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  • Thyroid: why does it get more attention than Pituitary?

    One thing that puzzled me when I first read Danny Roddy or Ray Peat's articles was the honing in on the Thyroid gland over the Pituitary - even though the Pituitary is widely acknowledged as the endocrine system's master gland. Then I realised that this honing in happens everywhere.

    Checking thyroid function is a standard test in the UK. On the internet there's tons of articles on eating to support your thyroid. 1 out of 182 people in the States have been diagnosed with Hashimotos. But how many have even heard of Hypoituitarism? It doesn't even register on spell check.!

    Yet thyroid conditions can actually be caused by an overactive or underactive pituitary gland.

    I asked my doctor last week if I could be tested for Hyperpituitarism. Apparently it was comical, because he laughed and then booked me for a thyroid test.

    What am I missing here?
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Because if your thyroid is functioning well, your pituitary doesn't have much to do at all
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
      Because if your thyroid is functioning well, your pituitary doesn't have much to do at all
      Ha, why am I not surprised you're in first?

      But if that's the case then why is the pituitary regarded as the master gland? The name implies it's more crucial to the body's functioning.
      "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

      In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

      - Ray Peat

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      • #4
        It's not, in fact removing it seems to extend life and delay the aging process. Stress promotes overexertion of the pituitary gland.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
          It's not, in fact removing it seems to extend life and delay the aging process. Stress promotes overexertion of the pituitary gland.
          Dude your off your rocker.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
            Dude your off your rocker.
            Look up Everett's hypophysectomy experiments. The point to take away is minimizing the workload of the pituitary is helpful in slowing down the aging process. Your thyroid is your workhorse.
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            • #7
              Well, you don't want to go messing with your pituitary gland at LEAST until you've finished puberty. Just sayin'...
              "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                It's not, in fact removing it seems to extend life and delay the aging process. Stress promotes overexertion of the pituitary gland.
                Removing your pituitary would require replacement of the hormones regulated by that gland. If you knew anyone suffering from hypopit or living without a pituitary I doubt you would make such ridiculous statements.

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                • #9
                  Yogabare did you mean, tested for hyPOpitutarism, instead of HyPERpituitarism as you wrote? What makes you think this might be an issue for you?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                    It's not, in fact removing it seems to extend life and delay the aging process. Stress promotes overexertion of the pituitary gland.
                    Wow, just wow. Stupidest post in awhile. I don't even know where to start. Without a functioning pituitary, one might as well be dead- no matter how long one lives.

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                    • #11
                      Make America Great Again

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                        One thing that puzzled me when I first read Danny Roddy or Ray Peat's articles was the honing in on the Thyroid gland over the Pituitary - even though the Pituitary is widely acknowledged as the endocrine system's master gland. Then I realised that this honing in happens everywhere.

                        Checking thyroid function is a standard test in the UK. On the internet there's tons of articles on eating to support your thyroid. 1 out of 182 people in the States have been diagnosed with Hashimotos. But how many have even heard of Hypoituitarism? It doesn't even register on spell check.!

                        Yet thyroid conditions can actually be caused by an overactive or underactive pituitary gland.

                        I asked my doctor last week if I could be tested for Hyperpituitarism. Apparently it was comical, because he laughed and then booked me for a thyroid test.

                        What am I missing here?
                        Because the Thyroid is easy to monitor and it is the most obvious as it's at the endo of the line in metabolic regulation failure, but you are right the source of the problem is further up the chain and the pituitary was considered to be the master gland, but there is a new kid on the block, Leptin and as more research comes in it is becoming apparant that the master endochrine gland of the body is your Adipose tissue.

                        So when one considers that conventional thinking was completely backward in seeing fat tissue at the bottom of the chain, it is actually at the top. This prompts a completely different way of looking at fat tissue, correcting excessive fat tissue by caloric restriction is not far different from correcting cholesterol levels by reducing intake of saturated fats & dietary cholesterol. Caloric restriction aggravates rather than corrects the underlying problems associated with obesity, it is ultimately a nutritional issue and restricting calories usually results in reduced nutrient intake as well.

                        Don't expect the medical profession to get there in the near future, just as a bit of an experiment next time you go to see your doc, ask them about a Leptin test, many don't even know about Leptin, let alone a test for it.

                        Regarding the removal of the pituitary gland as being obsolete comment, well, speaks for itself I suppose, lost for words on that one.
                        "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                          Look up Everett's hypophysectomy experiments. The point to take away is minimizing the workload of the pituitary is helpful in slowing down the aging process. Your thyroid is your workhorse.
                          ^^^^^

                          Stop with the hyperboles, I was theorizing a hypothesis based on an experiment not advocating the removal of the pituitary in its entirety. Argue the point made. Good lord.
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                          • #14
                            Translation: Not intended to be a factual statement.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                              ^^^^^

                              Stop with the hyperboles, I was theorizing a hypothesis based on an experiment not advocating the removal of the pituitary in its entirety. Argue the point made. Good lord.
                              So why didn't you say that instead of making a stupid comment?
                              Does this colour the quality of all your one liners?
                              "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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