthy protein source and body building foodThe vitamin B family has many benefits, so including a variety of foods rich in these vitamins in your diet is smart. In addition to being an immune system booster, the B vitamins keep the brain and nervous system healthy and help maintain energy levels and other vital functions.  healthy-protein-source.jpg


A working Hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of the body and usually goes unnoticed until it stops working properly.

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Interactive Query System (IQS™)

A test is performed by an extensively trained health consultant using Interactive Query System also known as IQS™.  It is also referred to as Interrogatory Biofeedback which provides valuable insight for a large number of people and their health.  It is a system that communicates with the “innate intelligence” of the person receiving the test.  It does not offer any “diagnosis”.  It can, however, record the response to a wide variety of questions associated with the stresses or weaknesses of the body.  


On October 25, 2017, I woke up with several symtoms including vertigo, headache, and slightly upset stomach.  I got up and drank a glass of water and ate some breakfast but that didn’t alleviate the symptoms.  I couldn’t understand why I was feeling this way so I called the Clinician that does the IQS tests at Healthy Life Institute.  

All but one area of my body was functioning normal except for one area of the Endocrine System, the Hypothalamus.  The IQS reported that I had a weakness there.  The clinician gave me some instructions of what to do next and to report back for a follow-up in two weeks.  The test was non-invasive and thorough and as a result I have followed the advice of the clinician and the symptoms have not returned.  C. A. Larsen of Orem UT


We at Healthy Life Institute invite you or your loved ones, who are experiencing any of the above-mentioned issues, to schedule an appointment.  Call Gerry, our clinician, at 801-358-4777 by appointment at 1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem UT.


Online:  Medical News Today, Sep 2, 2016



Renewable Energy Facts

After hundreds of hours of research regarding renewable energy, we would like to share with our customers this vital information.  There are many types of renewable energy for residential and commercial use.  Due to enormous advances in solar technology over the past three to five years, we feel that every home in America should take advantage of this wonderful, money-saving technology.

With improved technology and improved pricing and government rebates today, one can install solar panels on their home for virtually zero out-of-pocket money.  Our philosophy has been to be prepared for the future.  We feel that embracing renewable energy is one of the most important concepts in being prepared for the future.

Due to the research and the interest in this affordable technology, we have decided to organize a group of women to help their friends and neighbors learn what the true facts are regarding renewable energy.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in learning more about this new approach to the solar market as a renewable source, invite them to come to a special meeting on Thursday, January 25th, 20127 at 7:00 p.m., located at Healthy Life Institute, 1156 South State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT 84097.  The information being presented will be well-worth their time and effort to attend.

Healthy Life Institute has been dedicated over the past 15 years educating the public on how to build a resilient life.  We teach them to learn, take control, take action and track progress.

Our Mission Statement for the past several years has been . . .“to help each individual and their families gain a better understanding of their physical, mental, emotional, financial and preparedness health.  We invite each person to take good care of their bodies because, in reality, it is the only place one has to live.”

Our Motto:  Your Health is Your Choice!

If you have any questions, please call us at:  801-358-4777




Solar Energy

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Solar Energy is rapidly becoming a more viable solution to our energy needs

We are a solar brokerage and can help you find the best solar solution for your home or business.  We are certain that you are aware of the rising costs of electricity, and it is steadily rising.  We have been researching alternative power sources over the past several months.  We have recently affiliated with a rapidly growing company that is bringing solar to the local market and nationally.  The experts will share the many advantages to having Eclipse Energy work with you about installing solar panels on your home and how you can save money.

If you live along the Wasatch Front in Utah, we invite you and your spouse to attend a special meeting so we can share the important information that we have gathered.

If you are able to come early, Thursday at 4:30 p.m. on January 5, 2017 and bring your most recent power bill, we could share with you an estimate of the money you will save by installing solar on your home through Eclipse Energy.  The meeting is located at Healthy Life Institute, 1156 S State St, Suite 206, Orem UT (in business building behind Arby’s) There is plenty of free parking.

Break Addiction to Carbohydrates

What to Eat:

  • SGut-BrainConnectionelect natural, unprocessed foods
  • Choose foods low to moderate on Glycemic Index
  • Do not skip meals
  • For several weeks, avoid dairy, breads and cereals of any kind
  • Eliminate corn and peanuts
  • Balance protein intake with green leafy vegetables daily

Thinking Out Loud:

  • The Human Body is the greatest creation
  • The thing that gives the body and the spirit its greatest significance Is:
    • The BRAIN
    • The MIND
    • The Ability to THINK
      • “As a man [woman] thinketh . . ., so is he . . . .” Proverbs 23:7

Important Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. Why should I think?
  2. How should I think?
  3. What should I think about?
  4. What should I do about what I think?

The first question:  Why should I think?

It helps me to determine what I will accomplish in breaking my addiction to carbohydrates

It also helps me to determine what I will become

Second Question:  How should I think?

It helps me to determine what attitudes I am going to have for the day, the week, the month or even the year

It helps me build my character:






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Third Question:  What should I think about?

It helps me when I think about the decisions I am making

  • What am I going to eat for the day, for the week ahead–plan ahead
  • What other activities am I going to do to keep from craving fast foods, etc.

Fourth Question:  What should I do about what I think?

It is believed that when I write down my goals or decisions, they become more realistic or tangible

It helps me build on my accomplishments

I am more careful to use good judgment and wisdom in reaching my potential

Follow a Pattern

Read great ideas aloud to yourself

  • Pass an idea through your mind
  • You hear this idea
  • What you are saying stirs your emotions
  • The idea becomes deeply stamped into your heart
  • You have now addressed a very important person–yourself


  1. Memorize uplifting ideas that have been put into the best words and sentences by others
    1. These ideas will be almost as valuable to me as if I thought them myself
    2. They will help me get my mind off of food cravings that sabotage my health
  2. This is an important procedure for:
    1. Self-Motivation
    2. Self-Inspiration
    3. Self-Development

Leaving You with this Thought:

I think the deepest hunger of the human soul is to be recognized, valued, appreciated and understood.  When you acknowledge others and adapt yourself in an effort to reach them, in effect you say to them, . . .’You matter.  You are a person of worth.  You have intrinsic merit, and I’m not comparing you with anyone.  You are precious.  And if you allow me into your world, I know that I’m on sacred ground.”  ~ Stephen R. Covey

An affirmation you could use from the above quote might be:

I matter.  I am a person of worth.  I have intrinsic merit, and I’m not comparing myself with anyone else.  I am precious.

Natural Toothpaste

Are Commercialized “Natural” Toothpastes so Natural?o-BRUSH-TEETH-facebook

Let’s talk about ingredients found in these toothpastes:  (Sugar Alcohols)

1.  Xylitol — “natural Sweetener” — it ferments the Gut –Yuck!  There is enough xylitol in two pieces of gum to kill a 100 gram rodent.  According to lab tests, a 100 gram rodent can be killed by approximately 1.65 grams of xylitol about half of the time.  There is no long-term safety data.

2.  Erythritol (Truvia) — poison for fruit flies — another sugar alcohol that is produced by the industrialized process of sugar hydrogenation with a heavy metal catalyst.  Erythritol is exclusively derived from corn and much if it is GMO corn.

Note:  While xylitol is poorly absorbed in the gut, erythritol is well absorbed but is poorly metabolized.

Metabolic acidosis can lead to acid reflux and an increased risk or danger to the larynx.  It also promotes dehydration and loss of electrolytes which increases a feeling of thirst.  Erythritol is a commonly used food additive approved by the Food & Drug Administration.  Oh My!

3.  Tee Tree Oil — a volatile oil from the native Australian evergreen, Melaleuca alternifolia.  This oil has active components like terpenes which make it a powerful antimicrobial capable of destroying bacteria on contact.  It can be toxic to pets and may cause toxic and allergic reactions in humans, especially  if swallowed.  Contact to the eyes, nose and mouth should be avoided.  Serious side effects include confusion, inability to walk, unsteadiness, rash, and hormonal imbalances.

In conclusion, I have found a recipe on Pinterest for homemade toothpaste on Crunchy Betty.  

The ingredients are:

6 tablespoons coconut oil

6 tablespoons baking soda

25 drops essential oils (I used Wild Orange by doTerra

1 teaspoon Natural Stevia (about 5 droppers full) for sweetening — Ingredients in it include: Purified/Active Water, Organic Stevia (Leaf) extract


1.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  I used my electric hand mixer on low first, then turned it up to get a light, creamy texture.

2.  Pour into small jars and put lid on until ready to use.

Getting out the toothpaste can be a little tricky, but you can use your toothbrush and dip into it; or you can use a clean popsicle stick.  Also a hair dye bottle with pointed tip can be used to store the toothpaste in.

We love how it makes our teeth and mouth feel after brushing gently.  You don’t want to brush so vigorously that you wear away your gums.  The brushing of teeth is to gently sweep out any and all food particles.  Then flossing in between each tooth and the ends is important for healthy teeth and gums.

Enjoy brushing your teeth with peace of mind and without damaging the good bacteria in your mouth!

Seasonal Affective Disorder


Do you look forward to or dread the brisk fall and winter days?

Are you in the 6.7% population of the United States of America who suffer from worsening symptoms of depression during the winter months?  Or do you have less severe form of depression dubbed “winter blues”?

Do you have symptoms of:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Too much sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain

They are other symptoms of depression.

Experts believe that Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD starts with a body clock that’s out of sync.  Believe it or not, it is associated with the lack of natural sunlight.  It produces such feelings as sluggishness and food cravings.  Who would have thought!  Also, it manifests itself when you have difficulty getting up and getting to work on time.

Your Brain needs sunlight; otherwise, it works overtime producing melatonin.  It is an important hormone regulating your Gu-BrainImagebody clock and sleep patterns and it has been linked to depression.  Not only your skin, but your Brain needs Vitamin D.  Are you getting enough Vitamin D?  It certainly helps with those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Beat the Winter Blues:

  1. Get 30 minutes of sunlight daily
  2. Get outside and exercise like walking
  3. Eat a Healthy Diet including vegetables, protein, and some complex carbohydrates; avoid white breads, rice, and sugar, Genetically Modified Foods, etc.
  4. Work on those New Year’s Resolutions–Are they attainable? Are they worked on daily?
  5. Embrace the Season by looking for the best the Cold and Snow has to offer you
  6. RELAX!  We know you’re busy, but everyone needs some time off.  Read a book or take Yoga classes to help you
  7. Get Social Support with someone when you’re down.  Giving someone else a boost is a great reliever of depression or stress
  8. Catch up on Sleep–with a little time management and self-discipline you can meet this need—Be consistent with when you go to bed and when you wake up
  9. Treat Yourself! Do something that motivates you–like going to a play, taking a class or a series of classes, a day at the spa, or even a weekend trip
  10. Forgive Yourself and Others–Let go of the Wrongs people have done to you.  Let Your Light shine!
  11. Take off those sunglasses and let the light in
  12. *Order some Vitamin D3 with K2 in Capsule or Liquid form to take daily–these are in their natural form and have been known to reverse skin and mood disorders
  13. Replace indoor light bulbs with Full-Spectrum light bulbs.  *Himalayan Salt Lamps are a great resource for those suffering with SAD because they take the Negative Ions out of the air you breathe in your home or office

Direct sun exposure is the best source of Vitamin D, but it is not enough:

  • It takes 48 hours from the time you’re in the sun until vitamin D reaches your blood stream;
  • Sunscreen blocks or limits your vitamin D intake;
  • UV-A rays through windows of your home, your car or your office deplete Vitamin D
  • Eat Fish, *Fish Oil Supplements like Omega 3, 6 & 9, Sweet Potatoes, Sunflower Seeds, Mushrooms and Sprouts to get more Vitamin D
  • Supplement with Vitamin D if you’re taking Statin Drugs to lower your cholesterol levels; Vitamin D production is dependent on having adequate cholesterol in your body.


  • Michelle Schoffro Cook, BSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, The Life Force Diet, Five Natural Ways to Beat the Winter Blues, October 28, 2010.
  • Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor and Health Educator, 10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues, 2011.
  • Kathleen Doheny, Fending Off Depression Symptoms in Winter, WebMD Feature, accessed 1/2015.
  • Ionizing Himalayan Salt Lamps are available at Healthy Life Institute*
  • Vitamin D3 with K2 (capsule or liquid form) are available at Healthy LIfe Institute*

Call Healthy LIfe Institute at 801-358-4777 to schedule an appointment to have your hormones tested or see if you lack Vitamin D.  Your questions are important to us, please call!