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

 

11Jan/18

Thick Neck or Goiter?

I am constantly watching videos and searching the internet to learn new things.  I am always struck by the number of people I notice who have a goiter.  For those of you that don’t know what a goiter is, it is a swollen thyroid.  The gland swells in an effort to capture iodine to make thyroid hormones.  We are so iodine deficient not only in the United States but all around the world that its becoming epidemic.  When I see it, I sigh and wish that I could offer some help because if they don’t have issues now – they are coming.

So what’s the big deal about having a goiter?  To most medical doctors – nothing.  My own gynecologist who found my goiter mentioned it to me casually but then never suggested that I should do something about it.  Had I addressed the issue I doubt I would have gotten thyroid cancer nor would my children have lifelong thyroid issues.  But we are here now and I try to help as many as will listen.

So what does a goiter look like?  Here are some examples.

This is relatively large but there are some more extreme in 3rd world countries.

They can look like this – a thickened neckline.

Milder left lobe only goiter.

Milder forms of goiter I caught on a video I watched.  This is the time to catch it before damage to the gland occurs.

 

 

 

 

 

What are the reasons why we develop a goiter?

Iodine deficiency 
I’ve already hinted above that iodine is a reason.  The thyroid needs it to create hormones.  The T4 hormone contains iodine.  The number 4 in that hormone name represents 4 iodine molecules.

Selenium deficiency
Selenium is needed in the thyroid hormone creation process to create thyroid peroxidase (TPO).  When this gets out of balance we can see an autoimmune condition occur called Hashimotos.

Hashimotos
Hashimotos is an autoimmune condition where the body creates antibodies called TPO Ab and Tg Ab to attack the gland and kill it off. The body is confused and views it as an invader that needs to be removed.  The Iodine protocol has been shown to assist in the reduction and even elimination of this condition.

Nodules & Tumors 
This can be cancerous or benign which if left untreated can turn into a cancerous condition such as papillary thyroid cancer.  It did in my case and I wouldn’t wish my experience on anyone.

Pregnancy
During pregnancy the baby will take what it needs to grow and develop.  Iodine is critical for the development of the neurological system as well as the thyroid gland.  The mother’s thyroid gland produces hormone for the baby for the first 2 trimesters.  When the mother is already low and the baby demands more the body sends out the signal of a goiter to show that a crisis is coming.

The Iodine protocol is important for not only goiter issues but the entire body.  If the thyroid shows signs of deficiency then the rest of the body is as well.  Women who are low in iodine are at a higher risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and breast cancer.  Men can also get breast cancer as well as prostate cancer.  Fibromyalgia has been helped with iodine supplement too since the muscles house a high volume of iodine.

I believe iodine is one of the most critical nutrients needed to maintain optimum body health.  Don’t wait until a problem appears.  Your body is sending you warnings.  Listen!