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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

Invisible Warfare (Radiation)

fukoshimaBiotics Research Corp. is our main nutrition provider. We are fortunate that within this FDA approved facility there is an outstanding educational provider,  Dr. Alex Vasquez,  with degrees in Chiropractic, Naturopathy and Osteopathy.  (You can see why Dr. Van Dueck is so keen on their products)!

On January 8 Dr. Vasquez presented a webinar on radiation, particularly in regards to Fukoshima’s nuclear meltdown.  He is a member of the AMA program called Advanced Disaster Life Support, which deals with chemical and terrorist warfare.  His credentials are exemplary.

The title was chosen because of this … the results of nutritional deficiencies are very similar to those of poisoning from radiation!!!  The body suffers similar reactions in both cases!

BOTTOM LINE:    effects in organs such as the stomach or glands like the thyroid is rusting, called oxidation.  This can occur in the bone marrow as well.  But in the brain it is called liquefaction.  That just sounds awful, but is the reality.  In radiation exposure it happens quickly.  Nutritional deficiencies take time, but can end up just as devastating (dementias, parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, etc.)  So what do we do in both cases; – learn how to shield and protect!  That’s what anti-oxidants are all about.

Who would of thought of that connection? – Biological researchers, that’s who!  After all, our brain is a basic nuclear power plant; it’s fueled by blood sugar to produce power.

The exposure from Fukoshima was estimated at 30% of that at Chernobyl.

BUT in this case 5% returned to Japan and  95% went into the ocean and air.  Is that why seastars show wasting syndrome, sport salmon stocks are down and walruses and seals have severe skin lesions?

The biological effects in both radiation poisoning and nutritional deficiencies over time rearrange our electrons and therefore change our DNA. And these changes we pass on to our children.  (There has been a 16% increase in congenital hypothyroidism in newborns according to records from 2011)!   Here are suggestions:  cchs@shaw.ca for more info.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SHIELDING AND PROTECTING PRODUCTS FROM Dr. Vasquez:

Paleo plant based diet…this isn’t necessarily a vegetarian diet. It generally consists of mostly fruit, nuts and seeds, vegetables and small amounts of animal protein.

Biotics Research  3 Pro-Multi +, 1 scoop NitroGreens,  2 drops Vit D3 (Bio D Mulsion Forte) and 3 Bio-Protect

Chronic exposure protection:  2 Biodoph 7 and  2 Optimal EFA

(Check TSH levels in blood) Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

To order products, email us. Products are available through health care practitioners only.

PS…it isn’t over yet with Fukoshima…it isn’t entirely under control and the effects that have already been unleashed will last at least another 20 years. Certain foods like tuna, concentrate the radiation more so since there is no clearly established safe level of radiation, limiting these foods is a good idea.

Tough Thyroid Cases

Overview of the thyroid system (See Wikipedia:...

Dr. David Brownstein estimates over 40% of Americans have suboptimal thyroid function.  Some say it’s close to 80%. Part of this can be attributed to our food supply and the lack of minerals in the soil but there are other contributing factors.

First of all, how do you know that you have a thyroid problem? Blood tests aren’t always conclusive so we use a temperature test. Download a Thyroid Temperature Chart so you can record your basal temperature. Also, here are some symptoms that might help you determine if this is something you should look into.

Hyperthyroid Symptoms (overactive)

Racing heart or increased heart rate, nervousness, tremor, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, increased problems sleeping, excessive weight loss, excessive sweating, and elevated basal temperature over 98.2. Dr. Broda Barnes (a reknowned researcher of thyroid dysfunction) said if the basal temperature went over 98.2 an immediate reduction in therapy is indicated. In his case he reduced the desiccated porcine thyroid.

Hypothyroid Symptoms (low function) Hypothyroid Questionnaire

Fatigue, morning headaches that wear off during the day, increase in weight, sensitivity to cold (rule out anemia and atherosclerosis), dry brittle hair, hair that falls out easily, dry, scaly or itching skin, reduced initiative, mental confusion, poor memory, low axillary temperature (below 97.8), muscle cramps at rest, reduced immune function, edema especially facial (myxedema), constipation, loss of outside portion of eyebrows, breast, ovarian or uterine cysts/fibroids, increase in serum lipids, increase or decrease in blood pressure, tinnitus, impaired hearing, depression, premature grey hair, red hair, type 1 diabetes, B-12/folate anemia, and vitiligo.

Adrenal Function Hypoadrenia Questionnaire

Additional symptoms of adrenal deficiency include feeling hot all the time, palpitations, low blood pressure (systolic of 100 or less), very slender build, dizziness (especially on standing up quickly), severe allergies, anxiety and feelings of impending doom, hypoglycemia, arthritis, weakness and fatigue after exercise, muscle twitching. There is an overlap between the symptoms resulting from hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency. Sometimes it is necessary to support the adrenal glands and thyroid simultaneously. For example, we’ve found clinically that when you place a patient on correct thyroid support, their basal metabolic rate increases and as a result of this, their utilization of minerals increases dramatically. In other words, they begin to utilize them correctly rather than storing them in soft tissue, arteries, the intercostals spaces, the aorta, etc.

*Very often if a person is calcium or magnesium insufficient when beginning treatment for the thyroid and aches and pains are present, they will exacerbate. Iron and copper (Fe/CU) free Multi-Mins at 3-5 tablets twice a day will generally take care of the aches, pains and cramps in a week or so.

Here are two cases that are not often associated with hypothyroidism: sleep apnea and elevated homocysteine. The Southern Medical Journal connected sleep apnea and thyroid hypofunction many years ago. In their report once the thyroid hypofunction was resolved, the sleep apnea resolved. Not all cases of sleep apnea are thyroid related, but it’s worth checking out.

Homocysteine, known as homocystinuria is an indication of B complex deficiency, mainly, folate, B-12, B-6, betaine and recent information indicates certain gene types need B-2 as well. There is a strong correlation between thyroid hypofunction and increased levels of homocysteine. Obviously when homocysteine is increased, dietary changes and supplementation with Bio-B Complex and Beta-TCP is certainly required.

By the way, the Beta-TCP is used for the betaine, also called trimethylglycine. Some companies use the term beta and some use the term trimethylglycine, however both are betaine.  The betaine used by Biotics Research is concentrated from organic beets and is called Beta TCP.

The conversion from T-4 to the active molecule T-3 is dependent upon selenium, iodine, glutathione, zinc, copper and a host of other nutrients and this is why Biotics Research put Meda-Stim into their line. The product Meda-Stim is used to assist with the T-4 to T-3 conversion. Some doctors have called it “one of the best supplemental products available in the country.”

Also, excess cortisol and use of exogenous estrogen will to some degree, interfere with the conversion of T-4 to T-3, therefore any person with adrenal cortical hyperfunction or any person on exogenous estrogen should be checked to determine if they are making the T-4 to T-3 conversion. A common pattern seen with under-conversion is a free T-4 above the midline of the lab range with a free T-3 below the midline of the lab range. When this pattern is present, Meda-Stim is needed.

Here are some other factors that block this conversion.

T4 to T3 Inhibitors

Nutrient DeficienciesIodineIronSeleniumZincVitamin AVitamin B2

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Theophylline

Medications AmiodaroneBeta BlockersBirth Control PillsIodinated Contrast AgentsLithiumMethimazole

Phenytoin

Propylthiouracil

SSRI

Other Factors
AgingAlcoholAlpha-Lipoic AcidBPAChemotherapyCigarette SmokingCruciferous Vegetables

Diabetes

Fasting

Fluoride

Growth Hormone DeficiencyHemochromatosisLeadLow Adrenal StateMercuryPesticidesSoy

Stress

Surgery

Radiation

Here’s a clinical pearl especially useful for resistant cases. Dr. George Goodheart years ago found that cellular resistance to T-3 can often be overcome with RNA using Nuclezyme-Forte at 2 capsules, three times a day or in some cases with riboflavin using Bio-GGG-B at 2 capsule, three times a day.

Another reason why people may not respond to the appropriate treatment is thyroid hormone resistance. Their lab tests are normal but still have hypothyroid symptoms. In other words their Free T4 and Free T3 are above the lab median so the conversion from T4 to T3 has been made but somehow the receptor sites have been blocked. This could be caused by competitive binding of the receptor sites.

Here are some of the factors causing competitive binding and thus thyroid resistance: Bisphenol A, found in many plastics and reusable water containers (a study of 394 adults detected BPA in 95% of urine samples); perchlorate, found in ground water; triclosan, used as an anti-bacterial, antifungal agent in soaps, toothpaste, skin care products, and fabrics (detected in 75% of urine samples especially those with the highest income); PCBs, outlawed in 1979 due to their half life are still in the environment; PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), not outlawed and are used as flame retardants in carpet, foam and building materials (detected in meat, fish, vegetables, dairy products, indoor air and household dust).

In some cases, a person’s symptoms and lab tests are normal after a detox. The detox process re-sensitizes the receptor sites and their own thyroid hormones work better. Never underestimate the value of clean food and water and an intentional avoidance of household toxins. Even diabetes patients can need less glucose support after a detox.

So if you’re doing all the right things and still not better, implement the 3-Step Detox from Biotics.

ITS TIME TO FEEL GOOD AGAIN

Dietary Recommendations

Eliminate refined carbohydrates, dairy, gluten and processed foods. Reduce total daily carbohydrate intake if the patient is overweight to 60 gram or less. Eliminate food in the cabbage family, soy, red clover, the skin from poultry, fatty beef, cosmetics containing estrogen and millet. Use only pure water (no well or city water). Increase oil and quality protein. If an increase in dietary protein causes gas and/or bloating, add Betaine Plus HP at 1 capsule in the middle of the meal (increase every third day until the patient experiences a slight burning in their stomach and then reduce).

Additional Notes and Nutrients to Consider

Selenium 200-400 mcg: Se-Zyme Forte provides 100 mcg of a food based selenium.

Iron – make sure ferritin is over 100 for men and 130 for women but under 200. Fe-Zyme provides 25 mg of iron as well as 8 mg of zinc and 2 mg of copper.

Iodine/ Iodide – Iodizyme-HP 1 tablet per day supplies 12.5 mg.

EFAs for cell membrane integrity. Optimal EFAs is a mixture of organic GLA, ALA and EPA/DHA from small fish. Use 3 capsules, twice a day

Magnesium 600-1000 mg – Mg-Zyme supplies 100 mg of aspartate, gluconate and glycinate,

Aqua Mag-Cl supplies 200 mg per tsp. (Due to a salty taste it must be mixed with juice to increase patient compliance.)

Porcine glandular: Biotics Research has the only porcine glandular on the market called GTA. GTA by law has to have the thyroxine removed; however, it has many of the co-factors necessary to feed the thyroid and enhance physiology. GTA has 5 mg of porcine thyroid with trace amounts of selenium, rubidium and SOD and catalase, GTA-Forte II has 20 mg of porcine thyroid with zinc, selenium, copper, rubidium, with SOD and catalase.

Dr. Broda Barnes used 1 grain or 60 mg and added ½ grain or 30 mg every month until the patient bloomed. Dr. Starr found out that sometimes the recommendation of desiccated porcine thyroid made patients worse. This may happen to patients with severe allergies, chemical sensitivities and chronic pain. These were the patients that needed the therapy the most and yet due to toxins and nutrient deficiencies patients would have an aggravation of symptoms. At these times therapy would have to be reduced and then a detox would be instigated. You see, environmental toxins interfere with thyroid as well as other hormonal functions. If the receptor sites of the cell are already full or blocked, then the body will signal a heightened or alarmed state. Therapeutically we need to explain the process and go back to the basics of clean food and some form of detoxification. So in some cases, starting with a detox may be the best way to go.

Contact us for more info.

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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