Hypothyroid Meds Make My Mom Very Sick - Need Natural Alternative

Posted By Tammie (KY) on 11/22/2020

My Mom is 77. She's had Hypothyroid and Hypoglycemia for at least 20 years. She's been to 3 specialist. the last Dr said she's in the 2% that CAN'T take thyroid meds. She's been on every kind, she ends up in bed crying, Shaking, unable to function, so she doesn't take the meds. Then she doesn't feel great, but she's much better than she would be on thyroid meds.

The higher her TSH, the better she feels. She's gained a lot of weight lately, mostly across her back area, I read that could be from Cortisol Levels. All the Drs were interested in was TSH labs, I'd ask them to check T3 & T4, but they wouldn't.

I talked to people where they fix compound meds, but needed a Dr to work with them, but again they wouldn't listen. Her voice gets hoarse, she gets weak, she can't sleep. I've done research on my own for years trying to find a solution.

Is there something natural to correct cortisol or replace thyroid meds?

Thanks TLC


Replied by Charity (faithville, Us) on 11/23/2020

I would go read the Dr. John Lee book about What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. That back fat on me left when I added Emerita Progesterone Cream.
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Replied by Mary (Md.) on 11/23/2020

I?ve found that 2 or 3 Brazil nuts a day have eliminated my very cold hands and feet. I?ve been down the same road with doctors so can?t verify low thyroid. But have some symptoms. Brazil nuts are very high in selenium. Can?t hurt.
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Replied by Tessa (Okanagan) on 11/23/2020

Hi Tammie ?

There is a Web site called Stop the Thyroid Madness.

It?s a great resource because they?ve been compiling information from real people with real results. There are lots of links as well as non-Facebook discussion groups run by patients for patients (one of the groups is for the over 60 crowd).


There is information on how to find a good doctor who knows about treating the thyroid properly (not just looking at a lab number and prescribing medication).


Since your mom has been hypothyroid for 20 years, it may take some time and trial and error before she?s feeling better but I think this is one of the better sites about thyroid issues (including adrenals, etc.).

Best of luck to you and your mom ? hope it helps!


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Replied by Art (California) on 11/23/2020

Hi Tammie,

Zinc, selenium, iodine and vitamin A have shown some benefit for hypothyroidism:



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Replied by Bill (Philippines) on 11/25/2020

Hi Tammie,

There is a protocol by Stephanie Buist ND (with explanations) that you can follow which is shown here:


And here is my own simplified version of the same Iodine protocol:


Please be sure that your mother takes the iodine protocol with ALL the companion nutrients that are advised -- don't take shortcuts. And you should initially start the iodine protocol with a low iodine dose and work up to the advised dosage slowly (while also taking all the companion nutrients as advised).

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