|06-09-2009, 03:03 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Oct 2004
Start Date: April 4, 2004
Dr.Jarvis "Folk Medicine" regimen
I posted this on another thread but thought it might be helpful to all. His recommendations were for optimal living and not just for the diseased. I would also suggest cutting the vinegar in half. I doubled it & overdid it and had a bad reaction, plus I already drink high levels of an acetic acid/gluconic acid drink (the 2 components of his regimen) daily and it was overload, but still would suggest caution.
I HIGHLY recommend all read his book, his approach to health resonates so strongly with me, but in a nutshell is his plan:
Dr.Jarvis folk medicine recommendations include raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother), raw honey (REQUIRED for nutrients and it's synergistic qualities and I believe for the gluconic acid, NOT as just a sweetener), kelp and lugol's solution (don't mix with Vit.C) on empty stomach. Also no wheat or sugar.
On rising 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) Lugol's solution of iodine in glass of water on empty stomach. Lunchtime 2 tsp. ACV & 2 tsp. raw honey in glass of water, sip before, during, after meal doesn't matter. Dinner 2 tsp. ACV & 2 tsp. raw honey in glass of water, sip before, during, after meal doesn't matter.
Insomnia, mix 3 tsp. ACV into a cup of raw honey (do not take this all at once!!) at night take 2 tsp. of this mixture, if awake in an hour, 2 tsp. more (this can be done every hour if needed)
I have been tested many times over the years & my thyroid tests always came back fine, right in mid range. I had my free T3 & T4 tested, just fine, but there is no disputing that some symptoms are indicative of low thyroid (low body temperature: 95F for me and slow metabolism: until I was 30, I only had BM's once a month - I never knew either was unusual, it never bothered me) I never went to a doctor until I was an adult and that was a gynecologist for birth control. My ex told me I wasn't normal, I asked the gynecologist and he said some folks are different, so I never mentioned it again to any doctor.
I *know* I need thyroid hormone (losing weight is a nice side bonus, no way should I have weighed >250 after low carbing for years and not eating too much.) but the muscle pain, weakness, fatigue is unbearable and although maximum dosage alleviate it somewhat moving it from unbearable to barely bearable, I am not functioning and life demands me to be.
I have been taking Armour thyroid for past couple of years, slowly increasing and I have gone WAY past maximum dosage and have not reached my optimum dosage nor gone hyperthyroid (not once) According to the testing, I have a normal functioning thyroid, but something is blocking the uptake action. It is swirling around in the blood but definitely not reaching the cells.
My adrenals weren't working (I had extremely low cortisol levels) and I had read that you really need adrenals functioning before starting thyroid and I did have some reactions starting thyroid meds. So I stopped and took the Enzymatic Adrenergize as needed for 2 years. I knew within a couple of hours that this was working for me. I was having abnormal stress reactions (like panic attacks) to everything (telephone ringing, doorbell, TV commercials) and this "fixed" it. I started taking them as needed 4-5x a day at first and eventually got down to once a day and then I didn't need them anymore. I restarted Armour thyroid meds and didn't have any reaction at any dosage. It's my understanding that after the Adrenals are working properly, then the thyroid will produce hormones to help maintain it's proper function (but it's a catch 22 situation) but thyroid hormone without proper adrenal function will give you a bad reaction (true panic attack reactions).
So I still quest for an answer, I do think low carb is part of the answer for me & that thyroid hormones are needed but not so sure thyroid meds are the answer. Something is blocking the thyroid uptake. I believe my adrenals are functioning properly now and producing sufficient hormones for the uptake but still not getting it into cells. In my quest I have read about lugol's solution of iodine from reading Dr.Jarvis folk medicine. Apparently it can't be just iodine, not even kelp but this specific mixture and has been used since 1829.
This is from my edited notes, "Dr.David Brownstein deals mainly w/ thyroid patients & been very successful treating hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism w/ supplement Iodoral (lugol's solution of iodine in pill form is called Iodoral) & believes that thyroid meds prescribed is wrong treatment. It does not deal with the underlying iodine deficiency problem. All cells in the body need iodine for proper functioning. All glands (thyroid, adrenal, etc.) especially need iodine for the production of hormones. Other medical conditions associated with iodine deficiency are goiters, Graves’ Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease, fatigue and impaired immune system function. detoxifies body by removing mercury, fluorides, chlorides & bromides. Dr.Brownstein had no success w/ only iodide. The supplement Iodoral contains both the iodide (reduced)+ iodine (oxidized) forms of iodine because the body needs both forms. It is the safest of the trace elements essential for human health. It can be ingested safely in amounts up to 100,000 times the RDA (150 mcg.). Iodoral contains 100 times (12.5 mgs)."
Iodoral is the pill form of lugol's solution of Iodine, I found the 2 ounces of the liquid version fairly cheaply $11 at swansonvitamins but it's only 2% not the 5% which just means you have to take almost 3x as much, but is cheap enough for a trial - I found it cheaper another place, but I get scared ordering online sometimes (especially if they don't use paypal). I opted for the pill form and ordered Iodoral from breastcancerchoices.org It is recommended by Drs. Jarvis, Teitelbaum & Brownstein. I have read many, many reviews from people taking and it seems 95% positive, the only few negatives said didn't do anything for them. This seems like it's a well worth trial. From all I read it is a great supplement for even healthy people. 12.5 mg. iodine (one pill's worth) is normal intake for the Japanese with high seafood/seaweed ingestion.
>>> Reactions to Iodine > magnesium and selenium are two keys to minimizing reactions to iodine.
• Hyperthyroid Response - symptoms: trembling of the hands, fast heart rate, nervousness. This group can take iodine, but slowly & should be monitored.
• Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis - autoimmune disease where body’s antibodies attack cells of thyroid. these patients are iodine deficient & the iodine can intensify the thyroid gland dysfunction. This group should be monitored with frequent thyroid tests (a thyroid panel).
• Iodine poisoning - rare condition symptoms: increased salivation, fever, swelling & tenderness of salivary glands, skin rash.
• Detoxification - symptoms that occur from iodine supplementation include fatigue, aches, pains & headaches often from halogen excretion. Iodine helps body excrete halogens & heavy metals, the symptoms of iodine supplementation are most often associated w/ detox of these toxic elements (especially bromine).
>>> For Clearing Bromide Symptoms - a salt loading protocol
to clear bromide detox symptoms that may occur while taking iodine: Take 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 1/2 cup of warm water - follow immediately with 12-16 ounces of water. Repeat twice in 30-45 minute intervals until urination begins.
While detoxing, TSH, that stimulates the thyroid to make thyroxine, may temporarily become elevated as the body begins to incorporate iodine. This elevation is not uncommon, and when it does occur, thyroid function returns to normal once the body produces enough thyroid hormone for all its needs.
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