Could burnt out adrenal glands and a weak thyroid be partly to blame for type-1 diabetes? I’d never considered the idea until I started studying the work of the late mineral researcher Dr. Paul Eck. In issue #27 of Healthview Newsletter, Eck is quoted as saying: “The adrenal cortex helps to supply the body with a steady stream of fuel (sugar) all day.” (This is not to be confused with the adrenal medulla which produces adrenalin.)
As the adrenals provide the “fuel” for the body, Eck said the thyroid provides the “spark-plugs” which allows the body to use that fuel. The combination of the two determines how much energy the body has to work with. When both the adrenals and thyroid are underactive, according to the theory, the body is unable to protect itself from infection or detoxify itself from chemicals, heavy metals and inorganic minerals. Toxins and infections lead to conditions like type-1 diabetes.
So, as far as reversing type-1 diabetes goes, a prerequisite would be repairing the thyroid and adrenal glands. This way the body would have enough vitality to remove any infections or toxins in the pancreas and repair any damage to it.
Through the use of hair mineral analysis Eck determined that calcium slows down the thyroid and potassium makes it work faster. Likewise, magnesium slows down the thyroid while sodium speeds it up. He also discovered exact ratios between these minerals which produced optimal functioning adrenal and thyroid glands.
A hair mineral analysis showing four times as much calcium as potassium is indicative of a perfectly functioning thyroid. And 4.17 times as much sodium as magnesium indicates a perfectly functioning adrenal.
Nicole’s initial April 2014 hair analysis showed her body contained 22 times more calcium than magnesium. This would mean her thyroid functions at about 15-25% according to Dr. Eck’s charts. Likewise, her ratio of sodium to magnesium was nearly 1:1 (instead of 4:1). This also indicates her adrenals are functioning at about 15-25%.
On her September 2014 retest these ratios looked even worse. She now has 31 times as much calcium than magnesium showing up in hair analysis. Likewise her sodium to magnesium ratio dropped to 0.21mg% of sodium for every 1mg% of magnesium.
If the adrenals and thyroid get any worse, I doubt she’d be alive.
Why did they get worse despite four months of supplementation, rest and detoxification? Nicole stopped taking thyroid supplement in between hair tests, which was probably giving a false reading. We also had to make a major move which caused her body a lot of stress.
We hope her next hair test in March 2015 shows that both her thyroid and adrenals glands have improved. Once both are repaired energy can be produced properly in the body, enabling it to deal with things like type-1 diabetes.
What causes adrenal and thyroid burnout? Experts seem to agree it’s a combination of poor nutrition, inadequate rest, heavy metals, toxic chemicals and stress.
In order to detoxify these two organs one needs energy to do it. Someone like Nicole has almost no energy left. This is why rest is probably key to healing type-1 diabetes. What little energy remains has to be put towards detoxifying the adrenals and thyroid. The hair analysis reveals the depth of disease in Nicole’s body. It’s not just a malfunctioning pancreas. There are layers and layers of problems. Diabetes seems to be just asymptom of a much more complex problem. It would be useful to compare hair analysis of other type-1 diabetics to see if all suffer from low thyroid and low adrenal activity.
Nonetheless, this makes it obvious that healing from type-1 diabetes is not going to happen overnight. Multiple problems with the body need to be corrected first before the body can start repairing the beta-cells.
–John C. A. Manley
P.S. If you are interested in having a hair mineral analysis done, the mineral balancing practitioner I recommend the most is Pam Killeen. Other practitioners can be found here and here. They do not need to be local as everything can be handled by post and email.
P.P.S. For more on how mineral balancing can help the body recover from type-1 diabetes read: Can Nutritional Balancing Cure Type-1 Diabetes?