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Does anyone have experience with Thyrogold? Or treating hypothyroidism without a doctor's care?

Commented on October 08, 2014
Created November 14, 2011 at 4:29 AM

Does anyone have experience with Thyrogold? Or treating hypothyroidism without a doctor's care?

Some background to my question: I suspect that I'm hypothyroid because of the diagnosis by a doctor 4 years ago and the continued persistence of the the classical symptoms. The doctor had prescribed Amour Thyroid, but I felt no benefits from it and couldn't use it regularly enough because of some sort of production problem that kept it out of pharmacies. Now, I'd like to experiment again, but given my lackluster health insurance and preference for tweaking my health on my own, I'd much prefer an OTC thyroid med. What I like about Thyrogold is that it's an OTC glandular made from New Zealand pasture-fed cows. What gives me pause is that it seems to have been developed and promoted by a chiropractor, who's website is a bit bizarre.... For example, "Dr. Lowe used a calculated judo approach to what he believes was finally an unscrupulous attempt to silence him. By using this long planned approach, he avoided much of the apparently work-distracting and resource-draining intentions of his opponents."

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on September 18, 2013
at 04:20 PM

only if you have hashimoto's. Iodine helps the thyroid produce hormones, but if your body is attacking your thyroid, that means the more function it has, the more it is attacked.

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on August 06, 2013
at 01:13 AM

Anecdotal evidence is dangerous

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on June 06, 2013
at 02:54 PM

Just wondering if you tried Thyrogold in the end? I'm interested in a similar experiment while I wait for the British medical system to allow me to by treated (they are using a very old TSH threshold so don't deem me sick enough yet).

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on November 15, 2011
at 03:06 AM

Thanks, it was a nightmare on so many levels...her life was pretty miserable, and she wanted to die for a very long time, so I'm glad she's free from all the pain.

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on November 15, 2011
at 01:27 AM

I haven't tried either yet. I'm going to start experimenting with iodine tomorrow.

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:49 PM

I'm so sorry to hear that!

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:12 PM

forgot thyroid antibodies (suggested blood tests for thyroid are; tsh, ft3, ft4, rt3 & thyroid antibodies)

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:11 PM

suggested blood tests for thyroid are; tsh, ft3, ft4, rt3 & thyroid antibodies

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:34 AM

others would disagree. there are hypothyroid (& post hypothyroid) people over at http://perfecthealthdiet.com who have had success with iodine when combined with selenium and a diet sufficient in carbs. & some of those people have/or had Hashimoto’s. here's some more info; http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=3621 & http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=3650

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:09 AM

Did iodine and selenium supplementation make any difference?

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Armour Thyroid is available again (at least in my city). I take a combo of Synthroid for the T4 and Armour for the T3. But, I have to say that the change that made the biggest impact on my Hashimoto's symptoms was going 100% Paleo.

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on November 14, 2011
at 01:29 PM

After I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I was reluctant to take drugs, so I went the route of supplements - L-tyrosine, selenium, iodine, zinc, along with my regular multi. That wasn't enough to bring me into the right range, though, and I'm now on Synthroid.

I still supplement with those things in the hopes of minimizing my required dosage, though my doc doesn't like the selenium because it can counteract the Synthroid....or something like that.

As far as dietary changes, I also stay away from uncooked cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, and cabbage. Apparently, if your thyroid is already weak, these things further inhibit thyroid function.

So to answer your question, I was not able to fully treat hypo without a doctor or meds, though there are steps I take thru supplements and my diet. I've not heard of Thyrogold and will check it out!

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:57 AM

Paul Jaminet's blog has plenty of info on treating hypothyroidism.
Tho its time consuming trawling through all the information, as their many posts and comments on the subject & associated topics. but its well worth the time.

Here are a couple of searches to get you started;
http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?cat=50 (Iodine and selenium) &
http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?s=euthyroid+sick+syndrome\

suggested blood tests for thyroid are; tsh, ft3, ft4, rt3
(if you have Adrenal/Stress issues as well, typical saliva tests are DHEA-S & 4 x Cortisol to start with & possibly midnight & morning Melatonin if sleep is bad).

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:11 PM

suggested blood tests for thyroid are; tsh, ft3, ft4, rt3 & thyroid antibodies

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 14, 2011
at 06:12 PM

forgot thyroid antibodies (suggested blood tests for thyroid are; tsh, ft3, ft4, rt3 & thyroid antibodies)

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I was diagnosed hypothyroid (TSH 33) in 2005 with no known cause, doc said "it is what it is". Put me on Synthroid, adjusted dose til my TSH was around 1.5. I took it for almost 6 years. Started paleo in Jan 2011. Within months my BP, chol, trigs, weight, gout...everything...was better. I asked doc if I could quit Synthroid--he said, "no, it's for life". I quit anyway. TSH is now 2.5 with no meds.

What really pisses me off is that they never tested anything except TSH. I know now they should have checked thyroid antibodies, reverse T3/T4, and ruled out other stuff before putting me on Synthroid.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on November 14, 2011
at 05:20 PM

I want to share my grandmother's experience as a cautionary tale about self treatment of thyroid imbalance...not to tell anyone they should or shouldn't, only to encourage people to be extremely informed about something so serious. My grandmother was diagnosed as low thyroid years ago, and was prescribed armour thyroid. She took it for years at the same original dose, even after she relocated out of state and didn't find a new physician to test her thyroid levels...the original doctor continued to renew her prescription for years without knowing what her hormone levels were...then he suddenly didn't renew it, and she was off her medication altogether, we're not sure how long this went on for...we're in Oregon, and she had moved to Florida...for the sake of attempting to make a long and tragic story a tad more abbreviated I'll skip over some middle here...my grandmother ended up in the hospital after months of cognitive decline with the most whacked out thyroid the neurologist had EVER seen, apparently, her being alive at all was miraculous at this point...she'd been taking thyroid glandular for so long without having her levels tested that she'd slipped into hyper thyroid which had gone to the extreme...she passed on after a couple months of pain and severe confusion...

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on October 08, 2014
at 07:05 PM

Very sorry about your grandmother's suffering, but I don't understand the cause and effect.  If she were hyperthyroid due to too high a dose of dessicated thyroid, would she not have been symptomatic while taking the medication, rather than when she was deprived of the medication?  I don't think that "whacked out thyroid" is not a diagnosis of any sort.  I'm wondering if that neurologist was patient-blaming when the real problem was her lack of access to a good endocrinologist. 

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:49 PM

I'm so sorry to hear that!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on November 15, 2011
at 03:06 AM

Thanks, it was a nightmare on so many levels...her life was pretty miserable, and she wanted to die for a very long time, so I'm glad she's free from all the pain.

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:20 AM

Thyiodine is what I take. Thyroid and adrenals freeze dried in there.

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on September 18, 2013
at 03:09 PM

I am on ThyroGold and it is working WONDERS for me! Please feel free to call me if you'd like more details - Google "Blender Lady" to find my contact info. I think that anyone with thyroid issues should get the book, "Stop The Thyroid Madness". AMAZING book!

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Da7d9d07f49cbe2b20aeff758f141515

on September 18, 2013
at 03:07 PM

I am taking ThryoGold and it is working wonders for me. Feel free to call me to talk about it if you want. Google "Blender Lady" to find my contact info. Additionally, I can't recommend the book, "Stop They Thyroid Madness" highly enough. EVERYONE who has ANY thyroid condition should get that book IMNSHO (in my not so humble opinion) ;-)

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on August 05, 2013
at 10:44 PM

You were diagnosed as hypothyroid 4 years ago and prescribed a medication that did not help. Did you consider telling this to your doctor? Have you not seen another doctor to determine if hypothyroidism is in fact causing your symptoms?

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on August 05, 2013
at 09:12 PM

Forget tsh, etc. Study the work of Broda Barnes, md phd; read his book on hypothyroidism. Get a basal thermometer and use it according to the Barnes protocol; use only non synthetic thyroid.

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on May 03, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Insofar as I "treat" mine, its only by taking care of myself. I also have to eat less- maybe 1500 calories- than perhaps most Paleos can. But I take a lot of vitamin D3 and a very good chelated multimineral, and do a decent amount of cardio. This seems to keep it under control. I also follow the autoimmune protocol- no egg whites, very few nuts, and no (okay, not many) nightshades. However, that's just because I have Hashimoto's, so not applicable in your case.

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on May 03, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Stop eating grains, and the hashi's attack will go away. My Hashi's remitted to normal range when I stopped eating corn, it was not enough to not eat glutten you have to lay off rice, gluten, corn, and processed junk food. Eat paleo.

Meds are required to increase T3, but you have to have iron, D, mag, zinc levels checked otherwise the treatment won't stick...keep reading about the subject from reputable sources.

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:48 AM

Iodine is the worst thing to take for hypothyroidism.

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:34 AM

others would disagree. there are hypothyroid (& post hypothyroid) people over at http://perfecthealthdiet.com who have had success with iodine when combined with selenium and a diet sufficient in carbs. & some of those people have/or had Hashimoto’s. here's some more info; http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=3621 & http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=3650

229faa9f9cb551cbf9d1d766b84cf8f5

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on August 06, 2013
at 01:13 AM

Anecdotal evidence is dangerous

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on September 18, 2013
at 04:20 PM

only if you have hashimoto's. Iodine helps the thyroid produce hormones, but if your body is attacking your thyroid, that means the more function it has, the more it is attacked.

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