Synthetic vs Natural Thyroid

Comments: 0 | January 28th, 2019

In this podcast, Dr. Hotze discusses the many symptoms of hypothyroidism and the benefit of natural  thyroid supplementation over synthetic thyroid treatment. Replenish the body with what it produces naturally and get back to being happy and healthy!

Podcast Transcription:

Stacey:  Welcome to Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. I’m Stacey Bandfield here with Dr. Steven Hotze, founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Thanks for joining us today. Just a reminder, we do have many, many podcasts with lots of really great information on how to achieve health and wellness naturally. All you have to do is go to That’s H-O-T-Z-E Be sure to head over there, as well. Today, Dr. Hotze’s going to talk to us about something that’s really important. We talk about thyroid quite a bit, but we don’t always cover the difference between natural and synthetic thyroid. If you’re out there, you know you need thyroid or you’re on thyroid, then you definitely need to hear this podcast. Dr. Hotze.

Dr. Hotze: Thank you so much, Stacey, and thank you for joining us. I believe that you need a doctor and a staff of professionals who can coach you onto a path of health and wellness naturally, without using pharmaceutical drugs, so as you mature you have energy. You have vim and vigor. You have to get up and go. You have enthusiasm for life. Wouldn’t you like to feel that way even as you mature, whether you’re maturing in your 30s or 40s or 50s, 60, 70, 80, you ought to be brimming with energy and full of enthusiasm for life. If you get yourself on a path of health and wellness, and some people can help you do that, that’s the way you can feel.

Now, I believe, though, that you need to take charge of your health. I can’t do it and none of your physicians could do it. Your spouse can’t do it. The government can’t do it. Your insurance company can’t do it. Only you could take charge of your health and you can’t control your health or make yourself healthy by taking pharmaceutical drugs, which are toxic. Now, I want to talk today about thyroid preparations. The most common thyroid preparation prescribed in the United States is synthetic thyroid, Levothyroxine, which is T4. It’s the thyroid molecule that has four iodine atoms attached to it.

That is called T4 or thyroxine is the formal name of it. Thyroxine. It’s not the active thyroid hormone. It’s the inactive thyroid hormone. It has to be converted inside the cells to T3. That’s called triiodo. Tri, for three, iodo. Three iodine atoms attached to the thyroid molecule. When most people go to a physician, the physician relies strictly on a blood test to determine whether or not you have hypothyroidism. 95% of the people on routine blood test fall within a broad range of normal – 95%. The range is as tall as the Empire State Building, and wide as the Grand Canyon. You can’t hardly be out of that range.

Interestingly, as time is going on, the range gets lower and lower because the people that are getting their thyroid checked are getting older and older. We’re dealing with an older population and thyroid levels decline as we age. You go to a doctor and if you fell out of the range and they put you on thyroid hormone, they inevitably will put you on a synthetic thyroid hormone, T4 with four iodine markers. Not even active. This is either Synthroid, levothyroxine, Levothroid – one of those synthetic preparations. The most popular is Synthroid, a name brand. It’s a T4 preparation.

If you’re taking a preparation for a low thyroid condition and you’re not having any change in your symptoms, you’re still fatigued, you can’t lose weight, you can’t think clearly, your body temperature’s low, you can’t sleep, you have joint and muscle aches and pains, you have sluggish bowels, recurrent infections, you’re puffy, pale, you don’t feel well and you’re taking the preparation, is it working? You go to your doctor and he says, “Oh, now your blood test are normal.” Well, you can normalize the blood with a synthetic thyroid that isn’t active within your cell.

It has to enter your cell and there it has to be activated to the active hormone, T3, which then catalyzes energy production within your power plants of your cells to make electrical energy. Those power plants are called mitochondria. If you don’t get enough active thyroid hormone T3 into the mitochondria power plants, your metabolism is sluggish and it’s slow. We recommend to do what your body does, replenish your thyroid with not only T4, but T3. We make sure we have T3 in the preparation.  We make a compounded preparation that has T4, the inactive thyroid, and T3 in it in the same proportion that your body produces.

What the T3 does is it activates the iodinized enzyme that cleaves off one of the atoms on the T4 molecule. It activates that so you make proper conversion and people do much better and feel much better if we convert them from synthetic thyroid to the active thyroid hormone. It does much better. That’s what I’d encourage you to do. If you’re taking a synthetic thyroid hormone, ask your doctor if you can take natural thyroid hormone – compounded T3/T4. Inevitably they’re going to go, “Well, we don’t know. It doesn’t work very well.” Well, listen, we’ve treated over 30,000 patients here at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center with natural thyroid and they’ve done wonderful.

Overall have done wonderful. That’s what we do and we’ve seen literally thousands of the individuals that we put on natural thyroid were on synthetic thyroid and weren’t doing well. Now, there may be some people that take synthetic thyroid and do well, but we don’t see them here at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. People are coming in here because they’re not doing well on their preparations and we simply switch them. My philosophy is this, even in individuals who have a  normal blood test and have never been on thyroid, if you have the symptoms of low thyroid, then I believe you need a therapeutic trial of thyroid to see if that will improve your overall health.

That’s the way we operate here and we follow your blood test, make sure we don’t get it out of range, but we know that people do well, the vast majority of the time will do well, exceptionally well, if you get them on the proper dose of thyroid when they’re having symptoms of hypothyroidism. I want to encourage you to get yourself…if you have the symptoms of low thyroid, you can go check on our website. Go to and do the symptom checker. See if you match up. See if you have the symptoms of hypothyroidism and then…

Stacey: Then you can give us a call, 281-698-8698. That’s 281-698-8698. Obviously for those of you out there who are already on Synthroid, you just learned now, it does not have the active form of the thyroid in it. If you haven’t been getting a resolution of your symptoms, then that’s why.

Dr. Hotze: You know, I want to…hand me that book right there. Hypothyroid. The blue book right here. Yes. I want to offer, if you would like a copy of this book, Hormones, Health, and Happiness, then just give a call to our office.

Stacey: Actually I think it’s Hypothyroidism.

Dr. Hotze: I’m sorry, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness. What did I say?

Stacey:  Hormones. Your first book.

Dr. Hotze: Oh, yes. That’s my first book.

Stacey:  The first book.

Dr. Hotze: This is Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness and I talk about T3 and T4, the active versus the active thyroid hormone in this book. This will be very helpful to you if you think you have the signs of symptoms of low thyroid, but your doctor will not diagnose you as that. He just wants to give you antidepressants, sleep medication, anti-anxiety medication to kind of mask your symptoms. I encourage you to get a copy of this book. You can get that by simply calling 281-698-8698 and ask one of our new guest consultants for a copy. We’ll be glad to send it to you.

Stacey: Thank you, Dr. Hotze.

Dr. Hotze: You’re welcome.

Stacey: Thank you out there for joining us today on Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution

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Written By: STEVEN F. HOTZE, M.D.

Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International, LLC.

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