Why care about thyroid cancer? It’s about iodine.

Or more importantly about the lack of iodine and the excess availability of bromide, fluoride and perchlorate – all halides – all chemically similar enough so that the body may build thyroid hormone with them if there is a deficiency of iodine. Bromide replaced iodine in baked goods some point in time around the 1950s as an anti-caking agent in flour. Fluoride was added to water supplies and to toothpaste around the same time. Both fluoride and bromide may be used in medicines to help make a natural product able to be patented as chemically unique. They also may increase the active life of a medicine if the combination can be made to be able to enter cells with a molecule of bromide or fluoride attached then it tends to stay there longer because the molecule of the halide is so big that it is difficult for the cell to excrete  – which may make accumulation to toxic levels more of a long-term risk.

Iodine deficiency makes the risk of radioactive iodine more of a risk but it makes the use of X-ray machines with radioactive iodine more effective. Or the radioactive iodine to kill the thyroid cancer treatment more effective (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27856930). I prefer health. Iodine deficiency can make hypothyroid symptoms more likely which may include depression, easy weight gain and a reduced sex drive.

Will we ever be allowed to discuss underlying natural causes of chronic illness and cancer or do we have to simply trust that prescription pads can cure everything no matter how high the cost to individuals or society – and the problem with that plan is they can’t cure everything and the side effects of cancer treatments can be severe and may include cognitive deficits – loss of thinking ability.

Do we as a people have to be ashamed of a desire for health or for a healthy sex drive or is it now the norm to expect looking good to not be associated with feeling good? Shaming women over wanting to feel better or to wonder why they’ve lost interest in life, let alone sexual relations, is something I’ve experienced as a patient. If the standard lab test for hypothyroidism shows the presence of thyroid hormone then any symptoms are ‘crazy’ – ask for an autoimmune antibody lab test to be done. Hypothyroid symptoms may occur during autoimmune hypothyroidism while the thyroid hormone lab test shows the presence of thyroid hormone. It may be present but if it is loaded with bromide, chloride or fluoride atoms then it may simply be adding to long term cancer risk instead of performing the normal functions of regulating metabolism. Feeling cold and having easily thinning hair are also symptoms of hypothyroidism. Constipation and being sensitive to gluten containing foods may also be associated problems with hypothyroidism.

Shaming patients has not been found to be effective at helping them in the area of drug or alcohol problems:

“The results add to a body of literature suggesting that widely used shaming and humiliating methods of treating alcohol and other drug problems — such as those seen on shows like Celebrity Rehab — are not only ineffective but also may be counterproductive.” (9.156)

Patients with problems with chronic obesity or overweight issues that are actually due to hypothyroidism may try very hard to lose weight and may exercise a lot and eat very little and still not lose weight or even gain it. A severe hypothyroid problem can make a person’s metabolic needs drop far below average. An average diet for a person is recommended to not go below 1200 calories per day. Someone with hypothyroidism may be eating 800 calories per day and still not be losing weight – are they shameful over-eaters? or are they starving for iodine? I vote the latter. But society tends to look at anyone who is overweight as someone who eats too much – no it might be someone whose body gains weight too easily.

It has been made clear to me that sexual health is not to be discussed unless it is regarding men’s sexual health. Women don’t sweat, they just glow, or something like that. If men want sexual health it seems like they would want healthy partners too. We really aren’t talking about men’s sexual health either though, just take a pill and don’t worry about potential underlying cardiovascular risks that may be associated with ED (Erectile Dysfunction – yes, actually we don’t talk about that much either.)

Babies come from under cabbage leaves still I guess. Unfortunately they need iodine too. Rhubarb is a good source of iodine so maybe start looking for babies under rhubarb leaves. Or maybe just eat more rhubarb because it would not only be providing iodine, it also has a phytonutrient, parietin, that has been shown to be effective against cancer cells. A concentrated amount of the parietin was used however: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/613194/Cancer-killing-drug-rhubarb-ready-within-years

Parietin is an orange pigment found in the rhubarb and in many types of lichen. I don’t happen to have an image of rhubarb handy but here’s some pretty lichen on a rock in a desert area:

Colorful lichen on a rock in the desert during early winter, with colored pieces of glass, found nearby.

The chemical left healthy cells unharmed which is unlike typical chemotherapy treatments. The parietin may be stopping cancer cell growth by blocking anaerobic metabolism – the burning of energy without oxygen. Our bodies preferentially use metabolic pathways that use oxygen (and cause oxidative stress as a byproduct). This article is longer and contains a list of many other beneficial phytonutrients and vitamins found in whole rhubarb. It contains antioxidants and a variety of beneficial things in addition to iodine:  https://www.naturalhealth365.com/rhubarb-cancer-enzyme-1820.html

While I don’t have a picture I do have a recipe for Blueberry Rhubarb Jam – the two fruits work well together in a sauce, cobbler, or jam because rhubarb is fairly tart – acidic, and blueberries are fairly mild – more alkaline. They balance each other nicely in this low sugar recipe: http://transcendingsquare.com/2012/07/21/blueberry-rhubarb-jam/

If you happen to have a patch of rhubarb or know someone who does you’ll know that when it is season there is lots and then it is out of season, the leaves get large and the usuable part – the celery like stalks become too large, less tender, less colorful and the parietin at least is in the colorful pinkish pigments on the exterior of the rhubarb leaf stalks.

A simpler recipe that I made to use up a lot of rhubarb all at once was a Rhubarb Ginger Sauce which I would freeze in batches which turned into a sorbet like frozen treat. I also would use the sauce thawed in baked goods as a substitution for part of the liquid in a recipe similar to substituting applesauce.

The recipe was roughly 12 cups of washed and chopped rhubarb stalks, about 1/2 inch long sections, simmered with 3 cups of sugar and an inch or two section of ginger root, peeled and minced fine. Some might prefer less ginger or no ginger, that amount made a fairly zingy sauce. The stalks make their own sauce as they simmer and the chunks become soft and lose their form. Simmer for about 20 minutes. I would need to try it again to check the recipe but that is the way I remember making it. Once frozen the sugary treat was easy to eat like a fruit sorbet rather than freezing into a more solid ice cube. The sugar content would be necessary for that effect, I think a sugar free sauce would freeze more solid.

So plan ahead, eat healthy now and prevent precancerous cells the natural way – with a healthy immune system and active metabolic rate. It is difficult to have a normal lifestyle let alone exercise regularly when the body is coasting on 800 calories a day due to hypothyroidism.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Me Too and Safety is a Two Way Street

We are becoming a more connected world and cultural and gender clashes may be more of a risk with the increased connection made possible by the internet and Social Media sites. Our news can arrive in a social media post faster than our newspapers used to be written, printed and hand delivered  by a neighborhood schoolchild. With more connection may come a greater need for responsibility and respect for our cultural and gender differences.

The phrase gender differences is even different and that has increased some cultural difficulties as more traditional religions and cultures have not fully accepted that sexual and gender differences are based on biology rather than moral choices. Gender differences are increasing in animal species not just in humans – it is biology not a moral choice when observed across many species and until we can openly discuss that and many other topics we may not be able to accept a need to change our industrial choices rather than worrying about personal differences or whether individual differences are a moral choice.

Endocrine disruptors are a group of chemicals that are being produced in plastics and elsewhere in industry and once in our environment and water they are difficult for humans and other animal species to avoid – and will be difficult for humans to try to remove from the environment when we recognize that something needs to be done and that we are the species that needs to do it. An introduction to the topic is available here: Endocrine Disruptors.

The Me Too movement has grown on social media outlets from an earlier time and it involves more openness surrounding sexual harassment or assault rather than silence and shame. Women and men have been kept in silence regarding stories of sexual matters as a business or social reputation can be ruined by being a victim or someone accused of sexual assault or impropriety.  Change is needed as even at the highest levels of elected officials it is the elected official that has been protected at taxpayer expense rather than the employee or volunteer who experienced sexual harassment or assault. A bill has been introduced to make the process more fair and a counter bill may be passed that makes the process even less transparent and more protective of the elected officials – our public servants, hired to protect and serve the nation; it is a significant problem as it has recently been disclosed that $15 million has been aid of taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment claims filed against elected officials who then continued to serve in their positions without disclosure to the public. Read more: Plot to Change Law Protecting Politicians Accused of Sexual Harassment, antimedia.org.

The risk of accusations that can not be proven or may have been misunderstandings however does need adequate representation for both parties as it is not just to the individual but can also extend to family and wider circles and yet we are all just people. An excellent article discusses the topic and history in more detail and includes a TED talk video with a personal account of date rape and the shame that negatively effected both the girl and boy later into their adult lives. They eventually met and share their story together in the video. They include the warning that their story is not a recommendation or encouragement for everyone who has experienced a bad sexual experience to share the story or seek out the other person as in some cultures death and imprisonment of the victim can be a risk and approaching or accusing someone of assault can be met negatively instead of with remorse and reconciliation. Growth is also possible though and can help both individuals as well as help educate our society as a whole. See wakeup-world.com: Are We Ready for Truth and Reconciliation Around Sexual Violence? #MeToo, link.

The warning to be cautious about sharing details of identity in cases of bad sexual experiences is something I’ve also been encouraging because unless proof is available legal charges of defamation/slander/libel could potentially be charged against the accuser or simply danger due to the reputation risk may result in mental harm to the accused. In one recent case an accused person who claimed to be innocent of the accusation of impropriety has taken his life in a suicide; may he find some peace, and condolences to his family. Warning, article contains a possible suicide note and inflammatory social media post by the former elected official: nytimes.com

It is an uncomfortable story that may have involved drunkenness on the man’s part which can cause memory gaps. Having a designated driver and designated remember-er may be a good idea when drinking too much – or not drinking too much is a better idea. The girl did share the story with her therapist in 2013 and the incident was reported to the local police at the time so one is left wondering why it wasn’t acted on then, except that without proof of physical assault or video or DNA evidence a she said/he didn’t remember story can just lead to problems for the girl. nytimes.com

Wrong is wrong but accidental slips of the hand in a public setting that was apologized for shouldn’t be something that ends a career either. Balance and compassion when listening to a she-felt-uncomfortable and he-doesn’t-even-remember story may be necessary. It may also help to realize or admit that humans aren’t a fully monogamous species, we are only about 50% on average monogamous in our pair bonds compared to some other more lifelong pair bonding species. So it may help reduce emotional pain to remember or admit that love for one person is not necessarily betrayed by a temporary wondering glance or thought of another person. Hormones are powerful but someone familiar with the long-term emotional and intellectual connections of a committed relationship should be able to understand and have compassion for the other person as a whole rather than viewing physical temporary feelings as a lack of love or betrayal for the long-term connection.

We learn from each other lessons that may be painful at the time but necessary for growth. Denying or blocking out memories doesn’t allow for the growth that may have been needed for long term health of the body and spirit/mind. Drunken actions do count and someone who can’t remember their actions may not be reliable as an elected official but suicide isn’t growth either.

If no proof is available then sharing an uncomfortable story without names or identifying details can help relieve one’s own emotional pain and burden without risking legal harm to oneself or reputation or psychological harm to another. Trying to heal oneself is a positive thing but causing harm to another person and their family seems like a larger negative especially if there was simply a misunderstanding of intent and result. An improper touch can be an accident of timing that truly is innocent but which might be taken more seriously by a person who is fearful. Expectation or over-heightened sense of fear can lead to misinterpreting a situation that is innocent. Talking privately with a therapist might help to review a situation from different viewpoints.

Another article on the same site encourages and challenges us to meet the challenge of our new inter-connected world in a positive way – the internet can help us learn and grow and we don’t know what our collective minds can do together but studies suggest that it can be incredible. Collective consciousness research (a collection of videos & research on the topic- I haven’t reviewed all of it but have seen one or two of the speakers material, there is coincidental/odd overlap in near death experiences across cultures/different languages) and the overlap of the Golden Rule across many cultures suggests that our cultures are more similar than different. See wakeup-world.com: Experiencing a Collective Shift Through Personal Transformation, link.

The article is by an author of a book on the subject which I have not read but the topic sounds interesting and other research on prayer and healing, has been mixed and will likely be difficult to prove one way or the other conclusively as the benefits of meditation may also be involved and prayer is somewhat similar to (a review of the research), and work on prayer/meditative chanting or positive thought and formation of snowflakes has also indicated there may be power in groups working together with focused mental thoughts. The later work on the healing power of water by the snowflake researcher was not able to be replicated but his early work suggests possibilities that are interesting. I mention it in an early article I had published elsewhere which also includes a brief discussion of the medical power of positive suggestion observed in the placebo effect and the reverse the nocebo effect, the medical power of negative suggestion: Quarks, bosons, and Abbess Zenkai Blanche Hartman, link.

This was also posted earlier but was closed and is somewhat pertinent to the Quarks, bosons… article and to the idea of a collective consciousness or universal connectedness of positive or negative thoughts/placebo and nocebo effects. With our increased interconnectedness via the internet and social media we may all need to be more aware of the value in our collective differences and similarities. Social connection can be healing but it can also cause hurt feelings which can lead to physical trauma in the brain, discussed in more detail on another of my websites, G3.4: Social contact would protect against oxidative stress, effectiveselfcare.info:

*regarding quarks and my interest in them – purely amateur. What I’ve read though is fascinating and quantum entanglement seems like it could explain quite a few ‘unknowns.’ Pairs of quarks can become free of the rest of an atom or molecule and may retain all of the information of the whole in an energy form. Holograms are made of light and show a whole image but without the whole item having to be present. Loose quarks may (possibly) explain some of the unexplained phenomenon of psychic ‘seeing the future’ or ‘channeling ghosts’ or ‘seeing the past.’ People who have had near death experiences share remarkably similar stories about their experiences. I have come to believe that there is some sort of collective unconscious or cosmos energy, or God energy, that all things are a part of to some extent.

Energy equals mass according to Albert Einstein and according to reports he was made uncomfortable by the ‘spookier’ aspects of the theory. I find them fascinating. Our planet orbits the sun and overlaps its own path over the course of time. Loose quarks may still exist here and there and everywhere along that orbiting path, carrying bits of energy left over from the time of dinosaurs or from any point in history and maybe even the future. A person who dissociates may be able to visit the cosmos/collective unconscious/God energy as dissociation may be a doorway into the energy side of the universe. The history of dissociation might be due to a history of childhood trauma, or a near death experience, or due to years of practice meditating, or due to use of a hallucinogenic substance.

We don’t know what we don’t know until we open our minds to accept that we need to learn more and seek a variety of answers until some seem to consistently be a fairly good fit for the evidence in front of us. ‘Facts’ can fit most situations but rarely can any one scientific answer or theory be 100% correct in every single situation. Ideas that are mostly right, most of the time, are more typical of science findings. Science is a journey with many travelers who pass along ideas from one generation to the next on into the future (hopefully).

Are ghosts fake or psychic knowledge? or Teleportation? Fake news and quarks have nothing to do with each other, but quarks and quantum entanglement have been in the real news in a story that sounds like it has to be fake – or spooky. A new era of computing technology, involving the ‘teleportation’ of information via quantum entangled quarks, was discovered at the same time, on opposite sides of the planet, by two different teams, independently of each other. The article makes light of the coincidence with the statement that it often happens in science that discoveries are reached simultaneously — I wouldn’t have bet money on it happening.

Back to reality – in a nutshell, teleportation of the information is referring to the fact that the packet of computer code disappears as it is sent from one computer and it appears/reappears simultaneously at another computer in another location. The process involves quantum entanglement of quarks and is worth reading about firsthand, click on the link in the Tweet, or here: https://t.co/cErYmFPmVA.

Not included in the article but back to reality for the idea of human teleportation – in a nutshell, I’ve read elsewhere that the quantum entanglement and energy = mass conversions are only possible at the atomic/subatomic level as larger groups of molecules stabilized each other too much to allow teleportation of the individual particles — or something like that. The second response on this question forum mentions that only single photons of light have been transferred by this quantum entanglement computing method and that larger masses would be too complex. https://www.quora.com/Is-teleportation-possible?no_redirect=1#!n=24

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.  

Tragedy and child trauma

Tragedy and child trauma is a topic I’ve had too many occasions to write about lately. I’ve modified this post and reposted it in respect for the sorrow and death that occurred in Texas on 11/5 caused by an ex military person with a history of domestic violence in the hope that it may help children. Talking about traumatic events can help children and adults work through the pain or fear of a memory and in the process move the memory from a more emotional short term storage area of the brain into a less emotionally triggering long term area of the memory.

The number of deaths and injuries that occurred is devastating, heart-breaking, and my thoughts & prayers are with the families and also anger at the injustice of a random act of violence disrupting and ending so many lives. Calls for more stringent gun control and gun safety classes may make it more difficult for law abiding citizens to have guns while criminals would likely still have a black market for them but the graph in this link suggests it would help: https://twitter.com/JustinWolfers/status/927866872401416192

The shooter wouldn’t have been able to legally obtain a gun if his history of domestic violence had been properly reported to the current system however, and the shooter was stopped by an NRA member who was nearby and was called for help by a witness. http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/11/06/nra-member-involved-shooting-took-shooter-558745

This link includes many statistics and a variety of ways that gun safety might be increased without necessarily taking away the right to own guns. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/06/opinion/how-to-reduce-shootings.html?smid=tw-share

The current administration recently made it easier for people with mental illness to obtain guns legally, https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/927509432015171585

However most mental illness doesn’t increase risk of mass violence. A history of child trauma or domestic violence is linked to it. And copying previous acts of violence is also a risk. This comment sums it up https://twitter.com/bpshow/status/927872165717962752

Men and society support of kindness might help. Research suggests testosterone may have a role to play in men copying good or bad behavior. Testosterone in men can lead to trying to be better, bigger, faster, more whatever – the crowd of other men seem to approve. More positive acts being approved leads to more better, bigger, faster, etc positive acts and when negative honor killings or other negative treatment of people, women or children seem to be supported then that may lead to more extreme negative acts. (p106-107, Sapolsky) Men and women, boys and girls can help promote safety by not supporting violence or harassment of women and girls or other minority groups or poor people. We as a group also tend to like to feel superior to someone when in reality we are all just a brief moment in geologic time. the planet has had many long phases without humans and may yet again if we don’t start working towards a more sustainable way of using our planet’s limited supply of resources.

We all have quirks and good days and bad days but not like the shooter in Texas. Most of us are caring and can control ourselves or punch a pillow if we’re angry. The common theme of random mass violence is a male with a history of domestic violence or who experienced child trauma and who may be a binge drinker. From a previous post: Regarding potential underlying reasons for a person to resort to mass violence – typically it isn’t due to “mentally ill” people unless they were already prone to violence. An increased risk for violence is not associated with depression, anxiety or ADHD. Increased risk for mass violence is significantly associated though with being a male who had experienced child trauma and who is a binge drinker.  (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4318286/ )

So addressing poverty and binge drinking would likely help more than focusing just on gun control methods, 50% of children live in poverty, which is associated with stress for the household.

Until we change our approach to equality in general and regarding gender relations we may not achieve the peace that I knew as a child.  It can help children and survivors to talk about their experience or fears, otherwise there can be a risk of PTSD, an over active fear response which can worsen with repeated trauma.

From a previous post: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur in observers of trauma even if they weren’t harmed. There are many helpful articles available on the topic: (Talking about trauma may help prevent PTSD)

Some other tips for helping reduce symptoms of PTSD https://www.organicfacts.net/post-traumatic-stress.html

More information about early childhood and developing trust through secure attachment parenting styles is available on my new website, in the section Trust is Learned Early.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.