Monthly Archives: October 2014

Phthalates…Why There Won’t Ever Be Any in My Home

cosmeticsPhthalates are chemicals added to lots of different products, such as plastics, cosmetics, household cleaners, flooring and even medical products.

Why will they never be found at my house? They’re linked to having a smaller penis. Not that I have a penis or anything. I’d just rather be prepared in the event a penis finds its way into my house.

Phthalates have a host of negative health effects. Studies are finding that they:

–  Increase oxidative stress on the thyroid by 30-35%.

–  Linked to obesity, insulin resistance and yes, smaller penis size…

–  Linked to asthma/allergies, ADHD symptoms, premature breast development in girls, premature birth and sterility.

–  The heaviest/most obese children in one study had the highest levels of phthalates in their urine.

Phthalates are common in food packaging and it appears they leach into foods, such as milk and cheese. They are also common in cosmetics and household products- more than 70% of these contain phthalates.

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Hypothyroid, or Underactive Thyroid

thyroid-symptoms-and-solutions-s2Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland is underactive and doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones for the body to function optimally.

There are many possible causes of hypothyroidism, such as autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis), iodine deficiency or in some cases, dysfunction of the pituitary gland. Increased physical and mental stress may also influence hypothyroidism.


Early Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Signs and symptoms of an underactive thyroid include:

–  cold intolerance

–  constipation

–  weight gain, water retention

– slow heart rate (less than 60 beats per minute)

–  fatigue

–  decreased sweating

– muscle cramps

–  joint pain

–  dry, itchy skin

–  thin, brittle nails

– racing thoughts

–  depression

–  poor muscle tone

– infertility and menstrual irregularities in females

– high prolactin levels (hyperprolactinemia)

–  high cholesterol


Later, symptoms of hypothyroidism may include:

–  goiter (enlarged thyroid)

– slow speech; hoarseness, breaking voice

– dry, puffy skin (especially on the face)

– thinning or missing the outer 1/3rd of eyebrows

–  low body temperature


Uncommon Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

–  impaired cognitive function

–  poor memory

–  difficulty paying attention; easily distracted

–  reactive (post prandial) hypoglycemia- a drop in blood sugar after eating

–  slow reflexes

–  hair loss

–  anemia (low iron levels)

–  difficulty swallowing

–  increased need for sleep

–  irritability, mood swings

–  yellowing skin (because of impaired ability to convert beta-carotene to retinol/vitamin A)

–  impaired renal function

–  acute psychosis

–  lessened sense of taste and/or smell

–  deafness

–  enlarged tongue



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