Discussion for Patient: Endocrine System (Hyperthyroid) Endocrine glands secrete hormones and other chemicals directly into the bloodstream. Some of the principal glands of the endocrine system are the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, pituitary gland, adrenal cortex, pancreas, ovaries (female), and testes (male). The liver also plays an important role in metabolizing hormones and chemical messengers. Liver function must be considered whenever there is an imbalance of any endocrine gland. In addition, since each gland works in concert with the other glands, an imbalance of one affects the others. The hormones produced by the endocrine glands are responsible for numerous body processes, including growth, metabolism, sexual activity, temperature regulation, and response to stress. Any increase or decrease in the production of a specific hormone affects the process it controls. Like all parts of the body, endocrine glands need nutritional support. When under stress, either from psycho-logical factors (such as work, finances, relationships, etc.) or metabolic factors (such as hypoglycemia, excess oxidation, inflammation, infection, malnourishment, toxins, etc.), the endocrine glands are taxed. If they are not strong, well-nourished, and supplied with their mineral and vitamin co-factors, they can weaken and become functionally insufficient. Unfortunately, lab tests do not tell the whole story, so many doctors miss this state of insufficiency because it is not outright failure/deficient. Similarly, an over-stimulated or over-active gland can cause significant symptoms, and yet the laboratory results will not show an outright excess. Nutritionally-oriented practitioners may prescribe glandular extracts, vitamins, minerals, or stimulatory phyto-nutrients. Glandulars are primarily protein substances made from individual glands that supply the body with hormones, enzymes, nucleic proteins, and other active substances. Protomorphogens (PMGs) are another way to help the gland balance itself. A protomorphogen is a patented tissue extract intended to supply the specific determinant factors that improve the nutritional environment for that organ. Thus, a protomorphogen will calm an overactive organ or support a weakened one without stimulation or inhibition. There can be no overdosage, but a temporary clearing effect may occur as the gland is brought into regulation if the dose is above a critical level. Otherwise, there are no side effects, except as related to the proper function of the gland/organ targeted by the PMG. A small amount can provide a remarkable rejuvenation. The thyroid gland is responsible for the metabolic tone of the body. Thyroid overactivity is almost always associated with a rapid heart Tate. Tremors (especially of the tongue), sweating (especially of the hands and soles of the feet), weight loss or difficulty gaining weight, increased appetite, vertigo, and rapid reflexes and metabolic rate are typical. According to Melvin Page, DDS, individuals genetically susceptible to an overactive thyroid state have narrow ankles, and their calves are slender above the ankle. In males with hair loss, they tend to lose their hair above the eyebrows in the temporal region. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is an autoimmune disorder in which the body sends an antibody against the gland. The antibody stimulates the gland to either secrete more thyroid hormone, or damages the gland and allows thyroid hormones stored in the gland to leak out into the blood stream. What causes the body to attack itself usually involves a genetic predisposition and a hypothetical trigger such as a virus, stress, toxin, food, etc. Rarely is the trigger ever determined. Other causes of thyroid overactivity include excess stimulation by the pituitary gland. This is rare, but might occur if the pituitary is being stimulated by glandular products (other than PMG) or pituitary stimulants. Taking too much thyroid hormone, of course, is not uncommon as doctors try to speed up the metabolism. There is a tendency to assume that a sluggish metabolism is due to the thyroid alone. A low basal metabolic rate (as determined by a Basal Body Temperature or other electronic analysis) can also be caused by pituitary insufficiency, adrenal insufficiency, gonadal failure, metabolic toxins that interfere with energy production, impaired carbohydrate metabolism, and other conditions. SP: Symplex F or M, Trace Minerals-B 12, Antonex MH: Bugleweed, Motherwort, Lemon Balm, Rehmannia Notes on General Support Symplex F or M for pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal; Orchex or Ovary Protomorphogens to support the long-range healing of the thyroid and the closely associated endocrine glands. Trace Minerals-B[2 provide the trace minerals necessary for the production of each hormone by each endocrine gland — iodine for the thyroid to produce thyroxine, manganese for the pituitary, etc. Antronex is very useful in the management of this problem, especially in the initial stages. Antronex helps the liver clear the excess of thyroxine and other hormones until the function of the thyroid can be brought back into balance. Nutritional Comments The most common finding in Group 7 is logged in Section 7F. Under-function of the adrenal gland (hypoa-drenia) is initiated by repeated exposure to stress in such arenas as the biochemical, emotional, and/or physical (especially continuous excessive intake of carbohydrates). The second most common pattern in Group 7 (a pattern like Group I or 2) is where A and B are roughly equal in number of responses. In this case, there is neither a hyperthyroid nor hypothyroid condition. Instead, it is usually a result of increasing toxicity. Toxemia needs to be addressed by utilizing a detoxification program first, and then having the patient complete a second symptom survey form. A quick description of the hyperthyroid patient is as follows: unable to gain weight, thin, moist skin, irritable and restless, fatigues easily, sensitive to cold, bulging eyes and fingernails. Often, the patient awakes with a headache that leaves during the day as the patient moves. The patient with an overactive thyroid gland presents the characteristic picture of restlessness, irritability, insomnia, palpitations, etc.. The classic sequence of endocrine imbalance is as follows:(1) adrenal burnout through stress, (2) thyroid tries to compensate causing thyroid overactivity, (3) pituitary responds to stimulate the thyroid with TSH. Endocrine glands secrete their chemicals directly into the bloodstream. Some of the principal glands of the endocrine system are the thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, adrenal cortex, pancreas, ovaries (female), and testes (male).