Support Local support groups Edinburgh group Meeting Information Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the meeting due to take place on Tuesday 30th June with Ellen Spinner (nutritional therapist) as speaker, was canc. Ellen spoke at one of our meetings last year and it was generally agreed that it was very interesting and useful for people with thyroid disorders. We hope to reschedule this meeting for later on this year. In the meantime, Ellen will be hosting a free, 40 minute live chat on low-carb eating on Tuesday May 12th at 7pm. This is open to anyone with a thyroid disorder as well as anyone interested in healthy eating. To join in, just get back in touch with Margaret McGregor (BTF Edinburgh Coordinator) on 0131 664 7223 or [email protected] and she will get back in touch with more details. Due to government guidance on social distancing, all our local groups are unfortunately cancelled until further notice. The Edinburgh BTF Support Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month except for school holidays. The meeting is usually a 'drop-in session' and anyone is welcome between 7.15pm and 8.30pm to discuss their particular thyroid condition and to get advice and support. In addition to the monthly support meetings the group regularly invites an expert speaker to talk about various aspects of thyroid disorders. You can read more about some of these events below. Entry to the meeting is free and anyone with an interest in thyroid issues is welcome. Location:Liberton High School, Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh EH17 7PT Contact:If you would like further information or would like to help with the group please contact Margaret on 0131 664 7223 or email [email protected] Past Meetings 12 May 2020 - Zoom meeting Due to the Covid-19 situation, we had to cancel our scheduled June meeting with Ellen Spinner (nutritional therapist). Ellen kindly invited our members to participate in a 40-minute live chat on low carb eating for health. The presentation gave an overview of low-carb diets, looked at how carbs are processed in the body and how blood sugar and insulin levels can affect wellbeing in the short and long term. There was also a discussion on the type of food and meals that might be included in a low-carb way and how fats, proteins and vegetables can be incorporated. Ellen also discussed dietary and lifestyle changes to make these ways easy to sustain. Although this was the first time in a Zoom meeting for many of our 20 participants, we agreed it was a great success and could be done again. June 2019 We were joined by Dr Nicola Zammit at our June meeting who gave a very informative talk about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease. February 2019At our February meeting Ellen Spinner, who is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, gave a presentation on 'A Nutritional Strategy for Regaining Full Health Following Thyroid Disease'. Ellen's talk covered the important lifestyle elements for health and wellbeing, and how regular eating and sleeping times are important determinants of overall health and exercise.This was an excellent meeting with the audience sitting round tables which facilitated small discussion groups which the speaker went round after her main talk. The Group unanimously agreed to invite Ellen back to speak at a future meeting and include in her talk the importance of supporting the gut and the link between gut bacteria and the brain.