Hi HV - I could really use some help figuring out a new direction to take. I have been seeing NDs and doing herbs, supplements, and various therapies for years but continue to get sicker.
Adrenal fatigue (5 out of 7 on ASI)
Low T3 (TSH normal)
Fungal infection in all nailbeds of toes
Frequent colds, flus, infections
Allergies up the wazoo (gluten, dairy, sugar, chocolate, yeast, strawberries, cantaloupe, canola oil, insect stings, latex, shellfish)
Multiple chemical sensitivities
100lbs overweight (can't seem to lose)
Nose runs whenever I eat (doesn't matter what I eat)
Body temp. around 96
Dark circles under eyes
Energy crash around 4-6pm
Second wind 11pm
Crack down centre of tongue
History of iron-deficiency anemia
hair analysis - high nickel and uranium
A lot of your symptoms are interrelated, which is good since this will narrow recommendations down a lot. The lipomatosis though is hereditary, so there is not much that can be done there.
I did Dr. Lam's program for 6 months and initially felt great but took on too much and crashed and have not been able to get back to where I was. I stopped their program due to lack of funds and also just felt they don't know what to do with really sensitive people - universal reactors.
The big areas where Dr. Lam and I differ is that I don't advocate megadosing and I am not a fan of synthetic vitamin C, in particular the Lipo C. Vitamin C is not naturally lipid soluble. And making it lipid soluble means it will go places in the body where it is not naturally found. How this will affect the body in the long term is not really known.
What had worked previously to avoid the late afternoon crashes was Withania Complex, a Standard Process product.http://www.standardprocess.com/display/MediHerbCatalog.spi?ID=225
However, I had been taking it for over a year, and a ND said it's not good to be on it for that long, and as soon as I went off it, my energy dropped, so it never addressed root cause.
I agree, the Panax ginseng is not good long term for females.
Perhaps a combo of Dr. Lam's vit C & pantothenic acid, plus the Withania Complex?
You need to focus on your adrenals, especially for the allergies:
Out of all these challenges, besides energy, weight loss is most important to me. Any suggestions for where to start, if this is possible?
Most of your symptoms are related to adrenal and thyroid dysfunction, so that would be the areas to focus on first.
Is the amount of coleus forskohli in your Thyroid Tonic enough to promote weight loss?
The coleus is not the only thermogenic in the Thyroid Tonic. Zizyphus is also thermogenic. So it will stimulate the burning of body fat, especially when combined with exercise, which enhances the effects of thermogenics. But thermogenics will not work for everyone since there are so many causes of weight gain. For those though that thermogenics will work for the longer they use them the more effective they become as the body "learns" to burn body fat more efficiently.
Thanks so much for your response, Hv. How long/short do you recommend people take your adrenal & thyroid tonics for?
They can both be taken long term without a problem. Although people can cut way back on the recommended dose once things get better just as maintenance. At times of high stress though upping the Adrenal Tonic again would be a good idea.
Do you recommend taking them together?
Yes, they can be taken together and since the adrenals affect the thyroid supporting the adrenals can further help the thyroid.
Is it known what makes certain people respond to thermogenics and others not?
Everyone will respond to themogenics in general. But not all weight gain is from reduced thermogenesis so thermogenics are not always the answer. For example a thermogenics will not be very effective for someone with medication induced weight gain, or that are overeating all the time. And as I mentioned earlier the body has to learn to burn fat as its primary fuel source. Just like if you decide to train for a marathon. When a person first starts training their primary fuel source is glycogen and glucose. As an athlete trains though for more endurance the body learns to spare it glycogen and use fatty acids as its primary fuel source since fats are a more efficient energy source. Using thermogenics is no different. Over time the thermogenics help the body to rely on its fat stores as its primary fuel source. How fast this will work depends on the person. For example I had made a thermogenic formula years ago for several people working at a local business. One person lost about 12 pounds in just over a week. The second person did not lose a pound for the first month, then suddenly dropped 15 pounds in a few weeks.