Hypothyroid Remedies

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Posted by Magda (Edinburgh, Uk) on 11/15/2011
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Hi, I managed to cure my hypothyroidism naturally within 8 months. Previously I was on Levothyroxinum 50 mcg for 3 years but experienced some side effects and decided to stop my medication on my own in February. The beginning was very difficult. The herbal pills from China did not help much and in June my TSH was 7.0

Then I started taking MSM, L-tyrosine, mega doses of B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, selenium, vitamin D3 (very important- 5000IU) Vitamin E. Everything in high doses. I also was drinking a lot of herbal teas like: nettle (for extra iron), horsetail, sage, liqurice root. I had a big glass of raw vegetable/fruit juice with ginger every day. I also consumed some chlorella, coconut oil, fish/evening primerose oil and bee pollen. I installed water filter to get rid of the fluoride in my drinking water and used chemical-free cosmetics and household products (no perfume as well) I consume only organic meat, raw cheese and do not drink any alcohol nor coffee and do not smoke. I walk 1-2 hours every day and use only cable internet and no wireless devices. (wireless and all x-rays are very bad for the thyroid) I reduced the use of my mobile phone. I removed all my amalgam fillings and do not eat tuna- too much mercury in there! ) I also tried liquid zeolites for a month and it gave me so much energy but had to discontinue it because of high price. This is a lot but certainly it worked because my TSH is 3.30 now and I am feeling much more better. If I do not take MSM I am losing my hair and if I do not take 300 mg of niacin a day I am getting nervous. I hope it will help. Regards, Magda

Replied by Lana
(London)
05/07/2015
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Thanks Magda! Since I first found my TSH as high as 19 two months ago, I've been taking the same vitamins, herbal teas of echinacea, licorice, astragalus; ashwagandha capsules, chyawanprash in the morning and triphala in the evening, EV coconut oil 2-3 table spoons a day, fruit, cooked vegetables, very little of oatmeal and other grains, every day bone broth, brazil nuts for selenium and pumpkin seeds for zinc/magnesium, sometimes probiotic capsules. I use only olive oil for frying.

In two months my TSH improved to 10. The antibodies also improved.

Should I start taking levothyroxin tablets?

Replied by Carmel
(Essex, England)
05/08/2015

My doctor has been monitoring me with blood tests for over six months, thinking I might have underactive thyroid, I had many of the symptoms but they would come and go and switch around.

I am now on a healthier diet but get good days and bad days, is it the same with you? Am thinking of taking licquorice and some other things, deciding which way to go, turmeric keeps coming up as being a good idea. How are you getting on?

Replied by Lana
(London)
05/08/2015

Hi Carmel, I feel little improvement not every day, but every week in general.

Does your blood test display that you are low in freeT3, T4 and have too high TSH and antibodies?

If your blood test results are within normal range, but you have simptoms of underactive thyroid, I would recommend you to choose natural remedy in accordance with the symptoms. I am not a doctor, this comes from my personal experience.

If you have issues with the immune system, you should understand, either you are TH1 dominant or TH2 dominant, and take the herbs accordingly (TH1 - green tea, gotu kola, pycnogenol, grape seed extract, lycopene; while TH2's are echinacea, licorice, astragalus, maitake mushroom etc). There is information about this in Google.

If it is slow methabolism, there are coconut oil, triphala for constipation and general detox, probiotics. For stress and anxiety there are adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha, siberian ginseng, passiflora. And vitamins of course for general well-being.

Replied by Green Augustine
(Mold, Denbighshire)
05/11/2015
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I've been taking coconut oil for a year and my thyroid seems to have re balanced itself going by my morning basal temperatur( taken before I get out if bed). Be careful with licorice as though it has its uses. It can send your blood pressure up a lot. I was having several cups a day and mine went from my normal 120/75 to 157/85! When I came off the licorice my BP came down.

Replied by Lana
(London)
05/12/2015

Did you use any other medicines except coconut oil and licorice? How high was your TSH before you started taking them? How is it now?

Replied by Lynn
(Vancouver, Canada)
10/29/2016

Olive oil is great for salads and dressings, but is not suitable for frying. Much too fragile (Still shaking my head at some of these cooking shows where celeb chefs use EVOO for frying! ) It simply does not have a high smoke point and can make your end results carcinogenic. Much better choices for frying foods or high-heat baking are avocado oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and macademia nut oil - all have high smoke points.


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Posted by Dancermk (Warren, Maine, 04864) on 12/13/2010

Hello :) I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid about 2 years ago, but my chiropractor actually warned me of the problem earlier than that. I am on Levothyroxin at 25 MCG's. I have done a lot of research on the condition and things that can help or harm the thyroid, information that my dr never told me. I really want to improve my thyroid as naturally as I can. I have read about coconut oil helping and also apple cider vinegar.

My question is, how much of both the coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar would you recommend I take and also how many times/day? I have been taking 3 tablespoons 3 times a day of the coconut oil. I also read about kelp as helping, but I am a newbie and I am just not sure what to do or how much of anything I should be taking to help. I am also trying to avoid soy(challenge! ) and gluten and any refined sugar... And I exercise everyday, trying to lose about 50 lbs, that I really think came on because of my thyroid. I would appreciate any help or thoughts. Thank you :)

Replied by T
(Austin, Tx, Usa)
12/13/2010

I had the same issue as you mentioned. I do a combination of acupuncture and chinese herbs, along with chiropracter once monthly who suggested taking "CHIRO-ZYME T1 to T12 Rbs" (I take that one, three times daily with meals). I eat 2 tablespoons of Artisana Coconut Butter (not oil) fisr thing in the morning in addition to cooking with coconut oil. I completely eliminated soy products (despite being vegetarian). Found other sources of gluten free and soy free protein, in addition to cooking/eating at home. I also add to my diet daily Sea vegetables organic sold in plastic bags in the Asian aisles of most grocery stores. Dulse, seaweed and any other sea veg that has iodine content in it. Finally I replaced regular sea salt with 'Sea Seasonings Organic KELP Granules'. Found relief in approx 2 weeks of doing so. Once energy returned included daily exercise and am at a much better place. I was told by my chiropractor to NOT take traditional meds for this since it worsens the thyroid making it dependent on the meds for a very long time. Hope this helps!


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Posted by Margaret (Cloverdale, Ca) on 08/09/2009

For anyone having trouble finding Armour (as one person in Canada mentioned), there is another product that in my experience is equivalent: Nature-Throid. I was first prescribed that by a doctor in Vancouver, BC. In the US my doctor continued that prescription, but sometimes when the pharmacy had trouble getting it soon enough, we substituted Armour. I can't tell any difference. Both work for me.

I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, with diagnosed thyroglobulin antibodies (but not peroxidase antibodies; not sure what the implications of the one without the other are).

I also have adrenal issues and find that taking Isocort makes all the difference in the world to my ability to think and have energy. Isocort is bovine adrenal gland that is supposed to be standardized to 2-1/2 mg. of cortisol per pill. It is non-prescription in the US, but I don't think it's available at all in Canada.

I am starting to experiment with EV coconut oil (2 Tablespoons/day) and Atomidine (the latter I've tried before by itself), where I try the Edgar Cayce approach of stimulating the thyroid via 1 drop of Atomidine in a glass of water on Day 1, increasing by 1 drop/day up to 5 drops on Day 5, then stop for 5 days, then repeat. I am wondering if such iodine stimulation is a bad idea or a good idea for autoimmune hypothyroidism, as stimulating the thyroid can, according to some theories, increase the autoimmune response against the thyroid. Can't say it's done anything so far, either way, now that I'm on Day 6 (nor when I've tried it in the past, except perhaps a tiny bit of improvement BEFORE I was on Armour/Nature-Throid, but I never continued long enough to be sure). The only thing that REALLY seems to matter is if I don't take my full 6 Isocort pills that I'm up to these days. (The Isocort bottle says you can take up to 8/day.)

I was hoping the EVCO would help the adrenals. I'll try another round or two of Atomidine starting Day 11 while continuing the EVCO throughout, and if I don't notice any changes from the Atomidine, I'll drop that and keep up the EVCO for another couple of weeks, and if THAT doesn't make obvious improvements, I'll work harder at alkalizing my body.

Vinegar alkalizes the body, but I'm reluctant to use it because I've heard from some sources it's not the best to use, especially if you have candidiasis issues, which I may have, though nowadays I think celiac disease is more of the problem.

So far no obvious changes one way or the other, but I have had the sense most of my life that my body likes the feel of coconut in my tummy, and it's not just the taste. I'll keep you posted...


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Posted by Tominco (Ft. Collins, Co, Usa) on 02/28/2012
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At the beginning of last October after my last annual blood test, I tried Anatabloc, a new over-the counter anti-inflamatory nutriceutical for secondary hypothroidism. I was my last hope before going to a doctor and it worked better than I hoped. Anyway, I saw on the web some speculation that it would also be effective for BPH and even though my PSA level was only 1.30, it has been slowly rising for the last 7 years. I got another blood test at the beginning of February that focused on thyroid associated hormones and a PSA test. My TSH level went from 0.3 to 2.8 and my PSA level went from 1.30 to 0.60. I'm a happy camper. One other thing that I noticed is that the rheumatoid arthritis in my hands no longer hurts.


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Posted by Margaret (Carrot Creek, Alta) on 02/07/2010

Hypothyroid

I have been on Eltroxin for thyroid for a few years. Lately my heart started palpitations. Had a blood test done. It came back that my thyroid was underactive again. Dr. increases my meds from 50 to 100. Had another test done in two weeks and it came back normal. But I still have heart palpitations. How long does it take for the meds to settle my heart. Do you think I should try some virgin coconut oil or kelp supplements? Or would this give me more palpitations??

Replied by Jhopkins
(Chapel Hill, Tn)
02/08/2010

First research adrenal fatigue. Seems that adrenal is the primary cause of hypothyroidism (among other issues). If you start to treat your adrenals (primarily with eating foods to nurture it and supplements as well), then you will see improvement in your thyroid. Heart palpitations in my experience never seemed to have lasted long. That is a little concerning that you are having heart palpiations for so long. Ask your doctor to back off a level as your issue is really concerning you. or ask for a different brand. From what I understand Kelp and VCO are good places to start, but it gets confusing to me. Should I first look into healing the adrenals and then look into the thyroid...or does it all just fall in place?


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Posted by Sharon (Springfield, Ma) on 01/11/2010

Taking supplements while on Synthroid

Hi, I am wondering if anybody has info on any issues of taking ACV or Turmeric while on Synthroid. I had my thyroid removed last year and wonder if it is OK to take these remedies or will it interfere with the meds.

Replied by Linda
(York County, Maine)
01/11/2010

Hi Sharon, I had my thyroid "fried" several years ago, started w/Synthroid, now take 200 mcg of Levothyroxine. I don't ingest ACV consistently. When I did take it for a period of time, I saw no effect toward my med....I took it in the evening so as not to disturb the absorption - you know how you should avoid dairy for so many hours within taking the med, etc. - I haven't found that any supplement I've ingested has affected the med, actually, and I've dabbled with St. John's Wort, Maca, Cellfood and have just started with 15 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in 6 ounces of water. I take colloidal silver on occasion or echinacea to ward off a cold; sometimes ingest a sublingual B complex which seems to help when the corners of my mouth are dry and cracked....listen to your body and just stop if it feels wrong. Good Luck to You!

Replied by Sara
(The Beach, Canada)
01/11/2010

i take both ACV or Turmeric while on Synthroid. my levels continue to test fine and i have been on this regimine for two years. hope this helps.


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Posted by Laura (Orlando, Fl) on 08/11/2009
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Hi everyone: I was recently diagnosed as hypothyroid and was put on bioidentical plant based meds. After using for about ten days, i noticed that i was struggling to breathe. This went on for about 2 days on and off until i decided to stop the meds to see if this could be causing it. Well it has improved about 80% but its still there especially if i try to do housework etc. I later googled hypothyroid symptoms and did found that one of the symptoms is air hunger. Has anyone had a similar experience? I would be grateful for any feedback.


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Posted by Amy (Los Angeles, CA) on 05/20/2009
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I had a hypothyroid condition for over 10 years caused by Hashimoto's Disease where my body produced antibodies to attack my thyroid. I was told this auto-immune disease was completely incurable.

I had terrible toxicity symptoms from extreme fatigue, dizzy spells, memory loss, and multiple food intolerances. Anything that had pesticides, especially herbs, caused near anaphlyactic responses.

I was taking 125 mcg synthroid for 10 years. I never felt right.

I found when I took kelp, my thyroid increased but sometimes it went too high.

I did a lot of research on mercury fillings and decided to have a bio dentist remove them safely. I felt worse as they removed several at each visit. On my last visit, something remarkable happened. The next morning after my last amalgam was removed my basal body temperature returned to normal for the first time in my life.

I ended up in the ER because my thyroid became over active from the medication. The doctor looked at me like I was crazy when I told him it was because of my fillings. My tests confirmed that my thyroid was working on its own and I no longer needed medication. I have been free of hypothyroidism for 5 years now!

Please research the effects of mercury on your hormones. My endocronologist now makes all of her patients remove their amalagams. She has found great evidence that women in menopause can not balance their hormones until their old fillings have been replaced with more bio compatible fillings. No more silver!!!

It's also important to use chlorella or a product like ___ ___ ____ to remove remaining mercury immediately following your dentist visit after amalgam removal.

Good Luck!

Replied by Linda
(Los Angeles, Ca 91326)
01/17/2011

Dear Amy, Your story sounds similar to mine. I have been hypothyroid almost 8 years. It happened after menopause, and it has destroyed my life. I am intolerant to every thyroid medicine and have tried them all. I have researched toxic old dental fillings and still have a few left in my mouth and have always wondered if this was a problem. My regular dentist removed one and that was the start of face pain.

Since I live in L.A., can you recommend a biodentist that removed your fillings. I live for the day to get off these thyroid meds.

Thank you,

Linda at LINDAUTHR(at)aol(dot)com

Replied by Liz
(Texas)
07/07/2013

I have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism & started taking medication earlier this year. I'm doing better than I was, but could be better yet! I have some fillings I got when I was about 17 years old, I am now 25 years old (so I'm obviously not menopausal or post menopausal), but I did have a baby last year.... So I wonder if my fillings could be my issue. I actually lost one of my fillings a few months before I had my baby, I'm certain I probably ingested it. It's an interesting thing to wonder...

Replied by Nan
(Easton, Md)
08/10/2018

What is the type of product to use after mercury fillings are removed? The name was blocked out. Thx.


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Posted by Liz (Orlando, Fl) on 10/17/2011

Hello Everyone: Can someone tell me which is the best seaweed to consume? I am thinking of adding this to my diet to help my hypothyroid symptoms but do not know which one to choose. Thank you everyone for a quick response.

Replied by Queenfrett
(Atlanta, Ga)
10/18/2011
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Fucus seaweed is what I use. I make it into a tea.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)
10/18/2011

Many recommend kelp. Does anyone know if kelp and kombu are the same thing?

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)
10/18/2011

Hi Mmsg, Kombu is a variety of kelp just as in Australia we have bull kelp growing off Tasmania (I think it is still harvested at King Island). Some other varieties are: giant kelp; stalked kelp; sea bamboo; wakame.

Bladder wrack is a seaweed that is often used to extract iodine and some refer to it as a kelp but I have read that it is not.

Replied by Pam
(Usa)
09/29/2014

Irish moss is supposed to promote healthy thyroid function. It might be worth researching. Most herb stores carry it.


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Posted by Melissa (San Franisco, California) on 06/20/2009

Hi, A few years ago, I read an article that Ted wrote about taking vitamins to help hypothyroidism. After two months of taking the recommended dose, my doctor had reduced my thyroid meds by half. I would love to start taking the vitamins/suppliments again but can not find the article. Can you help me out?

Thank you!
Melissa

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn.)
06/20/2009
510 posts

Hi Melissa, Don't know what Ted's recommended vitamins for hypothyroidism is but one patient who was taking thyroid medication and remaining in the low normal range, suddenly soared out the far end of normal range about a month after she started taking a Stress Tablet 4 times a day. This is just a B complex with added Vitamins C & E.


Thyroid Readings

Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/04/2013

TSH 160.9: Can anyone explain what this means and how to make health corrections? My eyebrows are thin and missing outer third on both sides of face. My thyroid numbers were in mid range of normal.. NO PROBLEM...!!! ... ? :(

Replied by Braveheart
(Vancouver, Bc)
05/05/2013

You have demodex mites. Eyebrow and hair loss are very telling. Try slathering yourself with organic coconut oil when you get out of your bathing. Face to feet and watch all the mites squirm out of your pores it is amazing. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your bath products and it will kill the eggs too. Massage yourself firmly and press out all the poisons. I did this morning and night. Especially at night and I picked them off and put them on the tissue. Going to take them to my Dr. next week as she also had rosacea. That is why I did all the research for this cleanse. Awful acne/rosacea caused by demodex mites. We all have them. They came out of my kids and sister. They just have different symtoms or no symptoms and just carry them. I'm doing everyone in my family. Tell everyone and then come back and tell us how you do! If you watch the utub video on how to do eyelashes it is good but I don't bother I just use my fingers to rub everything in and then I make sure I do my best to get them off quickly as they can slide back in the pores and get stuck and cause breakouts like crazy. I have a couple and they are all red and zitty. Wasn't quick enough so many came out is was shockingly disgustingly amazing and so freeing to get back my health and energy.

Replied by Joy
(Batttleground, Wash)
05/29/2013

I found my answer this week while going through some papers... A high THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE blood work number means that the thyroid is not putting out enough hormone~hypothyroid

thyrotropin =TSH= thyroid stimulating hormone

produced by the pituitary gland telling the thyroid to make and release the thyroid hormone into the blood. I am experimenting with some Kelp since I already use iodized salt. I have used kelp supplement before. If you are hyperthyroid, do not use kelp or iodine without doing research and seeing a doctor.

Replied by Miguel
(Toronto)
06/23/2013

I greatly advocate the use of organic coconut oil for a myriad of uses. However, none of you will find a cure in it for this particular ailment. Nor will any prescription drug from Pfizer or Glaxo.

I'm very surprised to see the lack of mention in regards to selenium and iodine. Many cases of hypothyroidism stem to a deficiency of selenium and/or iodine. Both correlate with the levels of T3 and T4.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
06/25/2013
2100 posts

Miguel: There are a myriad post suggesting many forms of Iodine as well as Iodide; nascent being the best. Also, in order of "not mentioning" I have posted a few times the need for supplementing Tyrosine along with the Iodine and Selenium. Also, all glands in general, not just the thyroid, are quite sensitive tissues and are often the first to show signs of stress. This is why antioxidant nutrition is critical for healthy endocrine system. Zinc/Vit-A is also specifically indicated for healthy glands.

Replied by Michelle
(Florida)
09/23/2015

Joy, Have you ever been tested by an MD for thyroid function? Just a guess....you have some form of hyperthyroidism is why you're loosing hair.

Have a doctor give you the 3rd generation TSH test, not the usual 1st generation. It is more exact or precise as to whether your thyroid is too high or too low.


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Posted by Wendy (Sacramento, Ca) on 02/26/2015
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My doctor tried to put me on levothryoid for my hypo-thyroidism. I was allergic to it. So I went to a homeopathic dr., and he put me on 2 drops of emulsified vitamin D. When tested a couple of months later, my thyroid levels are now perfectly normal.