First recorded accounts of the clinical features of adult hypothyroidism, 1873

First recorded account of clinical features of adult hypothyroidism 1873

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Queen Victoria’s court physician Sir William Withey Gull is credited as the first person to record the clinical features of hypothyroidism in adults in his 1873 seminal paper.[1] [Read more…]

Check your skin care products for these 10 toxic ingredients

Check your skin care products for these 10 toxic ingredients

It seems we are hearing about hidden toxins in practically everything these days from the air we breathe to the water we drink to the food we eat to the cleaning products we use. But skin care products? Yup, even the creams, lotions, perfumes, and makeup we apply directly on our skin (our skin is the largest organ in the body and its pores absorb much of what we put on it) are often filled with harmful toxins.

“Wait, what? Now I have to give up my favorite cleanser, anti-aging cream, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, perfume, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, nail polish, hair dye, mascara, and lipstick too?”

Grab all your skin care and beauty products together right now. Turn every single bottle over and read the list of ingredients. Let me guess. Each label has an unbelievably long list of ingredients that are hard to pronounce and sound like they were created in a lab. Right?
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Eczema, Psoriasis & Your Thyroid: Is There a Connection?

Eczema, Psoriasis & Your Thyroid

“MOMMMMMMY! Itchy!” I cried as my mother whipped me up in her arms and carried me to a bathroom sink filled with warm water and epsom salts. I was 3. Or at least that is the earliest memory I have of the eczema that would devastate my skin (oh the oozing, itchy, angry red eczema on my feet were some of the worst moments) every winter of my life.

Dermatologist after dermatologist gave my mother cream after cream to apply until I was old enough to continue the hated tradition on my own. Those creams did nothing to help me. I learned to live with it. I would hide my oozing, red hands in my pockets or behind my back or in gloves. I figured this was just who I was and I had to live with it. Or at least that was what my dermatologists had me believe.

Then an incredible thing happened. One winter my eczema didn’t appear. No eczema. This can’t be possible? After practically life-long eczema it seemed unlikely that it had disappeared all on its own. It was that same year that I had had enough with hypothyroidism. I wasn’t going to let this disease define me and I got into the best health of my life, digging through the scientific literature on hypothyroidism and reading anything and everything on hypothyroidism. Finding a fabulous doctor who really listened to me and I was feeling the best I had in years. And guess what? That eczema that I had endured for almost 40 years disappeared and it hasn’t reappeared for nearly 8 years now. If you’ve been following Hypothyroid Mom for any length of time, you know that I’ve mentioned that I suspect now that I had undiagnosed hypothyroidism since I was a wee child, for as long as I can remember having that eczema too. Do you see the connection? [Read more…]

Acne. Melasma. Could it be your thyroid?

Acne. Melasma. Could it be your thyroid?

Ever since I posted the article Skin Signs of Thyroid Disease written by dermatologist Dr. Amanda Oakley, I’ve heard from countless Hypothyroid Mom readers struggling with various skin-related issues. There are two that come up often – acne and melasma. I decided to dig into the research to see why so many of my readers are having these issues. [Read more…]