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New Thyroid Secrets Every Woman Needs to Know

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Is it menopause or thyroid issues? A small butterfly-shaped gland located just below the larynx, the thyroid plays a behind-the-scenes role in health. This is especially important for us ladies, as issues with this critical gland impact women eight times more often than men. Starting in their mid-30s, many women feel tired and moody, put on pounds, have trouble sleeping, and often lose interest in sex. Indeed, these are common Read More

The Throwaway Organ You Can’t Live Without

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Now that the link between saturated fat and heart disease has been thoroughly debunked, we can freely enjoy butter, cream and coconut oil to our heart’s content, right? Maybe—but maybe not! Written By: Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS Americans are finally breaking up with sugar and starting a new love affair with fats. Fat is back as a healthy macronutrient that’s key for brain health, hormone production and reduction of Read More

The New Thyroid Cure

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The superstar supplement I bet you aren’t taking. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located just below the larynx—and it plays a profound role in the behind-the-scenes of your health. Ladies should especially take note, as issues with this critical gland impact women eight times more often than men. The health of your thyroid isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Problems have been linked to obesity, depression, brain Read More

Reset Your Metabolism for the Weight You Want

Stress—even when you don’t recognize it—can pack on the pounds. Cortisol, the stress hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, can make you fat. If you’re under any kind of stress, this hormone triggers fat storage—to protect against perceived “dangers ahead” and to provide instant energy that may be needed for “fight or flight.” When stress—including the stealth stress of being bathed 24/7 in electropollution from antennae, cell and cordless phones, Read More

Uncover One More Reason Why Americans Are Getting Fat

Hormone disruption from electropollution contributes to unwanted pounds and other health concerns. Now that 72 million American adults are obese—or more than 30 pounds overweight—this country is the fattest of 33 developed nations, reports the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Clearly, our taste for junk foods—not to mention lack of regular, vigorous exercise—have contributed to our national weight problem. Other less publicized factors like the latest environment toxin—electropollution—also Read More

Premature Puberty Is a Growing Concern

Environmental toxins, insulin, melatonin, and obesity may all play a role. Precocious puberty—especially premature development of breast tissue—has dramatically increased in this country and Europe. As many as “10% of white girls at age 7 have breast development to some extent,” Ann Budzah, MD, a pediatrician at Gundersen Lutheran Health Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, recently told the New York Times. A new Danish study links the earliest onset of puberty Read More

Are You Hypothyroid?

Insufficient thyroid hormones can leave you exhausted, pack on pounds, and lead to fatty liver. Disorders of the thyroid, the small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, are increasingly common among women of all ages and stages of life. For those at the height of their reproductive years, a sluggish thyroid can even prevent pregnancy and…that’s not all. Thyroid hormones exert considerable influence on metabolism at the cellular level, especially the mitochondria (the energy factories in the Read More

Keep Toxins From Damaging Your Thyroid

Get accurate testing to protect your health. Ready for spring cleaning? Keep in mind that ordinary house dust contains flame retardants and other toxins that can disrupt hormone health. In women, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) has also been linked to pesticides and plasticizers in house dust, while lowering sperm concentrations in men. Overall, though, thyroid problems are more common in women. Certain insecticides—aldrine, DDT (still found in the environment despite having Read More

Looking for Longer, More Luxurious Lashes?

Look to natural remedies and your thyroid for beautiful lashes. As people grow older, hair follicles—even eyelashes—begin to lose their “oomph.” But that’s no reason to fall for those LATISSE ads. The product’s side effects include darkening eyelid skin, possible browning of the iris of the eye itself, and dry, itchy, red eyes and lids. What you also may not realize is this eyelash product is actually an ophthalmic solution Read More

Beyond Iodine: 3 More Ways to Protect Your Thyroid

Support Hormone Health and Help Fight Cancer. It’s a chemical world. Even before birth and throughout their development, children are exposed to neuro-, immuno-, and endocrine-toxic compounds. As adults, exposure to hormone disrupters, heavy metals like lead and mercury, and countless toxic chemicals increase the risk for cancer and thyroid disease. New Danish research finds that heavy metal and other pollution significantly increases the risk for brain, breast, and thyroid Read More