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Jul 26

July 26, 2017

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What’s Lurking in Your Beauty Products?

I have a question for you, dear readers: How many beauty and personal care products do you and your family members use per day? Myself, I go through the usual products: soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, lotion, sunscreen (sometimes), makeup (sometimes), deodorant. The average adult uses between 9 and 15 products a day, according to a survey conducted by the Environmental Working Group. Here’s what you might not realize: By using standard, conventional products, the average woman puts more than 150…

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Jan 14

January 14, 2016

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Look Out, 2016: I’m Coming For You

To put it mildly, 2015 kicked my ass. Truly, royally, kicked my ass. As some of you know, in February of last year, I found out I had thyroid cancer, which, um, really sucked. Since that dreadful day, my follow-up appointments and labs have been good, but as my one-year anniversary approaches, I can’t help but feel a little…anxious. ‘Tis normal, I guess. While some may consider being thyroid-less “no big deal,” let me tell you – life without a thyroid makes…

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Mar 18

March 18, 2015

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There is No Such Thing as “Good” Cancer

A few months ago, I wrote about how I was set to undergo thyroid surgery due to some nodules on my thyroid that had started to grow and change after years of remaining stable. On Feb. 12, I had my thyroid removed. Twelve days later, I learned I had thyroid cancer. Papillary microcarcinoma, to be exact. Three tiny spots that, all together, added up to just 4.5 mm. I had gone to my post-op follow-up appointment nervous, but optimistic. Yes,…

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Feb 5

February 5, 2015

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Dear Thyroid: Thanks for the Memories

A few months ago, I wrote about how I was feeling tired a lot and rundown, and how my new exercise program was helping me to feel better. For a good while, it was helping. I was feeling GREAT. Really GREAT. Then, somewhere around the end of November, I hit a weird plateau. The exercise started to have little to no effect, the tiredness and irritability started to return, and I noticed that after just a short time on the…

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