23May/18

Celebrate

 

I love to celebrate the triumphs in my life.  On May 23, 2005 I had my last Radioactive Iodine treatment of 250 mCi’s.  I felt like I was going to die.  It was my hardest of the three to endure.  This treatment I had 2 children who were almost 3 and 5 years old.  You can read my story of that day and beyond on my blog here.  I remember wondering how long I would live and would I see my children grow.

Today I will have the pleasure of watching my 18 year old son graduate from high school.  Over the last year we have spent time together travelling to various colleges to determine which was right for him and I have loved every moment.  He has chosen his school and now I am blessed to be making plans with him for the next phase of life that will begin in August.  I also have a beautiful 15 year old daughter that turns 16 in just under 2 weeks.  I have helped her to learn to drive, worked on math homework and just had the pleasure of being her mom and watching her blossom.  I have 2 more years with her before she spreads her wings to go away to college like her brother.

So to celebrate my life triumphs I thought I would share the joy with you.  I am offering $10 off your purchase of $65 or more (excluding kits already discounted 10%) in my store until midnight Thursday night (5/24).

27Apr/18

Website Has a New Home

You may have noticed that my website has been having issues over the last few months.  I have been so busy that I have not had time to investigate why there was an issue.  At the beginning of this week I sent a message to my Hosting service asking why I was receiving a generic 500 error.  I did this when a website that I have in development (not live) began to have the same issues. Their response shocked me.  They had determined that my site was using more than the allowable resources so they locked my site down.  Well isn’t that lovely?  I have searched comments from other users who experienced the same issues with this host.  Their servers were not secure and hackers were hitting my sites with bots trying to gain access.  This caused the server usage to increase.  I put up security walls to protect my site, blocked IP address ranges and more but nothing could stop them from coming to me.  My hosts solution?  To pay them $40 / mo for protection.  This morning I read that one of the customers did this and still had issues and they shut down all 10 of  his websites.

As of yesterday all of my websites were transferred to a new host where there is security on the server to keep the hackers away from my site. I am still working on setting up configurations.  I need to get my SSL onto my site yet.  This was something my other host charged $100 / year for.

I’m sorry for the constant errors you all may have been experiencing but my hope is that those days are gone and that we will be stable and fast (as it appears to be now).  Please let me know if you experience any issues in the next few weeks that I may need to tweek.

Please use coupon code   newhome  to get 12% off your total purchase.  This offer is valid until the end of the month.

Stephanie Buist, ND HC

 

16Mar/18

No Thyroid? YES to Iodine!

 

One of the most common questions I get is about not having a thyroid and the need for iodine.  Doctors will tell patients that if you are thyroidless you do not need iodine.

This is very very wrong……

Consider these facts:

  • Iodine is used by every cell in the body.
  • The body stores 1,500 mgs of iodine when fully saturated
  • Iodine is used by the cells in a process called apoptosis (programmed cell death) to prevent / fight cancer
  • Being deficient in iodine makes you at a higher risk for breast cancer
  • If you are taking thyroid medication you are at a higher risk of getting breast cancer [1] due to iodine deficiency

Look at the research.  Just a few examples

  1. Breast
  2. Eyes
  3. Pancreas

The next question is “Can I take thyroid medication and iodine?”  Of course.  Iodine is just an element like magnesium or calcium.  No one worries as much about taking other nutrients than they do iodine.  It doesn’t matter when you take iodine during the day.  Most people take it before 1-2 pm or it can give the person too much energy, wake up the brain and keep you from falling asleep.

I hope that helps to clear up this confusion.  Please also read Dr David Brownstein’s book called “Iodine:  Why We Need It, Why We Can’t Live Without It”.

 

[1] The Epidemic of Breast Cancer and Thyroid Disorders:  The Common Link, Dr David Brownstein, June 7, 2015