Thyroid Diseases

Arsenic and Other Toxins in Our Food

Arsenic and Other Toxins in Our Food

Arsenic and other toxins in our food are making us sick. A recent study published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, the authors question the role of arsenic rich foods and how they may contribute to interrupted thyroid function. This study focused on seafood, as it has some of the highest arsenic…

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Certain Chemicals Increase Men’s Heart Disease Risk

Chemicals Increase Men's Heart Disease Risk

Certain chemicals increase the risk of men developing heart disease, plus these chemicals also are linked to obesity and thyroid abnormalities. These chemicals known as phthalates are used in medicines, food packaging, and toys. They increase men’s risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure, new research reveals. You can read…

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Protecting Our Daughters from Endocrine Disruptors

Protecting Our Daughters from Endocrine Disruptors

Keeping our daughters safe from endocrine disruptors is a challenge, to say the least. Little girls exposed to phthalates in early childhood showed signs of lowered thyroid function, researchers at Columbia University have found. Phthalates (pronounced “tha-lates”) are a family of chemicals that are used to make plastic and vinyl softer and more flexible; they’re also used…

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How Your Weight Affects Your Cancer Risk

Your Weight and Your Cancer Risk

Your weight has the ability to predict your future health. A study shows that excess body fat elevates insulin levels, promotes inflammation and alters sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone, all of which are factors that have been linked to a heightened likelihood of cancer. After smoking, obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer.…

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Do Fireworks Harm the Environment?

Do Fireworks Harm the Environment?

Happy Fourth of July! I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth! Today, we are talking about the fireworks that go along with the 4th of July celebration. Now, I am not going to tell you to pass on watching the fireworks this year, but I am going to bring to your attention the…

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Toxic Chemicals Exposed in New Film

Toxic Chemicals Exposed in New Film

Toxic chemicals are being exposed in a new film from Award-winning documentary filmmakers Morgan Spurlock and Stephanie Soechtig. This new film that exposes the evils of C8, a toxic industrial chemical used by DuPont to make Teflon and other products. C8, also known as PFOA, is a synthetic chemical used to make everything from non-stick pans to…

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Household Chemicals Negatively Affect Girls Thyroids

Household Chemicals Negatively Affect Girls Thyroids

Household chemicals are negatively affecting young girls thyroids. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Columbia University have found a link between exposure to phthalates and depressed thyroid function in young girls. The study did show prenatal exposure to a metabolite of Di (2- ethylhexyl) phthalate was associated with elevated levels of FT4, a finding they say…

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Peri-Menopause Can Upset Your Thyroid

Peri-Menopause Can Upset Your Thyroid

Peri-menopause is a common time to be diagnosed with a thyroid condition. It is, in short, the opposite of puberty. In puberty, your ovaries are waking up to start your reproductive years. In peri-menopause, the brain-ovary relationship is starting to shut down. Even though both estrogen and progesterone are declining in peri-menopause, progesterone declines more dramatically…

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Thyroid Cancer Screening Update

Thyroid Cancer Screening Update

Thyroid cancer screening guidelines have been updated. The US Preventive Services Task Force announced that it recommends against screening for thyroid cancer in asymptomatic adults. So, what does that mean for those who may have thyroid cancer? The recommendation applies only to asymptomatic adults, which means if you have no symptoms, there will be no screening. The…

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Is Infertility Linked to Thyroid Disease

Is Infertility Linked to Thyroid Disease

Is infertility linked to thyroid disease?  One of the more common instigators of infertility is a thyroid condition. Unfortunately, many are unaware that the source of their fertility issues may be linked to an undiagnosed thyroid condition. Even minor fluctuations in thyroid function can influence one’s fertility. Regardless of whether one’s thyroid is underperforming or overproducing the…

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