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This is likely my primary area of challenge … stress. I've often referred to stress as my Achilles' heel.

Decades ago (early 1990s), I first sought the support of a nutritionist because no one else seemed to be able to help me. Test, after test, was run and came back negative. I was told that I was fine. Clearly, I was not fine. I was struggling to remain conscious every morning while taking my morning shower.

The nutritionist felt that my symptoms were indicative of adrenal stress. I was placed on many of the nutritional supplements mentioned: B-vitamins (specifically pantethine and B-12), magnesium, DHA, carnosine and I believe chromium.

This helped me immensely for years. Eventually, I lost the support of the nutritionist. She moved away. This was before electronic communication and support was so prevalent. I was on my own again. I did not fare well. Eventually, my thyroid faltered and became a clinical condition.

Currently, I am experiencing severe fatigue (something known as vital exhaustion) which we suspect is due to HPA axis dysregulation. To address the suspected HPA axis dysregulation, I underwent my first high dose vitamin C protocol in early March. Oh, my, goodness! Never would I have imagined that vitamin C could have such a profound effect on my body.

It is evident that my body has been under severe stress. The body's demand for vitamin C remains quite high. Without it, I cannot sustain my energy levels at all.

The nutritionist currently supporting me has requested additional testing. My health care providers have balked, once again. Because I am so tired of fighting for what I need, I have taken steps to get assistance outside our health care provider. I am very concerned about cost emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon which may prove to be prohibitive.

The good news is that I am feeling much better and there are indications of healing. emoticon

Having the requested tests completed would help us (nutritionist and I) make more informed decisions rather than simply guessing based on symptomology. But, I have to tell you, we've done an amazing job of guessing. Slowly, but surely, the issues confronting me are being addressed. I've had the support of the nutritionist since late December 2015. What a stroke of luck!

Currently, I supplement with all of the nutrients mentioned in this section of the article: B-vitamins (methylated forms), magnesium, DHA, CoQ10, zinc, vitamin C.

Our $64,000 question is this … Does my body need DHEA (which is not DHA)?

It is also quite likely that the HPA axis dysregulation is an underlying factor in the recent gynecologic diagnosis. In mid-March I was diagnosed with a rare condition with a known propensity for developing into a rare gynecologic cancer. I don't want to go there, if I can help it. The nutritionist is doing her best to support me in that effort.

It is amazing what the body can accomplish when it has what it needs to work its recovery, repair, and rejuvenation magic. Doing my best to support the three R's. And, I'm not talking reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic. emoticon

I am fortunate to have the support of a double board certified clinical nutritionist. I am learning a lot about nutritional supplementation. What works for me. What doesn't. Possible medication interactions.

I have never supplemented without the support of a nutritionist. I did not have the confidence to make these choices without professional support. I also realized that many of the supplements available OTC are of questionable quality and utility. Given what I have learned since December 2015, I have far more confidence. I also realize that I have much more to learn.

Here's a link discussing the high dose vitamin C protocol being utilized:

www.chrisbeatcancer.com/high-
dose-vita
min-c-protocol-for-cancer/


Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 4/25/2019 (18:14)
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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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Here's a link to the full article: Ten Things That Interfere with Thyroid Function:

www.wellnessresources.com/new
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This thread has been established to discuss Stress, Cortisol Imbalances:

1. Stress, Cortisol Imbalances

Too much stress and excess cortisol dampen thyroid function. The more stress you are under, the worse the thyroid function. Overstimulation, wind-up, and burnout are different phases of excess stress and compensation responses. This is a fundamental, extremely common issue that causes individuals to run to their physicians with symptoms of fatigue, exhaustion, weight gain and hair falling out.

High levels of stress and cortisol have caused the brain to put the brakes on the brain’s TSH communication signal to the thyroid. This is an attempt to stop the individual from metabolically straining themselves even more. Lab tests return and are within normal limits or perhaps TSH is low normal, but yet the symptoms sound like poor thyroid function. This is not a direct thyroid gland problem. It reflects a protective mechanism and manifest with all kinds of symptoms reflective of challenged thyroid hormone function.

The goal with this type of situation is to address the stressor(s) and the out of balance, stress-induced chemistry. Nutritional support such as B vitamins, especially pantethine, and other nutrients like magnesium, DHA, and carnosine help support this tired, wired, mentally fuzzy, headachey, hair falling out, bloated, irritated stressed induced feeling. The goal is to reduce “stress friction” which then releases the brakes that caused the thyroid to hibernate.

Inadequate cortisol also plays a primary, powerful factor in how the thyroid functions. This is what happens after you have pushed yourself to excess resulting in severe depletion and terrible burn-out. If cortisol is borderline low or low and one takes thyroid hormone, this will have mixed results. The initial use of thyroid hormone will help relieve the fatigue and lethargy, etc., but eventually the adrenal glands falter even more. This puts even more strain on the thyroid and nervous system. Symptoms return and it feels like the thyroid medication stopped working and the process repeats.

The adrenal glands must provide healthy levels of cortisol and DHEA in order for the feedback mechanism in the brain and thyroid to work. In fact, it is clearly stated in thyroid prescriptions drug mechanisms, that one must have healthy adrenal function and not adrenal insufficiency before prescribing thyroid medication. Don’t ignore this fundamental principle otherwise further loss of health will occur sooner or later. There are many levels of support essential for helping the body to rejuvenate. Basic fundamental support includes B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin C, coenzyme Q 10, and zinc.




Jeanne
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Max Lifetime Weight, 211
SP Start Weight, 206.8
Maintaining since June 2014
Initial Goal Weight, 144
Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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