31May/17

Podcasts are here! Podbean: Iodine in an Instant

It’s time to bring the iodine message to the next level.   PODCASTS!

Today I produced my first podcast on the topic of iodine.  My goal is to give you iodine information in 5 minutes or less so that you can have the chance to absorb the information.  The first few episodes will be free to everyone.  As I begin to go deeper in teaching, the future podcasts will be by subscription.

I hope you enjoy this introduction.

If you have and topics you would like to have me discuss, please send me a message to:
contact@steppingstonesliving.com

Enjoy!

 

27Jan/17

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:

Scientific Health SolutionsStephanie Buist Practitioner Link 
To obtain 10% off your total order enter   iodinesb  at checkout.

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.

 

 

26Jan/17

Iodine and Graves Disease

 

Iodine and Graves Disease is not a topic that I deal with too often.  In many cases hyperthyroidism is only a temporary swing in thyroid hormones due to a Hashimotos condition.  In Hashimotos the thyroid gland may go from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid and back until it finally burns out.

This post is for those who are truly hyperthyroid or have Graves Disease which is an autoimmune thyroid condition where they body attacks its own gland.

There is a common theme that you will find on the internet that iodine and Graves / Hyperthyroidism are incompatible.  This however, is not the case.  Prior to anti-thyroid medications, Lugol’s formula was a common antidote to a thyroid storm. This Merck manual describes the dosing of potassium iodide for the reduction in thyroid hormone creation.  I know that I have read about Lugol’s in this manual as well but have been unable to find a link for you.  The current manual is a subscription service.  If I am able to track down a link I will update this blog with the information.  The following is quoted from an older version.

Iodine: Iodine in pharmacologic doses inhibits the release of T3 and T4 within hours and inhibits the organification of iodine, a transitory effect lasting from a few days to a week, after which inhibition usually ceases. Iodine is used for emergency management of thyroid storm, for hyperthyroid patients undergoing emergency nonthyroid surgery, and (because it also decreases the vascularity of the thyroid) for preoperative preparation of hyperthyroid patients undergoing subtotal thyroidectomy. Iodine generally is not used for routine treatment of hyperthyroidism. The usual dosage is 2 to 3 drops (100 to 150 mg) of a saturated K iodide solution po tid or qid or 0.5 to 1 g Na iodide in 1 L 0.9% saline solution given IV slowly q 12 h.

The naysayers for iodine with hyperthyroidism will point out that iodine is needed for the formation of thyroid hormones.  Very true!  As I have discussed in other blogs, the number in the thyroid hormones (T4 and T3) represents the number of iodine molecules on the hormone.  It is rare to have hyperthyroidism without an autoimmune condition.  This condition is called Graves disease.  When this disease is present, one of the antibodies that may be present is against the TSH receptors (TSH Ab) which causes the body to attack them.  This results in the over production of thyroid hormones.  Iodine in this case will not result in an increase in thyroid hormone creation.

If you are attempting to do the iodine protocol using Lugol’s formula and you have a hyperthyroid condition you will still follow the basic iodine protocol.  I won’t repeat it again here.  You can refer to the blog that I wrote previously about the importance of the components of the protocol.

There are two additional nutrients that should be considered as part of the basic iodine protocol to support the thyroid in a hyperthyroid condition.  These nutrients are described below with their benefits.

L-Carnatine (2,000 – 4,000 mgs / day) – Inhibits T4 / T3 entry into the cell nucleus.

Lithium (300 mgs / 3x per day) – Decreases thyroid hormone synthesis and release and reduces the peripheral deiodination of T4 (conversion of T4 to T3 – the active hormone).

The next question always asked is “How much do I start with?”  Unfortunately there are no absolutes or one size fits all.  We know that 15 mgs is the dosage where we have seen in research that iodolipids are created which assist in managing the proper hormone creation.  In practice however, many of the group members on the Facebook Iodine group have found that 50 mgs or more is where they find the greatest level of health.  It is something that you will need to experiment with and monitor your lab values to find what is appropriate for your condition.