February 2017

Olive Branch Wellness Center
Wellness Newsletter

Healing Thyroid Conditions By Addressing the Cause

The thyroid is a gland about the size of a half-dollar located in the front of your throat. This small gland is so vital because it governs several hormones that affect every organ in your body, and regulates your metabolism.
If your thyroid isn't functioning properly, it can destroy your quality of life. If it is underactive, you'll feel exhausted, you might gain weight, lose hair, experience brain fog, anxiety attacks, and may even have trouble conceiving or suffer a miscarriage. If it is overactive, you could experience irregular heartbeat, eye problems, anxiety, loose bowel movements, and a host of other symptoms.










Ray Ilg, ND

Raynette Ilg, N.D., is the owner of Olive Branch Wellness Center in South Elgin, IL. A Naturopath who earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Medicine and then a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences, she employs Nutritional Guidance, Herbal Medicine, Hydrotherapy, and Homeopathy in her clinic. Dr. Ray can be contacted via her website,
Olive Branch Wellness Center

The problem is that conventional tests for thyroid hormone levels don't always give us a complete picture of your thyroid health. You can lose up to 70% of cell function in your thyroid gland before a thyroid hormone test shows abnormal levels. This is why if I suspect a thyroid problem with my patients, we dig deeper.
Often thyroid conditions stem from an autoimmune response in the body: That means your body is attacking its own thyroid gland. The tricky issue is that if your thyroid problem is cause by an auto-immune response, thyroid medication might make you feel better, but it won't stop further damage. It may only mask it.

We have to turn off the autoimmune response to truly help you heal. Autoimmune damage to the thyroid is often triggered by environmental toxins and food sensitivities. That's why I advise my patients to eliminate gluten, dairy, and other suspected food triggers.  We also work to get the chemicals out of their cleaning and personal hygiene products, and get rid of toxic artificial processed foods. Often, these simple changes lead to dramatic healing and a reduction in symptoms.

So if you've always been told your thyroid hormone levels are fine, but you still have a nagging suspicion something isn't right, let's talk. We'll get the right tests done that pinpoint thyroid trouble, and explore solutions to restore your energy and hormonal balance.

Olive Branch Wellness Center 630-370-7290


The Monthly "Vita - Mini"


Here is one of the B-complex vitamins you rarely hear about. Vitamin B11 is also known as pteryl-hepta-glutamic acid, or sometimes salicylic acid. It functions as a growth and feathering factor in chickens, and is an important vitamin for plants that helps with growth and photosynthesis.
In humans B11’s functions are similar to those of B10 (folic acid). B11 is important for DNA and RNA synthesis, cell division, the development of plasma and red blood cells, and plays a role in the development of the fetal brain and nervous system.

B11 is often used externally as salicylic acid to help the skin slough off dead cells and accelerate the growth of new skin cells underneath the surface. You’ll often find it added to creams to treat acne, corns, psoriasis, calluses and warts.
Internally, a deficiency in vitamin B11 can result in fatigue, anemia, lower immunity, and contribute to cardiac conditions. Natural food sources of B11 include liver, egg yolks, meat, poultry, green leafy vegetables, oranges and potatoes.

Jeana's Cucina






Sweet & Spicy Chicken Dippers


    1 lb chicken tenders

    2 cups almond flour

    tsp sea salt

    tsp pepper

    tsp garlic powder

    tsp onion powder

    tsp paprika

    cup honey

    2 cups almond flour

    2 cups almond flour

    ⅓ cup hot sauce

    2 eggs

    yogurt or sour cream for dipping

    cup tapioca or potato starch


    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Trim any overhanging edges of the parchment paper.

    Place the almond flour, sea salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder into a bowl and stir it together. Place the eggs in another bowl with a splash of water and whisk them.

     Dip the chicken tenders, one at a time, into the tapioca or potato starch, then into the egg then into the almond flour. Lay the chicken tenders on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the chicken for 25 minutes, or until it is a crispy to golden brown.

    While the chicken is baking, prepare the sauce. In a small frying pan over high heat bring the honey, hot sauce and garlic powder to a boil then set it aside.

    When the chicken has finished baking remove it from the oven and turn the oven to broil. Dip each of the chicken tenders in the sauce then lay them back on the baking sheet. Save the extra sauce.

    Put the chicken back in the oven for 2-5 minutes for the glaze to caramelize slightly.

    Baste with extra sauce.

    Garnish with chopped scallions.


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