Thursday, November 18, 2010

Of Seizures, Brain,Kidneys,Thyroid and the Thunderstorm in the Mind

watercolor by marguerita from SCHERZO series

The best way to think about a seizure is to imagine an electrical storm. Our brains and bodies are normally full of electricity.
The brain generates biochemical electrical charges, allowing brain cells, nerves and muscles to communicate.
A seizure happens when this electricity surges out of control and overloads parts of the brain’s circuitry.

Hypothyroidism is more common in women than in men, probably because hormonal imbalance acts as a trigger for thyroid problems.

Women’s bodies have a delicate balance of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, which can be upset when your body is under stress and not receiving enough support.

There are several findings that evidence a great interest for thyroid disorders just in the Medieval Medical School of Salerno (12th century). Rogerius Salernitanus, the Salernitan surgeon and author of "Post mundi fabricam" (around 1180) was considered at that time the surgical text par excellence all over Europe. In the chapter "De bocio" of his magnum opus, he describes several pharmacological and surgical cures, some of which nowadays are reappraised quite scientifically effective.[31]

In modern times, the thyroid was first identified by the anatomist Thomas Wharton (whose name is also eponymised in Wharton's duct of the submandibular gland) in 1656.[32]

Thyroxin was identified only in the 19th century.

. (Click here to learn about the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.)

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