Notes from a talk given by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum on the Thyroid Summit
Discussion on the thyroid and adrenals
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Dr Jacob Teitelbaum has written books on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and specialises in these illnesses. He runs the Fatigue Practitioners Network and lives in Hawaii.
Jacob Teitelbaum had CFS/Fibromyalgia and spent more than 39 years studying it.
He is author of the book Fatigued to Fantastic
A low thyroid is a common trigger for Fibromyalgia. Difficulty sleeping is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. There is also a loss of digestive enzymes, and food allergies. Dr Teitelbaum feels that everybody who has fibromyalgia should try taking thyroxine. 95% of people who do, improve.
Symptoms of CFS/Fibromyalgia are being excessively tired, achy, have weight gain, brain fog and insomnia. If you cannot sleep and have these other symptoms you may have fibromyalgia.
If your ferritonin level is under 60, you cannot process T4.
Take selenium 60-200 mcg daily.
The most important thing is how you feel. Low thyroid levels need more than 35 mcg of selenium. He says the T3 and T4 tests are unreliable. Don’t rely on blood rests. It is more important how you feel. He feels Nature-Throid and Westthroid are the best medicines for the thyroid. If you have high T4, you are at risk of getting osteoporosis.
This is the best at strengthening bones if you have osteoporosis.
Don’t take more than 120mcg a day other than rare exceptions. If you have been on it a while and still not feeling good, reduce your thyroxine. Those with CFS/Fibromyalgia need more T3.
T4 is the storage form of the hormone. The cell push off iodine, creating T3. T3 gets the body moving. If you take T3, divide the doses throughput the day. With T4, take it all at once.
To induce sleep use lavender, an Epsom salts bath or a herbal mix. Take Ashwaganda and phosphatidylserine if you can’t sleep at bedtime. Eat a protein snack at bedtime if you get low blood sugar throughout the night, eg a boiled egg, or six nuts.
Take medications in low doses.
If you are sleeping in the day you may have sleep apnoea. If you have restless legs, you may have an iron or magnesium deficiency. For magnesium deficiency, take 200 ml of magnesium glycinate. If you are low in iron you may need ferritin. Levels need to be 60.
DO NOT LIMIT SALT. You need more salt if the adrenals are not working. Use unprocessed sea salt, Celtic salt, raw or pink or Hawaiian salt.
However do restrict sugar. Drink lots of water.
Take 1 scoop 3 times daily. For 3 weeks, then twice daily. It is a great energy booster and improves energy by 60%. Ribose looks and tastes like sugar. Add a teaspoonful to your hot or cold drinks. It helps ease pain.
Add vitamin B4 and phosphates
For low Adrenals with immediate hunger
If taking Prednisolone, taking 20+ mg will start to give adrenal suppression.
Low testosterone and low thyroid will help men.
If they are in bad pain, they will also be deficient in testosterone.
If you have Candida symptoms and you have fibromyalgia, you may also have post nasal drip, nasal congestion, irritable bowel syndrome, gas and bloating. Often the muscles get locked in a shortened position. You may also often get viral or antibiotic sensitive infections.
Cytomel is T3.
Air hunger is a classic sign of Lyme infection. Lyme infection is like a tick bite.
Take thyroid medication on an empty stomach. Wait 1 hour before eating. No coffee. Take at least 3-4 hours away from calcium or iron supplements. You can take them at night if needed. If taking T3, it may be better dividing the dose. If you crave coffee, it is an adrenal dysfunction.
To find doctors who practice holistically go to ABIHM.org
Books: Beat sugar addiction now
Thyroid Healthy by Suzy Cohen
The thyroid revolution
Living well with Graves’ disease
Living well with hypothyroidism by Mary Shomon
"Zinc is a trace element essential for cells of the immune system..."
We are told minerals are good for us but do we know why we need them?
We are told that Calcium is good for bones.
Magnesium is also good for bones but we never hear that. Much of the magnesium in our body is stored in our bones.
Magnesium is known as the great relaxer. As many of us eat few green, leafy vegetables, we get little magnesium into our body. Magnesium eases anxiety, cramps, insomnia and lots more.
Sodium is needed in the body but too much can make us ill. It is connected to the water balance in the body and the kidneys. Generally we have too much salt when we eat a of processed food. Salt is included in canned food and processed food as it helps preserve the food. People with Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and Adrenal Fatigue (AF) need a lot more salt than most people.
Zinc is known for its benefit to the immune system. Another important way zinc is used in the body is connected to our breathing.
A single atom of zinc is held in place by three amino acids inside an enzyme - carbonic anhydrase, which is one of the fastest enzyme known. It can process over 600,000 carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules every second. It works with haemoglobin which takes oxygen to the cells.
Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.
Oxygen - Carbon Dioxide Connection
When the hemoglobin releases oxygen, this enzyme grabs the carbon dioxide. It travels back to the lung and releases it. Each enzyme lasts about 3 months then needs to be replaced.
When people are ill with chronic illnesses, oxygen can get low in the body. Is it a far stretch to say they need more zinc? Zinc may help replenish the carbonic anhydrous enzyme that is so helpful in the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Reference: TCE The Chemical Engineer May 2010, Nature's Way
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