Your Glands and Degenerative Disease
Food For Thought: 6/13/18
This article and other articles in the food for thought series will be referencing the research of Drs. Lee, Page and other pioneers, to help practitioners have a better understanding of those foundational issues and their root cause.
Your Glands and Degenerative Disease with Dr. Melvin Page 1956
Dr. Page was known for discovering the calcium phosphorus ratio, but few people know he also developed an endocrine graph which looked at genetic disposition. Putting the information together was part of his success. The graph measured the circumference at different points between the elbow and wrist, then from the knee to the ankle. The graph primarily looked at thyroid, pituitary, adrenal and gonadal disposition. According to Leo Roy, MD, ND, it was so accurate that Dr. Lee recommended that he, as a medical doctor, should spend some time with Dr. Page at the Page Clinic to better understand the endocrine system.
Dr. Roy was surprised to find several other doctors, some even with their fiancés, already there taking advantage of Dr. Page’s insights. With his endocrine graph, he had a deeper knowledge of the patient’s emotional state and personality traits, so he could even predict their marital compatibility in addition to the possibility of what degenerative diseases the patient was prone too. With these insights, he was able to work with their issues and support his patient’s genetic weaknesses, and this probably contributed to his amazing success.
Dr. Olympio Pinto was one of the first to point out the dangers of amalgams while teaching at Stanford University. As a college student, he was invited by one of his professors to go to the Page clinic in Florida over the Easter holidays to observe Dr. Page’s work. After taking his graph, Dr. Page looked him in the eye and told him ‘young man, you need to make some changes in your diet, or when you turn 40 you are going to start having heart problems. Shortly after his 40th birthday, running down the hall at an international conference in Mexico City, he started having chest pains which led him back to Dr. Page’s clinic.
The material in this short article has been extracted from Dr. Page’s research, in Dr. Raymond Forbes’ and Dr. Bruce Pacetti’s book and new video Fixing the Hormone Mess (soon to be available from ifnh.org). There are references to the Page endocrine graph and Dr. Page’s micro endocrines throughout this article. This article also points out the significance of the calcium phosphorus ratio plus the impact of diet and lifestyle on the endocrine system.
It has long been known that hormones are a factor in heart problems. For example, males have more heart attacks than females, until after menopause. Then the heart attack rates are equal. The female hormone, estrogen has a protective effect in women. This however is an oversimplification. It took Dr. Page to shed new light on this subject.
Page found that there are three glandular patterns evident in people who have heart attacks. They are: an overactive anterior pituitary gland, excessive andricity (or testosterone) and overactive thyroid. You could have just one, two or all of these problems. If you have the first two or all three, then you would be a time bomb, susceptible to a heart attack, probably before age 50.
Even if you just have an overactive anterior pituitary gland, you have serious problems. This pattern is characterized by a reduced circumferential measurement of the leg about four inches below the knee.
Many men have this characteristic, and it provides a lot of drive. Probably most of the movers and shakers in our society have this characteristic. High lipids are also associated with this pattern. When the pituitary is tamed and sugar removed from the diet, lipids become normal without drugs.
An overactive anterior pituitary gland can also lead to other problems. Most cancer patients have this pattern. It is also evident in some forms of diabetes, duodenal ulcers, and often in periodontal disease.
The lack of testosterone can cause heart problems also. These patients are called gynic and they can be male or female in gender. This problem causes cardiac insufficiency, mainly because these people don’t like to exercise. The treatment is testosterone and exercise.
Micro amounts of hormones are very beneficial for prevention and treatment. The sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone have an almost magic bullet effect when treating an overactive anterior pituitary patient. This can suppress the anterior pituitary and then correct the andric/gynic balance at the same time. One rat unit of estrogen is 1/1200 mg, and this small amount can be a life saver. The usual dosage is 1-5 RU’s. For gynic males or females, the usual dosage is 1/100 mg of testosterone, but occasionally amounts up to 1/10 milligrams are used. The inhibitory effect on the anterior pituitary also helps an over-active thyroid. Small amounts of insulin can also do this.
The killer effect of these glandular patterns can be halted with proper diet and lifestyle changes, and on most occasions with hormonal supplementation, without the potential side effects of drugs. But, the hormonal supplementation does not work properly if diet and lifestyle changes are not made.
Cholesterol and triglyceride values are used as a predictor of heart disease problems. It’s not good to have high total cholesterol or triglycerides, low HDL or high LDL. These values however may not be the best predictor of potential heart problems. I have seen patients with “normal” cholesterol and triglyceride values with 90% blocked coronary arteries. Could the blockage be mostly due to excess calcium?
The best predictor for potential heart problems and degenerative disease in general is the calcium/phosphorus ratio, and this must be optimized with diet and lifestyle changes, plus glandular supplementation. Most routine blood chemistry profiles don’t even include serum phosphorus these days. You must request this test and you must be on the Page basic diet for three days prior to the test in order to get the true Ca/P ratio. The current medical therapy for the heart is the use of stents, coronary bypass, Zocor or some other cholesterol lowering drug and aspirin. This is not enough. Glandular balance, and diet and lifestyle changes must be included in the equation.
YOUR GLANDS AND CANCER
Many people who get cancer have an overactive anterior pituitary gland. Page estimated it to be 95%. It also produces gum disease, some forms of diabetes, some forms of arthritis and other problems. He questioned if the relationship of this gland to cancer was a causative factor or mere coincidence? I believe that it is a causative factor, because this gland produces growth hormones and cancer is really an abnormal growth of cells. If you have this glandular pattern, it seems to get worse as you get older.
Page believed that the anterior pituitary, much like the thyroid, can sometimes become toxic. This pattern is even evident in some small children. On the positive side, this gland can give you lots of drive, but it’s also a killer. The only way to truly determine if you are of this glandular type is through the Page Endocrine body measurements.
It’s easier to add to an underactive gland than to take away from an overactive one. The anterior pituitary gland is opposed by the sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone) and also by minute amounts of insulin. This can keep the gland in check, but these substances (with the exception of the insulin) must be taken all of the time. The decision as to whether to use estrogen or testosterone depends on how much of each you currently have in your system.
Cow’s milk also has anterior pituitary hormones in it. This is one reason why Page didn’t recommend cow’s milk as a drink. The modern dairy cow is really an endocrine freak. The hormone that stimulates milk production comes from the anterior pituitary gland. Only cattle with overactive anterior pituitary glands are used, because they are good milk producers. These hormones get into the milk and give you extra anterior pituitary hormones. This is why digestive balance and good HCl production is essential.
As a milk substitute, you can take heavy cream and dilute it 2-3:1 with water and you won’t get the hormones that are in milk. If you’re worried about fat, you should read the books “The Neanderthin Diet” and “Feed Your Kids Well”. These books do have some good ideas, but they fall short because they don’t recommend glandular correction to go along with the diet.
A recent fad is to take growth hormones to prevent aging and improve athletic performance. This substance was probably used by several (if not many) Olympic athletes, because there is currently no reliable test to detect it in the system. This can be very dangerous, because if you are an overactive pituitary type, you are adding more to what you already have too much of. We call these people “Post Pits” and “Whole Pits” depending on their glandular type. Some people require a little pituitary substance to achieve balance.
However, unless you are measured and tested, there is no way to tell if you need any of these substances or how much you actually need. When dealing with hormones, the exact amount can produce miraculous results. However, too much of the right hormone can produce harmful results, which is not considered under the pharmaceutical model. This is what encouraged Dr. Royal Lee to produce protomorphogen’s, and Dr. Page to produce micro endocrines.
Dr. Page looked to Dr. Weston Price’s research and observations with primitive people, where he found that these primitive groups living on a natural diet always seem to have 10 parts calcium and 4 parts phosphorus in their blood labs. This led to the establishment of the calcium phosphorus ratio of 2.5, and he also noticed that certain foods upset the 2.5 ratio, leading him to develop the Page Food Plan. Dr. Page noticed that sometimes just using diet the 2.5 ratio would come into balance, in other cases he would have to use endocrine support with diet to rebalance the patient’s endocrine system.
One of the early things that Dr. Page and Dr. Lee collaborated on was bone deterioration, especially with people who wore dentures. This was a major problem in the early part of the last century, leading to the development of Bio-dent. They both found that using natural bone meal for many calcium issues was extremely useful for long-range results, where calcium lactate was good for a short term use.
When using the calcium phosphorus ratio in your blood chemistry tests, always consider applying the Page Food Plan. It can be a great tool for measuring overall endocrine balance. Today, with the overuse of synthetic hormones, the Page Food Plan with the Standard Process 21- Day Cleanse is a perfect combination to relieve the toxic load on the liver and rebalance the digestive system.
We are given to believe that by ordering a whole battery of expensive testing, we will find the all mighty magic bullet for endocrine problems, but both Dr. Lee and Dr. Page would’ve recommended clearing the toxins from the liver and focusing on the foundations first. As Dr. Page always said, you want to massage the underactive gland and lighten its load by taking care of those foundational issues.
We’re not suggesting that you should be applying this as the only treatment of degenerative diseases like cancer or heart disease. We just hope you realize that a good diet and lifestyle is both your patient’s best form of prevention and support for degenerative disease. IFNH hopes this article offers some enlightening areas to explore and be aware of for those of us interested in health and prevention.