Three Steps to Healthier Glands

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Depression is linked to your gland system

Unlike the pharmaceutical companies would like you to believe, depression is not caused by a drug deficiency. I’ve long been suspect of antidepressant drugs’ safety and efficacy, and even more concerned by their ever-increasing popularity and widespread use as a first-line treatment for depression. This is because for most people, depression is particularly linked to three different gland systems: the adrenals, the thyroid, and the pituitary.

If you want to totally correct the problem, instead of just mask the symptoms, the health of one gland must be improved—and oftentimes all three.

In the early stages of depression, the adrenals are always involved. More advanced depression involves the thyroid gland as well, and, in the most severe cases, all three gland systems become exhausted. In the short term, each gland may be able to compensate for the additional stress, but, for most of us, today’s lifestyle and diet have forced our glands to the edge of failure already.

In addition to addressing the dietary and lifestyle issues that negatively impact gland function (namely too many refined carbohydrates and sugar, and out of control stress levels), glandular supplements are the best way to address underperforming glands. Here I outline my three-step plan to support adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands that could go a long way toward eliminating your depression.

1. Adrenal Support

As I mentioned, the adrenal glands are generally the first of the three glands to go. As such, they will most likely take the most work and greatest time to rebuild. The best tool for the job is a glandular supplement called Drenamin from the company Standard Process, available through Banks Chiropractic, at SpineLife.

I suggest starting with 3 tablets of Drenamin a day. For the greatest effect, break the tablets in half and chew ½ tablet six different times during the day between meals. (In severe cases start with 6 full tablets a day.)

Just a few of the things you might notice while taking Drenamin include:

  • more energy
  • less fluctuation in blood sugar levels
  • relief from headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness
  • decreased mood swings and depression
  • less anger and more even temperament
  • more toleration of bright lights
  • better sleep
  • increased ability to cope with stress

Most people will need to stay on 3 tablets a day for six months or sometimes even longer. Many people continue to take a tablet or two indefinitely as a preventive measure. This is a case where the detective work comes into play. After you begin to feel the benefits, you can adjust the dosage to what suits your particular needs.

2. Thyroid Support

For the thyroid I recommend another glandular from Standard Process called Thytrophin PMG. A good starting dosage is 2 to 3 tablets a day. Again, chewing them or letting them melt in your mouth between meals gives the greatest benefit. After about two months most people can gradually reduce the dose to one tablet a day, but, again, this will vary from individual to individual. One tablet a day is a good maintenance dose.

The thyroid also requires iodine to make hormones. Over the last several decades iodine levels in our food supply have fallen dramatically. In 1940, the typical diet in this country provided roughly 800 mcg of iodine daily. By 1995, it had decreased to only 135 mcg.

To further complicate matters, practically every public water system in this country uses chlorine, and many add fluoride too. Both of these agents interfere with the utilization of iodine and make deficiencies more prevalent.

Whether iodine is needed or not can be roughly determined using the iodine patch test. This test is a crude, but rather useful, measure of your iodine status that can be done simply and easily at home.

To Perform the Iodine Patch Test:

  1. Before bed, use tincture of iodine (the orange variety) to paint a 3-inch square patch on the inside of your forearm, the inside of a thigh, or your abdomen.
  2. Inspect the painted area the next morning. If all the color remains, then your iodine level is adequate. If all the color is gone, then you’re thoroughly deficient in iodine. Varying degrees of color loss correspond to your degree of iodine deficiency.

If you find you’re iodine-deficient, look into getting a bottle of a liquid iodine product called Iosol, available from TPCS. I’ve used Iosol myself for years to address my low iodine issues, and I highly recommend it. Whatever you do, don’t consume the topical form of iodine sold in pharmacies, like the one used to do the iodine patch test. It is poisonous when taken internally. I suggest starting with two drops of Iosol a day for a week or two and then reducing the amount to one drop daily. Even today I still put one drop in my protein shake each morning.

I recommend repeating the iodine patch test in a month or so after supplementing with Iosol to see how you’re doing. I can’t stress firmly enough that you must not take the tincture internally. It’s poisonous.

A few of the things you might notice while taking Thytrophin PMG and iodine include:

  • lifting of the “brain fog” and clearer thinking
  • much newfound energy
  • improvement in the skin
  • regrowth of the hair on the outside end of the eyebrows
  • less confusion, memory loss, and depression
  • better circulation (warmth) to the hands and feet
  • loss of excess weight
  • improved bowel regularity

3. Pituitary Support

For the pituitary I suggest the Standard Process glandular product called Pituitrophin PMG and supplementation with omega-3 fatty acid products. Normally 3 tablets a day (again chewed between meals) for a period of at least two months and possibly three months is all that’s needed if you're also supplementing with omega-3s (either 2 grams of high-quality fish oil from capsules or 2 tablespoons of chia seeds daily or a combination of the two).

With Pituitrophin and the omega-3 oils you might experience:

  • a feeling of calmness
  • less feelings of desperation and depression
  • decreased aches and pains
  • better sleep
  • an overall sense of well-being
  • less aggression, hostility, and anger
  • decreased desire for alcohol, depressants, or stimulants
  • fewer food cravings, particularly for sugar

Keep in mind that the drug industry is more interested in their financial health than in your physical health. Addressing the root cause of depression will go a long way toward providing a lasting solution, rather than a “fix” that only mitigates the symptoms.

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