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The Thyroid-Fluoride Connection

September 11, 2012

The Thyroid Pandemic Are you one of the 27 million Americans suffering from a thyroid condition? Have you been told that you will have to be  on medication for the rest of your life or get treated with a radioactive therapy to destroy your thyroid gland? There is an increasing amount of disturbing evidence that one of the factors that could be causing the thyroid pandemic is the presence of fluoride in our drinking water. It’s not the only one but it certainly is one of them. This should not be surprising. According to a 2006 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies, fluoride is “an endocrine

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Oral Contraceptives Linked to Heart Attack & Stroke

September 10, 2012

In June, researchers at the University of Copenhagen published the largest cohort study of hormonal contraceptives and their association with heart attacks and strokes. The study followed more than 1.6 million Danish women, ages 15 to 49, for a 15-year period between 1995 and 2009, allowing researchers to observe more than 14 million person-years, or the total number of years that oral contraceptives were used during this study. The findings are worth mentioning.

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Thalidomide: an Apology 50 Years too Late?

September 6, 2012

Fifty years ago, if you were pregnant you might have been prescribed or bought thalidomide  over the counter for morning sickness. While the drug was labeled “harmless,” if a woman took this drug while pregnant, there was a good chance that she would have a child with phocomelia, or seal limbs. One of the many dangerous side effects was a birth defect where the bones of the arms and legs fail to develop properly and literally look like seal flippers.

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Natural Fertility Awareness – Tools for Tracking

September 5, 2012

I was hanging out with some girlfriends the other night, and we were discussing our methods of contraception. I take the crazy pill (i.e. birth control pill), Jen has Implanon in her arm, Carson uses condoms, and Natalie relies on the rhythm method. Seriously.

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We Need Thyroid Change: A Patient’s Story

September 4, 2012

Looking back, I really think I’ve had a thyroid problem my entire life. When I was a kid I was always tired, was often constipated, and my weight would fluctuate quite a bit. I also got migraines, my first in the 5thgrade. I was a depressed young teen, and when I was sixteen-years-old, things really started to go wacky. A couple months after a cyst removal surgery, I dropped a bunch of weight and started having random panic attacks, but didn’t know what they were at the time. One night, I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. Then the weight went back on (and then some), I was

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