Thyroid Masterclass


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Recognising the interrelationships that can disrupt the thyroid is critical to developing an effective care plan. With this in mind, we have a program that introduces some important new concepts. One of these is that the thyroid is a regulatory organ and is necessarily sensitive and responsive to other functions in the body. It’s trying to keep our metabolism balanced as best it can. When we have toxic, inflammatory, hormonal or several other imbalances, then thyroid function is affected. It may not be a primary thyroid problem, but you’ll see thyroid symptoms.

In the updated Thyroid Masterclass we take a holistic view of thyroid dysfunction and catch up on the new advances in the understanding of hormonal dysregulation. The original natural Thyroid Masterclass was run three years ago. This program will be a valuable update for those who joined us for the 2015 class.

From the comprehensive Thyroid Diagnostics discussion with Elizma Lambert, through Eric Balcavage’s discussions on Physiologic Causes of Thyroid Problems and Thyroid Allostasis to the treatment presentations, you will get a new perspective on your thyroid patients. Dr Carrie Jones updates us on the exogenous causes of thyroid dysfunction, and Darin Ingels introduces infectious agents as an important and likely under-recognised contributor.

The Thyroid Masterclass 2018 takes us much further into endocrine disorders. It will give you many new ideas and opportunities to help your patients with a wide range of conditions, some that we may not have always associated with thyroid.

See below for the full program details as well as the presenter bios.


  1. Learn how to clearly assess thyroid function
  2. Recognise the many causes of thyroid dysregulation
  3. Gain a comprehensive view of how thyroid affects the other organs and tissues
  4. Understand how thyroid responds to other hormonal changes
  5. Know how dysregulation of other systems causes compensation in thyroid activity
  6. Receive clear protocols to identify contributors of thyroid dysfunction and how to repair these


  • Clear explanations on how to achieve outstanding clinical results
  • A PDF of all the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the live presentations where you can ask questions
  • 6 months access to the audio and video recordings
  • Your exclusive invitation to the Health Masters Live Alumni Group


Each session is 90 minutes: 75 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A

WEBINAR ONE: Identification and Assessment of Thyroid Dysfunction

Presenter: Elizma Lambert ND

  1. Key thyroid parameters
  2. The most accurate methods of assessing relevant thyroid nutrients
  3. Common patterns

WEBINAR TWO: Causation of Thyroid and HPA Dysfunction

Presenter: Dr. Carrie Jones ND, MPH (Bio)

  1. Heavy metals
  2. Toxic chemicals
  3. Viral

WEBINAR THREE: Origins of Thyroid Physiology Problems

Presenter: Dr. Eric Balcavage DC, CFM, CNS

  1. Hypothyroid symptoms as the result of cellular deficiency
  2. Cellular hypothyroidism as a protective mechanism
  3. 8 phases of the cell danger response
  4. Impact of the cellular danger response on:
    1. Thyroid hormone transport
    2. Deiodinase activity
    3. Autoimmunity
  5. Pituitary vs peripheral thyroid hormone regulation
  6. Addressing cellular hypothyroidism
  7. Potential consequences of thyroid hormone replacement

WEBINAR FOUR: Hyperthyroid Recovery

Presenter: Dr. Michael Friedman ND

  1. Nutritional support
  2. Herbal for hyperthyroid
  3. Hormonal strategies

WEBINAR FIVE: Infectious Causes of Hypo and Hyperthyroid

Presenter: Dr. Darin Ingels ND

  1. Molecular mimicry as a root cause
  2. Infectious agents associated with hypothyroidism
  3. Infectious agents associated with hyperthyroidism

WEBINAR SIX: Hypothyroid Recovery

Presenter: Dr. Michael Friedman ND

  1. Nutrition and the microbiomes as a cause & a powerful therapeutic option
  2. The major players e.g. iodine & selenium, and a lot of the lesser talked about ones that are important to know e.g. riboflavin, inositol, vitamin D
  3. In-depth review of botanicals & their relationship with hypothyroidism

WEBINAR SEVEN: Thyroid Allostasis

Presenter: Dr. Eric Balcavage DC, CFM, CNS

  1. Integrative thyroid control
  2. Allostasis and allostatic load
  3. Types 1&2 allostasis
  4. Molecular mechanisms of thyroid allostasis
  5. Thyroid allostasis in physiologic and pathologic conditions
    1. Energy restriction and starvation
    2. Obesity
    3. Thermoregulation
    4. Pregnancy
    5. Exercise
    6. Acute and chronic illness
    7. Psychosocial stress and psychiatric diseases
  6. Addressing thyroid allostasis

WEBINAR EIGHT: Food for Thyroid Health

Presenter: Andrea Beaman

  1. Endocrine disruptors in food
  2. Extreme dieting impact on thyroid health
  3. Foods to support thyroid health and how to prepare them
  4. Grains, gluten and thyroid
  5. Food and digestive health
  6. How to eat properly to support thyroid

WEBINAR NINE: Genomics of Thyroid Dysfunction

Presenter: Dr Ben Lynch ND

  1. Genomic variants
  2. Mechanisms of thyroid inhibition
  3. Strategies


Dr-Michael-FriedmanDr. Michael Friedman BSc, ND. is a licensed naturopathic physician and medical herbalist. He graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and served on the faculty as an adjunct instructor of endocrinology at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is the author of the medical textbook Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology. This book has been written as the first published Endocrinology textbook in alternative medicine. It provides extensive pathology review with a holistic perspective on endocrinology. Michael is also co-author on Healing Diabetes.

Dr. Friedman has lectured internationally at both naturopathic and allopathic medical schools including National College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and at the Dehradun Medical School of Physicians and Surgeons in India. He is also the Executive Director of the non-profit Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM) a professional society for licensed physicians whose goal is to offer high level education and promote excellence in clinical medicine for its members and conference attendees. He is the editor and chief of the affiliated Journal of Restorative Medicine.

Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, MPH (Bio) graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon then went on to complete her residency in women’s health, endocrinology and hormones. Later she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program with a goal of doing more international work and health empowerment.

Dr. Jones’ passion and expertise lie in the areas of hormonal, adrenal, and thyroid health. She recognises that imbalance can occur at any age and believes it is important to look at the big picture such as the appropriate use of lab testing. Dr. Jones was a long time adjunct professor at National University of Natural Medicine teaching Advanced Endocrinology and Fertility, and regularly consults, lectures, and writes on the topic of hormones, adrenals more both nationally and internationally. She is the Medical Director at Precision Analytical, Inc. and her goals are to provide ongoing cutting edge integrative clinical education to the large network of providers paving the way of healthcare with functional medicine.

Dr. Eric Balcavage is a multi-modality physician who has been in private practice in Glen Mills, PA since 1996. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1990 from Kutztown University and his Doctorate degree in 1995 from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor in Pennsylvania. Dr. Balcavage is continuously advancing his knowledge with post graduate studies.

Dr. Balcavage’s Chronic Condition Recovery Center offers chiropractic care blended with Functional Neurology, Functional Medicine, Functional Nutrition, Brain Based Therapy, and Regenerative Medicine. His main interest is functional neurology and blood chemistry, and he lecturers locally and around the country on various health topics including; Thyroid dysfunction, ADHD and Methylation dysfunction.

Dr-Darin-IngelsDr Darin Ingels ND

Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with numerous publications, international lectures and more than 20 years experience in the healthcare field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Purdue University and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Ingels is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Connecticut and a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in the State of California, where he maintains practices in both states.  He also has a practice in Manhattan, New York.

Dr. Ingels is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association, the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the American College for Advancement in Medicine and the Holistic Pediatric Association.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam as the chair of Microbiology/Immunology and Homeopathy. Dr. Ingels is currently a Board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Ingels’ practice focuses on autistic spectral disorders and Lyme disease with special emphasis on chronic immune dysfunction, including allergies, asthma, recurrent or persistent infections and other genetic or acquired immune problems.

Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of two books, The Natural Pharmacist: Lowering Cholesterol (Prima, 1999) and Natural Treatments for High Cholesterol (Prima, 2000).  He is a former medical journalist and contributing author to Healthnotes Newswire, a medical report of the latest journal articles on nutritional and botanical medicine.  He has written a chapter on allergy desensitization for autistic children in “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism”.

Elizma Lambert ND is a registered Naturopath and Homeopath who was born in South Africa where she started her studies in a Masters degree Homoeopathy. In 2000 she immigrated to Australia where she obtained her Australian qualifications in Bachelor of Health Science (Hom) and Advanced Diploma (Nat).

Elizma understands the importance of looking at the body as a whole and treating everyone as the individual they are. Curiosity and a desire to understand biological processes and influences in the human body has fueled her passion for ‘connecting the dots’.

She believes that most if not all ‘disease’ needs to be addressed by identifying and removing the triggers, correcting imbalances in the biochemistry and rebalancing the autonomic nervous system using dietary, nutritional or herbal interventions.

dr-ben-lynchDr. Ben Lynch ND. is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and one of the foremost experts in genomics including the MTHFR defects and how these affect health. Ben received a BSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology from University of Washington, 1997 and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, ND from Bastyr University, 2007

Ben believes that disease is not something you live with, but something that can be overcome, and his practice focuses on helping individuals find the info they need to effectively treat their chronic health conditions, and live healthier, upgraded lives.

Andrea Beaman is a nutrition-focused natural foods chef, author, and television host dedicated to alternative healing and green, sustainable living. She is a regularly featured food and health expert on CBS News, and has appeared on Barbara Walters, The View, Emeril Live and Whole Living on Martha Stewart Radio. She is the host of the Award Nominated Fed UP! A cooking show that educates guests and viewers how to cook for, and cure, bodily ailments.

After being diagnosed with incurable thyroid disease Andrea was given the option to take radioactive iodine to destroy her thyroid and then take prescription medication for the rest of her life. She improved her diet, lifestyle and consciousness instead. Her swollen thyroid swung from hyper to hypo and then Hashimoto’s before it healed. Andrea is a masterful coach and chef with almost two decades of experience helping clients with thyroid trouble.

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