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Before we get to the headline, let’s close the basics on thyroid dominant body types.

If you fit the thyroid profile you have lots of energy that comes in short to medium bursts. Your favorite type of sports are basketball, middle to long distance running, cycling and any sport that allows you to burn off the energy and focus on your body while doing that. I bring up body focus because, as we will see in future articles, one other body type does exercises that allows the person to put their body on autopilot and spend the time in their head.

Thyroid types need, NEED, to do weight training of some type. Most thyroid types’ weak physical area is the upper body. I haven’t been to a gym since 1986 and my weights are covered with dust but I cut, split and stack all our firewood, we heat our house with wood where the snow gets deep and the winters can be long and cold. I also kayak a lot, garden in our organic garden and spend a lot of time walking and, intentionally, doing upper body work. My strong points are still middle and long distance but I’m much more balanced when strengthening my weak points. Next we’ll look at adrenal dominant gland body types. My secondary dominant type is adrenal.

Unless you live in a cave, you’ve heard or read about all the health related benefits that vitamin D can bestow upon you. Vitamin D is essential for optimum health in many areas. It is so important that our body has learned to produce it naturally from solar radiation, all you need is proper amounts of the correct type of sunlight. For those of us who can’t go where the sun is all year long, how do we get sufficient vitamin D?

Recently, I read some research information on a study that was done by Peter Horvath of the

University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. He found that if certain types of mushrooms were irradiated using sunlight, the vitamin D levels could be drastically increased. He says “irradiated mushrooms are like mushrooms on steroids.”

Paul Stamets an advisor for the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School and founder of Fungi Perfecti says you can produce 46,000 IUs of vitamin D by irradiating just 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of shiitake mushrooms with natural sunlight. How to make your own naturally irradiated mushrooms is too long for this week and I’ll cover the process in next week’s article.

Tick, tock. We bought an older house and one of the residents that came with it was a mouse, or mice, that liked to chew on things in the bedroom wall during the night. If they did their chewing while I was still up, I would pound lightly and continuously on the wall for about 30 seconds to a minute and they would leave. But, they would be back later to get revenge. Since they didn’t like noise and it didn’t have to be loud, Celinda thought that maybe we could use a clock, one we had exiled to a corner in the computer room because it ticked so loudly, to convince the mice to take up residence outdoors or down the road. She put it in the closest bottom drawer to the wall in the kitchen and we haven’t had a problem since. We thought about buying a sonic devices but this I cheaper and works if the power goes out.

The shower doors had been in the house since who knows when and needed a serious cleaning. I tried soap and water then upped the attack to ammonia, took the doors out and placed them flat on a couple of 2x4s and, after washing them thoroughly with soap and water and allowing them to dry in the sun, liberally coated the glass with bleach. Caution is advised here: combining ammonia and chlorine bleach produces deadly fumes. All this was a lot of work with minimal results. Then, I remembered what I used to remove stubborn creosote from our wood heater glass door.

A single edged razor blade peeled the old soap and other buildup off as quickly as I could go from one end to the other. In no time the doors were back in their rails and I was whistling a little ditty while showering, shaving and looking in the mirror at our sparkling clean shower stall doors.

Larry R. Miller is a freelance writer, photographer, outdoorsman, health instructor and wearer of many hats.