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What is Thermography?

Breast Health Discovery vs. Disease Detection

​Every person deserves the truth about their state of health. Instead of waiting for symptoms to manifest and a disease process to be diagnosed, Thermography gives you a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – Inflammation.

Thermography uses an infrared camera that measures the surface temperature of your skin to detect patterns which may indicate the need for further clinical evaluation.

Thermography -_ Truely Is Abount Breast Cancer Prevention

Instead of disease detection, we call Thermography “Health Discovery” – a very important part of your Breast Health Protocol . Thermography detects inflammation, often long before you may feel any symptoms or be diagnosed with an actual disease. In a nutshell, Thermography can see your body asking for extra help. It’s somewhat like a window that allows us to see in and get a visual, or as Dr. Carol Chandler in Lakeland Florida says it is “eavesdropping on what the body is prioritizing right now””Humans are famous for waiting until symptoms get so bad they finally act on them. At that point, there is probably little room for prevention – only Reaction – leaving them with no choice but to endure invasive testing, drugs with side effects plus treatments and surgeries that greatly reduce quality of life. However on the Proactive side, we can support your body’s ability to heal itself through various modalities like diet changes, supplementation, stress management, exercise and more… All designed to return you to a healthy state of well-being.”

So that leads you to wonder…
How Can Thermography Really Help Me?

If you’re wondering how Thermography will specifically help you better achieve your health goals, let me reassure you:
There are a number of areas in which Thermography will help you better understand your body. But it specializes in:

  • Breast Imaging
  • Pain Diagnostics
  • Early-Stage Disease screening
    


Yes, it’s true. Thermograms provide you with early screening and treatment assistance in such conditions as cellular changes that could potentially lead to cancers, inflammatory processes, neurological and vascular dysfunction, and musculoskeletal injury.


“But How are Thermograms Different From Mammograms?”

Mammograms look at anatomical changes in the breast, as they detect masses or lumps in the breast tissue. On the other hand, thermograms look at vascular changes in the breast, as they detect blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetries.

Thermograms benefit all women. They are ideal for young women who want to monitor their breast health before the recommended age of 40. Actually, your breast cancer prevention should start as early as possible.

One in Eight Women Will Be Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at Some Point in Their Life

Proper breast self-exams, physician exams, and now Thermography in conjunction with other testing ,together, provide you with the earliest detection system available.


Thermal imaging detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease.

From there, annual  thermograms allow you to map changes in your body’s heat patterns over time. They can alert you to any deviations from your norm. Mapping your health annually helps you detect changes, often before disease develops.

Yet breast imaging is only one benefit of thermograms. Another area that can be of benefit to both sexes is pain analysis…

Thermography screenings can assess and detect inflammation in the carotid arteries (which may be a precursor to stroke and blood clots). When inflammation and/or occlusion of the carotid is visible, your doctor may do additional testing. Earlier detection of a heart problem may save your life.

If you’ve never heard of Thermography, you may wonder how credible it is. The equipment used is calibrated to measure to 100th of a degree centigrade. Thermographers are trained to exacting standards and must pass several tests plus keep current with continuing education. Your scans are actually analyzed and reviewed by certified medical doctors who’ve specialized in thermography.

Thermography and Identifying Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen is known as the female hormone. It helps kickstart sexual development and, along with progesterone, affects a woman’s reproductive system. According to Healthline, when your body has the proper hormone balance, your body functions the way it is meant to. However, if you have a hormone imbalance, it can cause a lot of wacky things to happen. One example of this is estrogen dominance.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

While estrogen is a normal part of all bodies, when your body has more estrogen than progesterone, it is referred to as estrogen dominance. Some symptoms of estrogen dominance in women are:

  • bloating
  • swelling and tenderness in your breasts
  • fibrocystic lumps in your breasts
  • decreased sex drive
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • mood swings
  • headaches
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • weight gain
  • hair loss
  • cold hands or feet
  • insomnia
  • sleepiness or fatigue
  • issues with memory

In men, estrogen dominance can manifest as infertility, Gynecomastia, and erectile dysfunction.

Risk of Breast Cancer

Having estrogen dominance makes you more at risk of breast cancer. Essentially, breast cells can attach themselves to estrogen. The estrogen then fuels the growth of these cells. If they become cancerous, it can spread quickly. This is why it is essential to be checked for estrogen dominance. It can give you an early idea that breast cancer could be possible.

Thermography and Identifying Estrogen Dominance

Thermography is helpful in identifying estrogen dominance. It is able to detect physiological changes linked to cancer while it is still at a cellular level. It detects it even before a mammogram can. Another benefit of thermography is the ability to detect lymphatic congestion, which is also a precursor to disease.

At Thermography Clinic Ireland, we want to help you with your thermography needs. Contact us today for more information.

Progesterone: the Peaceful Hormone

Progesterone restores a sense of calm.  For those balancing the responsibilities of home, work and family, progesterone helps you keep your cool.  It acts on the gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) receptors in the brain.  These are the receptors that sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications and alcohol act on.  Optimal progesterone levels help with:

1. clearing brain fog

2. allowing you to stay asleep, especially between 2 and 4 am.

3. building bone

4. strengthening libido

5. supporting elasticity in the skin

6. helping neural growth in the brain

7. preventing puffiness & bloating

What’s GABA all about?

GABA is the primary inhibitory transmitter in the brain.  It settles the mind and protects our brain from overstimulation.  If you worry a lot or experience anxiety you may be low.  GABA comes from protein we eat. Progestrone does not cross the blood brain barrier, it will still have a positive effect because we have a lot of neurotransmitter receptors elsewhere in the body.  Mood can improve when GABA reaches the cells in our liver and gut.

If you are deficient in GABA, you may experience a kind of physical anxiety that is difficult to shake.  Muscles may tighten and your immune system is less able to do it’s job. 

Promote Peace & Calm Naturally

Here are a 6 more ways you can bump up your GABA:

1, Theanine from green tea, matcha or the supplement.

2. Foods high in zinc and magnesium: liver, red meat, shellfish, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, halibut, spinach, and okra.

3. Chamomile tea: this has a bioflavonoid called Apigenin that binds to GABA receptors in the brain.  It calms the nervous system.

4. Potassium rich foods: acorn squash, spinach, brussel sprouts and yogurt.

5. Ensure your serotonin levels are optimal:  tryptophan in food or supplemental 5HTP support serotonin & enhance the effects of GABA.

6. St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo:  both these herbs have different actions in the brain to increase uptake of GABA.

Ovulation is a Important

The birth control pill means you won’t get the surge of progesterone mid cycle and near the end of your cycle.  Progesterone supports your brain, thyroid, bones and breast tissue.  It also reduces inflammation, We produce far more of it than estrogen.  It keeps estrogen from becoming dominant in both males and females which has several health risks. Progesterone is also an essential for building block for other hormones including cortisol and adrenaline.  Men produce progesterone in their testes and use it for general health as well as sexual function.

Ovulation supports estrogen to promote muscle gain, insulin sensitivity and a healthy cardiovascular system.  Missing out on ovulation is an unfortunate reality that many women experience.  They aren’t told the full story of oral contraception.  More and more women are saying no to synthetic hormones and the long list of side effects that accompany it.

The Symptoms of Low Progesterone

Difficult to get pregnant

Abdominal pain and bleeding during early pregnancy

Short menstrual Cycles

Irregular periods

Spotting before period

Hypothyroidism

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Anxiety

Increased sex drive

Fibrocystic breasts

3 Long Term Effects Of The Contraceptive Pill.

3 long term effects of the contraceptive pill.

First made available in the 1960’s, “the pill” has played an important (though often controversial) role in the women’s liberation movement over the decades. These days, most women I know have taken birth control pills for one reason or another – as pregnancy prevention, for painful or irregular periods, acne treatment, mood regulation, etc.

Without much thought, women are popping the oral contraception at the suggestion of their doctors. Some women will experience immediate side effects of birth control such as weight gain, headaches, dizziness, breast tenderness, nausea, decreased libido, mood swings, and more. The bigger problem however, is that there are long term side effects of birth control pills that are not usually discussed.

If you find these side effects shocking, don’t panic. Though it’s not ideal, there are ways to protect your body and repair from the damage that may be done by long term use of the pill.

Here are the three long term side effects of birth control pills your doctor probably won’t mention:

#1 – The pill depletes your body of essential nutrients

Birth control pills deplete the body of essential vitamins and minerals. Some of these nutrients, including folic acid, B vitamins, zinc and magnesium, are responsible for managing PMS symptoms, protecting your fertility and preventing birth defects. As a result, your body can be more susceptible to weight gain, water retention, hair loss, lowered immunity, depression, and low libido, to name a few conditions.

How to recover:

Consume mineral-rich foods on a daily basis to rebuild deficiencies including:

  • Homemade bone broth
  • High quality sea salt
  • Minerals

#2 – The pill disrupts healthy gut flora balance

Birth control pills destroy beneficial gut bacteria which are essential for proper digestion, nutrient assimilation, and a healthy immune system. When your gut flora is insufficient, makes you (and your future children) are more susceptible to short-term and chronic illnesses.

How to recover:

To replace beneficial flora your daily diet must include fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut, which are rich in probiotic bacteria responsible for breaking down your food and protecting your immunity. Aim to eat or drink at least a small amount of cultured food with every meal.

#3 – The pill may mask future fertility problems

Although there is an overwhelming opinion among health care professionals that birth control pills do not directly affect your fertility, taking the pill every month certainly isn’t doing you any favors.

Stopping your body’s ability to get pregnant doesn’t mean that you have pressed pause on your fertility clock. If you’ve been on the pill for several years, your fertility has aged during that time as well.

The synthetic hormones in birth control pills artificially stop the hormones secreted by the hypothalamic pituitary axis in the brain that are responsible for your menstrual cycle. This can lead to a number of conditions such as low body weight, emotional stress and can even cause you to stop having ovulating and menstruating altogether – a condition called hypothalamic amenorrhea.

How to recover:

Though some women get back on track immediately, returning to a normal menstrual cycle can take several months after stopping birth control pills.

If you’re on the pill simply for convenience or to manage hormonal imbalances, consider working with an experienced Naturopath to reduce painful periods, regulate your cycles, and balance your hormones.

If you are planning to start a family soon and are on the pill, it’s a good idea to stop at least a year before trying to conceive to give your body enough time to recover.

Side effects aside, the pill is one of our most reliable and convenient options for birth control. Deciding whether or not to take oral contraceptives or any other form of birth control is a very personal decision. But with the right care, recovering your hormonal and overall health is certainly possible.

If you need help addressing hormone imbalance & discovering the root cause of this issue, you can contact the clinic at info@thermographyireland.ie or call 086 1623683

Breast Thermography An Idea Assessment Tool, Particularly For Young Women

Consider this:


A very important area of consideration is the neglected category of women under the age of 40. There are over 20,000 cases of breast cancer in this age group each year in the USA. When cancer occurs in a younger woman it is usually a much more aggressive form, and less likely to respond to treatment. There is currently no routine screening test for women under 40, and thermography is a perfect test for these women as there is no radiation from the exam. Annual exams are recommended starting at 20 years of age.
Other countries use thermography on a much wider scale because countries with socialized medicine need effective, cost-efficient technologies. Breast thermography was discovered in 1956 in Montreal, Canada and rapidly became popular throughout the world. It was FDA cleared as an adjunctive screening procedure for breast cancer in 1982 in the United States. Recent advancements in technology have allowed us to perform even more accurate exams. A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Surgery, performed at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell showed a 97% sensitivity in discriminating cancer compared to biopsy

Histamines and Your Adrenal Glands


Histamines are compounds found in various parts of the body. From the brain to the gut, histamine has a variety of actions. It is both a neurotransmitter as well as an immunomodulator. Depending on where it is found in the body, and what receptor it interacts with, histamine can elicit a multitude of reactions. There are four types of receptors, numbered H1 to H4. Each are found in different parts of the body and have distinctly different effects on the body when activated. Histamines and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

Harmful Effects of Histamine

Excessive histamine can wreck havoc in the body. Starting with the brain, histamine has the ability to inhibit almost every neurotransmitter and is a neurotransmitter in itself. Any unbalance in the chemical makeup of your brain is bound to cause unwanted effects such as brain fog, fatigue and anxiety. It is also why histamine has been implicated in several major psychiatric disorders. Along with psychiatric disorders, histamine is also involved in the sleeping cycle, mainly stimulating the body to stay awake. This can only worsen the symptoms manifesting in the brain. At the cardiovascular system, with histamine being a vasodilator and opening up the vessels in the body, the heart will have to pump harder and faster to maintain the same blood flow. This can lead to tachycardia, heart palpitations and low blood pressure. Heart palpitations combined with increased anxiety can often lead to panic attacks too. Unchecked histamine can also lead to increased gastric acid secretions in the gut, contributing to irritable bowel syndrome and gastric ulcers.

On top of all these conditions, histamine actively plays a role in inflammation and the allergic reaction, having high histamine levels in your body is similar to being in a chronic inflammatory or allergic state. One can experience itching, nasal congestion, asthma, red eyes, hives, and even angioedema. These symptoms are largely modulated by the adrenal glands. We will go into these in more detail later.

Histamine Levels and Adrenal Fatigue

Elevated histamine levels do not bode well for the adrenal glands. Histamine is an inflammatory molecule. Cortisol, released by the adrenal glands, is an anti-inflammatory compound. One can imagine the contrasting battle these two molecules go through on a daily basis. Any unnecessary rise in histamine levels only serves to burden the adrenal glands. Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome(AFS), especially those in advanced stages, invariably are overloaded with histamine internally without sufficient cortisol to counter its effect. It comes as no surprise that many are in a generalized inflammatory state with many nonspecific but bothersome symptoms of discomfort.

As a result of inflammation, many suffer from migrating pain of unknown origin, especially in the muscles and joints. There is no deformity in the joints, and the discomfort can come and go at will without a set pattern. Doctors are usually at a loss after a normal blood test without significant signs of autoimmune disease. Pain medications are usually prescribed but seldom necessary as the discomfort is generally nagging in nature and not very severe.

Sometimes pain can be in the lower back area surrounding the kidneys. There is no significant physical finding. Visits to family doctors are made and bladder and urinary track infection workups are usually negative. Abdominal CT scans are normal. Many will report a dull ache or a sensation of feeling heat in the area of the adrenal glands that is worsened under stress or when energy levels are low, or when certain types of food are consumed. There is no specific point of tenderness on palpation. The sufferer is usually told that it is all in their head.

Food sensitivity is common when histamine levels rise beyond what the body can handle. Intake of watermelon, for example, can lead to skin itchiness in distant parts of the body such as the ear lobes. Dairy products can lead to excessive nasal drip that can be postnasal in nature. Sufferers generally report a sense of congestion during the day, and wake up in the morning with a cough. Headaches of unknown origin, excessive bloating, and stomach pain are all common presentations.

Increased sensitivity to seasonal allergens is also a common finding. Due to intrinsic high histamine levels within, the threshold for external allergens to trigger inflammation is reduced, especially from pollen and grass during the spring. Most sufferers of AFS will find themselves highly sensitive to such external allergens in addition to heat intolerance when outdoors. Runny nose, sense of itchiness at the throat, and sniffling are common presenting complaints. Steroidal nasal sprays and anti-histamine medications are prescribed frequently for what appears to be classic signs of allergic rhinitis. Without understanding the root cause and trigger, this medication only acts to reduce symptoms and bring temporary relief. With prolonged use, tolerance and dependence develop. Those with marginal or mild adrenal fatigue will find their condition worsens over time, as the adrenals will slow down production of steroids due to the ample external supply as the feedback loop is disrupted. Withdrawal and rebound symptoms may arise if the medications are stopped abruptly.


Summary

Reducing internal histamine load should be part of a total recovery program in AFS. The key is to first recognize that histamine does play an important role in worsening adrenal fatigue. The astute clinician should be on alert for symptoms mentioned above as clues for further investigation. The key rests with a detailed history conducted carefully by an experienced clinician & appropiate testing to establish the root cause of the problem.

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