Merck offers FREE Thyroid Screening to raise Awareness against Thyroid Diseases

Did you know that 1 out of 11 people suffer from thyroid diseases?  You didn’t?  You are not alone! Even up to 60 percent of those who have thyroid disease are unaware of their own condition.  Most people never consider undergoing thyroid screening although they suffer from its symptoms.  This alarming fact is the very reason why Merck steps up its awareness campaign against thyroid diseases. In partnership with the DOH, PTA, PSEDM, and IGN, Merck has launched the “It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid” campaign in time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) 2017.  This campaign aims to raise consciousness against thyroid disorders.

Let’s start with you.  How much do you really know about thyroid?  Find out in this short quiz:

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid Quiz

Found out that you didn’t know much?  That’s all right.  I think most of us really don’t know much about our thyroid.  Now, let’s see if you may have a thyroid disorder and have been completely in the dark about it.

Do You Have A Thyroid Disorder?

Have you ever felt so extremely tired, experienced anxiety, had difficulty sleeping, suddenly gained or lost weight?  I think we all have!  These are also some of the signs of a thyroid problem but when we do suffer from them, we just think we’ve been working too hard or we’ve not been keeping a healthy lifestyle.  If your symptoms keep recurring, it’s about time to have them checked because it may be more than just work-related stress – it could be a thyroid disorder.

Do you have any of those symptoms?  A self-check isn’t enough to diagnose thyroid problems.  You must undergo some tests and consult a doctor.  Do take advantage of the FREE Thyroid Screening and Consultation at the Trade Hall of Robinson’s Novaliches this Saturday, May 27.  There will also be free massages, nail art, eyebrow threading, hair and make-up and so much more.  Just perfect for us moms who want to stay healthy and beautiful for our loved ones.


Want to know more about Merck’s campaign against thyroid diseases?  Read on…

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Merck steps up awareness campaign against thyroid diseases

MANILA, Philippines – In time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) 2017, leading science and healthcare innovation company Merck, joined forces with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Thyroid Association (PTA), Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM), and the Iodine Global Network (IGN), to raise consciousness against thyroid disorders.

You and your thyroid

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that sits in at the lower front of the neck. It plays a key role in one’s overall health and well-being by producing thyroid hormones that help keep the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs in tip-top condition. [1]

Thyroid disorders are some of the most common diseases worldwide. In the Philippines, one in every 11 adults suffers from goiter or other thyroid disorders. [2]

Thyroid problems are more common in women. Figures show that women are four to seven times more likely to have thyroid disorders than men.[3] They are also at risk of hypothyroidism by 10 times. Moreover, women who recently gave birth and those who are in the menopausal stage are more vulnerable. 2

But why are thyroid diseases usually left undetected and misdiagnosed? Blame the symptoms. Tiredness, anxiety, weight fluctuations, difficulty in sleeping – these are some of the telling signs of a thyroid problem. Unfortunately, more often than not, people usually attribute these to merely having poor lifestyle choices. This is why the theme of this year’s ITAW is: “It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid”.

It’s Not You, It’s Your Thyroid

Since its primary role is to control the metabolism, disorders may occur when there’s little (hypothyroidism) or overproduction (hyperthyroidism) of thyroid hormones.

Patients with hypothyroidism, or too little thyroid hormone, tend to have slower metabolism: they gain weight despite not eating much, move and speak slowly, feel tired and have depressed thoughts, cannot tolerate cold, and have irregular menstrual periods. [4] On the other hand, patients with hyperthyroidism, or too much thyroid hormone, will have hyperactive metabolism: they lose weight despite having good appetite, have heart palpitations, irritable thoughts and insomnia, have sweating and heat intolerance, and can have tremors in their hands. [5]

The diagnosis of thyroid disorders can easily be made by checking the levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) in the blood. Treatment brings the level of thyroid hormones back in balance, restoring normal metabolism to the body.

For more information, visit or follow “Unmasking Your Thyroid” on Facebook (

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About Merck

Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Merck is a leading science and technology company that works to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions.


[1] American Thyroid Association. Thyroid Information. Accessed May 2017.

[2] Carlos-Raboca, J et al. The Philippine Thyroid Diseases Study 1 (PhilTiDeS 1): Prevalence of Thyroid Disorders Among Adults in the Philippines. JAFES. 2012.

[3] Thyroid Foundation of Canada. Thyroid Disease: know the facts. Available online last accessed May 2017.

[4] American Thyroid Association. Hypothyroidism. Accessed from: on August 2016.

[5] American Thyroid Association. Hyperthyroidism. Accessed from on August 2016.


For more information about thyroid disorders and the campaign against it,  visit Unmasking Your Thyroid on Facebook.  Like the page for updates and promotions.

Noticing Mental Illness Signs

Feeling as though the world is crashing in around you is a sign that you are depressed or have other mental issues that need to be addressed. On the other hand, if you know someone who is withdrawn or has other symptoms that are sometimes easy to see that are associated with a mental illness, you need to seek help for them before it leads to a dark road. A Tallahassee behavioral health center is only one place where you can get help for yourself or someone you love. There are counselors available as well as doctors who can give medications to help with the illness that is present.

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The first thing that you have to recognize is that mental illness can lead to irregular behaviors for the person. It could be anything from a bipolar disorder to depression to dementia. Each illness has symptoms that you need to know about and recognize so that you can get help along with treatments that are a bit different for each person because what might work with one person might have the opposite impact for someone else. Some illnesses can be caused by stress while others are caused by other diseases, such as cancer.

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Try to notice if there are any significant changes that take place in a short period of time. Most of the time, a mental illness is presented with more than one symptom instead of just one or two things that take place. Confused thinking is one of the first signs that you’ll notice. It might be hard to remember things that were once easy to think about every day. Depression also goes along with mental illness as you think that no one wants to be around you or that there is nothing to live for any longer. If you notice any suicidal tendencies or thoughts with yourself or someone else, then you need to seek help immediately. Excessive fears are sometimes a sign of some type of mental illness. Not talking to people and withdrawing into your own little world can be an indication that something is wrong as well.

Enamel Damage and Internal Illnesses: The Dental Disasters of Home Tooth Whitening Fads and Kits

It might seem like a good idea at the time when you pick up a teeth whitening kit off the shelf and decide to give it a go at home, but the consequences of that purchasing decision could be far greater than you imagined.

There are all sorts of fads and products that seem very convincing as a budget-friendly solution for fixing your smile with a whitening makeover, but there are all sorts of potential dental disasters that you need to think carefully about.

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Here is a look at some of the problems associated with trying to whiten your teeth yourself, including details of a trend for using charcoal, how you could do irreparable damage to your enamel, and why mouth guards could be bad news for your stomach.

Charcoal for white teeth?

The idea that something so black could produce whiter teeth seems daft when you think about it, but it hasn’t stopped a DIY teeth whitening trend taking hold.

Medical professionals have been quick to issue warnings about the trend for applying a charcoal-derived black mixture on your teeth.

The consequences of this fad could be far-reaching and dentists are stating that you could be putting yourself at risk from enamel deterioration and tooth erosion. As with so many product launches that can be classed as fads, there is normally a YouTube video that shows someone achieving spectacular results, which leads you to believe that you can enjoy whiter teeth if you copy the tactic.

The thinking behind using charcoal to whiten your teeth is that it is highly absorbent and this means it could work to absorb bacteria and stains when you brush your teeth with the product.

The fad for charcoal will probably fade sometime soon, but you could be left to contend with the consequences of your charcoal experiment long after that.

Enamel damage

There are various techniques to whiten your teeth and home whitening kits have proved popular with consumers as a seemingly viable alternative to visiting their dentist for teeth whitening treatment.

There are numerous home whitening kits on the market and plenty of them try to entice you with the promise of instant results. That might be the case and you could potentially see a noticeable improvement in the whiteness of your teeth in an instant, but the question you need to ask is at what price?

There is always the threat of irreparable damage to enamel hanging to consider, especially if you use the kits on a regular basis.

The majority of these home kits contain chlorine dioxide, which is used to clean swimming pools but not used in professional teeth whitening, which should tell you all you need to know about that idea.

Be wary of mouth guards

Another popular teeth whitening solution is the use of mouth guards containing hydrogen peroxide.

If there is a chemical leakage and you swallow some of this product during the whitening process, you could suffer chemical burns to your throat and stomach.

The message is loud and clear, think about what you are putting on your teeth as you could end up paying a higher price than you expected for trying to whiten your teeth at home.

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Caring for Your Teeth When You Are in Your 30’s and Older

It is very likely that you have heard individuals say that youth is wasted on younger people. One of the reasons why people say that is because when a person is young, they usually have the best appearance. Their body is the most healthy it will ever be, they look their best, and they have nice teeth, nice skin, and gorgeous hair. However, most young individuals do not always appreciate the condition of their body. In fact, when an individual is young, this is the time when they are usually the most critical of their own appearance.

It’s interesting that many individuals who are in their 30’s and older would love to go back to the time when they were teenagers or in their 20’s. As they begin to develop all of the telltale signs of aging, they wish they could go back to the time when they had a much more attractive appearance. Time and the fact that most individuals who are young do not always take the best care of themselves means that a person in their 30’s and older usually has to take steps to not only care for their body, but to try to reverse some of the damage that was done when they were younger.

Many individuals in their 30’s and older wish they would have taken better care of their teeth when they were young. One of the things that they wish they would have done was avoid food and beverages that stain their teeth. Drinking too much coffee, black tea, red wine, and other dark beverages like this can turn a person’s teeth yellow or brown. Or an individual may have used their teeth as tools when they were younger to open packages and do other things when they really should have used scissors. Damage can also come to a person’s teeth when biting on pens and other items or when chewing on your nails. It is not until a person is older that they realize how bad all of these things were for their teeth.


As you get older, it is important for you to take care of your teeth. Regularly visit your dentist, stay up to date with the latest technology available, including reading an implant dentistry Journal, brush your teeth regularly, floss, and use a mouth guard if you have a problem with grinding your teeth.

*Images from by Stuart Miles and stockimages. 

Wracked With Headaches? It Might Be Time To See A Neurologist

Sometimes, neurological problems may manifest in ways that seem unusual. A neurological problem may not be immediately apparent. While the symptoms below may be caused by less serious illnesses and should not necessarily alarm people, when seeing a doctor for these conditions, it may be worth asking whether a visit to a neurologist Cypress TX might be in order.


Most headaches are little reason for concern beyond any debilitating effects they have on a person’s daily activities. However, there are a few signs that may indicate further investigation is necessary. Headaches that occur multiple times each week and do not respond to over-the-counter medications, headaches that come on suddenly and include a stiff neck or a fever, and headaches that are getting worse over time may all indicate the need to see a neurologist. People may also want to seek a medical opinion if their headache is accompanied by dizziness, nausea, blurry vision or other symptoms.


Dizziness that causes vertigo or balance problems may be a reason to see a neurologist. A person’s regular physician will have a better idea as to whether referral is appropriate.


Not all seizures are obvious. Some may involve staring or a brief loss of consciousness. Low blood sugar and other conditions may lead to seizures, but they might also happen due to a neurological condition.

Weakness, Numbness or Tingling

It’s natural to feel some weakness after you have exerted yourself physically or numbness and tingling if you have allowed a limb to “go to sleep.” However, if these symptoms arise out of nowhere, it could be indicative of a more serious issue.

Problems With Movement

A person who is having trouble walking, is experiencing involuntary movements or is excessively clumsy may want to rule out causes such as anxiety and medication side effects first. However, if these problems are occurring for no apparent reason, a neurologist such as one at Cyfair Medical Partners might be able to diagnose the condition.

Neurologists deal with problems in the brain and nervous system, and for some people, the prospect of developing an illness associated with these parts of the body may be so frightening that there may be a temptation to ignore or downplay the symptoms. However, finding out what is wrong is the first step toward treatment, and a neurologist may be able to offer solutions that greatly improve a person’s quality of life.