Hypothyroidism Treatment

There is NO one size fits all approach to hypothyroidism treatment. We are each individual. Levothyroxine (T4 only) drugs such as the brand Synthroid are the drug of choice in mainstream medicine. Some people do great on them, but not all. Many of us do better on a combination of T4 and T3 medications. If you are not doing well on your thyroid medication, learn about the options. In addition to thyroid medication, it is important to test and treat issues with adrenal function, iron, sex hormones, food sensitivities, blood sugar, heavy metal toxicity, infection (bacteria, virus, and parasite), and nutrient deficiencies including D3, B12, magnesium, zinc, iron, iodine and selenium.

Lose Weight With These Breakfast Smoothies…Yes Lose Weight

Lose weight with these breakfast smoothies...yes lose weight

I can’t tell you how many thousands of messages I’ve received over the last four years from Hypothyroid Mom readers struggling to lose weight. It is seriously frustrating to watch the number on the scale rising. I’m on the lookout for simple weight loss tips to help us all. I have a feeling you’ll really like this one.
[Read more…]

Could You Be Deficient In Vitamin B12?

Could you be deficient in Vitamin B12?

Do you struggle with fatigue, frequent colds, flus, anxiety, depression, paranoia, insomnia, anemia, PMS, acne, allergies, swollen/inflamed tongue, hair loss, yellowed skin, herpes, psoriasis, nerve pain, shortness of breath, numbness/tingling in hands/legs/feet, balance problems while walking, incontinence, loss of taste and smell, brain fog or memory loss?

Vitamin B12 deficiency can be a very sneaky condition that gets missed, but it can quickly become serious and harmful. Don’t forget to speak to your child’s pediatrician about B12 testing. I’ll never forget a parent contacting me at Hypothyroid Mom about their 10 year old son who had fatigue, poor growth, learning challenges, anxiety, depression, irritability, “flat” emotional tone, leg pains, loss of appetite, and trouble walking. Turned out this boy had severe vitamin B12 deficiency. Often times children fall through the cracks of mainstream medicine. Vitamin deficiencies are thought to be only for “adults” but this is not the case.
[Read more…]

My Tired Thyroid Essential Oil Blend

My tired thyroid essential oil blend

Recently a post on my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook Page gave rise to comments about how to use essential oils for thyroid health. So I asked my followers if this would be a topic they would be interested in reading about at Hypothyroid Mom. I was shocked at the number of


messages that I received. I’m a real newbie when it comes to essential oils, so I turned to Essential Oils blogger Rebecca Schiffhauer for details. I’m interested in hearing from you. Do you use EOs? If so, how have they helped you? [Read more…]

Which is Better, Synthroid or Armour Thyroid Medication

Which is better, Synthroid or Armour Thyroid Medication

Which is the best thyroid medication for hypothyroidism?

I am asked this question all the time and my answer is always the same, “It’s individual.”

While some do great on T4-only levothyroxine medications like Synthroid, commonly prescribed by mainstream doctors, many of us continue to feel horrible on these drugs. My life changed when I found an open-minded thyroid doctor who listened, really listened, to me and my symptoms. Careful trial and error with thyroid medication brands and dosages and I found my “sweet spot”. With stress, age, and the onset of perimenopause, my “sweet spot” has changed over time, and thankfully each time we find my new “fabulous”.

I take a combination of Nature-throid (a brand of natural desiccated thyroid) and a compound time-release T3 (created by a compounding pharmacy). Oh boy does dosage ever make a difference for me. I feel terrible when my Free T3 is low or even middle of the range. I feel fantastic when its at the top quarter of the normal range. Finding what is right for my body has been life-changing. I feel better today at 46 years old than I felt at 30…yes really. I hope the same for you.
[Read more…]

Are you taking your thyroid medication properly…are you sure?

thyroid medication

After 3 years of taking thyroid medication for hypothyroidism every day, I found a great new thyroid doctor and for the first time discovered that I was taking my thyroid medication all wrong. I was taking my medication at the very same time as foods, medications, and supplements known to interfere with the absorption of thyroid medication. Yet my previous thyroid doctor and pharmacists never thought to tell me such important information.

I no longer take a T4-only levothyroxine medication like Synthroid, which is a popular prescription for hypothyroidism in mainstream medicine. I felt awful on T4 only. Some do great on these medications but I just didn’t. Our bodies are all different. I now take natural desiccated thyroid which contains both T4 and T3 thyroid hormones. My doctor has me divide my dose to twice a day to spread the affect of T3 in NDT to keep up my energy throughout the day. I take half of my dosage first thing in the morning when I wake up and the other half in the afternoon several hours apart from the food, supplements, and medications mentioned below in this article. First speak to your doctor before changing how you take your thyroid medication.

[Read more…]