An unnecessary miscarriage. A severely hypothyroid mom. And a vow.

An unnecessary miscarriage. A severely hypothyroid mom. And a vow.
It was January 2009
In New York City.
Snow flakes blurred the sky
And it was cold.
I was so cold.

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Thyroid. The tiny, but mighty, psychiatric imposter.

Thyroid. The tiny, but mighty, psychiatric imposter.

A frantic email. A son. His mother. A psychotic episode at work. An involuntary admittance to a psychiatric unit. No prior history of mental health issues. Her severe hypothyroidism diagnosis months before. Is there a connection? Came the plea. Psychiatrists insisted no. But then the discovery of Hypothyroid Mom online. “Please, please help my mother,” he wrote.

Fear rippled through my veins. An urgent need to help this woman and the countless others. All being overcome by their brains, or so it may seem.

Connection, he asked. Where do I begin? [Read more…]

Top thyroid medication, according to 3,665 hypothyroidism patients

Top thyroid medication according to 3,665 hypothyroidism patients

I’ve been asked numerous times to share the results of a poll that I posted on the Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page, titled “Which thyroid medication works best for you?” [Read more…]

9 Health Benefits of Tea (And Which Tea For What Ailment)

9 health benefits of tea (which tea for what ailment)

You’ll love the list of herbal tea remedies for common ailments. Who knew drinking delicious tea could be so healthy?
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How Posture Affects Your Thyroid

How Posture Affects Your Thyroid

When this chiropractor contacted me about the importance of good posture for thyroid health, there I was slumped in my chair typing a reply on my computer keyboard. I had never really given much thought to my poor posture quite honestly, until then. [Read more…]

20 Insanely Clever Thyroid Gift Ideas

20 insanely clever thyroid gift ideas

I have the great advantage of connecting with wellness experts from around the world every single day at Hypothyroid Mom. I receive hundreds of guest post submissions every year and very few make it on my site. Why? I am searching for the best, brightest, and most innovative thought leaders in the thyroid world. Nothing less will do. It’s not about quantity at Hypothyroid Mom, it’s about quality.
The last few years have been filled with major advances in the wellness sphere. I’ve kept my ear to the ground for in-demand items among health aficionados that will make a difference in the life of a Hypothyroid Mom reader. Here are insanely clever wellness-inspired goodies for everyone on your list (that you’ll want to keep for yourself), all available online at Amazon.

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10 signs your feet are warning you about a thyroid problem

10 signs your feet are warning you about a thyroid problem

Snuggled in a fluffy white bathrobe in an upscale spa, I was waiting to have my feet pampered with a deluxe pedicure as the basin was filling with warm, fragrant water.

“Your feet are extremely dry with thick, hardened skin on your heels that have deep cracks. I see feet like this in women with sickness,” the woman remarked, a little too loudly, inspecting my feet at close range.

“What type of sickness?” I whispered, feeling very embarrassed as people in the crowded spa turned to gawk at my feet.

“You should see your doctor about your feet.”

This woman giving me a pedicure could see as plain as day the signs of a serious health condition right there in my feet, but it would take 10 more years to finally receive my formal diagnosis: severe hypothyroidism. [Read more…]

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: a case of immunological mistaken identity

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: A Case of Immunological Mistaken Identity

The immune system  serves as a defense system to eliminate foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, and cancer. Yes, that makes logical sense, but where things get complicated is when your immune system makes mistakes and attacks your own body parts as if they were the enemy and that includes your thyroid gland. [Read more…]

Mona Lisa: Classic Signs of Hypothyroidism in the World’s Most Famous Painting

Mona Lisa: Classic Signs of Hypothyroidism In The World’s Most Famous Painting

Five centuries after Leonardo da Vinci created the Mona Lisa, people flock to the Louvre Museum in Paris just to catch a glimpse of her. Behind bulletproof glass, this woman’s portrait is so alluring that it has millions of visitors every year. It is believed that the subject of the portrait was Lisa Gherardini, wife of a wealthy silk merchant in Florence Italy named Francesco del Giocondo, hence the Mona Lisa is also known as La Gioconda.

Her mysterious smile is the common explanation given for her allure, but is there more to the story? [Read more…]

What doctors don’t say about the birth control and thyroid connection

What doctor don't say about the birth control and thyroid connection

I was 17 years old. I went to my doctor about my painful, irregular, extremely heavy menstrual cycles. I was not sexually active. The answer. Birth control. No thyroid test, by the way these symptoms are typical in hypothyroidism, which would have saved me from decades of undiagnosed hypothyroidism. [Read more…]

Thermography: The Benefits of Thermal Imaging for Thyroid Disorders

Thermography: The Benefits of Thermal Imaging for Thyroid Disorders

This image is from my recent thermography. Do you see the red markers of inflammation in my neck and shoulders, right near my thyroid? Do you also see the red around my nose (allergies have been a constant all my life) but peer even closer and do you see the red around my mouth, in particular the bottom left side? You see I’ve been searching for the cause of my very high CRP (C-reactive protein) lab test (you can order it by yourself, by the way), a marker of inflammation, and that’s said to be a sign of heart disease. What’s bizarre is that I would never have known that I have high inflammation if I hadn’t done that test and then this thermography? I have no obvious signs of inflammation, but just the same there it is was glaring at me.

I’ve tried many things to reduce overall inflammation from determining my food sensitivities to these supplements turmeric and milk thistle (definitely worth giving a shot if you struggle with inflammation). They all made a difference in lowering my CRP but it still remained chronically high every time it was tested. What’s up? Well you see I had a root canal, yes you guessed it on the bottom left side, about 20 years ago and this thermography made so much sense. Root canals are known to harbor bacteria, deadly bacteria even that can cause disease. Stay tuned for more on this as I will be writing about advanced steps that I’ve taken to regain my thyroid health. But first here I invited the woman who ran my thermography to share the benefits, and boy has it been a surprising experience for me. [Read more…]