27 Jan

Adrenal Fatigue May Be Your Issue


Thank you to all who sent encouraging words after my burned out blog post.  I have been taking some time away to give my own body some rest.  It’s hard when you feel like you are going it alone.  Your contacts and comments showed me that there are still people who are interested in learning and striving for better health.  So with that I’m taking a different direction and I’m going to talk about the adrenals since that is what I struggled through in my “burn out” phase.  When supplementing with iodine, adrenals can rear their ugly heads and reveal an underlying issue.  Ensuring their health is a key element in your success.  Taxed adrenals can cause you to think that there are other issues that really are not issues at all.

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So let’s start with what the adrenals are.  They are two glands that are the size of a walnut, at approximately 4 grams,  that sit on the top of each kidney.  If you reach your hands backwards behind your back so that your elbows are bend your knuckles will reside over the top of these glands.  You can press into your skin with your knuckles and moves them horizontally back and forth when feeling stressed or tired.  This will help to stimulate them.

What do these magical glands do?  A lot!  There are two major parts to the gland.  The adrenal medulla is the inner layer and the adrenal cortex is the outer layer.  The adrenal medulla is the central 20% of the gland.  It excretes the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine in response to the reaction of the sympathetic nervous system.  The adrenal cortex secretes completely different hormones called corticosteriods.  In addition to these hormones, sex hormones are also secreted.

There are two types of corticosteroids.  The first is the mineralocorticoids which gained its name because they affect the electrolytes (minerals) within the extracellular fluids – specifically sodium and potassium.   The glucocorticoids are the second type of corticosteroid.  It also gained its name due to the important effects that it has in increasing blood glucose concentration.  They have additional effects on protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.   More than 30 steroids have been isolated within the adrenal cortex.   Two of these 30 are of exceptional importance:  aldosterone – the principal mineralcorticoid and cortisol – the principal glucocorticoid.

When the adrenals are stressed we see several symptoms.  Other than fatigue we often experience an imbalance of the sex hormones.  If you look at the chart below you can see the process of hormone creation.  Is there something that jumps out at you when you look at this chart?  What hits me first is where Cholesterol is positioned.  Right at the top!  What is one of the top drugs being prescribed today ……..

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Statins!  Statins block the creation of cholesterol.  Do you see the tragic results not having cholesterol can have.  Perhaps the individual needs more hormones that would be created further down the “chain”.  But doctors don’t check those values.  Cholesterol is viewed as the bad guy.

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The body depends on cortisol to allow for thyroid hormones to work.  Adequate levels of both thyroid and cortisol create the proper combination to allow for gene expression.  When cortisol levels are low due to adrenal exhaustion, thyroid hormones are less than effective in increasing metabolic rate and energy.  This can be a reason why adding thyroid hormones alone through medications can be less than effective in solving the many symptoms of hypothyroidism.

So what can we do to help heal and support our adrenal glands?  Diets low in simple carbohydrates and sugars can help to decrease stress.  Unrefined salt that is high in minerals supports the adrenals.  Vitamin C is also very good for the adrenal glands.  They are the largest storage site of Vitamin C in the body.  In areas such as Alaska where fruits and vegetables are in short supply during certain times of the year, the Eskimos ate the adrenal glands of the animals to obtain their much needed vitamin C.

I am writing this blog for a reason.  I am excited to announce that I have partnered with a long time friend and supplement manufacturer to bring to you high quality solutions for your health needs.  I have worked together with her formulators to create products to my specification to match products that I used when fighting thyroid cancer.  One of these products is the Buffered C  which contains Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium.  It has a very pleasant lemon flavor added.  The perfect balance to support your adrenals, detoxing from iodine supplementing and overall health.

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The other product that I am really excited about is a product called Adaptogen Complex.  This is a proprietary complex of herbs.  I have personally been using this product since June and have found it to be the most effective adrenal support product I have ever tried.  I have experienced almost immediate relief of symptoms after taking it.  How many products can you say that you feel a change?

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You will not find these products on Amazon or other discount sites.  This is because we are committed to ensuring that each person gets the support they deserve when using these products.  You can be assured that what you are getting are the highest quality ingredients.  Supplements found on Amazon are often cheap knock offs of the name brands.  This is why you find them at a deeply discounted price compared to what a practitioner offers.  Please be careful!  Remember what grandma said “If it seems too good to be true it probably is.”  Sadly Amazon will not police these counterfeits so it is up to you to ensure you know your seller.   Quality matters when you are looking to heal safely and effectively.  I hope you try these products and report back with your experience.  I know you will be as thrilled as I am.

To access our line of Iodine Supplementing Products along with the adaptogen, use the following link:

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To learn more about the iodine protocol please join my facebook iodine group.

In the next blog I will discuss the benefits of the ingredients in the adaptogen product and how it can benefit not only your adrenals but your overall health balance.

 

 

16 Sep

Here Comes the “Pinktober” Celebration

 

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We are just two weeks away from the “Pinktober” event.  For the entire month of October we will be bombarded with pink trinkets and reminders to become aware of breast cancer.  Who isn’t aware of it?  It has claimed a life from most of us – be it family or a friend.  The fact of the matter is that the Susan B Komen program is a scam.  The money they use from what they raise is minuscule and doesn’t fund any meaningful research to stop breast cancer.  Breast cancer is a huge money making industry.  I doubt they want to find a cure.

I won’t bother to go into details about all the issues with this organization but will link the the Truth About Cancer’s post.

The biggest thing that is promoted this time of year is the Mammogram.  However, this method of screening is not effective nor is it safe for determining the risk of breast cancer.  In the NEJM we find a research article that discusses the risk of false positives.

Ten-Year Risk of False Positive Screening Mammograms and Clinical Breast Examinations

If a woman undergoes annual screening beginning at the age of 40, she will have had 60 opportunities for a false positive result by the age of 70, with 30 mammograms and 30 clinical breast examinations. The cumulative lifetime risk of her having a result from a screening test that requires further workup, even though no breast cancer is present, is not known. An estimate of 25 percent has been given for the cumulative risk of a false positive result after 10 mammograms and 10 clinical breast examinations. It is important to determine the cumulative risk of false positive tests, because women are advised to have breast-cancer screening every one to two years over several decades of their lifetimes, and false positive results can provoke anxiety, increase costs, and cause morbidity.

The American Cancer Society has now modified the screening requirements to begin at age 45 with annual checks until 54 at which point it is recommended biennially.

So what are your options if you don’t wish to be smashed and radiated?  There is another test that has been used safely and effectively in Europe and can detect a high risk of cancer up to 10 years prior to it being detected by a mammogram.  This test is called Thermography and measures the vascular changes within the breast.

What else can you do to keep your breasts healthy?

Iodine – If you have been following me for a while you know that I am a strong proponent of supplementing.  It is not just beneficial for the thyroid gland but also the breast.  The breasts are the 2nd largest storage site of iodine in the body.  A deficiency in iodine puts the woman at a higher risk for fibrocystic breast disease [1] as well as breast cancer. [2]

Iodine works as an antioxidant in the breast.[3]  Lipid oxidation can be a contributor to breast disease.  Without adequate levels, the breasts are also subject to excess estrogenic stimulation.  In studies performed on the breast, when iodine deficiency is induced, a fibrocystic condition can be obtained.

Sebatiano Venturi reports on the importance of iodine in the ducts of the breast in his “Is there a role for Iodine in Breast Disease?” 

It is hypothesized that dietary iodine deficiency is associated with the development of mammary pathology and cancer. A review of the literature on this correlation and of the author’s own work on the antioxidant function of iodide in iodide-concentrating extrathyroidal cells is reported. Mammary gland is embryogenetically derived from primitive iodide-concentrating ectoderm, and alveolar and ductular cells of the breast specialize in uptake and secretion of iodine in milk in order to supply offsprings with this important trace-element. Breast and thyroid share an important iodide-concentrating ability and an efficient peroxidase activity, which transfers electrons from iodide to the oxygen of hydrogen peroxide, forming iodoproteins and iodolipids, and so protects the cells from peroxidative damage. The mammary gland has only a temporary ability to concentrate iodides, almost exclusively during pregnancy and lactation, which are considered protective conditions against breast cancer.

If you are breast feeding your need for iodine increases.  Within the breast tissue exists two “iodine pumps” that pull iodine into the cells.  One of the vehicles of transportation is the  NIS or Sodium Iodine Symporter and is how iodine is pulled into the cells.  The other method of transporting iodine into the breast is through Pendrin.  The baby requires iodine for proper neurological and endocrine development and will take what it needs leaving the mother depleted.   How much is enough?  The iodine doctors based their recommendation of 12.5 mgs / day on the Japanese women who experience less breast issues and lower rates of thyroid disease.  This amount is also the amount where the least amount of detoxing may occur from toxic halides that can be passed through to the baby via the breast milk.  There is a protocol that should be followed when supplementing.  The specifics can be found in The Guide to Supplementing.  I wrote this guide to assist those new to supplementing with the basics.  It can be downloaded for free here.  I also run a Facebook support group where additional questions can be asked.  Many women there have experienced the amazing benefits in obtaining optimum breast health through supplementing with iodine.

 

  1. Ghent WR, Eskin BA, Low DA, Hill LP. Iodine replacement in fibrocystic disease of the breast. Can J Surg. 1993 Oct;36(5):453-60.
  2. Lynn C. Hartmann, M.D., Thomas A. Sellers, Ph.D., Marlene H. Frost, Ph.D.,et al Benign Breast Disease and the Risk of Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med 2005; 353:229-237 July 21, 2005 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa044383.
  3. PP Smyth, Role of Iodine in Antioxidant Defense in Thyroid and Breast Disease, Biofactors 2003; 19:3-4.

 

22 Jul

The Iodine Protocol – Why It’s Important

The Supplementing with iodine and the fear that accompanies it is due to poor execution and not the nutrient itself.

The preferred form of iodine is Lugol’s formula.  This is because Lugol’s contains both Iodine and Potassium Iodide.  Various organs and tissues in the body prefer one form over the other.  The breast, prostate and stomach prefer to utilize Iodine while the thyroid, salivary gland and skin prefer to use iodide.  When you supplement with one form, most often iodide, you rob the body of functioning at optimum levels.  This is why products like SSKI, Nascent and other forms of iodine don’t offer the same benefits as Lugols.

Another common issue with iodine supplementing is detoxification.  We live in such a toxic world that it is hard not to be toxic on some level.  As it relates to iodine the key toxins are bromide, fluoride and to a smaller degree mercury.  We need to support the body when supplementing to help it push what iodine releases, out of the body through the kidneys and out in the urine.  This detoxification can also cause stress to the adrenal glands so supporting them is important to your success.

If you are dealing with Hashimotos it is critical to ensure that there is a sufficient level of selenium either already “on board” in your body or that you are taking it along with your iodine.  Because selenium can reach toxic build up levels in the body it is important that you monitor your levels through a RBC (Red Blood Cell) Se lab test.  Please work with your doctor / healthcare professional to determine your specific needs.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 3,000 + mgs  – This vitamin is critical for combating oxidation due to toxin release.  The adrenals also thrive in a vitamin C rich environment.  The adrenal glands are the largest storage site of  Vitamin C in the body.  The NIS symporters (where iodine is pulled into the cells) are supported and in some cases healed when higher doses of Vitamin C are provided.

Selenium  100-200 mcg  – Selenium is needed by the thyroid hormone creation process by working in conjunction with glutathione peroxidase as a protective mechanism to reduce and neutralize excess hydrogen peroxide.  Without this building block the risk of autoimmune thyroid condition flare ups increases due to the oxidative damage of TPO.  Selenium is also a critical nutrient in the creation of glutathione in the liver where detoxification occurs.

Magnesium  200-400 mgs – This nutrient is important in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body.  During the organification of iodine, intracellular calcium stimulates the NADPH-Oxidase System.  When this becomes over active as it can with autoimmune thyroid conditions, magnesium works as a natural “balancer”.  The production of ATP also requires magnesium along with other nutrients.

Unrefined Salt  1/2-1 tsp  – The symporters that pull iodine into the cells are known as NIS or sodium iodine symporters.  Adequate levels of sodium are needed to ensure proper function.  Salt is also used by the body to pull out the bromide being released from the receptors and tissues by the iodine supplementation and carry it from the blood through to the kidneys where it is filtered out into the urine.  Unrefined salt is also rich in minerals that help to support the adrenals.

B2/B3 (aka ATP CoFactors) 100 mgs B2 / 500 mgs  B3  – Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and Vitamin B3 (Niacin) are cofactors to the NADPH oxidase pathway.  They work at the mitochondrial level to provide more energy.  Many with Hashimotos will comment on an increased level of energy when they add these two nutrients to their protocol.  They are both also key in providing sufficient hydrogen peroxide to efficiently oxidize iodide.  This is an optional supplement but can be added for the above reasons.

Other nutrients that have helped – but are not part of the core protocol …….

Boron  – This nutrient has proven to be beneficial in the removal of fluoride from the body.  It has also shown a positive impact on the NADPH Oxidase and ATPase processes within the cells.

Beta Carotene  25,000 iU  – For some individuals who supplement in iodine, their menstrual cycles or hormones may become imbalanced.  Supplementing with higher doses of Beta Carotene can assist in maintaining proper balance.  Research has also shown that it may help to upregulate NIS gene expression to increase iodine uptake.  While research has been done on radioactive forms of iodine, it may also equate to the non-radioactive forms as well since the radioactivity is not a key element in its benefits.

Over the last 9 years of supporting both the Yahoo Iodine group and the Facebook Iodine group with thousands of members, I have seen that when the full protocol is implemented amazing benefits are realized.  It also helps to mitigate the issues seen by many practitioners that causes them to sound the alarm bells.   When iodine is supplied in isolation it can be problematic.

Final thoughts:  When supplementing with the supporting nutrients do not try to cut corners.  Use high quality supplements.  Do not try to obtain then from food alone.  It is critical that you ensure that the right levels are available to your body.  Vitamin C is often criticized because many ascorbic acid products are sourced from corn which is often GMO.  In my store I offer non-GMO and tapioca based options.  For selenium, brazil nuts will not supply the needed dosage of 100-200 mcg / day.  The soil where they are grown is also depleted.

Take care to do it right and you too can reap the benefits that adequate iodine levels in the body can offer.  For additional support with your supplementing journey please join the Iodine Facebook group.