Sometimes solutions to problems can come from unexpected angles and it is certainly the case with what is known as glandular therapy.
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Yet a treatment known as glandular therapy is, once again, on the increase. I say ‘once again’ because, believe it or not, glandular therapy was once a well recognized treatment used by orthodox medicine for many ailments prior to the avalanche of commercial pharmaceuticals which we are accustomed to using today.
Many patients with contemporary illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroid and even allergies and food sensitivities, disillusioned with modern pharmaceuticals are turning to glandular therapy as a treatment – but where does this fit in with Candida? Of course, we are aware that many of these conditions or symptoms often arise as a direct result of Candida overgrowth, so is it any surprise that many patients are seeing good measures of success.
Glandular therapy simply means that the patient is treated with the endocrine or hormonal glands of animals and it can be considered as an arm of stem cell therapy. It first became popular back in the 1800s as a treatment for Addison’s Disease which was first identified around 1850. Glandular therapy achieved some measure of success in resolving this fatal illness and so it was trialed on many different illnesses using the endocrine glands of a variety of animals.
Generally speaking patients were treated with the parts of animals relative to their own condition. So, if they were suffering from pancreatic insufficiency they were given dried pancreas. If they were suffering from thyroid dysfunction they were given desiccated thyroid gland, and so on. With regard to Addison’s Disease which is an adrenal gland dysfunction, patients were given bovine thyroid gland. In fact this particular product was manufactured and prescribed right up until the 1950s.
Glandular therapy was then superseded by chemically synthesized medications produced by pharmaceutical companies and it quickly fell out of popular usage. For example, Armor was the natural version of thyroid gland extract but this was replaced by Synthyroid. As the name implies this is the synthetic version produced by pharmaceutical companies. Prednisolone, a synthetically manufactured corticosteroid was used in preference to adrenal cortex extracts. Unfortunately today many corticosteriods are now thought to at least contribute to either the onset or aggravation of many chronic illnesses. Yet for the patients who are making the step of trialing glandular treatments many are reporting good responses from a small, yet select range of glandular supplements, and this has contributed toward a resurgence of their popularity.
Although glandular treatments or glandulars, as they are more commonly known, can be derived from the organs of many different animals, the primary ones used are from cattle (Bovine), sheep (Ovine) and pigs (Porcine). However I must stress that in themselves glandulars from whatever source are not considered to be a primary treatment directly intended to reduce Candida or other bacterial overgrowth. What they are meant to achieve is support of the immune system when it is under pressure from metabolic dysfunction underpinned by gut dysbiosis.
There is however little recent research available regarding the efficacy of glandulars. This in itself does not mean they do not work but simply means that science is not currently investigating the situation. Hardly surprising considering that pharmaceutical companies often fund research and any work undertaken which signifies glandulars are effective, would actually result in lower sales of synthetic drugs – the very products which pharmaceuticals manufacture and make billions of dollars from.
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So, sad as I am to say, it is hardly likely that we will be seeing a surge of research on glandulars any time soon and, for the time being at least, most of the benefits said to be derived from them are purely anecdotal. However for many patients actually feeling the benefits of any particular treatment far outweighs whether science has taken the time to prove they work.