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Did you know that taking care of your adrenal system through detoxifying your body can help turn your life around? That's right! By understanding healthy habits like eating well, staying active, practicing mindfulness, taking the right supplements, and keeping an eye on your iron levels, you can make a big difference in your battle against thyroid cancer.
Joining us is Patricia Pomareda, a dedicated family nurse practitioner specializing in integrative medicine with a diverse background in geriatrics, urgent care, women's health, and primary care. She is a visionary; consistently advocating for her patients and deriving immense satisfaction from assisting them to attain optimal health and prevent chronic afflictions.
Following her diagnosis of thyroid cancer in June 2020, Patricia felt lost and fearful while undergoing treatment. Although she anticipated her life returning to normal, she quickly realized there would be a new normal to adjust to. "I was taking my supplements, I was eating, I was doing everything right on time. But when I went to go do my blood work. My ferritin was below range. It was super low. And so I knew because I was having all the symptoms of iron deficiency, this unreal fatigue. This is not the only thing but was a major driver for my source of fatigue. So I was just kind of piecing things together, like what would I do as a provider for myself?"
In this episode, join Patricia as she shares her journey with thyroid cancer and how it has impacted her approach to practicing medicine. She also explores her mission to promote public awareness of thyroid health and resilience through her clinic, The Integrative NP. Don't miss out on her insightful story!
0:02 - Episode Overview
0:35 - Dr. Christianson introduces Patricia Pomareda, Integrative Medicine Family Nurse Practitioner
2:42 - Dealing with neurological symptoms during COVID-19 pandemic.
7:52 - Patricia's thoughts on mortality and coping strategies upon diagnosis of thyroid cancer amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
13:03 - Using a patient-centered care experience to assist patients in receiving appropriate tests and diagnoses.
15:35 - Patricia's experience with thyroid surgery and the issues that persisted.
17:01 - Identifying any form of stress, be it mental, physical, or metabolic, in laying the groundwork for restoring physiology.
19:14 - The significance of exercising mindfulness and meditation, and detoxifying your body.
21:44 - How supplement selection and iron level monitoring address adrenal system care.
25:32- Understanding the importance of eating right, exercising regularly, meditation, and cultivating mindfulness practices for physiologic changes.
28:35 - Why thyroid cancer affects females more frequently than males, as indicated in statistics and trends.
31:10 - Early detection and treatment as the key to surviving women's health issues and the importance of patient empowerment in healthcare conversations.
37:38 - Resilient thyroid program and methodology.
38:25 - Establishing resiliency and optimizing thyroid hormones and adrenal health.
41:17 - Helping other people through integrative and non-integrative medicine.
42:43 - The gentle approach to iodine and the latest research on its importance for optimal health.
44:30 - Resilient thyroid methodology and other projects on integrative and non-integrative medicine.
44:53 - Patricia's journey in integrative health and her practice: the Integrative NP, balancing traditional and non-traditional approaches to healthcare.
47:40 - Final statement.
Patricia is an Integrative Medicine Family Nurse Practitioner. As a graduate of the University of Miami, she received training at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and is board-certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
In July of 2020 Patricia was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She had a thyroidectomy and subsequent treatment. As a provider on the receiving end of treatment, she was lost and afraid. She was told that her life would go back to normal and learned very quickly that there would be a new normal. Her cancer journey has shaped the way she practices medicine and she has made it her mission to promote thyroid awareness and thyroid resilience in her community through her practice, The Integrative NP.
"Eating right, exercising, and setting up mindfulness habits (...) never ends, even when you're an adult. If we know what we have to do, we're able to get up faster and establish resilience."
- Patricia Pomerada
Learn more about Patricia Pomareda here: www.theintegrativenp.com
Her thyroid checklists:
Additional references about the topic: Thyroid cancer rate graph source SEER: https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/thyro.html
Worldwide thyroid cancer estimates: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(22)00035-3/fulltext
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