Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
WHAT IS HYPERPARATHYROIDISM
Hyperparathyroidism is a condition characterized by an excess of parathyroid hormone in the bloodstream. Hyperparathyroidism occurs when too much parathyroid hormone is released, causing increased absorption of calcium in the digestive tract and release of stored calcium in the bones.
The parathyroid glands (normally of the size of a grain of rice) are located in the neck around the thyroid gland and secrete a hormone called parathyroid hormone (PTH). The main function of the parathyroid glands and produced by them hormone is to regulate calcium and phosphorous levels in the body. The way PTH works is by going to your bones and removing calcium out of the bones and putting it into the blood.
Whenever the calcium levels decrease, brain stimulates the parathyroid glands to produce more parathyroid hormone (PTH) to increase calcium levels back to normal. When calcium levels are too high, the less of the parathyroid hormone is produced to lower calcium levels. Unfortunately, in people with hyperparathyroidism although there is no need to do so, parathyroid glands are stimulated to force bones to release more calcium into the blood and at the same time leading to lower phosphorous levels.
In order to increase calcium in the blood parathyroid hormone also causes the kidneys to excrete less calcium in the urine, stimulates digestive tract to absorb more calcium, and makes kidneys to activate more vitamin D, which allows for more calcium absorption.
TYPES OF HYPERPARATHYROIDISM
– Primary hyperparathyroidism happens when one or more of the parathyroid glands becomes enlarged leading to overproduction of parathyroid hormone and high levels of calcium in the blood.
– Secondary hyperparathyroidism occurs as a result of kidney disease or vitamin D deficiency leading to low levels of calcium and consequently increased parathyroid hormone production to boost blood calcium levels.
A normal parathyroid hormone (PTH) level ranges between 10 and 65 pg/ml. Hyperparathyroidism may suspected when PTH levels are above this range. However, usually other tests are needed to confirm hyperparathyroidism.
Overactive parathyroid glands lead to Hypercalcaemia. In fact, hypercalcaemia is almost always due (over 99%) to primary hyperparathyroidism.
Hyperparathyroidism forces bones to release more calcium into blood causing deficiency of calcium in bones and too much in the blood and some organs including heart, brain, kidneys, stomach, intestines, etc., thus leading to complications such as kidney stones, heart disease, hardening of arteries, constipation, calcification of pineal gland, bone fractures, spine problems, week teeth, osteoporosis, etc.
Normally, if there isn’t enough calcium in the blood, parathyroid glands secrete a hormone that triggers bones to release calcium into blood, digestive tract to absorb more calcium, and kidneys to excrete less calcium and activate more vitamin D, which plays a vital role in calcium absorption. But in case of Hyperparathyroidism this process is triggered even though there is enough calcium in the blood.
Hyperparathyroidism symptoms take place when organs or tissues are damaged or become dysfunctional due to abnormally high blood calcium levels. Very often signs of hyperparathyroidism are very mild and misdiagnosed, overlooked or ignored.
The most common symptoms of hyperparathyroidism may include the following: Excessive urination, Kidney stones; High blood pressure; Fatigue, Nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite, Stiff, achy muscles, Weak bones and increased susceptibility to fractures and osteoporosis; Joint and bone pain; Abdominal pain and constipation; Depression, Confusion and forgetfulness, Tingling in the hands and feet; Palpitations and other heart problems, etc.
– In about 90 % of people with primary hyperparathyroidism, the underlying cause is a non-cancerous tumour (called an adenoma) in one or more of the parathyroid glands.
– In the remaining 10 percent of individuals with this condition, the enlargement of parathyroid glands leads to the overproduction of the hormone.
– One of the key causes of hyperparathyroidism is Boron deficiency. Boron is distributed throughout the body with the highest concentration in the parathyroid glands, followed by bones and dental enamel. It is essential for regulating the absorption and metabolism of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus through its influence on the parathyroid glands. Boron is for the parathyroids what iodine is for the thyroid. Boron deficiency causes the parathyroids to become overactive, releasing too much parathyroid hormone which raises the blood level of calcium by releasing calcium from bones and teeth. This then leads to osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis, osteoporosis and tooth decay. With advancing age high blood levels of calcium lead to calcification of soft tissues causing muscle contractions and stiffness; calcification of endocrine glands, especially the pineal gland and the ovaries; arteriosclerosis, kidney stones, and calcification of the kidneys ultimately leading to kidney failure. Boron deficiency combined with magnesium, vitamin K2 and D deficiency is especially damaging to the body including especially bones and teeth.
– Severe vitamin D deficiency (very common today) as it affects calcium absorption and stimulates parathyroid glands to make hormone which increased blood calcium levels.
– Kidney disease or kidney failure as kidneys convert vitamin D into a usable by body final form. Kidney dysfunction leads to deficiency of vitamin D which is needed to regulate calcium levels. Chronic kidney failure (leading to vitamin D deficiency) is the most common cause of secondary hyperparathyroidism.
– Severe calcium deficiency.
– Taking lithium, which is most commonly used to treat bipolar disorder.
– Having had radiation therapy in the neck,
– Very rarely (less than one percent of all cases), a cancerous tumour located on one or more of the parathyroid glands causes hyperparathyroidism.
– Also the following are at higher risk of developing this condition: Being a woman; Being an older person; Family history of hyperparathyroidism; Having a history of multiple endocrine neoplasia.
Keep in mind that many hyperparathyroidism symptoms can be caused by autoimmune diseases or other thyroid disorders. At the same time the high calcium levels in the blood can be caused by high vitamin D levels, sarcoidosis, multiple myeloma, Paget, milk-alkali syndrome, and cancers that spread to the bone, such as breast cancer, lung cancer or kidney cancer.
The common ways to treat hyperparathyroidism symptoms include surgery (parathyroidectomy) to remove the affected parathyroid tissue, hormone replacement therapy (to help bones retain calcium), or medication which tricks the parathyroid glands into releasing less parathyroid hormone by mimicking the effects of calcium.
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT SUMMERY
– Treat the non-cancerous tumour in one or more of the parathyroid glands (the most frequent cause of hyperparathyroidism) by using the following remedies: Green clay compress on thyroid area for at least two hours or overnight; Castor Oil Pack on parathyroid area; Hot and cold alternative compress on the neck; Serrapeptase (must be enteric-coated, 250,000 IU per day and taken on an empty stomach) is an enzyme that is able to dissolve non living tissue, including tumours; Essiac, Hallelujah Diet for 3-6 months (no dairy, meat, fish, sugar, stimulants including coffee, white flour products, refined oils, etc.), Vitamin D3, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Chlorella, Good Multivitamin, Raw Vegetable Juices, Good Probiotics, and implementing principles included in the Universal Health Recovery Plan >
– In short, you need to treat Hyperparathyroidism with: Green clay compress on parathyroid glands area, Boron, Vitamin D3, Magnesium, Zinc, Chlorella, Plant-based Diet (Hallelujah Diet for 3-6 months is the most effective one), Alternative hot and cold water compress on the thyroid area, clay or charcoal compress (poultice), and alternative hot and cold showers on entire body; Avoiding meat, dairy, sugar, coffee and other stimulants;
– Read the listed above causes and address them accordingly.
– Take 3-6mg of supplemental Boron as its deficiency contributes to calcification. Boron is distributed throughout the body with the highest concentration in the parathyroid glands, followed by bones and dental enamel. It is essential for healthy bone and joint function, regulating the absorption and metabolism of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus through its influence on the parathyroid glands. With this boron is for the parathyroids what iodine is for the thyroid. Boron deficiency causes the parathyroids to become overactive, releasing too much parathyroid hormone which raises the blood level of calcium by releasing calcium from bones and teeth. This then leads to osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis, osteoporosis and tooth decay. With advancing age high blood levels of calcium lead to calcification of soft tissues causing muscle contractions and stiffness; calcification of endocrine glands, especially the pineal gland and the ovaries; arteriosclerosis, kidney stones, and calcification of the kidneys ultimately leading to kidney failure. Boron deficiency combined with magnesium deficiency is especially damaging to the bones and teeth.
– Avoid calcium supplements (especially carbonate).
– Do not drink hard water (contains inorganic calcium carbonate), tap water and water stored in plastic containers. Buy a water distiller (they usually cost about £50) and drink only distilled water with a pinch of sea salt or pink salt and a half teaspoon of magnesium citrate powder per day (2-3 litres of water). Every day drink 2-3 glasses of distilled water three times between meals.
– Avoid fluoride (tap water, toothpastes, etc.) and chlorine from tap water and swimming pools (chlorine can get into your body also through the skin).
– Make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help prevent kidney stones. Drink a glass ideally every 1–2 hours, or until your urine is a very light yellow. To help protect your kidneys, it’s best to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Drink only distilled water (>) as it is perfectly free from fluoride, chlorine, inorganic calcium and all possible contaminants. Water filters do not remove all fluoride and chlorine. According to Dr. Teofilio de la Torre, “Instead of drinking the hard water of springs (with inorganic calcium) or the chlorinated water of the cities, it will be to our advantage to drink distilled water to prevent calcification of the body.”
– Use alternative fluoride-free toothpastes.
– Remove fluoride from your brain by taking Chlorella (>) every day 30 minutes before breakfast.
– Replace milk and dairy with plant-based substitutes such as organic tofu, plant yogurts, and plant milk substitutes (coconut milk, almond milk, etc.). In most cases (especially if you consume excellent natural plant sources of calcium such as leafy greens, sesame seeds, tahini, etc.) you don’t need calcium supplements. What you really need for your bones is vitamin D2, K2 and boron. However, if you still need calcium supplements take only good quality organic forms such as calcium citrate powder. Be sure supplements are not made from calcium carbonate or bicarbonate, bone meal or oyster shells as these are bad inorganic forms high in calcium carbonate. In addition, these so called natural sources of calcium are often contaminated with arsenic, lead, or mercury that accumulate in the bones and shells.
– Every day take about 200-500mcg Vitamin K2 (MK-7) as it activates the MGP, a protein that helps direct calcium to the right places (bones) and lead calcium away from the undesirable areas (pineal gland, kidneys, stomach, colon, and arteries) eliminating risk of hypercalcaemia and calcification of these organs. You must take Vitamin D supplements (2000 to 5000 IU per day), but it should be always taken with Vitamin K2 (MK7) – 50mcg of K2 per every 1000 IU of supplemental Vitamin D. Vitamin K2 (not K1) supplementation is the only antidote to vitamin D toxicity and its calcification promoting effect. Never take calcium or/and vitamin D supplements without vitamin K2 MK7, because if you are deficient in K2 (and almost all people today are), the supplemental vitamin D will accumulate more calcium in your body contributing to calcification, while calcium you get from supplements, hard water or milk and dairy, instead of strengthening your bones will be deposited in pineal gland (leading to its calcification), in kidneys (causing kidney stones), joints (osteoarthritis), veins (varicose veins and haemorrhoids), colon (constipation), and arteries (causing their hardening and leading to heart attacks and strokes). Please keep in mind that only vitamin K2 and not K1 has the ability to prevent calcification. In one study Vitamin K2 reduced blood vessel calcification whereas vitamin K1 did not. In our blood, Vitamin K2 participates in carboxylation of Matrix Gla Protein (MGP), the most potent inhibitor of arterial calcification known. In this way Vitamin K2 prevents vascular damage by lowering the risk of calcification (hardening) of arteries. This effect is more beneficial when Vitamin K2 is combined with Vitamin D3 and Magnesium. Vitamin K and vitamin D work to increase a substance called Matrix GLA protein (MGP). This protein protects the blood vessels from calcification by congregating around the elastic fibres of the arterial lining and guarding against calcium crystal deposition. Some experts maintain that MGP is the most powerful inhibitor of soft tissue calcification currently known. Animal studies have shown that vitamin K2 not only prevents hardening of blood vessels but actually has the potential to reverse arterial calcification by activating MGP. A trial followed 16,000 people for 10 years found that each additional 10 mcg of K2 in the diet reduces cardiac events by 9 percent! The 2004 Rotterdam Study revealed that people who consume 45 mcg of Vitamin K2 per day live seven years longer than people getting only 12 mcg per day. It also demonstrated that they had a 50% lower risk of death from heart disease than people with the lowest rates of K2. Read more about VITAMIN K >
– Magnesium. Take about 150-400mg daily dose of a good form of supplemental Magnesium (such as bisglycinate or citrate) as magnesium helps reduce calcification of not only damaged heart tissue (>) but also pineal gland and other organs. My preferred way to use magnesium is mixing half teaspoon (about 300mg elemental magnesium) or sometimes one levelled teaspoon of pure 100% magnesium citrate (free from any additives) with 2-3 litres of distilled water and sipping it throughout the day (always shake before drinking) between meals.
– Iodine. Every day take either 1 tablespoon of organic chlorella or about 3 tablets of kelp (highest natural source of iodine) as iodine found in them also helps to get the pineal gland decalcified. Instead of refined salt use only Celtic or sea salt.
– Vitamin D is very important to maintain appropriate levels of calcium in the blood, and it helps digestive system absorb calcium from food. The best way to prevent vitamin D deficiency is by getting enough sun exposures (about 15–20 minutes in the sun each day without sunscreen) if possible. If you can’t spend time outdoors, you have to supplement with vitamin D daily. Do not give up of taking supplemental Vitamin D as you can’t be healthy without it. You need 3,000 – 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 (not D2) every day after breakfast. But remember to take 50mcg of vitamin K2 MK7 per every 1000 IU of D3 and about 300-400mg of good magnesium per day as these two are necessary of proper absorption of vitamin D and both will prevent this vitamin from contributing to excessive accumulation of calcium.
– Calcium. To prevent calcium deficiency, which can make hyperparathyroidism and complications worse, it’s important to eat healthy foods high in calcium: leafy greens, broccoli, kale, Chinese cabbage, collard greens, Swiss chard, green beans, okra, turnip, watercress, black eyed peas, almonds, navy beans, organic tofu, seaweed, sesame & sunflower seeds, butternut squash, sweet potato, etc.The best supplemental calcium to take is pure calcium citrate (mix 1 teaspoon of calcium citrate and one teaspoon of magnesium citrate powder with 2-3 litres of water sipping it throughout the day after shaking before each intake).
– Avoid foods that cause inflammation including sugar, white flour products, processed grains, refined vegetable oils.
– In order to decalcify and detoxify pineal gland more effectively try implement principles included in the Universal Health Recovery Plan >
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