January ~ Thyroid & Cervical Health

Updated: Feb 9, 2019

As part of my 2019 business goals I want to spend some time each month by helping raise awareness in my community, at home and online, about different health related conditions. Each month I will be writing a little bit about what the condition is, the risks factors and how it may be prevented.

I will also do my best to mention the possible factors when it comes to our daily life style. Whether it is cosmetics, general care products, household cleaners, foods, essential oils, metals, plastics, and so on. Those could be the things making us sick and therefore should be avoided.

I believe that if we as people are made aware of the links for which studies have shown that certain illnesses are linked to specific toxins in our body, that by spreading the word, we can help prevent such illness from even happening.

I want to educate others and encourage them to have regular examinations done by their health care provider. As a women, a mother, and a practitioner I know how important it is to have lab test done to detect for possible health related issues. Whether or not you have symptoms, lab test may help detect earlier signs of a possible issue.

I also want to spend time educating people on the benefits of Reflexology, Aromatherapy and the BioMat and how they can be used alone or in combination as complementary methods in your healthcare or to your current cancer treatment to help ease the side effects.

Reflexology can help boost the healing process of the body by tapping into its natural response to heal itself. It stimulates a natural detox response in the body and works to balance the body as a whole, this includes hormones. It increases circulation and may decrease pain, stress and anxiety.

Don't forget to have your thyroid checked.

Thyroid Health

Located at the base of the neck is a small butterfly shaped gland called the Thyroid gland. This gland plays a important role in stimulating the function of some very important organs including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.

While some of the causes we are predisposed too and may not be avoided, common risk factors include radiation, family history and a diet low in Iodine.

A imbalance of the thyroid can further be described as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones. (Mayo Clinic)

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) occurs when your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body's metabolism, causing unintentional weight loss and a rapid or irregular heartbeat. Hyperthyroidism can mimic other health problems, which can make it difficult for your doctor to diagnose. (Mayo Clinic)

For signs and symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic, please click on the following link:

Don't put your pap smear on hold any longer. If it's time to schedule your appointment. Make that call today!

Cervical Health

As a women, I want to encourage other women to see your health care provider to have your regular pap smears done. Pap smears are typically done once a year, although health care providers may require you have it more frequently if you are at risk. This includes having more than one sexual partner following your last pap smear.

Early detection is key in preventing cervical cancer.

It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about your family history, pregnancy history and any past hormone treatments received by you or your partner.

One of the primary concerns related to cervical cancer is HPV. This is a STD which is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women today. The HPV vaccine is one possible preventative measure and may be given to young girls/women between the ages of 10-26. Although the vaccine may help protect against certain strains of HPV I always recommend using PROTECTED sex to PROTECT yourself. This includes oral sex in which HPV may also be transferred via from one person to another.

Possible factors that we may be completely unaware of are: -talcum powder, used on sanitary napkins, diaphragms and condoms. -androgen's (male sex hormones) and one of the most important things you can do for yourself in general is to eat healthy!

Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:

- Abnormal bleeding or discharge from the vagina.

- Pain in the lower belly or pelvis or pain during sex.

For more information please check out the following link on cervical cancer:

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy new year!

Many Blessings,

Jennifer Monahan

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