Hypothyroidism

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Background

The thyroid gland is our body’s gas pedal, regulating how many calories we burn for energy. When it is underactive, we can be any or all of the following:

  • Tired
  • Achy
  • Cold intolerant
  • Brain fogged
  • Constipated
  • Have infertility
  • Gain weight that we can’t lose

Unfortunately, the current blood testing misses the majority of people who need thyroid hormone treatment. Sadly, many physicians don’t know that the testing is unreliable, and continue to treat the tests instead of the person. Holistic physicians (visit www.holisticBoard.org to find one) know how to treat taking both your symptoms and labs into account. Anyone with even 2 of the above symptoms should consider a trial of natural prescription thyroid (e.g., Armour Thyroid).

Low thyroid problems are increasing in frequency. In the U.S., they mostly occur because the thyroid is being attacked by our own immune system (an autoimmune process called "Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis" — diagnosed by having an elevated Anti-TPO Antibody which is a simple blood test). A resurgence of iodine and selenium deficiencies is also contributing to thyroid problems. Having the problem is no big deal — as long as you get treated properly with natural thyroid hormone.

Recommended Supplements

Armour Thyroid

Adjust the dose of prescription Armour Thyroid to the amount that feels best, while keeping the Free T4 blood test in the normal range for safety. The TSH is not a reliable test. You may need a holistic practitioner to get proper treatment.

Iodine, selenium, tyrosine

Optimize iodine, selenium, tyrosine and other nutrients that support thyroid function. These can be found in a good multi-nutrient powder (see Energy Revitalization System).

High Dose Iodine

Sometimes taking high dose iodine (6.25-12.5 mg a day, and not higher without a doctor's supervision) can markedly improve energy and other problems in those with low thyroid.

More Information Online

Thyroid Hormone Deficiency — An Overview

The American Board of Holistic Medicine

 

Contributor: 

Dr. Teitelbaum

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is a board certified internist and author of the popular free iPhone application “Cures A-Z,” which was ranked in the top 10 of all health/wellness downloads on iTunes. Dr. Teitelbaum is the author of the perennial bestseller From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery Penguin), which has sold over half a million copies; Pain Free 1-2-3 (McGraw-Hill); Three Steps to Happiness--Healing Through Joy (Deva Press); the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! series (Fair Winds Press);  Real Cause, Real Cure—The 9 root causes of the most common health problems and how to solve them (Rodale Press); The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution (Penguin/Avery);and his latest, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction (Fair Winds Press, 2015).