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SOCIAL MEDIA Newsletters have historically been mailed to homes. More often than not, today "newsletter" is understood to mean some sort of email correspondence. It might be anything from brief text to a fully formatted html email. And it appears that every site is inviting visitors to subscribe — present company included.

When you opt in to a department store subscription, you expect to be alerted to great sales ahead of the public. But sales emails can quickly become a nuisance. After all, do you really need to buy a sports jacket or pair of shoes every week? Ladies, don't answer that.

So what can you expect from A Bit More Healthy newsletter? We thought long and hard about this. It was determined that subscribers fall into two basic categories that are not mutually exclusive — customers and blog visitors. Some customers want to know when new products arrive and to be apprised of sales. But all subscribers have in common the desire to remain A Bit More Healthy. To that end, our newsletter concisely culls the most recent articles from our various media outlets. As a bonus, it includes an original article or brief introduction for a featured topic.

So what have you been missing? We don't plan on reposting each issue. But since circulation just began this month, we thought we'd give you a taste of what you're missing. Here's an excerpt from the most recent newsletter spotlighting thyroid awareness month: [1]

    Living Without A Thyroid

    My mother had her thyroid gland removed.

    Worldwide, over 90% cases of goiter are caused by iodine deficiency. In 1924, Morton Salt Company began distributing iodized salt. In contrast to table salt, which often has iodide, special canning and pickling salt has no iodine added because the iodide can be oxidized by the foods and darken them — a harmless but aesthetically undesirable effect. Therefore, even though sodium levels are high in processed foods, it is unlikely that you can obtain required iodine from them. People that prefer gourmet rock and sea salts may also be at risk for inadequate iodine. But other foods contribute to a healthy thyroid.

    Thyroidectomy

    Years after my mother's thyroid was removed, another doctor called the treatment ‘unconscionable and barbaric.’ I was too young to remember the surgery but not too young to recognize the scar that she sometimes concealed with scarves or jewelry. Last year, I met a young girl with the same scar. Thyroidectomy is surgically induced hypothyroidism — a last resort.

    Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and increase utilization of cholesterol, fats, proteins and carbohydrates. They are also important for cell activity and stimulating heart muscles, nerves and brains. Those without a functioning thyroid are totally dependent upon a lifetime of thyroid hormone replacement supplements.

    Familial experience has taught me that it is possible to live without a thyroid but life is much better if we do our part to protect it. Sunithi Selvaraj, RD has authored A Bit More Healthy article in time for thyroid health awareness month, which is all about reflection, education and inspiration. This week, in the article entitled, Easy to Swallow Thyroid Nutrition, learn what we can do to preserve the health of this essential gland.

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Reference
  1. January Thyroid Awareness Month. thyroidawareness.com ^