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1/14/11 12:18 A

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For travelling with coffee I love my ceramic mugs with silicone lids and grippers. I use them for water, too. I hate the taste of stainless steel bottles. I can taste stainless steel cutlery, too, and have been told I "eat weird" which I finally figured out is because when I take a bite I avoid touching the spoon/fork to my lips or tongue when at all possible. I know the silicone is still synthetic, but it can be removed when microwaving. Ceramics have been around for centuries just like glass. Thanks for sharing your info about plastics and vitamin D!

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11/1/10 7:51 P

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Myself and a few other mums did alot of re0search on the stainless steel products before deciding to buy them. We're in the UK so the site we used is european but here's the link anyway http://www.littleacornstomightyoaks.co.uk/
Products.php, it has alot of info on products and loads of neat ideas too. Perhaps there might be something similar in the states...worth doing a google search for don't ya think?

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11/1/10 4:00 P

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that's a good idea... may try it if it is soup... I think I will go back to one of the BPA free links and explore what is at whole foods market... maybe a ceramic lined cup with a lid... need to figure it out.

We had been using the playtex sippy cups for years with my kids, which I think are BPA free... but.... now that they are past toddlerhood I am trying to move onto glass and teach them to be careful.. But we are on the soccer field a lot, and I do not want glass there... and I do not know about the stainless steel

I am thinking it would be nice if my daughter NEVER develops PCOS



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11/1/10 3:42 P

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I found a neat little trick with odd socks and glass bottles lol! I was worried about them smashing in my bag and shattering every where so I popped them in to an old sock (clean of course) but a sleeve off of an old jumper or similar would probably work too. Quite by chance I realised that this also helped to keep cold fluids cold for longer and kept warm/hot fluids warmer whilst also stopping me from scalding my hands on the bottle. Pop a lid on and bobs your uncle...I actually find this better than those horrid plastic mugs with lids for traveling with...firstly I can get more in the bottles and secondly I spill alot less lol and lastly I always found the plastic ones had a horrible taste! Hope it helps X

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11/1/10 3:11 P

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Very interesting.. but I am wondering what to use for hot coffee and tea that has a lid (so it can travel and not spill on computers). I often re-heat in glass but then pour it into a plastic cup. But since hearing that aluminum has possible links to brain issues... not sure if stainless steel does, etc.

Does anyone know what is safe for hot liquids that is made with a lid?



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3/8/10 3:14 A

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Hi Ladies

As I have been feeling exceptionally rubbish again of recent I have been on the hunt for things I can change within my lifestyle which may help. Let me tell you, there aint many as since joining Sparkpeople I in general lead a good clean balanced life.

BUT...I have come across alot of information on Xeno hormones (the nasty chemicals that leach from plastic containers, water bottles etc in to our food and drink) and the recent scientific developements concerning them. Now, I know for many of your Sparkers in the states this is old news, but bear with me us Brits are behind on everything so it's taken me time to get up to date.

I was chatting to a Canadian lady at church yesterday and we were discussing how BPA (Bisephanol A) has been banned for use in Canada and I believe one of the East Asian countries(sorry can't remember which one at the moment) which is great. The EU and Britain don't consder it enough of a threat to ban it here!!Aren't they wise lol!!?!!!?!!!

Anyway, I got to thinking after doing mountains of reading. It has taken us roughly 70 years of using these products to realise the danger these chemicals pose to our endocrine systems (hormone system). Who's to say there aren't lots and lots of other chemicals in said products and similar products we either dont know about yet or the companies (who stand to looe the most financiallly from this) deem low risk!

This brings me to the point I'd like to make regarding the fact that the governments and health bodies base wether these levels are acceptable on the effect these xeno hormones would have on NORMAL, HEALTHY individuals not people,in particular women, who already have at least two endocrine disorders (hypothyroidism and PCOS).

I found very recent information on the effect of these hormones during recent studies on New Zealand Mud Snails. I know, they aren't humans but it does give a startling indication of the effect these hormones can have. Here's the link http://www.biochemist.org/news/page.htm?it
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Safe as to say, I have gotten rid of almost all of my plastic container. I've kept a couple of the ones that are considered to be made of more 'stable' plastic but have stopped putting any liquids in them or using them in microwaves even if it says they're microwave safe. If I am using them for transporting dry food, for example sandwiches, I have started wrapping the food in chemical free greaseproof paper to try to reduce the risk of leaching more. I now drink my 2 litre of water a day from glass bottles and have found that you can successfully freeze food in glass jars (yes common garden normally recycled glass jars) as long as there is plenty of room left for expansion.

I've been doing this for about a week now. I'm not proclaiming that this has deffinately made me feel better as I have made other changes, like making sure I take my multivit every day and stopping taking Orlistat, so they coud also be helping. I am however feeling alot better, not totally firing on all cylinders again but alot better than I have been.

Perhaps it's worth having a think about if you are trying to conceive or feeling a bit rubbish despite having your levo levels checked and being told your fine.

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9/1/09 4:21 P

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Thanks Diva! Very interesting. I thought my Dr. was crazy for putting me on 50,000 iu but I am glad he is being proactive in my treatment. He told me that they are finding that low vit. D levels can contribute to hypothyroidism and possibly even cause it. Very good info!

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9/1/09 4:13 P

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How bizzare, you ask me about a vit D article and whats in my inbox today but a new one lol! So here you are, very interesting stuff.

Hi Lyndsay, You may remember that not long ago we talked about Vitamin D and how key this is because it promotes healthy bones and good thyroid function. Also it helpsto prevent heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and even certain cancers. We were saying that people can take up to 9,000 IU aday in times of too much stress or illness, and that the best source of vitamin D is a well balanced cod liver oil supplement, one that provides you with 1 unit of vitamin D and 10 units of vitamin A.. they work together so must be taken together. Well, we got a response from someone who lives in Canada, Susan, and we want to share it with you to emphasize once more how important it is to consider your own,particular needs at a given moment, and work with a goodphysician that monitors your progress. Susan said that she was surprised to read in our email that a person could take up to 9,000 IU. She said.. 'I too have a Vit. D deficiency that my physician is working diligently to increase. There are many reasons for lack of proper absorption of the this vitamin. My initial efforts was to take 50,000 UI weekly which has now been increased to 75,000' To start with Susan is right when she says there arethings that block the absorption of vitamin D. They include steroids, cholesterol lowering and weight loss drugs as well as medicines to control epilepsy. In regards to the maximum a person can take it dependson how you take it. A key word Susan uses here, as you may see, is weekly.. When we talked about 9000 IU we were talking about a day. When you take more than that, like Susan, you take itonce, twice or three times a week, depending on howmany units you are prescribed. The other thing to consider is the form you take. There is D2 and D3 being D3 better, more potent. How.. D3 is the same form that your skin produces when exposedto the sun. When you take D2 you have to take more units .. 5,000 to 15,000 units of D3 work out, approximately, to 50,000 units of D2. The other thing is for how long. When prescribed high amounts of vitamin D it is for short periods of time. If it's taken for months it canbe toxic. The best thing to do, if you suspect vitamin D deficiency,is to have a blood test performed and work with yourdoctor to bring it up to normal levels. Also, find out if there is something blocking its absorption and check your calcium levels since vitamin D regulates calcium in the body and taking large quantities may cause problems. The calcium may get deposited in the body leading tocalcification of the kidneys, lungs, heart, lungs and bloodvessels. Hope this helps to clarify things and remember.. your body isyour best ally; listen to its clues, be aware of how youfeel, how you respond to a treatment or to a dietary change. If something feels wrong don't ignore it, even if your doctor tells you that it is all in your head. Your body knows better :) To your health, Monica P.S. Want to know more about how your thyroid works, whichnutrients are vital for its proper function, how to boost it and feel much better the natural way, and much more..See, http://www.lowthyroidhelp.com/hypothyroid_
diet.html -It's a diet and lifestyle plan that's helping many already.

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9/1/09 8:29 A

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D'ya know I thinkt hey did, I'll see if its still in my mailbox (I may have deleted it as I have recently had a bit of a spring clean of my hotmail account). If I find it I'll try to get it up asap for ya, if not apparently the folks who send me the emails are now offering free membership to their site. I am going to join just been up to my eyes in it, organising a fundraiser for The Sick Kids hospital what was I thinking lol!

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9/1/09 7:58 A

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Hi Diva,
At the end of the email it said something on the myth of Vitamin D. Did you get any other updates on this? Since I have low vit. D I thought it would be interesting. Thanks for keeping us posted!

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8/29/09 1:53 P

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You are more than welcome! It can be so hard filtering through information to get to what is directly useful for you and your individual medical needs, I thought it would be really helpful for us to have a thread where we could post info we find relevant to women with Hypothyroidism and PCOS so please, any info you come across that you think would be useful for everyone post it here!

"Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them."

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8/28/09 8:27 A

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So glad you decide to share this info with us here.. very very scary truth yet very very eye-openings!

Thanks very much!

What don't kill you will only make you stronger!
Remember, it's always "Mind over Matters".. believe that we are strong, and we are.. believe that we are weak, and we shall be! Let's stay strong and spread the positive around us!


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8/6/09 5:33 A

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From: lowthyroid_help@aweber.com on behalf of Gail & Monica (editors@lowthyroidhelp.com)
Sent: 05 August 2009 16:40:56
To: Lyndsay (lynz60@hotmail.com)

Hi Lyndsay, After a long, nice and hot weekend we meet again toshare with you more information on soy cuz we gotemails from several of our readers expressing theirconcern and disappointment about what we said last week on this so popular food. In case you missed it we said that soy is not thatgreat as its promoters want us to think, that itinterferes with thyroid function, and alsomentioned that soy is listed as a poisonous plant onone the US government sites.. let us give it to youso you can take a look and make your own conclusions, http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~djw/pltx.cgi?QUER
Y=soy We understand that this is a bold statement and ourintention is not to scare you but to share with you whatwe think is important to know. We also understand that many of you are eating soy, apparently with no problem.. As we always say, you and only you can decide what'sgood for you or not. The only thing we encourage youto do is to learn as much as you can about your body, food and anything related to your health and well beingcuz no body is going to do it for you. Then you decidewhat makes sense .. or not. In our case, when it comes to vegetarian sources ofprotein we prefer to favour foods such as eggs, yogurt, quinoa, amaranth, lentils, mung beans, adzuki beans, seeds such as sesame and hemp and nuts including almonds,walnuts and pecans. And in case you do not know it, leafy green vegetables and other veggies such as broccoli also have protein. Well, next time for sure we'll talk about the myth onvitamin D so stay tuned and enjoy yourself :) To your health, Monica


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7/31/09 5:20 P

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Thanks Diva! It's amazing how much soy is in processed foods. It's hard to find anything that doesn't use soy in it whether it's soy flour, soy lecithin and etc. Goes to show the importance of eating a whole foods diet.

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I get regular emails from this site and thought this one was quite important so thought I would copy it here and let you read. Also though it may be a good idea to have a thread dedicated to any particularly apt medical updates you may come across.

!!!!THE PROBLEM WITH SOY!!!!!

ThyroidHelp: Are you still buying this stuff?
From: lowthyroid_help@aweber.com on behalf of Gail & Monica (editors@lowthyroidhelp.com)
Sent: 31 July 2009 14:55:29
To: Lyndsay (lynz60@hotmail.com)

Hi Lyndsay, Yesterday I went to the health food store and picked up a natural health magazine that had an articlewritten by a MD on vitamin D and calcium - which bythe way are very important for the thyroid. I was happily reading it until I got to a paragraphwere she was suggesting soy milk and tofu to thosewho cannot tolerate dairy. I don't know it all, far from it, but I cannot conceive that people who should know better, doesn't. Soy has taken over here in North America and that is so,so bad. Did you know that soy is listed as a poisonous plant onone the US government sites. Yeap. The US Food and Drug Administration has a list of almost three hundred studiesthat show toxicity of soy. Well, this doctor was saying that soy milk was good too because it was fortified with calcium.. and anything,or most of foods that are fortified with minerals andvitamins have the synthetic form, which is not healthy for your body. Soy is one of the things that is very detrimental tothe thyroid gland, specially if it is not fermented. The fermented form is OK to most people, even those with low thyroid function, but in small quantities andonce in a while. Did you know that Japanese and Chinese people don't eatmore than 2 tablespoons of soy a day.. And here we have a whole array of food products made with soy and many people are living on them as ifthey were the panacea.. the latest wonder. Did you know.. yes another one did you know ;) .. that in a prison in Illinois they started to feed theinmates with soy based protein foods and shortly afterthey started to develop serious symptoms such as heartpalpitations, constipation and diarrhea, vomiting, insomnia, panic attacks, skin rashes, muscle pains, depression and many symptoms of hypothyroidism.. Soy is taking over because it is cheaper, lower incalories and in fat, packed with protein, and it comesin so many forms but, it is a very dangerous food thatcan interfere with the hormonal system because it isalso packed with plant estrogens, and can cause lotsof other health issues. Not only that, it contains anti nutrients that blockthe utilization of certain minerals, that's why if youeat some it must be the fermented one. Soy also has high levels of manganese which cannot be assimilated by small children and becomes a toxin in their bodies.. and there are millions of children being fed with this poison. These children are exhibitingbehavioural problems including autism-like symptoms. We still get many emails from people telling us that theyconsume soy so we want to make sure that you know thetruth about soy and help us spread the word. Tell your doctor too. Some people wonder why it has become so popular and thething is that, and perhaps you know this, that dairyconsumption has considerably declined in the past decadebut hey, cardiovascular problems have gone to the roof,mhhh.., so these companies are branching out. Yes, the same companies that are losing profits in thesupermarket have found a way to keep the muunee coming totheir arcs, no matter at what cost.. horrible ah. Well, now ya know. This is all for today; next time we'll talk a bit moreabout vitamin D and a myth that has to be dispelled soyou get more empowered with the right info :) Have a wonderful weekend. Here we will have a long one and are hoping for sun and lots of humidity, which believeit or not Gail and I luv.. if you are not trapped in traffic with no air conditioning and facing a huge garbagetruck, as it happened to me a couple of years ago, yuk.


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