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Thyroid Imbalance & Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenal cortex secretes hormones (“messengers”) that carry out crucially important functions throughout the body. Cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone are necessary to the maintenance of the health of the body and appropriate bodily functions. After menopause (in both men and women ) the adrenalin glands become a major source of sex hormones produced within the body for both males and females. Stress factors that accumulate in day-to-day life can affect the output of necessary hormones from the adrenal glands in a syndrome known as that of “adrenal fatigue”, a state of affairs that is known to contribute to allergies, obesity, and other problems. Specifically, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant adrenal hormones, for example cortisol, can help to control allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders (eg, rheumatoid arthritis), and, in certain case, cancer. The hormones produced in the adrenal glands also impact the conversion of fats and proteins in metabolism and can affect both cardio-vascular and gastrointestinal function. Medicinal support of the adrenal function is, therefore, crucial to maintain the required balance of hormones in the body and works together with good sleep regimen, regular exercise, and stress management to preserve and maintain health.

Thyroid Imbalance

When the human body produces low levels of the thyroid hormone (thyroxin) the unpleasant symptoms produced can include fatigue, intolerance to low or high temperatures, low blood pressure, dry skin and hair, aches in muscles and joints and psychological symptoms including depression, anxiety, memory problems, pre-menstrual syndrome in women, and weight increase. Hypothyroidism is common but often unrecognized by those who suffer the condition.

Thyroxin is produced as T4 (thyroxine) and the active form T3 (tri-idothyronene). T4 is converted to T3 in several parts of the body. When production of these two versions of the output of the Thyroid gland decline, patients may be prescribed the synthetic product levothyroxine (T4) which does not always remove symptoms and which can cause serious depression. The commonly prescribed form of T3 (liothyronine sodium) is rapidly absorbed in the body with the result that T3 levels are suddenly excessive and can cause noticeable unpleasant side effects including heart palpitations. What is required in such cases is a sustained release dosage format that will provide the amount of T3 consistent with patient health together with positive psychological effects, a therapeutic technique that has been supported by research.

The results of a random double blind study that investigated the effects of adding T3 to prescribed dosage of T4 may be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9971866?dopt=Abstract

Medications to Treat Thyroid Imbalance

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Levoxyl
  • Synthroid
  • Levothroid
  • Armour Thyroid
  • Cytomel

Compounded Medications:
We can make capsules or oral suspensions of the following:

  • Levothyroxine
  • Liothyronine
  • Iodine
  • Zinc
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