As Iranian leadership seeks to declare war on Israel and build nuclear weapons, Iranian doctors have set a better example by collaborating with an Israeli doctor in a joint research project to help pregnant women.
According to Israel’s Channel 2 News, an Israeli professor from Georgetown University, Offie Soldin, has published a report with a group of Iranian researchers comparing the American Thyroid Association guidelines with the Endocrine Society’s guidelines concerning how to deal with thyroid problems affecting pregnant women . It was published in the prestigious Journal of Thyroid Research and titled “Management of Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody Euthyriod Women in Pregnancy: Comparison of the American Thyroid Association and Endocrine Society Guidelines.”
THYROID PROBLEMS DURING PREGNANCY
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “Thyroid disease is a disorder that affects the thyroid gland. Sometimes the body produces too much or too little thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism—the way the body uses energy—and affect nearly every organ in the body. Too much thyroid hormone is called hyperthyroidism and can cause many of the body’s functions to speed up. Too little thyroid hormone is called hypothyroidism and can cause many of the body’s functions to slow down.”
It concluded, “Thyroid hormone plays a critical role during pregnancy both in the development of a healthy baby and in maintaining the health of the mother. Women with thyroid problems can have a healthy pregnancy and protect their fetuses’ health by learning about pregnancy’s effect on the thyroid, keeping current on their thyroid function testing, and taking the required medications.”
ISRAELI DOCTOR WORKS WITH IRANIAN RESEARCHERS
Professor Soldin is considered a leading scholar in her field on how thyroids affect pregnant women and had met an Iranian professor named Perdon Azizi during an international conference in Paris. This meeting led to the joint collaboration between Soldin and a group of Iranian researchers.
The research was conducted both in Iran and in the United States and was supported by the American Thyroid Association, which is considered a leading organization in its field. The research compared the guidelines between the American Thyroid Association and the Endocrine Society on how to treat pregnant women with thyroid problems in order to suggest a common guideline. They concluded, “As there was no major contradiction or disagreement between the two guidelines, either one of two guidelines may be used by clinicians for the appropriate management of thyroid autoimmunity during pregnancy.”
NOT ALL IRANIANS AND MUSLIMS AGREE WITH AHMADINEJAD
In an era when Iran has a leadership which seeks to destroy the State of Israel and build nuclear weapons to achieve this aim, there are Iranian researchers who chose to collaborate with Israel rather than working to destroy Israel. There are moderate Muslims in the world who would rather work with Israel to make this world a better place via medical innovations and joint research than engage in hostile actions as well as Muslims who would rather work to save Jewish lives rather than destroy them. This demonstrates that not all Iranians and Muslims agree with the Iranian leaderships’ foreign policy.
By Rachel Avraham, staff writer for United With Israel