Metabolic Fire

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I don’t know about you, but I want to know how things work.  Where metabolic syndrome, and thyroid disorders are concerned, one is constantly concerned about how to understand what is wrong.  You LOOK normal, right ?  Maybe not, those circles under the eyes, that thinning hair, cold hands and feet.  You may even look older than your years.  One certainly FEELS older.

I had to get real.  I had to try and try different solutions and doctors and then when even the most qualified and nicest doctor you could find wasn’t helping, but began prescribing lizard spit and blood pressure medicine, I realized I had to go it alone.  The more medication was being prescribed within a few months even more was being prescribed.  Even an idiot sees the downward spiral and waterfall cliff edging toward oblivion.

Where do you start ?

Bless Google, right ?

Here is a link to a research group that has looked into some of nutrients which are active in metabolism from the molecular and mitochondrial DNA level.  I strongly advocate looking at the article link below.

I’m taking notes.


 

Mitochondria, Hypothyroidism
and Weight Loss

by Steven Wm. Fowkes, Ward Dean, M.D., and Thomas H. Nufert

Last issue, we summarized the rapidly developing field of what is now being called “mitochondrial medicine” [Luft, 1995]. We emphasized the critical importance of impaired mitochondrial function in the development of Parkinson’s disease, but we only touched upon the potential relevance of mitochondria to fatigue syndromes, lack of stamina, psychological depression, cognitive dysfunction, muscular dystrophies, immune impairment, and senility syndromes.

As the biological techniques for measuring mitochondrial function have become increasingly refined since the 70s, more than a hundred diseases have been identified as having a mitochondrial basis [Luft, 1995]. Although these overt mitochondrial diseases affect only a small percentage of our population, we wonder to what degree subtle “subclinical” mitochondrial impairment may be involved in more common complaints. Are overt mitochondrial diseases just the “tip of the iceberg” of a much larger and as-yet-unidentified metabolic deficiency?

http://ceri.com/mito2.htm

Overview of Thyroid Disorders

How to find out if you have a Thyroid Disorder

A useful article has been recently published that gives an overview of the symptoms and tests for hypothyroidism.  If you’re remotely curious, have a look.

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Thyroid_disorders_hypothyroidism

Help the Thyroid

Here’s an article by a very nice young lady about how to be aware of and help the thyroid on a regular basis. Be sure to go to the web site for the 6 Ways she’s pointing out.  There are some enlightening and simple ways to take care of your health.

woman-neck-thyroid6 Ways to Help Your Thyroid
By Diana Chapman

The thyroid gland does not put on airs or take up a lot of real estate, it’s pretty low key until you find out something is wrong, and then you might just realize you’ve taken it for granted all along.

With thyroid disorders mysteriously on the rise and now estimating to affect more than 27 million Americans, most being women, I wanted to shine a spotlight on this butterfly-shaped gland that rests at the base of your throat below your Adam’s apple. Whether or not you have a known endocrine imbalance, keeping your thyroid gland functioning optimally should definitely be on your healthy body radar.

The thyroid gland is hugely important because it is the only means by which your body absorbs iodine to produce a hormone which is necessary for nearly every metabolic function in the body (everything from body temperature regulation and brain development, to converting food into energy).

The symptoms of a thyroid imbalance include fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sluggishness, depression, anxiety, unexplained weight gain or loss, dry skin, thinning hair, digestive issues, feeling cold in the extremities, and infertility.

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Thyroid, Arthritis and Heart Disease

The article below highlights how important maintenance of thyroid difficulties can be in the control of other diagnoses.

“Having Inflammatory Arthritis and Low Thyroid Disease Can Raise Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke”

http://voices.yahoo.com/having-inflammatory-arthritis-low-thyroid-disease-11262108.html?cat=5

Thyroid Awareness Month and Diabetes

Yes, apparently diabetes and thyroid dysfunction are related.  Not surprising since the thyroid gland manages the metabolism within just about every type of cell in the body. And even though diabetes is relative to the pancreas, what do you suppose manages the metabolism of the pancreas ? The endrocrine system is so interconnected as to be all part of the same system, which is YOU.

This article speaks of diabetes affecting the thyroid, and I’ve read other pieces which discuss the relationship in exactly 180 degree perspective. First there’s a thyroid dysfunction, then there’s diabetes. I wouldn’t know. But I’ll bet there’s something to it.

Check out the article, and keep getting more information – it’s your own health that may benefit.

Last week we reviewed several glaucoma resources in honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month. This week, we’d like to take a look at some resources related,

www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/…/thyroid-awareness-mont…

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Do I have to give up my coffee ?

This is actually somewhat upsetting. A new study suggests that drinking coffee can interfere with thyroid medication absorption. Not only that, it may interfere with osteoporosis drugs as well. Neither one of these outcomes is desirable, especially in an aging population. First we give up smoking, then we give up sugar, now coffee ?

Studies show that drugs like antidepressants, thyroid medication and osteoporosis drugs can be affected by coffee. That’s important to know considering

blog.aarp.org/tag/thyroid-medication/

For those of you who take care of your own dosages, or can work around these issues with your doctor, this is a heads up that optimal health may require some sacrifices.

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Smoking Linked to Increased Rate of Surgery for Thyroid Eye Disease

As if we don’t already know the perils of smoking, About.com has just published another bad effect from smoking relted to thyroid disease. Apparently there is something called ‘strabismus’ which means that the eyes cannot line up and focus properly, and is related to thyroid disorder. Mary Shoman mentions that this is just another in a long list of symptoms caused

by the link between smoking and thyroid disease..

Smoking Linked to Increased Rate of Surgery for Thyroid Eye Disease.

About.com Thyroid Disease

So, in case you haven’t stopped smoking as yet, here’s yet another reason for doing so.

Looking straight ahead, for one.

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Can OvertheCounter Thyroid Supplements Be a Problem

Even though this site is about becoming aware, and helping oneself around thyroid supplementation, the article below outlines somewhat why it is important to work with a qualified health care practitioner in order to diagnose and manage the T3, T4, and TSH hormonal balance. There are some folks who simply need to be supervised. Thyroid imbalance can be a serious and even life threatening disorder, so working with a competent, perhaps even caring health care professional is critical in taking care of our own metabolic needs.

Read ‘Buyer, Beware of Over-the-Counter Thyroid Supplements: Study’ on Yahoo! News. FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) — Over-the-counter “thyroid support”
news.yahoo.com/buyer-beware-over-counter-thyroid-supplem…

This article should be considered a warning for those of us who really do want to manage our own health care requirements. “Know Thyself” is the operative phrase here, be aware of your condition and find the right doctor or health care professional to work with your needs.

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Can Thyroid Cancer be Hereditary ?

A research team has been investigating hereditary mutations in Hawaii, specifically in the Fillipino population. Since the Thyroid affects the metabolism of every cell in the human body, this research should have an impact on all of those folks looking to understand the function and the and dysfunction of the thyroid gland.

By Kristen Consillio A research team headed by surgical oncologist Dr. Shane Morita has found that the majority of Filipino thyroid cancer patients carry a genetic mutation that makes their disease worse than other ethnic groups.

Following research like this will help us all understand what we need to know to avoid problems and increase our overall health.

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Could Your Being Tired Be A Dysorder ?

It may start with simply feeling exhausted in the mid-afternoon. It could begin after childbirth and simply not go away, and be chalked up to post partum blues. Your friends tell you to just exercise a little, drink some coffee, stop feeling sorry for yourself. And still it doesn’t go away.

This article talks about what really may be going on.

Is your tiredness down to thyroid?

By LYNSEY HAYWOOD

Published: 13 Oct 2011

IT’S common at this time of year to feel lethargic and to find it difficult to keep warm.

But for some people this is not just a sign of winter. Fifteen in 1,000 women suffer from an underactive thyroid, which can leave them feeling tired, depressed and cold.

Dannii Minogue told earlier this week how she suffered from thyroid problems after giving birth to son Ethan. The 39-year-old was too tired to pick him up for a cuddle.

She said: “It was hard to concentrate, you can’t sleep and I got very weak. They explain it to you as running a car without petrol.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/health/health/3869083/Is-your-tiredness-down-to-thyroid.html

This dynamic is happening in overwhelming numbers all over the globe. People noticing that obesity is rising, the quality of life is reducing and as these numbers increase a better solution is being looked for. Yes, lifestyle needs to change. But finding the underlying cause of these problems may take more than a simple exercise program, and a salad.