Thyroid nutritional assistance
Foods to avoid:
Soy, broccoli, cabbage
Kale, Brussels, collards,
Gluten, fluoride, chlorinated water (drinking & bathing)
Beneficial vitamins, minerals & herbs:
Chromium, copper, vitamin B2, B6, B12
Iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D, omega 3
Siberian ginseng, rhodiola, iodine
Green tea, rooibos tea
*Use coconut oil for cooking
Sample meal plan:
3 fruit smoothie
Eggs or yogurt
Salmon & artichoke
Kelp salad w/sunflower seeds
Spinach, beans, cremini mushroom stir fry
Fruit, berries or nuts & seeds
Organic eggs (contain iodine)
Berries, pineapple, whole apples
Grape fruit, kiwi, pomegranate, watermelon
Peaches, persimmons, organic yogurt
Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, almonds
Beef liver, oysters, turkey, sardines, salmon
Scallops, Swiss chard, lentils, beans, artichoke, spinach
Root veggies, cremini mushrooms, seaweed, kelp, dark chocolate
Garlic, pepper, peppers, onions, olive oil, coconut oil
1 liter Alkaline water/whole food based multi vitamin
Iodine or kelp tablets
*Always consult your physician before beginning any nutrition or exercise plan.
*These statements have not been evaluated by FDA, this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Thyroid nutritional assistance
By Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
Don’t Ignore Cherry Angiomas
You might wonder…what are cherry angiomas? These are flat, red or cherry-colored dots that appear on the skin. Cherry angiomas are an early sign of estrogen dominance. So if you see them, especially in the chest area, don’t ignore them!
You may find cherry angiomas on the abdomen or chest area. Their presence is even more significant if you currently have or have a history of breast lumps or dense breasts (for women) or prostate issues (for men). Dr. Chi has hundreds of female patients who have cherry angiomas on their chests. Their common problem: breast cancer. And male patients with cherry angiomas on their torso typically have prostate issues. As you may know, both of these conditions are related to estrogen dominance.
Case 1: Female patient with cherry angiomas has fibrocystic breasts and endometriosis
A 56-year-old female patient has many cherry angiomas on her breast as well as her lower abdomen. She relates that she has had chronic fibrocystic breasts (dense breasts) and calcification since age 20. Every 6 months she would have a procedure to reduce her dense breast. At age 47, she had a double mastectomy. She also has endometriosis.
Case 2: Female patient with cherry angiomas and other markers has breast lump and cyst in the liver, colon and pancreas
A 62-year-old female has cherry angiomas and spider veins on the breast (Figure 1), black lines on the nails and a cyst on the frenula. Spider veins can signify a liver issue, black lines on the nails can indicate bleeding and a frenula cyst indicates a colon problem. She recounts that she had a breast lump that was removed. More recently, cysts were found in her liver, colon and pancreas.
Case 3: Male patient with cherry angiomas has prostate cancer
A 73-year-old male patient has many cherry angiomas on his torso. Indeed, he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. His PSA was 3.9 and increased to 4.5. He is now on Myomin and Angiostop.
So if you have cherry angiomas, most likely you have an estrogen-responsive condition, like in the cases above. Look also for red dots on the tongue. These are also strong markers of estrogen dominance. You can check your estradiol (the most potent form of estrogen) level for confirmation.
If you already have breast issues (e.g., dense breasts) or prostate issues (e.g., enlarged prostate), you need to address that immediately. Don’t wait for these problems to develop into cancer before taking action. Myomin, for example, is highly recommended to naturally reduce estrogen in both men and women. Angiostop, a special sea cucumber extract, can help diminish cancer risk.
Oncologist says to “observe”
In one case of a 62-year-old female patient, tests found a liver lesion, gallbladder polyp, pancreatic lesion and a nodule in her right breast. The oncologist told her everything is fine and sent her on her way. Incidentally, she does have cherry angiomas on her breast, a sign that she is estrogen dominant. Even without a blood test, the fact that she has a breast nodule is a good indication that she is likely estrogen dominant. Even though the oncologist says that everything is “fine,” there is a good chance that these growths may progress into something more serious if she does not do anything at all. So she is now taking Myomin and Angiostop.
Taking action early is important. In her case, she did not want to wait until the oncologist says that she has cancer before she starts any kind of therapy. With cancer, time is of the essence because it can proliferate and spread quickly. If you wait until cancer is diagnosed, it might be too late by then to do anything.
Just like in the case of an 84-year-old female. At age 82, she had a huge growth in her breast (Figure 2) and was diagnosed with breast cancer. But because she was so frail, the doctors couldn’t perform any surgery to remove the cancer.
Another case in point…a 33-year-old female relates that, at age 29, a 3cm in diameter tumor was found in her left breast. Within 3 months, it grew to 3.3cm. She had surgery to remove it. Four years later, it recurred in the same location. At the same time, another tumor grew in her right breast.
These and many other case reports illustrate the importance of cherry angiomas as a warning sign of estrogen dominant conditions, especially in women. When you see it, don’t wait. You can start taking Myomin and Angiostop to keep the problem from getting worse.
We all have cancer cells but don’t wait for cancer diagnosis
Remember, as we have mentioned in past newsletters, all of us have cancer cells. Studies show that
Most of the time, these microscopic tumors remain benign and do not become a problem. But when factors like low immunity, angiogenesis and/or estrogen dominance come into play, these tumors may grow and develop into cancer.
Don’t wait for a cancer diagnosis…at the first sign of abnormality, take action. So if you see cherry angiomas, these should alert you already of possible estrogen dominance and estrogen-related growths. You can confirm your estrogen level through a blood test. And you can also take Myomin to help balance your estrogen. Women who also have dense breasts or breast tumors and men with an enlarged prostate can also take Angiostop as a supplement.
Iodine or kelp tablets
Probiotic 20 billion count or more (refrigerate after opening)
Now Foods Super Enzyme capsules Whole food based multivitamin (Rainbow Light, Garden of Life or New Chapter)
Nutra Key VPro Moccachino Protein Powder, or Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Powder
*Always consult your physician before beginning any nutrition or exercise plan. *These statements have not been evaluated by FDA, this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
By authLink();William Saletan
Another good story from this morning's batch: Ivan Oransky of the Wall Street Journal writes about the development of a "biological pacemaker." He focuses on the work of researchers Ira Cohen and Michael Rosen:
By inserting genes into rat heart cells growing in a dish, they were able to create a beating pattern that was faster and more regular than had been seen before. ... [Their first step was] to load up a common cold virus with a pacemaker gene, and then used the virus to successfully infect heart cells in a dish. The infected cells ended up with the gene and began making a pacing current they had lacked. Next the scientists tried the technique in dogs with slow hearts. The gene transfer worked. Parts of the dogs' hearts that had been beating 25 to 40 times per minute were restored to a normal 60 beats per minute. ... [Later] they stitched pacemaker genes into adult stem cells, using a technique that doesn't require viruses, and then injected the altered cells into the heart. ... [W]hen the researchers tested the pacemaker stem cells in dogs for six weeks, the cells behaved just as they hoped. As a precaution, the researchers showed that they could turn off a cellular pacemaker if it becomes hyperactive with a drug ...
This is a great illustration of the point I was trying to make two weeks ago about the superiority of flesh-based technology. First we had flesh but no pacemakers. If your heart lost it rhythm, you had no backup. Now we have electronic pacemakers. They solve the problem of unreliable flesh, but they introduce the problems of electronics. Inserting them requires surgery. Their batteries are finite, and, as we learned from the Medtronic fiasco, their wires can fail. Worse, like other electronic devices, they can be hacked -- in this case, with potentially lethal results.
The long-term solution is flesh. Unlike electronics, flesh can be grown inside your body, avoiding the need for surgery. It's self-correcting, self-repairing, and self-renewing in a way that electronics aren't. And there isn't an easy way to hack somebody else's genes -- at least, not yet. For the same reason, we do need a way to remotely reset your biological pacemaker if it runs out of control. That's where the aforementioned drug comes in. But if you're in the pacemaker market, you had that problem already.
Oransky ends with a wonderful quote from Cohen: "Just like Lasik is a better solution than eyeglasses, a biological pacemaker would be a better solution than an electronic one." Having written about Lasik before, I like the analogy. At the time, I saw Lasik as a potential enhancement of human powers, with athletes boosting their vision beyond 20/20. But as Cohen points out, you can also look at it the other way: Instead of outfitting you with gizmos we've come to think of as normal -- glasses or contacts -- we just fix your flesh. Sometimes the most effective technology is also the most natural.
Exercise Can Counteract Obesity Genes
Led by Dr. Ruth Loos from the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, U.K., the study evaluated more than 20,000 Britons aged 39 to 79, asking about their exercise habits and surveying their genes. Researchers focused on 12 genetic variants known to increase the risk of obesity, and calculated a genetic obesity-predisposition score for each individual based on how many variants the person had. (Watch an audio slide show on obesity rehab.)
Researchers then compared the volunteers' scores with their body mass index (BMI), the commonly used ratio of height and weight that defines obesity, and further examined the impact of exercise on BMI. Unlike many past studies that have only zeroed in on variants of one gene, the well-known FTO obesity gene, the new result is a more complete picture of how physical activity affects a person's susceptibility to obesity — and one that offers reason for hope. (See three lifestyle changes that can help curb obesity.)
For a 5-ft. 7-in. (1.7 m) person, the study found, each additional genetic variant inherited from either parent led to an extra pound (0.45 kg) of weight on average, compared with people with no genetic predisposition to obesity. Here's the good news: the more active the person was, the smaller the weight gain. The avowed couch potatoes in the study, who reported working a sedentary job and engaging in zero recreational physical activity, weighed the equivalent of an extra 1.3 lb. (0.59 kg) per variant. "Moderately inactive" people — those who worked at a standing job or reported less than 30 minutes a day of recreational activity on top of a sedentary lifestyle — were comparatively less overweight, logging an extra 0.87 lb. (0.39 kg) per variant.
Moderately active people — those who combined a sedentary job with 30 to 60 minutes a day of physical activity, or had a standing job with less than half an hour a day of exercise — gained even less, with each variant translating to an extra 0.85 lb. (0.38 kg). And active people — those exercising more than an hour a day outside their sedentary job, say, or working in heavy manual labor — were thinnest, gaining an extra 0.8 lb. (0.36 kg) per variant, a full 36% less than their least active peers. Overall, by exercising they had reduced their genetic risk of obesity by 40% compared with their inactive peers. (See how obesity is being traced back to the womb.)
Not surprisingly, a similar relationship between physical activity and obesity risk held for people who were not genetically predisposed to be heavy. But the exercise effect was smaller: regardless of size, a person wired to be heavy will reduce his or her odds of obesity more through physical activity than a person who's genetically lean. In other words, not only can those wired big benefit from exercise, but also they can actually benefit more by working out than their counterparts with the right genes for skinny jeans.
Scientists hope the findings could pave the way for personalized obesity treatments in the future.
Unlike some past research — such as a 2008 study of about 700 Amish people that found it may take a punishing three to four hours a day of exercise to whip your genes into shape — the new paper suggests that even little boosts (like taking the stairs at lunch and parking a bit farther away from the office) can make a big difference in overcoming your genetic makeup. "You don't have to run marathons," says Dr. Loos. "It is sufficient to do some physical activity."
The authors speculate that the differences in results could be due to characteristics specific to the populations in past studies or the small sample sizes in previous research. The strengths of Loos' study include its range of included genetic variants and its large sample size. But there is also a notable weakness: the fact that participants were required to self-report their exercise habits rather than actually be observed on the Stairmaster by scientists.
Still, with the number of obese adults worldwide expected to bloat to 700 million by 2015, any suggestion that we can overcome our genes and whittle our waistlines is welcome news.
related link: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,201