SELENIUM AND THYROID HORMONE
A selenium deficiency may results in thyroid hormone utilization defect
A selenium deficiency triggers hypothyroidism because four selenium atoms are essential parts of each of the
deiodases enzymes, that activate thyroid hormone. More specifically, the thyroid gland produces two thyroid hormones: tetraiodothyronine (T4), and
triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is less active than T3. To become active T4 has to be changed into T3 by the
deiodase enzymes that--the name says it all--remove one atom of iodine from T4, a four iodine atoms molecule,
making a T3, a three iodine atoms molecule out of it.
This enzymatic reaction do not occurs in the thyroid gland, it occurs mainly in the liver and to a lesser
extend in almost all organs, brain included.
SELENIUM AND VIRUSES
Selenium is part of the genoma of many viruses
The scientific breakthrough came in 1984 and is the work of Dr. Will Taylor, Professor at the university of Georgia. According Dr. Taylor, almost all viruses have a gene that restricts viral replication, is 80% similar to human GPx (see above) and like the human GPx, is selenium dependent. As a consequence a selenium deficiency in the host (the infected person) stimulates viral replication and selenium supplementation slows it down. The viruses involved are among others;
The virus of Molluscum contagiosum
The hepatitis B virus
The Keshan disease virus
The Herpes virus
The HIV virus
The Ebola virus
The Hemorrhagic fever virus
The common flu virus
The bird flu virus
The Coxsackie virus.
Read an interview of Dr. Taylor by Richard A. Passwater, Ph. D.
SELENIUM AND CANDIDA ALBICANS
Selenium deficiency favors yeast overgrowth
Candida Albicans (CA) is a omnipresent fungus that enters and colonizes newborn infants during or soon after birth. This may be evidenced clinically as oral thrust, but in the vast majority of cases it escapes clinical detection. In a study of 140 full term normal babies positive oral culture was found in 5,7% of the babies at day of birth, by four weeks this % had increased to 82%. At 6 months 90% of the babies have developed a positive delayed skin test and humoral antibodies, indicating the participation as well of cellular as of humoral immunity (As well of the T cells as of the B cells).
During subsequent years the ebb and flows of the parasite/host struggle is evidenced by the fluctuating level of humoral antibodies and the alternating pattern of positive and negative cultures of the mucosal surfaces. As long as the host succeeds in maintaining the parasite quiet, there is no real problem.
The picture changes with possible CA overgrowth, a condition favored by antibiotic use and above all by the hyperglycemia resulting from sugar and starch excess in the diet.
The variety and complexity of the complaints and symptoms related to a CA overgrowth stems from the fact that CA overgrowth reduces thyroid and adrenal hormone utilization and maintains intestinal malabsorption. Candida albicans also contains up to seventy-seven antigen proteins, that may trigger an overactivation of the immune system (allergy) with a sustained inflammation and all its consequences.
CA overgrowth should be suspected in people presenting one or more than one of the following complaints and symptoms: Fatigue or lethargy, feeling of being drained, depression or manic depression, numbness, burning, or tingling, headaches, muscle aches, muscle weakness or paralysis, pain and/or swelling in joints, abdominal Pain, constipation and/or diarrhea, bloating, belching, intestinal gas, troublesome vaginal burning, itching or discharge in women, prostate swelling and/or pain in men, impotence, loss of sexual desire or feeling, infertility, cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities, premenstrual tension, attacks of anxiety or crying, cold hands or feet, low body temperature, shaking or irritable when hungry, cystitis or interstitial cystitis, drowsiness, irritability, poor coordination, frequent mood swings, insomnia, dizziness, loss of balance, pressure above ears, feeling of head swelling, sinus problems, tenderness of cheekbones or forehead, tendency to bruise easy, eczema, itching eyes, psoriasis, chronic hives, indigestion or heartburn, sensitivity to milk, wheat, corn or other common foods, mucous in stools, rectal itching, dry mouth or throat, mouth rashes, white tongue, bad breath, foot, hair, or body odor not relieved by washing, nasal congestion or post nasal drip, nasal itching, sore throat.