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December 15, 2016 by Joseph Fermin 2 Comments

The Symptoms of Low Thyroid Hormones 5 (1)

The Role of Thyroid Hormones

Thyroid hormones play critical roles throughout the body, including:

  • Increasing or decreasing the heart rate
  • Raising or lowering body temperature
  • Regulating the caloric burn rate to influence weight gain or loss
  • Regulating muscle contraction
  • Controlling how quickly dying cells are replaced
  • Increasing or decreasing the body temperature

This means that maintaining levels in the normal range is critical for a healthy metabolism. Unfortunately, an underactive thyroid gland frequently results in low hormone levels (known medically as hypothyroidism), particularly in women in their 30s and 40s.

What are Normal Hormone Levels?

Low hormone levels or an underactive thyroid is diagnosed using blood tests either in response to symptoms of clinical or hypothyroidism or as part of routine preventative healthcare checks.

Three hormones are usually included in thyroid function tests: Thyroid, triiodothyronine (T3), its prohormone thyroxine (T4), and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH, which regulates the production of T3 and T4 from the thyroid gland). T4 is main circulating hormone; it gets converted into T3 in target tissues by enzymes named deiodinases. Tests measure the levels of both free and total proteins because free hormones are considered to be bioavailable [1]. Regular thyroid function tests are particularly important in individuals receiving testosterone-based hormone-replacement therapy Since some long term users have reduced thyroid function and hypothyroidism [2].

The normal and reference ranges used by Quest Diagnostics for T3, T4, and TSH are shown below.

Test Normal Serum Concentrations
Total T4 5.6 to 13.7 ng/dL
>Free T4 0.8 to 2.7 ng/dL
TSH 0.4 to 4.2 mU/L
Total T3 76 to 181 ng/dL
Free T3 2.3 to 4.2 pg/mL

Symptoms of Low Thyroid Hormones

The common symptoms of hypothyroidism, many of which are the result of a slow metabolism, are as follows:

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It Thyroid is important to note that not all patients who experience these symptoms and have an underactive thyroids have circulating levels outside the normal range. Unfortunately, many physicians do not treat these patients as they would a patient with overt hypothyroidism. This does not mean that you have to suffer through your symptoms. Anti-aging clinics such as AAI Clinics work with you to ensure that you reach a hormone balance that works best for you to alleviate these symptoms.

References

[1] K.A. Iwen, E. Schröder, G. Brabant, Thyroids Hormones, and the Metabolic Syndrome, European Thyroids Journal, 2 (2013) 83-92.

[2] M. Alen, P. Rahkila, M. Reinila, R. Vihko, Androgenic-anabolic steroid effects on serum thyroids, pituitary and steroid hormones in athletes, The American journal of sports medicine, 15 (1987) 357-361.

July 19, 2016 by admin 1 Comment

AHCC 5 (1)

AHCC – Secret Weapon for the Immune System

AHCCAHCC is arguably the most studied immune supplement on earth. There are hundreds of supporting research findings confirming its health benefiting potential. Yale Medical School finalized a study that showed some remarkable cancer-fighting properties in AHCC, specifically in the elderly.

  • Japan uses AHCC as the leading supplement to assist patients seeking alternative cancer treatments.
  • Over 700 clinics use AHCC in an attempt to control hospital infections.
  • Research has shown AHCC modulating the immune response against the influenza virus, pneumonia bacteria, and MSRA.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms, Edible Fungus Raw Vegetable Food of Japanese CuisineAHCC does not kill viruses. It simply supercharges the immune response. This is why cancer patients and people with other life hindering illnesses benefit from it. The food-based extract used to create AHCC is mainly derived from Shitake Mushrooms.

Immune System Cell Types

AHCCNatural Killer Cells: A white blood cell type that detects, locates, and destroys cells that are abnormal or infected. It does so by injecting granules into them, which makes them explode.

  • Research has shown AHCC increasing the activity of NK cells by as much as 300% – 800% [1]

Macrophages: Another white blood cell type that engulfs and digests cellular debris and bacteria.

  • In clinical trials, AHCC increased macrophage numbers significantly; in some cases doubling them.

T Cells: Cells that recognize previous invaders and destroy them with a specific response.

  • AHCC has been shown to increase T Cells by as much as 200% [1]

AHCC’s ability to modulate the immune responses of so many viral and bacterial contaminations has made it an exceptional tool for natural healing. In a recent study, mice pretreated with AHCC before injection of the K. pneumonia showed the bacteria cleared from their system. However, the control mice’s bacteria levels increased, causing them to become very ill.

Data collected from over 100,000 patients treated for various types of cancer showed that 60% of them benefited from taking AHCC. Studies more specifically indicate that AHCC is particularly effective for the following type of cancers:

• erections problems
• Lung
• Stomach
• Colon
• Breast
• Thyroid
• Ovarian
• Testicular
• Tongue
• Kidney
• Pancreatic

The Effects of Chemotherapy

Additionally, from assisting the body to combat cancer, AHCC has shown to aid many of the side effects associated with chemotherapy:

Hair loss: Doctors noticed patients taking AHCC, though on chemotherapy, did not lose their hair. Another in vivo study denoted that mice were given also experienced a protection against chemically induced hair loss.
Nausea: Trials in Japan indicated AHCC remarkably improved symptoms of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.
Bone Marrow Suppression: Chemotherapy inhibits bone marrow function. Because White Blood Cells originate in bone marrow, this is life-threatening. AHCC has demonstrated to raise the WBC counts in cancer patients.

A prominent study took 269 patients with liver cancer and enrolled them. Following surgery, close to half of the patients took AHCC. The other half did not. The results were dramatic:

  • At the end of the ten-year study, only 34.5% of the AHCC patient experienced a reoccurrence of their cancer.
  • The control group had a reoccurrence of 66.1%.
  • Additionally, 46.8% of the patients in the control group had died after ten years.
  • Only half that amount, 20.4% in the AHCC group, passed away after those ten years [2].

Dr. Fred Pescatore, of the Center for Integrative and complementary medicine in New York, also observed massive drops of viral loads in hepatitis C patients. In one case study, a 47-year old male had a viral load of 2,498,200 before decreased that to 499,600 after six months. An 80% reduction!

AHCCThere is a great brand called Kinoko Platinum. It has 750mg per capsule. Our affiliation with Douglas Labs, the only biochemical organization in the country to have two ISO Certifications, which produce some of the most effective and bioavailable medication on the planet, have their own brand. It’s called A.H.C.C. ® Plus, and you can purchase this now by clicking here. (Contact us for $10 off)

Case studies:

[1] Ritz BW, Nogusa S, Ackerman EA, Gardner E. “Supplementation with Active Hexose Correlated Compound increased the innate immune response of young mice to primary influenza infection.” J Nutr Imm.206 Oct 136:2868-2873

[2] Matsui Y et al. Improved prognosis of postoperative hepatocellular carcinoma patients when treated with functional foods: a cohort study. J Hepatol. 2002 Jul;37(1):78-86

Testosterone injections therapy has also been linked with helping to boost the immune system. Of course, you want to consult with a doctor but incorporating testosterone therapy to any health regimen can be life transforming. When your testosterone is low, your organs are stressed to function properly. Testosterone, especially in men, plays a major roll in the effectiveness of their biological systems. Logically, this may include the immune system. Contact us to have your testosterone levels checked. You can even check your testosterone right from home. We have at-home testing kits so that you can test privately. Fill the contact form by clicking here or call us to learn how to qualify for testosterone replacement therapy.

January 27, 2015 by Joseph Fermin 1 Comment

How Can I Balance My Thyroid 5 (3)

Balance Thyroid

The Balance thyroid and adrenal glands (those producing cortisol) are the key regulators of the body. If the Thyroid and Cortisol levels are not right, the rest of the body will NOT function well. This is why these central hormones must be treated along with Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, & Human Growth Hormone.

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Many patients, especially women in their 30’s & 40’s, are diagnosed with Hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid by their primary care physician or endocrinologist. These doctors only diagnose cases of overt or severe deficiencies–we call it clinical Hypothyroidism. If a patient has some or all of the classical symptoms of Hypothyroidism, but the blood tests are within the normal range of values, no thyroid replacement therapy is given to relieve these symptoms. So what happens to patients that test on the low side of “normal” &/or suffers hypothyroid symptoms? These patients have subclinical hypothyroidismEstimates are that 20-40% of the population suffers in some way from sub-clinical hypothyroidism. We were taught in medical school to only treat those patients with overt thyroid deficiencies; there was no such thing as “subclinical” hypothyroidism. The philosophy was: patients are deficient or not, everything else in the middle is perfectly normal. With the advent of Anti-Aging Medicine, everybody is treated to create an optimal balance of hormones & to obtain the hormonal levels of our youth. Be it sub-clinical or clinical hypothyroidism, severe or mild deficiency, patients do not have to endure hypothyroid symptoms and the negative effects these causes in the body and their hormones.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid?

A “sluggish” thyroid can cause a range of symptoms from cold hands & feet, chronic fatigue, hair loss/thinning, low libido, and depression to weight gain and inability to lose weight…in short, symptoms of slow metabolism. Also, pale/leathery skin, stiff joints, atherosclerosis, easy bruising, muscle cramps, persistent low back pain, mental sluggishness, emotional instability with crying spells, temper tantrums, mood swings, and increased susceptibility to colds, viruses, & respiratory illnesses.

How does an underactive thyroid affect the other hormones in the body?

Because hormones are mutually-dependent, a deficiency of one can create excesses of another, and vice versa, with numerous possibilities for imbalance and unhealthy symptoms. Imbalances of estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol are linked to low thyroid. 80% of low thyroid patients have low cortisol or “Adrenal Fatigue” and vice versa. Many studies have found that Human Growth Hormone (HGH) levels are very low in Hypothyroid patients and when hGH is replaced in these people, the thyroid is usually normalized. Low Testosterone levels are also found in Hypothyroid patients (especially men) and Testosterone replacement therapy significantly improves their thyroid function.

Why do patients with an underactive thyroid never feel “normal” again and experience residual symptoms?

Thyroid replacement therapy (especially synthetic versions like “Synthroid”, “Levothyroxine”, etc) improves some of the hypothyroid patient symptoms, but virtually everyone complains they are never the same person after having thyroid problems. This is because they are not completely treated! They may be treated for their thyroid deficiency, but all the other hormones are out of balance or in abnormal levels in the body. It is crucial to test ALL hormones and treat ALL hormonal imbalances at the same time to be able to get back to the peak of health.

How do I know if I have a “sluggish” or underactive thyroid?

If you answered yes to 2 or more of the symptoms in this questionnaire, you may benefit from natural thyroid supplementation.

What do I do if I am already on thyroid replacement therapy?

First, we will test the Balance thyroid and gather all the patient symptoms in order to determine how the patient is responding to the current therapy. At this point, we will be able to switch from synthetic to Bio-Identical thyroid replacement therapy and fine-tune the dose. It is important to also test for Cortisol, Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, and Human Growth Hormone levels to detect any imbalances and treat them at the same time as the Balance thyroid. We always treat the patient as a whole, not only the test result.

How can I balance my thyroid?
  1.  First, determine your symptoms
  2.  Then, test your thyroid levels (this involves 5-7 blood tests, not just the 1usual test that your doctor gets)
  3.  Find a board-certified doctor in Anti-Aging Medicine (specializing in Bio-Identical hormonal therapy)
  4.  Detoxification is a key component of your Balance thyroid to work at its maximum potential
  5.  Always Supplement with Nutriceuticals (pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements that are prescription strength, free of harmful contaminants, and actually absorbed by the body)-only way to have the available building blocks to regenerate the body’s tissues and to work properly
  6.  ALWAYS use a Bio-Identical thyroid hormone (the exact chemical structure as the hormones produced by the body and derived from a natural source)
  7.  STOP all synthetic hormones-Premarin, Provera, Progestins, and birth control pills, pellets, injections, & intrauterine devices (They ALL contain synthetic hormones)-the imbalances caused by these hormones usually affect Balance thyroid
  8.  Use “hormone-free” foods and products
  9.  Minimize stress and use stress-handling techniques like yoga, meditation, prayer, 10. Stop smoking ASAP
  10.  Eat more fiber
  11.  Get deep, restful, uninterrupted 7-8 hours of sleep-this is the only way that body tissues regenerate after being used during the day.

    **NOTE**  The content contained in this blog is subject to interpretation and is the opinion of the content writer.  We do not claim it to be fact.  We encourage you to consult a medical doctor before taking any prescribed medications or supplements.

    At AAI Rejuvenation Clinic, we advise anyone to think seriously about beginning Hormone treatment if there is no medical need for it. However, we will take every precaution to ensure that you read all the positive benefits from your program by providing the latest at-home hormonal mouth-swab testing. This will ensure we are continually monitoring your progress and aware of any negative side effects. Fill out the Medical History Form or call us at (866) 224-5698

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