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Throughout history there are many different theories on how glands and organs work, repair and rejuvenate.

If one concentrates specifically on the glandular tissues then we know that they are rich in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, polypeptides, enzymes and many other nutritional substances.

In many cases, like supports like.

“Some of the pioneers in nutrition believed that raw glandular tissues contain intrinsic protein factors which are separate from, but synergistic with the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, and fatty acids contained therein. These specific protein factors are organ — or tissue — specific. This means that the raw cellular material of a bovine kidney, for example, will be picked up from the lymph of the human kidney when ingested. These tissue-specific particles apparently “target” other cooperative and essential nutrients to the gland or organ for repair and maintenance. ”

Ample research has been conducted to prove the effectiveness of glandulars. “In 1967 and 1972, Dr. A. Kment of Germany demonstrated (through radioactive isotope tracing) that the bloodstream transports specific factors from glandular tissues and is absorbed by the corresponding glands of the patient. This radioactive isotope confirmation of organ specificity was also demonstrated by Stein (1967) and several years later again by Starzyl (1979).”

Some researchers even believe that in order for the glands to be useful to the consumer they need to be digested and that is why oral consumption works best.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries glands and organs were used by medical doctors. In the mid 20th century pharmaceuticals began producing hormones in laboratories to replace glandulars as they claimed them to work better that glandular extracts. This production was very profitable and the stakes were high to eliminate all competition. There was propaganda against the use of glandular therapies and subsequently most doctors, using western medicine stopped using glandulars. It is however still one of the cornerstones of eastern medicine as well as naturopathic medicine and clinical nutrition practice. Armor thyroid has been largely replaced by levothyroxine but many patients swear by the natural version. Very few doctors are willing to prescribe it in these days because they have been told or taught that it is difficult to manage.

In the 21st century interest in using glands and organs has been reawakened in USA, Europe and many other countries. Today there is a thriving interest glandular supplements amongst health conscious consumers and those who lean towards natural preventative ways to health.

Glands that are used are most often derived from pig (porcine), cow (bovine) or sheep (ovine). They are both sold as only glands or as a combination of other glands or herbs. Glands that I use frequently in my practice include, thymus, adrenal and thyroid glandular. I also use supplements from organs such as liver for many deficient clients. The organs provide those nutrients most valuable to rejuvenate the patient’s organs or glands. Results can be extraordinary. It is extremely important though to use only very, very clean sources of these nutrients. That is be challenging at times. Should you wish to learn more, please contact me anytime at 847-577-4455. I also hope you will visit our store where we offer hundreds of top natural products at discount prices and FREE shipping.

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Best of Health,
Dr. Taryn

Author's Bio: 

Dr Taryn DeCicco ND, LAc, LDN of Apple A Day Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been practicing Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Acupuncture, specializing in acne, skin, digestive disorders, and HPV for over 20 years!