Thyroid Symptoms In Women Over 30

Hypothyroidism is remarkably common & about 4 to 5 times more women than men will suffer from it, particularly in the over 40 age group. I was about 30 however when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the birth of my second child & put down my tiredness & lethargy to sleepless nights with a baby & a young toddler! I was just lucky that I had a great doctor who was able to put 2 and 2 together & do a blood test to diagnose my thyroid problem.

However, I think it is important to be able to recognise the signs & symptoms of thyroid disease especially if, like me, it runs in your family. Early diagnosis will help speed your recovery as some people can take up to 2 years to feel well again - I know it took me a long time & there are still "off" days even now several years down the line.

The main symptoms of hypothyroidism to look out for include fatigue & lethargy - I know I was able to fall asleep at the drop of a hat as soon as I sat down & this was the main issue that made me go to my doctor in the first place as it didn't do well to pass out when in charge of 2 small boys! - intolerance to cold (not good when you're a ski buff like me), constipation, unexplained weight gain, excessive menstruation, dry skin & hair, loss of libido & a hoarse voice.

Seek advice from your doctor as soon as possible - you will on all likelihood be started on a low level of levothyroxine to replace your body's natural thyroid hormones & this will gradually be increased if necessary.

However, some people still have symptoms even when they are on their optimum dose of thyroxine. This can be due to many things. It can be that they are not on enough thyroxine for their needs. Before blood tests came into play, people were given more than 200mcg, although many doctors now don’t like to give more than 150mcg. Thyroxine should also be given according to weight, so the bigger you are, the more you should have. In reality, this does not happen. Each doctor seems to have his own ideas about the highest level he will allow his patient to be in the range. He then tells the patient that she cannot have any more thyroxine, even though the patient still has symptoms.

Another reason many people still feel ill on thyroxine is that they are not converting the thyroxine into T3 (tri-iodothyronine). This conversion takes place outside of the thyroid, mainly in the liver, so if the patient has some kind of problem with the liver or any of the other places where conversion takes place, then deficiency will occur. Certain vitamins, especially those of the B group and some minerals are also necessary to aid conversion, namely: iron, selenium, magnesium and zinc. If you are deficient in any of these then conversion will be less effective. If this is your problem, then you will need to supplement your T4 with T3 (which is what I do as prescriptions for hypothyroidism sufferers are free on the NHS) or take the natural form of thyroid hormone. Armour natural thyroid is an excellent alternative, which has not only T4, but T3, T2 and T1, but you'll have to order & pay for it yourself privately.

I think the main thing I held onto when I felt unwell & down with hypothyroidism was that it had probably taken me a long time to reach feeling this unwell & I should expect it to take the same amount of time for my body to recover & adjust to the drug regime & to feel truly well again so don't despair that you're never going to feel your old self again because I do & you will get back there again too!

These days I exercise at the gym to help keep my weight under control (it's also handy for keeping the mood swings at bay!), my hair's grown back (maybe not as thickly as before if I'm honest, but nowhere near thin & balding either) & tiredness these days is usually due to late nights at the weekend rather than anything medical :)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you know you actually release an egg?
    I get the cervical mucus and my tempurature rises so I am ovulating. My periods are regular (28 to 30 days long). Does that indeed mean I am releasing an egg? I fear that I may have PCOS.
    28 to 30 day cycles.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have PCOS you will have most of the symptoms and the cysts around your ovaries. So ask your doctor if you do and get an ultrasound to check them out.
      "Symptoms of PCOS can vary widely from woman to woman and may include: irregular or completely absent periods, ovarian cysts, Hirsutism (excessive facial or body hair), Alopecia (male pattern hair loss), obesity, acne, skin tags, Acanthosis Nigricans (brown skin patches), high cholesterol levels, exhaustion or lack of mental alertness, decreased sex drive, excess male hormones and infertility. Other symptoms can include sleep apnea (breathing difficulties during sleeping), thyroid disorders and depression and anxiety. "

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the chemical reactions involved in the body after taking Eltroxin tablet?
    For last 30 years I have been taking Eltroxin (100 mg) 1.5 tabs daily for my thyroid Problem.I want to know the reactions going on inside my body and if it is leaving any lasting effect.
    Actually I wanted to know the molecular reaction with the medicine inside the body. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      How does it work?
      Eltroxin tablets contain the active ingredient levothyroxine sodium (previously known simply as thyroxine sodium in the UK). (NB. Levothyroxine is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.) Levothyroxine is the same as the hormone thyroxine, which is produced naturally by the thyroid gland.
      The thyroid gland produces and releases two thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3). Tri-iodothyronine is the more active thyroid hormone, and thyroxine is converted into T3 in various parts of the body. These hormones are responsible for maintaining a normal rate of metabolism in the body.
      When the thyroid gland is unable to produce normal amounts of thyroxine, the level of both thyroid hormones in the blood decreases (hypothyroidism). This results in a reduced rate of metabolism, leading to symptoms such as weight gain, intolerance to cold and tiredness.
      Levothyroxine tablets are given to replace the thyroxine that would normally be produced naturally by the thyroid gland. This returns levels of T3 and T4 to normal.
      Once the thyroid gland becomes unable to produce thyroxine, it will generally not return to normal function. This means that once thyroxine replacement is started, it usually needs to be taken for the rest of a person’s life.
      The daily dose should preferably be taken before breakfast.
      What is it used for?
      Underproduction of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
      Warning!
      You will need to have regular blood tests to monitor your levels of thyroid hormones while taking this medicine. This will enable your doctor to prescribe you the correct dose to increase levels of your thyroid hormones into the normal range.
      Certain medicines can interfere with blood tests that you have to determine your thyroid hormone levels (thyroid function tests). It is important to inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking prior to and at the time of blood tests.
      Use with caution in
      Elderly people.
      Heart disease such as angina, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, or history of heart attack.
      Any condition causing decreased function of the adrenal glands.
      Decreased production of all hormones by the pituitary gland (panhypopituitarism).
      Diabetes mellitus.
      Rare disease where there is a problem with the kidneys that causes large amounts of dilute urine to be produced (diabetes insipidus).
      Not to be used in
      Overproduction of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland (thyrotoxicosis).
      This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
      Pregnancy and breastfeeding
      Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
      Levothyroxine can be taken during pregnancy. However, it is important that pregnant women have regular blood tests to monitor their levels of thyroid hormones during the pregnancy. Thyroid hormones can cross the placenta and excessive levels can be harmful to the developing baby, so it is important to ensure that you are taking the correct dose. Most women whose thyroid hormone levels are in the normal range when they fall pregnant will not need any dose adjustments of their levothyroxine. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
      Thyroid hormones pass into breast milk, but in amounts that are too small to affect the nursing baby, or to affect tests for neonatal hypothyroidism. It is safe for women taking this medicine to breastfeed their babies. Seek further medical advice from your doctor.
      Side effects
      Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
      Side effects caused by levothyroxine usually only occur if your dose is too high. For this reason, you should tell your doctor if you get any of the following side effects:
      chest pain (angina)
      awareness of your heart beat (heart palpitations)
      abnormal heart beats (arrhythmias)
      faster than normal heart beat (tachycardia)
      muscle cramps
      diarrhoea
      vomiting
      shaking, usually of the hands (tremor)
      restlessness
      excitability
      difficulty in sleeping (insomnia)
      headache
      flushing
      sweating
      fever
      intolerance to heat
      muscle weakness
      weight loss.
      The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.For more information about any other po

  3. QUESTION:
    How should a woman prevent middle age weight gain?
    if you've always done 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, lifted free weights and eaten low-fat food/many vegetables, what else can you do if you are concerned and have close relatives that gained 60+ lbs. My mom said she exercised an hour a day, and always ate healthy foods (no fast food, etc.), yet still developed metabolic syndrome. Is it hopeless, or can women prevent pre and post menopausal weight gain?

    • ANSWER:
      In addition to the eating lots of fruits and veggies and the exercise drinking a lot of water and also watching portion sizes can help with weight loss.

      Also, weight gain such as in middle age can be as a result of hormone imbalances like with the thyroid. If there is a problem with the thyroid medication can be prescribed to help it. One of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid also called hypothyroidism is weight gain.

      As to how to prevent it trying to eat right, exercise, and get checked for potential problems that can help with some of the prevention.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can an out of control menstrual cycle cause weight gain?
    Also what is the best "fix" for a period that is out of control? Here's the details. When I had my second child my period for a bit went haywire, I gained 30 pounds, but after a bit it went back to normal and I lost the weight. Now after my 3rd child I am having the same problem. When my son was 6 months old, my period started getting bad again and shortly after I started gaining weight. He's now 5 yrs old and my period has never went back to normal and I have gained over 50 lbs. My weight should be about 120 and I weigh about 170. About 6 months ago I went on Yaz and my period went to normal. I lost 24lbs. Due to problems with the pill, I had to quit taking them. My periods went back to coming every 2 wks and I bleed very very heavily. I have also gained back the 24lbs I lost. I have talked to my ob gyn and she says it is not possible for my periods to cause weight gain. Is it time to see another dr?
    I have tried both diet and exercise. Many diets. I have also consulted a nutritionist and a trainer. Neither worked.

    • ANSWER:
      hi romancenwva

      Yes, I would definitely consider seeing another doctor. You might try to find a doctor that has more of a wholistic approach and who better understands the interrelationships between all the hormones in the body.

      The first thing that came to mind for me when I read your question was THYROID. Your doctor may have already tested it and decided it was "normal" but the reference range for TSH is very much in dispute, and it takes more than just that one number to thoroughly rule it out.

      As I'm sure you know, underactive thyroid can contribute to weight gain. Did you know that pregnancy can cause thyroid problems? It happens most often in women with thyroid antibodies---which means one of the autoimmune versions of thyroiditis. Graves, is the hyper version, Hashimoto's is the hypo version. However, those terms may be meaningless. Some researchers have suggested that they are just two aspects of the same disease.

      http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/thyroid/pregnant.html

      "Postpartum thyroid disease can be an overactive thyroid, an underactive thyroid or both. Since many of the symptoms of thyroid disease are subtle and often overlap with the postpartum experiences of healthy women, the diagnosis of thyroid disease is often not considered. Symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, irritability, weight changes or fatigue, which are common after delivery, even when thyroid disease is not present."

      If your thyroid turns out to be the culprit, keep after your doctors to make sure you're not being undertreated. They will often use the TSH reading to determine that you're just inside the "normal" range and say you're cured. Other physicians will treat based more on symptoms than on numbers.

      Below are some links that you might find useful. Feel free to email me.

      Best of luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    Did you know Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome arent diseases?
    They're simply the symptom of a chemical intoxication or a nutrient deficiency.
    Foods from stores contain chemicals. MSG is in almost all canned foods.

    • ANSWER:
      ther is a differenc ebetween REAL FMS and chemical intoxification andnutrient defiency

      ALL 3 exist.....

      just because some people have pain and fatigue from MSG or chemicals doesn't mean tehy have fibromyalgia....

      if the MSG theory were true--more people with be sick

      there is a rumor about nutrasweet being teh cause of fibro--i never had nutrasweet--yet i have fibro

      there are 2 types

      REAL fibro
      FAKE fibro

      among the subtypes of teh fake--are teh attention seekinghypochonriacs and lazy people....as well as peoiple who really have something else such as lymes, arhritis, etc.

      i have had REAL fms for over 30 years....i worked at least full time--if not over time--including volunteer work until last year when i experienced a major decline....i do also have a couple otehr conditions that complicate it....

      when it started i was a child--i couldn't keep up with my peers..at times it hurt to breathe and i felt like i was suffocating...i was very uncoordinated....

      in my teens i was in excrutiating pain--i would press my leg against the heater trying to relive teh pain...

      when i moved into my own place--i told teh neighbors not to call teh police if tehy heard me screaming at night--i was just in pain and tehre wasnithing taht could be done

      i had FMS alone for about 12 years without any other chronic helath problems

      so yes it is real--but it ishighly overdiagnised..

      most docs are incompetant and are teh cause of teh problem--they label any pain--even if due to lifestyle choices or another condition as FMS

      i know a diagnosiable hypochndriac taht has iot--as well as someoen who was trying to collect SSDI--while working in child care.....

      i have heard many people on here say it is autoimmune or what theya re taking fro inflammation--

      it is NOT beleived to be autoimmune--tehre is NO inflammtion--those people are most likely misdiagnosed

      i say a couple say they were diagnosed with thyroid and fms on the same day--that in not possible--you have to manage th ethyroid 1st before you can consider teh fms diagnosis...thyroid casues paion and fatigue.

      i have seen MANY people on her say they were initially diagnosed with FMS...butt han dound out tehy had thyroid or MS or lymes, etc.....most likely they nver had fms

      many docs call teh pain of lymse --fms
      or the pain of arthrist is fms--that is MALPRACTICE

      they are starting to find irregularities in objective tests..hopefully they will be able to show who really has it and who doesn't

      i am 99% sure i really ahve it--i know i have something--i just cna't be 100% sure it is fms

      unfortunately most people with REAL fms do not recognize teh problem of misdiagnosis and automatically beleive everyione that says they have it--

      i will not go to support groups or assocaite withotehr who claim to have it--unless i can beleive they might really have fms--

      my hypochondriac friend consatntly whines about it--and i am really sick--and sick of her her bit$% when she really isn'ty sick--this woman thinks she has every disease she hears about..inlcuding cerebal palsy, autism, cancer, pnemonia, etc....

      there is a difference between being tired and achy and being in such intense pain you can't stand up or sleep..

      at night i would dig my nails into my stomach trying to disctart myself from the pain in my legs

      anyone who claims to ahve cured fms never had it in teh 1st place...they had a different condition such as a nutrional problem taht casued pain and fatigue

      i don't knwo why its all or nothing with people--they think it must always be true if someone says tehy have fms--or its always fake--

      its both--i wouldn't be surprised of only 10% of people claiming to have fms really do--and 90% of the tyime its the docs fault for misdiagnosisng it--teh people are really sick--just not with fms

      just like ADHD--it is a real problem--but its also an excuse for misbehaving kids

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the other thing a woman should get every year beside a Pap Smear and Mammogram?
    I saw this on the Oprah Winfrey Show, but I forgot. They said to get a Pap Smear,Mammogram and a MRI I think? She mentioned some blood test you should do also. What should you get besides a Pap Smear and Mammogram?

    • ANSWER:
      I am trying to find exactly what you are asking and having trouble. Here is what I could find:

      "Take charge of your health! Dr. Mehmet Oz shares the ideal age when you should begin getting health tests for many serious health threats:

      Age 20: Cholesterol test
      Age 21: For women, gynecology exam and pap smear (get tested earlier if sexually active)
      Age 35: Blood sugar, anemia and thyroid exams
      Age 40: For women, mammogram (start at age 25 if you have had two female relatives with breast cancer). Also, for men and women, skin exam by partner (take pictures of moles) and baseline electrocardiogram (a test that records the electrical activity of the heart)
      Age 50: Colonoscopy (get one every five years). Also, for men, prostate test
      Age 50–60: Exercise stress test or coronary CTA (if obese or diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes)
      Age 55–60: Thyroid-stimulating hormone blood test (used to detect problems affecting the thyroid gland); memory test (Tell a complex story and repeat key points or have someone tell you a phone number and see if you can remember it—if you can't pick it out of a list of numbers, this could be a sign of early Alzheimer's disease.)"

      AND:

      "In Your 20s and 30s
      A complete physical exam, including a blood pressure and cholesterol check
      A yearly pelvic exam and pap smear by age 21—whether you are sexually active or not
      Regular breast exams
      Total skin checks every three years to analyze freckles and moles to catch skin cancer early. It is one of the deadliest cancers for women under 30.
      A thyroid check at age 35. An unhealthy thyroid can lead to depression, weight gain, mental and physical fatigue, and heart damage.

      In your 40s, 50s and 60s+
      An eye exam once a year after age 40. Make sure your doctor tests for glaucoma, a disease that can cause blindness without any symptoms or warning.
      A yearly mammogram
      A colonoscopy at age 50 to check for colon cancer, even if there is no family history of the disease
      For women 65 and older, checkups should include a blood pressure check, complete blood work, a urinalysis and a hearing test.
      Since women are more than twice as likely as men to develop osteoporosis, get a baseline bone mineral density test to monitor your risk."

      http://www2.oprah.com/index.jhtml

      I have never heard of a woman getting any type of MRI screening exam on a yearly basis. We will do yearly studies to follow a brain tumor, for example, but that is on a patient who has been diagnosed with a problem.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me what causes an overactive thyroid?

    Can getting stressed out cause it to start?

    • ANSWER:
      Graves' disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the UK. It is more likely to occur in women between the ages of 30 and 50. Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease. This means that it's caused by antibodies from your immune system attacking your body.

      In Graves' disease, the antibodies mimic the activity of TSH, causing the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormone, leading to hyperthyroid symptoms (see Symptoms).

      About one in 20 people with Graves' disease also develop thyroid eye disease, also called Graves' ophthalmopathy. This is when the muscles in your eyes and surrounding tissue swell up, giving the eyes a bulging appearance. Your eyes may become red and puffy, and, occasionally, it can lead to double vision or limited eyeball movement. Thyroid eye disease doesn't always develop at exactly the same time as Graves' disease. It can occur before or after it as well.

      You are more likely to get Graves' disease if you have close relatives affected by it.

      Small lumps or nodules within the thyroid gland also cause hyperthyroidism. Abnormal thyroid tissue within these nodules produces too much thyroid hormone. If one nodule forms, this is called toxic solitary adenoma. If more than one nodule forms, it is called a toxic multinodular goitre

      There are other causes of hyperthyroidism, but these are rarer. For example, an inflamed thyroid gland (thyroiditis), which can be caused by a viral infection or an autoimmune attack, causes hyperthyroidism. Thyroiditis is also more likely if you are pregnant.

      If you take too much medication that contains iodine, it may cause hyperthyroidism. An example is amiodarone, which is used to treat irregular heart beats.

  8. QUESTION:
    Anyone out knows of any good natural fat burning supplements?
    I am trying to lose weight, I want a little more help than just diet and exercise. I am looking for a natural supplement, like an herb to lose weight. I have lost a good deal already I want to accelerate the fat lose though.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.
      ______________________________________

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  9. QUESTION:
    help! How can i find relief for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis?
    I am a 23 yr. old female and have been living with fibromyalgia and rheum. arthritis for about 2 1/2 years. It all happened after the birth of my daughter. These conditions affect my every day life so negatively that i have trouble performing the easiest tasks. I'm on multiple medicines for these conditions, but nothing eases my pain. I'm on pain relievers as well, but the barely even take the edge off. anyone else dealing with this? What should i do? pain management doc?

    • ANSWER:
      I managed my chronic pain from fibromyalgia with guaifenesin for 10 years til I learned about vitamin D3. Guaifenesin is no "cure" but it does manage the pain. My theory is that the lymph fluids thicken & pool. They pool around nerves and create pressure on the nerves. Do you wake up with muscle pain that "drains away" in a few hours if you sit up but the longer you stay in bed the more pain?

      Three months ago, I started high levels of vitamin D3 for 3 weeks & became pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu's a day & a week later the pain is back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again. I am very hopeful that this may help improve my health.

      I personally did 30,000iu per day for a couple of months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low & the prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when our stores are at their lowest. Low Vitamin D levels greatly increases your risk of cancer, diabetes, MS & heart attack.

      My current research is leading me to believe that fibromyalgia may actually be a thyroid problem & possibly insufficient iodine (which causes iodine problems) Iodine like guaifenesin thins the mucous membranes. Iodine unlike guaifenesin is a needed nutrient. Testing is showing that 95% of people are iodine deficient.

      My thyroid lab tests have always shown as "normal" but I have obvious symptoms of thyroid dysfunction (basal temp of 95F among many others) The basal temperature test is (in my mind) a more accurate testing of thyroid function.

      The Barnes Basal temperature test is a simple, do it yourself test, that you can do at home. It is accurate and requires nothing more than an oral thermometer. Here’s what you do. At bedtime shake down a mercury thermometer to 94F and place on the nightstand, within easy reach. DO NOT USE a DIGITAL thermometer for taking the axillary temperature because they are not as accurate. When you wake up in the morning, make sure you stay in bed quietly and take the thermometer and place it securely under your arm in your armpit. Hold it in place for ten minutes and then write down what the thermometer reads. During the ten minutes you’re waiting, take your pulse for one full minute and record what this result is also.

      Do this exact procedure each morning for several weeks. Make sure you do not get up to go to the bathroom or anything else. It must be done before you have any activity. You must be in bed for a minimum of two hours before reading your temperature and the reading will not be accurate if you move around or get up. Do not use an electric blanket or other electrical devices in your bed. Do not sleep on a waterbed to perform this test. A waterbed will elevate your temperature artificially. It has also been found that a woman’s body temperature varies with the different phases of her menstrual cycle. The second and third days of your menstrual cycle are when the most accurate/reliable temperature can be found. Therefore, it is recommended that you make note on your records with red pen on the days you were menstruating and make sure you perform your test during this week.

      If you’re basal temperature consistently runs below 97.8 or your pulse runs below 65 you may benefit from a trial period of thyroid medication

      From what I've read, people I've talked with natural thyroid hormones are more effective than synthetic.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does soy milk encourage cancer cells to form and grow?
    I have read studies both ways, but which is correct? Or is more testing needed still?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a couple of facts for you:
      Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.
      Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Eating as little as 30 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

      Myth: Soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years.
      Truth: Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

      Consumption of unfermented soy products is probably not such a good idea. Unfermented soy contains high levels of a number of compounds that can: block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc; stunt growth; and alter hormone levels, disrupting menstruation, lowering testosterone, increasing the risk of breast cancer, and causing thyroid and prostate complications. Unfermented soy includes things like soy milk, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, and tofu.

      Sorry....sounds like your dad is correct!

      Here's the link that provides lots of info about soy:
      http://www.frot.co.nz/dietnet/basics/soy.htm

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you get breast cancer?
    Im just wondering for future reference, how do you get breast cancer? What are the signs and what causes it?

    • ANSWER:
      BREAST CANCER*:
      Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
      •A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
      •Bloody discharge from the nipple
      •Change in the size or shape of a breast
      •Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
      •Inverted nipple
      •Peeling, scaling or flaking of the nipple or breast skin
      •Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange

      Why breast cancer is prevalent amongst the youth?
      1.In the 'Bra and Breast Cancer Study' in the United States , It was discovered that women with breast cancer had a history of sporting tighter and longer bra-wearing than did the women who had not (yet) developed the disease. Wearing a bra whole day and while @ home. When a woman wears a tight bra, she subjects her breasts to pressure, closing off the lymphatic pathway from the breast to the nodes. This causes fluid built-up swelling, tenderness and cyst formation. Toxins must be flushed out via the lymphatic. However, a bra-constricted breast cannot adequately perform this cleansing process, resulting in toxin accumulation in the breast.

      2.Thyroid and parathyroid glands are the first victims in any type of cancer including breast cancer.
      3.Bad dietary habits- Obesity- McDonald’s Pizzas, Burgers, KFC’s deep-freezed & deep fried chicken, ghee, butter, chocolates, excessive consumption of rice, Calorific value of intake is more than output, etc.
      4.Stress, strain and tensions of modern life. A modern woman has to perform double duties, house wife as well as employment.
      5.Irregular menses.
      6.Sexual Promiscuity-vis-à-vis-HIV/AIDS,STDs—It is inevitable to indulge in the ‘indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills, steroids’ resulting in hormonal imbalance, irregular menses, heavy periods, amenorrhea----all symptoms induced by steroids.
      7.Non-indulgence in breast feeding by the modern mother in the name of losing her prettiness, good and aesthetic shapes.
      8.In terms of ‘Acupressure’the causes of cancer----a disturbed solar plexus, blocked energy in endocrine glands, gonads, brain & spinal cord, hormonal imbalance, irregular menses, bad dietary habits, chronic internal hemorrhages induced by drugs, loss of appetite, heavy loss of weight, anemia, chronic allergies, unhealed wounds/injuries, chronic infections, accumulation of toxins and heat in the internal organs, etc.

      Any lump or tumor in the breast should be suspected until proved benign. The growth is hard and adherent to the skin or deeper tissues, ulceration, nipple is retracted and auxiliary lymph nodes are enlarged. Tenderness is not uncommon.
      Different medications are available depending upon signs and symptoms.
      For example, left nipple is sunken, skin adherent. Ulceration discharging very offensive fluid. Auxiliary glands swollen hard and knotted. Lancinating pains in the tumor during night. For all these symptoms or at least a majority of them, the best remedy is Asterius rub 30 – dosage 4 globules t.d.s.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.
      Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases---Dr.Devendra Vora has analyzed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.

  12. QUESTION:
    How long would it take me 2 lose 80 pounds?
    I'm 5' 7" and 240 pounds, but actually in decent shape. I'm in college and have been going 2 the gym 4 days a week for the past month and have been eating pretty healthy. I need 2 lose 80 pounds 2 get at 25 Bmi which is border line normal/over weight.

    • ANSWER:
      About 2 to 3 months to shed 80 pounds.

      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications):-

      OBESITY (Corpulence) along with:-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goiter or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese, chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted; (whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight (flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (Also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with:-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea Carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goiter Fucus Ves Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water. Starts showing results in about 30 to 45 days but you have to be patient and once you get rid of excessive fat using it you do not gain it back cause you are cured .

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge. Curing without any side effects or Complications that’s the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine. Homeopathic remedies are available over the counter on most health and herb stores in USA and EU or you can buy them online from a number of authentic sites.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to lose fats at the sides of ur stomach?
    i understand situps and crunches can help flatten the stomach.. however i find tt it is not very helpful for my sides are still fatty.. anyone have any idea how to lose these fats?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.
      ______________________________________

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the possible causes why women are at a greater risk for a fatal heart attack?

    • ANSWER:
      The primary reason that women are more likely to die from a heart attack than men is their medical issues and symptoms are not taken as seriously as are those of men. I know this first hand and have become a victim of it. For more than two years, I have suffered many severely debilitating symptoms that should have alerted the doctors I saw to the fact that I have cardiovascular disease. A total of six doctors wrongly chalked up my symptoms to either thyroid disfunction (inspite of the fact that my TSH levels were normal as was every single other type of thyroid test available) or to anxiety or they simply treated me like I was completely crazy. 10 days ago, I suffered a heart attack...a complete obstruction of the left anterior descending artery. 1 in 3 people die from this type of heart attack on the way to the hospital. I required the insertion of two metal stents yet even this was delayed as the ambulance attendants clearly did not believe what was happening to me. I am lucky to be alive to type this. I am only 44 years old and female. I have worked in the health care field for almost 25 years and I see this sort of bias go on often...it's very scary to be on the receiving end of it and you really get a sense of why women die. In addition, women are 24% more likely to die in the 30 days following a heart attack because even after a cardiac event, their symptoms and care is not taken as seriously.

      It's a sad reality for women but one that awareness will hopefully change.

  15. QUESTION:
    what is the the disorder that sometimes accompanies pms?
    some of the side affects are sudden feelings of rage. i am told it can be fixed with hormone theraphy.

    • ANSWER:
      Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
      (PMDD)
      Twenty to fifty percent of women between the ages of 30 to 40 with regular menstrual cycles experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as a regular physiological occurrence every month. In more severe cases, affecting three to five percent of menstruating women, this syndrome is labeled as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) . Patients with severe PMDD are at risk for developing postpartum depression. Furthermore, women successfully treated with antidepressants often show breakthrough symptoms of depression in the premenstrual phase of their menstrual cycle. All that is needed is a small increase in the dosage of the antidepressant premenstrually.

      PMDD Symptoms
      Women with PMDD complain of irritability, anger, tension, marked depressed mood, and mood lability (crying spells for no reason, verbal outbursts, or tantrums ) to such a severity that quality of life is seriously compromised. In addition to these symptoms, some women complain of lethargy, sleep disturbance, limited concentration and a host of physical symptoms such as breast tenderness, headaches, joint and muscle pain, bloating and weight gain.

      The primary symptoms that distinguish premenstrual dysphoric disorder from other mood disorders (i.e., major depression) or menstrual conditions is the onset and duration of PMDD symptoms -- with symptoms appearing during the week or so before and disappearing within a few days after the onset of menses -- and the level by which these symptoms disrupt daily living tasks. (This diminished level of functioning is generally in great contrast with the same woman's interactions and abilities at other times during the month.)

      The symptoms of PMDD may resemble other conditions or medical problems, such as a thyroid condition, depression, or an anxiety disorder. Consult a physician for diagnosis.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to lose 10 pounds in a month?
    Im 5'3 and 117 pounds, I would like to lose 10 pounds in a month.
    What kind of exercises should I do, and what should I eat?
    its like losing 3 pounds 1 week, 2 pounds the next, then 3 then 2.

    Sounds healthy to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  17. QUESTION:
    Women who take or have taken birth control?
    So, I want to start taking,
    for more than one reason.
    To avoid pregnancy, of course. But does it regulate your period?
    But then there are things that kinda worry me,
    like rumors that it makes you gain weight,
    makes your boobs bigger,
    increases chances for cancer?

    Is there any pill you'd recommend?
    I don't want to do the Nuva ring, or the patch.
    Also, does age play a factor at all?

    • ANSWER:
      It's good you do not want to do the nuva ring because it, along with Yaz and Yazmin are involved in a major class action suit against the pharmaceutical company that makes them. They have caused many problems for women such as blood clots in the lungs that created heart attacks, etc.

      Please understand what you are dealing with here. Drug companies are not our friends. They put profit before health on a constant basis. Birth control pills use ethinyl estradiol that is a form of estrogen the body makes, but in the pill, they use synthetic ethinyl estradiol. This is a huge breast cancer risk because it is efficiently absorbed by mouth and slow to be metabolized and excreted. The longer a synthetic estrogen stays in the body, the more opportunity it has to do damage. Estradiol is 1,000 times more potent in its effects on breast tissue than estriol. When the breast cancer rate went through the roof after introducing the pill, they realized they needed to do something, so they added progestin, the synthetic form of progesterone to the pill. This reduced the breast cancer rate, but no studies have been done to prove long term use will not cause this problem. 1 in 7 women now get breast cancer.

      Estrogen dominance is a key player in creating cancer and weight gain, etc. Since the ovaries are part of the pituitary axis that consists of the thyroid, pituitary, adrenals, and ovaries, all of these glands become involved in this bizarre interplay of endocrine hormones. When one of these glands becomes insufficient or sick, they all get sick together. They work as a team. This is why when you take birth control and you affect the ovaries negatively, the thyroid slows down and you gain weight, then the adrenal glands cause you to become tired, etc.

      Drug companies are playing with your life and future, but by treating the symptom (not getting pregnant), there is a cost to your health for doing it and they are NOT going to tell you the truth. If you think drug companies are wonderful and care about you, think again. Look at this video to see what the Bayer Pharmaceutical did to hemophiliacs:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg-52mHIjhs&feature=related

      The MERCK pharmaceutical was caught lying to the FDA about VIOXX. Over 160,000 people died from taking that drug and Merck knew ahead of time that 30% of the people that would take that drug would have major problems and even death. If the lawyers had not discovered internal documents of the company as a result of the lawsuits, Merck would have gone on doing business as usual.

      There are other methods of birth control that are far safer and much more less risky than what these drug pushers are providing. Don't look at the FDA for help either because they are in bed with BIG pharma and are not about protecting our health, it's just a way for BIG pharma to get drugs on the market and use the public as guinea pigs.

      The Nuva ring, Yaz, and Yazmin are in a class action lawsuit at present because many women have died from using one of these due to blood clots in the lung that caused young women to get heart attacks. DO YOUR HOMEWORK, doctors do not, BIG pharma will not advise you on how to be healthy, only treat some symptom.

      good luck to you

  18. QUESTION:
    how can i make my legs and tighs slimmer without liposuction and exercise that causing muscles?
    how can i make my legs and tighs slimmer without liposuction and exercise that causing muscles on legs and tighs....i did walking but my muscles on my legs getting bigger...

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.
      ______________________________________

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I stop losing weight?
    Ok, I weight 120 before I got pregnant and gained 30 pounds with my pregnancy,but lost it all by my 6 week postpartum checkup..So ever since I had my baby 4 months ago ive been losing tons of weight and im really worried, I now weight 102, everyone says it's normal since im breastfeeding but i dont think that im suppost to lose this much. So how can i stop losing so much weight?

    • ANSWER:
      You may need to get your thyroid checked. Childbirth can sometimes mess with your hormones and some women develop thyroid problems afterward. Weight loss is one of the symptoms. If you are eating healthy and eating extra calories for milk production but feel like you are losing too much I would see a doctor.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why do I feel sleepy/lethargic even after at least 12 hours of sleep?
    I don't really get it. I went to bed at about midnight, and woke up at 12:30 in the afternoon...
    I'm pretty physically active. I usually get at least 1 hour of vigorous activity each day due to Gym and stuff

    • ANSWER:
      One of the most common fatigue causes is anxiety, which is known to effect 40 million U.S. adults each year. Anxiety is a state of fear of real or imagined danger, which is manifested as increased heart rate, trembling, panic, weakness, extreme fatigue and stomach or intestinal discomfort. Disorders of this nature make up the largest mental illness diagnosis in the U.S.

      In women of reproductive age, anemia is fairly common. It can be the result of heavy menstrual periods or having a baby. Anemia is one of the more common fatigue causes in women. When you don’t have enough iron in your body, your hemoglobin isn’t strong enough to carry the necessary amounts of oxygen to your body. Consume more iron-rich foods. As iron supplements can be potentially dangerous, they should be consumed with caution, or preferably in consultation with a suitable natural health practitioner.

      Your thyroid may be the cause of your fatigue. If you have hypothyroidism, this means that you have a slow metabolism, and this could be preventing you from getting the energy your body needs from the foods you eat. This can leave you feeling sluggish and even a little depressed.

      There are also many lifestyle problems that can increase your chances of feeling fatigued, including inactivity, heavy alcohol consumption, excessive physical activity, lack of sleep, antihistamines, stress and unhealthy eating habits. For most of these, identifying and solving the problem is usually the best course of action.

      Depression can also be a fatigue cause, as a poor mental and emotional state can translate to physical lethargy.

      You may have a urinary tract infection and not even know it. Often, the only symptom can be fatigue.

      Too much caffeine can actually be making you feel constantly tired. If you think that this might be the cause of your fatigue, try to do without it for a while and see how you feel.

      Food allergies can also be behind your fatigue. Since even a slight intolerance can be at the root of what’s making you tired, you should start eliminating foods from your diet to see how you feel. Slowly reintroduce the food after a time and see if it affects you.

      Another common fatigue cause, especially in today's toxic world, is the accumulation of too much toxins in one's body. An improved diet, regular exercise, as well as suitable detoxification protocols would help a great deal.

      As you can see, there are many different possible causes of your fatigue. If your fatigue has gone on for a long time, you should consider getting a check up, as you may have a more serious problem, such as chronic fatigue syndrome or other problems such as kidney failure or sleep apnea.

      Only by addressing your underlying fatigue causes, can true and total healing of your condition be effected.

      You can see further information in a web search for "common fatigue causes".

  21. QUESTION:
    My husband has cancer and we are having problems controlling his diarrhea.?
    What food or drinks does someone recommend with this issue. We have a very good oncologist, but could use some personal experience. My husband is starving too death. Thank Ypu soooo much.

    • ANSWER:
      With the permission of the super-specialist-oncologist, U may try try following.We pray the Almighty for his Godspeed recovery.

      IMMUNITY* BOOSTERS: How to recover ‘fast’ from the impact of chemotherapy/illness/Radiation? Here is a way out. Preparation for Surgery and Post Surgical recovery, Post-Blood Transfusions & Prevention of illnesses by keeping Ur immunity levels intact while getting treatment for HIV/AIDS, any dreaded and incurable disease condition.
      1. Good liquid Diet, green leaf juices + honey, like aloe vera juice, noni juice, wheat grass powder, fresh fruit [seasonal fruit only] juices sprouted seeds like green gram, horse gram, ground nuts, boiled- after soaking in water for 15 hours-soya beans,etc., raw coconut, raw dates, helped many a no. of Health conscious people all over the globe.
      2. Acupressure techniques can also ensure faster recovery.
      U may study the appended literature on acupressure, discuss with family members and friends and understand the concept, which is very easy. Then U may check for Urself Ur ailment and the affected organs.
      Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies:

      Acupressure techniques--- Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels.

      With Ur thumb, press Ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies. Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:. Urs is a post-thyroidectomy, U must concentrate on all points in general and No.8 [thyroid] particularly to overcome the symptoms of hypo-thyroid.
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Dorsal side of Palms & soles:

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df

      3. No salt, no baking soda, no cooked food, No chocolates, No Pizzas, No burgers ----to boost-up immunity power to produce antibodies. Say no to Deep freeze and deep fried products from KFC and McDonald, Diet sodas with aspertime and colas made in India, etc.
      4. Hemoglobin is measured in grams per deciliter of blood. The normal levels are:

      1.Women: 12.1 to 15.1 gm/dl
      2.Men: 13.8 to 17.2 gm/dl
      3.Children: 11 to 16 g/dl
      4.Pregnant women: 11 to 12 g/dl

      Treatment for increasing hemoglobin/ANAEMIA*

      Take [72] Black raisins [black dried grapes] as may be required daily. Details as to how to use them is given in the book.Soak them in a half a cup of water over night. Eat these black raisins as mentioned below and drink th
      5. Aloe Vera juice – 30 ml. + 1 tsp of honey—t.d.s.
      6. Wheat grass powder – 1 tsp of powder + 2 drops of honey + 1 cup of hot water b.d.s.
      7. Noni Juice-A French fruit. 5 ml., tds., in the I week; 10 ml tds., in the II week and 15 ml. t.d.s, from III week onwards. Add double quantity of water every time.

      God bless U. I pray the Almighty for Ur Godspeed recovery.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases---Dr.Devendra Vora has analyzed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.

  22. QUESTION:
    I just bought a carton of chocolate soya milk... is it really THAT good for you?
    it seems like it has alot of calories in it, but that might just be becasue it's chocolate

    • ANSWER:
      Some studies have shown that in certain people soy can actually increase the size of tumors (cancerous and non-cancerous) in their bodies. Not everyone reacts like this but the difference between regular milk and soy milk is not too much. I think regular milk is better for you.

      Myths & Truths About Soy

      Myth: Use of soy as a food dates back many thousands of years.

      Truth: Soy was first used as a food during the late Chou dynasty (1134-246 BC), only after the Chinese learned to ferment soy beans to make foods like tempeh, natto and tamari.

      Myth: Asians consume large amounts of soy foods.

      Truth: Average consumption of soy foods in Japan and China is 10 grams (about 2 teaspoons) per day. Asians consume soy foods in small amounts as a condiment, and not as a replacement for animal foods.

      Myth: Modern soy foods confer the same health benefits as traditionally fermented soy foods.

      Truth: Most modern soy foods are not fermented to neutralize toxins in soybeans, and are processed in a way that denatures proteins and increases levels of carcinogens.

      Myth: Soy foods provide complete protein.

      Truth: Like all legumes, soy beans are deficient in sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine. In addition, modern processing denatures fragile lysine.

      Myth: Fermented soy foods can provide vitamin B12 in vegetarian diets.

      Truth: The compound that resembles vitamin B12 in soy cannot be used by the human body; in fact, soy foods cause the body to require more B12

      Myth: Soy formula is safe for infants.

      Truth: Soy foods contain trypsin inhibitors that inhibit protein digestion and affect pancreatic function. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders. Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D, needed for strong bones and normal growth. Phytic acid in soy foods results in reduced bioavailabilty of iron and zinc which are required for the health and development of the brain and nervous system. Soy also lacks cholesterol, likewise essential for the development of the brain and nervous system. Megadoses of phytoestrogens in soy formula have been implicated in the current trend toward increasingly premature sexual development in girls and delayed or retarded sexual development in boys.

      Myth: Soy foods can prevent osteoporosis.

      Truth: Soy foods can cause deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, both needed for healthy bones. Calcium from bone broths and vitamin D from seafood, lard and organ meats prevent osteoporosis in Asian countries—not soy foods.

      Myth: Modern soy foods protect against many types of cancer.

      Truth: A British government report concluded that there is little evidence that soy foods protect against breast cancer or any other forms of cancer. In fact, soy foods may result in an increased risk of cancer.

      Myth: Soy foods protect against heart disease.

      Truth: In some people, consumption of soy foods will lower cholesterol, but there is no evidence that lowering cholesterol improves one's risk of having heart disease.

      Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.

      Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Eating as little as 30 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

      Myth: Soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years.

      Truth: Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

      Myth: Phytoestrogens in soy foods can enhance mental ability.

      Truth: A recent study found that women with the highest levels of estrogen in their blood had the lowest levels of cognitive function; In Japanese Americans tofu consumption in mid-life is associated with the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease in later life.

      Myth: Soy isoflavones and soy protein isolate have GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status.

      Truth: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently withdrew its application to the FDA for GRAS status for soy isoflavones following an outpouring of protest from the scientific community. The FDA never approved GRAS status for soy protein isolate because of concern regarding the presence of toxins and carcinogens in processed soy.

      Myth: Soy foods are good for your sex life.

      Truth: Numerous animal studies show that soy foods cause infertility in animals. Soy consumption enhances hair growth in middle-aged men, indicating lowered testosterone levels. Japanese housewives feed tofu to their husbands frequently when they want to reduce his virility.

      Myth: Soy beans are good for the environment.

      Truth: Most soy beans grown in the US are genetically engineered to allow farmers to use large amounts of herbicides.

      Myth: Soy beans are good for developing nations.

      Truth: In third world countries, soybeans replace traditional crops and transfer the value-added of processing from the local population to multinational corporations.

  23. QUESTION:
    What might cause an excessive weight gain other than pregnancy?
    In the past few months but especially the past few weeks, I've been gaining a lot of weight. About 15 pounds in the past year, half of which has been over the past few months. I am on the pill but took a pregnancy test just in case. I'm not pregnant. I eat healthy for the most part and get about 8 hours of cardio exercise a week. I'm not gaining muscle...it's all fat. I'm very frustrated. I'm a 30 year old woman. Any advice, help, suggestions etc would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The birth control pill causes weight gain, in most cases. They say 9 out of 10 women who take it experience weight gain while they are on the pill. Another possibility can be a developing health condition, like a thyroid problem for instance. I would visit your primary care physician for a checkup, and explain the weight gain. He or she can make suggestions on what may be happening with your body, how to curb it, and how to reverse the effects of the weight gain you have already encountered. Sudden weight gain can be caused by a variety of health issues, some of which can be serious, so it is important to consult a doctor if you are having any concerns. Please also be wary of any other symptoms--changes in appetite, your menstrual cycle, fatigue or sleeplessness, etc. and make note of those with your doctor as well.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does soy and curry really stop puberty?
    I read somewhere that soy and curry stop puberty so you grow taller, is it true?

    • ANSWER:
      stopping puberty would mean you would it would stunt your growth, and yes it does!

      Here are a couple of facts for you:
      Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.
      Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Eating as little as 30 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

      Myth: Soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years.
      Truth: Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

      Consumption of unfermented soy products is probably not such a good idea. Unfermented soy contains high levels of a number of compounds that can: block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc; stunt growth; and alter hormone levels, disrupting menstruation, lowering testosterone, increasing the risk of breast cancer, and causing thyroid and prostate complications. Unfermented soy includes things like soy milk, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, and tofu.

      Sorry....sounds like your dad is correct!

      Here's the link that provides lots of info about soy:
      http://www.frot.co.nz/dietnet/basics/soy.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    what r the symptoms of menopause and how young can you be to start.?
    i am having irregular monthly periods and when they finally come, they come with a very heavy flow. I get it for 7 days and it will come back after week, but the flow is less. During this period i have a bad temper which i cant control, i also suffer from panic attacks.

    • ANSWER:
      bad temper is "normal PMT"

      some irregularity with heavier flows is quite common in your late 30's for some reason then they go normal again, menopause usually starts around 40 - 45 and takes 5 to 10 years before it all completely stops....it should be irregularity, not heavy, until after a while there is nothing. A few women get premature menopausae as young as 25 but it is rare.

      heavy for 7 days and more after a week is not right and not menopause, whatever your age. go see a doctor or a women's health clinic, as it could be thyroid problem or growths in the womb(benign ones)

  26. QUESTION:
    i have fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropahy i can not get a hold of either of my docs what csn i do?
    i am having very bad back pain,help please,what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      I managed my chronic pain from fibromyalgia with guaifenesin for 10 years til I learned about vitamin D3. Guaifenesin is no "cure" but it does manage the pain. My theory is that the lymph fluids thicken & pool. They pool around nerves and create pressure on the nerves. Do you wake up with muscle pain that "drains away" in a few hours if you sit up but the longer you stay in bed the more pain?

      Three months ago, I started high levels of vitamin D3 for 3 weeks & became pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu's a day & a week later the pain is back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again. I am very hopeful that this may help improve my health.

      I personally did 30,000iu per day for a couple of months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low & the prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound - a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when our stores are at their lowest. Low Vitamin D levels greatly increases your risk of cancer, diabetes, MS & heart attack.

      My current research is leading me to believe that fibromyalgia may actually be a thyroid problem & possibly insufficient iodine (which causes iodine problems) Iodine like guaifenesin thins the mucous membranes. Iodine unlike guaifenesin is a needed nutrient. Testing is showing that 95% of people are iodine deficient.

      My thyroid lab tests have always shown as "normal" but I have obvious symptoms of thyroid dysfunction (basal temp of 95F among many others) The basal temperature test is (in my mind) a more accurate testing of thyroid function.

      The Barnes Basal temperature test is a simple, do it yourself test, that you can do at home. It is accurate and requires nothing more than an oral thermometer. Here’s what you do. At bedtime shake down a mercury thermometer to 94F and place on the nightstand, within easy reach. DO NOT USE a DIGITAL thermometer for taking the axillary temperature because they are not as accurate. When you wake up in the morning, make sure you stay in bed quietly and take the thermometer and place it securely under your arm in your armpit. Hold it in place for ten minutes and then write down what the thermometer reads. During the ten minutes you’re waiting, take your pulse for one full minute and record what this result is also.

      Do this exact procedure each morning for several weeks. Make sure you do not get up to go to the bathroom or anything else. It must be done before you have any activity. You must be in bed for a minimum of two hours before reading your temperature and the reading will not be accurate if you move around or get up. Do not use an electric blanket or other electrical devices in your bed. Do not sleep on a waterbed to perform this test. A waterbed will elevate your temperature artificially. It has also been found that a woman’s body temperature varies with the different phases of her menstrual cycle. The second and third days of your menstrual cycle are when the most accurate/reliable temperature can be found. Therefore, it is recommended that you make note on your records with red pen on the days you were menstruating and make sure you perform your test during this week.

      If you’re basal temperature consistently runs below 97.8 or your pulse runs below 65 you may benefit from a trial period of thyroid medication

      From what I've read, people I've talked with natural thyroid hormones are more effective than synthetic.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is Hyperthyroid and Graves Disease?
    How many of you have hyperthyroid and grave disease? what type of medication are you taking? I am taking EVOTHYROXINE 0.25MG.

    Please share with me what are you've gone through. i was hospitalize for over a week. I was also treated for Graves disease.

    What should i do and not to do? like eating and drinking and so on.

    Thank you all in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism / Graves' Disease / Overactive Thyroid Condition
      Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that can cause overactivity of the thyroid -- a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism can also result from toxic nodules, certain medications and supplements, and temporary viral infections of the thyroid, among other causes. Here is a listing of the many resources available here at the site that focus on Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, as well as related issues including thyroid storm, Graves ophthalmopathy, radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment, stress, cigarette smoking, antithyroid drugs like PTU and methimazole, thyroidectomy, and thyroid arterial embolization.

      Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism 101
      Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that can cause overactivity of the thyroid -- a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Here is a listing of the many resources available here at the site that focus on Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism, as well as related issues including thyroid storm, Graves ophthalmopathy, radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment, stress, cigarette smoking, antithyroid drugs like PTU and methimazole, thyroidectomy, and thyroid arterial embolization.
      What causes hyperthyroidism?
      FAQ frequently asked questions autoimmune thyroid condition Graves' disease overactive thyroid hyperthyroidism tests diagnosis drugs treatment medications
      What is hyperthyroidism?
      Frequently asked questions about the autoimmune thyroid condition Graves' disease and an overactive thyroid, known as hyperthyroidism. Information, including tests, diagnosis, treatment, medications, and other issues are discussed. This FAQ on Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism was developed by patient advocate Mary Shomon, bestselling author of Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism.
      Kelly Osbourne Reveals Thyroid Problem is Cause of Rapid Weight Loss
      Kelly Osbourne, 22, pop star and daughter of legendary Black Sabbath metal rocker/ditzy reality tv dad Ozzy Osbourne, has revealed that her weight loss of almost 30 pounds due to an untreated thyroid condition.
      What You Need to Know About Thyroid Storm
      Some people with Graves' disease or hyperthyroidism -- an overactive thyroid that is producing too much thyroid hormone -- develop a potentially life-threatening condition known as thyroid storm. Find out about the risks, symptoms and treatments for this rare, but dangerous condition, from patient advocate and author Mary Shomon.

      Cigarette Smoking Linked to Overactive Thyroid
      According to research just published this month, women who smoke have double the risk of developing hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease.
      Common Questions on Hyperthyroidism
      Three-part, indepth in-depth Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ on hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease.
      Graves' Disease /Hyperthyroidism Checklist
      A checklist of risk factors and symptoms to use in getting or finetuning your hyperthyroidism.
      How to Tell If You Are Hyperthyroid
      Step-by-step guidelines on how to tell if you are hyperthyroid.
      Panic Attacks and Palpitations: Signs of Hyperthyroidism?
      A look at the symptoms of panic attack, and whether they are due to hyperthyroidism, heart problems, or panic disorder.
      Alternative Treatments for Hyperthyroidism
      John Johnson's site focuses on nutritional solutions to hyperthyroidism, and how to avoid RAI and anti-thyroid drugs when possible.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do i lose massive amounts of weight?
    I weigh 265 LBS!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  29. QUESTION:
    What could be in Pamprin that would cause mood swings?
    All of the females in my family can take midol and it will help our pms symptoms etc. but if we take pamprin it sends us into psychotic fits (literally). What could cause this reaction? Is it just an allergic reaction and if so what would we be allergic to in it?
    i have tried researching the ingredients and the medication pamprin already and i can't find proof that having psychotic episodes can be a side effect to taking it....I'm really stuck on this one :(

    • ANSWER:
      This drug contains acetaminophen that damages your liver amongst other garbage that is not nourishing your body, but is attempting to just mask the symptoms. The real underlying problem of pms is due to nutritional deficiencies typical of American women eating low fat, high carb, no red meat diets. It is not normal to have symptoms during PMS if you are NOT nutrient deficient.

      A prime example of this problem is that if you are CALCIUM deficient, you will get cramps. Your uterus is a muscle. When it is called upon to contract, if you are deficient in calcium, you will feel cramps. So when you take the Pamprin, etc., the drug makers know that if you inhibit the body's natural immune response mechanism of inflammation, you will feel less pain. This inflammation process is how the body reacts to an injury. It causes inflammation to INCREASE BLOOD FLOW to an area, thereby carrying the necessary nutrients to help speed the healing process. These anti-inflammatory drugs stop that process and make you feel better because the inflammation has stopped, but it takes the body much longer to recover and heal, and it damages the liver that is part of the endocrine system.

      The endocrine system is very sensitive to change and all the organs in that system work together to achieve a balance. If you are eating low fat, high carb diets, or the wrong fats, you will not be achieving balance and you will get PMS. Your adrenal glands are part of that endocrine system that, if exhausted or abused, will greatly affect the balance in your endocrine system and contribute greatly to the problem.

      Modern medicine is focused on the allopathic method that says, kill the germs and you kill the disease. This is very short sighted and basically ends up addressing symptoms and not the underlying real causes of disease and "syndromes."

      Did your doctor tell you that if you are not getting the right kinds of fats into your body and your adrenal glands are not functioning properly that your liver will be reprioritized and not cleaning up old estrogen and producing the steroid hormones like your sex hormones and thyroid hormones? And that when you take the Pamprin that contains anti-inflammatories that it will damage your liver, as well? When you eat high carb diets, this overtaxes the insulin receptor cells in your body and they get tired, causing them to resist to varying degrees the ability of cells to let glucose in. This excess glucose is then dealt with by overworking those adrenal glands by producing large amounts of cortisol and using up your pregnenalone that was going to be used to make SEX HORMONES!

      To correct the problem, you need to learn what fats are good for you, make those changes, fix the digestive problems from eating too much cooked foods and having low stomach acid, and taking better care of those adrenals.

      All these things are important because having PMS problems is just an indication of the underlying problems that if not addressed now, will cause many degenerative problems and you will just become a statistic like most Americans. 3 out of 4 are now dying of heart disease; 30% are OBESE, not just fat, 1 out of 7 are getting breast cancer, 53% are chronically ill as of the CDC report in 2005; and most incredibly, we now rank 24th in the world for longevity. That means that 23 other countries have people living longer than Americans.

      I suggest you strongly seek out a Certified Nutritional Therapist that can test you for ALL deficiencies and then have them get you on a diet that will put you on a course for building health, not just trying to mask symptoms and then having to deal with all kinds of health problems and taking drugs the rest of your life that is a form of "life support" that keeps you alive, but the quality of life sucks.

      There are two books I strongly recommend you read to increase your own understanding of your body's needs: "Life Without Bread" by Christian Allan, pH.D. and "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. Both of these books will help you understand your body better and about what fats are good and bad. If you continue to listen to those so called "food experts" that are nothing more than "hired guns" of the food industry's VERY WELL PAID MARKETING guru's, you will end up a statistic.

      good luck to you

  30. QUESTION:
    can someone give me tips on how and what to do to loose weight?
    i weight around 215 and im trying to get under 200 and i was wondering if anyone could help me with a workout and a diet, like is lifting weights helpful when you try to loose weight and is using a treadmill the same as regular running,and what kind of exercises to do like a schedule thanks!
    ah, thanks for the quick answers and jason it looks like your really into the asian diet and stuff another question is the only drink that i should have be only water?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      For more info please read this :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/obesity-cause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  31. QUESTION:
    best way to get rid of a pot belly?
    my entire body is fit and tight except my bot belly... looks like i am 4 months pregnant! any good suggestions on diets, exercises?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  32. QUESTION:
    How long are you supposed to bleed after a miscarriage?

    • ANSWER:
      Early Miscarriage

      figure 1

      An early miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of pregnancy during the first 20 weeks of gestation. It can also be called a spontaneous abortion (fig. 1).

      Early miscarriage is very common. As many as 30% of women will experience one, usually before they even miss a period, or realize they are pregnant. Most early miscarriages are a result of a developing fetus that is unhealthy and has little chance of surviving to the end of pregnancy.

      Some known causes include:

      Chromosomal abnormalities. Studies show that 50% to 60% of all miscarriages are caused by too little or too many chromosomes in the fetus. Of these cases about half are caused by Trisomy 21, also referred to as Down's Syndrome.
      Low progesterone levels. The hormone progesterone is necessary for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Insufficient levels may result in miscarriage. Early in pregnancy the progesterone is made by the small cyst in the ovary called the corpus luteum. After about nine to 10 weeks the placenta should be producing enough progesterone to support the pregnancy. Low progesterone that causes miscarriage is usually thought to be from inadequate production from the corpus luteum. Progesterone medication is safe and relatively inexpensive, but studies proving its effectiveness have not been conclusive.
      Infections and diseases. Many bacterial and viral infections can contribute to a miscarriage, including viral infections such the cytomegalic virus, bacterial infections such as chlamydia, mycoplasma, ureaplasma, and streptococcus, or in rare cases parasitic infection such as toxoplasmosis. Disease, such as undiagnosed diabetes, may also cause a miscarriage.
      Age of the mother. The rate of miscarriage increases with the age of the mother. Around half of all pregnancies in women over 40 end in miscarriage.
      Other possible causes. Chronic illnesses, exposure to environmental toxins (such as certain metals), and stress. Examples include thyroid abnormalities (either overactive or underactive thyroid), poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, or intrauterine adhesions (most commonly caused by previous infections or dilatation and curettages.) High dose X-irradiation and chemotherapy are known toxins that can cause pregnancy loss. Industry employees working with chemicals such as with dyes, metals, solvents, or chemical production plants are at greater risk. Maternal stresses and heavy use of tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, and drugs can also be factors.
      Autoimmune diseases. The presence of certain complex antibodies such as the lupus anticoagulant and the anticardiolipin antibodies can cause miscarriages. These factors are not well understood, and there is no agreed upon effective treatment.
      Women often unnecessarily blame themselves for having a miscarriage. It is important to remember that the fetus probably would not have survived the pregnancy anyway. And keep in mind that having one miscarriage does not necessarily mean having another. The chances are very high that you'll carry your next baby to full term.

      How Do I Know I Have It?

      If you are pregnant and have any of these symptoms, call your health-care provider immediately:

      Vaginal bleeding. Especially heavy bleeding with passage of blood clots.
      Abdominal pain. Severe or persistent pain in the pelvis or lower back.
      Blood clots. Grayish matter may pass as the miscarriage begins. This is the embryo and placenta. If you do pass tissue at home your health care provider will likely instruct you to collect the tissue and place it in a clean jar to bring in for medical inspection.
      The early ending of morning sickness symptoms and loss of breast tenderness. Many women experience these symptoms in the first trimester, but by the beginning of the fourth month of pregnancy, they commonly subside. When women experience a loss of these symptoms earlier than the second trimester, and if symptoms subside abruptly, miscarriage may have occurred. The technical term for this occurrence is a "missed abortion."
      Your health-care provider will listen for a fetal heartbeat and perform a pelvic exam. If a heartbeat is not heard and your cervix is dilated, or widened, or if your membranes have ruptured, then most likely a miscarriage is in progress, or has already happened. This may be termed an "inevitable miscarriage." If a fetal heartbeat is detected and your uterus is still enlarged, you may have suffered a threatened miscarriage. In this case, you will have vaginal bleeding but the fetus is still alive. These may also be symptoms of ectopic pregnancy.

      An ultrasound exam may also be administered; those performed transvaginally are the most accurate. This test emits high-frequency sound waves that penetrate the uterus to reveal an image of the fetus on a monitor. If no image of the fetus is seen or if you can see fetal tissue traveling through the dilated cervix, then you may have had a miscarriage, or are in the process of one. If the fetus looks intact and your uterus is still enlarged, then you may have suffered a threatened miscarriage. Some women do not experience any symptoms. When this happens, the miscarriage may go undetected for several weeks, until the next prenatal visit. If a fetal heartbeat is not heard after eight to 10 weeks' gestation and there is no sign of uterine growth, then a miscarriage probably took place.

      Many miscarriages happen before a woman knows she's pregnant. Miscarriages can be mistaken for periods that are unusually heavy and severe. If you have any concerns about your last period, talk to your health-care provider.

      How Is It Treated?

      Surgery is not necessary if the fetus and placenta are completely expelled from the uterus. Modern management has determined that this may be both a safe and economical approach to a spontaneous miscarriage. But if only part of the fetus and placenta are expelled or, none at all, one of two procedures may be suggested:

      D & C (dilation and curettage). The cervix is dilated or widened and a curette is used to scrape the remaining tissue from the lining of the uterus.
      Vacuum aspiration. A mechanical pump is used to suction the remaining tissue out of the uterus.
      Bleeding may continue for several weeks after a miscarriage and change in color from bright red to pink. If you undergo the suction procedure, you may also experience abdominal cramping.

      If the bleeding gets heavier after a few weeks instead of decreasing, contact your health-care provider. If a fever develops, or if vaginal discharge has a strange or unpleasant odor, inform your doctor. Avoid intercourse, douching, or using tampons for at least two weeks and then gradually resume normal activities, such as exercise.

      How Can I Prevent It?

      It is difficult to prevent an early miscarriage. If you know you are pregnant, make sure you get proper prenatal care and talk to your health-care provider about such crucial matters like an appropriate diet and the exact nutritional supplements to take.

      After a threatened miscarriage, rest in bed for at least a day and avoid intercourse for a few weeks. Most likely you will carry your baby to term. Remember, it's very normal for women to bleed in early pregnancy, and it's certainly not always an indication that the fetus is unhealthy or that you are having a miscarriage. In fact, some women bleed throughout their pregnancy. It should be brought to your health care provider's attention as bleeding can be associated with other medical problems such as uterine fibroids, abnormal placental implantation, chronic abruptio (relatively rare). Talk to your health-care provider about any concerns you have.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: I've already had one miscarriage. Does this mean I'm more likely to have another one?

      A: Having one miscarriage does not increase your chances of having another. If you have had only one prior miscarriage, the rate of spontaneous abortion in a subsequent pregnancy is similar to the overall rate in the general population.

      Q: After my miscarriage, how long should I wait before I try to conceive again?

      A: It is suggested that you wait two normal periods (around eight weeks) before you try to conceive again. Ovulation can resume as early as two weeks after a miscarriage, so you should use effective contraception immediately.

      Q: Can being too active cause a miscarriage?

      A: No. Working, exercise, and sexual activity do not increase the risk of miscarriage. Also, miscarriages rarely occur because of stress or trauma.

      Q: I have had two miscarriages. Should I have special testing?

      A: Since most miscarriages are caused by a defect of the particular fertilized egg, most experts do not recommend special testing until you have had three miscarriages. At that point it is termed "recurrent" or "habitual" miscarriage and further testing may be needed. Studies have shown that after a woman experienced three consecutive miscarriages, her chance of having a subsequent spontaneous abortion is nearly 50%.

      After i had a miscarriage i bleed maybe just half of a pantyliner. But everyone is different. I was 4-5 weeks pregnant.
      Sorry for your loss

  33. QUESTION:
    Can stress make your Thyroid swollen? just like a swollen Thyroid cause stress?
    I have a slight swollen node just bellow my Adam's apple and a stretched muscle just where the Trachea is.

    It almost went away after 2 days but now its back, could it be virus/allergy/stress/food related? (i'm a very healthy guy but stressed/anxious at times)

    Please avoid "go to the doctor" comments (cause i'm on it) :D

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      No. Stress is not going to make your thyroid to be swollen.
      (As per the other information regarding Hashimotos, that is a cause of hypothyroidism, most likely in women in their 30's, and the neck is swollen together with other symptoms which I don't think you have)

  34. QUESTION:
    Can I start my Yaz birth control?
    For the past year I have been having really long periods (20 days or more) so I went to the doctor and they gave me Yaz and said to start it on my next period. Now I haven't had my period in 6 weeks so I don't know if I should just start it anyway to regulate my period or just wait.

    • ANSWER:
      Yaz, Yazmin, and the Nuva Ring birth control are involved in a class action lawsuit because of the damage this birth control has caused women. Blood clots in the lungs that caused cardiac arrest are just one of the problems.

      Birth control is NOT the wonderful, safe product that you have been told. Doctors are just following their "Standard of Care" and what drug companies tell them. If they would use their intelligence, they would never recommend birth control pills to any woman.

      Anytime you mess with the body's delicate endocrine system that is a system of complex relationships, you are asking for trouble. Ask your doctor if he can give you a guarantee that the birth control pill he's recommending for you will NOT CAUSE CANCER. Have him put it in writing if he says he can make that assurance to you. If he can't, ask him why?

      Drug companies are not our friends and they have no problem giving people damaging drugs that they know will damage people. Profit is their motivation, not your health.

      Look what the Bayer pharmaceutical company did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg-52mHIjhs&feature=related

      Hundreds of hemophiliac children died as a result of this and they knew the HIV virus was in the injectable. The FDA wanted to hide the problem. The FDA is not a credible organization that is looking out for you, only the drug companies. Merck Pharmaceutical falsified information they used to get VIOXX on the market and 160,000 people died as a result. The lawyers were able to find this information from company memos and documents as a result of a major lawsuit against Merck. Merck knew over 30% of the people taking that drug would have major side effects and death, but they put it on the market anyway.

      These are NOT nice people. To put your trust in them is more than foolish. 106,000 people died in one year from prescription drugs given to people by their doctor in hospitals that were supposed to help the people.

      The "Pill" is made by using ethinyl estradiol as the estrogen drug companies have chosen to use that is a synthetic estrogen that is 1,000 times more potent in its affects on breast tissue than estriol (another form of estrogen the body produces). We know from studies done decades ago that this form of estrogen increases one's risk of breast cancer, where as estriol is protective.

      Synthetic ethinyl estradiol is even more of a breast cancer risk because it is efficiently absorbed by mouth and slow to be metabolized and excreted. The longer a synthetic estrogen stays in the body, the more opportunity it has to do damage. When birth control pills were first introduced, the incidence of breast cancer more than doubled, so the drug companies reduced the amount of estrogen in the pills, but does that mean you won't see this problem when using the pill over long period of time? Well, neither do the drug companies, or at least they are not telling us, because no published long term study shows the PILL will not give a woman cancer.

      Your long periods are not due to a DRUG DEFICIENCY because I have never known anyone or had anyone I know tell me they were deficient in a drug.

      When problems like long periods happen, it is not due to a drug deficiency, but you need to look for the root cause that is usually a nutritional deficiency. Since doctors only treat symptoms and not root causes, you need to look beyond them and seek out people who have actually been educated on nutrition, unlike doctors who are not.

      Long periods like this can indicate some serious problems or just a sign of general health disturbances. Just treating the symptoms with birth control is to ignore the other possibilities and so typical of our medical system today. Some of the general disturbances can be related to dysbiosis, low thyroid function, adrenal insufficiency, the need for colon support, etc.

      good luck to you

  35. QUESTION:
    For a 51 year old woman with lupus and fibromyalgia, what is a dangerous TSH level?
    My mom has a TSH level of 4.14

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on what is considered normal for your lab. It can vary a lot. My lab has normal values of (0.30-4.00), so if your mother had had her TSH level tested at my lab, it would be considered a bit high. They'd probably want to reorder it and make sure it wasn't a false reading.

      Always ask for a copy of your labs (or your mothers), that way you'll be able to read them for yourself. In the past I've had blood tests that have been abnormal, yet my doctor said it was normal. When I had a copy of my lab results I was able to ask the doctor why she/he hadn't mentioned it.

      Also keep in mind that Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion, so if your mother has Lupus this is most likely the cause of her symptoms. Also, thyroid problems can mimic Fibromyalgia and Lupus.

      I'd recommend you ask your mother's doctor to order Free T3, Free T4 and thyroid antibodies blood tests and refer her to a endocrinologist.

      Good luck.

      ....

  36. QUESTION:
    If I keeping skipping my period, is it a sign that I'm going to be infertile in the future?
    Does it mean I cant have kids? Im not pregnant or anything cause I've not had any kind of sexual contact.
    I'm only 18 and i've been skipping since I started my period at the age of 12. Tis is the longest I have skipped tho. My last one was october

    • ANSWER:
      Skipping periods is not a sign that your going to be infertile. Skipping periods may occur at any time in a woman's menstrual cycle. Pregnancy would be the first thing a physician would want to check for, but if you are sure you are not pregnant, the absence of menstruation might indicate a hormonal imbalance or beginning signs of menopause.

      If your mother went through menopause in her late 30's or early 40's, then you would be at risk for early menopause. This can be diagnosed by a blood test called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which is elevated in menopause.

      Absent menstruation can also be due to medications, such as oral contraceptives or Depo-provera, which can make the lining of the uterus very thin. It is not serious, and sometimes a change in medications can bring back the period.

      Other conditions, such as thyroid disease and pituitary problems can result in stoppage of cycles. There are usually other symptoms suggestive of these disorders.

      In addition sudden changes in weight or poor nutrition can also cause absent periods. And significant emotional stress can be a culprit.

      It would be best to check with your gynecologist , especially if there is no period for 6 months.

      You do need to go to a gynecologist and get checked to make sure everything is okay. A lot of women have been known to be irregular and have been put on birth control to become normal again. It is not just to be active, it is also to help your body balance out. Go to the doctor get checked and make sure everything is okay. Good luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I lose 100 pounds?
    Hi people i just started going to to the gym at the YMCA and im always on the machines for only 30 mins. and after when i got home i bought wendys so how do i stop buying fast foods

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.
      ______________________________________

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  38. QUESTION:
    Every time I get cold, my nail beds and the tips of my fingers turn purple/blue. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      My Niece Has This....

      Some five to ten percent of Americans — particularly women — are affected by Raynaud’s (“Ray Nodes”) phenomenon. It can deprive the fingers and toes of blood — and sometimes the nose, lips and ear lobes as well. When they get cold, all these parts can become numb and the skin can turn white or even blue. Raynaud’s can lead to more serious health problems like skin ulcers and gangrene.

      When people with Raynaud’s are exposed to the cold, the small blood vessels in their fingers or toes go into spasmodic contractions to preserve heat. Sometimes the arteries that feed the skin collapse and blood flow to their extremities is greatly reduced. Once they warm their fingers or toes, blood flow increases, causing the skin to turn red and feeling returns. Episodes can last anywhere from a minute to several hours.

      Stress may also play a role in Raynaud’s. During stressful conditions the body releases chemicals that can trigger symptoms typically seen in the disorder. In most people, doctors don’t know the underlying cause of Raynaud’s phenomenon. However, people with certain connective tissue diseases like lupus or Sjögren’s syndrome, or conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease, or peripheral vascular disease may be more at risk.

      Attacks Can Come Often

      The frequency of Raynaud’s attacks varies from patient to patient. “Some folks get them as often as daily or several times a week,” explains Gregory Dennis, M.D., a rheumatologist and Director of Clinical Programs and Training with NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

      The period of exposure to the cold is extremely critical. “It only takes about 20 to 30 minutes of exposure to the cold to cause potentially serious problems, such as tissue damage,” Dr. Dennis says. “This can lead to ulcers on the fingertips and left untreated, even gangrene.” Bone damage may also ensue, he says.
      A Word to the Wise...

      Preventing Raynaud’s attacks

      Keep warm — avoid chilling the extremities as well as the rest of the body.

      Always wear gloves and thick socks when you go outside during cold weather. You may want to purchase special gloves and socks that have battery-powered warmers inside them.

      Wear a hat in cold weather that covers your ears, or wear ear muffs.

      Don’t smoke. Smoking impairs your circulation. The nicotine in cigarettes can also cause your skin temperature to drop, which could bring on an attack.

      Recognize that air conditioning can trigger an episode. Don’t turn it up too high, and bring along something to keep you warm if you are going to be in a highly air-conditioned room for a long time, like in a movie theater.

      If you’re sensitive to cold, use insulated drinking glasses and wear gloves before putting your hands inside the freezer compartment at home or at your grocery store.

      Control stress. Recognizing and avoiding stressful situations may help control the number of attacks.

      Get regular exercise. Exercise is good for circulation and may help prevent attacks. Check with your doctor before you begin exercising.

      So are residents of Florida or the typically warmer climates completely safe? Not necessarily. People with Raynaud’s who live in milder climates may have attacks during periods of colder weather. “It doesn’t always take real cold temperatures or long periods of exposure to bring on an attack,” Dr. Dennis notes. Attacks can occur whenever temperatures dip below 60 degrees. For some people, sticking their hand in the frozen section at a grocery store for just a few seconds could be enough to trigger an episode.
      If you believe you have Raynaud’s phenomenon, your family doctor should be able to help you; if not, he or she may refer you to a vascular surgeon or a rheumatologist. There are medicines available that can decrease both the frequency and the severity of attacks.

      However, there are things you should do in the meantime. Limit your exposure to the cold. Get out of the cold as soon as you feel an attack beginning, if not sooner. If you are in the midst of an attack, Dr. Dennis says, “you may want to whip your arms around in a windmill fashion. Or just make a fist and keep closing and opening it or keep shaking your hands.” These exercises drive blood back through the arteries and can help increase blood flow to your hands.

      Once you get inside, run your hands or toes under lukewarm water. Or soak them in a bowl of warm water. Using a heating pad on a medium warm setting for about 15 minutes is also safe and effective. However, don’t put your hands or any part of your body on a radiator or other object that can scald you.

      If stress triggers an episode, get out of the stressful situation and relax. Even better, learn to recognize and avoid stressful situations. Biofeedback training or other relaxation management techniques may work to minimize symptoms or lessen attacks.

      The bottom line is that both self-help and medical treatments are available for this potentially dangerous condition. Talk to your doctor if you think you may have Raynaud’s phenomenon.— a report from The NIH Word on Health, April 2001

      You Should See Your Doctor!
      Good Luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    Anyone with pcos ever used a fertility monito and it work?
    Trying to find out if anyone has ever used a fertility monitor that has pcos?

    • ANSWER:
      INTRODUCTION:
      Polycystic ovary syndrome is characterized by anovulation (irregular or absent menstrual periods) and hyperandrogenism (elevated serum testosterone and androstenedione). Patients with this syndrome may complain of abnormal bleeding, infertility, obesity, excess hair growth, hair loss and acne. In addition to the clinical and hormonal changes associated with this condition, vaginal ultrasound shows enlarged ovaries with an increased number of small (6-10mm) follicles around the periphery (Polycystic Appearing Ovaries or PAO). While ultrasound reveals that polycystic appearing ovaries are commonly seen in up to 20% of women in the reproductive age range, PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a estimated to affect about half as many or approximately 6-10% of women. The condition appears to have a genetic component and those effected often have both male and female relatives with adult-onset diabetes, obesity, elevated blood triglycerides, high blood pressure and female relatives with infertility, hirsutism and menstrual problems.

      HYPERINSULIN & PCOS?
      As of yet, we do not understand why one woman who demonstrates polycystic appearing ovaries on ultrasound has regular menstrual cycles and no signs of excess androgens while another develops PCOS. One of the major biochemical features of polycystic ovary syndrome is insulin resistance accompanied by compensatory hyperinsulinemia (elevated fasting blood insulin levels). There is increasing data that hyperinsulinemia produces the hyperandrogenism of polycystic ovary syndrome by increasing ovarian androgen production, particularly testosterone and by decreasing the serum sex hormone binding globulin concentration. The high levels of androgenic hormones interfere with the pituitary ovarian axis, leading to increased LH levels, anovulation, amenorrhea, recurrent pregnancy loss, and infertility. Hyperinsulinemia has also been associated high blood pressure and increased clot formation and appears to be a major risk factor for the development of heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes.

      DIAGNOSIS
      There is little agreement when it comes to how PCOS is diagnosed. Most physicians will consider this diagnosis after making sure you do not have other conditions such as Cushing's disease (overactive adrenal gland), thyroid problems, congenital adrenal hyperplasia or increased prolactin production by the pituitary gland. TSH, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, prolactin and a dexamethasone suppression test may be advisable. After reviewing your medical history, your physicians will determine which tests are necessary. If you have irregular or absent menstrual periods, clues from the physical exam will be considered next. Your height and weight will be noted along with any increase facial or body hair or loss of scalp hair, acne and acanthosis nigricans (a discoloration of the skin under the arms, breasts and in the groin). Elevated androgen levels (male hormones), DHEAS or testosterone help make the diagnosis. A two hour insulin and glucose tolerance test will be obtained. Many physicians tell their patients that insulin values are normal, when in fact the value indicates that insulin may be playing a role in stimulating the development of PCOS. Most labs report levels less than 25-30 miu/ml as normal, while in fact, levels over 10miu/ml on a fasting blood sample suggests that PCOS may be related to hyperinsulinism. As women with polycystic ovary syndrome may be a greater risk for other medical conditions, testing for cardiovascular risk factors such as blood lipids, homocysteine, CRP and PAI-1 (a blood factor that promotes abnormal clotting) will also be carried out.

      NEWER METHODS OF TREATMENT
      Traditional treatments have been difficult, expensive and have limited success when used alone. Infertility treatments include weight loss diets, ovulation medications (clomiphene,letrozole, Follistim, Gonal-F), ovarian drilling surgery and IVF. Other symptoms have been managed by anti-androgen medication (birth control pills, spironolactone, flutamide or finasteride).

      Ovarian drilling can be performed at the time of laparoscopy. A laser fibre or electrosurgical needle is used to puncture the ovary 10-12 times. This treatment results in a dramatic lowering of male hormones within days. Studies have shown that up to 80% will benefit from such treatment. Many who failed to ovulate with letrozole or metformin therapy will respond when rechallenged with these medications after ovarian drilling. Interestingly, women in these studies who are smokers, rarely responded to the drilling procedure. Side effects are rare, but may result in adhesion formation or ovarian failure if the procedure is performed by an inexperienced surgeon.

      For women in the reproductive age range, polycystic ovary syndrome is a serious, common cause of infertility, because of the endocrine abnormalities which accompany elevated insulin levels. There is increasing evidence that this endocrine abnormality can be reversed by treatment with widely available standard medications which are leading medicines used in this country for the treatment of adult onset diabetes, metformin (Glucophage 500 or 850 mg three times per day or 1000mg twice daily with meals), pioglitazone (Actos 15-30 mg once a day), rosiglitazone (Avandia 4-8 mg once daily) or a combination of these medications. These medications have been shown to reverse the endocrine abnormalities seen with polycystic ovary syndrome within two or three months. They can result in decreased hair loss, diminished facial and body hair growth, normalization of elevated blood pressure, regulation or menses, weight loss, reduction in cardiovascular risk factors, normal fertility, and a reduced risk of miscarriage. We have seen pregnancies result in less than two months in woman who conceived in their very first ovulatory menstrual cycle. By six months over 90% of women treated with insulin-lowering agents, diet and exercise will resume regular menses.

      The medical literature suggests that the endocrinopathy in most patients with polycystic ovary syndrome can be resolved with insulin lowering therapy. This is clinically very important because the therapy reduces hirsutism, obesity, blood pressure, triglyceride levels, elevated blood clotting factors and facilitates reestablishment of the normal pituitary ovarian cycle, thus often allowing resumption of normal ovulatory cycles and pregnancy. We know the polycystic ovary syndrome is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke because of the associated heart attack and stroke risk factors, hypertension, obesity, hyperandrogenism, hypertriglyceridemia, and these are to a large degree resolved by therapy with these medications.

      ARE THESE MEDICATIONS SAFE?
      Side effects are rare. Although metformin, rosiglitazone and pioglitazone lower elevated blood sugar levels in diabetics, when given to nondiabetic patients, they only lower insulin levels. Blood sugar levels will not change. In fact, episodes of "hypoglycemic attacks" appear to be reduced.

      METFORMIN (Glucophage):
      When first starting this medication, people will often experience upset stomach or diarrhea which usually resolves after the first week. This side effect can be minimized by taking metformin with a meal and starting with a low dose. I recommend that our patients start with one 500 mg pill daily the first week and increase to twice a day during the second week. If after the second week GI side effects are minimal, the dose is increased to 850 mg twice daily. Surprisingly, we have found that the extended release version, Glucophage XR seems to be associated with less weight loss as compared to the generic preparation. Patients with reduced renal function (creatinine >1.5 or creatinine clearance 30%) risk of miscarriage. Dr. Glueck notes similar increased risk of miscarriage following metformin therapy. He notes that the risk of miscarriage is increased in those patients with a prior history of miscarriage, those with high LH, high androgen levels, hyperinsulinemia or elevated PAI-Fx. Initial findings in a non-ramdomized trial suggest a decreased risk of miscarriage if metformin is continued throughout the pregnancy. At present there is insufficient data to routinely advise continuation of metformin during pregnancy. As an alternative to continuing metformin therapy, those women with increased risk of abnormal blood clotting may benefit from baby aspirin, folate supplementation and low dose heparin therapy. Pregnancy loss is a troubling concern. This information is provided to enable you work with your ob/gyn physician to make an informed decision about your care.

  40. QUESTION:
    How does a person know if they have a thyroid problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism — overactive thyroid

      Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid, meaning the thyroid gland produces too much hormone. The condition occurs eight times more frequently in women than in men, and can develop as early as their 30’s.

      Hyperthyroidism symptoms

      A well-functioning thyroid makes a balanced amount of two hormones: T4 and T3. These hormones manage our metabolism and influence our body temperature, body weight and how many calories we burn. If your thyroid produces too much of these hormones, all the cells in your body increase the rate at which they function, resulting in thyroid problems and some or all of the following hyperthyroid symptoms:

      Heart palpitations; accelerated heart rate
      Chest pain
      A feeling of being too warm all the time
      Nervousness and trembling
      Insomnia despite feeling exhausted
      Breathlessness
      Diarrhea and GI upset
      Increased appetite
      Light or absent menstrual periods; infertility
      Weight loss
      Muscle deterioration
      Warm, moist skin
      Hair loss
      Bulging eyes, “spacy” gaze
      Heightened anxiety, irritability, moodiness or depression
      The symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be similar to those of other conditions, including anxiety disorders or mania-like behavior. So, rather than just assume it is just a mood disorder, thyroid function should always be checked to rule out hyperthyroidism when a woman experiences new symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, or hyperactivity of any kind.

      Hyperthyroid symptoms can also worsen gradually over time. Many women have had overactive thyroid for months or years but don’t recognize the symptoms until they become more severe. Older women may lose weight or become depressed without having any of the other hyperthyroidism symptoms.

  41. QUESTION:
    How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosed? I am exhausted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I am getting ready?
    to have a sleep apnea test done. I have been on sleeping pills prescribed to me by the doctor, but they don't help at all. I am seriously sleep deprived! I am up at 12:00, I look at the clock and it's 3:00, then I look again and it's 5:30 AM, so I may as well just stay up. I don't know how much longer I can take this. I am so tired, I feel like I could just "drop" at any moment. But, then again, when I have the chance to sleep, I can't do it. Someone out there - help me!!! Like I said before, I am trying to have this diagnosed, but I would like some people's opinions or suggestions. Thanks!
    They have done blood work. Thyroid is perfect, cholesterol (both) is perfect, but I have iron deficiency and am anemic, too. I am on pills for that. I was in a car accident 2 1/2 years ago, had back surgery and complications from that. I was diagnosed with RSD, where my legs and feet are swollen to five times their normal size. I have a pain pump implanted and get morphine pumped into my spine. I have to walk with a walker to get around. I have to stay in bed most of the time, because of all the pain, but I am so dam* tired! Life is not good for me right now. I am on SSDI and am a single parent, trying to put 2 boys through college. How much more can a person take. Now that I think about it, a lot of this is probably stress, but I take an antidepressant, too. So you see, my life is pretty complicated. Nothing easy here! But, I still need some sleep!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that causes extreme fatigue. This fatigue is not the kind of tired feeling that goes away after you rest. Instead, it lasts a long time and limits your ability to do ordinary daily activities.

      Symptoms of CFS include fatigue for 6 months or more and experiencing other problems such as muscle pain, memory problems, headaches, pain in multiple joints, sleep problems, sore throat and tender lymph nodes. Since other illnesses can cause similar symptoms, CFS is hard to diagnose.

      No one knows what causes CFS. It is most common in women in their 40s and 50s, but anyone can have it. It can last for years. There is no cure for CFS, so the goal of treatment is to improve symptoms. Medicines may treat pain, sleep disorders and other problems.
      Diagnosing CFS requires ruling out other causes of chronic persistent fatigue, including a stressful lifestyle, cancer, or other illness such as adrenal or thyroid disorders, HIV, or AIDS. Since there are no laboratory tests that specifically make the diagnosis of CFS, the diagnosis is based on symptoms. People with CFS experience the following symptoms:

      * Fatigue: People with CFS have long-term fatigue (lasting longer than 6 months to a year) that cannot be explained by other diseases. People with CFS may have had a previous infection. They are tired and “run down” during the infection, and the fatigue continues after the person has recovered from the illness.

      * Cognitive difficulties: A typical complaint of people with CFS is that they have problems with short-term memory but not long-term memory. People with CFS may have problems finding or saying a particular word during normal speech (called dysnomia or verbal dyslexia).

      * Postexertional fatigue: Postexertional fatigue may also be a problem for people with CFS. They are excessively tired after doing normal activities that were not difficult in the past.

      * Fatigue after sleep: People with CFS also complain of fatigue even after long periods of rest or sleep. They do not feel refreshed after sleeping.

      * Depression: People with CFS may become depressed because of difficulties performing at work or home, but depression does not cause CFS.

      * Other symptoms that may be seen include headaches, muscle aches, sore throat, and even mild fever.
      There is no single test to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome. The disease is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means that all other conditions and illnesses that cause the symptoms are ruled out. CFS may be diagnosed based on the following:

      * Certain signs and symptoms must be present. (People without cognitive dysfunction do not have CFS.)

      * Some nonspecific laboratory tests, such as blood tests and tests of the immune system, suggest the diagnosis.

      Laboratory tests are used to rule out other fatigue-causing diseases. Also, some laboratory abnormalities are seen in CFS and support the diagnosis.

      Your doctor may perform the following tests:

      * Tests to exclude other causes of fatigue: Thyroid, adrenal, and liver function tests are useful to rule out disorders that may cause fatigue. In people with CFS, the results of these tests should be normal.

      * Blood tests: The most consistent laboratory abnormality in people with chronic fatigue syndrome is an extremely low erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, the measurement of settling red blood cells in anticoagulated [non-clotting] blood). If the ESR is elevated or even in the high-normal range, another diagnosis is likely. If any other abnormalities are found on blood tests, your doctor may rule out CFS and begin testing for another condition.

      * Antibody tests: Your doctor may order antibody tests to determine whether you have had a prior infection, such as Lyme disease, Chlamydia pneumoniae pneumonia, or Epstein-Barr virus.

      Your doctor may perform the following imaging studies:

      * CT scans or an MRI of the brain is useful to rule out other disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). Results of CT scans and MRI are normal in people with CFS.

      * Single-photon emission computed tomography and/or positron emission tomography scans show decreased blood flow in areas of the brain (the frontoparietal/temporal region). This decreased blood flow explains the cognitive difficulties (short-term memory problems) in chronic fatigue syndrome.

  42. QUESTION:
    Macronutrient Breakdown for a Soy-Free Vegetarian Diet?
    Curious as to what the "standard" macronutrient breakdown should be for a vegetarian. Considering that a soy-free diet would involve a lot more legumes, beans and whole grains, the amount of carbs in a vegetarian diet is naturally higher. What should the ratios be to be healthy and lower the risks associated with high carb diets?

    • ANSWER:
      It's very good to hear that the vegetarian community is beginning to take notice to the negative health effects of soy.

      Here are a couple of facts for you:
      Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.
      Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Eating as little as 30 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

      Myth: Soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years.
      Truth: Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

      Consumption of unfermented soy products is probably not such a good idea. Unfermented soy contains high levels of a number of compounds that can: block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc; stunt growth; and alter hormone levels, disrupting menstruation, lowering testosterone, increasing the risk of breast cancer, and causing thyroid and prostate complications. Unfermented soy includes things like soy milk, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, and tofu.

      Sorry....sounds like your dad is correct!

      Here's the link that provides lots of info about soy:
      http://www.frot.co.nz/dietnet/basics/soy.htm

  43. QUESTION:
    Can soya milk really cause cancer?
    The NHS have recently released new information saying that some of teh ingredients in soya milk could cause cancer, is this correct? i give it to my 1 year old daughter as she's allergic to cows milk.

    • ANSWER:
      Soya products and cooked soybeans are safe at a wide range of intakes. However, a small percentage of people have allergies to soybeans and thus should avoid soya products.

      Soya isoflavones have been reported to reduce thyroid function in some people.17 A preliminary trial of soya supplementation among healthy Japanese, found that 30 grams (about one ounce) per day of soybeans for three months, led to a slight reduction in the hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland.18 Some participants complained of malaise, constipation, sleepiness, and even goitre. These symptoms resolved within a month of discontinuing soya supplements. However, a variety of soya products have been shown to either cause an increase in thyroid function19 or produce no change in thyroid function.20 The clinical importance of interactions between soya and thyroid function remains unclear. However, in infants with congenital hypothyroidism, soya formula must not be added, nor removed from the diet, without consultation with a physician, because ingestion of soya may interfere with the absorption of thyroid medication.21

      Most research, including animal studies, report anticancer effects of soya extracts,22 though occasional animal studies have reported cancer-enhancing effects.23 The findings of several recent studies suggest that consuming soya might, under some circumstances, increase the risk of breast cancer. When ovaries have been removed from animals—a situation related to the condition of women who have had a total hysterectomy—dietary genistein has been reported to increase the proliferation of breast cancer cells.24 When pregnant rats were given genistein injections, their female offspring were reported to be at greater risk of breast cancer.25 Although premenopausal women have shown decreases in oestrogen levels in response to soya,26 27 pro-oestrogenic effects have also been reported.28 When pre-menopausal women were given soya isoflavones, an increase in breast secretions resulted—an effect thought to elevate the risk of breast cancer.29 In yet another trial, healthy breast cells from women previously given soya supplements containing isoflavones showed an increase in proliferation rates—an effect that might also increase the risk of breast cancer.30

      Of 154 healthy postmenopausal women who received 150 mg of soya isoflavones per day for five years, 3.9% developed an abnormal proliferation of the tissue that lines the uterus (endometrial hyperplasia). In contrast, none of 144 women who received a placebo developed uterine hyperplasia.31 Although no case of uterine cancer was diagnosed during the study, endometrial hyperplasia is a potential forerunner of uterine cancer. The amount of isoflavones used in this study is two to three times as much as that used in many other studies. Nevertheless, the possibility exists that long-term use of isoflavones could cause uterine hyperplasia, and women taking isoflavones should be monitored appropriately by their doctor.

      Soya contains a compound called phytic acid, which can interfere with mineral absorption

  44. QUESTION:
    Does Heart Palpitations cause Tiredness?
    I am a 30 year old woman and about 4 months ago I noticed a irregular heart beat & heart palpitations at times. Never looked to much into it. I exercise everyday and eat very healthy. My only down fall is my coffee. I have on average 4 cups throughout the day. Lately my energy has decreased. Around 1 pm I need a nap. I can barely find the energy to exercise (which I love to do).From being so tired i'm becoming cranky. Has anybody been through any of this? If so please help.

    • ANSWER:
      If the palpitations are due to a progression of heart dysfunction then yes. If the palpitations are a result of impending or worsening mental illness (IE: Depression/Anxiety) -- Yes.

      Either of these , which are quite different scenarios, would cause your symptoms.

      Otherwise, general "common" palpitations of a benign quality do NOT cause great fatigue or 'tiredness'.

      I recommend you see your physician as soon as possible. This doesn't mean rush to the ER, etc. It simply means make an appointment for a 'check-up', and relay the information to a doctor you trust. Then, if necessary, some rudimentary tests can be run to ensure something more 'insidious' isn't going on physically. IE: A resting EKG, Metabolic Panel, UA, CBC, and obvious stethescopic monitoring of your heart.

      Likely your heart is just fine, and then the next obvious choice to look into would be lifestyle factors. Stress levels, work, relationships, DIET, (Your coffee), exercise habits, sleep habits, and how all that may weigh in on some depressive factors.

      A Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (aka: TSH) level wouldn't be a bad test to include in the above list just to ensure there isn't a glandular issue (aka: Hypo or Hyper thyroidism) --

      I wouldn't worry about this,.. Typically these things are emotional/psychological mixed with lifestyle factors. IE: Situational Depression, or sub-clinical varieties which can be treated quite easily most of the time, IF the patient is cooperative. IE: Modifies some key things in their life to reduce stress, perhaps talk to a therapist a few times (never hurts), etc. Simple things.

      A good physician will look into all I have mentioned and more... though many will take a quick listen to your heart and pronounce you 'healthy' and send you on your way. Even worse with an Rx for an anti-depressant with no real basis for it.

      This is why I am trying to provide you with some of the more 'proper' differential diagnosis paths to look for.

      You will be fine, I have every confidence.

      Take care,

  45. QUESTION:
    how can i prevent hyperthyroidism?
    im a little bit scared. i recently found out that my sister has hyperthyroidism.... will i have it too? how can i prevent it? i recently found out i have quite an active life style and i dont want anything to stop me before im 30 lol. i dont have any of those symptoms now. regular bowel movement, steady hands, happy mood, easy breathing, etc. but what if i get it one day O.o how can i prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      If the type of hyperthryoidism your sister has is Graves' Disease, there is no way known to prevent it. However, you are at a much lower risk simply because you're a guy- about 90% of people with Grave's Disease are female.
      Hyperthyroidism doesn't usually stop people from enjoying life; it's usually treated and the person will have symptoms for less than six months.

      You can get screened for it. Screening would mean being tested for thyroid antibodies and TSH. If both antibodies and TSH are normal, then your risk is pretty low. If antibodies are positive but TSH is normal, you do not have thyroid disease yet but are likely to develop it. If TSH is abnormal, then you already have thyroid disease.

      One more thing- hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism often run in the same family and the screening will screen for both. Hypothyroidism is also more common in women than in men, although men can and do get both diseases.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why are my feet always cold?
    I've been told it is bad circulation but how do I resolve this?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, There are many diseases that causes cold feet and hands so i can't tell you exactly which one is it. It could be Hypothyroidism, increased sensitivity to cold, which is often felt on the hands and feet, is one of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, joint and muscle pain and. heavy menstrual periods.
      It also could be Peripheral Neuropathy, which is a nerve disorder which causes symptoms that include numbness, tingling, weakness and a burning sensation.
      Maybe its Peripheral Vascular Disease which causes Symptoms aside from cold hands and feet include leg or arm cramping which occurs during exercise, pain when laying down, foot color changes and numbness.

      It's more likely to be poor circulation, This is often caused by a sedentary lifestyle. If your days mostly consist of sitting down, there's a good chance that this could be the reason you are experiencing this symptom. Exercising for at least 30 minutes most days of the week and getting up to walk around several times a day can help prevent this problem. Keep in mind that poor circulation can increase the risk of blood clots in the legs, which is otherwise known as deep vein thrombosis.

      There are many other diseases which include: Peripheral Vascular Disease, Raynaud's Syndrome and Besides these causes, there are some more reasons and they are chronic allergies, smoking and also deficiency of iron in the body. Sometimes due to allergic reaction, the temperature of the body goes down. Smoking damages the blood vessels which again leads to hindrance in proper circulation of blood and deficiency of iron in the blood, specially in women, often affects the generation of heat in the body which causes your hand or feet to turn cold.

      Solution: Visit the doctor as soon as possible, If you ignored this problem you might develop really bad thread veins on your ankles and shins.

      Hope I helped,
      Cheers,
      Shay.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of Thyroid Cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid Cancer Symptoms
      Thyroid cancer is a disease that affects the thyroid. The thyroid is a gland located in the front part of the neck.

      The first thyroid cancer symptom that patients usually experience is swelling or a small lump in the front of the neck. Many times these lumps are benign, but need to be further evaluated by a physician.

      What Is Thyroid Cancer?

      Thyroid cancer is a disease in which thyroid cells become abnormal, grow uncontrollably, and form a cancerous tumor. If left untreated, thyroid cancer can spread and cause harm to other parts of the body through a process called metastasis.

      There are four major types of thyroid cancer. The four major types are: papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic. The different types of look different under a microscope and grow at different rates.

      Papillary cancer. This type of thyroid cancer develops in the cells that produce thyroid hormones containing iodine. Papillary cancer grows very slowly and contains cells that are similar to healthy thyroid cells. Papillary cancers account for about 60 to 80 percent of all thyroid cancers.

      Follicular cancer. This type of cancer also develops in thyroid cells that produce iodine-containing hormones. About 10 to 30 percent of thyroid cancers are follicular cancers.

      Medullary cancer. Medullary cancer is more difficult to control than papillary and follicular thyroid cancers. It is more difficult to control because the cancer cells tend to spread to other parts of the body. The cells involved in medullary cancers produce calcitonin. Calcitonin does not contain iodine. About 5 to 7 percent of all thyroid cancers are medullary cancers.

      What is the Thyroid Gland?

      The thyroid gland is a type of endocrine gland, that secretes hormones (thyroglobulin) necessary for growth and proper metabolism. The thyroid gland also maintains blood calcium balance within a narrow range. The thyroid gland is necessary for life. It is located in the lower part of the neck.

      What Causes Thyroid Cancer?

      The exact cause of thyroid cancer is unknown. However, several factors have been noted to increase the risk of developing thyroid cancer. Some of the noted factors are having a goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland), the presence of nodules on the thyroid (nodules are bumps or uneven areas of enlargement), radiation exposure, family history of thyroid cancer, chronic infections or inflammation of the thyroid.

      What are the Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer?

      Early stages of thyroid cancer usually has no symptoms, it is just a small lump in the thyroid. As the cancer grows, it may produce the following symptoms: Neck Mass, Hoarseness, Neck Pain, Swallowing Difficulty, Breathing Difficulty, and Swollen Glands.

      Can Thyroid Cancer be Prevented?

      Unfortunately, since most people with thyroid cancer have no known risk factors, it is very difficult to prevent most cases of this disease.

      Can Thyroid Cancer be treated?

      Yes. The treatment for thyroid cancer depends on the type and stage of disease, as well as the age and overall health of the patient. Types of treatment used are: surgery (removal of the diseased part of the thyroid), chemotherapy, radioactive iodine therapy and/or hormone therapy.

      Effects of Treatment

      Statistics

      Each year in the U.S.A. there are about 15,600 people diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
      About 1,200 people die from it each year in the United States.
      Women are affected about three times more than men.
      Thyroid cancer is more common in people of Asian descent.
      Lymphedema

      Other thyroid cancer symptoms include:

      difficulty swallowing

      cough that is not caused by a cold and is persistent

      hoarseness not from a cold

      enlarged neck node

      Keep in mind that these could also be symptoms of other illnesses. If you are experiencing anything that you are concerned with, please see your doctor. Nothing can substitute the examination of a healthcare professional.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does hair loss from depo shot stop after 2nd shot?
    so im 18 and im do for another shot in about a month, i have thin hair and the shot made it kinda fall out a little more. its the only negative side effest i got from the shot. i was just wondering if the hair loss stops after the 2nd shot or if it will continue to fall out? this is pretty important because im young and i would rather not be bald. thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      Thinning hair in the temporal areas of the scalp is one of the initial hair loss symptoms. Although in women hair thinning does not lead to complete baldness, it can be a sign of serious illness or disorder.

      Around 30 percent of the people suffering from hair thinning and hair loss symptoms are women. Androgenetic hair loss or hair loss due to hormonal imbalance is the most common type of hair loss found among women. This can be due to thyroid abnormalities, or the effects of menopause or pregnancy. Depletion in the level of estrogen during menopause and post child birth is the main cause of thinning hair in women.

      I think you need to consult a doctor.

  49. QUESTION:
    TTC my first miracle but feeling very depressed?
    Good morning ladies,
    Just a little info:
    I had a missed miscarriage at 12 weeks/baby died at 6w on February 2009. Then 7 months later got pregnant with my son Noah whom I just lost AGAIN to placental abruption in January 2010 at 23 weeks. I have had 2 cycles already and the doctor gave me the OK to start trying. I started trying this april since my period came on March 30th. I have been feeling sooo sad and depressed because I dont think this is going to be my month..I dont have sore boobs or any pregnancy symptoms and my period is due in like a week and a half. I just get devastated watching pregnant women :( I believe the only way for me to heal this wound is to have my fullterm healthy baby in my arms one day. What can I do to not stress more that way is easier to conceive?

    Thanks
    The first one was a miscarriage, the second one was a stillbirth
    I am 19 years old, but if you havent gone through this dont even mention: "You are too young, you can have more"

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry for your loss. I've been there. I lost my full term baby to a heart defect three days after he was born. When we decided to try again, nine months later, all I could think about was getting pregnant. It consumed me and all my awake time. And her birth DID help heal many of the hurts we had over losing our son, no question about it.

      However, we did take the time to not only mourn our son, but to make sure I was emotionally ready and physically fit to carry another pregnancy. That included barring any congenital heart defects I might have had and making sure it wasn't something that was a genetic factor. The other thing was sorting out the emotions and doing what we felt was "properly" mourning our son. Not saying that you have to do it the same way, but in hindsight, I AM glad we did. The stress of pregnancy ( at the time I was 39, so no spring chicken) and losing our son and the stress of another too soon, was more than I think I could have handled.

      I would encourage you to find a grief group, either on line or in real life. You are not only carrying the grief of losing your children, but also still recovering from pregnancy and that can really mess with your head for awhile. I would certainly do something and/or see someone about the depression. It could be a hormonal/physical imbalance than needs addressing. If you don't, you could stand a real chance of losing another pregnancy. Depression can be a symptom of things like a thyroid problem or another endocrine system issue and NOT just an emotional response to grief. DO have it checked out and talk with your doctor about addressing it and perhaps even ask to be referred to an endocrinologist.

      I know you desperately want another baby and for many that is the only cure for empty arms, but don't risk losing another pregnancy in your haste. Seek to address what happened in the first place and use it to work through your grief.

      (((Hugs))) it does get better with time, but make sure you give yourself some time as well.

  50. QUESTION:
    If you eat too much soy do you grow man-boobs that lactate soy milk?

    • ANSWER:
      No, but you do greatly increase your risk of cancer.

      Here are a couple of facts for you:
      Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.
      Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Eating as little as 30 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

      Myth: Soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years.
      Truth: Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

      Consumption of unfermented soy products is probably not such a good idea. Unfermented soy contains high levels of a number of compounds that can: block the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc; stunt growth; and alter hormone levels, disrupting menstruation, lowering testosterone, increasing the risk of breast cancer, and causing thyroid and prostate complications. Unfermented soy includes things like soy milk, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, and tofu.

      Sorry....sounds like your dad is correct!

      Here's the link that provides lots of info about soy:
      http://www.frot.co.nz/dietnet/basics/soy.htm

thyroid symptoms in women over 30