External Clues of Heart Disease in Women

External clues of heart disease in women

Do you know that the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation issued joint guidelines in 2013 recommending that doctors test thyroid hormone levels in every single patient with heart failure?[1]

When a doctor with 4 board certifications wrote to me about these 7 unusual, or so they seemed to me at first, external clues of heart disease in women, my curiosity was thoroughly piqued. I found myself in front of the mirror checking for these signs and I know you will too.

As a young doctor, Dr. Menolascino worked on the high profile Heart Disease Reversal program with Dr. Dean Ornish. There was one thing that puzzled him. All the participants were men.

“Where are the women?” became his mission.  [Read more…]

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.
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…]

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…]