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Do you have  undiagnosed low thyroid function?

 

Where do you go when no one is listening to your symptoms?  
Are you being told “it’s all in your head?”
Are you being told “learn to live with your symptoms?”

 

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

Tiredness, sluggishness, lethargy, chronic fatigue? Tired between 2-4 pm?
Have trouble sleeping? Waking up through the night?
Feeling cold (hands, fingers, feet)? Feeling foggy?
Constipation? Muscle cramps?
Weight gain easily? Craving sugar and carbohydrates?
Difficult in losing weight? Joint pain / muscle pain?
Hair loss?    Unable to get pregnant?
Low sex drive? Depressed & irritable?

You may have a Thyroid Problem!


It has been estimated that 56 million Americans have subclinical low thyroid function – 80% of Americans!  Many of which have not been diagnosed.  Subclinical low thyroid function is found in men, women and children.  There are 59 chronic debilitating diseases associated with subclinical hypothyroidism.  Many individuals have been diagnosed with one of these 59 chronic debilitating diseases, such as diabetes, headaches, migraines, tinnitus, high cholesterol, infertility, obesity, dementia, fibromyalgia, arthritis, vascular disease and cancer.  Untreated subclinical low thyroid function doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer's and can lead to an early death.   The largest increase of cancer in the USA is thyroid cancer. 
 

Submitted by Pristine Naturopathic Medicine, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders

 

 

Your Body's Biggest Enemy


The dangers of living a sedentary life: Learn how to ward off the nasty effects of a new epidemic called Sitting Disease

The article by Selene Yeager can be found in Womenʼs Health Magazine on line at http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/sedentary-lifestyle-hazards

 

You might not want to take the following stat sitting down: According to a poll of nearly 6,300 people by the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, it's likely that you spend a stunning 56 hours a week planted like a geranium—staring at your computer screen, working the steering wheel, or collapsed in a heap in front of your high-def TV. And it turns out women may be more sedentary than men, since they tend to play fewer sports and hold less active jobs.

Even if you think you are energetic, sitting all day at work is common for most of us. And it's killing us—literally—by way of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. All this downtime is so unhealthy that it's given birth to a new area of medical study called inactivity physiology, which explores the effects of our increasingly butt-bound, tech-driven lives, as well as a deadly new epidemic researchers have dubbed "sitting disease."


The Modern-Day Desk Sentence
"Our bodies have evolved over millions of years to do one thing: move," says James Levine,M.D., Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and author of Move a Little, Lose a Lot. "As human beings, we evolved to stand upright. For thousands of generations, our environment demanded nearly constant physical activity."

Sedentary Dangers 1But thanks to technological advances, the Internet, and an increasingly longer work week, that environment has disappeared. "Electronic living has all but sapped every flicker of activity from our daily lives," Levine says. You can shop, pay bills, make a living, and with Twitter and Facebook, even catch up with friends without so much as standing up. And the consequences of all that easy living are profound.

When you sit for an extended period of time, your body starts to shut down at the metabolic level, says Marc Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri. When muscles—especially the big ones meant for movement, like those in your legs—are immobile, your circulation slows and you burn fewer calories. Key flab-burning enzymes responsible for breaking down triglycerides (a type of fat) simply start switching off. Sit for a full day and those fat burners plummet by 50 percent, Levine says.

That's not all. The less you move, the less blood sugar your body uses; research shows that for every two hours spent on your backside per day, your chance of contracting diabetes goes up by 7 percent. Your risk for heart disease goes up, too, because enzymes that keep blood fats in check are inactive. You're also more prone to depression: With less blood flow, fewer feel-good hormones are circulating to your brain.

Sitting too much is also hell on your posture and spine health, says Douglas Lentz, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and the director of fitness and wellness for Summit Health in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. "When you sit all day, your hip flexors and hamstrings shorten and tighten, while the muscles that support your spine become weak and stiff," he says. It's no wonder that the incidence of chronic lower-back pain among women has increased threefold since the early 1990s.

Read the full article: /www.womenshealthmag.com/health/sedentary-lifestyle-hazards

Submitted by Balanced Bodies Massage