Thyroid health is one of the themes for this month’s issue, the theme is personal for me as a 15-year thyroid cancer survivor. I remember the diagnosis like it was 15 years ago (smile). You never forget that moment when a doctor tells you that you have cancer. I’m not a “why me” type person so I didn’t spend time questioning my fate, instead I made a task list and started to educate myself on all things thyroid related. I remember my doctor in Colorado telling me how lucky I was to have thyroid cancer because it was the easiest form of cancer to have, I remember wanting to punch him but I didn’t.
Weeks after surgery to remove my little thyroid, I remember the nurse coming at me in a hazmat suit with a canister containing a radioactive iodine pill and telling me to swallow it. I remember her instructing me to roll my windows down on the drive home because I was toxic as hell. I remember her telling me I couldn’t hug my dog for a week.
The thyroid affects everything in your body – brain health, gut health, heart health, bone health, metabolism, mood and more. It is located in the throat chakra which governs expression and communication and is the point of passage for energy between the head and body. Master Hongik from Body and Brain Yoga would remind us that we want a cool head and warm gut, the energy passes through the neck to disseminate throughout the body. If there is a blockage in the throat area, the energy stays congested in the head which is not good.
Take a look at one of our feature articles – “The Happy Thyroid: Seven Ways to Keep It Humming” as well as a personal article from Dr. Christi Alsop of Santa Fe Soul to learn more about what your thyroid does and how you might take better care of it. Stress reduction and sleep are critical so give our “Chasing ZZZs” article a look for how you might restore your body.
And, enjoy our article by April Thompson on “Zenful Eating: Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude”. Three of the nation’s top Zen chefs share their wisdom about being grateful, present and peaceful at mealtime – just in time for Thanksgiving!
With Big Gratitude,