Houston, I have a problem

I went down to Houston two weeks ago or my annual visit with my endocrinologist down there who tests me every year for my hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. Canada does not accept the T3 and T4 hormone levels for “normal” that are accepted in the US so millions of Canadians are walking around thinking their thyroid levels are normal when in fact they are either high or low. As a result, I have my dosages adjusted by Dr. Arem in Houston plus he prescribes bioidentical T3 supplementation that is unavailable in Canada. I recently applied to OHIP to cover the blood work and consultation in the US, which they denied.

If I had not gone to Houston, I would not have found out last week that I now have a new health problem – hypercalcemia and parathyroidism. Calcium is being leached from my bones and spilling into my blood stream due to non-cancerous tumours on my parathyroid glands which sit behind the thyroid, which is causing me no end of symptoms that I associated with my primary thyroid problem.

All this to say that if it were not for going to Houston and paying $3K out of my own [...] continue the story

The UnHysterectomy: Solving Your Painful, Heavy Bleeding Without Major Surgery

The following excerpt is from the book The UnHysterectomy, based on Holly Bridges’ journey to avoid a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with life-threatening anaemia caused by multiple fibroids. The Big Picture Listen up, gals. We have an opportunity on our hands, an opportunity to change the course of history. Not by marching or carrying placards or burning effigies, but by simply saying these three words: enough is enough.

If we, as women and as patients, demand the kind of change I am proposing in this book, we could improve the health, safety and quality of life of women worldwide; get them back on their feet faster and with less pain, less risk and fewer complications; save billions of dollars in unnecessary surgeries and postoperative hospitalization due to complications; invest that money into research, public awareness and prevention; free up our precious operating rooms for those who really need them; and alter the way our society perceives and treats painful, heavy periods. As amazing as it sounds, we may even increase our fertility rates as many younger women (some of whom you will meet in Chapter 14) who were previously told hysterectomy was their only treatment option are now able to conceive and have [...] continue the story