Stumper, You mentioned your thyroid, this is an area that I have done a lot of research in because I had a tumor on my thyroid when I was 33 and after surgery I was told I would be on replacement the rest of my life. Have you looked into the latest info? The old TSH scale was up to 5.5 and anything over that was hypothyroid and needed treatment but the organization the endocrinologist's belong to (can't think of the full name) about 3 years ago set the new scale at .3 to 3 because they determined that too many people were hypo at the old scale and not getting the treatment they needed. Also there is a great difference between the natural thyroid (example Armour) and the synthetic Synthroid. Low thyroid means higher cholesterol levels.