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The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness
IN THIS ISSUE
• Reference Ranges - Why Your NORMAL Lab Results May be
What is thyroid:
• Melissa Langton Crowned Mrs. United States 2006
• Testimonial of the Month by Melissa Langton
• Recipe of the Month - Ceci Dip (Yeast-free)
Reference Ranges - Why Your NORMAL Lab Results May be
So you're convinced that you iodothyronine are LOW THYROID. You have (T3), the active,
weight gain, headaches, hair hormone and
normal. What's next? Your doctor offers you an antidepressant,
Ibuprofen, and tells you to exercise. Does this sound familiar?
There are two problems here. First, this so- called ‘normal’ result
might NOT be YOUR normal. Reference ranges for most lab values
are established by testing a large number of healthy people and
observing what appears to be "normal" for them. A large number of Once released by
people are tested for a given lab, and in turn, a bell curve (i.e.,
normal distribution) is created. By statistical definitions, when one
includes the results that extend 2 standard deviations beyond the
average of that distribution, this encompasses 95% of the
population studied. So if 95% of a sample population had thyroid
levels that ranged from 5 to 500, that would be the reference range helping cells
for a thyroid test. You must agree that 5 to 500 is a pretty broad
range. So let’s say your thyroid level, hypothetically, is 25. That
certainly does fall ‘within normal range’, but perhaps YOUR normal is energy. These
350. For another example, let’s say, hypothetically, that 5 yrs ago
your thyroid level was 400. Over the past 5 years, you’ve noticed a
slow, but steady decline in your energy, moods, brain function, etc,
and had your thyroid checked again. This time it is 200. Both of
these numbers are well within ‘normal range’, but your thyroid is
now functioning 50% slower than it did 5 years ago. Because these
levels are within range, your thyroid problem won’t be detected with your thyroid gland
bloodwork, and instead of replenishing your deficient thyroid, you
are offered several prescription drugs to mask the symptoms that
The second problem is that doctors are taught in medical school and thyroid, then you
residency training to interpret most lab values as black and white,
i.e., no gray area. This includes thyroid. According to most doctors,
you do not have a thyroid problem if your lab result is ‘within normal slowly unwind like
Over a 5 year period, I had developed depression, daily headaches,
brain fog, and had gained 80 pounds. I had my thyroid checked
several times and it was always “normal”. Since I had no clear-cut
diagnosis, I was prescribed antidepressants, Ibuprofen, and diet
pills. My symptoms continued to worsen, and more pills were added are essential for
every year to my regimen. After a long awaited revelation, I began
taking bio-identical hormones, including a thyroid supplement. After
just 2 weeks, I was able to discontinue my antidepressant, the
weight started coming off, headaches were gone, and I could think
My motto now is: If it looks like a duck, and walks
like a duck, it’s probably a duck!
TEST YOURSELF FOR THYROID DISORDER
Thinking About Your Thyroid?
and an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto's
Hypo means low,
Feeling tired? Got brain fog? Having trouble losing
If you think there may be more to how you're feeling than old age or blood that is
lack of sleep, and you don't want to accept that it's just a part of
within the cells.
Melissa Langton Crowned Mrs. United States
weight gain, cold extremities, headaches, brain
Melissa Langton has been
crowned Mrs. United States
The pageant was held at The
from all over the nation competed in recurrent and
crown, but she was also honored with emotional two other special awards: Best
husband, Michael, for 10 years. They have two children, Gabrielle complications of
and Garrett. She is the owner of Faithfully Fit and a fitness
consultant for The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness.
We are so proud of her accomplishment and know she will do a
Testimonial of the Month by Melissa
As the fitness Director for Dr.McManus’s practice, I visit with a lot of most commonly
you in the early stages of your treatment program and hear such
wonderful stories of your success with your treatment and yeast
detox. The majority of you simply say your life has changed forever are many causes and that you feel amazing and almost instantly saw improved
health, energy and vitality. Yet, there are a few that I have met that but one of the were like me.
I have always worked diligently at maintaining a healthy diet and
exercise program. I was always up on the latest in supplements and health trends. I was even certified by the Cooper Institute and the
Aerobic Research Center to educate and guide others to obtain their Thyroiditis:
fitness and nutrition goals. So why, with all of this knowledge and
commitment to health and only approaching age 40, did I feel so
awful. I had progressively worsened after the birth of my second
child. I had fatigue, moodiness, brain fog, depression, thinning hair, the immune
IBS, fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia, heavy bleeding , migraines, joint
pain, diminished sex drive, and well, the list could go on infinitely
but I have chosen to focus on the few that were beginning to take
over my life. I sought help from physicians who only said, “Honey,
you are just in peri-menopause”. A doctor even said “You are just a the thyroid gland type A personality and expect perfection from yourself”. Others said and prevent if “Here is a brochure that explains it all, you just need to take an anti- from making
depressant, that should help with the moodiness and depression”.
This type of response led me down a path with several doctors who
After several years of this and deciding that I truly was feeling worse the cells. This
and not better- and after adding the 10+ lbs I had mysteriously
gained, I stopped all medications and trudged on in hopes that I
could at least get back to the not so bad feeling that I felt before the and therefore the
pills! Maybe I was expecting too much for my age (40)? I then had
the fortunate experience of meeting Dr. Mila McManus and could not very similar. The
believe the information that I had read in her brochures that very
first day. Could this be true? Could someone really identify all of
Well that is where we began my treatment and I must confess I
think I have been a tough nut to crack but I have worked closely
with her for over a year and we have finally found the right
combination of diet and hormone therapy that suits me perfectly.
The program is not one size fits all and yes, medicine is an art! She
is an amazing doctor who has given my future back to me. I had the skin, increased
opportunity to compete in the Mrs. Texas pageant a while back and, menstrual flow,
although I did not win, it was a great experience that I really
struggled to accomplish. After a year in the program another
opportunity was given to compete at my first national pageant for
United States Mrs. 2006 – and I won! I had confidence, clarity, and
amazing vitality and energy and the judges saw that! Thank you
from the bottom of my heart, Mila- YES we can seek perfection!
Much love and many blessings to you and your amazing staff!
by Melissa Langton, CPT, Fitness Instructor, Mrs. United
Recipe of the Month - Ceci Dip (Yeast-free) :
Put all in a food processor and blend until smooth. Ready to eat!
It is great to eat with celery, carrots, or veggie chips! **Similar to hormone hummus but without the tahini.
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SUPPLEMENT OF THE MONTH-IODORAL
Iodoral is an inorganic, non-radioactive form of
iodine. Iodine is the safest of all trace minerals
and studies have shown it may be necessary for
the production of every hormone in the body and them is by
for proper immune system function. Iodine is
essential to the synthesis of the thyroid
hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).
Dr. Brownstein has tested hundreds of patients and >90% exhibit
laboratory signs of iodine deficiency. The average salt intake in the
U.S.A. is 10g/day which would theoretically supply 770ug of iodine
however studies have shown that urine levels of iodine in 24-hour
urine tests are 10 times lower. Deficiency of iodine is due to soil
erosion, less use of salt due to fear high blood pressure, radioactive companies then
iodine exacerbates an iodine deficiency, exposure to many chemicals market their drugs
that inhibit iodine binding in the body (e.g., bromide, fluoride,
chloride), diet and lifestyles (high consumption of bakery products
with bromide, vegan diets, lack of ocean fish or sea vegetables).
Note: Bromide is a halide and halides compete with one another for products to
absorption and receptor binding in the body.
Measuring the amount of iodine in the urine is not a reliable method. Synthroid and
An iodine-loading test is very useful information for the body’s iodine Levoxyl.
status. The iodine- loading test is 5% mg of an iodine/iodide mixture given as a loading dose and the amount of iodine excreted in the
urine over the next 24 hours is measured. In an iodine sufficient
state, approximately 90% of a mixture of a 50mg dose of
iodine/iodide would be excreted (i.e., 45 mg). Levels below 90%
excretion would indicate an iodine- deficient state.
Iodine is not very soluble in water but Dr. Lugol found that
potassium iodide added to water increased the solubility in water.
He began using a solution of 5% iodine and 10% potassium iodide in T4 into the active
water. Two drops of this solution contains 5mg of iodine and 7.5mg
of iodide. Iodide is the reduced form of iodine which contains an
extra electron. His recommended dose was 2 drops per day of
Lugol’s solution. This is very similar to the physiologic dose of iodine conversion, which
for sufficiency of the entire body. Lugol’s solution can also be found
Every cell utilizes iodine. It is concentrated in the thyroid gland,
salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid, brain, gastric mucosa, breasts
and ciliary body of the eye. Because different tissues concentrate
different forms of iodine, it is essential to use a supplement that
contains both iodide and iodine (i.e. the prostate gland concentrates this reason,
iodine, but the thyroid gland concentrates iodide). Using Iodoral
could yield maximum benefits, providing both iodide and iodine for
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the symptoms of functional hypothyroidism
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