Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 8.40.52 PMAs a person who wants to avoid meat, how do I look at desiccated thyroid like Naturethroid, Westhroid, Erfa’s Thyroid, NP Thyroid, etc being made from pig thyroid?

Since prescription desiccated natural thyroid products are made from the thyroid of pigs, the choice to use them may be difficult. So there is one alternative to explore: combining synthetic T4 (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine, etc) along with synthetic T3 (Cytomel).

But there is a caveat you’ll have to accept:  patients who have tried taking synthetic T4/T3 report they simply didn’t get the excellent results they got when they tried desiccated natural thyroid, which contains exactly what your own thyroid would be producing: T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. But it’s still a way around the vegetarian problem, with much better benefit than being on T4 alone!

I may be okay with a beef product over pig. Is there a beef-sourced NDT?

Yes. There’s an over-the-counter NDT product called Thyrogold made from New Zealand cows!

Can I as a vegetarian look differently at this?

Another alternative is to consider the stance taken by Serene Shick. Serene is a vegan and Messianic. She found herself with many symptoms of hypothyroid, and did a great deal of research. She concluded that desiccated thyroid was her treatment of choice, in spite of her vegan choice:

All the evidence points to this being the superior medication for this illness, although most docs want to give the synthetics. Armour is all natural, which appeals to me in spite of the fact that it is derived from pigs. As you know, being vegan and Messianic, this doesn’t sit well, but I have come to believe that what makes my body/brain/temple perform optimally takes precedence over the desire to exclude all animal products from my diet as well as the mitzvah against pork. It is a very tiny amount and I am already feeling incredibly better: my thinking is clearer, I feel more in control of my emotions, and I am actually having frequent moments of real joy! So I am certain that YHVH has led me to this discovery. The above is quoted from here:

BOTTOM LINE: yes, you can use the synthetic T3 and synthetic T4, get some benefit, even if less effective. Additionally, there can be good reason to use desiccated thyroid all along, in spite of being a Vegetarian.



  • Read A.M.’s thyroid treatment story, where even though being an ovo-lacto vegetarian since a child, she decided that desiccated thyroid was her best choice, and especially for pregnancy.
  • And here’s the thryoid page about L of UK’s story of having been a vegetarian for many years, and not taking the use of desiccated thyroid lightly.
  • Here is the story of a UK vegetarian with both hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue who found out that she needed to reintroduce meats in her life.

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To read about Jewish restrictions concerning the use of pork, and the use of desiccated thyroid, go to this thyroid page.




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