Myths and Fables about “Cures”

I’m all for using natural ingredients to compliment modern medicine.  I also realize that sometimes modern medicine is the way to go (as per vaccines) and I like to keep an open mind about all viable possibilites to help with certain issues.

My argument though is when sites claim that they can cure thyroid disease with herbs and vitamins etc.  They, and those that buy into it, clearly do not understand whay thyroid disease is.  No amount of vitamins or herbs will correct your body not working optimally.  The TSH measures the hormone the pituitary gland sends to the thyroid to tell it to either make more or less thyroid hormone.  It is only then that the thyroid makes or slows down production of the blessed hormones for the body to function properly.

I can take all the vitamins and herbs that they recommend, however, there is nothing out there that will kickstart or slow down (hypo vs hyper) production of this all important hormone.  Especially when it is not “just” the thyroid that may be in question.  The adrenals may not be working correctly either, which will have a huge impact on your thyroid, as well as the productivity of the medication being taken.  That includes NDT (natural dessicated thyroid) as well as synthetic replacement.

Thyroid disease is so much more than just thyroid disease.  It covers so much.  Basically it covers the body from head to toe from the inside out.  Knowing this, how can taking some herbal supplements make a big difference.  Quite frankly, they can’t.

Eating and being healthy certainly helps, and that can include herbal and vitamin supplements.  Those supplements by no means equal a cure.  Shame on those that advertise otherwise.

 

 

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Pregnant Over 40

You know, our society has a greater amount of women having children over 40.  On purpose.  I have to say that I find that completely nuts.  Wait, wait! Hold up!  I’m not being judgemental, I’m being bloody honest.

I’m 42 and 15 weeks pregnant.

ONLY 15 weeks.  The first 13 were awful.  My boobs were so sore and sensitive that crossing my own arms became impossible let alone sleeping on them.  Forget that!  I’d weep just thinking about it.  Please keep in mind that I’m only just entering my second trimester and I’ve already gone up TWO cup sizes.  Dear lord, help me!  Then there was the constant nausea and occasional bouts of “kill me now” vomiting sessions.  All the time.  Forget this morning sickness shit.  It was 24/7 sickness.  I’d crave something, eat it and then that same thing would make me sick as a dog.  Evil, evil little parasite.

I wouldn’t change a damn thing.  Except maybe the age I am doing this.  Again.

My first child, a brilliant, caring, gorgeous daughter, was also a little surprise bundle of joy when I was just 20 years old.  The apple of my eye.  The one thing I did right in life.  My one and only child…or so I’ve thought for 23 years.  Yep.  There are 23 years between my two children.

I’ve done the pregnancy both ends of the spectrum.  Neither were planned.  Neither are regretted.

 

Edited:

January 31, 2016:  this blog had not been published at the time due to my simply forgetting to finish it.  Things have changed since this was written.  At 19 weeks I had no choice but to terminate my pregnancy due to serious health issues.  Let me just say it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make.  One that a part of me will always be very upset about.  I cried throughout the procedure as well as afterwards and on some level will always regret things not progressing as they should.  Yes, I know things worked out for “the best” but it still sucks big fat sweaty monkey balls.

On a side note, I am pro-choice and always will be.  But I have to say that the whole procedure was something that I’d never want to go through but once.  It wasn’t pleasant and affected me quite deeply.  I’m glad of course, of being able to have a choice, but it still wasn’t easy physically nor mentally.

 

Our little boy whom we named Colton George William.  Never really made it here, but will never be forgotten.

 

 

 

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Hypothyroidism & Pregnancy

This has been a game changer for me. I became hypothyroid 23 years ago with the birth of my daughter. I’ve been taking Levothyroxine ever since and for the most part felt ok. Still had symptoms but things weren’t too bad up until a few years ago. 

Seemed all my symptoms came rushing back plus new ones that made me feel worse. After lots of research and finding some fabulous pages (blogs) on Facebook, I found out why I felt so bad. For a year or so I’ve been going through pre-menopause so didn’t think anything of missing a period. LOL Jokes on me cause who would have thought at 42, a mere 23 years after my first child, I’d be having another. Yep. Sweet Jesus, I’m pregnant at 42. Struggling to get my thyroid issues under control for myself, plus my weight etc and surprise!  A bundle of joy on the way. 

Now I have the added pressure of ensuring my thyroid levels are optimum as they can have a significant bearing on the health of this child.  He/she may even be born hypo or hyperthyroid if my levels are not optimal. Not something I want this child to start out life with. 

By now I’m freaking out. Do I go ahead and switch to NDT anyway?  My emotions are all over the place. How will I know if I feel right?  Can’t rely on TSH levels and my family doctor simply doesn’t know enough. Endocrinologist time?  I do believe so. 

Thanks to several ladies that shared their stories with me, they’ve shown the wisdom of moving forward to NDT for the health of the baby as well as for me. 

Making a call to my GP about referral to a specialist. It’s more than just my future at stake. 

Disappointment…Anger….Determination

Today I was finally able to take time off of work to make my long awaited appointment with my doctor.  I was totally stoked.  My family doc has always been open minded and intelligent when it has come to various treatments in the past.  He has often spouted about naturopathy being a good alternative in certain cases.  I’ve often felt in all cases but I recognize it can be hard to pull away from the pharmaceutical gods when your livelihood relies on it.

Now I’m a fairly intelligent woman.  I’ve not just taken one source and run with it as true gospel.  I’ve actually gone to various sources, listened to various experts opinions from all over the world.  I’ve noted where they believe the shortcomings are in regards to testing and the tests they recommend to fill those glaring holes.  I’ve read. I’ve listened.  I’ve understood.  What they’ve said has made sense.

Especially as I am still living with the same symptoms as I had some twenty years ago when I was first diagnosed.

Clue #1 that something ain’t right folks.

Clue #2 would be that I now have NEW symptoms that are or rather, can be, all directly related to being hypothyroid.  By that, I mean I know I’ll always have thyroid disease, but by rights, if I was being treated properly, I should no longer be hypothyroid.  By no longer being hypothyroid, all my symptoms should be gone.  They are not.

I had my list of 10 tests all written down.  I was actually quite excited about finally taking that step forward to getting things fixed once and for all.  I was early, going through the information I knew, preempting some questions he might have as to why I wanted to change over to NDT.  I like being prepared, especially when dealing with someone who I assume is somewhat knowledgeable in the topic.

Finally my name was called and off I went to the exam room.  I have my list in hand (list? aghast!) and armed with the knowledge I’ve gained and convinced my doctor will speak with me in an intelligent manner as he has always done in the past.

Alas, it seems not to be.  Not only did I hear about how NDT is unreliable, but not as affective as synthetic thyroid hormone.  I informed him that because of my 20+ years on levothyroxine sodium, I had developed “Air Hunger” and have never stopped being hypothyroid.  I didn’t realize by rights I shouldn’t be hypothyroid anymore.  He actually laughed and said that I’ll always be hypothyroid.  I said if I stayed on levothyroxine, he’s quite right about that.  But here’s the crux of that comment.  I will always have thyroid disease.  With proper therapy, I should no longer be hypothyroid.  To be hypothyroid means that I still have symptoms (even a small handful).  To have no symptoms (hyper nor hypo) means I have thyroid disease…WITH NO SYMPTOMS!!  The key words.

I’ll be honest, he did look a little startled at my definition of the difference.  He surprisingly agreed with me and then started asking about what the individual tests were for.  He said he’d never heard of anyone testing Free T3 or T4’s before.  He had no idea why I was wanting Ferritin tested, nor a 24 hour saliva cortisol test.

So I gave him a little bit of medical information strictly in regards to the thyroid.

TSH as we all know tests the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone that the PITUITARY gland secretes when it detects that the thyroid is either not producing enough, or too much.  What the TSH does NOT test is the actual thyroid hormones at all.

Ferritin is for the hair.  Or because of hair loss rather.  And for those of us who are tired of cleaning out the gobs of hair from the shower drain, you’ll know how desperately I want that tested.  And of course the 24 hour saliva cortisol test to help ensure the start of NDT is off to a good start.

He has been kind enough to schedule the testing my little flight of fancy has produced and we’ll see if it is worth it when the results come back.  Condescending little bastard at times.

Although,  he did say at the end of the appointment that he thinks going to see an Endocrinologist may be a good idea, instead of me doing all of this by myself.  Could have knocked me over considering he’s always told me it’s not needed.  Guess he’s maybe realized he doesn’t know all he needs to know about thyroid disease, huh?

Idiotic Sentence Due to Killer Feeling Bad For What He Did

Quite frankly, that is the biggest pile of bullshit I have heard in a long time.  IF he was a compassionate soul, he would NEVER have done what he did.  Everything else is bullshit and maybe guilt wrapped in there.  But to get 3 years probation, $1500.00 fine, and not be allowed to have anything to do with sled dogs or decision making in redards to euthansia….excuse my language but what the fuck??

Not only did those dogs die a horrendous death, but their deaths have not even prevented this from happening again.  Nor has it set a precedent for trials to come.  What it has done is told the world that the justice system only works for some of our family members, but not those with four legs as they don’t count for shit.

 

To say I am furious and absolutely ashamed to be a Canadian is putting it mildly.  Dispicable!!

 

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/no-jail-time-for-b-c-sled-dog-killer-1.1049183

 

 

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BSL: List of Innocents Fighting for the Right to Live

Please join the fight for Diesel.  He is a mix breed and therefore does not have the luxury of added support from a breed club and the many supporters that entails.  ALL of us need to stand up and be heard, to be counted in the fight against BSL.  It does NOT work!  That has been proven over and over again!!

Please show your support!  The only thing this dog did wrong was be unlucky enough to have a piss poor owner….don’t let him die because of that.

http://www.facebook.com/DieselVsRdco      Canada

 

 

I am sad to say that I will be adding to this list I am sure.  Most will be from Canada, but will post where they are from.

 

 

 

 

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The Future of Dog Shows

E. Katie Gammill, AKC Judge/Exhibition Editor,TheDogPlace.org

Do breeders and owner handlers no longer understand the sport of dogs? “Show and go” doesn’t get the job done. You are either in, or you are out.

Examples: People bump a dog up to Specials class without first asking the competitors if they would prefer that the dog stay in the classes and hold the major. People double-enter and don’t show up. Owner handlers drive miles to get to that major only to find someone else “slept in” or didn’t go. Time and again, we hear “the major broke” but sometimes exhibitors come to ringside to get a number and they see a few numbers aren’t picked up and so, assume there is no major. Then due to late pick ups, find it is THEIR FAULT the major didn’t hold because they didn’t compete and the rest of the armbands were picked up at the last minute.

Do breeders still count the “Specials”, especially now with “Awards of Merit” entries, when it comes to possibly winning over the Specials and picking up a major? Sure Groups are tough but a judge gave you the honor of representing your breed and you skip Group competition? And did you know when if ANY breed in the Group has a major, and your dog wins the Group, it counts as a major for your entry?

Breeders Discourage Future Breeders
Breeders are, and will always be, the backbone of the sport and the future of dog shows. When I read we must do things to attract newcomers to our sport, and then hear the complaints from buyers who speak of contracts, breeding restrictions, exorbitant prices, and in some cases rudeness, is it any wonder buyers run to the nearest shelter for their pet? Between our actions, the lack of breeding litters, and restrictions, we don’t have to worry about Animal Activists. We are shooting ourselves in our own proverbial foot!

I have attempted to teach new breeders or owner handlers only to have them disregard my effort. The future of the sport depends on them but I suppose it is the times. I can say “What was” worked a lot better that “What is”. If we refuse to honor the sport of dogs and play by the rules, we defeat our purpose. If we all breed what we like and disregard the standard, we will join the ranks of the “doodle dogs”.

Breeding To The Breed Standard
Another example: Why won’t the breeders and handlers stand up for the Standards? I love breed type, the look of eagles, the virtues that separate one breed from another. I love “cropped ears and docked tails”. A big, substantial Great Dane one can “look in the eye” represents the Apollo of the breed. Nobility is a look; I love the keen presence of each individual breed, be it large or small. I grieve the loss of these attributes, but they can be preserved IF breeders take breeding to standard seriously and evaluate their dogs honestly.

When evaluating dogs, does one keep a dog for a single attribute, or does one choose the overall dog? It starts there. IF you breed for eye improvement and it shows up on the worst puppy in the litter, and you choose to keep that “eye”, the next generation will take you backwards. IF you choose the best overall puppy, keeping your positive virtues intact, your reward comes when you later breed that dog. In the next litter will be a choice of an overall puppy that incorporates the desired eye. This requires patience, but “socks in” your virtues and moves your program forward.

There are breeders, and then there are BREEDERS! True breeders know how to incorporate a virtue into their program without losing their own “look”. Meeting a breeder with four generations of “OFA excellent” hips in her dogs, she asked me how it could be that all puppies in the last litter were dysplastic? I’m no expert in genetics, but I am an expert regarding “You plan, Nature laughs”, keeping us on our toes. It’s always been that way. But the sport and a good breeding program will survive if we just carry on.

Present and Future Breeder Tools
With frozen semen, opportunities are abound. Hesitant at first regarding Award of Merits, I look at it now as an opportunity for newcomers to view many “greats” of many breeds. Frozen semen and Award of Merits allow access to studs long forgotten affords a fresh approach to possibly getting “back on track”.

Many dogs age well and are still breathtaking. Even those who don’t age as well have a certain dignity and presence that is undeniable. It’s regrettable only one dog and one bitch can be recognized when so many are so deserving. Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your breeding program.

The future of dog shows and that of your breed is in your hands. It’s a worthwhile responsibility. Don’t sit back and think others are fighting the battle to preserve either one just for you. Get involved before it’s too late and the privilege of owning a dog is taken from us all. BREEDERS ARE THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT.

http://www.thedogplace.org/SHOWDOG/Future-of-dog-shows_Gammill-1203.asp

 

 

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