10 THYROID TIDBITS that just may enlighten you!

Thyroid tidbit #1 COCONUT OIL: Thyroid patients continue to report that the daily use of Coconut Oil (extra virgin is good) caused an increase in metabolism and even weight loss in somewho wanted the latter. How much daily? It varies from 2-4 T. but be careful, as too much can cause diarrhea.

Thyroid tidbit #2 GRASS FED DESICCATED THYROID: Are you worried what the pigs were eating before the thyroids became desiccated?? If so, try Dr. Lowe’s Thyro-Gold, which is actually from cow who are pasture-fed. Then report back to STTM on the Contact Me page and tell us how it works for you as a treatment, or not work. I will compile information and report it here.

Thyroid tidbit #3 ALZHEIMERS DISEASE: Improving your thyroid function just may lessen your chance of getting dementia. But research has also found a Leptin connection: http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20091215/more-leptin-may-mean-less-alzheimers

Thyroid tidbit #4: ASHWAGANDHA: If you have sluggish adrenals and are on cortisol, adding the herb Ashwagandha can be an excellent and natural additional support for your adrenals. Even without adrenal fatigue, it’s also good in the face of excess emotional stress, and is an anti-inflammatory.

Thyroid tidbit #5 REVERSE T3–IS YOURS TOO HIGH? The body naturally converts T4 to RT3 as a way to clear out excess T4. But you can also make too much when your ferritin is too low, your adrenals are stressed, B12 is low, in the presence of diabetes, and other chronic issues. High levels of RT3 can cause a pounding heartrate, continued hypo, and just a feeling that you aren’t feeling great yet. To learn more, go here.

Thyroid tidbit #6 BI-POLAR: Have you been diagnosed with bi-polar disease? If so, you might want to do the right tests for hypothyroidism, since there can be a strong connection between the two, and you can either be undiagnosed thanks to the wrong test, or undertreated thanks to Synthroid, Levoxyl, Eltroxin or other T4-only medications. Read more here plus more detail in the STTM book.

Thyroid tidbit #7 GREEN POWDER: Don’t like green veggies but want to be healthy? Look into the different varieties of “Green Powder” that you can stir into your favorite juice or water. Read the labels, tho, and avoid those with soy. Note: if you use too much, you are also consuming oxalates. So moderation is key.

Thyroid tidbit #8 YOUR GRANDMA: Thyroid function will naturally go downward in the elderly.That’s why grandma starts wearing that purple sweater in weather you are sweating in. But putting those over 65 on T4-only thyroxine is not the answer, as a recent study showed. That’s why YOU AND I are lucky to be on desiccated thyroid with its direct T3, or even those of you who are on T3 only.

Thyroid tidbit #9 EGGS ARE A BIT SCARY RIGHT NOW: Not necessarily for thyroid folks only, but you should be aware that with the recent recall of huge amounts of eggs in the US, there are reports of a four-fold increase in Salmonella Enteritidis infections since May 2010 because of eggs and health officials fear the worst may be yet to come. Why? Because the same eggs have been used in other products. Scroll down this page to see list of recalled eggs. P.S. if you get salmonella and are on cortisol for adrenal fatigue, you should discuss with your doctor about using OTC cortisol cream, since you may not be able to hold down the pills. 1/4 tsp equals 10 mg cortisol.

Thyroid tidbit #10 FLU SHOTS vs. VITAMIN D: Just when you are making progress treating your hypothyroidism and/or adrenal fatigue comes the season for the flu. And if you google the same same title of this tidbit, you’ll see numerous articles about the efficacy of taking Vit. D rather than the flu shots. How much? General recommendation are 1000 IU’s daily at the minimum. Others point to more. Do your research.

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55 Responses to “10 THYROID TIDBITS that just may enlighten you!”

  1. Karen

    Hi -: message to RITA or Janie.
    Rita you said you ordered Amour w/o prescription from the UK can you please tell me where from as I’m in the UK trying to find some NDT in USA/Canada as I have no Gp who will listen to me x am more or less bed bound 5 days a week with fatigue, muscle aches and a list of other symptoms that my last Dr was going to start looking into pharmacys and speak with his partner about prescribing it as I said I wouldn’t take the synthetic thyroxine but the Surgery was bought out at my next visit 6 weeks later and we now have all locums who just say I’m within range and that’s it – If I lived 18 east I’d be under as that health service has different guidelines!!! So so fed up – I have no life at all 😢 x thanks for this site and for your hard work Janie xxx

    From Janie: these places shouldn’t be posted on a public site like this when politics want these kind of places shut down. Please email Karen here: kazzacrossley@sky.com

  2. Rita

    Janie, thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate it. I will tell you that I had to teach an evening class tonight, so I took and chewed up another 1/4 grain (15 mg) Armour tab at 3 pm and felt great, so I think I will do the 45 mg a day until I see the new endo and get new blood work as long as I feel this good. My iron and cortisol are top notch, by the way.

    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Just for comparison, my optimal dose is 3 1/2 grains! They are some even higher than me and there are some slightly lower. You’ll have to teach your Endo this..and to not dose you by the TSH…and hopefully he will listen. Or you’ll need a much better doctor (which are usually NOT Endos).

  3. Rita

    Also, do I need to chew those little Armour pills instead of swallowing them?

    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Rita, it’s totally up to you. Many prefer doing their NDT sublingually under the tongue because they notice even better results. Some might chew it up. Some might swallow it. They all work.

  4. Rita

    In 2014 I took ThyroGold one 350 mg capsule in the morning and six months later I was having hyperthyroid symptoms, especially seeing my blood tests. My doctor would not prescribe Armour, so I tried the compounded T4synthetic and it was atrocious, giving me migraines and adding 8 lbs in six weeks, so I stopped that went back to the Thryogold at 75 mg in the morning, having the capsules and taking the powder on my tongue with water. I felt really good for two months, cancelled my old endo doctor and made an appointment with a new endocrinologist. IN the meantime, I ordered a bottle of Armour 1/4 grain from England w/o prescription to try that out. when it came in January first week, I stopped the TG 75 mg morning routine and tried 15 mg of Armour for two weeks and then upped that dose to 30 mg (1/2 grain) until I see the new endocrinologist in March ( it is now February). So here is my assessment and history. I have been strictly gluten free for six years, eat mostly an organic diet, big pure water drinker, watch my sugar intake, get exercise. On the Armour I am feeling quite brain dead and fatigued now. I have to drag myself to work and out of bed, which is highly unusual for me. I am ready to go back to the ThyroGold, but was hoping that Armour would work so my insurance would pay for it. I don’t know if I need to up my armor again or what. I am concerned about being on the same dose of Armour for too long as Janie mentioned, but not sure if this is just for people to get started on Armour or if we may have to keep going up and then back down with the dosage amounts to feel right. Any good advice will be appreciated. Thanks.

  5. Corinne

    The absolute best in the world….I have tried several and this one wins hands down! When I feel poor I buy WalMarts brand of coconut oil to cook with and keep Tropical Traditions for direct consumption. http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/virgin_coconut_oil.htm

  6. Colleen

    Has anyone taken Thyroforce? And if so how much per day did you need to take to feel results? Each capsule is 140 mgs of Argentine Bovine.

  7. Erin

    Nov. 15, 2014 — Finally found a thyroid doctor who prescribed something for my Hashimoto’s symptoms! I am on Armour and take 60 mg a day; have been on it for 6 weeks. Three things are way better: 1) no more constipation. 2) sleeping better at night. 3) What people referred to as “brain fog” is much improved. Doctor now wants to treat low adrenals, with cow adrenal supplements…containing licorice root and Asian ginseng and elethero root, along with 225 mg of bovine (cow) adrenals. We’ll see how those work.

    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Erin, be prepared that if you stay on an introductory dose like 60 mg too long without raising, you will see your hypo come back. And low adrenals should only be diagnosed with doing a 24 hour adrenal saliva test. And there are particular ways to treat the results: https://stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-wisdom Beware of bovine adrenals, as that means you are getting the entire gland, and that means extra adrenaline. We have found it much better (IF we need cortisol) to only use Adrenal Cortex, which only contains cortisol.

  8. Amanda

    I have been using the Thyro Gold and it is working for me. I feel much better, have energy, have lost weight, and can think clearly. My mother uses it also, and so does my husband- fun- we all ended up with thyroid problems, but I suppose stranger things do happen. It is working well for all of us.

    • Tiffany

      I would love to talk to someone about this pill I am about to start it tomorrow and nervous.

    • jj

      did you use to take synthroid and how did you start thyro gold hence i want to try it but dont want to go hypo on it

      • Janie Bowthorpe

        With Throgold, you look for the same end results as with prescription NDTs, as explained here: https://stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid

      • Linda M

        JJ I too am on Synthroid 137 mcg. I just ordered thryo-gold as well. I hope it works for us. Have you started it yet? Any issues getting started ?

        • Janie Bowthorpe

          Use this page to understand what you’ll be looking for to know you have reached an optimal dose, i.e. temps, where the free T3 and free T4 should end up, etc.

          • Linda M

            thanks Janie M I will read it and save the links to help me as I go.

          • Linda M

            The wife of Dr. Lowe did email me and give me instructions on how to get started on the Thryo Gold and transition over. I was very pleased with that.

  9. Linda

    Oh, I also wanted to say the last test I had my Dr. did say I was Hyperthyroid but said nothing about medication!

  10. Linda

    I have read about half your book and learning so much. I yet have not started any meds although I asked many times that my DR. check my thyroid because for I know six years now I have been going from Dr. to Dr. for help and have had nothing. I don’t know who to trust anymore and with all the meds they put me on I had to have a bag to carry them all until I decided to wean myself off every one except three, now I’m only three and I do take supplements. I need help, my daughter suggested I see a Indocrinologist what is your take on this?

  11. Bonnie

    Low thyroid causes proximal myopathy, pain and weakness in the muscle groups close to the trunk of the body. I have trouble getting up from a seated position and walking, lifting, or raising my arms to wash my hair. When I have the proper amount of T3, the pain and weakness go away. The unexpected benefit of being able to bend and stoop is because the muscles are getting the T3 they need to function.

  12. Elenor

    I actually use MCT oil (refined coconut oil) as a moisturizer: spread it on face, neck, and chest before brushing my teeth and hair; then use a towel to wipe off any excess. AMAZING on old-lady skin! I also use it on my hands and arms, and occasionally legs after a shower…. I keep a small jar of it in the bathroom with magnesium flakes in it; I shake it up before using — I figure that’s one good way to get a bit more magnesium into my body! I also sometimes use food-grade essential oil (lime or peppermint) to “smell-it-up.” (Oh, and in smoothies/protein drinks.)

  13. Anita Faulkner

    I started using coconut oil six months ago. I like the Vitacost brand at vitacost.com. I don’t think it has done anything for my thyroid, but it has reduced my blood glucose readings and A1C. I am Type II diabetic and since starting using coconut oil I have been able to reduce my medication by over 50%. I use it every way I can think of. Here are some of the ways I use it: Rubbing it onto fish before grilling; slicing a sweet potato in half lengthways and poking holes with a fork then rubbing down with coconut oil and cooking flesh side down in an oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I substitute it for whatever fat/oil is called for in all baked goods.

    (From Janie: Interesting. I’ve been using it to take off my eye makeup every night, then after I clean my face, I apply a little on my face before sleeping.)

  14. twocents

    omg HELP!! is right!! I just thank god for the blessed internet, and i’m not even religious 😀 Take your time, take good notes, chat to other patients, meditate, find out how to deal with the moods & cognitive problems (eg. supplements-to-take & shopping & plans list inside your wardrobe door, keep food-supp-symptom diary), go with the moods sometimes ie. freak out then rest, like on a schedule, by yourself. Eventually something will work. Thats my 2c, good luck. Things were waaayyy worse for us all even just a few decades ago.
    kimberley j-i think black tea brings down your cortisol, there’s a wikipedia page on cortisol, click around, mine goes up and down like everything else

  15. Ron

    For those thinking of coconut oil, you need to understand its not all created equally. there are 2 processes for getting the oil, one is chemical/heated, and the other cold pressed (best). even among cold pressed oil, you want to stay with the raw. you will know when you have a good raw product when you open the container and the room is filled with the coconut smell and the oil is tasty (top of the line, my wife eats it right off the spoon). even the oil that isnt fragrant (flat taste) will fill the room with the smell of cocount when you cook with it and is still excellent to use.
    for those who dont know, Armour changed their formula in 2010. you need to really chew it to make it work. unfortunately for my wife, its been downhill. going to try the thailand version (no rx needed).

  16. Elizabeth

    Just ordered Raw Thyroid cause I can’t get a doctor to prescribe..I have hashimotos …and I think I have thyroid cancer but I can’t find a doctor to help me. I have no insurance and all the doctors I have been to say I am on too much because of the TSH being 0.01 and I am freezing and very fat….I need help

  17. Kimberly J.

    I have hashimotos.. but also have an over active adrenal.. meaning mine is high in moring but keep climbing throughout the day.. so it is very over active and my Cortisol load is 60. Terrible anxiety for 3 years… caused a weakening of my heart… Has anyone ever heard of high cortisol and hashimotos? I read about adrenal fatigue but my is over active. Any ideas?

  18. Kim

    FERRITIN AND T3: Thanks for reminding us all about RT3 I finally have “rock solid” adrenals, thanks to 25mg HC a day. However, I’m still tired as a slug taking 6 grains of ERFA a day. My T3/RT3 ratio is just 8.5.So, I’m thinking of going on T3 only (time release is what my doc and Holtorf suggest, but others say no, so I’m still confused on that one).

    THE PROBLEM IS Ferritin, till down at 26, just one notch past the bottom rung after two years of iron supplements.

    Scouring the internet to find ways to get my ferritin up, I found Yellow Dock Root. This, taken with Burdock root is supposed to pump up iron stores like there’s no tomorrow!

    Anyone had good luck with it? I’ve seen lots of good reports on Anemia websites. I’m eager to get my Ferritin past 70 so I can deal with this RT3 issue. Thanks!!

    • Barry

      Hi, May I suggest you take an amino acid chelated iron suppliment along with it’s synergist, vitamin C(at the same time) and twice a day. Much better absorption. It has worked very well for my wife and others.

  19. Tammy

    I’m so confused. I was on Armour then when Armour went off the market was put on a compounded thyroid…I spun out of control on the compounded, it DID NOT work for me. I’m now back on Armour and felt better for about 6 weeks and am now feeling myself go downhill again. I can’t afford constant blood test etc. and need to regain a normal life. My memory is terrible, I stutter at times, I’m exhausted and I can’t lose weight to save my life. My blood sugar is high and I’m so desperate for help right now. I honestly don’t know where to turn. I sometimes think my husband thinks I’m making this up but I want more than anything to feel good and have a normal life. HELP

    (From Janie: you need to be chewing the Armour up thoroughly before swallowing to release the desiccated thyroid from the excess cellulose since the reformulation—the latter which binds the hormone too much unless you break down the cellulose. See earlier blog post about this. After doing that for about a week, then you can assess if you need to raise. https://stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned )

  20. Lori

    Janie, Can you answer that question that the lady above asked. I have had that same question for a year. I had my thyroid removed by radioactive iodine. I stopped drinking soy milk when your website suggested it. I made so many changes at the time and feel really good now. BUT I have always wondered if I am being stupid, because I don’t have any thryoid for the soy to interact with. I wonder though will soy affect the medicine dose of my Armour? Thank you so much for your wonderful website. It has given me my life back!

    One question I have is, does the soy only affect you adversely if you have your thyroid? About 3 weeks ago I started taking Reliv products and I felt great for about 2 weeks until the hyperT symptoms kicked in full force!

    (From Janie: Here ya go: Soy, which is a goitrogen, has been known to be anti-thyroid for many decades. Why? Because is contains isoflavones, and those have an estrogen-like affect on your body i.e. it can depress thyroid function. And, since desiccated thyroid is giving you “thyroid hormones”, it does appear that excess soy can affect the desiccated thyroid function as well. Bummer if you like soy, isn’t it. But it’s moderation that is the key. I still eat some goitrogens, like a few strawberries in my morning yogurt. Even if my goitrogen consumption was affecting me, raising desiccated thyroid would help. But excess soy appears to have other problems, such as on female hormones and liver. So moderation with soy is important. I try to avoid it, personally. Hope that helps.)

  21. Debra Sauer

    Just stumbled upon this site – wonderful! Thank you so much for all the valuable info. I recently switched from 20+ years of Synthroid to porcine – what a difference. Re finding adrenal support – try Standard Process, they have an excellent supplement called Drenamin. Standard Process is sold by chiropractors and is all natural, high quality stuff! Again, thanks very much for this site.

  22. karen

    actually i might stop the thyroid gold now my pulse rate went form a usual resting 52 to a resting 104 or at least in the 90 s so am worried.

  23. karen

    i get artisana raw organic coconut butter ,it’s really delicious jsut on its own or with chocolate chips and raisins it tastes like candy liek peter paul mounds bar . or with fruit. oranges bananas etc .
    and ive been losing weight since stopping the synthroid and starting the raw thyroid and thyroid gold, anyone know how much to tkae thoguh?and when to increase how much take if should?i take 2 thyroid gold about 2 a. m. and one ashawanhga before breakfast and one raw thyroid after breakfas t.

  24. Dr. Roberta Foss-Morgan

    Thank you so much for your informative site. This is much of what I learned when I trained with European endocrinologists.

    Which saliva test do you suggest for Cortisol?

    My best,

    Roberta Foss-Morgan, D.O.

    (From Janie: ZRT, which several online labs use seen here: https://stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork We found it to be the most accurate as far as corresponding to symptoms. )

  25. Dee Cope

    Comment on coconut oil: I live in CA., USA, and have recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, poor adrenal function, and Candidiasis. I have undergone a huge change of diet, and have found that I actually LIKE coconut oil, and can take a teaspoon at a time as it seems to provoke a positive reaction in the body. I am able to buy a gallon jar of certified organic, cold pressed coconut oil from Wilderness Family Naturals
    I don’t know if this brand is sold in England/Europe (I am British by birth).

    I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed by all the information I am reading on this website. There seem to be no simple answers. Strict anti-candida diet is helping a lot, and that is mainly as far as I’ve got. Would like help in taking baby steps forward with thyroid and adrenals. I am 64 years old, & was first diagnosed hypothyroid 20 years ago, but armour thryoid didn’t seem to help. I have been going to a Chinese herbal dr. for 10 years, who advised me to come off the armour thyroid medication. As my symptoms worsened over the past 2 years, I had blood, stool and saliva tests which confirmed the above diagnoses.

    I think you are doing a wonderful job getting the word out to people who need to feel empowered.
    Best wishes,
    Dee Cope

    (From Janie: Dee, I hear that complaint here and there–that the amount of information can be overwhelming. So I’m hoping that one particular page can help: https://stopthethyroidmadness.com/things-we-have-learned or Chapter 3 in the book. In fact, having the book to refer to can be a little easier on the brain than perusing through the website. I’m glad if people feel empowered. In light of the awful way we’ve been treated in the doctor’s office for so many years, it was important to give that to patients.

  26. Jessica


    There are lots of suggestions on taking coconut oil. I’ve done all sorts of things. I have used it to cook with and replace other oils. It will add a coconut taste, so consider that. You can spread it on toast or crackers…not appetizing to me, though it might be ok if paired with some peanut butter or something with a stronger taste. Or probaby the best way would be to put it in smoothies. I have heard of people just eating it, but they always say it is nasty. And it melts at a pretty low temperature, so you could put it in oatmeal in the morning if you eat something like that. Those are just a few considerations for you to think about.

  27. Janet Wilson

    OH… and for those who might be interested in a good, high-potency vitamin D product, check this one out: http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Vitamin-D-3-Highest-Potency-5-000-IU-120-Softgels/10421?at=0

    I take 10,000 IU’s per day of vitamin D. My (former) Doctor used to monitor my vitamin D levels and I was always low. 10,000 IU’s got me at least to the LOW end of normal.

  28. Janet Wilson

    I have a question about the coconut oil. I bought this one: http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Coconut-Oil-Extra-Virgin-16-oz-454-g/2505?at=0 I’ve had good luck with Jarrow Formulas in the past. So, I thought I’d stick with a brand I trust.

    My question is – HOW is everyone using this? I mean, from what I’ve read elsewhere, people use it for everything from skin lotion to cooking oil. Does anyone just EAT it as is? The reason I ask this is because you specifically say that people are doing well on 2-4 Tablespoons. To me, that sounds as if they’re measuring it out and just taking it. Or are they measuring and using it to cook with? IDK… I’m confused. LOL! …OH – and I got some of the Chocolate Green Powder, too *(this one: http://www.iherb.com/Amazing-Grass-Green-SuperFood-Chocolate-Drink-Powder-8-5-oz/13892?at=0 ). And as long as I use a shaker, mix it very well, and drink it with a STRAW, I can stand it. Otherwise, it’s yucky. 😉 I’ll have to let you know how it all works out. But, I’d appreciate knowing what you have to say about the coconut oil in the meantime. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Cathy

      Janet, we make a great snack/candy treat with the coconut oil. I have no measurements for you, so just blend to taste. Coconut oil, cocoa powder, some nut butter (almond, peanut, whatever you like) and honey to taste. You can also just add different nuts. Put all ingredients into a food processor, blend until mixed, pour into a pan or drop onto wax paper. Chill until harden. We store these in the refrigerator, and in the afternoons, we enjoy a guilt free chocolate treat!!

    • Susan

      Coconut oil uses:
      (I use Tropical Traditions expeller pressed oil, which does not have the coconut taste – I buy it by the 5-gal bucket)
      ~Immersion blend it in coffee or hot tea ( I use at least 2 Tbsp.)
      ~Roast vegetables with it – lay out veggies in pan, melt oil, pour over veggies, roast in oven at 400 degrees until done (10-15 mins)
      ~Put in smoothies
      ~Eat it by the spoonful – I can’t do this, but some of my kids do
      ~Saute’ with it
      ~Melt and drizzle over cooked veggies or meats
      ~I pour MCT oil over my salads, with a squeeze of lemon and homemade seasoned salt
      ~Use in baked goods instead of butter or other oils
      ~Cook pancakes with it

    • Lisa

      Dr Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil! Tastes FANTASTIC! You can buy it at Whole Foods! Dr Bronner’s has excellent natural soaps as well. Wonderful products if your trying to get rid of toxic products!

  29. karen

    thank you janie so much for everyhting you’ve done and are doing for all of us!!!! i love your book !and it’s so funny too.i’m just at the beginning.

    i started raw thyroid and thyroid gold about 3 days ago and stopped the worhtless synthroid today after 5 years of exhautsion and weight gain even though i exercise everyday and eat almost all organic and eat fresh fruits and vegetables and eat less than i used to . dr .s do not undersatnd adn are in league with big pharma.. i hope it works i think i might be losing wieght. dont want to jinx it by saying am.am still very tired most of the time but sometimes have more energy.

    i havent been able to find a naturpath yet.or a dr who i can trust and
    knows what will really help and in a healthy way not syhthetic worhtless and harmful junk that makes your health worse.i am so mad at the mainstream medical profession and big pharma. thnak you again janie so much. i wish i saw your book 5 years ago instead of now. ill keep reading your book as soon a s i have more energy

    i also started gluten free and am going to bake my own breads because all the gluten free stuff isnt organic and thedonuts form canada thta are relaly delicious are fried in canola oil thats not organic meaing it’s gmo but there are lots of gluten free organic flours around now.

    i hope the thryoid gold and raw thryoid work becasue ididnt want totry theother thryoid presciption ones because of the gmos antibiotics pesticides adn factory farms.

    its great to learn form everyone here , ill try that hypos support next

  30. Laura

    I just found your blog and site and am ecstatic. Short story: on Synthroid for 17 yrs due to complete thyroid removal from cancer. Last June I switched to Armour and felt great for two months until I couldn’t get it anymore and had to switch to compounded. Was on that from Aug 09-June 10 and kept getting worse and worse when my dr finally agreed that the compounded stuff just wasn’t working for me. 1 1/2 mo. ago she started me on 3 grains of armour bid and today, as I type this, I am experiencing sever hyperT symptoms! I finally feel like I have some handle on what is going on after reading your sight.

    One question I have is, does the soy only affect you adversely if you have your thyroid? About 3 weeks ago I started taking Reliv products and I felt great for about 2 weeks until the hyperT symptoms kicked in full force! For the past few days I have been off of both (armour and Reliv) and I still feel horrible. I’m hoping the soy won’t be an issue because I did feel great for that week on the Reliv and I’ve seen others improve their health as well.

    Any insight will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!

  31. Carrie

    The Thyroid Gold product did NOT work for me. I was purchasing RLC Labs Hypo Support from Dr. Lowe. When they announced they were no longer selling, I erroneously believed that RLC Labs was no longer making the product. I went through 3 months of feeling horrible! First I went on the Thyroid Gold. Ugh! Does not muscle test well and I just felt awful. Then I tried Nature-Throid. Nothing happened at 3 grains. I was always tired. Must be the cellulose you speak of. Finally I realized that RLC Labs still makes Hypo Support and I purchased from another distributor. Now I am feeling so much better. I take 2 Hypo Support first thing every morning on an empty stomach.

    I have “salt-wasting” needing mineralocorticoids. So I am doing well on 10 drops of licorice extract in the a.m. along with Celtic salt in my water and on my food.

    I also tested VERY low in Iodine (2 ppm). I am following the protocol of 50 mg. once per day for 3 months, then retesting and if my levels are between 10 & 13 ppm then I will go on a maintenance dose of 12.5 mg. per day. Some people have stayed at the high dose of 50 mg. per day for up to a year. Iodine has been found to help thyroid & breast disease and diabetes. http://www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/IOD-10/IOD_10.htm

    Thanks for educating all of us. Kudos to you.

  32. Carrie in Scottsdale, AZ

    The Thyroid Gold product did NOT work for me. I was purchasing RLC Labs Hypo Support from Dr. Lowe. When they announced they were no longer selling, I erroneously believed that RLC Labs was no longer making the product. I went through 3 months of feeling horrible! First I went on the Thyroid Gold. Ugh! Does not muscle tests well and I just felt awful. Then I tried Nature-Throid. Nothing happened at 3 grains. I was always tired. Must be the cellulose you speak of. Finally I realized that RLC Labs still makes Hypo Support and I purchased from another distributor. Now I am feeling so much better. I take 2 Hypo Support first thing every morning on an empty stomach.

    I have “salt-wasting” needing mineralocorticoids. So I am doing well on 10 drops of licorice extract in the a.m. along with Celtic salt in my water and on my food.

    I also tested VERY low in Iodine (2 ppm). I am following the protocol of 50 mg. once per day for 3 months, then retesting and if my levels are between 10 & 13 ppm then I will go on a maintenance dose of 12.5 mg. per day. Some people have stayed at the high dose of 50 mg. per day for up to a year. Iodine has been found to help thyroid & breast disease and diabetes. http://www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/IOD-10/IOD_10.htm

    Thanks for educating all of us. Kudos to you.

  33. Beth Jones

    Just to add to the above comment….
    Make sure when you have your Vit D tested that the doctor orders the correct test….It is called a 25 Hydroxy( 25-HD)….Some doctors still don’t which test to order…
    And if you do supplement, make sure to take D3(as it is the closest to the type your body makes)….And have your levels monitored…

  34. Jessica

    Just a couple things:

    1) There is no such thing as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I love taking coconut oil and think it is a fantastic idea for those wanting to boost their metabolism. But unlike Oives, there is no way (currently) in the process for them to make “Extra Virgin” oil. Do a google search and you can find this out. Anyone trying to sell it to you for more money is selling snake oil. Stick with the Virgin stuff and you’ll be fine. If you are looking for a different way than just using the oil, there is a good source of coconut oil in Coconut Milk. You can find coconut milk at most grocery stores these days…frequently with the Indian food (it is used in Curries). Use it in your smoothies, to cream your coffee, etc. For those worried about the saturated fat, do some research on the difference between the fat found in coconut oil and other fats. You might be surprised that some fats can actually boost your metabolism.

    2) My father suffered from long term vitamin D deficiency, which caused his parathyroid to leach calcium from his bones, which caused his kidneys to calcify. Many experts now think that many, if not most, of us have vitamin D deficiency. My husband was recently tested and found extremely deficient, despite not having any symptoms to indicate it. Think about having it tested. Even on a very high, prescription dose of Vitamin D, the CNP said it will likely take him 2 years or more to get his levels back up to normal, because Vitamin D just takes a long time to build in your system. I would encourage anyone who can to have their doctor check their levels with your next blood draw. Long term deficiency, in my dad’s case, caused renal failure and 3 very painful surgeries. And getting your levels back in balance takes a good amount of time. So not only will it help you feel better and be protected now, but it is going to help you in the future as well to know you are getting a good amount.

  35. Beth Jones

    Hey Janie!
    Thought I would let you know that I just did a trial of mega Vit D3 dosing for a cold(URI)….I took 50,000 U daily for 3 days…Usually when I get a cold it will be bad for 5-7 days and continue to hang on sometimes as long as 2 weeks….
    Well, after 3 days I noticed a big improvement and today(day 5) I am probably 90% improved!!
    I am impressed enough that in our family this is what we will do to treat colds or flu….I already take 5,000 U daily, which should help not getting the flu in the first place….
    Thanks for all that you do to help us!!! I have a link to your website on my FB page and continually point people in your direction!

    Beth Jones


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