I read that youíre not supposed to stimulate your thyroid if your adrenals are weak . Iíd always thought that the symptoms and treatments for hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue are pretty much the same. And, if you have one, most likely you have the other. Now, Iím totally confusedÖ. Come to think of it, wouldnít anyone battling with any chronic illness eventually get adrenal fatigue? And, the treatment for mild and moderate adrenal fatigue is to just mega-dose Vitamin C which most people are taking anyways.
Iíve never done any adrenal testing other than measuring cortisol level and DHEA. They were fine according to my MD. Although, I have all the symptoms of adrenal fatigue according to Dr. Wilsonís Adrenal Fatigue Book. I also have a lot of symptoms of hypothyroid. My M.D. thinks otherwise. He says that TSH of 1.18 is not hypothyroid. Although, one month ago, my TSH reading was 0.7 (whopping 0.5 jump!) and it has been 0.6 for years.
Anyways, Iíve been taking 225mcg of Iodine in the form of kelp twice a day for the past week. Should I stop and treat my adrenal first (i.e. mega dose of Vitamin C) until Iím free of all the symptoms, then proceed to treat my thyroid?
that's interesting about the high doses of vitamin c helping your adrenals. i have been taking a lot of c during the last 3 months (and i do occasional vitamin c flushes - and my bowel tolerance level has decreased from 32grams to 20grams) but i haven't really noticed any significant change to my adrenals yet (i have wilson's syndrome: high reverse t3 levels, wacked-out cortisol levels).
on your travels, have you heard anything about mainlining vitamin c? it has been suggested to me a few times and lately i've been considering it - as an adjunct to Iodine supplementation. layne beachley (the australian women's surfing champion) had cfs and underwent intravenous vitamin c treatments and swears by them.
i am on Lugols at the moment - about 20-30 drops a day - and i feel better on high doses but it still gives me insomnia. i also still have ridiculous fluid retention - everywhere.
i'd be really interested in your advice.
If I understand the chemistry of Vitamin C correctly, the C content of the blood is very tightly controlled. It leaves blood stream relatively quickly and is used or stores in various glands. I believe the Liver and the Adrenals concentrate it the most.
Intravenous C, I've heard, is incredible for cancer. It wouldn't increase blood concentrations much higher than oral doses for very long, but you might get glands and organs full of it quicker.
Oral doses of 2-3 grams every 4 hours seems to do the trick for me. Pure ascorbic acid, not anything else.
Lower doses and my adrenals begin to get sick again. Anything higher and my tongue tells me. Doses higher than 2.5grams in one serving taste terribe. 2.5 and under taste REALLY good.
I would take as much as your tongue tells you to at one time every 4 hours.