Unexplained Weight Gain?

Your thyroid gland could be attacked by a crippling substance called Perchlorate, a chemical found in jet fuel and car batteries! This chemical has seeped into the ground in at least 40 states, polluting our drinking water, conventional and organic crops! An FDA study found it in 93 percent of nationally distributed lettuce, citrus, cucumbers and tomatoes. “One in three women are feeling tired, depressed and heavy, ” says, Richard L. Shames, MD, coauthor of Thyroid Power (Collins).

I read one woman’s story about her “killer bout of fatigue” and how she would nod off while folding laundry or just playing with her children. Her body felt cold even on hot days, although she had gained 20 pounds. Her skin was terribly dry, she was constipated, her voice became hoarse, and mentally she was always in a fog. To me that would signal a possible thyroid weakness. Having seen one doctor after the next with no one pinpointing the problem, only to say it was probably marital stress, and being a Mom, a doctor prescribed the usual “antidepressants” but that didn’t work.

Her normal state of being in the past had been confident, happy, upbeat, but she lost herself to feelings of confusion, discouragement and hopelessness. She moved to California eventually to see more doctors and to finally receive her first thyroid test. Tests revealed that she infact had a sluggish thyroid gland. Eventually out of a chance happening (we know there are no chance happenings) she met someone from West Texas, her previous home, who also had a thyroid problem. After much research she determined, much like Julia Roberts in the movie Erin Brockovich, that toxins were poisoning the water and food supply causing hypothyroidism. She found that the water in West Texas had not been tested for perchlorate she pursued lobbying. Finally she was helkped by a medical geographer by the name of Larry ladd who maps out contamination areas. he found West Texas to be one of the highest density sites in the USA!

Here is another startling fact: This volatile compound is also present in dry cleaning as perchloroethylene, commonly known as “perc.” Breathing in the fumes from dry cleaning causes headaches for many people; it can also cause sleepiness and attention problems as determined by Gary Ginsberg, PhD, a coauthor of What’s Toxic – What’s Not (Berkley Trade,2006).

What can we do to protect ourselves from these invisible poisons? When you bring your dry cleaning home – open the car windows and do not breathe the chemical fumes. Open your dry cleaning outdoors and let them ventilate for four hours to dissipate the fumes. Better yet, find one of the newest organic dry cleaners popping up around the globe, and surely one is within a short drive of your home. I have always suspected that dry cleaning chemicals being worn by so many people, especially men and women who shave their underarms, are at a risk of these toxins entering the body through dermal absorption. Just my personal thought, however, hearing this news definitely makes me think I am on to something. It may not just be what we are breathing that is poisoning us with “perc” and other chemicals, it could be that our skin is also absorbing these poisons causing incredible stress internally.

Perchlorate, by the way, beats out iodine for a ride on thyroid symporters, proteins that move molecules into the thyroid gland. UCLA scientists recently reported that information, stating that the result is insufficient iodine to make thyroxine (T4) a key hormone for thyroid health.

What can you do to protect yourself from perchlorate in your food and water supply? Wash all of your fruits and veggies with non-contaminated water such as reverse osmosis purified which eliminates 96% of this toxin in our water supply. Have your water suply tested by going to ewg.org/reports/rocketwater . Further protect yourself and family members by eating seaweeds, using kelp, or taking approximately 150mcg of iodine daily. Ask your doctor before taking any supplement; if he/she gives you the go ahead, check with your local health food store or order a special thyroid support formula from me!

The Biggest Loser: Neil Goes Home, Black Team In The Finals

I guess I saw this coming and can’t be too upset, but Neil from the blue team goes home. Neil had a phenomenal weight loss today of 10 pounds, but the percentage of weight loss kept him from remaining. Bummer for him, but many sees it as karma kicking him pack in the butt from the games he played earlier in the season. Do you all think he deserved to go? I thought it would have been some good competition with him in, but that’s just my opinion. Did you all see the after scene of him after leaving the show? Wow!! 153 pounds, that is simply amazing. Just think if people put in half the effort of what these contestants go though on the show where they would be?

Well ya’ll the final four belongs to the black team and you can’t help to be happy for them. They were the people that wasn’t voted to be on the blue and red team and now they are the final people remaining that’s cool!! I bet that has to make Jillian, the black team’s trainer, feel very confident in her work and proud!

I can’t wait till next week for the finale. I am so excited to see everyone loss from the people who where eliminated to the final four!! Who do you think will win? Do you think since the show is going by percent of weight loss that one of the women will win the title of the biggest loser for the first time? It would be nice to see that happened. Well I am off to look for some yummy recipes to try and maybe post some that I have already tried too!

Tell Me About Treating Aging Skin

As we get older, so does our skin and it makes a lot of us frustrated and sometimes upset to look in the mirror only to find wrinkles and creases looking back.

Naturally, we can spend hours, days, weeks and even months trying to consider which skin care product is right for us. Alot are around for our purchasing pleasure, but how do you know which ones are really doing the job? Doing a little research and looking at labels can prove wonders towards getting the right skin care product for you.

If your looking to get back that healthy and glowing skin you once had maybe 10 or 20 years ago, anti-aging products are the way to go. One of your questions may be “Is this a non-natural method of getting back fresh and lovely skin?” And the answer is no! Anti-aging products use natural procedures, by providing you with nourishment from the inside, making you look and feel more vibrant.

When picking anti-aging products, make sure that they are hypoallergenic and non-photo toxic, as you don’t want to cause any harm to your health. Most commonly, the anti-aging products around contain components that can actually support your naturally abillity to repair and regenerate your skin , so basically, they help you to help you.

Now, where to go from here? I really suggest checking out Lifecell, which is a proven product that has helped many people with skin care and anti-aging issues, by providing an all-in-one effective cream that treats all causes of skin aging, at once. A great opportunity is to get their 30-day risk free trial, meaning you can give it a go and see if it’s for you. It’s especially great if your wanting healthy-looking skin easy and fast.