Step 6. Nixon Seven Step Thyroid Protocol

Step 6 - Adrenal Gland Hormones

The relationship between the adrenal glands and the thyroid gland has been likened to two draft horses pulling a heavy wagon. When the "thyroid horse" gives up, the "adrenal horse" tries to continue on its own, but soon becomes exhausted.

It is therefore imperative that the adrenal glands are tested to ensure that they are providing adequate adrenal hormones BEFORE supplementing thyroid hormone, otherwise the increased metabolism from taking thyroid hormone can collapse the adrenal glands completely, with life-threatening consequences.

The adrenal glands are endocrine glands, and sit above the two kidneys. Being endocrine glands they secrete hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones include the "fight or flight" hormones, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine, produced in the "adrenal medulla", as well as the steroid hormones to fight infections, heal from injuries, and regulate blood sugar, and the sex hormones.

Adrenal hormones include:

  • Cortisol

  • Pregnenolone

  • DHEA

  • Testosterome

  • Progesterone

  • Estrogen (3 types)

And the precursor all of these hormones is Cholesterol

  • so reducing cholesterol can impact the production of these critical hormones as well.

The pathway to Cortisol,  Testosterone, and to the three Estriones (Estrone, Estradiol, Estriol) is Cholesterol:

  • Cholesterol > Pregnenolone > Progesterone (or DHEA) >> Androstenedione.

  • (Cholesterol can also form through the

  • Cholesterol > Pregnenelone > Progesterone pathway directly).

Doctor David Brownstein writes:

  • "There is a close interaction between the adrenal glands and the thyroid gland”

and also writes:

"Life is incompatible without adrenal hormones"