Natural Thyroid vs. Synthroid for Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Health Question of the Week:
“I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism ten years ago and have been taking Synthroid, but I still don’t feel right.  I’m tired, I have problems remembering things and I can’t get rid of this extra weight. I asked my endocrinologist if he could increase my dose, but he said my blood tests were normal which means I’m on the right amount of thyroid medication.  Could taking natural thyroid make a difference?”

Yes, switching from synthetic to natural thyroid will make a big difference in how you feel.    Unfortunately, conventional doctors are taught that Synthroid is the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism.  Often patients will still experience the symptoms of low thyroid function while taking a synthetic thyroid medication such as Synthroid.  This is a very common occurrence.  Once these patients change to desiccated (dried) thyroid (such as Hotze Thyroid, Armour Thyroid) and are given the appropriate dosage, their symptoms of hypothyroidism will be markedly improved.

Allow me to explain.  The synthetic thyroid medications, (such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Levothyroxine) contain only a synthetic version of T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone.  Taking T4 without T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, is like replacing only seven of the eight spark plugs in your car’s engine.  Your body’s engine will run, but it will not function as well as it should.

In contrast, natural thyroid, or desiccated thyroid preparation, which is obtained from the thyroid gland of pigs, contains the same thyroid hormones that the human body produces, T3 and T4, along with nutrients from the thyroid gland.

In my experience after treating over 25,000 patients at our center, natural desiccated thyroid is much more effective than synthetic thyroid drugs.




I am currently taking NT. I have no thyroid. My free T4 continues to be low. How can I raise it without taking a mixture of synthroid and NT?
4/21/2014 11:50:10 AM
rosalee popoff
you have given me the strength to take my mom for her synthetic thyroid medication.

Thank you
9/9/2013 2:41:22 AM
Hotze Team
Dear Carla, In our experience, our patients do much better on desiccated thyroid preparations, such as Armour Thyroid and Nature-Throid. Synthroid is the synthetic form of thyroid hormone, containing only T4, the inactive thyroid hormone. If your body can't convert T4 to the active form, T3, then the symptoms of low thyroid function will still persist, which is what happens with many people. Desiccated thyroid contains both T4, and T3, the active thyroid hormone. It sounds like you are having success with the desiccated thyroid, so it wouldn't make sense to change that. Most doctors are taught only to use Synthroid, unfortunately.
8/23/2013 10:00:58 AM
I have been on Armour and then Nature Throid for over 5 years. I was placed on this when my headache Dr did labs and saw that my thyroid was low (family history too). He put me on the natural thyroid b/c he had found in his studies that the T4 helped many patients keep them from having so many migraines. So I have been on this I guess about 6 years now and I have had to switch Drs. due to insurance. This new Dr. wants to change me over to Synthroid. I'm worried what this may do and if it will cause me to start having more migraines. Any opinions?? Thanks
8/23/2013 9:17:43 AM
I have be taking Levothyroxine for the last 27 years and while it has helped with some of my symptoms, I too have been increasing in weight for many years where I used to hold at a stable weight. My eating habits have not changed and I exercise regularly. I also have many problems with my autoimmune system and know this can be a result of hypothyroidism along with fibromyalgia and mixed connective tissue disease. I believe in bringing my doctor information and opening their eyes before changing their mind. I see where you are giving people the 877-698-8698 number but I would just like the one question answered, 'Is desiccated thyroid more expensive than synthroid medication?' Thank you for answering this question.
6/29/2013 8:56:54 PM
Hotze Team
Dear Patti, We have patients that visit us from all over the country. You would need to come here for your initial visit to see the doctor, however your follow-up visits can be conducted over the phone. Yes, many patients do see marked improvement in their hypothyroid symptoms when they switch from Synthroid to natural desiccated thyroid. Please contact a new guest consultant at 877-698-8698 who can answer your questions in further detail. Thank you.
2/18/2013 5:05:49 PM
Hotze Team
Dear Nina, Please contact a new guest consultant at 877-698-8698 so that you may visit with them about your daughter's symptoms to see if we may be able to help her. Thank you.
2/18/2013 4:59:16 PM
I have a 24 year old daughter that gets sick to her stomach all the time...We have had all kinds of test run on her and can't seem to figure out why she gets so sick...Can you please help us. Thank you, Nina
2/11/2013 9:30:01 AM
How do you determine what the correct dosage is when I'm in FL and you are located in TX? Would I have to make a trip there? Also, price wise, is natural desiccated thyroid more expensive then synthroid? Has there ever been times when patients were better off staying on synthroid? Do all patients that switch from synthetic to natural desiccated notice a change in memory?
2/8/2013 2:30:08 PM

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