A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thyroid and Metabolism

Last week, I told you about low thyroid function and how it affects more than 30 million women and 15 million men.

So why are we seeing such an epidemic of thyroid problems?

Well, chronic thyroid problems can be caused by many factors …

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

One of the most important factors that leads to hypothyroidism is exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, which act as hormone or endocrine disruptors and interfere with thyroid hormone metabolism and function.

In fact, one study found that as people lost weight they released pesticides from their fat tissue.

This then interfered with their thyroid function and caused hypothyroidism. The toxins created a slow metabolism and prevented them from losing more weight.

This study highlights the importance of overall detoxification. It is quite a significant finding that shows exactly how toxins interfere with thyroid function.

Heavy metals such as mercury can also affect thyroid function. I see many people with chronic hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems because mercury interferes with normal thyroid function.

The other big factor that interferes with thyroid function is chronic stress.

There is an intimate interaction between stress hormones and thyroid function. The more stress you are under, the worse your thyroid functions.

Any approach to correcting poor thyroid function must address the effects of chronic stress and provide support to the adrenal glands.

The next major factor that affects thyroid function is chronic inflammation. The biggest source of this chronic inflammation is gluten, the protein found in wheat, barely, rye, spelt, and oats.

Gluten is a very common allergen that affects about 10 to 20 percent of the population. This reaction occurs mostly because of our damaged guts, poor diet, and stress.

I also think eating so-called Frankenfoods, such as hybridized and genetically modified grains with very strange proteins, makes us sick.

Our bodies say, “What’s this? Must be something foreign. I’d better create antibodies to this, fight it, and get rid of it.”

This chronic inflammatory response interferes with thyroid function — and contributes to the epidemic of inflammatory diseases in the developed world.

Lastly, nutritional deficiencies play a big role in thyroid dysfunction. These include deficiencies of iodine, vitamin D, omega-3 fats, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, and the B vitamins.

There are so many reasons for low thyroid function, yet I have seen lots of patients with this problem who were just ignored by their doctors.

For example, one young female patient of mine had more than 30 percent body fat and was unable to change her body, no matter how hard she worked. She ate perfectly, exercised with a trainer every day — and her body still wouldn’t budge.

She also had a slightly depressed mood and other vague symptoms.

So I treated her with a low dose of Armour Thyroid, which is a natural thyroid replacement.

What happened?

Well, she not only lost 20 pounds and improved her body composition, but her mood improved and all her other symptoms went away.

How did I know she had low thyroid function?

Once I have asked about symptoms, done a physical exam, and considered all the potential causes of thyroid problems, I do the right tests.

Most doctors just check something called the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which doesn’t give a full picture of the thyroid. In fact, even the interpretation of this test is incorrect most of the time.

The newer guidelines of the American College of Endocrinology consider anybody with a TSH level over 3.0 as hypothyroid. Most doctors think that only anything over 5 or 10 is worth treating.

Unfortunately, this leaves millions suffering unnecessarily.

There are also other tests, including free T3 and free T4 and thyroid antibodies, which are essential.

I also look for associated problems such as gluten intolerance, food allergies, and heavy metals, as well as deficiencies of vitamin D, selenium, vitamin A, zinc, and omega-3 fats.

There are many things to consider in a careful approach to hypothyroidism.

It is one of the most common problems I see, and treating it properly makes one of the biggest differences in my patients’ quality of life.

Unfortunately, by using the old guidelines and thinking, conventional medicine misses millions who suffer with hypothyroidism.

In fact, in one study, researchers tested everybody who walked through the gates of a county fair with conventional thyroid testing. They found that according to even conservative conventional standards, half of all the people who had hypothyroidism were undiagnosed, untreated, and suffering.

So what’s the solution?

How You Can Overcome Hypothyroidism

I encourage you to take the following steps to rebalance your thyroid:

1.     Make a thorough inventory of any of the symptoms that I mentioned in last week’s blog to see if you might suffer from hypothyroidism.

2.    Get the right thyroid tests including TSH, free T3, free T4, TPO, and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.

3.    Check for celiac disease with a celiac panel.

4.    Consider heavy metal toxicity.

5.    Check your vitamin D level.

Once you have confirmed that a sluggish thyroid is contributing to your symptoms, the good news is that there are many, many, many things you can do to help correct thyroid problems.

I have developed a seven-step plan to address hypothyroidism:

1.    Treat Underlying Causes – Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress.

2.    Optimize Your Nutrition – Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, and more.

3.    Minimize Stress – Eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress by engaging in a comprehensive stress management program.

4.    Exercise – Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function.

5.    Supplement – Use supplements to help enhance thyroid function, including all the nutrients needed for proper thyroid metabolism and function.

6.    Heat Therapy – Use saunas and heat to eliminate stored toxins, which interfere with thyroid function.

7.    Thyroid Hormones – Use thyroid hormone replacement therapy to help support your thyroid gland.

I believe a comprehensive approach is needed to address chronic thyroid issues and to diagnose them. Unfortunately, most of the options for healing by conventional care are quite limited and only provide a partial solution. But by following my seven-step plan you can achieve lifelong vibrant health.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

If you have low thyroid function, how was it diagnosed?

Did you face any resistance from your doctor?

Which of these steps have you tried to treat it and have they helped

Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment

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  1. Danny says

    I have had anxiety and panic attacks for about 15yrs ..In the past year they have gottenin more severe.I am over weight
    and started having dizzy spells.A doctor friend of mine told me to get my thyroid tested and that thyroid problems could cause
    anxiety and panic attacks …Is this true,, ????????????????

  2. Beach Man says

    That’s true, however in your case because of the overweight situation it’s more likely that it’s a blood sugar problem, specifically low blood sugar. That’s not unusual as we become older, and particularly if we’ve gained several pounds over the years. If you haven’t done so already, eliminate all caffeine, including chocolate from your diet. There are also a number of other dietary adjustments that you need to make, including eliminating simple carbohydrates and including more protein and complex carbohydrates. Here are some Links which will explain the problem and needed adjustments as well as accounts of what has worked well for others. I suggest you read each one through first, and after reading all of them, then go back to study sections that interest you.

    Start by reading “Panic Attack or Low Blood Sugar: How to Tell” by Carla Bell at: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1508554/panic_attack_or_low_blood_sugar_how.html?cat=5

    Next read this brief article:

    Then read, “How I Deal With Anxiety and Panic Attacks” by Kathy Love, but ignore the promotions – just read the advice:

    Then read, “Low Blood Sugar Problem – Panic Attacks and Low Blood Sugar by Chandramita Bora at:

    Note some of the cited causes, “…genetic predisposition, hyperthyroidism, vitamin B deficiency, emotional trauma, significant changes in life, medications, phobias of certain situations or objects, withdrawal from alcohol or drugs and stimulants like caffeine, nicotine and marijuana”.

    Finally, read the Post by avit, dated 01-09-2009, entitled, “hypoglycemia, low blood sugar = severe anxiety”:

    For immediate relief, read about this supplement put out by Life Extension at the first Link. If you are not a member and do not wish to become one nor pay the higher price for non-members, you can still purchase it at the second Link (vitacost.com) for an excellent price:

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  3. Anonymous says

    Reguarding gluten allergy, most people can have oats as long as they are not rolled oats. Flour is added when oats are rolled.

  4. Cry of the Carrots says

    Hi, June 2008 I visited a doctor about a possible type II diabetes problem, and I was diagnosed by a blood test, Triiodothyrodine free serum too low.

    My chiropractor told me that chlorine in the shower was a big factor, after I bought a filter, showers are refreshing and my skin doesn’t break out in a rash anymore.

    I’m now taking 125 mg Armor Thyroid/day.

    I now take 2000 mg Lovaza too.

    With core exercises, and interval workouts, I dropped from 257 to 225 over the last year, low carb eating drops the A1c below 5.0 but occasional tortillas and the odd binge or two make it difficult to keep it there. the 225 is proving a difficult barrier to overcome. I see 175 pounds in the mirror, and the 50 pounds of fat leaving me, but the scale just has not dropped for three months.

    I have nearly eliminated processed food from my diet, meat, and low glycemic vegetables and fruits, and nuts are all I can eat now. My doctor does give me one day off/week, but binges are not part of those days off(most of the time) 😛

    I can now ride my road bike up bigger hills, and see that that last 50 lbs would make it far easier to climb and sprint, maybe even be fast enough to compete. This motivation is entirely new to me, and I envision myself getting past this hump.

  5. Armando says

    Dear Dr. Hyman:
    I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism about 6 years ago by a holistic practitioner (muscle test). I´ve been reading about thyroid disorders since then. I´ve been taking many different supplements for this condition and improved my symptoms somewhat. The one that has helped me the most is a supplement called Thyiodine, that has dry bovine thyroid, thimus, and adrenal gland, iodine, bladerwrack, dulse, selenimu, zinc, and two homepathic herbs. I´ve also found that I have symptoms of low and high thyroid function simultaneusly, which in opinion are caused by a condition called autoimune thyroiditis (based on my studies). I was tested once by a holistic practitioner and I was positive on the TPO factor, although he considered not serious, and did not get treatment for that.
    I would like to know what would be your best approach to this condition, and where, and how I can get the supplements I might need.
    Thank You very much!
    God Bless!

  6. Reiki says

    Sounds like just one more thing to get panic over 😉
    Have you heard of the medicine free way to relax and even let go of these attacks? Both EFT (Emofree.com) and Tapping are great to learn and only take minutes to work. You can scan youtube for EFT for panic attacks to get the idea. Emofree is full of world wide testimonials from practitioners and us mere mortals alike. It gives the word for word things to say as you tap various parts of your upper body. Feel free to try this energy release. May you come into balance. Peace.

  7. Anonymous says

    I agree with most everything you say about treating hypothyroidism, EXCEPT for pharmaceutical thyroid supplementation. I had a severely low thyroid function and started on 3 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil and within 30 days, my thyroid was within normal range and has stayed that way 3 yrs now.

  8. Ginger says

    In 2001 I had lost a tremendous amount of weight and I was sleeping all the time. Part of this was due to stress and depression I was going through at the time, however I asked to be checked for diabetes. The test came back negative and I continued to have symptoms that concerned me such as cold chills and fatigue. I began to look up disorders for my symptoms in a nutrition book and found that my symptoms were consistent with thyroid problems and I asked to have it checked. They eventually found a tumor on my right lobe, and this lobe was removed. Before the surgery I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and after the removal of the right lobe I gained fifty pounds in a year and now I am diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I started off with .15 mg of synthroid in 2005 and now take .225 mg of of synthroid daily and it continues to be increased. Now I am being told that there appers to be a problem with my pituitary gland and this is the reason for the increase in synthroid. Another poster asked about anxiety and/or panic attacks and in the reading I have done regarding my thyroid and pituitary gland problems, I have found a link to anxiety.

  9. Kathy says

    About a year and a half ago I realized my hair was thinning and it wasn’t my imagination. I went to my doctor in March 2008 finally and gave him my symptoms: bad concentration, can’t remember anything (thought I had Alzheimers at 42), hair loss, sore joints, fingernails feel real cold, body temperature never normal. Had bloodwork done 3 times when finally my TSH was 4.58, doctor wouldn’t do anything while blood works were normal. I was put on Synthroid. My hair loss has continued even though my thyroid is supposedly “normal” now. Since my symptoms still weren’t real good I was later put on Cytomel as well and my hair loss seems to be less though I am still not growing hair and yes I am still losing hair all the time..just not as much as when I don’t take Cytomel.

    Can a personal emotional trauma cause hypothyroidism? I ask because my face used to break out all the time. Four years ago I was laid off from my employers of 16 years and I was totally dumbfounded shocked depressed you name it. Right after that my face never broke out again but that seems to be when I started losing hair? Can a personal trauma like that cause hypothyroidism and if so can it be reversed? Help!

  10. ffshe says

    how do i approach my GP with this extensive list of tests i feel i need? iodine, selenium, mercury… she’s going to hate me and think i’m crazy! i’m exhausted. i’m 34 & 9 mos post with my 2nd child (they’re 1 1/2 years apart). i saw my GP 4 weeks ago with vague “happenings” that i later realized were actually all related as symptoms. no matter how much or little i sleep i wake up feeling like i got none. i’ve had numbness and tingling in my hands. i haven’t gained or lost weight (after loosing all my pregnency weight – i’m same # as before my pregnencies). my GP ordered a lot of bloodwork and said that my TSH levels were elevated @ 5 and i was low in Vit D. i started synthroid and since have been a nutcase. i’ve read so much about deficincies that could cause hyppothyroidism i don’t know what to do next or what i actually need to be tested for.

  11. Lauren says

    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I had a physical when I turned 40. I medium thick coarse hair and over the next ten years I noticed a wad of hair in the drain after I took a shower; also my temp. runs 97.7-.9 F. Beginning when I was fifteen, I experienced excruciatingly painful cramps when I had my period so bad that at times I was blacking out. When I was diagnosed, the weight refused to come off even if I followed a plan and exercised. I didn’t know that mercury was implicated in hypothyroid; I regularly used cilantro in cooking knowing it is a chelator for heavy metals. My family takes a muli that contains selenium and I take an additional selenium supplement. I just had my Vit D levels checked and they were at 24 mg/Dl and the “normal” is around 32; I take 2000 IU a day divided between breakfast and dinner. I’m now only losing what is considered normal am’ts of hair. Right now with taking Levothyroxine-75mcgs-daily and my last blood work results showed it to be where it’s supposed to be. I am working my way back into Blood Type Genotype Diet A Teacher to see if the recommendations for supplements and foods helps.

  12. Anonymous says

    Dear Sir,
    I faced the symptoms of the illness once in 3-4 months peroid and the symptoms lasted for almost 4-7 weeks. when i faced the symptoms for 13th time i was found that i have the particular problem.since then i ve been having a pill with increase dosage from 50micrograms. these days i m using 150microgrames per day. Dear Doctor, i m not developing the symtoms since i m using a pill but doctor s saying that i ve to use a pill for rest of my life. since i m not developing the symptoms can stop taking a pill?

  13. Anonymous says

    iodine deficiency is root cause of thyroid issues. when deficient in iodine can’t absorb copper & vit A, copper deficiency means can’t absorb iron. No iron = can’t make B12 etc , etc. Pat Coleby in Australia (natural animal care expert, natural farming/soil expert) teaches us that iodine is now missing from most soils world wide due to chemical farming.
    She advocates seaweed supplementation – organic iodine being much safer than inorganic. However most human practitioners recommend both. Seaweed has added bonus of containing over 100 trace minerals in perfect balance , so addresses copper & iron too.

  14. Mindy says

    11 years ago, I was diagnosed with thyroid problems, I was prescribed .10mcg of synthroid and stayed on that dosage for nearly 5 years. Suddenly they upped my dosage to over 300mcg and from that point on I did not have the same dosage for longer than 6 weeks at a time. Even worse, I began to have mood swings, sweats/chills, my hair began falling out (I know have only 1/4 of the hair I used to have), my skin got excessively dry (no matter what moisturizers or lotions I used), and my health declined dramatically. I finally had enough and “walked” myself off the synthroid. I have been off all medication since April of 2009 and the longer I am off of it the better I feel. My doctor said that I am atypical and he now want to put me on injections. I refused and he got really angry at me. I do not want to go back on any kind of medicine, especially something that makes me so sick. I still am not on any medication and my hair finally stopped falling out, my skin is dry still, but not like it was, and I feel so much better. I asked to have a panel of testes taken and was refused. My doctor says that he doesn’t care how I feel, that I need the synthroid because my “numbers” are off. I am to the point that I am looking for another doctor. I have lost nearly all trust in doctors and in medicine.

  15. Anonymous says

    I suddenly have a TSH of 8.9. I am 66 years old and have been on Lovaza (pharma grade fish oil 4,000mg daily) for the past year to lower triglycerides. My triglycerides were 175 and are now 177. I take no other prescriptions. Is it possible the large amounts of Lovaza I have been taking have caused my thyroid to mal function? It also appears to me that my triglycerides did not fall and my HDL decreased and my LDL increased. I thought I would begin by asking my Internist for an iodine loading test…any other suggestions? Thank You, Kay

  16. Anonymous says

    I was diagonsed with hypothyroidism in 2006 and put on 75mcg of levo. I felt good but then moved and saw a new endo. who switched me to Synthroid stating that it was “better” Since then I have had chronic sleep issue, insomnia, night sweating (soaking through pjs and sheets). I saw another Dr. (not an endo) who said that she thought my Synthroid should be increased. Now 4 weeks later I am still not sleeping, sweating and on top of all that retaining about 5 lbs of water! I eat very well (1100-1200 calories) and excercise everyday (cardio, strength, yoga). I do like to my wine at night (1-2 glasses) but never had an issue with water retention like this before the Synthroid so I am assuming its related to that. I am scheduled to see a new endo. this Monday but I worry after reading some other posts that I am overdosing on Synthroid and wonder if I should just stop taking it ASAP. I am a BF’ing mother but again did not have any issues until I was switched to Synthroid. What gives?

  17. RGG says

    I was feeling depressed / fatigue. Doctor gave me Xanax (LOL). Within a few weeks or so, my unsuspected Hypothyroidism turned into Hyperthyroidism. I’m not sure of the time span, but would say about about 4-8 weeks. This process was sped up by a Respirtory infection and a flu 1-2 months later, and then a 21 mg Nicotine Patch overdose. I ended up in what I think was “Thyroid Storm”, because I went into A-Fib, this is not EXTREMELY dangerous, but mine went untreated for days over Doctor’s neglect. I finally got treatment to confirm, and ended up getting a Beta Blocker. I don’t like meds, so I used banana (natural beta blocker) and it worked. A few days later, and Hyperglycemia from too much sugar, I ended up out of A-Fib and lost 15 lbs in a few weeks. I was still very anxious, removed ALL the sugar from my diet and switched to Salad, and Cheerios, Plain Oatmeal. They assured me I was NOT Hyperthyroid (because they ran the wrong tests) and I was not Hypoglycemic (My 36 year old Body, and glucose monitor begged to differ). In Hyperthyroid state your glucose levels become elevated. Mine would cause Anxiety, then drop during any possible sleep I could get. I started drinking more water, and using Cheerios to safely raise my glucose. This started leveling out over a few days. So between removal of sugar, eating raw foods (lay off Apples, and only use banana if you get that awful feeling of Adrenaline rush on your neck and tremors). Thats a mixture of A-fib, and Glucose. I started to regulate my body, and my symptoms were still pretty tough, but I got through it with deep breathing, and knowing I had Xanax, if needed. I went from a train wreck, to feeling traumatized / Severe Anxiety. Being I started eating so much lettuce (lettuce regulates the thyroid), almonds, I helped my body out of Hyperthyroid state and over a 24 hour period I was left with what seems, Hypothyroid, feelings of slow / depression, Hypoglycemia, and adrenal fatigue. I continued my diet, kept my blood glucose monitor, and blood pressure cuff nearby. My High blood pressure also came down to a normal range. I started nursing my symptoms with Cheerios for Hypoglycemia, Lettuce and other foods I found on Miss Lily’s – Diet for Hypothyroid / Adrenal fatigue. I am going to say the transition was awkward, but don’t be nervous, it passes, and gets better. I’d compare it to a Caterpillar turning into a Butterfly. Once I started my day off with water, cheerios, then went in to certain foods, I got my sense of humor back. They haven’t confirmed which Thyroiditis I have, but I am between De Querveins or Orb’s because The Endo told me, “I have an unusually small thyroid”. I was able to write off Grave’s (I hope) and hoping it’s not Hashimoto’s either. My symptoms fell under De Quervain’s, until I saw Orb’s dictating a small thyroid, and it was like I was telling the story, even the events! I would stay away from stimulants either way, they either aggravate Hyperthyroid, or deplete Hypothyroidism. If you must smoke, cut down, and don’t smoke on an empty stomach. Water is good, but sip it, don’t guzzle it down, this can dump all the nutrients you put in your body. I am now listening to my body, and researched this for weeks in depth. I was basically told to wait a week for next appt, and after speaking to an M.D, he advises only half the blood work was ordered! So, I take my health into my own hands, and I wish I had done it sooner! They treat you for thyroid, but not for hormones, which only prolongs recovery! Gyno’s may check hormone’s also. The foods I chose were foods that worked for Adrenals, thyroid, and hypoglycemia. This way nothing I did was a poor choice! I am my own advocate! I’ve got kids who were scared I was dying, I am a fighter, and you need to be too! In your darkest hour, keep looking ahead, and no matter what anyone tells you… If it’s thyroid related, or adrenal related, or glucose, CHECK ALL THREE symptoms. I also found helpful info I was posting on forums was not being published, I found that very shady! Cucumber detoxifies the body, radishes calm nerves, lettuce does too.
    If your craving sugar, check your glucose. Don’t let your mouth go dry, keep water on hand everywhere you go! I hope I have helped anyone who needs it. I also checked Xanax, and Propranolol (Beta-adrenic Blocker). These drugs are mainly safe to use. I would avoid Anti-depressants, this is not a Metal health issue, although you may feel like it at times, LOL. Keep something like Xanax on hand, but don’t use it if not needed. I used mine twice, and it did help. Avoid all stress, or anyone stressful! If you need anymore info, no problem. I am not a Doctor, but am glad to share my experience and any useful info. My email is Anxietychatsociety@yahoo.com (I was building the site when I was bedridden LOL)

  18. Anonymous says

    “I agree with most everything you say about treating hypothyroidism, EXCEPT for pharmaceutical thyroid supplementation. I had a severely low thyroid function and started on 3 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil and within 30 days, my thyroid was within normal range and has stayed that way 3 yrs now.”

    I found out I had hypothyroidism and was totally against the idea of taking medication for life. I read this comment on here some time ago and it gave me hope. I tried the same- taking 3tbsp coconut oil daily and after a month my thyroid levels returned to normal.

    I don’t know if you’ll read this but I can’t thank you enough for posting this comment!

  19. Anonymous says

    When I was about twelve years old, I am now twenty, I was diagnosed with hirshitism, hypothyroidism, and pcos. They put me of synthroid, metphormin, and spironolactone. I have no idea how the pcos was diagnosed and the hypothyroidism was based on blood tests including the tsh, the only test I know of in fact. I took all three medications for a long time but they just made me feel worse so I was taken off all but the thyroid medication. Yet even with the thyroid medication I still have symptoms. I have wildly irregular periods, I’ve had a miscarriage, I have fertility problems, I’m often tired, depressed, and irritable, I have dry skin, chronic acne, demineralized teeth, joint pain, and overall fatigue. Also my weight goes up and down all the time. I’ve noticed a good deal of improvement since I went on a gluten free, cow dairy free diet, but I still have symptoms. Also I do not like taking medications and try to avoid it if at all possible because of the side effects. If anyone has any thoughts I would be most grateful.

  20. Michelle. k. says

    I was diagnosed hypothyroidism around a little over 2 yrs ago. I have never been overweight before I had my fourth child 2 yrs prior so I thought maybe my wieght gain was from having such a big baby 9lbs 80z. but I would always lose the weight within a 2yr window for sure. I started off 150lbs after the baby,(usually a weight of 120lbs otherwise) then I noticed I was gaining significant weight even when I didn’t eat, I was so cold that I had to get extremely hot baths to make the chill go away,I was achy,moody,brittle nails,tired, puffy face and many other symptoms I went to my doctor but she kept saying it’s not your thyroid I kept telling her yes it is.Finally 45lbs later and after many tests she panicked and put me on synthroid and cytomel.What I am angry about now is realizing that my thyroid is not really functioning on it’s own being on a synthetic substitute I haven’t really got it to function on it’s own. I never really understood this before how could I help my thyroid if I just give it something that makes it even weaker because the meds are doing the work for it..I am sorry but I am just so sick of how doctors are “taught” they are taught to make us dependant on medication instead of getting our bodies to work properly the way they are supposed to..Now I want to go off the medication and get my thyroid functioning properly again on natural remedies.I am now 200lbs the medication didn’t get me to lose weight and I still have some symptoms slightly I am also suffering all of a sudden with chronic hives, extreme Dermatitis and miserable what woke me up to go natural is when I went in for the dermatitis and the specialist put me on cortisone cream which makes your skin thin when it wasn’t working I realized after asking him questions these guys don’t know what the heck they are doing so I started searching out natural remedies they are working way better than the cortisone I showed him what I did ( natural ways) and he just mocked me. (I found out also with cytomel after being on it for a while your thyroid will stop functioning without it you have to be on it forever.) WHAT!! Anyway so now the only thing I feel really good about is getting off my meds and doing it the natural way, It’s time to take back my body and do it right.. No offense to Doctors but I believe they really are ignorant and can only maybe help such a small fraction of the planet because they lack knowledge and put people at risk of unnecessary pain when if they would take what they know and humble themselves to learn about natural remedies they would have maybe solutions..

  21. V Brenna says

    I’m an otherwise very healthy 68-year-old woman who as very recently been diagnosed with hypothyrodism (blood showed less than half normal function). I was prescribed 112 mcg Levothyroxin per day but am reluctant to start that dose; I’m a firm beleiver in a holistic approach, and a believer in the Edgar Cayce paradigm, so very much want to restore my body’s own ability to garner what it needs for itself without depending on drugs. Factors I beleive have contributed to my present condiotion include a fairly long hiatus from most of the healthy routines I had been following: lack of daily exercise, reduction in the amount of healthy foods I’dbeen eating, and a fairly high stress level for the past six months, at least. While I understand the need to get the thyroid functioning again I want to find a way to work with my doctor to allow my body to take over the thyrod function again. Today was to be my first day on the drug, but I could only bring myself to take half the tablet, intending to supplent it with foods, therapies and other measure to bring the metabolic and circulatory systme back to more normal levels. I would like to know, but have been so far unable to determine, the amount of iodine in 112 mcg of Levothyroxin. Can you tell me? Thank you,
    Virginia Brenna

  22. Anonymous says

    I had about every symptom associated with hypothyroidism but when I asked my Dr. if he could do bloodwork he said I was “just another fat girl wanting to blame everything on her thyroid”. Many years later I was finally given the T3 & T4 and was told by the NP that in over 40 years my results were some of the worst she had ever seen and that my thyroid was completely out of whack. Thanks Doc…NOT!

  23. SHERRI says

    Thank you, so much.

    This information you have shared revolutionizes my thinking with regard to how my thyroid may just be the culprit for so many of my chronic symptoms (brutal bouts of insomnia, joint aching, weight gain, mystifying loss of concentration, dry skin and hair, depression, and more…)

    For more than 15 years (fifteen years !!!) every doctor I have gone to has looked at my neck and announced to me that they think I have a goiter. Physicians have then run “the basic” tests and proclaimed the lab results were within the normal range.

    Only this past week did my new internist (who also announced the same opinion, at a glance on my first visit) do a sonogram and identify a sizable goiter on the right side of my neck. I’m not even sure what it all means yet — my follow up visit is tomorrow. But I do know that the collective symptoms have been debilitating.

    I do not want to take lots of medicines unless every holistic approach is ineffective. So, now, I am on a path to find out
    whether your “natural” suggestions can work for me. Is there a typical recovery time to see a difference?

    With appreciation !!!

  24. Anonymous says

    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 4 yrs ago. started out with small doses of synthroid medication, now I’m up to 112mg Everytime I go to the doctor for blood work, I mention that I still feels tired, zero energy, gained 45lbs in the past 2 yrs. Moody, etc. I believe this medication has done absolutely nothing for my condition. I would like to try something else, but knowing my dr. she will be against it. From what I understand Synthroid is the #1 money maker for drug companies in the US. Although I live in Canada I’m sure it’s the same here too. But where I live there are only 3 dr. so my choices are limited, I’ve seen them all. Six months ago my TSH level was 4 not sure if that is good or bad. My dr always says I’m normal no matter what the test says. Really frustrating.

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