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Love Sweat Fitness Founder Katie Dunlop On Hypothyroidism

Fitness instructor and healthy lifestyle guru Katie Dunlop’s health and fitness empire is nothing to sneeze at. With nearly 500,000 followers on her Instagram account Love Sweat Fitness and an even larger following on her YouTube channel (and also a creator on Parade.com‘s!) it’s clear that Dunlop knows a thing or two about taking the best possible care of her body—and it certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s upbeat and encouraging.

Dunlop’s interest in clean eating and nutrition was born from a lifelong struggle with hypothyroidism, which is when they body can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. Here, Dunlop, 33, shares her journey of knowing something was off with her body, how she got doctors to take her seriously, and the lifestyle shifts that have supported her health journey.

When did you first discover you had hypothyroidism, and what were the symptoms that tipped you off to something being wrong?

I was having severe headaches almost daily along with hair loss, chronic fatigue, and several other symptoms.

You initially took the medication prescribed to you by your doctor. When (and why) did you decide to start making lifestyle changes as well?

I had been on medication for about 12 years with no other guidance from my doctors. When I was about 23 years old I found myself overweight, struggling with depression, and experiencing a lot of my hypo symptoms again. I tried tons of extreme fad diets and pills for weight loss thinking they would fix my problems, but nothing helped. I finally realized torturing myself to somehow make myself feel better didn’t make any sense. I needed to truly start to focus on feeling good, and for me, that started with what I was putting into my body.

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The concept of making healthy lifestyle changes is a great one, but it’s so much easier said than done. Many of us start, only to lose steam within a few weeks. How did you start making changes that actually stuck?

I focused more on what I could add to my plate rather than what I had to get rid of. This was a totally new concept for me, but made all the difference in the world. Filling up my plate with the good stuff first just left less room for junk. I also committed to moving my body for 10 minutes a day. That was a manageable goal that I knew I could stick to, no excuses, and it allowed me to continuously feel like I was accomplishing something, which motivated me to do more.

Beyond easing your symptoms of hypothyroidism, what positive changes did you start to see as you lost weight, ate healthier, and started to exercise more?

I felt better! And I don’t just mean I had less headaches. I had more energy, my mood felt more balanced, and I felt empowered knowing I had control and could change things.

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‘Love Hormone’ Could Hold Key to Treating COVID | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The so-called love hormone, oxytocin, may be worth investigating as a treatment for COVID-19, a new study suggests.

One of the most serious complications of infection with the new coronavirus is a “cytokine storm,” in which the body attacks its own tissues.

There are currently no U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments for COVID-19, which means that “repurposing existing drugs that can act on the adaptive immune response and prevent the cytokine storm in early phases of the disease is a priority,” according to the researchers.

Previous research suggests that oxytocin — a hormone that’s produced in the brain and is involved in reproduction and childbirth — reduces inflammation.

In this new study, researcher Ali Imami, a graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo in Ohio, and colleagues used a U.S. National Institutes of Health database to analyze characteristics of genes treated with drugs closely related to oxytocin.

The investigators found that one drug in particular, carbetocin, has similar characteristics (called a signature) to genes with reduced expression of the inflammatory markers that trigger cytokine storm in COVID-19 patients.

Carbetocin’s signature suggests that the drug may trigger activation of immune cells called T-cells that play an important role in immune response. In addition, carbetocin’s signature is also similar to that of lopinavir, an antiretroviral medication under study as a treatment for COVID-19.

All of these factors indicate that oxytocin may have potential as a targeted treatment for cytokine storms in COVID-19 patients, the researchers said in a news release from the American Physiological Society.

“Understanding the mechanisms by which oxytocin or the oxytocin system can be a new immune target is crucial,” the authors concluded in their report, which was published online recently in the journal Physiological Genomics.

However, they added that “safety and efficacy of intravenous oxytocin in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 remains to be assessed.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on COVID-19.

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Police: Stamford dentist slashed neck of woman in love triangle


STAMFORD — A local dentist has been indicted for attempted murder after New York police say she attacked her former fiancé’s new girlfriend with a razor blade.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y., has been indicted by a Grand Jury for the July 28 attempted murder of another woman.

Crew was arraigned Wednesday in Westchester County Court before Judge David Zuckerman on charges of second-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon.


Crew pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to lohud.com.

New Rochelle Police Capt. Cosmo Costa said Crew was employed as a dentist in Stamford. Crew is listed as an orthodontist on the Stein Dental Group’s website. A person who answered the phone at the Springdale office declined to comment on Thursday.



According to her bio on the dental group’s website, Crew grew up in Maryland before attending Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and The Case Western School of Dental Medicine, where she received her orthodontic certificate and master’s degree in the science of dentistry.


According to the website, Crew has been employed with the dental group “for many years.”

Prosecutors allege that Crew attacked her former fiancé’s new girlfriend, lunging at her from behind the driver’s seat in the victim’s car.


The victim got out of the car and tried to run away, but Crew caught up to her and sliced the woman’s neck with a razor blade, causing significant and possibly permanent damage, prosecutors said. The victim also sustained a serious cut to her hand when she tried to push Crew away, prosecutors said.

The attack occurred a few blocks from where Crew and her ex-fiancé were still living together as the victim was leaving the house after spending the night, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Crew initially left the scene as neighbor’s came the victim’s aid. Crew then returned and pretended to be a “concerned neighbor,” prosecutor said.

The victim identified Crew as the attacker and she was arrested at the scene, prosecutors said.


Crew, who has been free on $200,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 2.

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Stamford dentist slashed neck of woman in love triangle

STAMFORD — A local dentist has been indicted for attempted murder after New York police say she attacked her former fiancé’s new girlfriend with a razor blade.



a car parked on the side of a building: Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y. has been indicted for the attempted murder of her ex-fiance’s new girlfriend, prosecutors say.


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Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y. has been indicted for the attempted murder of her ex-fiance’s new girlfriend, prosecutors say.


Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y., has been indicted by a Grand Jury for the July 28 attempted murder of another woman.

Crew was arraigned Wednesday in Westchester County Court before Judge David Zuckerman on charges of second-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Crew pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to lohud.com.

New Rochelle Police Capt. Cosmo Costa said Crew was employed as a dentist in Stamford. Crew is listed as an orthodontist on the Stein Dental Group’s website. A person who answered the phone at the Springdale office declined to comment on Thursday.

According to her bio on the dental group’s website, Crew grew up in Maryland before attending Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and The Case Western School of Dental Medicine, where she received her orthodontic certificate and master’s degree in the science of dentistry.

According to the website, Crew has been employed with the dental group “for many years.”

Prosecutors allege that Crew attacked her former fiancé’s new girlfriend, lunging at her from behind the driver’s seat in the victim’s car.

The victim got out of the car and tried to run away, but Crew caught up to her and sliced the woman’s neck with a razor blade, causing significant and possibly permanent damage, prosecutors said. The victim also sustained a serious cut to her hand when she tried to push Crew away, prosecutors said.

The attack occurred a few blocks from where Crew and her ex-fiancé were still living together as the victim was leaving the house after spending the night, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Crew initially left the scene as neighbor’s came the victim’s aid. Crew then returned and pretended to be a “concerned neighbor,” prosecutor said.

The victim identified Crew as the attacker and she was arrested at the scene, prosecutors said.

Crew, who has been free on $200,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 2.

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