Solving Endocrine Mysteries
So here you are: You know the members of the endocrine gang and a little about what each does. Understanding how they work is another story.
First, no part of the endocrine system ever acts alone. Oh, no. This bunch interacts, all day, all night, all over the place. And not just a little bit here and there; we are talking extreme interaction.
Endocrine glands work together
One endocrine gland never gets into trouble alone. For instance, if your thyroid’s struggling, the rest of the gang jumps in to help. Winning or losing, they give their all.
For one instance, if your thyroid is out of sorts, your adrenal glands usually go along for the ride. A blood test will say your adrenals are just fine, but your symptoms will say they’re in trouble.
And how about this: Your pineal gland creates melatonin, the nighty-nighty-sleep-tight hormone; it uses what it needs, then sends whatever it doesn’t use to your thymus to pump up your immune system. The thymus uses what it needs, then sends along what it doesn’t use to your adrenals. At least that’s the plan.
But what if your pineal doesn’t create enough melatonin? Or maybe none at all? Woe is you!
Fluoride-in the water, in toothpaste, wherever-calcifies the pineal gland. Well, once a gland turns to stone, it won’t be pumping out any juice.
Also, the pineal creates melatonin in the dark-the darker, the better-so your bedroom should be really dark to be sure you get enough. To check out the research on this, I put black curtains in all my bedroom windows; it’s like a tomb in there. As promised, I sleep better; it’s like a deep dive into the Land of Nod.
If you make frequent, urgent trips to the bathroom, all day and all night, your adrenals are almost surely pretending to be in a coma and doing nothing helpful. Will making sure your pineal can pump out enough melatonin get adrenals back in the game? Well, now, see, nobody knows for sure, but it wouldn’t hurt to try.
Estrogen the Wicked Witch
And then there’s the Wicked Witch of the West, estrogen. It looks for reasons to go rogue, and having soy in your life is reason enough. And soy is everywhere. Grocery-store meat, for instance. Well, who knew? And who allowed that to happen?
Too much estrogen causes estrogen dominance (in men, women, boys and girls), and estrogen dominance causes breast cancer, prostate cancer, and all sorts of dread disease.
Important as it is, though, medical schools don’t teach much about the endocrine system, especially about how the glands get into each other’s business all the time. This is not talking smack about medicine, but pointing out a real problem that affects all of us.
Natural solutions endocrine
When Dr. David Brownstein graduated from medical school, he was excited about using his training to make his dad healthy again, but nothing helped. Well, when your dad is losing his battle, you’ll do anything to save the day. Brownstein started studying natural solutions and found the answers he needed for his dad.
I had to find my own answers. And maybe you do, too. But it’s not about who gets the information and how, but about finding the information you need and putting it into action. It’s very empowering.
Answers, though, don’t come neatly organized into lists. Nor are they one-size-fits-all.
For instance, Dr. Mercola touts the health benefits of fasting, and while fasting can do a lot of good for healthy folks, it makes life worse for anybody with a beat-up endocrine system-about half of us.
How do you find the answers you need? You listen to your body. Understanding what your symptoms tell you, and responding with the right nutrition, puts you on the road to health.
Responding to my symptoms, by providing the nutrition (diet, supplements, etc.) my body needed, changed everything for me. And now I write about it to help others.
Understanding and reacting to your symptoms can do great things for you, too. Pick a symptom, any symptom, and start your walk to better days.
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.