Does anyone know how to successfully lower thyroid antibodies from hashimotos? I started 3 yrs ago with 800 (norm is under 60), which over the years reached a high of 5300 last Feb. This started declining and went to 3500 in July and my last testing 2 wks ago was 2500. I have no idea why it is declining but it could easily go up again. I have tried selenium (at first it worked, then it did not), and lately have been on a more nutrionally oriented diet, as well as taking Vitamin Bs, and other supplements. I have been on 100mcg of levythroxine and would really love to get off this synthetic drug. I have been thinking of armour, but you cannot control the amount of T3 you get with this, and I am unsure if I require T3 because my Ts seem to be in range. But I am still losing hair. S.
Hi, I'm really no expert, however, I have problems with low thyroid, but I have normal blood tests and normal ultrasounds of my thyroid. I have made posts on another website and found that even if you are in normal range, the TSH and Free T4 may be out of proportion to one another.
Also, I checked my Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing book (Balch) and it had this to say about selenium. "Selenium's principal function is to inhibit the oxidation of lipids (fats) as a component of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase. It is a vital antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. ...Selenium plays a vital role in regulating the effects of thyroid hormone on fat metabolism. ...Symptoms of excessively high selenium levels can include arthritis, brittle nails, garlicky breath odor, gastrointestinal disorder, hair loss, irritability, liver and kidney impairment, a metallic taste in the mouth, pallor, skin eruptions, tooth loss, and yellowish skin. ...Taking up to 200 micrograms of selenium per day is considered safe for most people. However, you should not take more than 40 micrograms of supplemental selenium daily if you are pregnant."
I just saw this man, Dr. Steven Hotze, on the Early Show (CBS) this morning. One of the things he was talking about was how women get too much estrogen or progestrone after having a baby and it lowers there thyroid function. He also talked about how your lab tests can be in the normal range but you still have low thyroid. He mentioned using Armour Thyroid instead of Synthyroid. He is located in Texas.
I didn't get the name of his book, but it had something to do with hormones.
I'm familiar with armour but haven't started to use it yet. I have to see first where I can get it and have someone instruct me re usage. I live out of US now so will probably switch my present meds (levythroxine) next year. S.
Dr. Hotze's book is "Hormones Health and Happiness", and his website to promote the book is http://www.drhotze.com
I have been going to the Hotze Health and Wellness Center since 2003 and have had good results with getting my hormones balanced with Armour thyroid and bioidentical progesterone. After attending one of Dr. Hotze's free seminars and buying at the literature table the book by Broda Barnes, Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illiness, that book was like reading the story of my life! I had gone to other doctors before who said my thyroid was normal, but Dr. Hotze diagnosed me hypothyroid by my symptoms and history. I am lots better now.
Have you ever been tested for celiac? It has been shown that many hypothyroids are also celiac, and that eating a gluten-free diet can significantly reduce or eliminate the auto-immune antigens that cause these diseases. Google celiac/gluten intolerance and auto-immune diseases.
Try Nutritional Response testing. After 6 months my TPO went from 206 to 95. I will continue and hopefully it will go to normal within 6 more months. You will be making your thyroid healthy again through whole foods, nutrition and supplements and avoiding food that block the function of your thyroid. I refuse to take synthetic drugs that will cause other side effects. Good luck.
have you looked into candidiasis? it is a yeast condition that grows in your intestional tract and gives off toxins. as a result of the toxins, your immune system creates antibodies to fight it off, however they end up attacking your thyroid levels as well. if you can eradicate the candida, your thyroid levels will return to normal.
there is a reason your immune system is producing antibodies, and being on medication isn't going to help any, other than cover up the symptoms and give your doctor a nice paycheck. you need to find out the root cause, address it, and then your immune system will return to normal.