Discussion for Patient: Endocrine System (Hypothyroid) 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. Protornorphogens (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 over-active 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 and, as a result, the effects of thyroid insufficiency affect nearly every bodily function. In fact, it seems that a low thyroid prevents you from responding to all other therapies. The degree of symptoms ranges from mild fatigue to life-threatening coma. Furthermore, there is a wide range of blood hormone levels considered "normal," and most individuals who appear to have thyroid insufficiency have "normal" blood values. A low basal metabolic rate (as determined by a Basal Body Temperature or other electronic assays) can also be caused by pituitary insufficiency, adrenal insufficiency, gonadal failure, metabolic toxins that interfere with energy production, impaired carbohydrate metabolism, and other conditions. The combination of a wide range of symptoms, multiple causes for a low metabolic rate, and imprecise range of blood values has lead to controversy, confusion, and abuse. Low thyroid function is probably common and has been estimated to involve 40% of the adult population in the U.S..

There are three main types of thyroid deficiency: (1) Glandular failure due to nutritional co-factor deficiency, functional iodine deficiency, metabolic toxins, surgical removal or radiation, autoimmune destruction, (2) lack of pituitary stimulation, or (3) failure of the hormone secreted by the thyroid (T4) to be converted to its most active form (T3) due to progesterone insufficiency, selenium deficiency, drugs, or liver insufficiency. Understanding the specific reason for your condition will determine the most effective form of therapy.

SP: Trace Minerals-B12, Paraplex, A-F Betafood, Thytrophin PMG, Cataplex F, Iodomere or Prolamine Iodine

MH: Bladderwrack, Eleuthero

Notes on General Support Paraplex — Pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and pancreas protomorphogens combined to support the long range healing of the thyroid and the closely associated endocrine glands put under stress by this condition. Trace Minerals-1312 - same as above. A-F Betafood is very useful in the management of these cases. It supports normal fat metabolism and normal liver biliary function.

Nutritional Comments The patient with a thyroid insufficiency presents the characteristic picture of lack of energy (especially in the afternoon), weight gain, mental sluggishness, elevated cholesterol, thick skin, etc.. Melvin Page, DDS studied tens of thousands of adults and found that thickness just above the ankles was often associated with an increased risk for low thyroid function. Another finding reported with low thyroid is a slow recovery after eliciting an Achilles tendon reflex. Using TSH to identify low thyroid function is common among doctors. This is a mistake. While TSH is increased in primary hypothyroidism, hypothyroidism can also be secondary to anterior pituitary hypofunction or impaired peripheral conversion of T4 to the more active T3 form must be considered as they are not uncommon. Use of the basal body temperature test as popularized by Broda Barnes, MD is also used to detect hypothyroidism. There are, however, other causes of a low temperature including pituitary insufficiency (obesity, white skin, sluggish mentality, increased urination, lack of hair growth), gonadal insufficiency (no hair growth, smooth thin skin, high-pitched voice, obesity, irregular menses, immature mammary glands), adrenal insufficiency (low cholesterol, hyperpigmented skin, low blood pres¬sure, asthenia), hypoglycemia and other impairments of oxidative metabolism, cirrhosis, pancreatitis (usually acute cases only), recreational drug or alcohol abuse, and central nervous system abnormalities (severe and unusual types). The astute practitioner will view the overall picture to determine if the patient who appears hypothyroid is actually hypothyroid.

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