Category Archives: Healthy Body

Try These Two Simple Home Thyroid Tests — And Take Charge of Your Health

Long before blood testing came along, many knowledgeable doctors evaluated thyroid health with two simple, reliable tests you can do in the comfort of your home.night stand

These home thyroid tests can show low thyroid function that current blood tests often don’t reveal.

Why Thyroid Blood Tests Are Often Wrong

Thyroid blood tests, including TSH, can be inaccurate for several reasons. One is that blood tests can’t measure how much thyroid hormone is actually reaching your cells. Another is that stress can suppress TSH levels, giving a faulty diagnosis of good thyroid health.

These simple home tests were developed by Broda Barnes and Raymond Peat, two pioneering doctors who diagnosed and treated patients on the basis of primary symptoms. They understood that up to 40% of patients have low thyroid function, which can interfere with most bodily processes, resulting in a variety of illnesses if left untreated.

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“Why Do I Feel Tired All The Time?” – The Answer May Surprise You

Feeling good is similar for everyone – the boundless energy,  the joy, the zest that makes life flow –  but feeling bad can take many different forms.tired man

Some of us have low energy.  We ask, “Why do I feel tired all the time?”  We wonder why we fatigue so easily, even when doing things we enjoy.

Others wonder why they can’t concentrate and become easily distracted; or why they feel anxious, depressed, or restless.

What Ties All These Conditions Together?

Still others have insomnia, migraines, perhaps weight or digestive issues.

Diabetes, heart problems and cancer wreak havoc with many lives. Serious health issues that can make every day a struggle.

I’ve often wondered:  does it have to be this way?  How can we prevent or mitigate this pain and illness?

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Waking Up Too Early? How to Go Back to Sleep With Ease

If you’re like me, you may frequently wake up an hour or two before youempty bed - can't sleep
intend to rise and then stare at the clock in frustration.  “Why am I waking up so early?” You fume and toss about fruitlessly, often giving up and getting out of bed early to start your day, rationalizing that you’ll get a lot more done before anyone else is up.

But the irritation remains.  You wish you knew how to go back to sleep, but you haven’t found the key. Sometimes you may wake up startled – as if you suddenly realized you’re late for work or you heard a  sudden crash. Your mind is on full alert for no apparent reason. Or sometimes you have the faintest touch of a headache or feel a full-blown pounder coming on.

It’s maddening!

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Are Eye Floaters Dangerous? Here’s What You Should Know

About a week ago, I was drying my hair and saw a woman's eyesomething crawl through my bangs.  I slapped at it quickly but it seemed to be nothing.  Just my imagination.   I didn’t give it much thought until the next morning when I saw it again.

“My eye spider”, as I have come to call it, is now my constant companion and has forced me to answer two important questions: (1) Are eye floaters dangerous?  And (2) Is it possible to make peace with a spider living in your eye?

I Was A Little Frightened

First, I made an appointment with an optometrist, relieved that she could see me the following day.  In the meantime, I sat in the dark to relieve the constant urge to watch the thing move around in my eye.  Watching it gave me a little motion sickness, as the dark spot danced uncontrollably.

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Is the Sun Good for You, Or Should You Avoid It?

When I was a kid, no one ever asked: “Is the sun good for woman in sunshineyou?”.   And it was a given that everyone loved the sun and would occasionally overdo it and get burned. Especially kids in the summertime. 

When I was 12, I went to a beautiful state park for a week with a friend and her family.  She and I laid out on a huge rock in the middle of a clear lake for the better park of a day.   The air was so cool and the sun so warm on my back that I didn’t want to budge.

Next Day I Paid the Price

I studied my painful, blistered skin the following morning and decided my lobster-like complexion was both funny and a bit scary. I looked like a creature from another world. Continue reading Is the Sun Good for You, Or Should You Avoid It?

Natural Skin Cancer Treatments – It’s Time to Take Them Seriously

I’m almost afraid to write a post about natural skin cancer treatments.  Some may say I’m being irresponsible. That I’m encouraging people to take their lives into their own hands.eggplant

But honestly, we’re talking about our own bodies, our precious health, and we need to take an active interest in our own welfare:  ask the hard questions, educate ourselves, and insist on the best answers.

We Can’t Afford To Just Do What We’re Told 

The truth is that conventional cancer treatments make people sick, kill healthy cells right along with diseased ones, and don’t guarantee that cancer won’t return in the future. Continue reading Natural Skin Cancer Treatments – It’s Time to Take Them Seriously

5 Tips for Hula Hoop Beginners (and Mistakes to Avoid)

A couple of years ago, I decided to take up hula hooping for exercise. woman hula hoopoingI had very little experience but said: “Hey, if little kids can do this, how hard can it possibly be?”.

Excited, I bought a sparkly, plastic hula hoop at WalMart and eagerly rushed home. Slipping it over my head, I gave it a spin and started gyrating vigorously, only to feel it fall to the floor almost instantly. Again and again I tried. What was I doing wrong?  Did all hula hoop beginners have this much trouble?

Soon my sister visited and eyed the purple hoop in the corner of my living room. “I used to do this as a kid”, she said as she tossed it around her waist.  But like me, she watched it fall over and over. “I swear I can do this!” she said. Finally, she did, but she scowled as it started to seem more like work than play. Continue reading 5 Tips for Hula Hoop Beginners (and Mistakes to Avoid)

The Surprising Benefits of Taking Naps

relax and energize with a nap“Nice idea,” you say, “but who has time to take a nap?”  You have kids to feed, a meeting to prepare for, and you promised your sister you’d call her back tonight. Forget it!

There was a time when I wouldn’t have considered it either.  Felt like I was giving a valuable piece of my life away – for what?   But now the benefits of taking naps – especially as I’ve gotten older – are so obvious that I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Continue reading The Surprising Benefits of Taking Naps

Walking for Fitness and More

Tonight, I stepped out the door and took a walk in my own neighborhood.Walking For Fitness

Walking for fitness is always a great idea, but walking to soak in your surroundings and take a break from the workaday world can create a heightened experience.

The kids next door jumped and laughed on their trampoline.  As I reached the hill above my house, the setting sun made an awesome pink display through the clouds.

It’s a relic of our hunting and gathering past, an indulgence of our desire to seek and explore.

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