Thyroid Gland Problems

Surprisingly, a large population of women and men suffer from thyroid problems in their mid 30s on wards. Although, it is more prevalent in women. I will not go in to causes here but symptoms, as it is important to recognise and diagnose the conditions.

The thyroid gland is situated in the front of your neck and is an endocrine gland responsible for production of two types of hormones T4 and T3. The main hormone is thyroxine, T4. These hormones are  responsible for functions of metabolism and cell growth.

Thyroid gland inefficencies are common and mostly are of two type. An under functioning thyroid , hypothyroidism, or an over active thyroid called hyper thyroidism.


This is when the thyroid does not pr..

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We all take so much for granted that the simplest of things  get over looked. Have you ever thought why we have Saliva?

Saliva or in layman terms, spit, is a vital part of our bodily secretions. It lubricates your mouth, helps chewing and swallowing by wetting your food and protects your teeth from decay.

How does it work?
The sight and smell of food can get the process of salivation started. The food enters the mouth and the salivary glands surge with saliva secretion and the process of chewing actually starts the chemical and mechanical digestion of the food.

After swallowing,  the saliva continues to work by washing away food debris and bacteria left behind. Lack of saliva and this particular cleansing function would result in tooth decay and gum di..

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Raynaud's Disease

Do you suffer from cold hands and feet? Do your fingers and toes turn white or blue at times?

A disorder of the blood vessels causes the blood vessels to narrow when you are cold or stressed.  This causes restriction of blood flow to your fingers, toes and skin, which then causes a colour change and pain.

These symptoms are called Raynaud's Disease and when the blood supply is restricted for long enough or too frequently,  digital ulcers form at tips of fingers and toes. Digital ulcers sometimes appear as pitting which then develops in to open wounds. Excruciatingly painful, due to the high number of nerve endings at tips of our digits. If not treated, these ulcers can quickly become infected.

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Sun Burn

This month so many are on holiday and soaking up the sun in sunnier climes. This typical holiday season is also the season of sunburn !

What is exactly a sun burn? Perhaps understanding the meaning may help towards prevention because it is a serious risk factor for skin cancer.

Sun burn is the red and painful skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Sunburn can vary from mild to severe.

Degrees of sun burn depends on the variations in the intensity of UV radiation passing through the atmosphere, the risk of sunburn increases as you approach the equator. The higher the latitude, the lower the intensity of the UV rays. However, it is also dependant on the sensitivity of your skin, medication you may ..

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You Look Fine

"You look absolutely fine to me!" beamed the Community Healthcare assessor.
It's not the diagnosis but the symptoms that seems to be accountable. So if you are diagnosed with something like life limiting systemic scleroderma and severe Raynaud's, where you have peripheral shut down several times a doesn't count.

For the less medically inclined, Raynaud's is a circulatory auto immune condition where upon blood vessels spasm in the body, cutting off circulation to limbs and internal organs (in my case) as a result of response to stress, temp change, virus, medication, physical stress....and just about whatever it likes!

Diffuse systemic scleroderma with heart/lung involvent means my immune system is shutting down my vital organs. In effect, my immune s..

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Super Foods

My friend was telling me how "superfoods" will cure cancer and nearly all other ailments. She came over to my house with a box full of "superfoods" which included cranberry juice, pomegranite juice, lots of different fresh berries and some packets of things I had never heard of, let alone able to pronounce.

For many years now we have seen the trend in eating superfoods. Super fruits, super vegetables, super supplements etc.. .. If it's labelled or advertised as a Super food then we feel it's good for us. Specially if we have conditions such as cancer or some auto immune condition that drains us  of energy.

What does it mean? Is it truly a super food capable of miracles or just a fad. Actually, it's a very clever marketing tool many companies use to increase sale of ne..

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Testosterone and Stress

In our bodies, we have both types of male and female hormones in different quantities. Testosterone, for example, is the name given to the male hormone which is an androgen. This hormone is required in the female body to be converted to oestrogens, female hormones!

One of the correlations, which we probably don't readily associate with each other, is the one between raised levels of androgens and stress.*

When we are stressed, in either physical or emotional ways, through strenuous activity, infection, or injury even,   our cortisol levels rise which trigger insulin resistance to insulin to use sugar from other sources. The quick  increase in blood sugar levels and increased cravings for carbohydrates and sweets is the consequence. So we get cravings for swe..

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Triggers of Eczema and it's rising incidence

Chiswick resident and organic natural skincare product pioneer Asal Shirazi looks at the triggers of eczema and it's rising incidence.

According to the British Skin Foundation...

"There are 1 million people in the UK who suffer from psoriasis. 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are reported each year. 20% of all children have eczema."

It seems these statistics increase daily and there is still not enough awareness out there to help educate the sufferers. I would like to focus on eczema as I am a sufferer myself. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it's thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to an irritant.

The irritant can vary from stress, sweat, food allergies, detergents, pets or a mixture of al..

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Don't let them get under your skin!

Chiswick resident and organic skin product pioneer Asal Shirazi looks at the importance of checking out what goes into off the shelf skin products.

The skin provides:

Protection, water preservation, shock absorption, tactile sensation, calorie reservation, vitamin D synthesis, temperature control and lubrication and waterproofing.

One of the physical characteristics of skin is that it is porous. Dermal absorption has..

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