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Aug 31, 2017

Elle Russ is a writer, actor and the host of the Primal Blueprint Podcast where she interviews various health experts and best-selling authors. Life wasn’t always easy for Elle, though.

She was a victim doctors not being able to diagnose her hypothyroidism for two years and she also experienced the same condition twice in a span of ten years. It wasn’t until she met Mark Sisson and adopted a paleo lifestyle that she decided to author The Paleo Thyroid Solution, a book dedicated to people who suffer from thyroid issues and have found expensive doctor appointments to be a waste of time and money.

In part 1 of our interview, Elle tells us her experience as a hypothyroid patient, her difficulties in finding expert advice and why she thinks the medical practitioner model is broken.


“Endocrinologists are classically the worst doctors on earth to go to for a thyroid problem.” Elle Russ


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Elle struggled with not just her thyroid condition but also in trying to look for expert advice with over 50 doctors. She eventually decided to cure herself and wished she had done it sooner.
  • Living a paleo lifestyle saved her life.
  • Statistically 200 million people have thyroid issues. Around 25 million Americans have thyroid issues and 60% of those Americans are undiagnosed.
  • Majority are undiagnosed due to medical practitioners being steeped in using outdated thyroid protocols from 34 years ago. Getting tested incorrectly also keeps people undiagnosed.
  • The thyroid is the master gland of the human body. Thyroid issues often disguise themselves as treatable symptoms such as freezing, unexplained weight gain or loss, and even hair fall. Depression can be an indicator of a thyroid disorder.
  • Women are more likely to experience thyroid problems than men.
  • SARMS or Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators sold online mostly come from sources with questionable quality control processes.


Key Takeaways:

  • When your thyroid fizzles out, then everything else starts to get low and you feel terrible.
  • What saved Elle’s life was a community of fellow patients in online groups and not the


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The Perfect Human Diet film


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