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IN THIS ISSUE
• Reference Ranges - Why Your NORMAL Lab Results May be What is thyroid:
• Melissa Langton Crowned Mrs. United States 2006 • Testimonial of the Month by Melissa Langton • Recipe of the Month - Ceci Dip (Yeast-free) Reference Ranges - Why Your NORMAL Lab Results May be
So you're convinced that you iodothyronine are LOW THYROID. You have (T3), the active, weight gain, headaches, hair hormone and normal. What's next? Your doctor offers you an antidepressant, Ibuprofen, and tells you to exercise. Does this sound familiar? There are two problems here. First, this so- called ‘normal’ result might NOT be YOUR normal. Reference ranges for most lab values are established by testing a large number of healthy people and observing what appears to be "normal" for them. A large number of Once released by people are tested for a given lab, and in turn, a bell curve (i.e., normal distribution) is created. By statistical definitions, when one includes the results that extend 2 standard deviations beyond the average of that distribution, this encompasses 95% of the population studied. So if 95% of a sample population had thyroid levels that ranged from 5 to 500, that would be the reference range helping cells for a thyroid test. You must agree that 5 to 500 is a pretty broad range. So let’s say your thyroid level, hypothetically, is 25. That certainly does fall ‘within normal range’, but perhaps YOUR normal is energy. These 350. For another example, let’s say, hypothetically, that 5 yrs ago your thyroid level was 400. Over the past 5 years, you’ve noticed a slow, but steady decline in your energy, moods, brain function, etc, and had your thyroid checked again. This time it is 200. Both of these numbers are well within ‘normal range’, but your thyroid is now functioning 50% slower than it did 5 years ago. Because these levels are within range, your thyroid problem won’t be detected with your thyroid gland bloodwork, and instead of replenishing your deficient thyroid, you are offered several prescription drugs to mask the symptoms that The second problem is that doctors are taught in medical school and thyroid, then you residency training to interpret most lab values as black and white, i.e., no gray area. This includes thyroid. According to most doctors, you do not have a thyroid problem if your lab result is ‘within normal slowly unwind like Over a 5 year period, I had developed depression, daily headaches, brain fog, and had gained 80 pounds. I had my thyroid checked several times and it was always “normal”. Since I had no clear-cut diagnosis, I was prescribed antidepressants, Ibuprofen, and diet pills. My symptoms continued to worsen, and more pills were added are essential for every year to my regimen. After a long awaited revelation, I began taking bio-identical hormones, including a thyroid supplement. After just 2 weeks, I was able to discontinue my antidepressant, the weight started coming off, headaches were gone, and I could think My motto now is: If it looks like a duck, and walks
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Melissa Langton Crowned Mrs. United States
weight gain, cold extremities, headaches, brain Melissa Langton has been
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from all over the nation competed in recurrent and crown, but she was also honored with emotional two other special awards: Best husband, Michael, for 10 years. They have two children, Gabrielle complications of and Garrett. She is the owner of Faithfully Fit and a fitness consultant for The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness. We are so proud of her accomplishment and know she will do a Testimonial of the Month by Melissa
As the fitness Director for Dr.McManus’s practice, I visit with a lot of most commonly you in the early stages of your treatment program and hear such wonderful stories of your success with your treatment and yeast detox. The majority of you simply say your life has changed forever are many causes and that you feel amazing and almost instantly saw improved health, energy and vitality. Yet, there are a few that I have met that but one of the were like me. I have always worked diligently at maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program. I was always up on the latest in supplements and health trends. I was even certified by the Cooper Institute and the Hashimoto’s
Aerobic Research Center to educate and guide others to obtain their Thyroiditis: This
fitness and nutrition goals. So why, with all of this knowledge and
commitment to health and only approaching age 40, did I feel so awful. I had progressively worsened after the birth of my second child. I had fatigue, moodiness, brain fog, depression, thinning hair, the immune IBS, fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia, heavy bleeding , migraines, joint pain, diminished sex drive, and well, the list could go on infinitely but I have chosen to focus on the few that were beginning to take over my life. I sought help from physicians who only said, “Honey, you are just in peri-menopause”. A doctor even said “You are just a the thyroid gland type A personality and expect perfection from yourself”. Others said and prevent if “Here is a brochure that explains it all, you just need to take an anti- from making depressant, that should help with the moodiness and depression”. This type of response led me down a path with several doctors who After several years of this and deciding that I truly was feeling worse the cells. This and not better- and after adding the 10+ lbs I had mysteriously gained, I stopped all medications and trudged on in hopes that I could at least get back to the not so bad feeling that I felt before the and therefore the pills! Maybe I was expecting too much for my age (40)? I then had the fortunate experience of meeting Dr. Mila McManus and could not very similar. The believe the information that I had read in her brochures that very first day. Could this be true? Could someone really identify all of Well that is where we began my treatment and I must confess I think I have been a tough nut to crack but I have worked closely with her for over a year and we have finally found the right combination of diet and hormone therapy that suits me perfectly. The program is not one size fits all and yes, medicine is an art! She is an amazing doctor who has given my future back to me. I had the skin, increased opportunity to compete in the Mrs. Texas pageant a while back and, menstrual flow, although I did not win, it was a great experience that I really struggled to accomplish. After a year in the program another opportunity was given to compete at my first national pageant for United States Mrs. 2006 – and I won! I had confidence, clarity, and amazing vitality and energy and the judges saw that! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Mila- YES we can seek perfection! Much love and many blessings to you and your amazing staff! by Melissa Langton, CPT, Fitness Instructor, Mrs. United
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Iodoral is an inorganic, non-radioactive form of iodine. Iodine is the safest of all trace minerals and studies have shown it may be necessary for the production of every hormone in the body and them is by for proper immune system function. Iodine is essential to the synthesis of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Dr. Brownstein has tested hundreds of patients and >90% exhibit laboratory signs of iodine deficiency. The average salt intake in the U.S.A. is 10g/day which would theoretically supply 770ug of iodine however studies have shown that urine levels of iodine in 24-hour urine tests are 10 times lower. Deficiency of iodine is due to soil erosion, less use of salt due to fear high blood pressure, radioactive companies then iodine exacerbates an iodine deficiency, exposure to many chemicals market their drugs that inhibit iodine binding in the body (e.g., bromide, fluoride, chloride), diet and lifestyles (high consumption of bakery products with bromide, vegan diets, lack of ocean fish or sea vegetables). Note: Bromide is a halide and halides compete with one another for products to absorption and receptor binding in the body. Measuring the amount of iodine in the urine is not a reliable method. Synthroid and An iodine-loading test is very useful information for the body’s iodine Levoxyl. status. The iodine- loading test is 5% mg of an iodine/iodide mixture given as a loading dose and the amount of iodine excreted in the urine over the next 24 hours is measured. In an iodine sufficient state, approximately 90% of a mixture of a 50mg dose of iodine/iodide would be excreted (i.e., 45 mg). Levels below 90% excretion would indicate an iodine- deficient state. Iodine is not very soluble in water but Dr. Lugol found that potassium iodide added to water increased the solubility in water. He began using a solution of 5% iodine and 10% potassium iodide in T4 into the active water. Two drops of this solution contains 5mg of iodine and 7.5mg of iodide. Iodide is the reduced form of iodine which contains an extra electron. His recommended dose was 2 drops per day of Lugol’s solution. This is very similar to the physiologic dose of iodine conversion, which for sufficiency of the entire body. Lugol’s solution can also be found Every cell utilizes iodine. It is concentrated in the thyroid gland, salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid, brain, gastric mucosa, breasts and ciliary body of the eye. Because different tissues concentrate different forms of iodine, it is essential to use a supplement that contains both iodide and iodine (i.e. the prostate gland concentrates this reason, iodine, but the thyroid gland concentrates iodide). Using Iodoral could yield maximum benefits, providing both iodide and iodine for Information provided by Physicians Preference. For More Information or to Order Iodoral. Many synthetic
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