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Iodine deficiency Is a Global Health Problem

Approximately 2 billion of the world’s population is iodine deficient. According to the most recent NHANES surveys, urinary iodine levels have dropped in the U.S. by half since the 1970s, and nearly 10% of the population has some degree of iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency is resurfacing in developed countries like the U.S. and Western Europe as efforts are made to reduce the consumption of iodine-containing salt and foods (eggs and dairy) to lower blood pressure and blood lipids.


Hormone imbalance can keep that scale from moving in the right direction.


Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t the sole answers to slimming away those unwanted pounds. The simple truth is that several common hormone imbalances can undermine even the most enthusiastic attempts at losing weight.

 What do you really know about your thyroid?

Your thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland that is located at the base of your neck, just below your Adam's Apple. Though it might not seem so, your thyroid is one of the most important glands in your body. It has a part to play in nearly every system and function, and any imbalances can easily cause a chain reaction affecting your health and well-being, both mentally and physically.

An estimated 10 million Americans have a thyroid problem, but the majority are not yet aware of it.

Do you have a good doctor? 

Tired of Looking for Answers to Why You Feel Tired, Moody, Pudgy and Just Plain Crappy From Docs Who Say “Everything is Normal?” and you know it is not. 
What if it wasn’t just an age thing, an all-in-your-head thing?

Depression, this country's most common mental health condition, is frequently caused by thyroid imbalance.

Thyroid problems are extremely common and often hidden. Thyroid imbalance often causes mental imbalance.



Difficulties with fertility and getting pregnant are not uncommon.  For some women, an undiagnosed thyroid problem can be the root of the inability to conceive.  A properly functioning thyroid is absolutely vital for conception and having a healthy pregnancy.  Current medical research shows that 21% of women age 30 - 44 struggle with infertility.  While there are many physical causes of infertility, a large percentage of infertility cases remain unexplained.  These may be as simple and correctable as a hormonal or thyroid imbalance.

 Autoimmune Thyroid Disease (AIDT)

Thyroid Disorders Caused by Auto-Immune Conditions

by Elaine Moore

In autoimmune thyroid disease (AIDT), the immune system mistakenly launches an immune response against the cellular components of the thyroid gland.

Autoimmune thyroid disorders include Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, Hashitoxicosis, atrophic thyroid failure, and thyroid lymphoma. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease account for the majority of all cases of AITD.

Keeping Trim During the Holidays

Seemingly average people who accumulate lots of pounds around certain seasons, like the winter, may have a borderline sluggish metabolism. In other words, they lack sufficient reserve of thyroid or adrenal hormones to handle the increased seasonal demands.

The Monitoring of Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO)

Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme found in the thyroid gland. It has an important role in the production of thyroid hormones: it catalyzes iodination of thyroglobulin and is involved in the coupling of the iodotyrosines to form free T3 or free T4.

Excess body hair growth (hirsutism), and an increase of hair loss on the scalp (androgenic alopecia) are often associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5-10% of women of reproductive age. Both hirsutism and baldness in women with PCOS can be due to elevated levels of testosterone.

A Look at the Issue with Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames

You might arrive at your very best "dose" of thyroid medication, but still be taking the wrong brand of pills. A great many thyroid sufferers, who have consulted with me as a 30-year medical expert, eventually did much better after simply switching from one name brand to another. Amber, for example, came to our office a couple of years ago on Valentine's Day. Her appointment was part of a special present to herself. She was a bright, 32-year old legal secretary, who for the last several months had been saying to herself, "I need to see someone else about my thyroid. I think I should be taking something different."

This interview by Marilee Tolen, RN on "The Green Tea with Marilee" show is with Karilee Shames, PhD, RN - who co-authored the book "Thyroid Power" with her husband Dr. Richard Shames.

The hour spent in listening to this show is well worth your time. In this interview, Holistic Nurse, Karilee Shames, talks candidly about her own thyroid challenges and how she and her physician husband had researched this topic and found very little information. ..let alone natural approaches.