Our new thyroid keychain, working its way through last night's Halloween haul. Anybody wanna trade some Tootsie Rolls for Almond Joys?

 

Dear Thyroid guest blogger Dr. Sara Gottfried wrote a fascinating post about the endocrine madness caused by the hormones released by the adrenals, thyroid and sex glands. "Once I got how all these crazy thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones fit together, much of the thyroid chaos fell away, both for my patients and myself." Dr. Gottfried writes. Read on for some fascinating lessons on this wild hormonal soup that can wreak havoc on your thyroid and how you can balance your system.
thyroidI don't know if you've ever read the blog Dear Thyroid, but if you haven't, you're in for a treat. Example: "I happen to love Halloween. Because I have Graves’ Ophthalmopathy and I’m a sphere on mini-stilts (5’4), I am a walking costume. I can go to parties, if I choose to, as a pissed off Graves’ disease patient." Hilarious. Anyway, it got us thinking about Graves -- a condition related to an overactive thyroid that causes the eyes to bulge from the sockets, used for comedic advantage by the likes of Marty Feldman and Rodney Dangerfield. A UCLA study recently looked into why the condition attacks the eye sockets. Turns out the problem isn't all the thyroid's fault, but trouble also lies with defective infection fighting T-cells (which mature in our good friend the thymus), which attack the eye tissue.