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Stress & the Adrenal Glands-A VERY Common Problem

We were at a seminar a while back and the doctor teaching said, “Whenever you see a thyroid patient, always check adrenals and bowel as one of the underlying causes.”

He went on to say that when the adrenals are over-stimulated, the body will try to compensate via the hypothalamus-pituitary axis and ultimately affects the thyroid. In other words, it’s like the brakes are being applied to the thyroid. That’s why some patients are given thyroid medication or supplementation and feel great for a few months or even years but ultimately will return to their prior hypothyroid status.

Recently we saw some research on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and it stated that one of the key principles to fix the thyroid is to address the adrenals. Increased cortisol can tilt the delicately balanced TH1/TH2 immune regulation. It also said that when someone sees their doctor for severe dermatitis or an inflammatory condition the usual and customary medical treatment is to give prednisone to reset the immune system. The research suggested that resetting the adrenals by using adaptogenic botanicals, like the ones in the Biotics product ADHS would be a wise step to take.

adrenal glands

So why are the adrenals and other endocrine glands not happy? People are under more emotional, physical, and mental pressures than we can imagine. Just because people don’t always express this doesn’t mean they are not experiencing it. If you listen close to conversations wherever you go, people are talking about being overwhelmed, exhausted, stretched to their limits, pushed at work, and relationships are strained. Remember stress comes in the form of chemical stress, mechanical stress, thermal stress, and emotional stress. And if you think a big workout will help…think again…If you have adrenal stress, too much exercise can be your downfall. Keep to light exercise and wait to get your adrenals back on track before signing up for a marathon.

Stress has a powerful effect on hormones. It can increase cortisol and catecholamines, decrease gonadotropins and sex hormones. Stress has also been correlated to reductions in TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and the conversion of T4 (correlates thyroid to heart) T3 (thyroid to kidneys). Also, the effects of stress can be seen in the increase of tissue resistance to hormones like T3, estrogen, androgens, insulin, and even cortisol.

The list of symptoms or conditions frequently associated with impaired adrenal function is too long to list. I will attach a questionnaire with a list of symptoms and you can see how it stacks up for yourself. They range from dizziness to depression, apprehension to auto-immune disease, inability to concentrate to the inability to hold adjustments, double mindedness, twitching muscles and pain along the lower rib line. If the thyroid is suffering due to the adrenals failing there’s another list of symptoms that can be involved…referred pain in the left shoulder, for instance. If you have ever had something like that occur and have gone to a chiropractor for help, you will find that the adjustments will be a waste of time as the pain is referred and not a true structural problem.

There are some simple in office tests that can be performed to assess adrenal insufficiency. So if you think that you may fit this category, book an advanced scan and we will see if this what’s causing your ills. With some changes in diet and a nutraceutical program to ‘reset’ the adrenals, you can be on the road to recovery.

Hypoadrenia Questionnaire

Hypothyroid Questionnaire

How do we treat the problem?…to start with we use only high quality nutraceuticals from Biotics Research, Standard Process and there are other great nutraceutical companies too. These products are sold by health care professionals so be wary if you see them online as they may not be what you think…another story!! Health food store products have nowhere near the strength to treat these kind of conditions

We may have to begin with a big boost to the adrenals with a pure adrenal glandular. Then we would move into using the adaptagen adrenal support that was mentioned earlier which is herbal (ADHS). We would likely support the Pituitary/Hypothalamus as well with a glandular. The thyroid would be supported with an amino, L-Tyrosine. L-Tyrosine is the synthetic form of a naturally occurring amino acid produced to stimulate thyroxine, the hormone produced by the thyroid gland. The body needs the amino acid Tyrosine for many functions. It is especially important in thyroid performance, and a lack of L-Tyrosine in the diet can create hypothyroid conditions.

It is also important to support the blood sugar and remove starches and sugars as much as possible from the diet. One of the reasons the adrenal glands become over reactive (and thus worn out) is to alkalize an overly acidic condition. By increasing the foods which have natural buffers and which have an alkaline ash will assist the process. It is essential that patients reduce their refined carbohydrate load (see sugar handling diet below) and increase their water ounces intake to 1/2 their body weight (200 lbs=100 oz/day). Make sure you add a squeeze of lime or lemon to your water the assist absorption.

We may also use Gammanol if there are muscular issues involved. Gammanol Forte with FRAC from Biotics supports muscles, hormones and the GI.

We wouldn’t necessarily do all of this with all clients as each case varies. Also, doses vary from person to person so don’t try to do this without guidance from a professional.

Hypoadrenia Protocol

1. Cytozyme AD or ADB5+ 6-12 per day before 4:00 for 28 days or as recommended by practitioner. After this period change to…
2. ADHS 2×2 (2am and 2 noon)
3. Cytozyme PT/HPT 3 to 6 per day
4. Glucobalance 3 to 9 per day
5. L-Tyrosine 3 to 6 per day
6. If muscle issues/can’t hold adjustments 3 to 6 Gammanol Forte per day

Sugar Control Diet

The following is a trial diet, designed to help recalibrate your bodies sugar control mechanisms, it will increase your energy and vitality. Please follow it very closely. It is not a healthy diet for all times, but it is beneficial for you during this trial period. As your condition improves, your health care practitioner may add back foods to your diet. This way of eating does take a little planning, but is well worth the effort. Most people will lose many of their unhealthy cravings within one or two weeks on this diet. Many who need to loose weight are pleased to find weight loss while on this diet, without being hungry. Others who need to gain weight often find weight return without undue effort.

PROTEIN: Each meal should include minimum 4 to 6 ounces of protein, but you can have as much as you desire. Meat, poultry, fish, and eggs are unlimited. Vegetarians may use soy and tofu items where no allergy exists. This is not ideal as soy isn’t the best for us but if you need to boost protein temporarily with soy then do so or ask us about Biotics Pea Protein Isolate.

VEGETABLES: Eat as much as you desire, you can’t eat too much here. Focus on dark leafy greens, and a variety of colors. No potatoes, yams, or other starchy vegetables.

FRUITS: Careful here, only to be eaten alone between meals as a snack. Leave the sweeter fruits such as bananas, mangoes, persimmons, papayas, dried fruits, etc. alone. One or two pieces of fruit per day should be plenty.

NUTS: Raw nuts, especially raw cashews make a great snack.

GRAINS: No wheat including breads, rolls, muffins and pasta. Only grain allowed is rice, and only at the evening meal. All rice should be roasted first before cooking. Place dry uncooked rice in pan and brown, some of the kernels will pop. Then cook as normal.

DAIRY: No dairy, unless specifically allowed by your doctor.

SWEETENERS: No sweeteners of any kind.

FATS: No artificial fats such as hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated.

You must eat every 2 hours of the waking day. You need not eat a large volume of food at these snacks, just a fist full of nuts or a carrot or apple or something. No processed or packaged foods, eat only those foods as found in nature. Eat some vegetables raw every day such as salad, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Remember this is temporary. After this, a more well rounded approach can be followed like a vegetable based Paleo diet heavy on the raw food. Please ask us about this approach.

Co-Creative Health Solutions
778-788-4325
cchs@shaw.ca
http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com

Is Pituitary Dysfunction Behind Your Thyroid/Adrenal Issues?

pituitaryA great deal of the thyroid hypofunction that occurs, according to studies tracking blood chemistries, have their locus in the anterior pituitary or adrenal glands. Many times patients display symptoms of cold hands and feet and obesity among other symptoms. Upon testing, their thyroid panel is perfectly normal. If anything, the sTSH is low rather than high. High is where you would expect to find it, above 3.0, if the patient was a true hypothyroid. However, we find sTSH values down below 2.0, and that tells us that the pituitary and the thyroid simply are not communicating and in some cases the hypofunction at the pituitary level is also causing either adrenal hypofunction or hyperfunction. This is more common that you think and can also cause digestive issues since the pituitary plays a role there as well.

When adrenal dysfunction occurs, we have to fix the real problem, which is frequently at the anterior pituitary level. Using Cytozyme-PT/HPT together with ADHS will, in most cases, will improve things, especially if the diet is fixed to remove refined carbohydrates and foods high in complex carbohydrates.

In addition to all of the uses for Cytozyme-PT/HPT, we also consider it with insomnia, epilepsy, anorexia, inability to gain or lose weight, carbohydrate sensitivity, and neuromuscular disorders.

We can tell you another place where we’ve seen excellent results with Cytozyme-PT/HPT: Any female whose migraines occur on or near her menstrual cycle or exacerbate on or near her menstrual cycle is a candidate for pituitary therapy. That information is from Practical Endocrinology by Dr. Henry Harrower and it is as true today as it was over fifty years ago when Dr. Harrower recorded it.

Cytozyme PT/HPT has the highest concentration of pineal of any of the Biotics Research products. If you are looking for a pineal supplement, this is the one. Since we are talking about pineal, can we talk for a moment about melatonin and its use for jet lag? It may be very effective for this problem; however, it can cause hangover like symptoms for some people and melatonin included, we still have not found anything that works as well as thymus (Cytozyme-THY) for jet lag. Start taking it two days before you go on a trip at two tablets, three times a day. Take four tablets just before they get on the plane and a couple of tablets every hour while they are on the plane. The other nice thing about thymus is that you take literally hundreds of tablets of Cytozyme-THY and you are not going to cause any harm.

Back to Cytozyme-PT/HPT: for migraine headaches associated with menses, use the product at two tablets TID and we need to rule out a carbohydrate handling problem. In the majority of cases, carbohydrate sensitivity and/or reactive hypoglycemia are present. Therefore, Bio-Glycozyme Forte or GlucoBalance are generally also indicated along with dietary changes to eliminate refined carbohydrates and decrease total daily carbohydrate intake (if you are overweight). If there is no response with this therapy, a copper body burden should be ruled out and we can do this with a hair analysis.

Wilson’s disease is a problem involving toxic levels of copper but beyond this problem, increased copper levels can cause psychological and other problems. Several studies, including the work completed at Chino Prison in California, have implicated copper body burden as a cause factor in hyperactivity, learning disability, and psychological problems.

One more thing to be aware of with copper: if you have been on, or are currently on exogenous estrogen (birth control pills), and are having a problem with weight gain, inability to lose weight, headaches, and transient joint pain, always rule out a copper body burden.

Cytozyme-PT/HPT, a source of ovine pituitary and hypothalamus from young lambs, is one of the premiere neonatal glandular products produced by Biotics Research. Another excellent product from Priority One is Pituitary +. Both have pituitary, hypothalamus and pineal.

To order:

Co-Creative Health Solutions

778-788-4325

cchs@shaw.ca

http://www.co-creative-health-solutions.com

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