The Thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. It is positioned on the neck just below the Larynx and has two lobes with one on either side of the trachea. It is involved in the production of the hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). These hormones increase the metabolic activity of the body‘s cells. The thyroid also produces and releases the hormone calcitonin (thyrocalcitonin) which contributes to the regulation of blood calcium levels. Thyrocalcitonin or calcitonin decreases the concentration of calcium in the blood. Most of the calcium removed from the blood is stored in the bones.
This is very interesting. It certainly clears up my misconceptions. However I chose several years ago to go VEGAN and give up dairy. Have never felt better, and have had no illnesses in the last 9 years apart from one slight cold. You are dealing here with one issue (regarding dairy and bone strength). Looking at the broader lifestyle picture, there are several very good reasons to avoid dairy products. I won’t deal with them all here, but one significant reason is cancer prevention. http:///content/85/6/
The anion gap is non-specific. It is increased when the number of unmeasured anions increases, indicating a state of anion-gap metabolic acidosis, but it does not tell the health practitioner what is causing the imbalance. The metabolic acidosis must be treated to restore the acid/base balance , but the underlying condition must also be identified and treated. Causes can include uncontrolled diabetes , starvation, kidney damage, and ingestion of potentially toxic substances such as antifreeze, excessive amounts of aspirin (salicylates), or methanol. A low anion gap can also occur; this is most commonly seen when albumin (an anion as well as a protein) is low, while immunoglobulins (cations as well as proteins) are increased.