Thyroid Cancer Survivor's Association Conference October 15-17, 2010

From Mary Shomon, your Guide to Thyroid Disease

Dear Readers, Vitamin D's a hot topic, and this week, we have some thoughts on the Vitamin D/thyroid connection from thyroid expert, Richard Shames, MD. Also, winding up Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month with a look back at the month's most popular thyroid and commented on thyroid cancer-related article here at the site. Finally, the new film "The Social Network" is premiering, and so I thought I'd mark the occasion by linking to my coverage of how thyroid patients are using social networks like Facebook and Twitter to connect, be empowered, and explore options and alternatives. Live well, Mary

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You probably have been hearing more in the news lately about Vitamin D, and why experts are starting to recommend that we get more of this important vitamin. In particular, testing for and supplementing with Vitamin D have been increasingly recommended for thyroid, autoimmune and obesity patients. But what's the thinking behind these recommendations? I had a chance to have a brief Q&A with Richard Shames, MD -- who is a practicing physician, author of a number of popular books on thyroid disease, and a thyroid coach -- on the topic of why he considers Vitamin D so crucial for thyroid patients.

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The "good" thing about September being Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month is that it gets us all talking more about this overlooked but on the rise cancer. So wrapping up Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to repost the link to what was one of the month's most popular articles at the site, which asked, "Is Thyroid Cancer the 'Good Cancer?'" We had many comments from thyroid cancer patients themselves, as well as their friends and family, and more than 500 people also took the Is Thyroid Cancer the Good Cancer Poll, sharing their thoughts and opinions.

Thyroid Cancer Survivor's Association Conference October 15-17, 2010

Richard Shames, MD: These days people are using sunblocks, and staying inside at their computers much more frequently. Therefore we are getting less Vitamin D from the sun. In addition, multivitamins typically have about 400 IU of Vitamin D, which was the RDA standard from research done in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, this research is being questioned, with many researchers now recommending a minimum of 1000-2000 IU daily, an amount that exceeds most multivitamins. In the case above, for example, my patient needed 4000 IU daily to achieve her good results.

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  • How much vit D do you need to take ??

  • i will try and find out

    best source is sunlight or one hour per day summer and two hours for winter.

    vit D can be poison in large doses

    muchrooms can be enhanced by uv light

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  • Not much sunlight now i'm afraid mores the pity ,my weight is my biggest problem i'm eating less than ever and still putting on weight ,same old story from endo your blood test are normal with your meds GRR ,when will they listern to us ,we know our body,s and mine is not right ,and i now have tingling in my hands and feet ,clicking in my throat and feel like s*** so it not right is it . will get some vits with D in them and see if it helps anything is worth a try.

  • donot need sun, just get out in the light and let the light strick your eyes

  • what is your neck size

    do you have dry mouth mornings

    do you have headache in the morning when you wake up

    do you dream

    do you gasp for air

    do you snore

    <b>Updated on Oct 2 2010 6:50PM:</b> classic sleep apnoea symptoms

  • Thank you for this blog. I have been having problems with my heart for the past 12 years, Dr Brian McDonough diagnosed an irregular heartbeat, which over the last few months has got worse, in his words at the time of the diagnoses, 'it feels like a fish flopping around in your chest doesn't it?' He hit the nail right on the head first time!

    Dr McDonough has an offer on at the moment, 15% off first visit. He is well worth going to see!! Call 01403 258351 - Eagle Clinic. for more information. His wife Lynne is lovely too in fact they all are. If it were not for this man I would not be here.

    I will check out the info above.

    Thank you again.

  • my neck is 16 half inches

    i often have a headache in the morning that soo passes

    I have really bad dreams where i shout out some nights

    yes i do gasp for air,

    and my husband say's that i snore louder than him and is supprised that i dont wake myself up .

    I also have such bad sweats ,I hate the way I feel and think there is no end to it!!

  • classic sleep apnea

    the only good thing there is your dreaming as that means you are getting REM sleep

    <b>Updated on Oct 2 2010 8:18PM:</b> be very careful when you drive

    let your husband drive to any appointments to the hospital or doctors

    that gasp for air means you have stopped breathing for about 10 seconds and you wake up and do not know that you have been wakened up as it happens so mean times a night also trips to the loo are a classic and the more time these trips to the loo the greater the chances of heart attact

    the headache is because you stopped breathing the dry throat is because you snore

    <b>Updated on Oct 2 2010 8:25PM:</b> down load the epworth scale or the berlin scale and answer the questions and asses your self and make an appointment to check for sleep apnoea

  • so what does that mean !!!!

  • you have classic sleep apnea symptoms you find it impossible to lose weight because of disturbed sleep

  • so not to do with my under active thyroid ?

  • sleep apnea impacks on every organ in the body includsng the heart

    sort out the apnea first and then see whether your thyroid is under active and sleep apnea is a silent killer, correct that first and the body will heal its self of many other thing

  • Hi Nanniejan,

    You say you are eating less than ever, this could actually contribute to weight gain - or trouble losing it - if your body doesn't get enough food, when you do eat your body will convert it to fat and store it.

    Hope this is helpful,

    Rose x

  • Richard Shames, MD: These days people are using sunblocks, and staying inside at their computers much more frequently. Therefore we are getting less Vitamin D from the sun. In addition, multivitamins typically have about 400 IU of Vitamin D, which was the RDA standard from research done in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, this research is being questioned, with many researchers now recommending a minimum of 1000-2000 IU daily, an amount that exceeds most multivitamins. In the case above, for example, my patient needed 4000 IU daily to achieve her good results.

  • i know that and i eat enough, just not able to eat what i used to, and the endo put me on a diet and gave me pills but still never lost any !!!

  • you will not lose weight if you have sleep problems

  • I dont have a sleep problem just snore since i put on weight ,and only put on weight since i became hypo ,and even though im on HRT my sweats seem to be getting worse ,im wondering if they are not working togeather with my thyroid meds,and the HRT med are not helping with my weight ...any thoughts ???

  • it you snore you probably do have a problem and it should be investigated by your GP and do not take no for an answer

    it is your health and y0u are incharge

  • You said to me a while ago to get checked out for sleep apnea and it seems that I do probably have it so I am going to the chest clinic for x rays ,and also my vit D levels are low so just been started on them ,can they make you feel a little sick ? Thanks for your help I just wanted to let you know what happened .Jan x

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