Here is the response from someone on an online forum when she read my Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Insufficiency excerpt from ReMyte & ReCalcia: Invisible Minerals Part II.
“Dr. Dean, thank you so much. In over 15 years of struggling with hypothyroid, adrenal fatigue, and fibromyalgia, and going to multiple doctors, I have never heard such a complete picture of how the thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones work together and how to repair them.”
You can download a free copy of the ReMyte book and its companion ReMag: Invisible Minerals Part I. to learn about the importance of minerals that are no longer in our soil, our water, or our food.
Here is the original excerpt, but I’ve since expanded this section in the latest version of the ReMyte book to include the pancreas and insulin as vitally important to our health. I won’t include the new text here because it is much too long.
Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Insufficiency
Minerals play a huge part in the rehabilitation of two major hormone systems in the body. The three major hormone systems in the body: adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones, I refer to as a three-sided stool. When one of the legs of the stool is shortened, it affects the other two. This can be seen on blood testing; when cortisol levels go up, thyroid hormone levels go down.
There is an ongoing debate among natural medicine practitioners about what comes first, adrenal fatigue or thyroid insufficiency and what do you treat first? I think it’s a moot point because they are often not looking at one of the main causes of both conditions – mineral deficiency, which means you can treat the two conditions simultaneously.
The standard treatment for thyroid, even for natural medicine practitioners, is to give thyroid replacement therapy. It may be the more natural form of Armour thyroid, but it’s still treating with hormones instead of treating the reason the thyroid became weakened in the first place. In my experience, most low thyroid conditions are caused by mineral deficiency.
Treating disease in a linear format, one thing at a time, is not consistent with the way the body works, where everything is interrelated and works synergistically.
It’s usually agreed that the most common reasons for adrenal fatigue and dysfunction are poor diet, mineral deficiency, intense emotional stress, chronic inflammation and an underactive thyroid. But what’s causing the inflammation and underactive thyroid, and what diet is feeding into the problem?
Since I’ve worked closely with Candida (yeast) overgrowth for decades, I think a poor diet of refined sugars, high gluten wheat and processed dairy feeds yeast. Diet, antibiotics and cortisol from acute and chronic emotional stress causes yeast overgrowth.
There are 178 different yeast toxins that are produced by yeast in their life cycle. These toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream and lead to a chronic inflammatory state that can cause arthritis, chronic fatigue and pain. Magnesium and molybdenum help detoxify yeast toxins. Some yeast toxins can directly block thyroid function and possibly adrenal function as well. The best anti-inflammatory agent available to the body is magnesium. When magnesium is depleted because of being overused, adrenal fatigue symptoms continue unabated.
The treatment for adrenal fatigue begins with sodium, which is vitally important for proper adrenal function. If your adrenal glands are weak or depleted as indicated by exhaustion, low blood pressure and chronic stress, there is a combined sodium and magnesium depletion. If you start taking large doses of magnesium without replacing sodium, you may feel even worse. I recommend ¼ tsp of sea salt in every pint of drinking water. How much water? Half your body weight in ounces of water.
The best diet for the adrenals is a yeast-free diet avoiding sugar, wheat and dairy to cut down on the body-wide inflammation that yeast produces. Magnesium will also treat inflammation. The adrenals are supported with food-based Vitamin C Complex and Vitamin B Complex. Under the Resources Link on the Dr Carolyn Dean website, I recommend Grown by Nature and Natural Vitality brands and give you links for discounts.
The other key ingredient to adrenal health is plenty of rest. In one of my blogs I call it “Lying Down Therapy.” Please don’t think you can “tough it out” and just “muscle your way through” adrenal fatigue. That’s the worst thing you can do. You may require 8-10 hours of sleep and naps to fully recover. It’s extremely important to take care of your adrenals because they are responsible for the production of more than 50 hormones that are essential for proper body function.
Extra sleep, rest, sea salt and high dose magnesium work to help alleviate adrenal fatigue. But it’s also important to face the cause of your stress and realize your body may be producing physical symptoms as a result of this stress.
Adrenal stress causes loss of minerals, across the board, that have to be replaced. I recommend ReMag for magnesium and ReMyte for its 12 minerals. As noted above, I also recommend ¼ tsp of sea salt in each pint of drinking water for the dozens of trace minerals in salt. If someone isn’t able to eat enough greens, I recommend potassium broth. You can find the recipe for this broth under the heading Potassium. (in my ReMyte book).
Some practitioners suggest that you have to take DHEA and pregnenolone for adrenal repair but I have some more simple suggestions. Instead of immediately jumping to hormone replacement, let’s use the proper building blocks to make our own hormones. For example, transdermal magnesium using ReMag Lotion will stimulate DHEA receptors. You need cholesterol to make hormones like pregnenolone and for cholesterol you need good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil.
The third requirement for making your own hormones is properly functioning enzyme systems. And we know that in order for enzyme systems to function properly you need lots of bioavailable magnesium.
An underactive thyroid, as one of the triggers for adrenal fatigue, has its own list of causes that includes thyroid receptor blockage due to yeast toxins. So, the diet for underactive thyroid is the same as for adrenal fatigue. Six minerals in ReMyte that support thyroid function include: iodine, selenium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum and zinc.
The sex hormones, are also supported by minerals and the proper function of the thyroid and adrenals. DHEA stimulation by transdermal magnesium will stimulate production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. I’ve had clients tell me that when they started taking ReMag and ReMyte, their bioidentical hormones started working better.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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