Thyroid Hormone Production: Factors and Nutrients to Support Thyroid Health

November 29, 2022 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CST

Thyroid hormones are required for mitochondrial metabolism in every cell. Therefore, a deficiency in thyroid hormones can affect virtually all bodily functions, including metabolic rate, reproduction, hormone production, and brain function, as well as musculoskeletal, psychological and cardiovascular health.

Thyroid health issues are at near epidemic levels, but they don’t occur suddenly. As an independent pharmacist, you have an excellent opportunity to educate your patients on thyroid health principles and offer recommendations to help them avoid thyroid challenges before issues present.

Join Jeff Robins, RPh and Lara Zakaria, PharmD as they discuss::

  • Basic function and pathophysiology of the thyroid gland
  • The body’s utilization of iodine and other nutrients needed to produce thyroid hormones
  • The role of cortisol and the HPA axis in thyroid hormone production
  • Positive lifestyle changes that enhance thyroid health

Jeff Robins, RPh

Jeff has been a compounding pharmacist for 25 years and likes to speak of himself as the pharmacist who dislikes drugs. Jeff owned the remarkably successful Essential Wellness Pharmacy where he grew the annual sales of supplements to over $1.1 million. Jeff is an Advanced Fellow with the American College of Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine through the University of Southern Florida and he is the owner of Summit Functional Consulting. He is passionate about educating people and giving them a chance to make informed decisions about their health and healthcare.

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Lara Zakaria, PharmD, MS, CNS, IFMCP

Dr. Zakaria is a functional pharmacist and clinical nutritionist based in New York City. A graduate of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University (BSpharm) and the University of Colorado Skaggs College of Pharmacy (PharmD), she spent 20 years in community pharmacy practice. After developing an interest in nutrition, she earned an MS in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and subsequently qualified as a certified nutrition specialist (CNS) as well as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).

Dr. Zakaria’s practice focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach, working both one-on-one with patients as well as creating implementation tools and systems for scale. She is also adjunct professor of nutritional biochemistry and therapeutics at the University of Bridgeport, faculty at George Washington University, as well as guest instructor for functional medicine at LECOM College of Pharmacy and has served as mentor and supervisor for CNS and pharmacy students.

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