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This is an effort at drawing attention to this tiny butterfly shaped gland in your neck. It has a direct influence on your wellbeing, and any change in what is considered its normal working, causes far reaching changes in just about every system in your body, nervous, digestive,  circulatory,   endocrine,  musculoskeletal and any more that you can think of!

The thyroid manages metabolism in our body at the Cellular level. Its also a part of what one might call , a Hormone Orchestra; a system where the body, finely tuning its hormonal strings, has all the hormones interacting in a very constructive way, keeping you happy and healthy. Sometimes one of these hormones slides out of balance, and although, compensating adjustments are there, like in our real world , there exist limits. Misbehaviour of the thyroid is like something amiss in your car's carburettor. One manages, but one also tends to be lazy, careless and ignore the signs. Thats where all the problems start.

Why India-specific ?

The last 20 to 30 years has seen as accelerated rate of what is normally termed "development" in India. We will confine ourselves to something that has affected the day to day lives of most Indians.

In my childhood, eating at home was the norm ;  whatever you got outside,   was frowned upon,   and we did not  DARE disagree with what folks thought. There was very little ready-to-cook culture, and almost no additives in food. Populations were less, pollution was less, and when you meant "fresh food" , it was always FRESH.      We never heard of people having   depression,   and there was really no mental situation, that a good sweat-dripping exercise session , done on a regular basis, could not cure.   And STRESS was just a 6-letter word, which was not considered fashionable to have.

In our late 30's , we came under the influence of " convenience " foods; education levels ,    particularly among women shot up,   so more and more women started working.    Migrations from other parts of India into the big towns ensured high demand and low supply of the resources.    Pollution increased.      Additives increased.    Stress increased.     Fast food arrived on the scene.

In the last decade of the last century,   Indians proved they could match the developed nations,    stress-level for stress-level,      weight for weight, income for income,     luxuries for luxuries,     LDL for LDL,     plaque for plaque,     neuron for serotnin starved-neuron !

We started being afflicted by stuff we never saw happen to our parents.  Some of our parents are still around,    landmark pillars following their own sensible routine lifestyles,   having the strength of mind to say NO to certain things.

And so it comes to pass that whatever solutions that exist for our afflictions,   need to be a judicious mix of stuff you read ,     tempered with some wisdom     , based on our traditional diets,    social setups,   cultural customs etc etc.

This site is an effort at putting together such information, along with references to what new research and discoveries are telling us today !

WOMENS' problems in India : cheaper thyroid testing required. Check out the national statistics on metabolic problems: See Dr N Kochupillai's article ! The MOTHER thyroid site ! This was the site that I found when I first started looking for info on hypothyroidism. Everything you always wanted to know about thyroid stuff, and did not know where to look. Check out Mary Shomon's site An interview with Vd. Durgatai Paranjape of Pune, India

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Introduction to the thyroid : click Here to read more.

....What's All that HYP(o,er) !!

Check out Dr Pramod Vora's site on Hypothyroidism. Click Here to see his innovative approach

Yoga for thyroid problems ! ...Check this out !

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Sample Indian Menus for Thyroid problems
Read the internet newsgroup ALT.SUPPORT.THYROID Whats with the FLUORIDE? How the traditional teeth brushing systems in India have changed (for the worse ?)...What does that have to do with your Thyroid ? Click HERE to see how things add up... Abigail and Hypothyroidism: Read this story of Abigail, a child with down's syndrome; her mothers observations regarding her growth & possible thyroid malfunction; what being an alert mother is all about, and how it helps the child. Click Here. Newborns and Mothers : Their Thyroid problems. Eye-opening statistics. Click HERE to find out.
Body restoration Techniques : Click HERE to find out more ! An Ode to Ye Olde Thyroid : an Anonymous Poetic expression (just in case you thought that only doctors make poems !) Common tests to eavluate Thyroid gland function: Click Here for a good overview. The Good(HDL), the Bad(LDL), the Ugly(TG) and Deadly(Lp(a)): lipids and thyroid dysfunction studies at BHU : Click Here to read more .
Sometimes, your blood tests show wonderful TSH values. But you still show several symptoms of hypothyroidism. A Dr Wilson, had something to say about this. Click HERE to check things out !

What Chinese Medicine has to say about the Thyroid ...
Thyroid problems and Pregnancy. Click Here to learn more. Welcome to the Thyroid Slide Show, from Merck

Click HERE to read about what the TSH values really mean...A study of 65,000 "normal" people in Norway.

A change in your ECG ? Click HERE to read about How being hypothyroid and taking medication may affect changes in your ECG...
LAUGHTER & YOUR THYROID....(gulp/splutter..) Click Here to read more! Flax and your thyroid. Read more about this HERE "The Missing T": Thyroid and Hormone Replacement Therapy. Click HERE to read MORE... Latest (March 2004) Paper on a quantitative statistical look at Observed Symptoms and actual diagnosis of Hypothyroidism...Click Here to learn more!
THYROID AWARENESS MONTH and New FDA Approved Test Detects Thyroid Disease in Minutes......! Click Here to find out! Sunscreen Creams and how they affect your thyroid! Click here to read all about it...

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