have talked in great detail about the effects of failed lymphatic
function and the vicious cycle of mitochondrial and lymphatic failure
that are at the root of the ill effects of the fatigue illnesses,
Fibromyalgia and CFS.
What is encouraging for
CFS and Fibromyalgia sufferers has to be the continued progress of
science and research often by practitioners who have first hand
experience and a particular interest in treating these illnesses.
The Thyroid Factor.
As part of the multifactorial failures we see in Fibromyalgia and
Chronic Fatigue sufferers, ultimately, a lack of Thyroxine T4 and
Triiodothyronine T3 appears to play a large part in preventing
effective repair and recovery of the mitochondria themselves. While the
mitochondria are misfiring the energy required for healing to begin is
T3 is the active form of thyroid hormone, the form that can be
efficiently utilized by the body and is up to 20 times more
bio-available than T4.
T4 is generated directly by the thyroid gland under orders from the
pituitary and hypothalamus. T4 entering the bloodstream is converted to
T3 partly by the tissues surrounding the thyroid gland, but largely by
There is particular interest concerning CFS and Fibromyalgia sufferers
in a type of hypothyroidism caused by the lack of an enzyme that is
involved in the conversion of T4 into T3.
Without this enzyme adequate T4 may be produced by the thyroid, but
this can fail to convert into T3, the form that the body can actually
The muscles in particular are badly affected by a lack of T3 in many
Without adequate T3 the mitochondria themselves have inadequate oxygen
to allow the mitochondrial cell walls to return to normal function.
This means that patients who are undergoing lymphatic treatment to
reduce internal toxicity while simultaneously attempting to restore
mitochondrial function with the metabolic protocol and supplements can
still be left short of full recovery.
The treatment option at this stage is simply to add in levothyroxine T4
and/ or Armour Thyroid.
With thyroid replacement therapy there are really only 2
T4 - Levothyroxine.
T3/T4 combination - Armour
Adding in Thyroxine in this way you are replacing the natural thyroid
that is produced by your own thyroid gland but you can control the
levels more accurately with the thyroid replacement.
But what is the true etiology of these thyroid deficiencies?
Is adding in extra T3/T4 a really effective strategy?
There is a long tiresome debate concerning thyroid replacement
Traditional endocrinologists argue that treating a thyroid that is not
truly damaged but is receiving incorrect data from the hypothalamic/
pituitary axis is dangerous and illogical.
CFS and Fibromyalgia doctors and patients know that whatever is
happening with the HPA, increasing thyroid hormones is an extremely
effective method of restoring normal function to damaged mitochondria
which allows the deep healing process to really start firing.
It also acts quickly to arrest
the vicious cycle of decline that CFS and Fibromyalgia sufferers
After so many years living in morbidity this is often enough for many
sufferers to move onto thyroxine replacement and if this is ineffective
due to poor enzymatic conversion of T4 to T3, you should then try
Armour Thyroid or equivalent.
Again in the muddy waters of thyroid replacement therapy Armour Thyroid
itself is also the subject of various heated debates within the medical
Armour thyroid is made directly from desiccated pigs thyroid glands but
some believe that Armour Thyroid pills cannot guarantee an absolutely
precise prescription dose of the required hormones within every single
Armour Thyroid has been used to treat thyroid patients successfully in
different forms for hundreds of years and taking a physiological does
of both hormones works better for the majority of thyroid patients
rather than the synthetic versions that the pharmaceutical companies
CFS and Fibromyalgia sufferers may conclude incorrectly that thyroid
deficiency is at the heart of their illness and take a course of action
purely aimed at restoring thyroid function.
This strategy alone is inadequate:
New research in Holland reveals what is yet another vicious cycle
leading to the multitude of knock on effects that we see so often in
CFS and Fibromyalgia patients.
These are the vicious cycles that result ultimately in the baffling
array of symptoms that patients present and which in turn makes
treatment so complicated, difficult and baffling for doctors and
But we are getting ever closer to understanding the core system insults
and failures and so developing treatment strategies based on real
organic changes in the body.
This latest research is particularly welcome and dovetails with my
vicious cycle of fatigue theory.
In the rest of this 4 part series i examine the new research that shows
how a highly toxic gas is implicated in these illnesses.
This gas can have a negative knock on effect on many other organ
systems, and i detail how to treat, prevent, and repair the damage and
restore CFS and Fibromyalgia sufferers to full health.
Haslam, (B.A, M.Sc, PgDip)
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.
Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Fatigue
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