New Group Classes for Thyroid Health and Bone Health Coming Soon

Classes meet October 7, 14, 21, 28.

For more information, call the Raby Institute at (312) 276-1212.


Because we've seen such great success in our Metabolic Makeover group classes, we're excited to announce that we're expanding the classes and topics covered. In the Metabolic Makeover groups, people have lost weight and been able to maintain their health without medication for blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic conditions-and now we want to offer those benefits to even more people.

"So much of what we see and treat at the Raby Institute has to do with diet and lifestyle. These group classes help people make big lifestyle changes, and they're working," says Naturopath Kathy Chavez, who runs the group sessions with Theri Griego-Raby, MD, ABHM.

Two new group classes will focus on bone health and thyroid health-issues that affect many patients at the Raby Institute.

"So many patients have ostopenia (bone thinning) or osteoporosis (bone loss). For bone density, we use supplements, but diet and exercise are actually much more important," Dr. Chavez explains.

The bone health class will meet weekly and discuss:

  • The basics of bone disease

  • What happens as it progresses

  • How you can improve or reverse it

"All of the things you can do to have healthy bones means you're healthy everywhere frankly," Dr. Chavez says, adding that classes are open to anyone with bone disease or a family history of it. "That's a huge percentage of our patient population, including young people and men. Even I am affected," Dr. Chavez says.

In addition to the bone health classes, thyroid group classes also offer patients a way to get lots of information in a supportive group setting. Simultaneously offering this group class is important because thyroid health also impacts bone health.

When patients see providers at the Raby Institute, many complain of fatigue or weight gain. They screen their thyroid hormones and the antibodies that interact with the thyroid. If people have a thyroid issue, it is often modifiable with diet.

"You need certain nutrients for the thyroid to function properly-for hormone production, conversion, and for the receptors," Dr. Chavez says.

Additionally, environmental toxicities can interfere with thyroid function. These include fluoride, mercury, and lead. Register for this group class to learn more about how to control for those toxins, make dietary changes, and more. Call (312) 276-1212 for more information.

"Dr. Raby is a very competent, very caring and very warm person."
- Raby Institute patient