Dr Ray Wunderlich

When we assess people's hormones and glandular functions with good chemistry, we can help make them less sensitive to the toxic assaults of the environment.

While there are no such things as panaceas in medicine and we want to beware of unwarranted enthusiasm and zeal, the hormone DHEA is probably the closest thing to a panacea in medicine that we have found as of yet. It is the so-called "mother hormone" of the adrenal which is antidepressant and seems to be able to counter a lot of the allergic reactions that we see in people who are accumulating toxic insults as they age, decade after decade. This adrenal hormone declines from the age of 20 to death, due to illness and aging. By intervening with appropriate does of the adrenal hormone DHEA, we can reverse many of the allergies and immune susceptibilities that we see in people over 25 years of age.

Mental functioning is also impaired in people who are low in the adrenal hormones, especially in DHEA. When these hormones are down, people are chronically fatigued. They have difficulty getting into mental gear, making decisions, seeing options, and fighting off the chemical assaults found in their environment. We can measure adrenal function in the saliva and the blood, and we can show that it increases with supplementation, just as we can do with a thyroid deficiency.

People who are low in thyroid are frequently tired and constipated, and they have dry skin and sluggishness of thought. Recent studies suggest that even among hyperactive kids, at least 10 percent have thyroid disorders and auto-immune thyroid disorders. And so glandular function is extremely important with regard to mental function, feeling well, and being able to make decisions on a daily basis.

Here's a typical case that I have treated. A 40-year-old woman was having marital difficulties and had been seeing a counselor for a couple of years for this problem. While she did need to straighten out her interpersonal relationship, that wasn't causing her physical and emotional problems. She was deficient in adrenal hormone. She was tired and irritable and couldn't get through the day. She couldn't manage the children. They would get on her nerves and she'd fire off at her husband. I tested her blood level of DHEA and found that it was more than two standard deviations below the mean. I put her on a very minimal dose of DHEA, and within two or three months she had discharged all of her counselors and her husband called me to tell me what saviors we were. These are some of the miracles we see.

Not every case is going to be a miracle cure. But some cases of chronic depression, irritability, and premenstrual syndrome are related to adrenal dysfunction, with low levels of the mother hormone of the adrenal gland. This is particularly so in people with low-blood-sugar symptoms.

We believe that this DHEA is kind of a baseline hormone. It feeds all the other systems, including the ones that regulate the sugar balance in the body. It can also serve as a precursor to the sex hormones--both the female and male hormones--as well as to the electrolytes, the salt and water hormones of the adrenals. It is highly individual in its response, but it is a major reactor that we didn't know about some years ago. The effects of DHEA have been well-researched; it has an anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-depressive effect in animals. People have improved through the use of herbs, vitamins, and minerals, which have probably been supporting the body's function of this hormone, among others.

People who are tired when they get up in the morning, who have reactions to sugar, who have to eat frequent meals, who have family histories of low blood sugar or diabetes or alcoholism frequently have low adrenal function. Vitamins and herbs that help support the adrenal function and the precursors of the adrenal function are vitamin C, pantothenic acid, B-complex, licorice, and Siberian ginseng.

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