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Friday, October 10, 2014

Are synthetic thyroid hormones as safe and as effective as natural thyroid hormone preparations?

I have said this to quite a number of my clients who are on medication for thyroid disorders and for whom relief has been partial, or where the medication appears to be increasingly less effective as the years tick by: "Please go and see your doctor and ask to be switched to a natural whole thyroid".

You would be amazed at how many doctors refuse, some even resorting to telling outright fibs that there is no such thing, at least, not available in New Zealand (I can tell them where to get it).  In such cases, my follow up advice is to get a new doctor.

Please read the following article by thyroid expert, Dr Ronald Hoffman.

Doctors’ panel doubles-down on recommendation for only synthetic thyroid for hypothyroidism

By Dr. Ronald Hoffman
One of the most contentious issues in the field of endocrinology is whether natural thyroid medications (Armour Thyroid, natural desiccated thyroid, Thyrolar etc.) are better alternatives for some patients suffering from hypothyroidism than synthetic drugs (Synthroid, Levothroid, L-thyroxine, etc.).
ts_thyroid_sm2A little basic thyroid physiology is in order here. The thyroid naturally produces two main forms of thyroid hormone—T3 and T4. T3, or triiodothyronine, is “body-ready” and primed to act immediately on cells throughout the body to boost metabolism. T4, or L-thyroxine, on the other hand, requires transformation by the body into active, utilizable T3.
Usually, in healthy young adults, the transformation of T4 to T3 occurs quite readily. But in cases of illness or debilitation, or in the presence of environmental toxins or stress, or due to the effects of certain medications, the transformation is hampered.
Mainstream endocrinologists have long taken the position that T4 is just fine for replacing thyroid hormone in patients with hypothyroidism. Besides, they contend, T3 is too potent for some patients, creating the risk of side effects like palpitations and anxiety. Besides, they don’t like the way that T3 interferes with the tests they rely on to assess adequacy of thyroid replacement.

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