It seems more and more women come to the clinic with thyroid problems as one of their primary health issues.

So many are still tired, can’t lose weight, have brittle hair and nails, constipation — the list goes on.

We have a checklist in our office that lists 27 symptoms for thyroid issues. And at least one-half of the women who continue to suffer from these symptoms are on thyroid medications, too!

As a family, we stopped using Teflon five years ago. Sure, it was easy to clean up the Teflon pots and pans, but chemicals in our food? Instead of those, we use more pure butter, coconut, olive, and other oils to coat the pan. Oils are needed for our brain, joints, skin, and hair anyway.

If you love your Teflon, consider using ceramic-coated pans instead. Use more oils in your cooking (like those I list above), and experience fewer health issues over the years. We have. Isn’t it worth a try?

— Dr. Rusty