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:

Hypothalamus-pituitary diagram

  • 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.

Non-Invasive Test                                  iqs3systemv1

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


Food Intolerance or Allergy

Image“Stop Feeling Sick” was the title of an article I read recently.  It was basically about ‘How to Sleuth Out a Food Intolerance or Allergy — and Return to Full Health’.

The human body is a magnificent machine–with intelligence–not just from the brain in your head but the brain in your Gastrointestinal Tract.  [They are connected–believe it or not!

Are you more concerned with the symptoms you are experiencing rather than wanting to get to the cause of your health issues.  The answer is simple:  What’s on your plate? what do you consume?  Where you need to look for most of your health problems that arise is right there in front of you.

For example:  You have recently eaten at a restaurant, and later on that evening or even most of the next day, you are experiencing a migraine headache with most or all of the classic symptoms:  pain behind one eye, noise bothers you, light bothers you,  and you feel nauseated.  Your immediate response is to grab some medicine to ease the pain.   What if, the next time you write down what you ate, and watch for those symptoms again and repeat the process?  But is that the answer?  Partially!  You need to be proactive and pay attention to what is causing this type of reaction so that you can avoid that particular food or it’s ingredients.

Does your stomach get upset or do you have sinus congestion often after you eat?  Do you have asthma attacks, feel dizzy or just don’t feel right?  Do you ever get pneumonia and can’t seem to shake it?  Do you experience diarrhea often or irritable bowel syndrome?

It is no fun being sick or having to postpone an activity you were looking forward to, right?

Most Common Offenders Are:


Shellfish – shrimp, crayfish, lobster and crab


Tree nuts

Fish such as salmon


Wheat and other gluten-containing grains

Sugar found in fruits and honey

Dairy products

Corn products

[Source is National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, American Gastroenterological Society]

What You Can Do:

If you suspect certain foods are ‘hijacking’ your health, it’s important for your long-term health and wellness to contact one of our personal health consultants.  He can help you find out what foods trigger a reaction by doing a personalized, computerized health analysis.  Call Healthy Life Institute for a consultation at 801-358-4777.

If you live in Utah, along the Wasatch Front, we hold “free” healthy lifestyle workshops to keep people like you informed.  These workshops are currently being held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at our clinic.  It just so happens that our next topic “The Gut-Brain Connection – Dysbiosis” is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Next, avoid those foods that cause havoc on your body.  Keep your eye on the labels of such foods as flours, syrups, sugars, prepackaged foods.  Remember, continued exposure can cause chronic GI Inflammation and long-term problems such as Autoimmune disorders where your body attacks itself causing you great discomfort.

Finally, ask your favorite restaurants for a list of their ingredients so you can avoid those foods that cause problems.

Source:  Excerpts from “Stop Feeling Sick!”, Delicious Living, May 2013, p 30-3




Cold and Flu Season Precautions

The cold and flu season is upon us once again.  A lot of people are worried, confused and wondering what they can do to limit their own and their family’s susceptibility to these illnesses.  Everywhere we turn there are commercials or signs of one form or another telling us to get our flu shots.  But for some of us, a vaccination is not the preferred option.

Humankind has been fending off the ever-changing influenza virus for a long time.  The best advice is to keep calm!  Your immune system can be very effective in fighting off infection.  There are many ways you can boost your immune system and respiratory function naturally so you are less likely to contract a flu virus.

Some common-sense precautions to defend against inflammation and infectious diseases are:

  1. Frequent hand-washing  with plain soap and water is still one of the best ways.
  2. Clean hands top the list for prevention of spreading disease.
  3. Person washing his handsDon’t waste your money or time on antimicrobial soaps because they don’t work on viruses such as colds or flu.  Antimicrobial soaps can be a contributing factor to the spread of new resistant strains of bacteria.
  4. Keep your hands off of your face.  If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands, bacteria (germs) can enter your body causing you to become infected.
  5. Use proper hygiene etiquette when you are sick and around others.  It simply means that you cover your mouth or nose with a tissue (not your hand) when coughing or sneezing and throwing the tissue away.  You may also cough or sneeze into your sleeve at the elbow (not your hands).
  6. You cannot shield yourself all of the time from the general public.  Allowing a sense of fear to prevail is not good for your immune system or overall health.
  7. Do keep your children home if they seem to be coming down with something or have obvious symptoms–likewise for adults!  Tuck the sick person away from others and cleanse common surfaces such as bathrooms, doorknobs and kitchen appliances, dishes, utensils and faucets with a straight solution of white vinegar to keep the virus from spreading.
  8. Wash the sick persons linens in hot water and wash their clothing separately from the other family member’s clothing.
  9.  Wash your hands after handling laundry or other materials handled by sick person.

Preparing Immune System:

Food is Medicine.  Eating wholesome, home-cooked meals is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself year-round.  Certain foods and herbs support your immune system and protect your respiratory health.  Sipping herbal teas or gargling with warm salt water help to make your mouth unfriendly to microbes and reduces your risk of contracting flu even after direct exposure.
Avoid Inflammation Promoters.  Some culprits are:  alcohol,  tobacco, and sugar.  Excessive stress promotes inflammation and affects the immune system’s ability to respond.  Chronic stress accelerates the normal aging process.  Helpful to minimize your stress to preserve your immunity.
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels.  Connections between vitamin D insufficiency and infectious diseases go back to the 1800’s, when people noticed how tuberculosis patients improved when they traveled to a warm climate and had more sun exposure.   Molecular geneticists study vitamin D’s capacity to stimulate “antimicrobial innate immunity” to learn how it regulates the genes that control your innate immune responses. To determine your Vitamin D dosage requirements, if you live in northern latitudes you need at least 1000 to 2000 IU/day (professional grade quality**) during winter months to protect you from the flu.
Support Your Intestinal Flora.  Chronic inflammation starts in the gut so you will need some herbal formulas to reduce incidence, severity, and duration of respiratory tract illnesses and symptoms as well as lessen the chances for viruses and bacteria.
Sleep!  Adequate sleep fortifies the immune system while sleep deprivation taxes it.  When you feel something is weakening your system, it’s only natural for you to want to sleep more.  This intuitive mechanism can help lower the seriousness of your infection or help you recuperate faster.
Exercise Regularly.  Overdoing your exercise routine or strenuous physical exercise can compromise your immune system and possibly set the stage for infection.  It won’t hurt you to keep up your walks, sprints (not long runs or jogs), bike rides, weight lifting or swimming.
Indoor Atmospheric Conditions During Winter.  Consider purchasing indoor plants that purify the air of toxins, reduce dust accumulation, and support respiratory health.  If you live in a dry climate consider investing in a humidifier to work with your furnace or place a pan of water on your kitchen stove or your wood-burning stove to put moisture into the air you breathe.
Your Health is Your Choice ~ Contact one of our lifestyle coaches at Healthy Life Institute by calling 801-358-4777 for your personal consultation.  
*Dixie Mills, MD, FACS, Natural Flu Prevention,, Accessed online 8-20-2010


**Systemic Formulas

Healing Your Body on the Cellular Level

Adenosine triphosphate

Image via Wikipedia

Healthy Cells Promote Healthy Metabolic and Tissue Function

The inside of your cells determines what level of health you can experience.  

ATP (Adenosine TriPhosphate) — is what is known as the chemical energy of life.  ATP is the energy that gets the work done in the cells.  ATP is absolutely necessary for practically every life process.

Energy is Everything!  Energy is Life!

If your body is healthy and properly nourished, it can make plenty of energy.

Oprah Winfrey said it this way:  “Energy is the essence of life.”  

Cellular inflammation:

Cellular inflammation damages the cells ability to generate ATP as a result of environmental toxins or electro-magnetic radiations.  Add to that reduced intake of practical nutrients and over-consumption of sugar.  Sugar is damaging the cell’s mitochondria that generates most of the cell’s ATP.   

What happens to the cells?

They struggle to produce the proper fuel for life!

The common denominator of virtually all chronic-degenerative diseases is the shortage of fuel.

“All chronic-degenerative diseases begin with a lack of energy.”

Along with the lack of energy is the lack of electron donors known as antioxidants–glutathione, catalase, and super oxide mutase.    A shortage of antioxidants means that the mitochondrial membranes and DNA are damaged;  these membranes fail to function properly.

The cell, then, must be destroyed (apoptosis) or it can become a tumor.

The body becomes diseased!  

Basically, when you run out of energy, you die!

When it comes to human health — Energy is Everything!

We can have clear thinking

We have the ability to digest food properly

We have muscle power to walk

We have the ability to sleep well

“When [your] body has ample cellular energy, it can take care of all aspects of [your] health–general vitality, metabolic and hormonal processes, immune system effectiveness, nerve transmissions, cellular work, detoxification, repair–with radiant effectiveness.”

Inside of a mitochondrion

The Forgotten Miracle Nutrient

One overlooked natural substance is Magnesium ~ a real jewel ~ it is something so universally beneficial.

The benefits of Magnesium on the human body:

  • Relaxes blood vessels
  • Every tissue
  • Every organ
  • Major weapon against depression and suicide
Deficiencies of Magnesium are linked to many maladies.  These include:
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Abnormal kidney function
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Inflammation
  • Excitotoxicity
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Impaired lung function
  • Cancer
  • Immune system disorders
A poor way to measure your magnesium levels is by testing your blood levels.  Why?

Is Joint Pain Ruining Your Quality of Life?

How much chronic aches and pains do you suffer from?  

Do you wake up stiff?  

Can you no longer exercise like you used to?

Arthritis means joint inflammation.  There are 100 different types of diseases with symptoms such as stiffness, pain and swelling.

Rheumatoid  can damage other tissues of the body.

Osteoarthritis  stays mainly in the joints.

50% of people in the United States get arthritis by the time they are 60 years old.

To cope with chronic pain, a lot of people just reach for pain medications like ibuprofen, acetaminophen or prescription drugs.  These types of medications only mask the problem — they don’t solve it!  Research has shown that prolonged use of certain drugs, like ibuprofen, actually makes joints and cartilage weaker, and can even cause long-term damage.

Many people turn to natural joint support.  Many products on the market are using sub-clinical doses of inferior ingredients, which makes you end up just wasting your money.  A breakthrough National Institute of Health (NIH) study proves that natural products really do work and are actually more beneficial than painkillers.

The research done by Dr. Alexander Stuart Wheelwright, PhD, a 20th-Century herbal researcher, linked arthritis with a pathogen (Streptacocca and Amoeba).

Because of the many different types of diseases relating to stiffness, pain and swelling — it is difficult to determine a “one-size-fits-all” program.

You are unique!  What might be beneficial for one person may not be so for you.  However, if you would like a consultation with Gerry at Healthy Life Institute, give him a call at 801-893-1190.  


Dr. Jack Tips, N.D., and Dr. Timothy Kuss, N.D., Systemic Formulas, Ogden, Utah.