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


Whole Body Vibration Benefits

Ten minutes a day on a whole body vibration machine = 1 hour workout in the gym!  This is a great way to do 10-minute “Burst Training” exercises as well as warm-ups and cool-downs.

Whole Body Vibration

Appaloosa Whole Body Vibration Machine

Whole Body Vibration benefits all age groups.  It is especially nice for people who are sedentary or who are wheelchair bound because it gets the circulation moving throughout your body.  Whole body vibration is used in physical therapy as well as sports training.

Go to our website: for more information about many of the benefits to using whole body vibration as well as pricing.

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part III)

How to Detoxify?

  1. Mandatory to drink at least 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.  (Coffee, Tea, Soda Pop, Flavored Water drinks, Juices don’t count)
  2. Know that the body senses when higher quality nutrition enters and symptoms may be a little uncomfortable.  (Your Body needs roughage)
  3. Symptoms appear when eliminating stimulants, i.e., headaches, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, sluggishness or depression.
  4. A letdown of energy may occur at first:
    • Your body’s energy is being used for elimination and cleansing;
    • An increase of energy and strength usually follows;
    • Ability to handle stress may improve; and
    • A feeling of well-being.
  5. Initial detoxification may last from 10 days to several weeks depending on severity.
Human Anatomy: Antererior View of the Liver

Diagram of a Healthy Liver

  1. In a healthy intestine:
    • Fewer internal poisons are formed
    • Most poisons (toxins) are excreted
  2. In a healthy liver:
    • Toxins are transformed into intermediate substances
    • Free radicals are transformed by antioxidant nutrients:
      • These nutrients are transformed into water-soluble substances:
      • Released to the kidneys
      • Excreted via the urine

Reconstruction Phase

  1. Adequate sleep is mandatory for your liver to do the job
  2. Avoid stimulants
  3. Have Patience

Retracing Process Begins

  • Your body begins to eliminate excess bile from liver and gallbladder
  • Sludge begins to move from arteries, veins and capillaries
  • Arthritic deposits in and around joints will be cleaned up
  • Toxic residue from medications or stimulants and fat will be eliminated

Retracing Process

  • Waste materials are discarded more rapidly
  • New tissue is being made from new food and nutrients are being supplied to your body
  • Weight loss may also become more apparent

Stabilization Phase Begins 

  1. The skin becomes more alive and active in throwing out poisons
  2. The symptoms may be beneficial–do not try to stop them as they are part of a healthy process
  3. Symptoms may vary according to severity of toxins being discarded by the body

Stabilization Phase

  • Symptoms experienced depend upon the state of your organs involved in the elimination process and the physical energy available
  • The more a person sleeps and rests, the more bearable the symptoms
  • Realize that your body becomes healthier every day!

Your Body is Cyclical in Nature

  1. You may continue to get a cold occasionally
  2. Your recovery may be faster and easier than it has been for years
  3. Following through to successful detoxification may be avoiding serious diseases
  4. Health typically returns gradually in cycles

Your Uniqueness

Because you are unique from everyone else, we have professional-grade herbal supplements for gently cleansing and building your body from the inside, right down through the cellular level.  Many of these supplements are self-limiting = meaning that you would use specific supplements for your particular health issue(s) for a limited number of weeks or months, depending on the severity.

Contact one of our lifestyle coaches TODAY — to guide you through the Detoxification process at 801-317-1647.  We use a safe, effective, non-invasive approach that includes a personal computerized analysis.


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Does Diabetes Double Your Risk for Dementia?

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It is an urgent matter that should spur you to get your blood sugar under control if you have diabetes or even pre-diabetes.

Why?  Diabetes doubles your risk for dementia.  It was also found that the risk is significantly higher in those of you with impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes, according to a Japanese study published in Neurology (the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology).

In this study a total of 1,017 people, over the age of 60 years, were given a glucose tolerance test to determine if they had diabetes. These same people were then monitored over an 11 year period to test for dementia.

In the study for dementia, the researchers found that people with diabetes were twice as likely to develop dementia as those with normal blood sugar levels.   The risk remained the same even in the presence of other factors, including high blood pressure, smoking, and high cholesterol.  Those people with pre-diabetes had a higher risk for dementia, too.  What was also  interesting about this study was that those people whose blood sugar remained high two hours after a meal were also at risk for dementia.

Why are people with diabetes more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia?

It is because of the damage done to blood vessels that eventually deprives the brain of oxygen.

Why is it important for diabetics to keep their blood sugar from getting too low?

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that when blood sugar levels dropped, memory and alertness were affected.  In addition, when the blood sugar level drops long enough and low enough, the brain suffers long-term damage.

Dr. Yutaka Kiyohara, M.D., Ph.D., the author of the Japanese study said:

“Our findings emphasize the need to consider diabetes as a potential risk factor for dementia.  Diabetes is a common disorder, and the number of people with it has been growing in recent years all over the world.  Controlling diabetes is now more important than ever.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 26 million people have been diagnosed, and about 7 million people are unaware that they have this disease.  It gets even worse!  Another 79 million have pre-diabetes.

The following symptoms may indicate that you could be one of the 79 million who have pre-diabetes and don’t even know it:

  • Thirst.  “If you are drinking more water than usual, and you are going to the bathroom more frequently may be because of a build up of sugar in your blood.  Water is being pulled from your tissues and the extra glucose is being shunted (moved) to your urine.” (Mayo Clinic)
  • Losing weight with no effort.  This happens when your body isn’t producing as much insulin and your cells aren’t getting enough glucose.  So what happens to your body?  It begins to break down muscle tissue and fat for energy.  This is a more dramatic symptom in those of you with Type 1 Diabetes; however, people with Type II Diabetes can also lose weight as insulin resistance increases.
  • Fatigue.  When this happens, your body isn’t getting the energy it needs.  You feel listless and tired.  Your body is lacking energy in order to turn glucose into energy.
  • Blurred Vision.  The same high blood sugar that pulls fluids from your tissues and makes you urinate more often is also causing fluids to be pulled from your eyes which affects your ability to focus. (Mayo Clinic)
If you are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or don’t know if you are either, we can help you change your lifestyle habits.  It is, after all, up to you to change.  No excuses!  No blaming someone else!   It is not the responsibility of your health care practitioner or your insurance company.  It is YOUR choice!

Call Gerry with Healthy Life Institute at 801-893-1190 or 801-358-4777 to schedule a consultation.

Source:, Diabetes Doubles the Risk of Dementia, September 19, 2011