Category Archives: The Thyroid Link

The 5 Most Important Tests for TRUE Breast Cancer Prevention

Thermography5One of the most often asked questions from my community is, “Other than mammograms, are there other tests that you recommend that supports TRUE prevention and very early detection for breast cancer?”  In this blog, I will discuss the 5 most important tests for real breast cancer prevention?

The 5 Tests for Every Woman
First and foremost, do not guess when it comes to your health! I encourage you to work with an integrative functional doctor, naturopath or Chiropractor or with one of our 7 Essentials Certified Coaches who can walk you through the 7 Essentials System ™ for breast health.

That being said, although there are many other tests that can be used to support breast health, here are 5 specific tests that I personally use to monitor my health.  Continue reading

Food: How to Naturally Treat Hashimoto’s Disease

Vegetables-Brussel-Sprouts-Cauliflower-Broccoli-650XThis is the most frequent thyroid sickness. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition where the body assaults the thyroid organ and keeps it from creating thyroid hormone. As a rule these antibodies can likewise assault different organs bringing about diminished capacity of different organs or create other autoimmune diseases also. The standard treatment for Hashimoto’s is to give natural or synthetic thyroid hormone. Continue reading

‘Not all cancerous tumours are actually cancer’

Thyroid growths are first ever to be ‘downgraded’ to prevent patients having unnecessary treatment

The particular type of thyroid tumour has been downgraded from cancer to stop unnecessary treatment for patients

The particular type of thyroid tumour has been downgraded from cancer to stop unnecessary treatment for patients

Scientists have re-classified a certain type of cancer as less serious, in what they claim is a world first.

They say a particular form of the disease that affects the thyroid will now be downgraded to more accurately reflect the level of the condition.

The international panel of pathologists and clinicians say the reclassification of this type of thyroid cancer demonstrates the fact it is non-invasive and has a low risk of recurrence.

It is hoped it will reduce the possible psychological effects of being diagnosed with cancer as well as reducing the cost caused by unnecessary treatments. Continue reading

Thyroid Cancer Symptoms, Possible Causes, and Risk Factors

Age, Family History, and Radiation Exposure Possible Thyroid Cancer Causes

woman_feels_neck_thyroidA neck lump or nodule is the most symptom of thyroid cancer. You may feel a lump, notice one side of your neck appears to be different, or your doctor may find it during a routine examination.

Sometimes a thyroid tumor is found during diagnostic ultrasound or imaging tests performed for another reason. If the tumor is large, it may cause neck or facial pain, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, cough unrelated to a cold, hoarseness or voice change. Continue reading

How Your Thyroid Works

Controlling hormones essential to your metabolism

thydrawYour thyroid gland is a small gland, normally weighing less than one ounce, located in the front of the neck. It is made up of two halves, called lobes, that lie along the windpipe (trachea) and are joined together by a narrow band of thyroid tissue, known as the isthmus. Continue reading

Non-stick pan chemical is linked to thyroid disease

A chemical found in non- stick cookware and food packaging has been linked to thyroid disease.

Thyroid link: Non-stick cookware contains the chemical

Thyroid link: Non-stick cookware contains the chemical

The substance, PFOA, which is found throughout the home, has previously been branded potentially carcinogenic.

Now it has been further called into question by research which shows that those with higher levels in the blood have higher rates of thyroid disease.

Women – who are more susceptible to thyroid problems – are at double the risk, according to the study. PFOA is used in industrial and consumer goods including non- stick cookware such as Teflon-coated pans – where it becomes unstable at very high temperatures – fast-food packaging, and flame-resistant and stain-resistant coatings for carpets and fabrics. Continue reading

California thyroid cancer rate higher than national average

Can you say, “Fukushima?”

Researchers think environmental effects related to the large amount of farmland in California could be affecting thyroid cancer rates there.

The overall rate of advanced-stage thyroid cancer diagnoses in California is six percent higher than the rest of the United States, with several geographical areas in the state outpacing the statewide rate by even more. Photo by Bork/Shutterstock

The overall rate of advanced-stage thyroid cancer diagnoses in California is six percent higher than the rest of the United States, with several geographical areas in the state outpacing the statewide rate by even more. Photo by Bork/Shutterstock

Although thyroid cancer rates are increasing across the United States, researchers found several parts of California, and the state overall, have a higher incidence of its diagnosis at an advanced stage, according to a new study. Continue reading

Are thyroid problems caused by environmental toxins?

What role do heavy metals play in causing thyroid disorders?

thyroidThe thyroid is a vascular gland that is located in the lower anterior part of the neck. The thyroid gland contains two lobes connected by a small tissue called the isthmus. Each lobe measures 50-60mm long and weighs 25-30g in adults. The hypothalamus located in the mid brain area releases the hormone called thyroid releasing hormone (TRH). TRH stimulates the anterior pituitary gland to produce thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). The TSH in turn will stimulate the thyroid to produce the thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).

The thyroid hormones affect a lot of different cells in the body. They increase the basal metabolic rate and help regulate bone growth and maturation of the nervous system. The thyroid hormones also regulate the metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat. Continue reading

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency and Hypothyroidism

thyroidWhat is Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble B vitamin also known as cobalamin.

There are 4 forms of vitamin B12: cyanocobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. While cyanocobalamin is the most popular form, it has to be converted to the two active vitamers, adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin, before the body utilizes the vitamin.

Vitamin B12 is found in every cell of the body. It is required for cellular metabolism and energy production, the production and regulation of the DNA and for fatty acid metabolism. Continue reading

Foods and Supplements That HEAL the Thyroid

Dried-Seaweed-Nori-Arame-KelpFresh, raw, organic produce heals. Produce heals everything. Other than that, foods high in iodine and foods that are high in selenium are known to aid thyroid function.

The thyroid gland requires iodine to function. Iodine taken by itself or ingested through fortified salt can be problematic. Good food sources include: meat, seafood, yogurt, milk, and eggs, but there are vegan sources as well. Continue reading

Hypothyroidism: Sleepy, Stressed, or Sick?

Why thyroid diseases are so common—and still so mysterious

leadWhen I first suspected I was suffering from hypothyroidism, I did what any anxious, Internet-connected person would do and Googled “dysfunctional thyroid symptoms,” and, in another tab, “hypothyroid thinning hair??” for good measure.

What came up sounded like someone describing me for an intimately detailed police sketch: Continue reading