RR 3, Box 384
THE NUTRI-SPEC LETTER
Guy R. Schenker, D.C.
After reading the last two issues of this Letter, you are aware of just how ...
THYROID DYSFUNCTION FITS INTO
Here is a summary of what you have learned:
For a detailed explanation of the above points of information regarding thyroid function review the last two NUTRI-SPEC Letters.
Now, let us take what you have learned about evaluating thyroid function in your NUTRI-SPEC patients and see how it applies to some clinical cases.
Here is a case you will find quite interesting I am sure.
Janet, a 47 year old school teacher, came to my office with the following conditions and complaints.
The medications she was taking included:
Her history included:
What did I do with this patient? The same thing you would do --- performed the NUTRI-SPEC test procedures.
Knowing full well that the medications in this case would likely make QRG test interpretation almost impossible, I considered getting this patient started on the Diphasic Nutrition Plan. However, since the tests did lean a little toward the dysaerobic side, and since she had such an extreme predominance of dysaerobic conditions including:
So, I decided to do a clinical trial treating her as dysaerobic. Even though I suspected an electrolyte stress was being masked by her blood pressure medication I didn’t really feel the need to treat the electrolyte stress pattern because her blood pressure was really quite low already and I expected to be able to get her off her blood pressure medication without addressing an electrolyte stress imbalance.
Having made that decision, I had to look through the history for as much information as I could find to guide my recommendations. The first thing I considered, of course, was the presence of two red flags --- an SSRI drug, and an outrageous dosage of estrogen. The patient was given the handout we have on the damage done by SSRI’s, with the advice to discontinue taking it immediately.
She was also given the information on the damaging effects of estrogen stress. It was explained to her that many of the symptoms that she had experienced throughout her life, including the menstrual and premenstrual symptoms, plus the negative reaction to birth control pills, plus the extremely stressful pregnancy she had had, plus the uterine fibroid, were all the result of a hormone imbalance involving excess estrogen and/or too little progesterone. She was given the protocol for slowly backing off the estrogen.
Her dysaerobic regimen included Diphasic P.M. due to the severity of the oxidative stress she was suffering, and, because chronic diarrhea was part of her dysaerobic state, she was given glutamine as part of her NUTRI-SPEC regimen, plus a temporary recommendation for Sialex as an adjunct to assist glutamine in the rebuilding of the structure and function of her intestinal mucosa. She was also given the natural progesterone she so desperately needed.
I also noted the presence of some potential thyroid insufficiency indicators in her history. First, there was the cholesterol of 310, accompanied by triglycerides of 147. Triglycerides of 147 is definitely above normal but not nearly as far above normal as her cholesterol level.
The patient was also over weight and retaining fluid. This could very well have been exclusively due to the Premarin she was taking, but I noted it nonetheless. Adding in the fatigue, inability to concentrate, and depression, I decided that while I was going to make the dysaerobic imbalance and the estrogen/progesterone imbalance my top clinical priorities, I would nevertheless keep the thyroid in mind.
I went ahead on that first office visit and checked her body temperature, finding it to be sub-normal. I also preformed the deep tendon reflex recovery test that I explained to you in last month’s Letter and found the most extreme positive response I had ever seen. When I tapped her forearm with the reflex hammer her fingers popped up in the air and then literally stuck there, dropping slowly and in distinct steps back to normal over a period of many, many seconds. Nothing was done about the thyroid in that first visit other than to mention to the patient that it could be a complicating factor that we would have to address at a later date.
The patient followed my recommendations to the letter. Within 4 weeks she was feeling better than she had in years. She had quit the Effexor and the Lipitor immediately after her first visit. She had also immediately begun the protocol for getting off Premarin and by now, four weeks later, she was down to taking it only 3 days per week. Her diarrhea of years, and years duration had stopped completely. In fact, we had already cut back on the glutamine because she actually experienced a little constipation. She now had very little facial pain, and her fatigue, weakness, and poor concentration had all improved dramatically.
Though the patient and I were pleased with the progress in four weeks with her severe symptoms and conditions, many of the little nagging things were still there. She was still retaining a tremendous amount of fluid. She, despite following the NUTRI-SPEC Fundamental Diet and radically decreasing her carbohydrate intake, had not lost any weight; her body temperature had improved somewhat but was still sub-normal; and, the deep tendon reflex recovery no longer failed to such an extreme, but was still quite evident.
So --- it was time to seriously consider the possibility of thyroid involvement. You’ll read the happy ending to this story in next month’s Letter. Meanwhile, look for those thyroid signs (they are often indistinguishable from signs of estrogen stress) and begin to assess which of your patients are suffering from either primary thyroid insufficiency or reverse T3 dominance. Never forget --- we welcome your calls for assistance on difficult cases.