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IS IT POSSIBLE TO EAT AN ANIMAL'S THYROID INSTEAD OF TAKING LEVOTHYROXINE?

Commented on October 23, 2013
Created October 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I had a thyroidectomy after diagnosed with thyroid cancer and now have to take levothyroxine for life. i hate being dependant on them, and i know there's a more natural pill called Armour, but is there another way? i heard of someone eating small pieces of buffalo thyroid. i may be asking the wrong group but i cant find info anywhere

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on October 23, 2013
at 05:59 PM

There's worse smelling meds in the pharmacy...for instance, Metformin makes me gag, lol...I don't think Amour is nearly as foul, besides, they are much smaller tabs. If OP is willing to eat buffalo thyroid (possibly just as disgusting if not more so than Amour thyroid) then I'd just take the Amour.

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on October 23, 2013
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I could see why you'd avoid Armour thyroid though. When I was younger I worked as a pharmacy tech and gagged every time I had to count out Armour thyroid. It is utterly discusting (rotting meat odor), not to mention the tablets were very fragile, I could imagine they dissolve in water very quickly (in your mouth?) Bleh!

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Hunting a few hundred buffalo, grass-fed cows, and deer might be deeply satisfying, but I think the Armour thyroid would be simpler.

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on October 23, 2013
at 12:43 AM

The main problem with eating pieces of buffalo thyroid is not being able to titrate the dose. How would you know if you're getting a subtherapeutic level or overdosing? The medication is relatively inexpensive (compared to a lot of prescription meds) and comes in many different strengths. Levothyroxine or Armour, if it were me I'd just take the med.

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on October 23, 2013
at 03:04 AM

I could see why you'd avoid Armour thyroid though. When I was younger I worked as a pharmacy tech and gagged every time I had to count out Armour thyroid. It is utterly discusting (rotting meat odor), not to mention the tablets were very fragile, I could imagine they dissolve in water very quickly (in your mouth?) Bleh!

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on October 22, 2013
at 06:40 PM

Yep, but prescription dessicated thyroid is available - Google "armour thyroid". Answered before you added the additional comments.

The problem with sourcing your own thyroid supplements is that you'll likely induce hyperthyroidism by overdosing on it. Google 'Hamburger Hyperthroidism'.

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on October 22, 2013
at 11:12 PM

Hunting a few hundred buffalo, grass-fed cows, and deer might be deeply satisfying, but I think the Armour thyroid would be simpler.

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