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HealthTip of the Week…

Your Healthy Thyroid:
There are two main lifestyle approaches to having a healthy thyroid. If you have a good diet, you are almost certainly getting your needed amount of iodine. Reducing excess sugar and your intake of high saturated fats also helps as these foods put stress on the thyroid.
Increasing physical activity. Staying active helps prevent you from becoming overweight. Being overweight also creates additional stress on the thyroid.

America's #4 Most Popular Drug
The #4 most popular prescribed drug in 2009 according to Forbes Magazine (May, 2010):
Levothyroxine sodium (thyroid disorders)-Over 65 million prescriptions.  The most common brand name for this drug is synthroid.
We present this information for you if you find that you MUST take medication.  Now you can be aware of the do's and don'ts:
Stop using synthroid and get emergency help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:  hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
• headache;
• sleep problems (insomnia);
• nervous or irritable feeling;
• fever, hot flashes, sweating;
• changes in your menstrual periods;
• appetite changes, weight changes;
Less serious side effects may include mild hair loss.  This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
According to synthroid's own website: Thyroid hormones, including synthroid should not be used either alone or in combination with other drugs to treat obesity or weight loss.  In patients with normal thyroid levels, doses of synthroid within the typical range used for hormone replacement are not effective for weight loss.  Larger doses may result in serious or even life-threatening effects, especially when used in combination with certain other drugs used to reduce appetite.

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…
Preliminary studies have found an association between multiple chemical sensitivities and hypothyroidism. One study found a correlation between high blood levels of lead, a toxic heavy metal, and low thyroid hormone levels in people working in a brass foundry.  Many of these people also complained of depression, fatigue, constipation, and poor memory (symptoms of hypothyroidism). Iodine deficiency and excessive iodine intake can both lead to hypothyroidism.


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