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« Reply #30 on: June 23, 2006, 07:05:21 AM »
it does have to be perscribed, I should ask my doctor about that not being regulated, I wonder what that means.....

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« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2006, 07:12:19 AM »
Not sure. I will ask her again and see if regulated is the right word. I sure wish she could try it though. She is old enough to be my mom but she is just tired ALL the time and she works full time.  She just comes home at the end of the day   

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« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2006, 03:21:11 AM »
The reason that I'm particularly interested in the "how much" to take is because that too much kelp can actually be harmful to the thyroid, as it is a very high source of iodine. 

I was going to start a thread asking this very same question, but I'm glad I did the search first and found this one!

I have been searching google, and have found that kelp can be wonderful for your thyroid (I suspect mine to be low) but too much is harmful.  I have not yet found the correct dosage. 

I just got my capsule maker in the mail yesterday (along with 1000 capsules.....should last forever!!!!) so making them wouldn't be a problem for me.  I just have the big capsule, and wondered if I should fill them half, 1/4 or what.

The Bulk Herb Store has started carrying kelp.  Does anybody know if they give any recommandations?  Thanks!

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Re: Thyroid Dysfunction: Diagnosis & Treament
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2006, 04:44:58 AM »
A friend of mine makes a great salad dressing with Kelp powder...I'd say you could probably add kelp to any oil-based dressing.

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1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Water
½ Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon Basil
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seed Oil
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Powdered Kelp
¼ Teaspoon Pepper
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« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2006, 05:07:45 AM »
I am hypothyroid myself (diagnosed) and take my synthroid faithfully.   We also cut out iodized salt and switched to sea salts, so I know how you feel.

My solution was to find a multivitamin that contained iodine.  I bought Supermom and it has really worked well.  I have not had my thyroid tested since starting it to know if it has done anything positive for my thyroid, but I am feeling more rested since taking it.
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Re: Thyroid Dysfunction: Diagnosis & Treament
« Reply #35 on: July 02, 2006, 07:56:16 PM »
hello there. I have a friend who thinks she might be having thyroid problems. What are some symptoms of thyroid disease or whatever it's called? Could they "appear" to be anxiety?

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« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2006, 03:00:25 AM »
Absolutely!  They most definitely can manifest themselves as anxiety.  I actually started to really clue into the fact that something wasn't right for me when I started to have panic attacks.  Because thyroid issues can be so elusive and can mimic so many other problems, the doctors totally missed it for a while, but I kept pushing for them to give me a thyroid hormone blood test, and what do you know?  I was low, and when they got me regulated on a proper dose of synthroid, my panic attacks stopped.

So, your friend should definitely ask her doctor to explore the thyroid route....taking synthroid is much safer than taking antidepressants, in my humble opinion.
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« Reply #37 on: July 27, 2006, 06:10:23 AM »
Hello, I just joined and noticed the post on Thyroid.  Even though this topic is somewhat outdated I thought I would post my experience in hopes of helping someone. 

A few months ago I was extremely fatigued, even though my little one had finally started sleeping at night.  I expressed my frustration to my chiropractor and he did an iodine patch test on me.  He rubbed a small patch of iodine inside my upper arm.  He told me to watch it to see how fast it disappeared.  The gauge he gave me was less than 24 hours I was iodine deficient.  The patch disappeared in about 11 hours.  Theory here is your skin absorbs the iodine more quickly if there is a deficiency.

He put me on Standard Process Prolamine Iodine.  I could immediately tell a difference, but I was still tired.  Once I added the SuperMom vitamins along with the iodine my energy picked back up.  I have tried just the vitamins w/o the iodine and after a few days I start to feel exhausted.  I know the iodine is working. 

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« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2006, 03:27:55 AM »

You may want to read the following about Fluoride...It is found in nearly all forms of toothpaste, is used by most dentists, and is found in most munincipal water supplies.  This concerns me, as I have hypothyroid and fluoride replaces iodine which is necessary for thyroid health.  THis is just one of many articles that you can find if you search the internet for fluoride and thyroid together.

http://www.rense.com/general57/FLUR.HTM
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Re: Thyroid Dysfunction: Diagnosis & Treament
« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2006, 04:07:31 AM »

You may want to read the following about Fluoride...It is found in nearly all forms of toothpaste, is used by most dentists, and is found in most munincipal water supplies.  This concerns me, as I have hypothyroid and fluoride replaces iodine which is necessary for thyroid health.  THis is just one of many articles that you can find if you search the internet for fluoride and thyroid together.

http://www.rense.com/general57/FLUR.HTM

Alot of green teas contain substantial amounts of flouride as well. 
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« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2006, 05:11:16 AM »
Do black teas or herbal teas have this same problem HB?

Also, about water from a muninciple source, most pitcher filtration systems or on the tap filtration systems DO NOT remove fluoride.  They are made to allow fluoride to remain in the water.  If you have muninciple water, you may need to look into more extensive filtration than Brita or Pur. 

If you have well water, then you probably don't have a problem with fluoridated water unless you add your own, which I don't know many people who do.   We have well water, and since it is not fluoridated, just use a Brita Filter to remove other unwanted yukkies.
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Re: Thyroid Dysfunction: Diagnosis & Treament
« Reply #41 on: August 09, 2006, 08:45:47 AM »
HB, this is really interesting to me.

Alot of green teas contain substantial amounts of flouride as well. 

Wow, is that really true?

 
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« Reply #42 on: August 09, 2006, 10:42:26 AM »
There's a thread on it the green tea containing floride thing.
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« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2006, 03:05:20 PM »
Do black teas or herbal teas have this same problem HB?

Black tea is the same thing as green tea, it's just been fermented.  I'm not sure if this affects the flouride content, but I would think not.  Herbal teas as far as I know are not related and would not be affected unless they are grown in a region where they gather the flouride from the air as the green tea plant does.
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Re: Thyroid Dysfunction: Diagnosis & Treament
« Reply #44 on: August 25, 2006, 12:12:38 AM »
Does anyone know what I can do to correct low thyroid.  I have been taking med. for 5 yrs.  I'd like a more natural way.

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« Reply #45 on: August 25, 2006, 04:37:45 AM »
I have some interesting passages from Nourishing Traditions that have to do with the thyroid.  Again, let me highly recommend that every lady buy this book if possible.  It is available for $15.00 (US) on Amazon.com and it is a 676 page book chock full of info:

About Iodine: (page 44)
"Iodine: Although needed in only minute amounts, Iodine is essential for numerous biochemical processes, such as fat metabolism, thyroid function, and the production of sex hormones.  Muscle cramps are a sign of defficiency as are cold hands and feet, proneness to weight gain, poor memory, constipation, depression, and headaches.  It seems to be essential for mental development.  Iodine deficiency has been linked to mental retardation, coronary heart disease, susceptibility to polio and breast cancer.  Sources include most sea foods, unrefined  sea salt, kelp and other sea weeds, fish broth, butter, pineapple, sartichokes, asparagus and dark green vegetables.  Certain vegetables, such as cabbage or spinach, can block iodine absorption when eaten raw or unfermented.  Requirements for iodine vary widely.  In general, those whose ancestors come from seacoast areas require more iodine than those whose ancestors come from inland regions.  Proper iodine utlilization requires sufficient levels of vitamin A, supplied by animal fats.  In excess, ioodine can be toxic.  Consumption of high amounts of inorganic iodine (as in iodized salt of iodine-fortified bread) as well as of organic iodine (as in kelp) can cause thyroid problems similar to those of iodine deficiency, including goiter."




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« Reply #46 on: September 18, 2006, 05:48:06 PM »
Sorry to open this one back up, but I have a few questions. 

My background.

Back in 2001 I was diagnosed hypothyroid.  I saw a specialist & everything.  He said it was brought on by hashimotos disease.  I'm not sure what that is all about, though.  I never had any symptoms, however.  My ALLERGIST was the first to notice it.  He saw that my neck looked swollen on one side & reccommended that I get my thyroid checked.  I took synthroid (.075 mg, give or take)  for 5 years and have had 1 miscarriage and 2 successful, healthy pregnancies.  I gained (then lost) 30 pounds with each.  My dosage was adjusted during pregnancy, but not by much.  I'm 5'2" and stay around 120-125 pounds.  So, like I said, I never really had much as far as symptoms.  (Maybe I was a little moody, but that was before I read Created...  ;)  j/k) 

Earlier in this thread, someone said something about it being unwise to stop taking your medication without working with a doctor on it.  Well, we lost our insurance 6 months ago when I was supposed to get retested.  We don't really have the means to get my bloodwork done again.  And, at this point, I'd probably have to see my doctor first, as well.  So that'd be the cost of a dr. visit, bloodwork, and the medication...

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« Reply #47 on: September 18, 2006, 08:22:25 PM »
I can only speak from my own experiences. I have very low thyroid. I have hypothyroidism but to the point of being clssified as "nonfunctioning thyroid". Being on and off meds to say its night and day is an understatement to me. I get physically ill if I do not have meds. I ran out over the labor day holiday and stupidly let my refill lapse. I got sick and even after restarting meds it took a few days to level off again. If you thyroid was damaged by a virus like mine was and is not able to create enough of its own hormone to support your body functioning the way it should I would not risk it at all. If anything else put it this way...you have so much to loose by not continuing treatment. It will not heal on its own. I know we shouldn't live in fear and my husband keeps reminding me of this, but if I had a way to stock pile my meds just incase of a national disaster or so on and the pharmacy woludn't have them that thought does worry me. After going through what I went through recently being out. I don;t want to ever repeat that again. Whew!
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« Reply #48 on: September 18, 2006, 08:27:07 PM »
Kristen,

THyroid levels have a great influence on your fertility. My periods stopped completly but I was able to concieve a few times only to loose them soon after. They finally diagnosed me with hypothyroid although mine is quite low and not mild. Synthroid does not harm baby in any way. Actually helps baby. It si s fact that moms with low thyroid during pregnancy interfers with brain development. It was a mazing how easy this last pregnancy was compared to my others since I was fianlly diagnosed. I hope this info helps releive your worries.
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Hi!  I am a relative newcomer to the board but have already found it to be of tremendous encouragement.

A little background, I am 24  and married without any children.  I was diagnosed with a mild case of hypothyroid (low thyroid function) back last September and began to take Synthroid at the lowest dose.  My thyroid blood tests have stabilized in the normal range since then, but I am concerned about the ramifications that my thyroid may have when my DH and I want to start our family.

Anyway, I am really looking for anyone who has similar confirmed thyroid issues to swap ideas advice and stories with.

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Re: Thyroid Dysfunction: Diagnosis & Treament
« Reply #49 on: September 19, 2006, 03:07:05 AM »
I was diagnosed 10 yrs ago postpartum.  I took levoxl for 8 yrs and then stopped. On my own.  They do say you shouldn't do that.  I found something on the net called thy-something and was going to take it but found out I was preg and didn't want to since it was just something I "found" They checked my thyroid 3 months in a row and it was fine.  Still is as far as I know.  I read that the synthetic meds can cause bone loss and as I am already short I sure didn't need that!  ;)  If I had to take it again I would definitely find a doc that would prescribe armour.  HOWEVER, and this may not apply depending on why someone thyroid is low my natropath and someone else I spoke to that I called from an article on mercolas site(this was a long time ago)say that the thyroid can be healed.  But you do have to stay away from goitrogen(sp) foods such as peanuts and some vegetables you should not eat unless they are lightly steamed like cabbage.  Don't know if that is helpful to anyone.  I hope so.   :)

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« Reply #50 on: September 19, 2006, 03:57:21 AM »




My mom used to put kelp powder on her salad or in her salad dressing.
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« Reply #51 on: September 25, 2006, 06:24:30 PM »
Hi there!
I have a thyroid problem.  My doctor put me on Armour Thyro two years ago and it did help BUT I did not want to stay on a medication the rest of my life.  I feel as though I had it really bad.  I could not think to even make dinner, I was gaining a lot of weight, tired and really cold.  Originally I tried to go off the medication without finding a solution and the result was terrible.  I understand why someone said they wanted to have a stockpile.  However, I still wanted to find a natural solution.  I am no longer on the medication.  I have energy and I can think again.  I drink raw goats milk which has helped me to think better.  No I don't no why it helps, I just know it does.  I also take a vitamin that strengthens the thyroid from Standard Process called Thytrophin.  This helps my energy levels.  I am still trying to work it all out which is why I am on this web site.  I do not eat bags of treats a day and my daily duties of wife and mom keep me active.  However, I still have trouble loosing weight unless I exercise consistently.  Maybe it is just the life I live but I really don't have time to do that anymore.  I still need a solution for loosing my chub in a less time consuming way.

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« Reply #52 on: September 25, 2006, 06:38:58 PM »
I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet on this thread, but coconut oil is great for evening out thyroid irregularities (hypo- or hyper-, I'm pretty sure).

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« Reply #53 on: September 29, 2006, 06:15:22 AM »
This is a natural supplement I take because I have low thyroid symptoms. It helped me greatly T-100.  You can get it from www.midwivesconnection.com.

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« Reply #54 on: September 29, 2006, 07:20:38 AM »
So can you tell me where the thyroid, pituitary, spleen, and adrenal come from?  Is it from bovine?  I ask because the one I was previously on was made from bovine thyroid and adrenal.  I am just curious...thanks!

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« Reply #56 on: October 11, 2006, 03:25:36 AM »
I have no answers just more questions.   :P  I did an iodine patch on my arm last night and it is already gone pretty much.  However I had blood work done in June and everything checked out fine.  My basal temp was 97.3 this morning after adding the degree under my arm. But I took two of my kids temps too and one was the same as mine and one was 97.5. That would be my healthiest child.  My hair does fall out alot.  It started when baby was 4months so I am thinking more of a hormonal thing.  But then there is the idodine. My natural dr said it should last 24 hours.  I do struggle with weight but I CAN lose it.  Baby is 6 months and 3 weeks and I have 8 lbs to go to prebirth weight which is way better than I have done with the last 4 so........I dont' know what to think.  I don't have dry hair or skin. I am tired all the time but not totally fatigued.  Any thoughts from anyone?  Thanks.

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« Reply #57 on: October 11, 2006, 03:50:42 AM »
Pennie, do you feel like you're under a lot of stress? The state of health of your body can be a stress indicator. I am pregnant, with adrenal and thyroid issues (though my thyroid has been doing quite well right now) but with the stress of pregnancy and general state of health of my body (still have the adrenal problems) I shed quite a bit. Though lately it's slowed down some. Stress will kill animals, and it can do the same thing to humans, though we have ways of handling it, it just takes longer.
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« Reply #58 on: October 11, 2006, 03:55:34 AM »
Pennie,
It depends on what exactly the doctor tested for.  You can be subclinically hypothyroid and a basic screening test may not pick it up.

Most basic thyroid screens test for TSH only (this is the hormone secreted by the pituitary gland to prompt the thyroid to work).  If you feel that you are hypothyroid and that your screening may have been incomplete you may want to express your concern to the physician who had you tested initially and ask for a complete screen including a test for FREE T4/FREE T3 (the hormones actually secreted by your thyroid--aka thyroxine).

Your TSH levels could be normal, but your Free T4/T3 levels could be off, which would still indicate hypothyroidism.  In other words, your pituitary could be secreting enough TSH to indicate a normal level of thyroid function, but your thyroid might not be responding to it with a high enough level of thryoxine (indicated by T3/T4).  Hope that explains it well enough.

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« Reply #59 on: October 11, 2006, 04:05:56 AM »
hm how do I answer that?   ;D  I really shouldn't feel stressed.  But I guess some but not overly I don't think.  Not really any more than I was b/f the baby hit the four month mark. My thyroid "issues" go back a ways.  After my 10 yr old was born they told me I had low thyroid. I took levoxyl like the lowest dose possible I think for about 8 yr. then I read it can cause bone loss so I quit taking it and got something called thyroxine or something like that off the net but then found out I was preg and since I didn't really know my "source" I thought I shouldn't take it and they concurred.  I had 3 blood tests in a row said it was fine and ever since however I know that is not the most accrate test in the world.  That's sort of it in a nutshell.   ???  I just dont' know what to think.  I did arbonne progesterone for awhile b/f I got preg with this baby but my hair started to fall out worse so I quit that.  Thanks for your thoughts.   :)