Our Misunderstood Endocrine System
Most doctors have trouble treating endocrine glands, such as the thyroid, because what medical schools teach about the endocrine system is wrong. And not just a little bit wrong, but stand-on-your-head wrong.
For instance, a well-known doctor, Joseph Mercola, has it wrong. Good guy, sincere and hard working, but he doesn’t know the endocrine system. Or how it affects absolutely everything.
Such as? First, how the endocrine glands interact with each other-which changes as they try to help other glands in trouble. Second, how they interact with all the rest of our body parts-heart, digestion, liver, etc.-which changes when there’s trouble in endocrine-land.
Some of Dr. Mercola’s suggestions set my hair on fire because they can be risky for endocrine people. And he’s one of the good guys who care and want to help others.
But because he never experienced endocrine problems, he had no reason to question what he was taught.
On the other side of the endocrine divide is Dr. David Brownstein. Upon graduating from medical school, full of vinegar and ready to heal the world, his first patient was his dying father.
Dr. Brownstein gave his dad the best of his medical knowledge, but things got worse.
Desperate, knowing his father’s life would end unless he found a way to help, Dr. B started reading research outside of what he learned in medical school, and got the information he needed to diagnose and reverse his father’s health problems.
Thyroid problems sat front and center in this battle, and observing the powerful results from the newly-discovered information changed Dr. Brownstein’s life. And gave his father years of good health.
Desperation can be a wonderful motivator.
When a drunk driver mangled my pituitary gland a month before my first birthday, all parts of my endocrine system, not just the thyroid, started going south. By my early twenties, I was headed for the exit, but doctors insisted I was fine. And I learned first hand the desperation of needing answers I didn’t have.
Fortunately, at least in my fight for health, I don’t know how to give up. My never-say-die attitude, along with an “Oh, Yeah!” stance, pushed me into research.
The goal was to discover all the interactions between the endocrine glands, a probably impossible task, and also all the interactions between the endocrine glands and our other body parts.
Studying and struggling for years, I learned mountains of information helpful to both me and others, but it was too piecemeal. I still didn’t have a one-size-fits-all map of the bazillions of interactions our bodies experience each day. And never would.
Everybody needs a customized map based on who they are, where they are and how they got there.
Symptoms point the way
In the middle of my frustration, a light came on. A very big light. Taking a new look at my piles of research, I realized that while there could never be a map of all the possible interactions, we each have a guide. Our symptoms point the way to health.
As a matter of fact, our bodies jump up and down, sometimes screaming at top volume, to help us. All those aches, pains, runny noses, headaches, bloating, digestive dismay, hair loss, excess weight, non-functioning brains, flaky fingernails, skin zits, insomnia, bad breath, cellulite, etc, etc, etc. come from a body, desperate for help, trying to tell us what it needs.
I realized that by paying attention to symptoms, we could move, step-by-step, to health. It was a Shazam moment! I didn’t know whether to cry with relief or give God a high-five.
Recognizing how symptoms can guide us to healing was the beginning of my Moving to Health program (below). We may not know how our body parts interact, or even what our health problem actually is, but we are very familiar with our symptoms. More familiar, in fact, than we ever wanted to be.
Symptoms break health problems down into pieces small enough to handle. You just need to respond, and I provide the information needed to respond correctly.
As we respond to symptoms, health happens. Sometimes quickly, sometimes at a more sedate pace, but as we meet the need each symptom points to, things get better and better.
Yes, it takes some time and attention, but when broken down into symptoms, this is not rocket science. Besides, who benefits more from helping your body than you do?
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.