Hypothyroidism is the medical term for an underactive thyroid gland. This happens when your thyroid does not produce enough hormones to meet your body’s needs.
The following is more than interesting to me as I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism some twenty-two years ago – and yet – no Doctah has ever bothered to share any of the following with me – nor did either of them describe exactly what I had, nor how it would affect me. ~ Editor
Hypothyroidism can cause a range of symptoms, some of which may affect the hands.
Learn about the symptoms of hypothyroidism on the hands and skin and what treatment options exist. Continue reading
Think of your thyroid as a car engine. This tiny, butterfly-shaped gland located near the Adam’s apple produces the hormones that are needed by your cells to perform at their optimum level. The thyroid gland influences all systems, but plays a crucial role in the functioning of the heart, brain, kidneys, and liver. External factors such as disease or injury can cause the thyroid to either not produce enough hormones (hypothyroidism) or excessively generate hormones (hyperthyroidism). Continue reading
Autoimmune Disease, Hashimotos, Thyroiditis
Can you heal your thyroid naturally? If so, why isn’t the medical system telling us about this?
Approximately 7-8% of people from western countries are reported as diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and an estimated 20 million of Americans alone who have some form of thyroid specific disease or autoimmune condition.
Up to 60 percent of people suffering with thyroid dis-ease are unaware of their condition and most often are being misdiagnosed and mistreated for symptoms associated with their thyroid condition that has gone undiscovered. Continue reading
20 million Americans have thyroid conditions, but most don’t know it. Here are a few common thyroid symptoms that should prompt a visit to the doctor’s office.
Do you have an overactive or underactive thyroid?
According to the American Thyroid Association, about 12 percent of Americans will have thyroid conditions at some point in their lives. By their estimate, 20 million Americans currently have thyroid conditions, but over half are completely unaware.
Why is that? Most people aren’t aware of the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction. In fact, a large portion of people are unaware of what the even thyroid does. Continue reading
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ in the front of the neck that produces the hormones which regulate the body’s metabolism, including heart rate, body temperature and weight.
Those who understand the consequences of an underactive thyroid have received a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. In the U.S. the prevalence of thyroid disease is 12%, or 30 million Americans. Of those with thyroid disorders, 36% are considered hypothyroidism, of which 80% are autoimmune, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Continue reading
Maintaining healthy hormone levels can be a challenge but it is possible. Following a diet that supports the thyroid is a good place to start. It should provide certain nutrients, like iodine and selenium, that naturally support normal thyroid health. Additionally, it’s important to be mindful of other types of food that can actually interfere with hormone balance and thyroid function. Let’s take a closer look at how you can use the power of nutrition to support your thyroid and encourage normal hormone balance. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall for a thyroid medication made by a Chinese manufacturer because of potential problems with an ingredient.
In the Aug. 9 statement, the FDA said Levothyroxine and Liothyronine 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg, and 120 mg thyroid tablets are being recalled as a precaution. Continue reading
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” It seems that there are many situations in life that can be represented by this. One of which is the connection between gut health and thyroid health. A healthy gut supports a healthy thyroid, and vice versa. The reverse is also true: problems in the gut create problems with your thyroid health, and low thyroid function can create problems in your gut.
Many people have symptoms of a thyroid imbalance, and yet their blood work comes back normal. What causes this? How can you balance your thyroid if there is nothing measurably wrong? That is where the gut comes in. Continue reading
Iodine is needed for creating thyroid hormone but there is a lot more to this essential mineral than this. A 2016 study conducted at University of Michigan found that 13% of all U.S. women have low iodine levels. This means that over 20 million American women are at risk for both thyroid imbalance and Breast Cancer!
Could you be one of them?
Did your Thyroid Test Results Come Back Normal?
(But you still feel like crap)
An underactive thyroid is not always the easiest thing to pinpoint when you have so many symptoms that seem random to you. And only more recently are doctors starting to recognize that an unbalanced thyroid can have an impact not only on your physical health but your mental health as well. The symptoms of hypothyroidism can also look like symptoms of other health issues, thus getting the proper diagnosis can take a long time. If you see your doctor and share your symptoms of stress, fatigue, anxiety or depression, she may place you on antidepressants.
As soon as I received my cancer diagnosis, I started to educate myself. I wanted to understand as much as possible what was happening to me, analyze all the facts and make a rational decision.
I gathered information from different physicians and clinics in various geographic areas. I read books, including “Cancer Step Outside the Box” by Ty M. Bollinger, “Beating Cancer with Nutrition” by Patrick Quillin, and “The China Study” by Thomas and T. Colin Campbell. I visited a wide range of websites and read what seemed like hundreds of articles. I attended lectures, read postings on discussion boards, and more. I know this may not be realistic for many cancer patients but I do believe a patient must be empowered to make the best choice for them once they understand all the facts. Continue reading
There is no doubt there is an epidemic of thyroid disorders right now and they are on the rise. It seems that the great majority of women have some degree of thyroid dysfunction. Unfortunately, medical doctors do not look for the cause of hypo or hyperthyroidism and prescribe a medication, which masks the actual cause of thyroid issue leading to a worsening of symptoms over time. Continue reading
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits on the throat and is responsible for the distribution of many key hormones in the body
January was US National Thyroid Awareness Month. Why am I mentioning this on a site dedicated to healing Breast Cancer naturally? For the simple reason that your thyroid – and its connection to the essential mineral iodine – may be one of the most important parts of your body to keep healthy if you wish to prevent and health Breast Cancer.
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in your throat, just behind your Adam’s apple. Because it serves as the body’s thermostat — continuously regulating things like temperature, hunger levels and energy expenditure — thyroid problems can cause widespread symptoms.
According to the National Women’s Health Information Center, there are roughly 20 million Americans suffering from some type of thyroid disorder (mostly hypothyroidism and to a lesser extend hyperthyroidism). Surprisingly, it’s estimated that more than half of those (60 percent) in the world suffering with thyroid issues are completely unaware this is the root of their problems, including weight gain or fatigue. Continue reading
The Test Removes Your Thyroid Whether it is Cancerous or Not
Suppose you went to a doctor for low energy and a raspy throat. You vaguely suspect your thyroid is weak, maybe hypothyroidism. But after a series of tests, tiny nodules were found on your throat and the doctor determined you needed to have your thyroid removed, a thyroidectomy, to determine whether or not the nodules are cancerous.
Then you are told not to worry, there are medicines that will be prescribed to replace the missing thyroid’s hormone production. You would have to take them for the rest of your life. You figure anything is better than dying from cancer spreading from the thyroid to elsewhere or undergoing chemotherapy, so you go for it. Nipping it in the bud, they say. Continue reading