Thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid gland. It may be painful and tender when caused by an infection or trauma, or painless when caused by an autoimmune condition or medications.

There are several types of thyroiditis. The most common forms are:

  • Hashimoto's disease
  • Subacute granulomatous thyroiditis
  • Postpartum thyroiditis
  • Subacute lymphocytic thyroiditis
  • Drug induced thyroiditis

Most forms of thyroiditis result in three phases: overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), and return to normal.

When the thyroid is inflamed, it often releases to much thyroid hormone, causing hyperthyroidism. Then, when there is no more thyroid hormone to release, the body doesn't have enough, causing hypothyroidism.

Young to middle aged women are at greatest risk. However, some forms of thyroiditis happen in both men and women of all ages. Sometimes, you may develop hypothyroidism years later, even if the thyroiditis was treated.

Signs and Symptoms 

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Think of your liver like your own personal filtering system: Suck in the bad and spit out the good.

"The liver has many important functions that keeps a person healthy. It removes harmful material from the bloodstream and helps digest food," says holistic nutritionist Hermeet Suri from Mississauga, Ont.

The liver, weighing in at an average of three pounds, is a rubbery and reddish-brown organ that sits on the right side of your stomach, according to WebMD.com.

A functioning liver works as our bodies' fat-burning organ: It converts nutrients from the food we eat into essential blood components, storing vitamins and minerals and producing proteins and enzymes to maintain hormone balances in our bodies, Suri says. Our livers also help our immune system fight infections, remove bacteria from the blood and make bile, which is essential for digesting our meals.

Problems with your liver can be inherited or can occur if your body is infected by any viruses or harmful chemicals, according to The Ma...

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Exercise builds and tones muscle, strengthens the heart, and improves lung function. But during and immediately after strenuous exercise, your body is stressed. Sweat wicks away potassium and other minerals, saps energy reserves, and leaves muscles fatigued and sore.

How can you bounce back safely and quickly? Don’t sabotage the process with sport mixes and drinks loaded with refined sugars, such as glucose, fructose, and the infamous high-fructose corn syrup. Instead, reach for these nutrients and herbs to speed recovery and minimize post-exercise aches.

Omegas

Muscle soreness results from microscopic tissue tears and the resulting inflammation, says elite-athlete trainer Joe Friel, author of The Triathlete’s Training Bible (Velo Press, 2009). The Danish Olympic team has long used a combination of omega-3 fish oils and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an anti-inflammatory omega-6 plant oil, to dampen inflammation and encourage healing. Vegetarians can take algae-sourced omega-3s, which, milli...

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Zinc is called an “essential trace element” because it's necessary for numerous chemical processes that take place within a cell. It's required for the activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence and is required for proper sense of taste and smell. To maintain a steady state of zinc, daily intake is required because our bodies don’t have a specialized system for storing zinc.

Let's talk about six health issues when supplemental zinc may be appropriate.

Immune Function and the Common Cold

The relationship between zinc and the immune system is complex since there are four different ways zinc influences the immune system. Although technical, zinc does indeed help the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses.

There is reliable and relatively consistent data showing zinc is most effective ...

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You Can Stop Gum Disease

3/21/2014 10:39 AM

By: Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS Practice Limited to Periodontics

First, think about this question: If there were a species whose only means of getting nutrition was by chewing food, and if this species had rampant tooth and gum disease causing the loss of those precious teeth, what would happen to that species over thousands of years of evolution?

The answer: This species would die off because it couldn’t survive over time.

Now consider this fact: Primitive man and woman from Paleolithic and Mesolithic periods rarely had gum disease or tooth decay. Why is that?

Let’s step back and consider animals in the wild. They don’t develop dental decay or gum disease or degenerative diseases like modern-day humans, and they don’t get fat like modern-day humans, either. They may lose a tooth in combat, and they do gain weight intentionally to prepare for the cold, winter months or hibernation, but they use this storage naturally and lose it naturally. They eat food in the wild when their bodies tell them ...

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It's tough to turn on the T.V or flip through the pages of a magazine without seeing an advertisment for a prescription drug. As the symptoms and side effects are listed, one can't help but wonder... when did we as a nation get so sick?

In 2013, U.S. pharmaceutical sales soared. What exactly is in our medicine cabinets? The top 5 drugs for 2013 in sales were:

1. Abilify - For depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
2. Nexium - For stomach acid reduction.
3. Humira - For pain relief and inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, & psoriasis.
4. Crestor - Statin drug to reduce LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol
5. Cymbalta - Effects neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine for depression and pain

The amount of money spent on just these top 5 selling drugs was a staggering $27, 975, 871. That is almost $28 million dollars in just one year. We aren't alone in this pursuit of relief, either. More than $10 billion is spent each year worldwi...

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