Here is a link to Thyroid Helper: www.wellnessresources.com/products/thyroid
The one ingredient here of concern is Guggul. In my experience Guggul taken for 2-3 weeks lowered my TSh BEFORE I went on thyroid medication.
I do not know if this action was because the Guggul replaced TSh (by whipping my unhealthy thyroid to produce more hormone so not as much TSH was produced by the pituitary), or if it helped in the conversion of T4 to T3 (more T3, less thyroid hormone needed from the thyroid, therefore less TSH needed). In any case, I got on Synthroid after 3 weeks when my hair started coming out in handfuls, and that was the end of the Guggul experiment for the time being.
My second encounter with Guggul was last December. I came out with a low T3 blood score and a slightly higher TSH, even though my T4 was at the top of the range. So I decided to go back to using Guggul to help with the conversion of T4 to T3 and retest in 8 weeks.
I was okay for about 3 weeks, when I began to get hot flashes. Up until this time, I had been entering menopause without them. I did not put the Guggul and the hot flashes together for several weeks, because I'd taken it in the past for those three weeks, without incident. I just figured I was that much deeper it estrogen withdrawal and spent a pretty miserable month taking Guggul and flashing like a cheap neon sign.
I finally did some research online and ran into a bodybuilding site of all places, that claimed guggul docked with androgen (sex hormone) receptor sites on the cell membrane.
I stopped the guggul and the flashes began to lessen, a week later they were nonexistant.
Based on this experience I can only conclude that my peri-menopausal status made Guggul more trouble than it was worth. I am not sure if it would effect others that way, or those who are not in perimenopause yet.
If you try it, please be aware of this side effect. And don't go buying a 3 month supply until you've tried it for about a month and seen how it effects your body.
Regarding iodine, I know there are plenty of articles about its benefits on the internet. However there are also articles about how iodine inflames autoimmune thyroid disease. You feel better for a while, until your thyroid crashes due to increased anti-thyroid antibodies. Here's an article on that:thyroid.about.com/od/newscontroversies/a/t
Iodine definitely does have a positive effect on those people who are not getting enuf in their diet and are consequently having problems with their thyroid as a result of iodine deficiency.... rather than autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity is responsible for the majority of thyroid conditions... its why docs don't even bother to test for antibodies... its assumed due to their prevalence.
The paleo diet is great for many people, IMO a good deal of what you are feeling is directly attributable to this way of eating.
Bottom line is that everyone is responsible for what they put in their bodies. We are all unique and what works for one, may not for another.
Take care of youse...
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 2/22/2010 (16:26)
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