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2/26/12 3:10 P

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Thank you Mzzchief!
I definitely need to look at my iron again, I always tend to anemia on blood tests. The last one I took after eating more turkey and chicken helped the levels and I believe then I was in the normal range. But I tend not to want to eat meat, but when I do I buy organic, free range. I haven't had chicken or turkey in a few months. Just fish. I notice also when I eat meat it really helps my digestive system. I'll get some fenugreek seed as well.

A couple of months ago I stopped eating sugar and have dropped 20 lbs in the process! yea! I also cleaned up my diet a bit more with more whole grains and veggies and more fats.
I can't eat nuts because they cause hives and cystic acne when I have them, but I will look into other food sources of selenium.

I like Kefir and think I'd like to add it to my diet. I also love raw saurkraut.

I just recently reintroduced Fluoride toothpaste into my routine because of tooth sensitivity. I brush with it once a day. It helped the sensitivity.
Thanks so much, I'm looking forward to trying the suggestions! emoticon

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2/26/12 1:10 P

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Hey Bella!

A TSH of .64 is considered suppressed... toward the hyPEr thyroid side.
Optimal TSH in a person without thyroid disease is between 1.3 -1.8.

IMO you need more than just TSH taken.
You need that along with a Free T3 and Free T4... to see what the ratio of T3 to T4 is.
You might do well on Cytomel(T3) and nothing else.
Or a small amount of a Porcine like Armour which have both.

That said... all a blood test can tell you, is how much of what's being tested is in your blood at the time of the draw. Its a snapshot of your blood. It can change an hour, a day a week later... our bodies have tides, just like the sea... they're called circadian rhythms. If you've ever travelled and been jet lagged, you'll know what I mean... how it takes a few days for your body to adjust its timing of the multitude of processes that go on without you even being aware of it.

That's why I always say, its HOW YOU FEEL that's important. The bloodwork only backs that ups with numbers, or indicates that you need to look elsewhere for the culprit.

That said, I would also get tested for low D, and anemia.

Some of the symptoms you are having can be from low iron (anemia). Iron carries oxygen to all the tissues in the form of hemoglobin in the blood. If you don't have enuf oxygen going to your extremities in particular, you will have things like cold hands and feet... even some hair loss/thinning.

Since I don't know you're situation personally, I can only give you general advice.
So please bear this in mind as you read.

I'd start by cleaning up your diet. This means eventually eliminating refined processed foods, sodas, all those empty calories.... and replacing them with produce, lean meats, some fish. Lower fat dairy, whole grains, beans and nuts if you don't have allergy. Adding some anti-inflammary fish oil like Carlson's Lemon Flavor that you can drizzle on salad, veggies, put in smoothies once a day.

I would recommend drinking distilled water for at least a month if you have fluoride added to your water and switch to a non-fluoride tooth paste or just use baking soda and salt to see if this helps. If your drinking water isn't fluoridated, then de-chlorinate your tap water. This is easily done by adding a peppercorn sized ball of powdered ascorbic acid to about a gallon jug of tap water. It removes the chlorine and chloramines almost instantly. Use this water to drink from and prepare all your foods. Chlorine and Fluoride are halogens that compete with Iodine in your body.

You need a source of iodine. This might be in your multivitamin or your salt.
BUT you've got to be really careful with this one... be a real Goldie Locks about finding "just right". Going over the 150 mCgs for iodine can inflame the thyroid when you have thyroid disease. Particularly if you don't have any selenium in your diet.

I get my selenium from brazil nuts... I take them as part of my morning routine. For starters take 2-4 nuts a day. Then after about 2 weeks cut back to 2 per day. I get mine from Walmart, they have a fast turnover... check the date to make sure you get the freshest ones, they are in the produce section. Selenium helps convert your levothyroxine into T3... the active form of thyroid hormone. It also helps tamp down TPO and thyroglobulin antibodies.

I usually take a pinch of dried seaweed for its iodine, if I am eating a lot of crucifers as they deplete the body of iodine.

I'd recommend a probiotic. Your gut is another place that T4 is converted to T3.
I have a glass of kefir water (tibicos) which is a liquid produced by a blend of various bacteria and beneficial yeasts that I grow at home. Other good sources are dairy kefir, kimchi, active yogurt, saurkraut that hasn't been pasteurized.

The best thing for cold extremities and your heart is exercise. Get your circulation moving by motivating the pump (your heart).

If you are anemic, a good source of iron is fenugreek seed. Its also supposed to raise human growth hormone. If you are interested in this seed, see my Blog #61. I also have a plethora of tips and tricks in my blogs... that's what I use them for. There are some tips in there for healthy hair as well.

A herb I have found to be particularly useful for afternoon energy is Ashwagandha.
Its supposed to support adrenal function as well. I use the Himalaya brand.

B12 and folic acid... in fact the whole complement of B vitamins, inclusive of biotin for hair and nails, is a great supplement for mood.

I realize this is a long "To Do" list... and can seem overwhelming at first.
Some of these things, you may already be doing.
So my suggestion is to start making small changes and see how they work for you.

: )
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2/25/12 5:23 P

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Thanks for the info. I'm currently taking Levothroid 75 mcg. My doctor has been resistant to other tests, but I just emailed him to see if we could do a T3 test this time as well as T4. The only test I have had is TSH, which was 0.64 a couple of months ago. I may need to find another doctor in my plan. I have symptoms of very cold hands, feet, nose etc and have thinning hair, weight gain, fogginess. He feels that my labs show I am being correctly treated. I feel I need something else, that's why I was looking at Thyrogold. Any advice would be appreciated. :)

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2/25/12 2:44 P

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I haven't tried it... but I did go to the website.
I notice it doesn't say anything about how much T3 and T4 (thyroid hormones) are in it.

The FDA doesn't allow desiccated thyroid that contains active thyroid hormone to be sold in the USA without prescription. So either this product has had them removed, or the FDA hasn't gotten wind of it yet.

There's that hyperlinked
www.thyroidscience.us/

I agree with Strings point of view...
And this stuff isn't cheap.

: )
Mzzchief
PS if you do decide to try it, please let us know how you do.

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2/25/12 1:52 P

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I think you have to be careful self-medicating with dessicated thyroid. Unless you can do your own blood test to check levels, it can be hard to monitor. I wouldn't want to shift myself into hyperthyroid or have the side effects of too much thyroid chemicals. Problem is, some of the effects can look like hypo for a while.

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2/25/12 1:28 P

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Thanks, I'll ck it out.

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2/25/12 1:07 P

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Here's the link to it.
http://www.thyroidscience.us/products/th
yro.gold/intro.thyro.gold.htm

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No. I never heard of it. Should be interesting.

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2/25/12 12:26 P

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Has anyone tried the OTC Thyrogold?

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