Thursday, May 31, 2007

Must Read

Figure Flaws

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Rainbow Weather

Today is full of rainbows, stormy, strong winds, driving rain and bright sunshine.
The clouds are a violet charcoal, like the colour of the stuff inside tim tams.

Yum, now I want to eat clouds.

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He looked deeply into my eyes as I into his, and said
"Are you ready for this? Are you sure you're ready for this?"
I replied that I had been waiting three long years for this moment, and I was indeed more than ready.
He said
"I've been trying to work this out in my head, I can't share it with friends, how do I tell my friends that I feel I am in the grace of God when I'm in the presence of this woman?"

That was all I needed to hear.
He looked different, yet familiar, as if I was seeing him for the very first time, and yet he still feels like home.

"This is all I can give you for now..."

It is enough




Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bloggers Hindi tags are eating my English tags... arrghhh!!

Oh well, at least I know what vagina looks like in Hindi now... hmm I wish I hadn't said that now!!

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Friday, May 25, 2007

of Pandan Chicken and Wet Dogs

Last night I cooked pandan chicken for the first time in the supermodel apartments (beautiful but useless), and being the human scale terrarium that my home is, cooking smells tend to accumulate.
Not bad when it's something decidedly yummilicious, but I've discovered, cooking Pandan Chicken gives off an aroma of wet dog, or mouse cage, or similar.

Unfortunately, not only did the entire dwelling smell of wet dog last night, this morning I found that the odor had permeated my towel as well... icky, it really smelt off and dirty, but it was just the chicken.

Tonight it's Tandoori chicken for which I made the marinade last night, and managed to spill a smidge while I was ensuring even coverage for the chicken, I thought I had cleaned it up last night, but today, there are some bright yellow spots around the kitchen, still smells better than pandan chicken!!

mmmmm pandan, it's just panda with an extra 'n' really!

Susannah brought the wonders of yum cha over today, and some flat noodle combination with coriander leaves that I can't remember the name of, excellence!

I had yum cha for lunch yesterday too, only yesterday I managed to find a new and unidentified (to me) rotund dim sum that set of an allergic flare yesterday, I'm thinking it was an MSG type reaction, yet nothing else produced such problems, and I'm fine today even with yum cha II under my belt. Thankfully, I haven't yum cha'd in ages so even though it's two in a row, it's hardly saturation point yet :)

enough already, I have yellow chicken bits to cook :)

wiigii ciao!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

My Vagina is a Drama Queen

Ok, I've wanted to post here for a while but just can't seem to get around to more than the odd rant and post of literature - medical of course.
Research research... and research, that's all I do really.
But back to my Vagina, it's not her fault at all, I'm just shooting the messenger really, it's my entire body, particularly the endocrine glands and more particularly the hormones they produce.

They're driving me batty, but at least they're not driving me dead, like they were just a few short months ago.

All praise to Dr L, the internet and pigs thyroids!!! Hallelujah!!

I've been taking medication for years to suppress my hormonal system because the local medical establishment couldn't work out how to "balance" the problem, because I've had undiagnosed hypothyroidism for my entire life, and their stupid tests precluded what was staring them in the face for so long. Thank god those tests are slowly on their way out.
As my friend Sheree says; "Every dog has it's day, and every bitch her afternoon..."
Well this bitch has a whole lot of afternoons to catch up on... woohoo!!!!

more later :) wiigii ciao

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Thyroid Medication Side effects

Natural Dessicated Thryoid Meds (porcine)
Armour, Thryoid-S, NatureThroid, Natural Thyroid Extract capsules, Natural Thyroid Hormone capsules, Nutrimed dessicated thyroid


Synthetic Thryoid Meds (T4 only)

levothyroxine, synthroid,

People who are treated with Synthroid may initially lose some hair, but this effect is usually temporary. You may have an allergic reaction such as a rash or hives. Children may have an increase in pressure within the skull. Excessive dosage or a too rapid increase in dosage may lead to overstimulation of the thyroid gland. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop any if the following symptoms.

Symptoms of overstimulation:
Abdominal cramps, anxiety, changes in appetite, change in menstrual periods, chest pain, diarrhea, emotional instability, fatigue, fever, flushing, hair loss, headache, heart attack or failure, heat intolerance, hyperactivity, increased heart rate, irregular heartbeat, irritability, muscle weakness, nausea, nervousness, palpitations, shortness of breath, sleeplessness, sweating, tremors, vomiting, weight loss


Synthroid Has a Long History of Problems, Says FDA
In Denying Synthroid's Request for Special Approval Status, FDA's Scathing Letter Outlines History of Subpotent Product, Inconsistency and Poor Stability

by Mary Shomon

Synthroid has a long history of manufacturing problems, subpotency concerns, and stability and reliability issues, says a letter sent to Synthroid's manufacturer from the FDA, and just released to the public.

The letter, which was sent by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Synthroid manufacturer Knoll Pharmaceuticals, is available for download now.)

The FDA's letter was sent in response to Knoll's request that Synthroid be permitted to be legally marketed without an approved new drug application (NDA), and instead be granted what's known as "Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective (GRAS/E)" status. The letter indicates that Knoll had requested that the FDA also waive requirements for "adequate and well-controlled studies..."

In what is a fairly scathing response, the FDA has officially denied Knoll's request, meaning that Synthroid must apply for a new drug application by August of 2001 in order to remain legally on the market.

The FDA denied the request for four key reasons:

I. FDA Has the Authority to Declare Synthroid a New Drug
II. Synthroid Cannot be Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective Because it is of No Fixed Composition
III. Synthroid Has a History of Problems
IV. Patients Need a Precise Dose of Levothyroxine Sodium
Specifically, it's important to take a lookat the some of the information this letter reveals about what has been the top-selling thyroid replacement drug, used by millions of Americans.

I. FDA Has the Authority to Declare Synthroid a New Drug

With regard to the FDA's authority, the FDA's letter said: "Moreover, FDA's regulations make clear that a contention that a drug product is GRAS/E (generally recognized as safe and effective) under section 201(p) must be 'supported by submission of the same quantity and quality of scientific evidence that is required to obtain approval of an applicaion.' Given this provision, just as a drug product application must be supported by data showing consistency, potency, and stability, so must a contention that a drug product is GRAS/E....Given the documented history of potency and stability problems, and the dangers of under- and over-dosing, a GRAS/E showing for a levothyroxine sodium product would necessarily include a showing of consistent potency and stability."
"The history of potency failures...indicates that Synthroid has not been reliably potent and stable."-- United States Food and Drug Administration Letter to Synthroid Manufacturer, Knoll Pharmaceuticals, April 26, 2001
II. Synthroid Cannot be Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective Because it is of No Fixed Composition

The FDA's specific concerns regarding Synthroid were summarized in the letter:

"...the difficulties in finding Synthroid to be GRAS/E are compounded by the fact that its formula has been changed numerous times throughout its marketing history."

In describing the composition changes, the FDA wrote:

"Synthroid tablets have been manufactured using an overage of the active ingredient that has ranged in size over the last 35 years....An overage is the amount of active ingredient above 100% of the product's labeled potency at the time the finished product is tested for release. Such an overage is intended to compensate for potential loss of active ingredient by degradation while the product is stored and thus permits an extended shelf life for a product with a poor stability profile."

III. Synthroid Has a History of Problems

According to the FDA,"...Synthroid has a long history of manufacturing problems...In August of 1989, Knoll initiated a recall of 21 lots of Synthroid tablets...because of a decrease in potency during stability studies."

The letter goes on to outline recalls in February 1991 affecting 26 lots of subpotent Synthroid, and a recall of lots of subpotent Synthroid in June 1991. An April 1991 inspection of Synthroid's manufacturing facility resulted in the firm being cited for two deviations from good manufacturing practices. Another manufacturing review in December of 1992 uncovered nine separate incidents of failure to follow good manufacturing practices.

As the FDA letter indicates, the problems continued. "FDA also found that the firm had continued to manufacture and distribute low dosage Synthroid tablets during 1990, 1991 and 1992."

"Although you claim that Synthroid has been carefully manufacturered, the violations of current good manufacturing practices discussed above indicate that Knoll has not always manufactured Synthroid in accordance with current standards for pharmaceutical manufacturing." -- United States Food and Drug Administration Letter to Synthroid Manufacturer, Knoll Pharmaceuticals, April 26, 2001
A 1994 review of the testing facility found additional problems with testing of product, and another recall in 1998 took place of subpotent product.

Says the FDA:

"The history of potency failures...indicates that Synthroid has not been reliably potent and stable. Furthermore, Knoll's use of an overage that has not remained consistent over the years suggests that Synthroid has stability, potency and consistency problem. Although you claim that Synthroid has been carefully manufacturered, the violations of current good manufacturing practices discussed above indicate that Knoll has not always manufactured Synthroid in accordance with current standards for pharmaceutical manufacturing."

IV. Patients Need a Precise Dose of Levothyroxine Sodium

The FDA letter summarizes all the dangers of inconsistent dosing for hypothyroid patients. In particular, they state: "...patients using Synthroid have experienced significant, unintended variations in their doses of levothyroxine sodium...these variations are not conducive to proper control of hypothyroidism."

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Nice community

UmmYeah.com - Dear Productivity, It was nice knowing you.



Things to avoid if you're hypothyroid

I compiled this list for another group, and it's worth noting that some of the items on this list have been used medicinally to treat HYPERthyroidism, so it stands to reason that they will inhibit thyroid function:

L-Carnitine - is thought to prevent t3 from entering cells, shown in many studies
Fluoride - is a halogen which displaces iodine in the thyroid, thus making iodine unavailable to the thyroid

Calcium -
Mercury / amalgam tooth fillings -

Antidepressants -- Taking thyroid hormone replacement while taking the popular antidepressant sertraline -- brand name Zoloft -- can cause a decrease in the effectiveness of the thyroid hormone replacement, and make your TSH rise. This same effect has also been seen in patients receiving other selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors such as Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine). If you are on an antidepressant or thyroid hormone and your doctor wants to prescribe the other, be sure to discuss these issues.

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Cholestyramine or Colestipol -- brand names such as Colestrol, Questran, Colestid -- can bind thyroid hormones. Many doctors recommend that a minimum of four to five hours should elapse between taking these drugs and thyroid hormones.

Corticosteroids/Adrenocorticosteroids -- brands include Cortisone, Cortistab and Cortone -- can suppress TSH, and can block conversion of T4 to T3 in some people.
Vasodilators - Blood pressure lowering medications.

Soybeans (and soybean products such as tofu)
Pine nuts
Vegetables in the genus Brassica
Bok choy
Broccolini (Asparations)
Brussels sprouts
Chinese cabbage
Choy sum
Collard greens
Kai-lan (Chinese broccoli)
Mustard greens
Rapeseed (yu choy)

wiiggii knowledge is wiigii power!!!

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Another Must Read...



The effects of Fluoride on the Thyroid Gland

The Effects of Fluoride on the Thyroid Gland
by Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield

It has been known since the latter part of the 19th century that certain communities, notably in Argentina, India and Turkey, were chronically ill with premature aging, arthritis, mental retardation, and infertility; and high levels of natural fluorides in the water were responsible. Not only was it clear that the fluoride was having a general effect on the health of the community, but in the early 1920s Goldemberg working in Argentina showed that fluoride was displacing iodine, thus compounding the damage and rendering the community hypothyroid from iodine deficiency.

This was the basis of the research in the 1930s of May, Litzka, Gorlitzer and others, who used fluoride preparations to treat overactive thyroid illness.

Their patients either drank fluoridated water, swallowed fluoride pills or were bathed in fluoridated bath water, and their thyroid function was, as a result, greatly depressed. The use in 1937 of fluorotyrosine for this purpose showed how effective this treatment was, but the effectiveness was difficult to predict and many patients suffered total thyroid loss. So it was given a new role and received a new name, Pardinon. It was marketed not for overactive thyroid disease but as a pesticide.

While it is unlikely that it will be disputed that fluorides are toxic—let us be reminded that they are Schedule 2 Poisons under the Poisons Act 1972—the matter in dispute is the level of toxicity attributable to given amounts; in today’s context, the degree of damage caused by given concentrations in the water supply. While admitting its toxicity, proponents rely on the fact that it is diluted and therefore, it is claimed, unlikely to have deleterious effects. They could not be more mistaken.

Fluoride is an enzyme poison. Enzymes are complex protein compounds that vastly speed up biological chemical reactions while themselves remaining unchanged. As we speak, there occurs in all of us a vast multitude of these reactions to maintain life and produce the energy to sustain it. The chains of amino acids that make up these complex proteins are linked by simple compounds called amides, and it is with these that fluorine molecules react, splitting and distorting them, thus damaging the enzymes and their activity. This effect can occur at extraordinarily low concentrations, even lower than the one part per million (1 ppm) which is the dilution proposed for fluoridation in our water supply.


Fluoride is an enzyme poison.


Moreover, fluorides are cumulative and build up steadily with ingestion of fluoride from all sources, which include not just water but the air we breathe and the food we eat. The use of fluoride toothpaste in dental hygiene and the coating of teeth are further sources of substantial levels of fluoride intake. The body can only eliminate half of the total intake, which means that the older you are the more fluoride will have accumulated in your body.

Inevitably this means the aging population is particularly targeted. And even worse for the very young, there is a major element of risk in baby formula made with fluoridated water. The extreme sensitivity of the very young to fluoride toxicity makes this unacceptable. Since there are so many sources of fluoride in our everyday living, it will prove impossible to maintain an average level of 1 ppm as is suggested.

The distortion of protein structure causes the immune proteins to fail to recognize body proteins, and so instigate an attack on them, which is autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases constitute a body of disease processes troubling many thousands of people: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosis, asthma and systemic sclerosis are examples, but in my particular context, thyroid antibodies will be produced which will cause thyroiditis resulting in the common hypothyroid disease, Hashimoto’s disease and the hyperthyroidism of Graves’ disease.

Musculoskeletal damage results further from the enzyme toxic effect; the collagen tissue of which muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones are made is damaged. Rheumatoid illness, osteoporosis and deformation of bones inevitably follow. This toxic effect extends to the ameloblasts making tooth enamel, which is consequently weakened and then made brittle; its visible appearance is, of course, dental fluorosis.

The enzyme poison effect extends to our genes; DNA cannot repair itself, and chromosomes are damaged. Work at the University of Missouri showed genital damage, targeting ovaries and testes. Also affected is intrauterine growth and development of the fetus, especially of the nervous system. Increased incidence of Down’s Syndrome has been documented.

Fluorides are mutagenic. That is, they can cause the uncontrolled proliferation of cells we call cancer. The incidence of osteosarcoma in a study reported in 1991 showed an unbelievable 50% increase. A report in 1955 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a 400% increase in cancer of the thyroid in San Francisco during the period their water was fluoridated.

The effect of fluorides on the thyroid gland

The thyroid gland produces hormones which control our metabolism, the rate at which we burn our fuel. Deficiency is relatively common, much more than is generally accepted by many medical authorities; a figure of 1:4 or 1:3 by mid-life is more likely. The illness is insidious in its onset and progression. People become tired, cold, overweight, depressed, constipated; they suffer arthritis, hair loss, infertility, atherosclerosis and chronic illness. Sadly, it is poorly diagnosed and poorly managed by many doctors in this country.

What concerns me so deeply is that in concentrations as low as 1ppm, fluorides damage the thyroid system on 4 levels:

1. The enzyme manufacture of thyroid hormones within the thyroid gland itself. The process by which iodine is attached to the amino acid tyrosine and converted to the two significant thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and liothyronine (T3), is slowed.

2. The stimulation of certain G proteins from the toxic effect of fluoride (whose function is to govern uptake of substances into each of the cells of the body) has the effect of switching off the uptake into the cell of the active thyroid hormone.

3. The thyroid control mechanism is compromised. The thyroid-stimulating hormone output from the pituitary gland is inhibited by fluoride, thus reducing thyroid output of thyroid hormones.

4. Fluoride competes for the receptor sites on the thyroid gland which respond to the thyroid- stimulating hormone; so that less of this hormone reaches the thyroid gland and less thyroid hormone is manufactured.

These damaging effects, all of which occur with small concentrations of fluoride, have obvious and easily identifiable effects on thyroid status. The running down of thyroid hormone means a slow slide into hypothyroidism. Already the incidence of hypothyroidism is increasing as a result of other environmental toxins and pollutants together with widespread nutritional deficiencies.


Fluoridation of the nation’s water supply will do little for our dental health, but will have catastrophic effects on our general health.


One further factor should give us deep anxiety. Professor Hume of Dundee, in his paper given earlier this year to the Novartis Foundation, pointed out that iodine deficiency is growing worldwide. There are 141 million Europeans at risk; only five European countries are iodine sufficient. Professor Hume recently produced figures to show that 40% of pregnant women in the Tayside region of Scotland were deficient by at least half of the iodine required for a normal pregnancy.

These figures would be worrying enough, since they mean that iodine deficiency, which results in hypothyroidism (thyroid hormone cannot be manufactured without iodine) is likely to affect huge numbers of people. What makes it infinitely worse, is that fluorine, being a halogen (chemically related to iodine) but much more active, displaces iodine. Thus the uptake of iodine is compromised by the ejection, as it were, of the iodine by fluorine. To condemn the entire population, already having marginal levels of iodine, to inevitable progressive failure of their thyroid system by fluoridating the water, borders on criminal lunacy.

Fluoridation of the nation’s water supply will do little for our dental health, but will have catastrophic effects on our general health. We cannot, must not, dare not, subject our nation to this appalling risk.

Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield, MBBS LRCP MRCS, obtained his medical degrees in 1960 at Guy’s Hospital London. He has been a medical practitioner for over 40 years specializing in metabolic disorders during which time he became a leading authority in the UK for thyroid and adrenal management.


Goldemberg, L. La Semana Med. 28:628 (1921), cited in Wilson RH, DeEds F. “The Synergistic Action Of Thyroid On Fluoride Toxicity” Endocrinology 26:851 (1940).

Litzka, G. “Die experimentellen Grundlagen der Behandlung des Morbus Basedow und der Hyperthyreose mittels Fluortyrosin” Med. Wochenschr. 63:1037–1040 (1937) (discusses the basis of the use of fluorides in anti-thyroid medication, documents activity on liver, inhibition of glycolysis, etc.).

May, M. “Behandlung der Hypothyreosen einschlieblich des schweren genuinen Morbus Basedow mit Fluor” Klin. Wochenschr. 16: 562–564 (1937).

PS I love my Prelude Si!

Ruby Lude

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

You deserve a quiz!

Your Life is Like

High Fidelity
What John Cusack Movie Are You?

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Monday, May 07, 2007







If you have any doubts, now is the time to challenge them with these must reads:

Fluroide and Aggression

Fluoride makes you fat

Cholesterol Lies

Thyroid scam

Soy is the worst health hoax perpetrated on us since fluoride

Toxic Amalgam Fillings - Mercury == Death

That'll keep you busy for a bit :)

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Let google do the work for you

Fibromyalgia syn hypothyroidism

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