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PTSD and the Pituitary

PTSD shows up on PET/CT imaging as abnormalities to the pituitary, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. 

Health Column: Why am I so tired?

Article originally posted on Post Independent
Grand Junction, CO

If you suffer from fatigue, sluggishness or trouble losing weight, then you might be low on your thyroid hormone. Other symptoms could include intolerance of cold or cold body temperature, brittle/thinning hair, dry skin, constipation or indigestion. You might even be depressed, apathetic, have "brain fog" or low sex drive. Abnormal menstrual cycles or trouble getting pregnant can be also due to low thyroid.


Thyroid hormone controls your energy, growth and metabolism. The thyroid gland sits in the front part of the neck and makes thyroid hormone from iodine and an amino-acid called tyrosine. Eighty percent of thyroid output is tyrosine with four iodine molecules attached, called T4, but this is not the active thyroid hormone.

Outside the thyroid gland — especially in the muscle, liver, kidney and brain — T4 must have one of its iodine molecules removed to form the active thyroid hormone, called T3, which is the form that gets into the cells to do its work. Thyroid binds to nuclear receptors and commands a whole array of energetic and building processes, from growth and metabolism, to energy production and detoxification.

Real Financial Value of a Good Endocrinologist

By Robert Knutzen

It strikes us as absurd that we even feel compelled to write this piece of personal opinion. Sadly, it is even more absurd that the hospital/university/medical center administrators and chiefs of internal medicine across the world has such little understanding of the value of the pituitary endocrinologists on their staffs that they continuously undercut the operating budgets and the staffs of these departments and divisions because they are not "profit-centers".

Allow us please to strongly disagree and share with you the basis for this opinion. Even in major university hospitals (and we know where they are) the pituitary endocrine staffs are kept at a minimum and in some it is only considered part time work to be shared with diabetes care.

A Desperate Effort: The Pitfalls and Frustration of a Woman's Quest For Competent Medical Care

By Martha Merino

I am a health professional; an Occupational Therapist. I have worked in the neo-natal intensive care unit of a major hospital and other acute care settings. My experience taught me the fallibility of doctors and the limitations of the health care system. As you will read, the training, knowledge and experience referenced above gave me the ability I would need, and temerity necessary, to doubt what I was told by doctors, listen to my own body; and, in the process, diagnose myself, and save my own life.

On five different occasions I was told by four different doctors that nothing was wrong. It was all in my head and just "STRESS". I felt like telling the doctor okay you are right, it is all in my head, so why don't you take a picture of my head and make sure everything is okay. Believe me, it would have saved me quite a few doctors bills, counseling visits and years of knowing something was not "quite right". It is amazing how easily we take for granted waking up with a healthy body.

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