Do You Need A Thyroid Test?

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seniorwoman2Low levels of thyroid hormone, which might not cause symptoms, can still raise “bad” cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.

Many people know of the common symptoms of low thyroid hormone (also known as hypothyroidism) — fatigue, fuzzy-headedness, weight gain, cold hands, and dry skin. But many people who find their cholesterol levels and weight are creeping up are more likely to blame their diet and exercise regimen instead of their thyroid, especially if they don’t have any of the other symptoms.

Thyroid hormone plays a major role in regulating metabolism — the process by which body cells convert nutrients into energy — and thereby helps regulate body temperature, heart rate, and even brain function. So when thyroid hormone levels fall, the body slows. “Symptoms are often nonspecific, and since women over 60 generally have more of these nonspecific symptoms, their doctors may not think to test for hypothyroidism,” says endocrinologist Dr. Jeffrey Garber, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Overcoming Thyroid Problems.

Women of all ages are more likely than men to have low thyroid hormone levels. By some estimates, almost a quarter of women over 60 have inadequate levels. However, many of their symptoms are attributed to other conditions or written off as a consequence of aging.

The only way to tell if a person’s thyroid hormone levels are too low is through a blood test. However, as many as 60% of people with low thyroid hormone aren’t aware anything is wrong because they haven’t been tested. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) doesn’t recommend routine thyroid screening because it hasn’t found sufficient evidence that testing thyroid hormone levels in large groups of people without symptoms is cost-effective.

Dr. Garber agrees, and suggests a different approach — testing asymptomatic people who are most likely to develop the disease and benefit from treatment. Treating people in the earliest stages of hypothyroidism with synthetic thyroid hormone reduces the likelihood that they will develop more serious problems in the future, especially cardiovascular disease. In fact, low thyroid hormone can often be the cause of high cholesterol, and treatment with thyroid hormone may make statin therapy unnecessary.

Read the full-length article: “Do you need a thyroid test?”

Also in the November 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch issue:

* Why Addyi is not the “women’s Viagra”

* Two types of drugs to avoid for the sake of your brain

* A few things you might not know about alcohol

* What you can gain by exercising harder

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Interesting Product – Bouncy Bands Help Students With Test Anxiety

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groupkids38% of students have moderate to severe test anxiety. 86% of students surveyed said that a new product called “Bouncy Bands” helped them feel calmer when they take tests; 87% of teachers said kids focused better.

Kids who get stressed-out taking tests can bounce and wiggle their way out of anxiety, according to new surveys.

Out of more than 400 students surveyed nationwide 86% reported that a new product called Bouncy Bands helped them feel calmer when they took tests. And their teachers agreed. From over 100 teachers surveyed, 92% said Bouncy Bands helped students release energy and 88% said that movement tended to give students sharper focus.

Bouncy Bands strap between the legs of chairs or desks allowing students to bounce their feet while they work and release some of their extra energy. They’re a boon to students at any time of year but, with the end of school year approaching, parents and teachers are looking for any resource to help their children perform better, especially those who suffer from test anxiety.

This is important, says the product’s creator, elementary school counselor, Scott Ertl, because the American Test Anxieties Association reports that a majority of students are more stressed by tests and by schoolwork than by anything else in their lives. About 20% of students have high test anxiety, making this the most prevalent scholastic impairment in schools. Another 18% are troubled with moderate test anxiety.

Ertl created Bouncy Bands in 2014 for his own students and since then they have already been enjoyed by more than 15,000 kids across the globe.

Ertl said, “Bouncy Bands help kids relieve their extra energy, anxiety, stress, and hyperactivity while they sit at their desks. Kids love being able to move instead of having to sit still for five to six hours every day. I like to say they can ‘wiggle while they work.’ Bouncy Bands enable high energy kids to fidget without distracting others. They discreetly soothe student anxiety, frustration, and hyperactivity and increase their attention so they can spend more time on tasks.”

Made from a heavy-duty rubber rope that is stronger than bungee cord, inner tubes, and stretch bands, Bouncy Bands have been featured by Creative Child Magazine as a 2014 Product of the Year and named as a “Great Find” by AblePlay.

Over 120 teachers throughout the U.S. have been fully funded through for every student in their class to receive a free Bouncy Band. Teachers who received grants for Bouncy Bands have been singing their praises.

Mike Adams, of R.H. Gettys Middle School, Easley, South Carolina, said, “The students are rushing to my classroom every day now in order to get a desk with the bouncy bands. Their focus has increased tremendously.”

Renee Drake, fourth grade teacher at South Columbia Elementary School, Augusta, Georgia, said, “These bands have truly impacted my room in the best way possible. The noises in the room have gone down significantly because the students are able to silently bounce their feet and fidget without tapping or bouncing pencils on their desks.”

Colleen Kennedy, school counselor at Camp Ellen Elementary School, Norfolk, Virginia: “Students are staying in their seats longer, completing tasks in their entirety, and very excited about their new desk accessory. They have very happy feet and if their feet could smile I’m sure that they would.”

And Molly McCarthy, sixth grade teacher at Piedmont Open IB Middle School, Charlotte, North Carolina, said, “There are students who rely on the bands as much as their pencil and eraser.”

Harlem Globetrotters star Julian “Zeus” McClerkin, who is normally seen bouncing around a basketball court, is also a fan. He said “I wish I’d had Bouncy Bands when I was in school. Even now, I like to bounce my feet when I sit. I can see a lot of kids who would love these!”

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Q & A: Test Your Knowledge About Heavy Metals

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Q & A with Dr. Michael Wald

qa1. Which of the following is not a heavy metal?

a. Mercury

b. Aluminum

c. Lead d. Tin

e. Arsenic

ANSWER: Arsenic

2. True or False: Drinking 2-4 green vegetable drinks per day will effectively remove heavy metals from the body?

ANSWER: False. Various antidotes (detoxifier) are required to remove different metals and toxins

3. True or False: All three major forms of mercury are detoxified from the body the same way?

ANSWER: False. A combination of chelators (substances that remove heavy metals) is necessary to remove mercury in its various forms.

4. True or False: Headache, fatigue and muscle aches are some symptoms which can results during the process of heavy metal and toxin removal and always mean that the detoxification process is working.

ANSWER: False. These symptoms could also mean that adverse organ responses are occurring.

5. True or False: Mercury levels are best checked in blood?

ANSWER: False: Mercury from fish is best checked in urine, but all three major forms of mercury are best checked in a variety of tissue samples including urine, plasma and red blood cells. Failure to check all three of these tissues will result in inadequate total body mercury burden assessment.

6. True of False: Hair analysis is a reliable test of heavy metal toxicity in organs?

ANSWER: False: Hair analysis may not be as reliable as other types of toxin testing and does not reflect organ burdens.

7. Some findings on blood work that might indicate a predisposition to heavy metal burden include which of the following:

a. Low or low normal chloride

b. Low or low normal uric acid

c. High IgM

ANSWER: All can indicate heavy metal body burdens

8. True or False: “Free metals”, metals not bound with proteins, are the forms of metals which are responsible for tissue damage and symptoms?

ANSWER: True. Urine free metals assessment may indicate toxic burdens.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: or or by calling: 914-242-8844.