Cancer surgery risks exposed in new study
There's a potentially deadly form of cancer that's on the rise, especially among older folks... and there's a good chance you've never even given it a thought!
Thyroid cancer can be a frightening diagnosis, which is why patients often rush into the most aggressive treatment possible.
In a moment, I'm going to take the fear out of the equation and sort out fact from fiction so you don't panic into a bad decision.
But first, a new study shows the toll of aggressive over-treatment. Because while completely removing the thyroid often does "cure" the cancer, it can leave something worse behind.
The new study finds a shocking number of patients live with debilitating side effects that linger long after treatment.
Docs have long claimed these problems and complications are rare, hitting just 1 percent of thyroid cancer patients.
But the new study exposes that as another mainstream lie.
Overall, 12 percent of patients battle complications from thyroid surgery a FULL YEAR after that operation.
Among older patients, who are more likely to have this cancer and get treated for it, the numbers are even worse.
In the month after surgery, 10 percent of older patients develop immediate problems such as infection, clots, and swelling.
Think that's bad? That's just the beginning.
By the one-year mark, one in five -- 20 percent! -- are living with serious long-term complications.
Some suffer from vocal cord problems, including paralysis of the vocal cords.
Others battle hypoparathyroidism or hypocalcemia, thyroid-related conditions that lead to dangerously low levels of calcium in the blood
And let's face it: For the other 80 percent, life's no picnic, even if the surgery goes off without a hitch.
Once the thyroid is removed, you'll have to take drugs for the rest of your life to reproduce the hormones your body can no longer make. You'll also have to visit a doctor -- often -- to have those hormone levels checked.
Obviously, if you have thyroid cancer, you can't ignore it -- and I'm not saying you should.
But as much as you want that cancer gone, don't rush into surgery to remove the entire thyroid.
Many thyroid cancers are actually locked inside a "capsule" of fibrous tissue.
While it certainly looks like cancer deep inside that capsule, it's trapped there -- and because it's contained, minor surgery can often remove just the capsule while preserving most of the thyroid itself.
These cases don't even need radiation, and studies show the recurrence rate of this much less invasive procedure is less than 1 percent.
If you're diagnosed with this cancer, don't rush into the most aggressive treatment available -- even if it might be tempting. Get a careful analysis and see if this option could be right for you.
If you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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The TOXIC chemical hiding in your living room
Is your SOFA giving you cancer?
I know that sounds crazy. Downright ridiculous, really. It's just a piece of furniture -- and, I hope, a pretty comfy one at that.
But don't get too comfortable... because there might something hiding in your loveseat that you're going to absolutely hate.
New research finds that toxic chemicals used to help household items like sofas resist fires could escape... and get inside your body.
And once they're in you, they can cause serious damage -- including the kind of damage that can lead to thyroid cancer.
In the study, researchers examined 140 patients -- half of whom had been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, which is the most common form of the disease.
When they took blood samples as well as samples of dust from the homes of each patient, they found that two common flame retardants used in furniture in particular can increase the risk of thyroid cancer.
One chemical, called BDE-209, doubled the risk of this form of the disease... and that's not even the worst of it.
A second chemical, TCEP, not only increased the risk of thyroid cancer, but also boosted the odds of the more aggressive tumors by FOUR TIMES.
The problem is that some flame-retardant chemicals are actually so similar to thyroid hormones that they can interfere with the normal balance of hormones inside your body.
And these chemicals could be inside your sofa... right now.
It's enough to make you want to drag the thing out to the curb next collection day!
If it's getting up there in years, it might not be a terrible idea, since some of the worst of the chemicals are found in older furniture.
But while new ones are safer, they're not completely safe. Some even contain chemicals so dangerous they're banned from children's pajamas... but somehow still allowed in sofas.
So, whether your sofa is old enough to vote or so new it still has the tags on it, take steps to limit your exposure to toxins.
You won't just find them in or on the sofa itself. They're released into the air as the materials in the sofa slowly break down.
In other words, they're in the dust.
Along with the chemicals released from your sofa, common house dust can contain toxins from other parts of your home and even pollutants from outside.
Dust regularly, vacuum often, and wear a mask while you do it.
As well, consider an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Be sure to clean or replace the filter often, and you'll have cleaner air and a lower risk of exposure to these and other toxins.
Thyroid 'cancer' ISN’T always cancer Watch out! Docs have been pushing a new "thyroid awareness" scam -- and it's one that could mess up your body's hormone production for the rest of your life. Reports across the media are warning Americans to look for the early-warning signs of thyroid cancer. The "experts" are even urging folks to drink a glass...
Migraines can increase your risk of hypothyroidism by more than 40 percent – so if you have these headaches, it’s time to get them under control.
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New numbers show that up to 80 percent of all thyroid cancer cases in women should not have been treated.
Thyroid cancer is often over-treated with aggressive surgery to remove the whole thing, but some of these tumors are no longer considered cancer and don’t need surgery.
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Thyroid destroying toxin dumped into your drinking water
Reach a certain age, and it hits you like an oncoming train. You're drained of energy... flabby around the middle... and sadder than a country song about a girl who left you and took your dog.
Complain to a mainstream doc, and he'll say you're just getting older. But I know the REAL reason, and it's got nothing to do with your age.
It's your thyroid -- the "master gland" in charge of energy, metabolism and your overall wellbeing. And right now, it's coming under constant attack from a toxic metal in your own home.
Most American communities deliberately pollute their water with fluoride, and you don't have to be a card-carrying conspiracy theorist to believe it's wrecking your body from the inside. Continue reading
Risky diabetes drug does a number on your thyroid
You don't have to be a diabetic to get a prescription for the diabetes drug metformin.
These days, docs are passing out this bad-news drug like candy on Halloween.
Pre-diabetic? Docs claim it can prevent full-blown diabetes (it can't).
Feeling fat and sluggish? Here's why
It happens to the best of us. You're chugging along full of zip, sharp as a tack and lean as a rail when suddenly -- out of nowhere -- the tables turn. You're left feeling tubby, a bit fuzzy, and ready to hit the hay by 8:00... and you have no idea why.
If you go to see your doc he's likely to tell you this is to be expected, that we all slow down as we age. But the truth is for many of us who find ourselves suddenly feeling sluggish and fat there's a lot more to it than that. There's a REASON we feel this way. Continue reading
If you’re suffering from a sluggish thyroid, you probably want to improve your thyroid function — so you can have more energy and avoid feeling tired all the time. And because you strive for overall health, you want to do so naturally, without turning to chemicals that may do more harm than good. That’s why Dr. Mark Stengler created Thyroid Performance Plus, your latest weapon against feeling fat, sluggish, and unmotivated. Continue reading
So you’re looking for Thyroid Performance Plus reviews to hear from other people who wanted more from life, in order to find out if Thyroid Performance Plus really worked for them.
You want more energy that keeps you more active.
You want to feel better and you want it fast.
That’s exactly what the people who wrote in with these Thyroid Performance Plus reviews were looking for, too – and they found it! Continue reading
If you’re looking for some natural metabolism boosters, it may be because you feel like even if you starved yourself and spent your life on a treadmill – you’d still have trouble reaching your perfect healthy weight…
Or because you feel “run down” and aren't sure why…
Or because you’re dog-tired all day and just don’t have the kind of energy you used to…
Or maybe it’s a combination of all of those.
Whatever has you looking for natural metabolism boosters, you know what you’re hoping for.
You’re hoping for something that will help…
- Those sluggish, heavy feelings to start to disappear
- Make you feel a little better, every day
- Kick start your metabolism
- Amplify your energy and weight loss
- Give you a brand new lease on life
You've been feeling draggy and sluggish recently. Your weight loss goals are no closer than they were when you started. And you just don’t have the get-up-and-go that you used to.
So maybe it’s time to start looking at natural thyroid supplements – but how do you know? Where do you start? Which ones actually work? And which ones are the best?
We know, it goes against conventional wisdom, but thinking outside the box is what Dr. Mark Stengler does – and he’s done it again with the Thyroid Performance Plus ingredient formula that could help improve how you look and feel, no matter how long it’s been. Imagine…
- Waking up every morning alert, happy and eager to face the day…
- Staying sharp and focused from sunup to sundown...
- Diet and exercise efforts seemingly magnified by some unseen force, helping the pounds to melt away...
- Having your friends say you’re sparkling with energy and confidence…
Because all this could happen when your thyroid gets the functional support it craves. Continue reading
You won't hear about this in the mainstream media. But your thyroid is UNDER ATTACK.
New research is revealing man-made chemicals that wreak havoc on the delicate balance of your endocrine system -- especially your thyroid.