Optimizing Hormonal Function in CFS and Fibromyalgia
As we continue to lay the foundation for recovering from CFS and fibromyalgia, it's time to discuss the "H" in the S.H.I.N.E.® protocol — Hormonal function.
In CFS and fibromyalgia, people are experiencing an energy crisis which results in them essentially "blowing a fuse." This manifests as suppression of the key control center in the brain called the hypothalamic pituitary axis, which controls virtually our entire hormonal system. Instead of causing failure of a single gland, which is what is needed for the blood tests to be "abnormal," it instead causes widespread moderate decreases in hormone function. Being in the lowest 10% of the population for half a dozen different hormones can leave you crippled – and with your blood tests being totally "normal."
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Q&A With Dr. T
Dr. T invites readers to ask him questions through his website's Ask Dr. T page. Some Q&A that may be generally helpful to the public will be answered in this newsletter.
BMR Complex and Radiation Therapy
QUESTION: Hello Dr. T. Ccan you tell me if BMR Complex (Thyroid Glandular) works in patients who have had a total obliteration with I131 radiation therapy, with zero thyroid function remaining?
ANSWER: People with complete destruction of their thyroid with radiation need to be on prescription thyroid hormone. If not getting an adequate effect with the Synthroid equivalent most often used, ask your physician to either adjust the dose to one that feels best (as long as your free T4 is in the normal range) or to switch you to dessicated thyroid (e.g. armour thyroid). Beyond that, if not on dessicated thyroid by prescription, the thyroid glandulars may offer some modest benefit by having small amounts of thyroid precursors/cofactors. But overall, if there is no thyroid function left for the BMR to stimulate, the prescription thyroid is key.
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Adrenal Stress End | Helps Manage Stress-Related Fatigue
Adrenal glands help your body maintain balance and energy levels during stress. But after extended periods of stress, they can become exhausted, which can quickly produce fatigue. Formulated by Dr. T, Adrenal Stress End is an all-natural formula that promotes healthy levels of cortisol — the stress hormone. Its specially formulated adrenal extract results in superior absorption to help you stay energized even on the most stressful day.*
Sleep Tonight!™ | A Natural Sleep Aid That Manages Stress
If you find you are exhausted all day, but wide awake at bedtime, your adrenal stress hormones may be too low during the day but too high at night. If so, taking Sleep Tonight! may help you sleep.* Sleep Tonight! is clinically shown to reduce nighttime stress hormones by more than 60% after the first use — while still supporting these hormones during the day when you need them! This natural, valerian-free, non-habit forming formula helps promote deeper sleep, and can also be used during the day for anxiety caused by too high a cortisol. (Makes a good "Adrenal Support Team" with Adrenal Stress End.)*
Supports Healthy Thyroid & Breast Function
Iodine supports healthy thyroid function, which is critical for energy, weight loss, preventing muscle pain, and optimizing brain function. It is also critical for healthy breast function.*
A Perfect Match
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."
The boy dropped his head for moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up...
"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.
Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
"How much?" asked the little boy... "No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love."
The world is full of people who need someone who understands.
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.