LARK SWOFFORD, RPH, FIFHI, FAARM
Get ready for a giggle at my expense on this one, folks! I promise, there’s a health lesson in it.
We all have that friend who has food allergies or preferences which makes ordering straight from a menu an outright impossibility. No croutons, extra tomato, an apple pie a la mode, but with strawberry instead of vanilla ice cream – you know the drill. As a compounding pharmacist, I see this on a different scale when patients have allergies to “inactive” ingredients in standard manufactured medications that can cause serious reactions. However, I never really considered myself to be one of “those” people. Sure, I have some seasonal allergies and perfume and cigarette smoke will give me a wicked headache, but I’ve never experienced serious food or filler allergies. Until recently.
My personal “ah-ha” moment came to me in the early summer of 2012 after I had given up all breads, pasta and other non-essential carbs during my annual January detox in an effort to improve my general health. I wasn’t having horrible reactions, I just found these foods were making me feel...more
If you've been suffering from brain fog, the inability to lose weight no matter how hard you try, a loss of vital energy, or if you've noticed that the outer third of your eyebrows are thinning, you might want to take a look at your thyroid function.
Facts about Thyroid Health
- More than 27 million Americans have some sort of thyroid disease. About 13 million have no idea they suffer from a thyroid imbalance.
- One out of 8 women will develop thyroid disease in her lifetime.
- EVERY single cell in your body has receptors for thyroid hormones. EVERY major system in your body is directly affected by these hormones: your brain, GI tract, heart, gall bladder, liver, temperature regulation, oxygen usage and the metabolism of bone, red blood cells, lipids, cholesterol, and proteins.
- Stress is a major factor that adversely affects the thyroid.
- Many thyroid abnormalities are seen during times of fluctuating reproductive hormones such as pregnancy and perimenopause.
Join Pharmacist Lark Scarbrough-Swofford as she...more