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Dr. Arlan Cage, ND, LAc



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Thyroid Disease, Adrenal Fatigue, Women's Hormone Issues, Menopause, Diabetes and more...



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Hormones - Our Body's Messenger Molecules
The Endocrine System consists of the primary organs involved in hormone regulation in your body. Your hormones are one of the three primary internal communication systems used by your body, the others being the Nervous System and the Energy Meridian System.

In general, Hormones are useD for communication that can be done on relatively long time scales. This can be anywhere from a few minutes up to days, even months. When the body needs faster communcation methods, it uses the nervous system which operates on the scale of seconds down to milli-seconds, or the meridian system, which is nearly instantatneous. In the body, our endocrine organs are relatively sophisticated. When they release hormones they do so a few molecules at a time. A single dose of outside medications, on the other hand, would consist of many thousands of molecules at a time. An analogy would be, if the body uses thimble-fulls of hormones, outside medications are using bucket fulls of hormones. This is one of the limitations of using replacement hormones to treat endocrine disorders: there is just no way that external medications can ever be fine-tuned or sophisticated enough to mimic our natural hormones.

The most commonly seen disorders in the Endocrine system concern the Thyroid, the Adrenal Gland, the pancreas and the female reproductive system. Pancreas disorders are dealt with in the special section on diabetes. The Female Reproductive System is also largely regulated by hormones, and a there is a special page to discuss Gynecological disorders and Women's Health.

Endocrine organs are richly supplied with blood vessels, and as organs they are relatively soft tissues. The are intended to be efficient at absorbing molecules, and for these reasons the are more susceptible to environmental toxicities than many other tissues in the body. When people have long term, chronic endocrine problems, the possibility of environmental toxicity must be considered.

In general, there is a preferred hierarchy of treatments for endocrine disorders, and because of the delicate nature of the endocrine system, it is beneficial to only use the least invasive treatment methods possible to achieve therapeutic results. The preferred order of therapeutics for Endocrine disorders is:

    Diet and Lifestyle (food, exercise, stress reduction, etc.)
    Nutritional Supplements
    Herbal and/or Homeopathic Remedies
    Glandular Remedies
    Natural Hormone Replacement

Note that Natural Hormone Replacement is last in the hierarchy, not first! Factors like Diet, Nutritional Supplements and Stress Reduction are far more important in the long term because they represent the foundation of our health. Without these, its a lot like trying to build a house roof-first, it just doesn't work very well. Even if items like herbal medicines, glandular remedies or even Natural Hormones are necessary in the short term, the long term goal is always to return your body to a normal state of health where, given the proper nutrition, your endocrine system along with the rest of your body, can function on its own without outside medications.

Thyroid Conditions
Your Thyroid gland is a small, butterly-shaped organ in the front of your throat which serves to regulate your baseline metabolism, in other words, your day-to-day energy expenditure. The most common thyroid disorder is Hypo-Thyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. There are often reasons why blood tests may say your thyroid is normal, when in fact it not!. This involves a group of factors collectively referred to as Sub-Clinical Hypothyroidism. To learn more about why your tests may be normal but you are still having fatigue, hair loss, weight gain or other symptoms, CLICK HERE to read the article written by Dr. Cage which appeared in "Health and Healing Wisdom", the Journal of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

Hypo-thyroidism, Hyper-Thyroidism (overactive) as well as thyroid autoimmune conditions such as Grave's Disease, Hashimotos, thyroid nodules and other thyroid conditions all respond well to natural treatments aimed at their true, root cause. To hear an overview description of the natural approach to thyroid disorders, CLICK HERE to listen to Dr. Cage's radio show on Throid Disease.

Adrenal Fatigue
While your Thyroid is the organ which regulates your baseline metabolism, your Adrenal Glands regulate your body's short term energy needs above your baseline -- in other words, they are your body's Fight-or-Flight Stress Response Organs. Your ability to adapt to stress is almost entirely due to the function of your Adrenal Glands. Unfortunately for many of you, modern life has us all exposed to stress much more frequently than ever before in our past. Gradually, your adrenal glands can become depleted of nutrients and energy - Qi - and you may be using your adrenal resources faster than you are replacing them. This puts you on a downward path of decreasing day-to-day energy, especially in the morning, as well as increased levels of anxiety, poor sleep, and many other sympotms. CLICK HERE to listen to Dr. Cage's radio show on Adrenal Glands and stress.

Conditions Routinely Seen by At South Bay Total Health

Thyroid System Disorders
Auto-Immune Conditions
- Hashimoto's Disease
- Grave's Disease
Thyroid Nodules
Thyroid Cancer

Adrenal Conditions
Adrenal Fatigue
Addison's Disease
Cushings Disease

Pancreas Disorders
Other Hormonally-Related Conditions
Wilson's Temperature Syndrome
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)
Prostate Cancer


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