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Archive Category: Thyroid

Chemical Exposure Staggering

October 25th, 2016

Chemical exposure in the United States is increasing our health care costs AND reducing our IQ’s. This article further discusses PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers–flame retardants). PBDE’s are in just about everything and are known endocrine-disruptors. One mechanism is that the bromide molecule blocks iodine from our receptors. This in turn block thyroid function leading to hypothyroid symptoms and potential thyroid cancer. Bromide can also accumulate in breast tissue and is likely associated with breast cancer as well. Iodine deficiency is also associated with insulin resistance and weight gain. While it would be almost impossible to avoid PBDE’s while living in the US, but you may want to have your iodine and bromide levels checked. If you are iodine deficient, supplementation could help “flush out” bromide. Caution must be exercised with iodine supplementation or suppression of thyroid function can occur.

So, this note kinda went down a rabbit-hole. First, the high cost of chemical exposure in the US. Then the adverse impact of these chemicals on our health and IQ. Then the link of bromide with thyroid, breast, blood sugar and weight gain problems. Then testing for iodine and bromide to determine supplementation needs. Whew! I do encourage you to make an appointment to have testing and potentially reduce the risk of these dangerous chemicals.

BTW–Did you know that there are endocrine disruptors in your nail polish, too?

Low Thyroid Function in Early Pregnancy Associated with Gestational Diabetes

September 13th, 2016

This is an interesting article revealing a link between low thyroid function (specifically both low TSH AND low free T4) and increased risk for gestational diabetes. Most doctors run only TSH to monitor thyroid function. I always recommend screening TSH with free T4 AND free T3 for more complete thyroid assessment.

Endocrine Disruptors–Hidden in Our Daily Lives

July 6th, 2015

I sure wish it were different, but so many so-called “safe” products are actually potent endocrine disruptors. What that means is that these products adversely effect our thyroid and sex hormones. They can cause such problems as hypothyroid symptoms, weight gain, and infertility, among many others. PLEASE read the attached article. EWG has a top 12 list of dangers as well. Bottom line, avoid artificial fragrances (perfumes, air fresheners, dryer sheets, hair care products, lotions, soaps, detergents, etc.). Check out EWG‘s site for safer alternatives.

Hormone Imbalance??

October 6th, 2014

While we tend to think of menopause as the time for hormone imbalance (and it IS as the ovaries retire), there are other hormone imbalances that can adversely impact our overall health and mood. Excessive fatigue may be due to thyroid or adrenal imbalances. Excessive hair growth or loss may be a testosterone problem. Sleep problems may be due to blood sugar crashes and adrenal stress. And please note that blood testing is not always the best for determining these imbalances. Please call for an appointment to discuss options for you and a treatment plan customized for you!!

BPA Effects Thyroid Hormones

October 6th, 2012

This UC-Berkeley study reveals that BPA reduces thyroid hormone in pregnant mothers and increases thyroid hormone activity in infant boys.  This study is likely just scratching the surface on the implications of BPA on hormones.

Gluten–Please stop eating it . . .

September 25th, 2012

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a firm believer that we must eliminate gluten from our diets in order to sustain and/or return to a healthy state.  Many ask “why” and the answer is long.  The bottom line is that wheat has become so altered (many call it a “Franken-food”) that our body cannot recognize it as food and mounts an attack against it.  Here is another article answering more questions.

Hair Loss–Naturopathic Approaches

July 24th, 2012

Hair loss can be quite distressing for patients.  Causes of hair loss typically include hormone imbalances–from sex hormones (testosterone, DHT, thyroid), nutrient imbalances, stress, or infection.  While treatments such as Rogaine can help with testosterone/DHT imbalances, they do not address other causes AND, even if effective, hair loss will return upon cessation of the treatment. With goal of determining the underlying cause, I utilize examination of the scalp as well as possible blood work and salivary hormone assessment.  Read more here.

Health Effects of Gluten

December 27th, 2011

Please read this wonderful summary of research results regarding potential dangers of gluten in your diet!  Click here.

Medical supervision necessary when treating thyroid conditions.

October 28th, 2011

There has been much attention given to supplements the past few weeks.  This research on thyroid supplementation is just another reason to ensure that you are working through a healthcare professional.  They found varying levels of actual thyroid hormones in supplements which can be dangerous (more…)