Glandular Therapy: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Medicine

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Glandular therapy is based upon the use of animal glandular and organ
substances to bolster the function of the human body's corresponding
organs and glands. Modern medicine replaces the thyroid gland with
thyroid hormone, the adrenal gland with cortisone, the pancreas gland
with insulin, and the ovaries with estrogen and progesterone. Until
recently, however, the use of whole glandular extracts to revitalize
glandular function has been largely relegated to "medicine of the past".

cell therapy" (in which animal glands could be either surgically
implanted, or chopped and dissolved in a saline solution and injected
into a patient) was first suggested in 1912. By the1940s, oral glandular
extracts were in worldwide clinical use, and a considerable amount of
research was in progress to support their use. In practice, they proved
to be potent promoters of health.

Ignorance and Arrogance

the development of antibiotics and the advent of "modern" medicine,
researchers have since concentrated on developing pharmaceutical drugs
that are more profitable to the drug companies. It seems that man, in
his ignorance and arrogance (and greed), has decided that science can
ascertain all aspects of nutritional physiology and extract the
beneficial "active ingredient" from glandular substances.

We know
from the side effects of our synthetic treatments that this is simply
not true. In fact, the real power behind glandular therapy is far beyond
the grasp of man's wisdom. Not only are glandular extracts rich in
gland specific nutrients, but their nucleotides impart critical
information to their new host that is not available any other way!

of Glandular Therapy

Glands produce messenger proteins
(hormones) that regulate bodily functions such as metabolism, immunity,
growth and sexual development. The whole body suffers when they
malfunction. Glandular and organ extracts are indicated when a patient's
endocrine system is under producing a specific hormone or when an organ
is weakened or diseased, such as is often the case with cancer patients
or individuals with suppressed immunity or thyroid insufficiency.

tissues are rich in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino
acids, fatty acids, polypeptides, enzymes, and many other substances.
Because it is "tissue specific", glandular therapy can supply essential
nutritional needs in a highly efficient manner. Glandulars can and
should be an important component of a complete nutritional program.

Commonly Used Glandulars

Glandular tissue concentrates
are once again being increasingly embraced by practitioners who are
impressed with their lack of side effects and track record of success.
They can be used to support any gland, organ, or tissue of the human
body. Examples include:


thyroid gland regulates metabolism by releasing iodine containing
hormones that control energy production in all the body's cells.
Administration of thyroid extract helps cells eliminate cellular waste
and speeds up their restorative functions. A healthy thyroid is an
important prerequisite to a healthy immune system, good weight
management, maintaining cellular energy levels and cardiovascular

Thyroid insufficiency is epidemic in America, especially
among women. It is very often left untreated because doctors typically
depend solely on blood tests for diagnosis. Unfortunately, thyroid blood
panels alone are totally unreliable as a diagnostic tool because
thyroid hormone output (i.e.- blood level) is only half the equation.
Uptake at the cellular level may be impaired, leaving a person with
normal blood tests and profound hypothyroid symptoms. To learn more
about Hypothyroidism, click


The thymus is known as
the master gland of immunity because it is largely responsible
for the production and maturation (training) of immune cells and for
regulating immune function. Thymic hormones help "program" immune cells
to recognize tissues as either self or invader. Recognizing the enemy is
the first and likely most important step in the immune response.

administered calf thymus extracts have been found to be quite effective
in restoring and enhancing immune function (1), with studies
demonstrating broad-spectrum immune system enhancement.

factors are said to be immune modulators. Thymic extracts have been
shown to normalize the ratio of T-helper cells to suppressor cells
whether the ratio is low as in AIDS, chronic infections and cancer, or
high as found with allergies and autoimmune diseases like psoriasis and
rheumatoid arthritis. (2,3)

In other words, thymic factors appear
to influence the immune response up or down as needed! Obviously, there
is no more foundational a way to support our health than by supporting
the thymus gland.

Thymus extracts may provide a solution to
chronic viral infections and low immune function. Double blind studies
with groups of children with a history of recurrent respiratory tract
infections showed that orally administered thymus extracts were able to
effectively eliminate infection. The treatment, over the course of a
year, also significantly reduced the number of respiratory infections
and significantly improved numerous immune parameters. (4)


Pharmaceutical grade bovine spleen extracts are useful
in the treatment of infectious conditions and as an immune-enhancing
agent in cancer. Their benefits are attributed to small-molecular-weight
proteins that stimulate macrophages in the liver, spleen, and lymph

The primary use of spleen extracts is after a splenectomy,
or removal of the spleen. The removal of the spleen is associated with
an increased risk for infection, particularly bacterial infection.
Spleen extracts can be quite helpful in such cases. Spleen extracts are
also useful in the treatment of low white blood cell counts and
bacterial infections and as an adjunct to cancer therapy.


The adrenal glands are responsible for a wide variety
of body functions, including stress management, water/electrolyte
balance, inflammation regulation, and blood sugar control.

tissue concentrates may help to support adrenal function and alleviate
many of the health problems associated with overworked adrenal glands.


The liver is a vital organ that must process every
nutrient, toxin, drug, and any other substance entering the body through
the intestines, lungs or skin. In addition to its detoxification
duties, the liver helps regulate blood sugar and plays a major role in
the metabolism of hormones, carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

liver aids digestion, stores vitamins, and secretes bile which is stored
in the gallbladder and used to digest fats. Maintaining the health of
this essential organ is the key to your overall quality of life.

support formulas containing herbs and liver extract provide organ
specific nutrients to promote detoxification pathways and encourage
regeneration of liver tissue.


pituitary gland is small and bean-shaped, located below the brain in
the skull base very near the hypothalamus. Weighing less than one gram,
the pituitary gland is often called the "Master Endocrine Gland"
since it controls the secretion of hormones by other endocrine glands.

of the Cell is Key

For a tissue cell to repair or
replace itself, it must have the raw materials necessary. Glandular
therapy provides the raw materials to failing or weakened organs,
glands, and tissues so that they can start the process of regeneration.

all boils down to this: Happy cells make happy glands and organs, and
happy glands and organs make happy people!


Michael Murray, N.D., et. al, "Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine," Prima
Publishing, 2nd edition, 1998.

2. P. Cazzola, P. Mazzanti, and G.
Bossi, 'In Vivo Modulating Effect of a Calf Thymus Acid Lysate on Human
T Lymphocyte Subsets and CD4+/CD8+ Ratio in the Course of Different
Diseases," Curr Ther Res 42 (1987):1011-7.

3. N.M. Kouttab, M.
Prada, and P Cazzola,"Thymomodulin: Biological Properties and Clinical
Applications," Medical Oncology Tumor Pharmotherapy 6 (1989): 5-9.

A. Fiocchi et al., "A Double-Blind Clinical Trial for the Evaluation of
the Therapeutic Effectiveness of a Calf Thymus Derivative
(Thymomodulin) in Children with Recurrent Respiratory Infections,"
Thymus 8 (1986): 831-9.

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