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.




Betty Sale
I had ultrasound of my thyroid. I have several cysts on the right lobe of my thyroid gland. They are all fluid filled, no tissue notated. My doctor started me on 78mcg of Levothyroxine 5 days ago. My swollen thyroid has gone down. I also have weight issues, type 2 diabetes controlled with diet, fatty tumors throughout my body, fibromyalgia, arthritis in most of my major joints, had to have left upper lobe of my left kidney removed, adrenal gland still there, nodules in the upper lobe of my left lung, solid but very small, 2 heart valves that have moderate leakage, high blood pressure, & high cholesterol. Do you think the natural thyroid replacement therapy would be better for me than the Levothyroxine? Also my doctor wants to take a wait and see attitude on the cysts, with blood work scheduled for 3 months from now. Do you think I schould schedule an appointment with an endocrinologist? Thank you for any information & help you can give me. I haven't felt good in a long time, and am just tired of being sick all the time.
3/13/2015 8:19:21 PM
So, I feel better on my Nature Throid now but I do not feel back to normal. My biggest issue is that I have been on Nature Throid for about 3 weeks now and I am GAINING weight, not losing weight and my hair has started to fall out. I am supposed to see my doctor again in a couple of weeks to test and possibly change my dose. Any thoughts as to why this is happening?
2/25/2015 9:14:59 AM
Hotze Team
Dear Zo,
It sounds like you still have symptoms of hypothyroidism, so we would encourage you to work with your doctor to slowly increase your dose of thyroid medication until your symptoms go away. We have seen much better results with desiccated thyroid. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our wellness consultants at 877-698-8698 and they can help you. Thank you for your comment and we hope you are feeling much better soon.
2/24/2015 4:28:36 PM
I have been on Synthroid for approximately 3 years and after having a baby, I was unable to get my levels to regulate. I was then sent to a Specialist who decided to change me to Nature Throid. Today was the first day I took it and I am hoping for a vast difference in the way that I have been feeling for the last year.
1/29/2015 1:12:43 PM
I am 55 years old women with partial thyroectomy 20 years ago .iam menopausal and can't take hrt. Iam on 150mcg synthroid and 5mcg cytomel. I have exterme fluid reaction inthe legs and server hair loss, iam very depressed and others horrible symptomes. I live in Dallas any recommendation please?
12/29/2014 8:39:12 PM
mary rooks
I had a thyroidectomy due to cancer. I am on levothyroxine and feel awful Can I take the armour instead after having cancer and a thyroidectomy
12/3/2014 6:32:48 PM
Can you please answer Melanie's question. I too have had no period (am 55 yrs old) in almost 2 years and have been only been on armour for two weeks ( newly diagnosed hypo) at a starting dose of 60 mgs and started having a heavy period. Can Armour or any desiccated thyroid medicine cause this bleeding?
11/10/2014 12:21:10 AM
I have been taking Armour Thyroid for over 20 years - my insurance has never paid anything on it - recently the price has doubled - and I re-ordered again and it has tripled in price -- over $100. - any explanation as to what's going on that the price is going up so much -- I was about to switch to Levothyroxine, but after reading all the bad comments, will just have to"bite the bullet" and pay the high price for Armour -- any suggestions::????--
11/1/2014 6:02:36 PM
I just started armour today have been on synthroid for 2 yrs for hypo/hashimotos im hoping I feel better soon
9/23/2014 4:08:19 AM
I started out on Armour about 15 years ago and about 2 years into it became very hard to get refills. So I switched to Synthroid and have taken that for over 10 years, I have been reading on thyroid disease and decided to go back to Armour so I have been taking that for the last 3 weeks. I went through menopause and have not had a period in over 3 1/2 years and yesterday started my period? Could this be due to switching back to Armour?
8/26/2014 3:16:46 PM
I have been on Armor for about 6 years. At one point I had a doctor who insisted I see an endo. doctor who insisted Armor was bad and put me on Synthroid. I lived 6 weeks of hell. Missed days of work. Felt absolutely horrible, depressed, to the point at 6 weeks I called him for the second time begging for the Armor back. Told him I had never felt this bad and actually felt a bit suicidal. He told me to take it for two more weeks and he would do blood work to see how it was working for me. Really? I want to die! That didn't mean anything Mr. Dr. about how it was working for me? So I found an Ostroepathic Doctor (DO instead of MD) and she put me back on my Armor and in days I was back in the normal world. This was about the time thy reformulated the Armor and a lot of people says it doesn't work as well now. Well the fillers were changed and it won't dissolve is the problem. I put mine under my tongue or crush it before taking it so it gets absorbs and it works good as ever. I would just go dig my grave if I was ever made to take that Synthroid again.
8/19/2014 3:47:12 PM
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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