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Levothyroxine May Not be Enough for Patients Without a Thyroid

Are you a thyroidectomy patient struggling to feel better after your thyroid removal?

If so, then this article may help to explain why you are feeling the way that you do. 

Article highlights:

  • Those without a thyroid are in a unique situation which is different among other thyroid patients. 
  • Up to 20% of those without a thyroid do not achieve normal free thyroid hormone levels on standard medications such as levothyroxine. 
  • This reduction in free thyroid hormones can be tested for by looking at the free T3 and free T4 levels. 
  • Using other thyroid medications, such as Cytomel and liothyronine, may improve this problem.
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Breaking Down the Verywell health Thyroid Survey

Up to 5-10% of the population (depending on how you define it) suffers from the chronic condition known as hypothyroidism. 

This wouldn't be a problem, except we have anecdotal, and now survey data, which suggests that there is a big problem with how these patients are being treated. 

This article will walk you through the most recent survey produced by verywell health and provide my opinion as to why we see a failure in the treatment of these thyroid patients. 

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Compounded T4 and T3 Thyroid Medication: Advantages vs Disadvantages

Whether you realize it or not as a thyroid patient you actually have many options when it comes to thyroid medications. 

Your doctor might have you believe that the one and only thyroid medication available is Synthroid/levothyroxine but that couldn't be farther from the truth. 

There are actually many different types of thyroid medications which are FDA approved to treat hypothyroidism (1) (which means low thyroid function) and available in the United States. 

You are probably well aware of Synthroid/levothyroxine but others on this list include medications such as Tirosint, Cytomel, and liothyronine. 

Article highlights:

  • Compounded thyroid medications are unique among all types of thyroid medication
  • You can individually titrate your T4 and T3 dose to fit exactly the demands of your body
  • All medications have side effects and drawbacks but these can be minimized
  • Compounded thyroid medications are available only at compounding pharmacies and require a doctors prescription
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Why Treating Hypothyroidism as a Chronic Disease Is Incorrect

There's no question that hypothyroidism is a complex disease but does it deserve the designation of chronic disease?

A chronic disease implies that you may never be able to 100% treat or manage your condition. 

And I'm here to tell you that hypothyroidism should NOT be evaluated in this way. 

Why is this important?

Because how you look at a disease influences the type of therapies that you will use for that disease and the type of outcome that you can expect after treatment. 

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Carnivore Diet for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: What is it & Does it Work?

It's well known that diet has the potential to positively impact Hashimoto's thyroiditis

And, because it's one of the things that you can control 100%, it's of great concern to those people who suffer from this disease. 

Relevant to this discussion is a relatively new diet known as the Carnivore diet. 

This diet, high in animal-based products, has helped some individuals with autoimmune disease and Hashimoto's. 

Today we are going to explore in more detail what this diet is, how it may be working, and whether or not it is something you should try. 

Note: I am not advocating for the use of this diet but simply exploring how it can work and why it seems to work for certain people.

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Neu 5 Gc & Hashimoto’s: Do Animal Products Make it Worse?

We know that certain foods can both make Hashimoto's worse while others can potentially improve thyroid function and antibody levels. 

But where do red meat and other animal products fit into the equation?

Is it possible that these products trigger Hashimoto's or exacerbate it?

New research has suggested that there may be a link between the two. 

Article highlights:

  • 5 Neu Gc is an animal-derived product which does not naturally occur in humans but can become incorporated into the body through diet. 
  • The body can create antibodies to this product and a very high percentage of patients with positive anti-TPO antibodies also have antibodies to 5 Neu Gc. 
  • It's possible that there is a connection between consuming animal products and the development of Hashimoto's. 
  • Correlation does not mean causation, however, as not everyone with Hashimoto's may react negatively to animal products.
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How to use LDN to Treat Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Dosing, Safety & More)

There are very few medications that you can use to treat Hashimoto's thyroiditis and LDN is one of those medicines. 

But how does it work? Will it work for you? Is it safe to use? And, if so, how should you dose it? 

We are going to explore all of these questions and more. 

I've been using LDN for several years with great success and the goal of this article is to share what I've learned through the years so that you can determine if LDN is worth using in your situation. 

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3 Causes of Cytomel Related Hair Loss & What to Do About Them

If you are new to Cytomel, or if you've been using it for a long time, this information should be helpful! 

While Cytomel is probably one of my favorite medications used to treat hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, it doesn't come without risks and potential side effects. 

Among these side effects includes the potential for hair loss. 

Don't let this freak you out, however, because it can usually be treated very easily and most people experience hair GROWTH as long as they use it correctly. 

This article will focus on the 3 main causes of Cytomel-related hair loss and how to deal with each one. 

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Hypothyroid Patients: Symptoms + Treatment

Whenever I think about things that thyroid patients can do to potentially improve their health, supplementing with vitamin B12 immediately comes to mind. 

Why?

Because there are not very many easy "wins" for thyroid patients. 

Many of the therapies required to improve your overall thyroid status may require a prescription from your doctor. 

And, as you probably already know, getting your doctor to prescribe certain types of thyroid medications can be difficult! 

The good news is, though, that there are still several things that you can do to improve how you are feeling overall and addressing your Vitamin B12 status is one of those. 

Unfortunately, this particular issue is filled with some pitfalls which can limit how good you feel if you aren't taking the right type of B12, your dose is off, or if you have certain genetic issues. 

Let's dive into these issues so you can get a clear picture of how B12 deficiency impacts both your body and your thyroid. 

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How Many Calories Should You Eat with Hypothyroidism?

Calories are an important part of maintaining your weight, but they aren't nearly as important as you think if you have thyroid-related problems. 

Thyroid patients should consider themselves in a unique category which means they must understand how their thyroid functions which will then allow them to understand how various diets impact their weight. 

Let's discuss how calories impact your weight, your thyroid, and how you can really lose weight. 

Article highlights:

  • Calorie restriction (or counting calories) can negatively harm your thyroid and ultimately lead to weight gain, even if it works temporarily. 
  • Weight gain in hypothyroidism is driven by your hormones and not by calories. 
  • You should match your calorie consumption to your metabolic rate (and to do that you must rely upon your appetite). 
  • There are certain conditions which confuse your appetite and must be treated for long-lasting weight loss.
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