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How to Have A Healthy Thyroid!

Category: Adrenal, Thyroid, & Energy  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

If your body was a car, the thyroid would be the  "gas pedal". It regulates your metabolism!  That is why low thyroid makes you feel sluggish….you don't have enough "gas" in the gas tank.


Thyroid hormones affect a person from head to toes!

Low thyroid function is called HYPOTHYROIDISM

It is estimated that over 40% of the population in the U.S, has hypothyroidism. That is a lot of people! Could it be you?


Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:


cold hands & feet / intolerance to cold

inability to concentrate/poor memory
brittle nails
depression( sometimes a lifelong history)
dry skin  
hair loss
menstrual irregularities
muscle cramps & weakness
puffy eyes / swelling under the eye
weight gain
low blood pressure
elevated cholesterol        
outer 1/3 of eyebrows is missing  


Less recognized symptoms of hypothyroid:



Fibrocystic Breasts




How does the thyroid work?


The thyroid gland creates T4 which is the major thyroid hormone.  T4 is fairly inactive until the body converts it into T3 which is activated  thyroid hormone.
If your problem is only with the thyroid gland, prescribing Synthroid (T4)
would work for you.  HOWEVER, if your body has trouble turning inactive T4
into active T3, Synthroid will not work and can make the problem worse. You need T3.
Armor Thyroid is bio-identical and a mix of T4 and T3.  Most bio-identical thyroid doctors start with 1/4 grain of Armour a day (15 mg) and increase it to 1/2 grain
(30 mg) after 1 week.  Then they will increase it by 1/4 to 1/2 grain a
month until they find the dose that feels best for the patient.  Blood tests
will tell how you are doing.  

Synthroid is a synthetic drug. If you want to ask your doctor about Armour thyroid and are currently on Synthroid:  Synthroid 100 mcg equals 1 grain of Armour.
Holistic physicians, integrative medicine physicians, and bio-identical
hormone doctors  are more likely to be familiar with using the T3 treatment.

Many people  have symptoms even when taking Synthroid, that will resolve when they use Armour.

According to David Brownstein, M.D., one of the premier thyroid doctors in
the U.S.,
changing patients from Synthroid to the desiccated versions with T3 made
a dramatic improvement in their symptoms
.  Many people are placed on Synthroid
and keep telling their doctors that they do not feel better, but the doctors
do not attribute it to a lack of T3.  However, when the patients are put
on T3 they will actually feel and look better in a very short period of


Definitions to know:


HYPOTHYROID:  an under active thyroid state
HYPERTHYROID:  the thyroid gland is releasing excess amounts of thyroid
hormone that results in an elevated metabolic rate  We will address this in a future article
T4:  The main hormone - is supposed to convert to T3 inside the cells of the
T3:  much more active than T4.  T3 increases metabolism
TSH:  A pituitary hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland to release
thyroid hormone.
SYNTHETIC T4:  Synthroid (levothyroxine), Levothroid, Unithroid
T3 PRODUCTS:  Armour, Nature-Throid, Westhroid  These are desiccated (heat
dried)  glandular thyroid products (from a porcine [pig] source  They also
contain T4 and other factors that allow T4 to more readily convert to T3.




However, according to Dr. Alan Gaby, who has been treating thyroid disorders for 30 years, "standard lab tests fail to identify most hypothyroid patients"  Many times women will be told "nothing is wrong" 
If TSH is normal, many physicians believe that automatically rules out
hypothyroid. Relying solely on TSH will under-diagnose many individuals.  It
is only one measure of thyroid function.  If you monitor only TSH, it does not tell you how much T4 is converting to T3.



TESTING: TSH tests can be deceptive as a tool:  The TSH test is very sensitive to T4.  When you are given T4, your TSH will go down and it can appear that your thyroid values are "normal". However, if you are a non-converter and still have low T3, your symptoms of hypothyroidism will still be present.  However, your doctor may feel that you have been given what you need with just the T4 (Synthroid). You may actually need some T3 to make your symptoms disappear.

HOLISTIC APPROACH: Treat the patient, not the blood test! What are the symptoms? What are the T3 and T4 levels? Many people will have a normal T4 and TSH, but low T3 because they are not converting. These people are known as "poor converters". Many menopausal women are poor converters and feel bad even if TSH is normal.


Deficiencies in chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, zinc, Vits A, B2, B6, B12
Medications:  Birth control pills, estrogen, steroids, beta blockers
Diet:  Soy
Other:  Stress, Environmental toxins, diabetes, obesity, mercury, radiation, aging.

"More information can be obtained with the aid of  an ordinary
thermometer than can be a obtained with all other thyroid function test
combined"  Broda Barnes, M.D.

How to Measure:

1.  Shake down a basal thermometer the night before and place at your
bedside or use a digital basal thermometer.
2.   Upon wakening, place the thermometer snugly in your armpit for 10
minutes and record your temperature for 5 days in a row.  Do not get out of
bed before taking your temp
3.  If you are menstruating, the temp should be taken starting on the 2nd
day of menstruation.  Otherwise, it makes no difference what day you begin.
4.  If thyroid function is normal, temp should be 97.8-98.2 degrees.
5. A temp below this indicates a hypothyroid state.


  This is similar to insulin resistance.  Your cells have a reduced response to the thyroid hormone.  This can occur even if your body is producing adequate levels of thyroid hormone.  Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia have THR.  Sometimes they have to be given a higher dose of thyroid to make them feel great.  Proper balancing of the other hormones is also key.



  There is a high percentage of hypothyroidism among fibromyalgia patients.  Have you had your thyroid checked?  This could be your answer.



SYNTHROID/Levothyroixine  (T4)  The most widely used.  It is synthetic.  Others are Levothroid, Levoxyl and Unithroid.  These contain lactose except for Levothroid, so if you are lactose intolerant, you may feel worse.



Armour, Nature-Throid, Westhroid, Thyrolar

These are all derived from porcine (pig) thyroid glands. If you do not feel better on one of these, try switching to another to find the one that works for you!  We are all different!



  This is T3 but only comes in 2 doses and it is rapidly absorbed in 4 hours.  This causes a roller coaster feeling in some people which may feel unpleasant.  Compounded, slow release T3 seem better tolerated.


Thyroid is not "one size fits all".

Each person will need their individualized dose and it may take a period of "trial and error" to find the optimum dose.  Once you find it you should feel great.  A skilled compounding pharmacist can work with you and your doctor to help you find the dose that will correct your deficiencies without over-correction


Can I ever discontinue Treatment?


Dr. Gaby says you can try weaning every 12-18 months. If symptoms recur, resume your effective dose. Symptom recurrences are usually seen within 2 weeks or less.

Thyroid requirements may decrease with age




  •        People with  moderate to severe adrenal fatigue
  •         People who are taking thyroid medication, but still have symptoms
  •         People who have nutritional deficiencies (Extremely common due to poor farming techniques, overuse of fertilizers, and fluoride in our water)
  •        People who drink a lot of coffee 




Be careful with soy products. Processed soy products have been shown to reduce the conversion of T4 to T3. In a recent study, daily soy consumption resulted in symptoms of hypothyroidism in 50% of human subjects tested.  These symptoms resolved one month after stopping the soy

Processed soy is found in soy nuts, nutrition bars, soy milk and soy baby formula.


Note:  Fermented soy products (miso, tempeh, tofu) do not have the negative effect. 






Oral synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and Birth Control Pills often lead to hypothyroidism. They contain estrogens and increase thyroxine-binding globule which decreases the amount of thyroid hormone available for your body to use. Estrogen Dominance  can lower circulating thyroid hormones and inhibit conversion of T4 to T3.

Estrogen dominance is probably the reason there is so much hypothyroidism in Western countries.


John R. Lee, M.D. noted that patients taking progesterone and also taking thyroid medication often needed a reduced dose of thyroid medication after a few months on the cream.

Progesterone counter-balances excess estrogen.
Remember, "Progesterone & Thyroid are Best Friends"


What can I do to support my thyroid (whether or not I am taking thyroid medication) Experts agree that everyone can use thyroid support. Here are the recommendations:


Iodine - imperative for the body to make thyroid hormone

  • Selenium - conversion of T4 to T3 is dependent on selenium (a common deficiency)
  • Zinc - helps levels of T3
  • Vitamin C - helps conversion of T4 to T3
  • Vitamin B12 - adequate levels are imperative for a properly functioning thyroid This is an extremely common deficiency
  • Natural Progesterone
  • DHEA
  • Pregnenolone:  10-20 mg / day      


  •      Avoid unfermented soy products
  •     Avoid artificial sweeteners. Avoid substances containing Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal). Also avoid Sucralose (Splenda). Xylitol is a better choice.
  •          Eat enough protein. Hormones are synthesized from protein.
  •          Drink adequate amounts of water.  The thyroid needs hydration.
  •          Take a good thyroid supplement containing iodine.



Studies have shown that 95% of hypothyroid patients are iodine deficient.

Why the deficiency?

  •     stigma of using salt; less than 50% of US households use iodized salt
  •     Diets without ocean fish or sea vegetables
  •        Vegan and vegetarian diets
  •          Bromine in food and drinks such as Gatorade & Mountain Dew (inhibits iodine)
  •          Bakery products, bread, pasta and cereal that contain bromine
  •          Exposure to fluoride
  •          Declining mineral levels in soil used to grow our food.

Iodine deficiency is also linked to:  Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer & Ovarian Cancer

Benign thyroid nodules contain 56% less iodine as compared to normal thyroid tissue

Malignant thyroid nodules contain 3% less iodine as compared to normal thyroid tissue.

When you are looking for thyroid support, a supplement containing iodine is imperative

Dr. Gaby says 150 mcg/day is a good thyroid support dose




Many people have had thyroid function return to normal after a few months of using progesterone cream.




An excellent product for thyroid support formulated by James Wilson, M.D. Users report benefits in just 3-5 days. Thyro-Balance™ is a natural, liquid nutrient complex. It only takes a few drops a day to fully support healthy thyroid function. It can also be used as targeted nutritional support for people who already take thyroid hormone.


How should I take Thyro-Balance™?
Take 2-4 drops of Thyro-Balance™ once or twice daily in non-citrus juice or water, preferably on an empty stomach. Taste great in grape juice! After 2 months, decrease to 2 drops once a day. For ongoing support, continue with 2-3 drops daily as long as needed. For best results take consistently every day
for at least 2-6 months.

How long should I take Thyro-Balance™?
There is no time limit on the usefulness of Thyro-Balance™ as a
targeted nutritional supplement. However, 2 to 6 months of taking
Thyro-Balance™ daily should compensate for any deficiencies of
these nutrients.

Can I take Thyro-Balance™ with my other medications?
Thyro-Balance can be taken with any other Thyroid medications
and there is no evidence of any interference with prescription or
non-prescription drugs.




Are you already taking thyroid medication? If so, be sure your adrenals are balanced. Low adrenals prevent proper T4 to T3 conversion.  If you do not have balanced adrenals, and take thyroid hormone, you can overload the poorly functioning adrenal glands and precipitate a failure of the adrenals. If you feel worse on thyroid medication, you probably have adrenal fatigue. 

If you are taking Thyroid Hormone and believe you have any form of adrenal fatigue, please contact us for the Adrenal Fatigue Handout at (877) 539-6200.  Your adrenals should be treated first, THEN your thyroid OR they should be treated at the same time.


So…..onward toward YOUR thyroid health.  I want you to feel GREAT…..ALL the time!


Posted by: rowena
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 10:02:40 PM

where do i start... 10 years on synthroid.. feel like crap... now dr added 30 mg of throid dessicated. still feel like crap... what do i do.. i answer a quiz today by dr wilson and it said ..u have severe adrenal fatigue.. went a bought adrenal pro.. now im so stomach sick... what can i do to get well.. helpppppppppp

Posted by: Rosemary Snyder
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 4:48:36 PM

last October,I lost my concentration and thought process.Went to Dr. in January,TSH was low, upped thyroid meds.,but didn't help. Saw a naturalpathic and he also changed my meds,didn't help.I want to know what happened to my brain.Also have ADD.

Posted by: sheila knight
Monday, August 15, 2011 @ 1:08:49 AM

where can i purchase thyro-balance

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