The parathyroids are four small endocrine glands located behind the thyroid in your neck. They range in size from a grain of rice to a pea. Their job is to control the calcium levels in your blood. If calcium levels drop in the blood, the parathyroids release parathyroid hormone (PTH) which signals the bones to release stored calcium. Hyperparathyroidism is relatively common affecting 1 in 100 people and 1 in 50 women over the age of fifty. It is diagnosed by finding too much calcium in the blood and 99 percent of the cases are due to a small benign tumor of the parathyroid glands which is called an adenoma. The adenoma causes too much PTH to be released. Fortunately, the adenomas, which are lumps of parathyroid tissue, are not cancerous but something is causing them to form.
Dr. Carolyn Dean in her book, The Magnesium Miracle speculates. Doctors don’t know but wonder if “it is similar to how a lack of iodine in the thyroid causes the thyroid to enlarge into a goiter so it can produce more thyroid hormone. Is it like the prostate that is missing zinc and enlarges into prostate hypertrophy. Whatever it is, the excess PTH grabs on to calcium elevating it in the blood, causing calcification throughout the body, depleting magnesium, and causing all kinds of calcium excess/magnesium deficiency symptoms.”
If hyperparathyroidism is not diagnosed and surgically removed, patients eventually die of heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, breast cancer, or prostate cancer. Hyperparathyroidism results in a slow death as symptoms of excess calcium and low magnesium increase. Our daughter had an adenoma on her pituitary gland requiring brain surgery to reach. Problems related to excess cortisol were her symptoms but what was causing these growths on endocrine glands?
I address various endocrine disruptors in my book. It is vitally important that we find ways to reduce our risk and exposure.
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