Thyroid and Adrenal Problems: What You Don’t Know May Be Hurting You

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Friday August 15 at 2:00 PM

Thyroid and Adrenal Problems: What You Don’t Know May Be Hurting You

Today we will address the controversial issues of adrenal and thyroid deficiencies, which are closely inter-related. These problems are almost universal in chronically ill patients and they will address the difficulties with diagnosis and treatment so that listeners will better understand their therapeutic options.


Stages of Stress Response

Stages of Stress Response

By Sunjya Schweig, MD

In my integrative family medicine practice I see a wide variety of patients with different health concerns, including more and more patients with severe chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and chronic infections with, for example, Lyme disease or viral infections.  Many of my patients do well on treatments; however, I am increasingly recognizing the importance of dealing with stress and the effects that stress can have on the human organism as a critical part of the treatment for these patients.

I want to describe some background on stress.  In future blog posts I will discuss interventions, both dietary, exercise based, adjusting sleep schedules, and then using active stress reduction techniques such as biofeedback, breathing techniques, qi-gong, etc. [Read more…]


Sex Hormones for You, Personally

Let’s take a look at the sensible replacement of an individual woman’s hormones at menopause.  Yes, this is a personal approach for one woman’s needs, not some “one size-fits all” protocol. We start by understanding normal physiology – “how it works” and apply modern science to find the best doses for you personally.  Our goals are success and safety.

To help you understand this better, let’s see what hormones do and what happens when we lose them.  I’ll explain why it is important to consider replacing them at menopause and why sooner is better.  We’ll see how that can – and should – be done.  If we’re going to do this, let’s do it the best way, one woman at a time!

Basics:  Puberty to Menopause

Hormones are little chemical messengers that change the way your body behaves.  [Read more…]


Treat Your Thyroid Right: Straight Talk for Regular People

Everyone has heard about thyroid trouble.  Low-thyroid is so common that thyroid hormone pills are the second most-frequently filled prescription in the US.  At this moment, about 15% of all Americans have diseased thyroid glands.  Many of them are not being treated.  Sadly, many people who are treated for thyroid trouble are not fully restored to normal and they are often quite dissatisfied with their results.  Since our thyroid glands are so much at risk and so often a persistent problem, it is good to learn more about what they do and how best to deal with their problems.

The thyroid gland releases hormones into our blood, on “orders” from the brain [Read more…]


Still Have Symptoms After Treatment for Babesia

Question: With a history of dysnomia related to babesia, although the babesia may be gone, I still have Neurally Mediated Hypotension, high BP (blood pressure), POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia), temperature problems, sleep off and on, it often takes until 5 AM to fall asleep, 8 years post-function adrenal collapse.  Please explain the physiological dynamics of what is going wrong with the autonomic nervous system and the hypo-pituitary adrenal system.

Answer from GMA Staff:

We have written about factors predisposing to infection, the “total load” and the cycle of maladaptive responses that can follow Lyme and tick-borne diseases.  In fact, these problems also are common among chronic fatigue (syndrome or not) patients, people suffering from long-term stress and others who are chronically-ill.

Our writer comments that after the infection has been treated, his (let’s assume) adrenal, autonomic, and other symptoms persist. [Read more…]