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.