If you have an underactive thyroid, your doctor may give you a prescription for a thyroid medication. Since you're interested in natural cures, you may not want to take these drugs. Such was the case with Carolyn.
Carolyn sent me an email after my Nutrient Insider article a few weeks ago on iodine and the thyroid. She wrote: "I just recently had my thyroid tested and it is underactive. However, my iodine levels were higher than normal. I take an iodine supplement. My doctor put me on medication and he knows how much I hate prescription medication. What do you suggest? I drink a couple glasses of alkaline water a day."
While many of the drugs doctors prescribe these days have better natural treatments, some of the thyroid medications are very good. In fact, some of them are completely natural.
Unfortunately, most doctors still prescribe Synthroid as their go-to thyroid medication. As the name implies, Synthroid is a synthetic thyroid. It works for some people just fine. My father took it for years and never had a problem with it. But it doesn't work for a lot of people. And some people can't tolerate it.
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Armour or Cytomel are two other popular medications that help many hypothyroid sufferers. I like Armour. It's been around a long time and has been a good alternative to Synthroid. The biggest problem with Armour and Cytomel is that people who have migraines might find that they make their headaches worse. Otherwise, they seem to be good medications.
The thyroid medication I typically recommend, though, is Nature-Throid. It's been around since the 1930s. It's never had an FDA recall. And it provides consistent T4 and T3 hormones.
More importantly, Nature-Throid isn't a drug. It is a natural substance. It contains desiccated porcine thyroid, which is all-natural. Yes, you need a prescription to get it. But that doesn't make it a drug. It just means the FDA wants it controlled.
It's something Carolyn, and anyone who needs thyroid hormones, should consider if iodine doesn't work. Obviously, Carolyn's iodine level was fine. She also could try taking selenium (200 mcg/day) and zinc (15 mg/day) for three months to see if they can help. Otherwise, the Nature-Throid is the way to go.
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Steve Kroening, ND