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


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!

Overcome Fibromyalgia Naturally


If you have or seem to think you have fibromyalgia, either by a doctor or yourself, one of the root causes might be a metabolic or cellular problem.  Symptoms for fibromyalgia might overlap with other disorders such as hypothyroidismchronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and interstitial cystitis (IC) or more.  

Some healthcare professionals chalk up fibromyalgia to an energy crisis in the body’s cell; others might determine its mixed messaging between the muscles and the brain.  It is known, however, that fibromyalgia patients experience chronic pain in both the upper and lower, left and right parts of their body, and that it involves a physical response to stress.  There is also a physiologic difference in how these patients process pain in their brains.

Did you know that the FDA approved medications for fibromyalgia patients (Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella)?  Many patients are thrilled that the medical pharma is finally recognizing their struggle.  Thankfully, there are a few healthcare professional who think that women deserve more than a prescription for their pain and suffering.  The initial FDA reviewers of Lyrica felt its effects were unimpressive when they first examined it for treatment of diabetic nerve pain.  Some of the side effects include weight gain, swelling, dizziness, and drowsiness–which is what fibromyalgia patients don’t need.

Surprisingly, there are a lot of patients who either recover from fibromyalgia or who improve tremendously.  How do they do it?  They might be able to do it by learning to nurture their bodies from the inside–on the cellular level.  There can be many underlying issues that need to be uncovered, such as sleep deprivation, diet, or infections from viruses and bacteria (Lyme Disease), to how a patient thinks and feels.  This road to travel can be a difficult journey, however, you can learn better habits or routines in your lifestyle.

Stress, Hormone Imbalance and Fibromyalgia — What is the Connection?

Your hormones are an important part to your health.  The hypothalamus is the master gland that controls your hormones.  It is located deep in your brain and sends biochemical messages to the thyroid, adrenal glands and ovaries (among others). These messages go through your pituitary gland which regulates your metabolic balance, your immune system, autonomic nervous system, etc.  The amazing tissues of your body talk back to the hypothalamus by way of chemical messaging.

Why Do Fibromyalgia patients feel more pain that others?

Recent research may give us a clue:  “The causes and effects of fibromyalgia are thought to be bidirectional.  In other words, structural imbalances can cause a tightening of muscles, while tight muscles can lead to structural imbalances.  Similarly, poor sleep can lead to tightening of muscles, and tight muscles can lead to poor sleep.”


We at Healthy Life Institute are holding an educational workshop on Thyroid Power on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7 p.m.  We are located at 1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT. We will be talking more in depth about making appropriate changes in proper nutrition, how to detox safely, how to exercise correctly, and how to relax (all important aspects in someone with Fibromyalgia or Hypothyroidism).   We will also share with you some new scientific findings on thyroid health.  We hope to see you there!

Toxins Cause Hormone Resistance: A Cellular Issue

Toxicity sends a bad message to your genes.  As a result, you have inflammation at the cellular level.

Hormones are Not the problem with hormones – the problem is with the hormone receptors.  Toxins cause hormone resistance and therefore weight gain or obesity! 

What is the Solution?  The 5 R’s of True Cellular Detox and Healing

  1. Remove the Source

  2. Regenerate Cell Membranes

  3. Restore ATP Energy

  4. Reduce Inflammation/Free Radicals

  5. Reestablish Methylation

An easy way to remember them:  Smart Moms Eat In the Morning!

Remove the Source

 1.    High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) — Stop drinking Diet Coke or Diet Soda Pops of any kind.  Stop drinking Gatorade.  Why?  Because these drinks contain HFCS which is a toxic ingredient.  It causes more weight gain not weight loss.

 2.   Plastics (Obesogen)–they mimic hormones causing endocrine problems in many people, especially in American children.  There are two BIG problems: 

1) Bisphenol-A (BPA) a chemical used to make a plastic called polycarbonate. A government panel determined that BPA exposure can alter hormonal development and/or reproductive function.

Other Sources of BPA:

    1. Other soft plastics (plastic baby bottles)
    2. Tooth sealants
    3. Eye glasses
    4. Water pipes
    5. Canned foods labeled BPA free or organic (Consumer Reports tested and found them to be contaminated with BPA)

2) Phthalates are man-made chemicals added to plastic to make it more flexible and have toxic effects to the developing endocrine and reproductive systems.

Sources of Phthalates:

    1. Soft plastics
    2. Personal care products (baby lotions, baby powders, and baby shampoos as well as cosmetics)
    3. Children’s toys
    4. Polyvinyl tubing

Look at the bottom of Plastic containers for Triangle with #1, #2, #4, or #5 (BEST); bad plastics have a #3, #6, & #7

  3.  Toxic Beauty – Personal Care Products

There are over 125 ingredients formulated in soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, etc. that are suspected of carcinogenic activities.

Body care products are a major source of exposure to toxins:

    • Diethanolamine (DEAA) – a carcinogen 
    • Propylene Glycol – used in antifreeze
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – mutagen (lathering agent)
    • Phthalates – Endocrine disruptor
    • Nanotechnology – development of extremely small particles that can cause oxidative stress
    • Toluene – EPA tested and found it in every fragrance they tested; found abundantly in the auto parts store – is a known carcinogen, which causes damage to the neurological system; is designated as Hazardous Waste by all government bodies
    • Lead – found in most lipsticks (20 out of 33 contained lead from a recent study)

4.  Heavy Metals

Mercury – Top Three Sources are:

    1. Amalgam Fillings
    2. Fish
    3. Vaccinations

The more amalgam fillings present in your mouth, the more mercury you will have in your organs — your brain, your kidneys, your heart and your liver – according to studies conducted.  In 1988, the EPA declared scrap dental amalgam material to be hazardous waste.

Vaccinations still contain heavy metals

    1. Flu shots contain the highest level of mercury
    2. Stimulates the wrong immune system
    3. Linked to childhood cancers and cancers later in life
    4. Causes chronic inflammation linked to diseases such as Asthma, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Lead — Number One Source is MOM

Lead released from mom’s bones during pregnancy can affect her developing babies DNA in a way that can alter gene expression and possibly increase the child’s lifelong susceptibility to disease.

Other Sources of Lead:

75% of vinegars (even Whole Foods brands) Balsamic vinegars and aged vinegars were the worst.  White vinegars from rice and grapes were less. 

Children’s toys


Vinyl and Faux-leather

5.  Pesticides

One of the leading causes of toxic Encephalopathy.  It is a disease of the brain which may be caused by an infectious agent, i.e., bacteria, virus, or prion, metabolic or mitochondrial dysfunction, or prolonged exposure to toxic elements including solvents, drugs, radiation, paints, industrial chemicals, and certain metals.  For further reading:

Other ill effects on human health showed links to serious illnesses such as cancer, reproductive problems, neurological diseases, and obesity among others.  A study conducted showed that children are particularly vulnerable to pesticides — had an elevated risk of kidney cancer associated with paternal pesticide exposure and other studies found associations with brain cancer.

Large Harvard School of Public Health Epidemiological study of more than 140,000 adults found:

those exposed to long-term low levels of pesticides have a 70% higher incidence of Parkinson’s Disease than among people who reported no exposure.”

A study conducted by Stanford University and published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) found 70% increased risk of Parkinson’s Disease of individuals who use pesticides in their homes. They also found that the risk of Parkinson’s Disease increased as the number of days in contact with herbicides grows.

6.  Biotoxins (A Modern-Day Epidemic) – Mold

More than 20 million American workers are affected by toxic fungi related to “Sick-Building syndrome” according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

It is estimated that 10 million U.S. school children (out of about 70 million) are exposed daily to building-related fungal toxins. 

Symptoms of Biotoxic Illness:

    • Light Sensitivity
    • Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia
    • MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)
    • Migrating Joint Pain
    • Muscle Pain
    • Trouble Processing New Information
    • Brain Fog (Trouble finding words)
    • Morning Stiffness
    • Non-Restful Sleep
    • Fatigued After Exercising
    • Can’t Lose Weight Despite Diet and Exercise
    • Chronic Sinus Congestion
    • Short-Term Memory Loss
    • Muscle Twitching
    • Red or Tearing Eyes
    • Appetite Swings
    • Frequent Urination
    • Night Sweats

What is the Solution?

We already mentioned the first of the 5 R’s of True Cellular Detox and Healing.

Your healthcare professional has the solution to these issues and is available to help you with the rest of your healing process! 


Regenerate the Cell Membrane

Restore Cell Energy

Reduce Inflammation and Free Radical Oxidative Damage

Reestablish Methylation

*Special Note:  A Colon Cleanse does not address cellular inflammation

Want Answers to Your Health Issues?  If you are not finding the answers,  give Gerry a call at 801-893-1190 for an appointment at Healthy Life Institute. 


Dr. Daniel Pompa, D.C., True Cellular Detox, Systemic Formulas Webinar, June 8, 2011

Rules of the Road to Health

Are You Addicted to Carbohydrates?                                                                   Lowering Carbohydrates While Lowering Insulin Levels 

Hypoglycemia is a common problem especially among Americans because our dietary establishment, for more than 15 years, has made a virtual industry of extolling the virtues of carbohydrates.  We were told that high-carbohydrate diets were good for us, and if we ate large amounts of them . . . there would no longer be heart disease and obesity.

So, Americans began eating breads, cereals, and pasta as if there were no tomorrows.  What happened was that people were eating less fat and getting fatter!  The alarming conclusion reached by medical doctors was that the high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet was dangerous to our health.

Overeating carbohydrates:

  • can lead to a decrease in endurance
  • can lead to an increase in fat storage
  • prevents a higher percentage of fats from being used for energy
  • gives your body a limited capacity to store excess carbohydrates

Eating Fat Does Not Make You FAT! It’s your body’s response to excess carbohydrates in your diet that makes you fat.

By Simply Restricting Calories Makes It Hard to Lose Weight

  • Low-calorie, high-carbohydrate diets generate a series of biochemical signals in your body that will take you out of balance
  • Makes it more difficult to access stored body fat for energy
  • The result will be a weight-loss plateau, beyond which you simply cannot lose any more weight

Diets Based on Choice Restriction and Calorie Limits Usually Fail

  • You will get tired of feeling hungry and deprived
  • When going off the diet, puts the weight back on (primarily as increased body fat)
  • You feel bad about yourself for not having enough will power, discipline, or motivation

Weight Loss Has Little To Do With Will Power

  • What you need is information
  • If you change what you eat, you don’t have to be overly concerned about how much you eat!
  • Adhering to low-carbohydrate meals, you can eat enough to feel satisfied
  • You wind up burning fat without obsessively counting calories or fat grams

What Are Carbohydrates and Why Do We Need Them?

  • Sweets, pasta, fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates
  • Carbohydrates are merely different forms of simple sugars linked together 
  • You need a certain amount of carbohydrates in your diet to feed the brain
  • Your body takes in carbohydrates, converts to glucose, to feed your brain
  • Your brain uses glucose (a form of sugar) as its primary energy source
  • More than two-thirds of the circulating carbohydrates from the bloodstream are used by your brain
  • Any remaining carbohydrates are stored in your body in the form of glycogen (a long string of glucose molecules linked together)
  • Glycogen is stored in the muscles and is not available for the brain to use
  • Glycogen is also stored in the liver (can be broken down and sent back to the bloodstream to maintain adequate blood sugar levels for proper brain function)
  • The liver’s capacity to store glycogen is very limited and is easily depleted within ten to twelve hours
  • The liver’s glycogen reserves must be maintained on a continual basis — that is why we eat carbohydrates

What Happens When You Eat Too Many Carbohydrates?                              

Once the glycogen levels are filled in the liver and the muscles, excess carbohydrates are converted into fat and stored in fat tissue.  Carbohydrates are fat-free; however, excess carbohydrates end up as excess fat. 

When you eat a meal or a snack high in carbohydrates, a rapid rise in blood sugar or blood glucose will be generated.  The pancreas secretes the hormone insulin into the bloodstream to adjust for this rapid rise.  Insulin lowers the levels of blood glucose.

The function of the Insulin is to put aside excess carbohydrate calories in the form of fat in case of future famine.  When we eat too many carbohydrates, we’re essentially sending a hormonal message — “Store Fat.”

The increased insulin levels also tell your body —“Not to release any stored fat.”  The stored body fat is not used for energy and makes a person stay fat.  Insulin drives your body to use more carbohydrates, and less fat, as fuel.  If you want to use more fat for energy, the insulin response must be moderated.

How Do You Moderate the Insulin Response?

The best suggestion is to eliminate the intake of refined sugars, refined flours, pre-packaged foods and keep all other carbohydrates down to about 40% of the diet.  Generally, non-carbohydrate foods such as proteins and fats don’t produce much insulin. 

Eating foods high in natural fiber with carbohydrates can reduce high blood sugar.  By adding some fats to the diet, digestion and absorption is slower, and the insulin reaction is moderated.

By moderating carbohydrate intake,  fat burning increases and is an efficient source of almost unlimited energy.


People with Insulin Resistance or IR may have a family history of diabetes, and might experience the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Intestinal Bloating
  • Sleepiness
  • Increased Fat Storage and Weight
  • Increased Triglycerides
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Addiction to alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes or other drugs

Many symptoms may disappear when lowering the carbohydrates in a diet.  Your body may finally be able to correct its own problems.  It is possible, although unlikely, that so many of these symptoms can be found in someone who tolerates carbohydrates quite well. 

Rules of the Road to Reach Balance in Your Health

Protein — know how much protein your body needs.  Generally adult protein requirements range from a low 35 grams per day for a sedentary person to 200 grams per day for a lean, heavily exercising 250-pound athlete.

It is recommended that you eat protein at EVERY meal; the total per day should equal your daily requirement.  For every three grams of protein at a meal you need to have four grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 grams of fat. Do not become overwhelmed trying to get this absolutely precise.

Carbohydrate —whenever you have a problem with hunger or carbohydrate cravings, look to your last meal to find a clue to the reason.  If you have been following the correct dietary strategy, but you eat out occasionally or travel, mistakes are bound to happen.

You may only be unbalanced for a short period of time, from your last meal.  Getting back into balance is like falling off of your bicycle, you just get right back up and continue on your journey.

Fat — (Good Fats Not Altered by Man)

  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Avocados and Avocado Oil
  • Coconut and Coconut Oil
  • Raw Nuts/Seeds and Oils
  • Real Butter (Raw Best)
  • Raw Cheese and Yogurt
  • Grass-Fed: Meats and Eggs
  • Fatty Fish: Pacific or Wild Salmon, Small Fish like Sardines, etc.

Fish is a good source of EPA, a beneficial fat that will help balance out your hormone levels and decrease inflammation.  Vegetable oils are too sensitive to heat.

Water — For every pound of weight, drink at least 1/2 ounce of pure water daily.  If you are a heavy caffeine user, gradually reduce caffeine intake to zero whenever possible because caffeine will tend to increase insulin levels.

Exercise — Go to our link at for the the segment on Burst Training

Call Healthy Life Institute at 801-893-1190 to schedule an appointment, especially if you are addicted to carbohydrates, are hypoglycemic, or have Insulin Resistance.  He Can Help You Get Back Into Balance! 


Dr. Barry Sears, Increased Satiety: The real secret to weight loss,, Posted on January 24, 2011

Dr. Phil Maffetone, In Fitness and In Health, A practical guide to healthy diet and nutrition, exercise, injury prevention and avoiding disease, 5th Edition, 2009

Dr. Gregory Saunders, N.D., Lecture on Nutrition, Sunshine Seminar, Systemic Formulas, 2002