This post is the second in a series taken from the article by Keith Wassung entitled “Restoring the Balance – Chiropractic & the Endocrine System”. This series focuses on Restoring the Balance – Chiropractic & the Endocrine System, Hormonal Imbalances & Health Problems, Traditional Approach to Hormonal Health, The Central Nervous System, Hypothalamus and Hormones, and Conclusion: Causes of Vertebral Subluxations & Chiropractic Care. This week’s post looks at Hormonal Imbalances & Health Problems.

 

 

A woman having a hot flash using a fan to cool off

  • Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
  • Weight Gain
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Low Libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • PMS
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Fibrosis
  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Incontinence
  • Yeast Infections
  • Headaches
  • Memory lapse
  • Inability to focus
  • Hot flashes
  • Sugar Cravings
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Autoimmune disorder

Woman eating cake

 

When the body is in a state of homeostasis, the precise amount of hormones are released into the bloodstream and the body functions smoothly; but when the control mechanism malfunctions-either too much or too little of a particular hormone is secreted, or when an organ or tissue does not respond efficiently, the results can be severe and even fatal.

 

Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid disorders are classified as either “hypo-thyroid”, meaning too little thyroid activity, or “hyper-thyroid” means too much thyroid activity.

Thyroid diagram

 

“At any given time in the U.S., more than twenty million people suffer from a thyroid disorder. More than ten million women have a low grade thyroid imbalance and nearly eight million people with the imbalance are undiagnosed. More than 500,000 new cases of thyroid imbalance occur each year.”3
-Dr. Ridha Arem, The Thyroid Solution

 

 

“15.7 Million Americans have diabetes and it is estimated that 5 million of them are undiagnosed. Each year there are 789,000 new cases of diabetes. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. and total direct and indirect costs of diabetes in the U.S is over 100 billion dollars.”4
-National Diabetes Foundation

Diabetes finger needle in use

 

“The endocrine pancreas is regulated by hormonal activity controlled by the hypothalamus. The dysfunction of the regulation of islet hormone secretion as well as its mechanisms and the pathophysiology of the islet dysfunction is primarily a breakdown in the neuroendocrine control.” 5
-Journal of Endocrinology

 

Osteoporosis is a major health threat for 28 million Americans, 80% of whom are women. Annual treatment costs for osteoporosis exceeds 15 billion dollars. One out of every two women and one in eight men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture at some time in their life.

Bone remodeling

 

 

“Interference with bone remodeling, that is, the imbalance between bone formation and bone reabsorption-underlies nearly every disease that influences the skeleton. Most such disorders are caused by imbalances in hormones and related chemicals in the blood.” 6
-Human Anatomy and Physiology

 

 

Bone matrix diagram

 

“The key to stopping osteoporosis lies in balanced body chemistry and a delicate balance of minerals in order to maintain calcium homeostasis in the blood.”7
-Dr. Nancy Appleton, Healthy Bones

 

 

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Woman in pain with cramping

“Fluctuations in the hormones that regulate calcium levels over the course of a menstrual cycle may set off a host of PMS symptoms including irritability, depression, food cravings, headaches and bloating.”8
-Science

“Women with PMS might have disturbances of their hypothalamus and adrenal glands.” 9
-Journal of Clinical Endocrinology

 

 

Depression is on pace to be the world’s second most disabling disease (after heart disease) by the
year 2012; already the World Health Organization ranks it first among women and fourth overall. In
the United States, depression afflicts 18 million people at any given time, one in five over the course
of a lifetime and costs over 40 billion dollars a year in lost work time and health care. 10

Woman in fetal position

The term “depression” often carries a stigma with it that denotes a certain sort of sadness, but research has revealed that the majorities of the cases of clinical depression are due to imbalances in hormonal levels and are related to a dysfunction in neurological signaling and chemistry.

“Today, neuroscientists know that in many cases, psychopathology (i.e. depression) arises because of dysfunctions in particular brain structures or particular brain chemicals” 11
-American Scientist

 

hypothalmo-pituitary-adrenal-axis dysfunction diagram

 

 

“In fact, it takes an incredibly strong person to bear the burden of the depression condition. The name, “hypothalmo-pituitary-adrenal-axis dysfunction” is an appropriate jargony medical description that is accurate but would never make it into the headlines” 12
-Dr. Philip Goldsmith, Neuroscientist

 

 

 

References:
3) Arem, Ridha. (1999) The Thyroid Solution, Ballantine Books, p. 47
4) National Diabetes Fact Sheet, Center for Disease Control, November 1, 1998
5) Canastein A.L. “Pancreatic Control and Regulation” Journal of Endocrinology p. 87
6) Marieb. E. (1997) Human Anatomy and Physiology. Redwood City, CA; BenjaminCummings Publishing Company. P 170
7) Appleton, Nancy Healthy Bones: What you should know about Osteoporosis. Garden CityPark, NY Avery Publishing. P. 117
8) Schultz, Stacey Its all in the neck Science September 7, 1998
9) Furman, Elliot “Pre-menstrual Syndrome and Endocrine Dysfunction” Journal of ClinicalEndocrinology. P.61
10) Schirof, Joannie M. “Melancholy Nation” US News and World Report March 8, 1999
11) Jacobs, Barry “Depression and the birth and death of brain cells” American ScientistJuly/August 2000
12) Schirof, Joannie M. “Melancholy Nation” US News and World Report March 8, 1999