NATIONAL AWARENESS MONTH - JANUARY 2019
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:
Reflexology can boost the healing process by tapping into the body’s natural response to heal itself.
Reflexology stimulates a natural detox response in the body, increases circulation, works to balance the body as a whole and may decrease pain, stress and anxiety.
Reflexology & Aromatherapy, used alone or in combination, may be used as a complementary method to current treatment to help ease the side effects of cancer treatment.
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 healthcare providers may require you have it more frequently if you are at risk. This includes having more than one sexual partner in that year since 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 ladies between the ages of 10-26.
The one that I most commonly recommend to my own child is, use PROTECTED sex to PROTECT yourself. This included oral sex in which HPV may also be transferred through.
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 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: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervical-cancer.html
Created by Jennifer Monahan, Reflexologist & Aromatherapist
~ Loveland, CO ~
This is a very important month for women specifically because of the risk factors involved and women are at higher risk of having thyroid issues.
As a women, I know how important it is to have labs done to test for possible issues and as part of my 2019 goals I want to educate others and encourage them to have their annual examination by their health care provider. Whether or not you have signs or symptoms, lab test may help detect earlier signs.