Hypothyroidism - What Are Some Natural Treatments?

December 3rd, 2005

More than 5 million Americans suffer from Hypothyroidism and as many as 10% of American women may have some form of thyroid dysfunction! Many people have hypothyroidism without even realizing it!

What is the thyroid gland and what does it do?

The thyroid gland is situated at the base of the throat and is stimulated by the pituitary gland to produce hormones which are important for the functioning and maintenance of all the cells in the body and for metabolism.

If there is an underproduction of thyroid hormones, hypothyroidism will result. Overproduction causes hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid.

There are different types of thyroid disease and dysfunction.

  • Hashimoto’s Disease or Thyroiditis (one of the most common forms of hypothyroidism, an auto-immune disease of the thyroid gland)
  • Hypothyroidism caused by a sluggish thyroid gland or thyroid gland inflammation
  • Hypothyroidism caused by surgery or medication
  • Hypothyroidism caused by iodine deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland
  • What are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?
  • Chronic fatigue and weakness
  • Weight Gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Hair loss or coarse, dry hair
  • Dry and rough skin
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Memory loss
  • Depression and irritability
  • Constipation
  • Muscle cramps

Not all of these symptoms are always present. If you are concerned that you may have Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, always consult your doctor.

How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

Hypothyroidism is relatively easily to diagnose by means of a blood test to check TSH levels (the thyroid stimulating hormone produced by the pituitary gland) and T4 levels (the main thyroid hormone).

Remember that these levels can vary considerably from individual to individual and what is ‘normal’ for one person is not necessarily normal for another.

Doctors must be sensitive to the correlation between symptoms and TSH and T4 levels in the individual. Because the ‘normal’ range varies from person to person, some people may have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism (and their symptoms), while blood tests show that their TSH and T4 levels are normal.

What is the treatment for hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is conventionally treated by administering a daily dose of synthetic thyroid hormones (e.g. Levothyroxine). This can often restore healthy thyroid functioning very effectively.

One of the main problems with synthetic thyroid hormones is that they may result in too much thyroid hormone in the body, resulting in hyperthyroidism.

Another problem is that some people do not have sufficient amounts of an enzyme needed to convert T4 into T3 (its active form).

Some doctors therefore prefer to use a form of natural thyroid hormone extracted from cows, which contains both T4 and T3 thyroid hormones. There has been some concern, however, that this form of natural thyroid hormone may be contaminated by harmful viruses.

How can Native Remedies help?

Naturopaths have long recognized that there are very effective Herbs that can help to promote healthy thyroid functioning and restore thyroid health.

In conjunction with experts in the field, Native Remedies has developed ‘Thyroid Assist’, a 100 Herbal Remedy to assist in the treatment of hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. ‘Thyroid Assist’ along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, can help to promote thyroid health and bring relief from many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

What is Thyroid Assist?

Thyroid Assist contains Herbs that have been carefully selected for their beneficial effect on thyroid functioning, as well as on overall systemic health.

Regular use of Thyroid Assist can help to restore deficient iodine levels, while also stimulating the thyroid to produce crucial thyroid hormones, thereby treating hypothyroidism.

Thyroid Assist has been especially formulated to:

  • Help to restore healthy thyroid functioning
  • Treat iodine deficiency causing hypothyroidism
  • Ensure adequate production of thyroid hormones
  • Assist with depression, fatigue, constipation, weight gain and other symptoms associated with hypothyroidism

Thyroid Assist contains the following herbal extracts in therapeutic dosage:

Fucus vesiculosis, also called Bladderwrack or kelp, is a sea vegetable which is a prime source of iodine - crucial in preventing thyroid problems. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years, especially in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Apart from its beneficial effect on thyroid functioning, it is also used as a metabolic stimulant and can be found in many slimming remedies. When using kelp medicinally, always make sure that it is sourced by a reputable and trusted company. Kelp harvested from the beach or near to the coast may be contaminated with industrial waste, sewerage, lead, mercury or other toxins. Kelp used in Native Remedies Thyroid Assist has been harvested only from uncontaminated areas and screened for the presence of toxins, heavy metal sand contamination.

Avena sativa is derived from the wild oat plant and is a well known restorative and Nerve Tonic, used to treat depression, low libido and lack of energy, as well as hypothyroidism. More recently it has also been shown to be effective in reducing high cholesterol levels.

Coleus forskohlii is a well respected and often difficult to obtain Ayurvedic (Indian) remedy, traditionally used to treat high blood pressure. It also acts to stimulate the thyroid to release thyroid hormones and is therefore beneficial in the treatment of hypothyroidism.

How has Thyroid Assist helped others?

“I am very impressed with Thyroid Assist. I have only been taking it now for 3 days and already I notice a difference, I have more energy, before I felt weak/lazy, my skin has started to change I feel like I’m using less lotion, were as before I was putting lotion on my hands/legs about every 2 hours because they itched or felt dry. My memory capability seems stronger, which is helping out great at work! I am finally not waking up every night because my body feels stiff or I have a leg cramp. I am very impressed with my results in just the past 3 DAYS ! ! ! ! Thank You Thyroid Assist.” - Janell B.

“I always felt frustrated about my inability to loose weight no matter how much I tried. Eventually I went to see my doctor who checked my thyroid and told me that it was underactive. He said I would not Lose Weight because my metabolism was too slow. Since then I have used Thyroid Assist and for the first time I can see the results of my efforts! Also my chronic constipation is a thing of the past, thank goodness.” - Caroline

“I have been using anti-depressants for years and years and always wanted to stop taking them. Every time I tried, I became depressed again, even though there was no real reason. I went from doctor to doctor A.D.H.D.so many different drugs that I lost count of them all. Eventually I decided to go for therapy and thank goodness I went to see Michele Carelse who referred me to have my thyroid tested. I was so relieved to find that I had a hidden thyroid problem which was causing my depression. I have been using Thyroid Assist and MindSoothe for three months and I feel like a new person. I can get through my day without being exhausted for a change and my depression is completely gone - without therapy and NO MORE anti-depressants!” - Michelle.

“Thank you so much for your excellent remedy. I can recommend Thyroid Assist to anyone with an underactive thyroid” - Malcolm

“You won’t believe how I struggled to get out of bed every morning. All the symptoms of hypothyroidism were there - from the depression to the constipation to the weight gain, etc. Even though my doctor said that my thyroid was normal, I just knew that something was wrong. I am going through menopause and they all said that was the cause, but I felt that there was something else going on. I visited a homeopath who told me that hypothyroid is not always detected on tests. Thyroid Assist has made a huge difference to the way that I feel. Thank you so much, I can really recommend it” Pamela

Can I use Thyroid Assist along with my prescription medication for Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s?

Yes, you can. However, using Thyroid Assist may mean that you will need less of your prescription medication and it is therefore strongly recommended that you ask your doctor to monitor thyroid functioning and adjust the dosage of your prescription medication if necessary.

How do I use Thyroid Assist?

Thyroid Assist is a concentrated tincture which comes in convenient drop form. The therapeutic dose is approximately 15 drops in a little water or juice, three times a day.

Caution: Not recommended for people with low blood pressure or peptic ulcers. Safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

How long will a bottle last?

One bottle of Thyroid Assist lasts approximately one month.

Eye Care and MakeUp Tips

December 3rd, 2005

Courtesy of Beauty Tips Online

Make Him Melt With Big, Doe Eyes

Problem: My eyes are very small. Are there any makeup tips to make them stand out more?

Solution:

Eyeliner is the magic wand for creating the illusion of bigger, more expressive eyes. Line the entire top lash line and extend the line slightly at the corners. You can also line the bottom of your eyes, but concentrate color only on the outer third and extend it slightly past the edge. (We’re not talking Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra here.) A soft, smoky look will open your eyes more than a thin, hard line. Stick to dark, neutral colors with a hint of black for lining, as bright shades will only make them seem smaller.

Lashes can also be a great eye-opener. Curl them three times before applying mascara — at the base, halfway up and at the tip — to create a gentle, rounded curl. Fan out your lashes while applying mascara. Brush the inner third in toward your nose, the middle third straight out and the outer third toward your temples.

Contrary to popular belief, dark, dramatic eyeshadow will not make your eyes stand out. In fact, it’ll do just the opposite. If you have small eyes, keep it simple by using only light-colored shadows, and never wear more than two shades at once. Brush a subtle base color from lash to brow, and then use a slightly darker shade to create subtle definition in the crease.

How To Curl And Lengthen Your Eyelashes

Since we can’t all be blessed with long lashes, thank goodness mascara can make it look as if we were. Here is a very simple method of applying mascara for every day wear.

  1. Draw wand out of mascara tube and remove access on a piece of paper towel.

  2. Hold wand horizontally and slowly twirl as you move the brush from the roots to the tips.

  3. To set curl, hold wand and lashes together at the tips for a several seconds.

  4. Apply second coat before the first coat has dried to avoid clumping.

  5. Apply mascara carefully to the bottom lashes, holding wand vertically.

  6. While lashes are still wet, comb through the lashes (carefully) with a lash comb to separate each lash.

Tips:

  • Be sure to wash off your mascara each night. Not only will it smear during the night, you won’t be able to apply more until your lashes are free from the old mascara.
  • Mascara is a breeding ground for germs. Be sure to replace it every three months.
  • Never pump the wand into the tube. This procedure only adds air to the mascara, drying it out.

Different Eyeliner Applications

Close-Set Eyes: Line outer third of upper lids with gray,brown, or black liner. Smudge gently. Use a lighter liner on the inner eye to widen the space between eyes.

Small Eyes: Draw a dark line gradually thickening at outer edge of the eye. Use a light-colored pencil (gold, silver, white) and draw under lower lash.

Deep-Set Eyes: Line upper lash line with pale, shimmery liner. Then line outer edge of lower lash with a soft, neutral shade (gray or taupe). This will create the illusion of a less heavy lid.

Drooping Eyes: Line outer third of eye very close to lashes, carefully sweeping the liner up at the corner of the eye.

So the eyeliner is too harsh?

If you don’t like the sharpness of your eyeliner, you can soften it using your eye shadow brush by adding a little powder shadow of a similar shade.

Using an eyeshadow pencil…

You should not draw the pencil across your eyelid as this could cause stretching of the skin.

Instead, apply the color to the palm of your hand, then pick up some of the color with your pinky and apply gently to your eyelid.

Eyeshadow That Stays

Melting eyeshadow is a problem for many women, but there is a way to make it “stick” a little longer.

If you use a damp eyeshadow brush and apply a layer of face powder to your lids and allow to set, the shadow will stay in place for the day. Takes an extra second or so but the effort is well worth it.

Younger looking eyes…

The first step is to reduce fine lines. So apply a little eye cream on the brow bone and under the eye.

Next dab on a concealer that matches your skin tones.

The last step is to line the eye with a white pencil just beneath the lash line. This will give the impression of larger and brighter eyes. :-)

How To Apply Fake Eyelashes

Applying fake lashes is best left to your makeup artist, but with a little patience and practice, you too can master this art. So don’t try it five minutes before leaving to a big party. Andrea lashes are great and they are available inexpensively at the drugstore.

Keep a piece of paper handy to hold the lashes, and a magnifying mirror, which makes the job a lot easier.

Using a tweezer, dip the base end of the lashes into the glue, then place the lashes as close to the baseline of your own as you can, filling in wherever you want the greatest impact (generally, the mid to outer lashes look fabulous in false lashes). Press gently, but firmly with something blunt. Hold the lash in place for about 5 seconds until the glue has a chance to hold.

Let the glue dry, and then apply a dark eyeliner to camouflage the line of the fake lashes and then apply your mascara. The mascara will help blend your own lashes with the fake ones, and make your eyes look fuller and larger.

To remove, gently pull them off with tweezers.

Lining Eyes

It takes steady hands and the near precision of a neurosurgeon to put on eyeliner. We asked makeup artist Pamela McNeally for the tips that will save you 4 years of medical school:

  • Dust a sheer, loose powder on the upper and lower lids so the eyeliner sticks better. If you are going to curl your lashes, do it now. (Otherwise you could smudge the line.)
  • Choose the right formula. For a cleanstraight line, use a liquid version (try one with felt tip, like those from Lancome or L’Oreal). To create a softer, more subtle line, pencils are best.
  • Rest your elbow on a hard surface to minimize shaking. Start in the middle of the eyelid, and drag the liner to the inner corner of the eye, drawing as close to the lashes as possible. Go back to the center of the of the eyelid and repeat the process outward.
  • To make your eyes look smoky, dab eye shadow (in a similar shade) over the line and lightly fan it out. This will also help the liner stay in place.
  • If the liner smudges, don’t reapply more. Instead, clean up the line with a dampened Q-tip.

The Perfect Lash

The final touch to your eye makeup is the lash. Try to always use an eyelash curler. It will make your eyes look wider, more alert, and more youthful. It’s like an instant eye lift. Always curl lashes befor applying mascara.

  • Lightly powder lashes to give mascara a coat to cling to.

  • Heat eyelash curler with hair dryer for a few seconds. It will act like a curling iron for the eyes.

Hint: Curl twice for a rounded curl. Place the open curl near the lash roots and arrange your lashes between the two rims. Squeeze gently for thirty seconds. Squeeze again at mid-lash for another thirty-seconds. It looks very natural.

  • Give upper lashes a second coat of mascara, concentrating on the tips by stroking the brush horizontally across the lash. Never wait when applying second coat of mascara to lashes. Mascara, especially waterproof mascara, dries quickly and can clump.

  • Lightly coat lower lashes.

How To Match Eye Shadow With Your Eye Color

Need an eyeshadow shade that looks cool with your eye color? Here’s help.

FOR BLUE EYES

  1. Tried and True: taupe, gray, violet, purple, deep blue (a darker shade than your eye color makes your eyes really blue), black (mix it with bright blue for a smoky effect)

  2. Funky Favorites: silver, turquoise, fuschia (brightens any shade of blue)

GREEN or HAZEL EYES

  1. Tried and True: brown, apricot, purple, plum, deep khaki or forest green (because they are in the same greenish family, they brighten green eyes)

  2. Funky Favorites: gold, lime-green, really light green, bright purple (super modern)

BROWN EYES

  1. Tried and True: copper, bronze, champagne (soft pink with a touch of apricot), brown (for a doe-eyed look), beige, and khaki-green (lighter shades add highlight)

  2. Funky Favorites: tangerine, royal blue, hot pink, lime-green (the contrast adds punch to brown)

ALL EYES

  1. Tried and True (Classic): navy or charcoal base to define and a powder-blue shadow for highlighting (it brightens your brow bone so any eye color pops)

  2. Funky Favorites: silver-sparkle shadow makes all eyes look edgy

Remedy For Puffy Lidded Eyes or Eyes With No Defined Crease

  1. Apply a touch of black eyeshadow in the center of the upper lashline.

  2. Sweep a taupe or natural color eyeshadow over the crease and slightly above it. …..(Remember, we’re working with minimal space here…not Cher’s lids! )…..

  3. Use an eyeshadow shade that’s lighter on the browbones and lids.

That way, when the light hits your peepers, the highlighted area of the eyes will stand out as the crease appears, well, creased! The upper lids lined with black shadow in the center provides a contrast with the highlighted lid to create more visible lids.

First Aid: What We All Need To Know

December 3rd, 2005

First aid is a foundation of information that we all need to know. There are several types of first aid and anyone can benefit from getting the first aid training out there. The good news is that it is fairly easy to find this information. You will find that there are a number of different organizations that provide you with this information.

You will also be able to find first aid training from local hospitals, the Red Cross or other areas. First aid is something we will all need in our time. The bad news is that only a few people will be equipped to take care of problems as they arise and that is very sad news as well.

First aid is a term given to the many various life saving techniques that the layperson can perform when there is not a medical person in the area. In fact, first aid can and should be administers as needed until someone arrives to help in the emergency. Effective training is necessary when it comes to first aid. You can’t just do it, you need to know how to do it first. It is recommended that individuals get training every two years to update them on new procedures to help safeguard the individuals that are at risk.

First aid is often taught in a series of lessons that tell you to perform four steps whenever there is an emergency situation. Here are what those steps are:

First, assess what has happened. Determine if the patient is in need of being moved or if the situation puts you at risk of being hurt if you do help them.

Then, assess the patient to see how well they are, if they can or should be moved and then act accordingly.

Third, in first aid you will need to call for help. Use whatever means are necessary to get help.

Finally, do the best you can to help the patient. In other words, do what you have been trained to do to help them.

There are many cases in which first aid will be necessary. Taking whatever steps you can to help individuals is something we all need to do. Getting first aid training is the crucial first step. Don’t wait, because even a day is too long and could be too late.

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