Thyroid, Thyroid, Thyroid!

I have been reading so many articles about the thyroid lately and also in  all the alternative health magazines I get, that I just wanted to bring it up once again.  I can’t tell you the difference I have felt taking the natural bio-identical thyroid hormone.  When I took the pharmaceutical grade synthroid, I felt no difference in my symptoms. It wasn’t until I was on armour thyroid that things started to change. Now you might be asking what kind of symptoms is she talking about. In one of my earlier blogs I talked about some of those symptoms but I think it might be helpful to mention them again. I just got an advertisement for a thyroid product in the mail from WellMed, which I am not recommending because I haven’t tried it, but I wanted to use their list of symptoms they give to see if your thyroid is low. It is similar to the previous one I have mentioned. WellMed listed the following symptoms: weight gain, low energy, digestive problems, constipation, itching or rashes, low blood pressure, changes in hair texture, cold hands and feet, muscle aches and cramps, hair loss, mood swings, poor sleep, sugar craving, poor memory, poor complexion,  and high cholesterol.  Most of those I’ve had at one time or another.

I guess what I would like to emphasize in this blog is,  if you are experiencing any combination of those symptoms get your thyroid checked out and make sure the doctor tests for T3 and T4 and not just TSH.

If you can’t afford to go to the doctor you could look into taking a Kelp supplement or selenium. I have not taken either or researched the dosages but both help the thyroid to function better. Dr Christopher mentions the use of Kelp for the thyroid in his 3 day cleanse book.

Take some time to look up the problems a low thyroid can have on your health and I think you will be surprised how much it can effect your health.

Some more things to think about.

Kris

The Ambien Scam!

I know that is a pretty incendiary title but wait and judge for yourself. Unfortunately, I have taken Ambien on and off for the last 12 years. No I never took it longer than the prescribed week and most of the time it was one night a week or less, sometimes months in between. I would use it when I hadn’t been getting much sleep for a few days. I figured that if I could get one good night sleep I might stop myself from getting sick and missing work. Now anyone that has taking Ambien knows that it can be addicting even when the drug company says it isn’t. If you can’t sleep but you can when you take Ambien, you soon grow to rely on Ambiens ability to put you to sleep. I simply used it sparingly, thinking I could minimize the risks. All drugs have side effects and if we think otherwise we are simply fooling ourselves.

Now, I knew Ambien could be psychologically addicting and one of my doctors, who also took it occasionally, told me that it could slow your thinking capabilities when you were taking it and possibly more over time. When I heard that I really cut back, but over time the pull for a good night sleep would win out even if it was fewer and farther  between. Now, why I noticed this I am not sure, but one day after I had taken Ambien to sleep, I felt a lot of anxiety. It didn’t make sense, nothing bad had happened that day. Things were going well and in fact I was very happy with recent events in my life. So, why was I feeling anxious ,stressed and depressed. Something was happening to my body that I didn’t like and couldn’t understand. I tried to analyze what I had done that was different that day or the day before, and then it hit me that I had taken Ambien the night before. I had never heard that Ambien could increase depression symptoms or just outright cause them, so I Googled. What I great thing the internet is! I found page after page of people complaining about how Ambien was effecting them. Depression, stressed, anger! Most of the people writing had never had depression in their life. Now, I have had depression but everything I was doing from lifestyle changes to Bio-identical Hormones had changed that. This for me was a frightening discovery. It was literally changing how I felt, and undoing all the good the other things I was using were doing. That is a pretty powerful drug in my estimation.

Now, you have to decide if you think I have a point that Ambien is a scam. For me it was clear that Ambien was perpetuating itself . We get depressed when we don’t sleep so we take Ambien thinking it will help, but it causes the cycle to continue. We are sleeping but we still feel depressed. Well it was clear to me what I needed to do. I don’t take Ambien anymore, I don’t need the artificial depression, life is just too short for that. sometimes we just can’t have our cake and eat it too. We can’t live the hectic lives we do, without some consequences. Sleep might just be one of those, so cut back and relax and get a good night sleep and do it without Ambien.

Just some more things to think about.

Kris

Vitamin D3 is a Hot Topic

Why it takes mainstream medicine and the media so long to come around to natural solutions I don’t know, but I am always glad when they do. An article just appeared in one of our major newspapers, titled “Vitamin D is a hot topic with medical researchers, it may have untapped potential in preventing disease, aiding memory”. I know I have mentioned Vitamin D3 before but there was new information in this article that I thought was worth mentioning. It  suggested that:

“Vitamin D has shown promise in reducing the risk of, among other things diabetes, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease, and that it also seems to improve infertility, weight control and memory”!

It went on to say that:

“There is a consensus that everyone might benefit from higher Vitamin D levels. We all know that Vitamin D is critical to bone and muscle health by improving calcium absorption in the intestines and the way calcium is regulated in the bones. More recent research shows that receptors for it are found in almost every organ and tissue system in the body, suggesting that deficiencies may impact many types of cell functions”.

It continued that we don’t spend the necessary time in the sun and when we do we wear sunscreen (which is important most of the time). However, because of that  and for those over 50, dark-skinned people, and higher -latitude dwellers, we all have trouble getting enough from sun.  It concluded with the statement that:

“The July issue of the Annals of Epidemiology, devoted to Vitamin D research, links the vitamin to lower risks of cancers of the breast, colon, ovary and prostate. Five studies on colorectal cancer and breast cancer, taken together, showed that people with levels higher than 34 ng/ml to 52 ng/ml had a 50% reduced cancer risk”.

I think all that information is very significant, if you agree you might want to check out at your local pharmacy or health food store a pharmaceutical strength Vitamin D3 and when September starts you might want to buy it and start taking it as well.

Just some more things to think about.

Kris