Glandular Landscape

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Proper nourishment and gut health, you won’t get away from it. You can’t, we are what we eat; we sow and we reap. No man has ever sown alfalfa and reaped walnuts. Universal laws are exactly that, laws. We do not break them, we break ourselves by neglecting their soundness.

There is a common (but not commonly known) deficiency among Americans, and that is with regard to our levels of iodine. Iodine is a trace chemical element, essential for living organisms, and has been known to be a component of balanced human health and biological integrity since the early 1800s. It is most commonly found, as food, in kelp and seaweed, also fish and shellfish. If farms have iodine-rich soils, farmers feed their stock iodine-rich feed, then it may also be found in eggs and dairy products, and in varying levels in crops.

Iodine for Life

Iodine deficiency nowadays seems to be the quiet troublemaker, but let us connect it to the associated system failures: reproductive fertility, childhood brain development, proper metabolic regulation, and healthy immuno-responsiveness are all highly dependent upon proper levels of iodine in the body. This is why iodine is considered essential. We can know that the iodine-thyroid connection has been well-established, going at least back to 1820. Why, then, would such a deficiency be allowed to drift to the periphery of our health-mindedness? Probably because of the salt.

The iodization of salt became a popular solution to low iodine levels showing in land-locked communities, where soils were not strong in iodine content. In the early 1900s, American and Swiss trials of iodized salt delivery to such deprived communities proved successful in reversing the endemic goiter present in unacceptable numbers of community members. Once established as a viable supply of iodine to the people, this fortified salt was rolled out to become generally available in grocery stores across the land. So why is hypothyroidism still an issue?

Hypothyroid Connection

Hypothyroidism is defined as deficient activity of the thyroid gland, namely hormone production, resulting in the most severe tell-tale symptoms of goiter, myxedema, and cretinism. More common early-stage symptoms include fatigue, lethargy, despondency, depression, weight gain, and alopecia. The condition has its first recorded cases at the very beginning of the 1900s, by some reports; the likes of goiter and cretinism have been known since ancient times, as have treatments involving algae and ocean sponges. But we find a surprising number of people diagnosed with hypothyroidism still, even in the 21st century, even in America.

Many natural-health practitioners report staggering findings per human iodine levels. David Brownstein M.D., a Michigan-based board-certified family doctor known for his holistic approach and expert iodine research, has reported that greater than 90 percent of his patients are found to be iodine-deficient. This in the age of information. And, whereas prescription medicines are promoted to manage symptoms, far too many people fall victim to persistent ignorance of the iodine facts and, therefore, neglect to affect positive change at the root of their diseases. Another thing you can’t get away from: root causes must be addressed.

Essential Attention

Anyone can have a deficiency that negatively affects the thyroid, hypothyroidism isn’t the only distortion on the glandular horizon. But, as this is a post and not a textbook chapter, and because hypothyroidism has been a recurring talking point within my spheres of late, I thought it worthwhile to zero in on this one. The takeaway here is simple enough: check your iodine levels. This can be done at home through an absorption test, or get a more accurate reading through a natural health specialist or family doctor.

The National Institutes for Health website has a chart showing sufficient, if not optimal, recommended daily amounts (RDA) of iodine intake, respective of different stages of life. The chart values are generally considered to be enough to prevent goiter, but not much more. The entire human body needs iodine, not just the thyroid; one notable benefit being that the trace element actually encourages cancer cells to kill themselves…if there’s enough iodine present when called upon.

If you think (or know) you’re not getting enough iodine on a regular basis, about 700 micrograms for the average adult, then a high quality natural supplement may be an excellent step forward. This is something I can help with, so message me.

Until next time, good health to you!

Glandular Landscape

Preventative Ounces Add Up!

Not so long ago, President Trump declared that prescription opioids should be considered a public health emergency, partly due to the disturbing trend in overdosing fatalities. The New York Times recently ran an article pointing out that more people in America are on antidepressants than anywhere else in the world, and that their effectiveness has been shown to be overstated because of data manipulation.

Put these two noteworthy items together and you paint a decidedly dystopian vision of the future, of a very close-to-home and personal nature. So why not focus on building a strong foundation today, while it’s sunny, rather than shelling out for triage and recovery when your health hits the fan?

Old News is Good News

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You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating. If you’re going for longevity, and you’d like to preserve your autonomy, be vigilant as regards diet and exercise. We were not designed to be sedentary for most of our waking hours, nor to internally process the glut of processed “food” items that pack our grocery markets. God is forgiving, and forgiveness is built into our very bodies. Nevertheless, there is only so much we can accumulate before our biological systems start to fail, expensively and uncomfortably.

We eat very well in this country. Yet, Americans are widely considered to be the biggest eaters on the planet, double entendre intended. It may be understood in this, that the human body looks for nutrients during a feeding session. If the nutrients are hard to come by, as in many of our grocery items, the internal signal to stop eating is delayed until sufficient nourishing is accomplished. For more on this concept, read Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman, M.D..

It’s no wonder, then, that people can get so large. The delivery agent, namely low-nutrient edibles (I have a hard time calling it “food”), gets stored for later processing because we keep shoveling it in faster than we can cycle it through and out. The delivered nutrition may or may not be bio-available anyway, depending on how heavily-coated our intestines are, from years of junk food build-up. You’re beginning to see the compounding of the problem, surely.

Highly Motivated to Change

Taking preventative measures now will increase your chances of having to focus primarily on maintenance down the road. As has oft been observed, we do not pay the price for good health, rather, we reap the benefits. But here’s where the real snag shows up. People tend to pay for what they desire, instead of what they require. This is generally true, until some motivational event stimulates repentance. Think heart attack, gall stones, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, eczema, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etcetera. You experience any of this type of discomfort and you’ll be inspired to make a change, no doubt. And you’ll pay heavily for it.

So, what’s to be done? Thankfully, there are very simple things which everyone can do, but it’s not always easy. It is no fun giving up that personal pint of gelato, or both sleeves of double chocolate chip cookies with pecans, or that secret family sized bag of sour cream and onion potato chips. You’ve earned them, right? They’re yours. You deserve them. And, sure as shivers, we shall reap what we sow. It can be no other way, so we must wake up and wise up.

Making It Happen

The easiest thing to be done right off the bat, for most people, is to get up and take a walk in the fresh air. Physical activity has been shown to improve oxygenation to the blood, important for disease resistance; it has also been shown to stimulate the body to release hormones required for clear thinking, mood improvement and creativity.

For anyone who feels they’re in a downward cycle of poor eating habits, adding one fresh raw fruit or vegetable daily can help you regain willpower and make better choices within the first week. If you’re really stuck, meaning the thought of a fresh apple makes your stomach turn, then high quality all natural vitamin supplements could be the thing to get started on. Good supplements can have a huge impact simply by supplying the body with much needed and long overdue nutrients. This will cost a bit more than bags of citrus or a few pounds of carrots. But we must ask ourselves, how much is life worth living? Would we rather pay dues now, or penalties later?

Preventative Ounces Add Up!

Live True, Live Well

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When I first began as an ambassador for the company I promote, I was asked repeatedly the same question: “Why?” Half the time, it wasn’t really a genuine inquiry, more a veiled judgement of my sanity. I’ve said so before. Sales pitches, marketing meet-ups, social media parties, up-lines and down-lines, it all seemed somewhat predictably tacky. And I suppose it would have been, if I had been pushing anything other than a product line I felt held tremendous benefits for people, myself included.

We must continually ask ourselves this “why” question, develop a regular re-evaluation of our motivation for doing whatever it is that we do. I have found the exercise to be good for my soul, an honest undertaking. In skimming through one of the books here at home, “Reclaim Your Health” by David & Anne Frahm, I landed on a quote that resonated with me on two notes. First, it reminded me that sick people desire to not be sick and, second, that I get great joy and fulfillment by helping people connect the dots of their health picture.

“Studies have shown that abnormal psychological reactions can occur in people whose intestinal flora has been suppressed by drugs or even by a poor diet. Such reactions can include depression, anxiety, withdrawal, irritability, and a tendency to fly off the handle. The nervous system, including the brain, is just not getting enough of what it needs in order to function properly. In other words, what seems to be psychological in nature may actually stem from a problem entirely chemical.” This was the aforementioned quote.

I have seen amiable, affable people go from sweet to sinister in a flash. I’ve known the ups and downs of emotional instability myself, many years ago…thank God. I have walked with some close to me, lovely souls battling an invisible and seemingly inescapable depression. These characteristics are generally not desirable, nor acceptably waved away as simply part of the human condition. The human condition is a combination of the physical and ethereal, and nowadays we have accumulated much knowledge in both regards. For brevity, let’s continue addressing the tangibles.

Natural foods, which I define as being grown organically and uncorrupted, are designed to deliver exactly the chemicals the human body requires for a thriving longevity. The further away we drift from this standard, the more we reap the due penalties for our ignorance, compounded by abuse of synthetic “corrective” measures. Corrective is in quotes here because, more often than not, the root cause of many ailments is neglected, the symptoms alleviated swiftly, albeit temporarily.

To truly live a life of abundance, we must live truly. By now, the deception is well-ingrained around the world, namely that food comes from boxes at grocery stores, less from the backyard garden or pasture. Not everyone thinks this way, granted. But even those “in the know” are as likely to choose convenience over commitment. Green thumbs have become associated with our elders, or the country know-nothings; the simplicity of fresh vegetables offers limited excitement factor. When our bodies fail us, however, we are forced back to the first question: why? Getting the answer wrong can have irrevocable consequences.

 

Live True, Live Well