Series Code: AL
Program Code: AL000217A
00:01 Hi, I'm taking thyroid medication
00:03 it's just not working for me.
00:05 There are so many baleful side effects what can I do?
00:08 Well, today's program is just for you entitled
00:11 "The Master Glands."
00:12 So stay by.
00:48 Hi, this is Curtis Eakins co-host of Abundant Living.
00:52 And this is my beautiful bride Paula Eakins.
00:54 Why are you laughing?
00:55 Happy today to be with me on this program?
01:00 And, oh, that's a nice pink blouse there.
01:04 You know, I let you dress first
01:05 and then I'll match what you wear in color.
01:10 Good. Not in garments.
01:11 Okay. So, you look nice though.
01:13 Thank you. Well, thank you.
01:14 Okay, the master gland. The master gland.
01:17 You talk before about it also being called
01:19 the butterfly gland.
01:20 The butterfly gland.
01:21 And when we were talking last time
01:23 we were getting into all the statistics
01:25 and all that kind of information stuff about,
01:27 what was gonna with thyroid?
01:28 And so we're just continuing on.
01:29 Yes. Just go ahead, honey.
01:30 Because my next-- my next question
01:32 is gonna be about a person who has hypothyroidism, okay.
01:37 What kind of drugs or the type of drugs
01:39 that are given for that?
01:41 And just a recap in case those
01:43 who missed the program before the thyroid gland
01:45 is called the master gland
01:47 and it's controlled by the hypothalamus
01:49 and pituitary gland, the base of the skull.
01:52 They are and of course they control the thyroid gland.
01:55 And the thyroid already produces
01:57 two main hormones T4 and T3.
02:01 Those two hormones stimulate every tissue in a body.
02:08 Therefore it's called the master gland, all right.
02:12 So if this not working properly then, a lot of symptoms,
02:15 we missing that last time the extremities of cold hands,
02:19 feet, lethargy, tired, feeling depressed, weight gain,
02:24 depression, constipation, menstrual problems.
02:29 I mean, the list goes on and on.
02:30 So that's why it's called a master gland.
02:32 So of course, there is drugs for this condition,
02:36 hypothyroidism, low acting.
02:39 And one other drugs probably of choice is Synthroid.
02:44 And probably everyone heard of Synthroid
02:46 and of course the word Syn-throid.
02:52 Throid- thyroid, Syn- synthetic.
02:57 So it's a synthetic thyroid drug.
03:04 Syn-throid. Syn-throid, meaning?
03:08 Synthetic. Meaning?
03:09 Yeah, synthetic. The thyroid hormone.
03:12 Man made. Right.
03:14 Synthetic. So Syn-throid.
03:16 And with that synthetic
03:19 there's baleful side effects of that to name just a few.
03:24 First you have abnormal heart rhythm.
03:29 That's not good. Arrhythmia, all right.
03:32 Two, congestive heart failure. That's not good.
03:37 Hives and rash for some people
03:40 and an increased of fractures of the wrist,
03:45 forearm, shoulder, spine, leg and ankle.
03:55 Synthroid. Synthroid.
03:57 That's not sound any holy good. Does not sound good--
03:59 It really doesn't. It's not sounding good.
04:00 And that's the drug of choice for hypothyroidism.
04:06 And a lot of people have this condition
04:08 that we're missing some of the things
04:10 that people, you know, would do
04:13 that will cause this gland to be under active or hypo.
04:17 And so that's the choice and that's the main drug
04:20 of choice for this condition.
04:21 So a lot of people they are taking up
04:23 but they are not satisfied, the baleful side effects
04:26 and so it's not really efficacious
04:29 for this type of condition.
04:31 Now a lot of people, they would do
04:33 is they will go to another type of drug
04:36 which is bio-identical hormone.
04:40 More similar to the body's hormone,
04:42 all right and this is called Armour thyroid, all right.
04:47 Now let me talk about that because that's a little bit
04:51 more positive as far as outcome
04:55 is concerned as supposed to Synthroid, all right.
04:58 This is not synthetic, it's bio-identical.
05:01 So it's more tuned to what the body produces.
05:04 Now the body produces like I said before T4 and T3,
05:10 but the ratio is 11:1.
05:12 In other words the body naturally
05:13 produce T4, T3 at 11:1 ratio.
05:19 Armour thyroid drug is a 4:1 ratio.
05:24 So it's not exact what the body produces
05:27 but it's closer than Synthroid
05:30 therefore you have better results.
05:32 The down side for a lot of people
05:35 is dried thyroid cells from the pig.
05:40 Wait a minute, hold up. Okay. Okay.
05:44 I mean it's better but at least it's not synthetic
05:48 but it's for a the pig, dried thyroid cell for the pig,
05:51 Armour thyroid.
05:53 So it's little bit better tolerated
05:55 but and you have to really get that more 11:1
05:59 the way the body produces to a compound pharmacist
06:01 which is sometimes hard to do.
06:03 And that's really the choice of the people have,
06:06 either Synthroid, synthetic or bio-identical
06:10 which is Armour thyroid is a oral
06:13 and of course the Armour
06:14 is a little bit more better than Sythriod
06:17 but again some people are not too happy about
06:20 it coming from dry thyroid cell from a pig.
06:26 That should be help. I know.
06:28 I know for a fact that surely its like,
06:30 okay, I'm not happy with either one of those.
06:33 So you know that we're always looking at an alternative
06:38 and in alternative is there any alternative medication?
06:43 I don't want to say what drug
06:45 they can be used as well as that
06:48 and I guess-- I'm just thinking about myself.
06:54 I'm not really sure or how long or it was
06:57 but I know that I was having some issues
06:59 at least with my nails, because I think--
07:01 oh, might have brought that up.
07:03 Yes, a whole list. Okay, okay.
07:04 I mean, 47 conditions
07:05 but nails, yeah, that some nails.
07:06 My nails, my hair, okay, my skin was acting up
07:11 and of course going in to have my regular physicals.
07:14 Well, I mentioned it to my doctor
07:17 he automatically said,
07:18 it's probably a problem with your thyroid.
07:20 And let me say this
07:21 as my wife continues her TSH was very high.
07:25 And remember in the last program--
07:27 we're talking about the TSH.
07:28 Let me say this before you finish up.
07:31 TSH is really most labs it will 0.5 to 5.0
07:37 and we decided that,
07:39 that's really too much of a wide range.
07:41 It should be 0.3 to 3.0 in a more optimum range.
07:46 And your range were like,
07:47 I think its eight or something like that, yeah.
07:50 So what happened as far as you can tell
07:52 because we didn't go with the Synthroid.
07:54 Did you? No.
07:55 You didn't go with the Armour thyroid,
07:57 dry thyroid cell from the pig.
07:58 No. Okay.
08:00 So this-- you began to do some major research.
08:03 And in that research, trying to find an alternative
08:06 because you know, well, one thing about,
08:07 I know for myself and that is that
08:09 when I began taking any kind of drug,
08:11 even aspirin, my body don't like it, okay.
08:13 So with that in mind I'm not ready
08:15 to start on something that's gonna be damaging.
08:18 Okay, so I know the hair and the nails
08:19 and the skin was acting up.
08:21 And now you talked about the hormone issue,
08:23 so that's definitely estrogen, the estrogen test.
08:24 Estrone has either issues that's having to do
08:26 with the hormones, female hormones.
08:29 And so we started looking at all the things
08:32 that are part of helping to keep the thyroid healthy
08:35 and or putting it back into the state
08:37 it needs it to be in so it can function like it needs to.
08:41 So what are some of the things
08:42 you began looking at that need to be in a formula
08:46 that I could actually take and I ask my doctor this.
08:49 Okay, every time I go to a doctor
08:52 and he tell me something
08:53 and he say something is going on.
08:54 I'm always like, let me step back
08:57 and breathe, you know.
09:00 Because there's something about when you step back and breathe
09:02 when someone tells you something,
09:03 that helps you make a better decision
09:05 than to jump automatically when someone says that jump.
09:07 It's true. It's true.
09:08 So I step back and I breathe a little bit there,
09:11 you know, and I breathe some more
09:12 and I began to have some research
09:13 on what type of compounds or bio-identical things
09:18 can we use to see if we can help
09:20 that thyroid get back in place.
09:23 And some are things you did well,
09:24 we're gonna walk through with you today in this program
09:29 because it's very good as far as your number
09:32 has came down from eight to seven to six.
09:35 I think it's right now it's five.
09:37 And some of things that you're doing to form up,
09:40 we're gonna walk through each one of those items
09:42 separately within a next 10 minutes or so.
09:45 Actually, actually, it's not a 5, it's 4.7.
09:49 Oh, that's the latest one.
09:50 4.7. Oh, okay, yeah.
09:52 But you-- you getting in there, all right.
09:54 And not right away, okay.
09:56 It was a gradual process. Yes, gradually.
09:58 We always tell people a lot of time
09:59 when someone is asking us questions about herbs,
10:01 herbal medicine, lifestyle.
10:03 It's not a just all of sudden you do it and it's over.
10:06 You really have to move it into the lifestyle.
10:09 So I would say, over a period of time about,
10:11 can we say at least three or six months
10:13 I was actually doing the formula
10:15 and it made a different when I went back to my doctor.
10:17 Okay. Now so what does she do?
10:19 And what was the formula that we used for her?
10:22 Number one, we talked about thyroid
10:23 and most people know about some of the herbs out there,
10:28 probably the most popular herb when it come to
10:30 under active thyroid is kelp, all right.
10:33 We call that a gift of the sea. So we use that.
10:38 That's one of the main herbs in a formula.
10:40 We're gonna build a formula for you.
10:42 We're gonna walk through each one
10:43 of these items out of formula.
10:44 The first one, how to eat kelp?
10:46 Any formula that doesn't have Kelp has a thyroid formula,
10:49 you know keep it on your shelf.
10:50 So kelp is gonna be one of the main ones.
10:53 Another herb is called bladderwrack, bladder-wrack.
10:58 Has nothing to do with the bladder
10:59 it's just a name of the herb.
11:01 So kelp and bladderwrack those are two herbs,
11:03 they are precursors thyroid hormone,
11:07 kelp and bladderwrack.
11:08 Now the other herb
11:10 that we can include in this formula,
11:13 most people may not have heard off
11:15 and that's the one we're gonna highlight.
11:17 Let's go to screen and see what that herb is
11:19 in addition to the kelp
11:20 and the bladderwrack at this time.
11:23 It's called Ashwagandha root
11:26 and now that's the botanical name in parenthesis.
11:28 Let me read this.
11:29 This is from the Journal of Pharmacy
11:31 and Pharmacology, it says this.
11:34 "This herb has been shown to stimulate
11:38 thyroid activity by," get this now,
11:41 "increasing T4 production and convert T4 to T3."
11:49 Now remember we mentioned that two of the main hormones
11:53 that the thyroid produce is T4 and T3.
11:58 And T4 helps to covert into T3.
12:02 This herb does that from the herbal kingdom
12:06 one of the main herbs that can do that
12:07 in a whole herbal kingdom Ashwagandha.
12:11 So therefore we look at a lot of herbal formulas
12:13 when it comes to thyroid.
12:15 Then we're talking about hypo.
12:16 Okay, we gone missing hyper before we close.
12:19 Then kelp needs to be there,
12:22 bladderwrack needs to be there, also Ashwagandha
12:26 that's another herb too needs to be there.
12:29 And sometimes you have other herbs out there as well
12:31 but those are kind of like the top three,
12:33 there's maybe others we can mention as well
12:35 but just want to get a idea
12:36 of what to look for in your health food store
12:39 when you're looking for some type of a thyroid formula
12:42 from a natural standpoint, herbal standpoint at first
12:46 they has no side effects, so that's one of those.
12:48 So you want to make sure
12:49 those three are present in the actual formula itself.
12:51 Yes. Yes. Okay, okay.
12:54 Well, I guess my next question then, we talked about that.
12:58 What about another food item like--
13:01 I've been hearing a lot also about selenium.
13:03 And now, is selenium a part of my supplemental thing
13:07 or is that something separate?
13:10 You're so pretty.
13:11 I just lost my train of thought.
13:13 Oh, yes, selenium is good.
13:15 It's a mineral and it's very good.
13:17 Now selenium is very good because number one,
13:21 Selenium has the highest thyroid gland.
13:24 It has the highest amount of selenium, the thyroid gland.
13:30 So it seems to reason that selenium should be
13:33 apart of a thyroid formula
13:36 since the thyroid has more selenium
13:38 than other gland in the body.
13:41 So having said that, let's go to the screen.
13:44 Let's talk about selenium.
13:46 So let's go to the screen at this time.
13:48 The Selenium's Impact.
13:49 This is from the Clinical Endocrinology.
13:52 It says this.
13:54 "Patients with Hashimoto's disease,"
13:56 that's the type of hypothyroidism
14:00 "selenium decreases anti-thyroid antibody levels
14:04 and improves the ultrasound structure
14:08 of the thyroid gland."
14:10 Therefore this mineral selenium really needs to be
14:13 a part of some type of with thyroid formula
14:17 because that's the mineral,
14:18 that's more present in the thyroid
14:20 than any other gland, selenium.
14:22 So now we're building a case, a formula for thyroid.
14:26 We had a kelp, we've the bladderwrack,
14:30 Ashwagandha, the mineral selenium.
14:34 I want to add one more.
14:35 There's one called-- it's the amino acid
14:38 that the body naturally produces
14:39 is called L-thyroxine, L-thyroxine.
14:45 The body naturally produces this.
14:48 It converts into, get this, T4 and T3.
14:53 So the body naturally builds this.
14:55 So therefore we want to put in that
14:57 as part of the formula too.
14:59 So we look at any formula, you will see probably kelp,
15:03 bladderwrack, Ashwagandha, selenium, L-thyroxine.
15:10 That is the good formula for the thyroid.
15:13 Now let's look at the food for the thyroid.
15:16 For selenium and then we're gonna
15:17 close out with a hyperthyroidism.
15:19 So let's go to the foods.
15:20 Well, food contain a lot of selenium.
15:22 Where number one, I mean, number two
15:24 is not even close, Brazil nuts.
15:26 We're talking about three ounces, folks.
15:28 We're talking about 544 micrograms
15:31 of selenium in a Brazil nuts.
15:34 We can also add some seeds too.
15:38 And then light, Tuna three ounces, 63,
15:40 you got the Beef, three ounces 35.
15:43 You have the Cod 32.
15:44 So you see there's not really close to the Brazil nuts
15:48 as far as a selenium food is concerned.
15:51 I think there's another seed out there as well.
15:53 Sunflower seeds.
15:54 Sunflower seeds are really up there high in selenium as well.
15:56 So Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds
16:00 also top two right there as far as producing
16:04 health food to have selenium in them.
16:06 So the Brazil nut.
16:08 Now of course, you know, for those individuals
16:09 who are vegetarian and even vegans,
16:12 they are other ones about the beef
16:13 and all the other stuff, that's not even one of them.
16:14 Yeah, we'll see.
16:16 And a matter of fact it doesn't have
16:17 that much in the first place.
16:18 I see that. Like 35, 32 micrograms.
16:21 So it doesn't really have that much of the impact anyway.
16:23 So let's hit then on the hyperthyroidism.
16:27 Let's finish up with the hyper--
16:29 of course it's not as parvenus as the hypo.
16:32 Hyper of course is over active thyroid.
16:36 You tell that by the typical signs
16:38 of the wide eyes, you know.
16:41 And rapid heart rate, heartbeat.
16:45 You also have sweating. We have weight loss.
16:50 Just a hyper and that's eight to one women.
16:54 Hypo is ten to one.
16:56 So both of these are kind of like
16:58 women dysfunctions, you know, diseases.
17:01 But the hyper is one that's not as parvenus to hypo
17:05 but it's out there as well.
17:06 So there's one herb that really cater to the hyperthyroidism.
17:12 Let's go to screen at this time and see what that herb is.
17:16 It's called Bugleweed.
17:18 Again in parenthesis that's the scientific name.
17:21 This is a find of medical journal called Phytomedicine.
17:23 Is says this, "These findings confirm
17:28 positive effects of bugleweed in forms of hyperthyroidism."
17:35 So again that's one herb
17:37 that can be used for those who are hyper
17:39 because it helps to slowdown the heart rate.
17:43 It's anti-thyroid.
17:46 So it lessens the T4 amount that the body produces.
17:49 So this is one of the main herbs for hyperthyroidism.
17:55 Okay. And mostly no side effects.
17:57 Again you can get that
17:58 as any major health food stores as well.
18:02 Okay, well, that's a lot of information.
18:03 And I'm sure is that they are gonna ask the question.
18:06 Somebody is gonna call us up and say,
18:08 could you give me more information on that?
18:09 So you know, once again feel free
18:11 to get a hold of us at abundantlivingtv.org
18:13 and we'll be glad to talk more with you about this subject.
18:16 I know you're asking a question so we close the time.
18:18 Is she gonna cook anything?
18:19 Yes, we are going into the kitchen.
18:21 This time we're gonna do a black soybean salsa.
18:25 And we're gonna do our homemade tortilla chips.
18:27 So get your paper and your pencil
18:30 and meet us in the kitchen.