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Wild Medicine

Feb 25, 2020

McCall McPherson is the founder of the Modern Thyroid Clinic, a thyroid-centered functional medicine practice in Austin Texas, and she is the Owner and Chief Thyroid Hope Giver of Thyroid Nation. She is a physician, assistant, a recent TEDx speaker, and a thyroid expert (after being a thyroid patient herself).

McCall’s passion for perfecting thyroid treatment stems from years of her suffering due to the mismanagement of her own hypothyroidism. Now she lives, breathes and thrives in understanding the nuances of proper thyroid care. Her philosophy is simple: There is no reason to still have thyroid symptoms. She spends her time helping to make it so by helping her patients get their lives back and teaching and advocating for the other millions of sufferers who aren’t her patients.

In this episode, McCall and Michelle go deep into thyroid health and optimization which is often undervalued but is a hugely important factor to thrive in health. Women need to speak up and advocate for themselves and understand what they need to be asking their health care providers as well as what options are available to them.

McCall also shares her unique perspective about functional medicine and humanity. 


Key Takeaways:

[7:00] McCall talks about how she became the Chief Thyroid Hope Giver of Thyroid Nation.

[8:21] McCall shares her own struggles with thyroid issues.

[11:21] Facing misalignment on a personal and emotional level.

[12:31] McCall heals patients at a biochemical level so they can have the platform to make the changes they need to make in their own life.

[13:57] McCall’s first approach is through biochemistry and data.

[15:10] What labs does McCall run?

[16:46] Symptoms of a thyroid problem.

[17:47] The definition of an abnormal lab test varies hugely since it is based on the results of sick people.

[22:20] McCall ranges for TSH, T4, T3, and reverse T3.

[24:34] Vitamins and nutrients that are helpful for thyroid patients.

[29:06] How McCall treats patients with Hashimoto’s disease and supports immunity.

[30:44] Stress affects your thyroid.

[33:32] Stress interventions for women.

[34:57] McCall talks about her TEDx talk about humanity and medicine.

[42:19] What does alignment look like?

[43:39] McCall’s favorite mistake or lesson in life that she feels grateful for.

[44:42] What makes McCall rebellious?

[45:36] The fasting method McCall calls her superpower when it comes to her health.


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When was the last time you felt truly cared for like your health provider is invested in helping you find the root cause of your dis-ease and is offering common-sense solutions to your problems? 

The Poppy Clinic thinks you need an innovative approach to understanding why you are experiencing symptoms in the first place, offering functional tests to help provide the answers that you need and solutions that make sense for your life. At The Poppy Clinic, we believe you deserve to thrive in your health and be an invested member of your healthcare partnership. We are an integrative healthcare team providing services such as naturopathic medicine, holistic medicine, nutrition, IV vitamin therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, scar release therapy, and live-cell blood analysis. Since we believe community is imperative for transforming your health, we also provide unique community health services: our women’s group Rebel Tribe, a 6-week meditation series, solstice meditation, group nutrition services, and mom and baby yoga.

We want to transform your healthcare experience, and we believe that you deserve such clarity in your health that you can separate poppy seeds from soil — and now you know where the clinic name comes from!

We look forward to meeting you very soon! 


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