I have Candida, Adrenal fatigue, and mild hypothyroidism. I am taking Thyroxine-free thyroid glandular 130mg (which includes parotid 1mg - bovine source from new zealand) for the hypothyroidism. It's making me feel much better. My nutritionist gave me this to take.
My GP ran a blood test on me which showed low T4, and their treatment would be thyroxine -which I'm not taking as I have not seen him about it yet.
My question is -is the glandular adequate to help my hypothyroidism?
everyone is different. what really works for one might not work for another. as far as glandulars i have read on this forum that some people have been helped that way. armour thyroid is one glandular that people on this forum have used. personally i had them tested for me, and my body doesn't want glandulars. this is why individual testing is so important!
if i were you i would do 2 things; i would read recent posts on this forum outlining which supplements to take, including glandulars, and then i'd go get them muscle tested, or ask an intuitive, just find some way to see which ones you really need. you can go to the store and buy everything, get them tested, and return the ones you don't need. or, get them tested beforehand, just by thinking about it (not everyone does this). sometimes naturopaths do muscle testing, and they usualy have supplements in their office so that you don't have to buy any before testing them. there is a forum on curezone about the qxci machine; that machine is used by some naturopaths and it has a way of testing supplements. i used it once and i think its a safe machine to use. it doesn't use electricity to test, which i think is harmful. the naturopath i went to that used it had good supplements. The link for the qxci is http://www.theqxci.com/ practicioners are listed on that site.
also regarding candida, i do read that forum, and there have been a few amazing posts within the last few days. one person said their white candida-related tongue turned out to be bacterial/decay problems in their teeth. another person said that they cleared a lifelong candida problem just by stopping using dishwashing detergent on their dishes. i thought these were excellent posts.
i am very careful about what herbs and supplements i will take. when i realized my thyroid was a problem, and i started considering what things to take, i went through the entire list - tyrosine, maca, detoxified iodine, coconut oil, etc. then i worked with someone to see which i needed. then, after i knew which supplements i needed, i bought what i thought was the best brand of stuff, and then i had them tested. All supplements are not created equal, some are chemically pure, some aren't. test each one. GNC supplements are terrible (sorry, GNC) and i find solaray supplements to be really good.
Thanks so much for your reply, it was very helpful. The glandulars are really helping, I feel like a new person. I've never felt so well, so i think I will stick with them. I was questioning them because I wasn't sure if they're as helpful as the traditional synthetic hormones doctors give you. I prefer to do things naturally though, and I really feel they are making me better.
It is always important to note how you FEEL rather than what numbers on a test tell you. Thyroid tests are known to be inconsistent and can be thrown off by prescription medications, time of day the test was taken, and even what foods you've eaten. They can be a guide but not the absolute final authority. Any doctor who insists on following the numbers on paper rather than listening to you is basically just covering their own ass legally.
my understanding of how the glandular formulas is that they're not just giving you hormones, they're giving you the raw materials and then your thyroid is doing the rest, which is definitely much much better. i agree with you - natural is best. putting a synthetic hormone into your body would just turn your thyroid off, it wouldn't help it get better.
My nutritionist prescribed it for me. You can get it from nutricentre.com - which is based in London UK, but I think you need a nutritionist (or similar) to get it because you can't order it from their website, you can only phone them up and quote a practitioners reference.
I hope this helps someone.
Thankyou Lisa and Catman For your replies, they have really helped me :)
Yes, it is. Your GP can prescribe thyroid glandular for you - Armour brand is considered to be the most reliably standardized one available. Before synthetic thyroid hormones were created by pharmaceutical companies, everyone who had low T4 and/or T3 was prescribed with these kinds of freeze-dried raw animal thyroid gland products. Most doctors prescribe the synthetic T4 products for low thyroid functioning, but in recent years the importance of the T3 thyroid hormone has been becoming more evident to patients, who feel better when taking both. Natural thyroid (freeze-dried glandular products such as Armour) have both the T4 and T3 hormones in the perfect mix. It is not surprising that you feel much better taking a glandular product given that your T4 levels were low. If your doctor had ordered tests to check your T3 levels, they would in all likelihood been low as well. Most of T3 hormone converts to T4 hormone in the body, over time, which is why most doctors do not consider it important. However, before the T3 hormones convert to T4 they produce a wonderful feeling of vitality and wellbeing. The only reason that the natural (glandular) thyroid products lost favor with the medical community, is that it is more difficult to ensure that the companies producing these freeze-dried animal products are doing a good enough job standardizing (making sure the products are always exactly the correct strength). I take Armour brand thyroid and have never had any kind of problem. I much prefer this natural form of thyroid to the synthetics, and my doctor is happy to prescribe it for me.
The reputable companies that sell glandular products over the internet are very expensive. It is likely that a prescription would be less expensive than products that are made and sold by small companies. Several years ago I went to a naturopathic doctor to find out if she might be able to provide me with better quality care/products, but she was extremely expensive and so were the products that she sells. Some companies that sell glandulars will only do so to people who are under the care of a naturopathic physician. I do not remember the name of the company that the naturopath used for glandulars. Some natural food stores might still sell glandulars, though the one that I know of in my locale quit selling them years ago.
It wasn't enough for me... I was taking Enzymatic Therapy's Thyroid formula and a separate OTC thyroid glandular for about 4 months and it didn't correct the hypthyroid enough. After being on Armour for about a month I'm beginning to feel better. I had to quit taking the ET formula because I found out I am close to copper toxicity & that contains copper. So it's good to go to a doctor and get blood tests so you don't create worse imbalances.
If you choose to go with Armour, get the real thing, not generic.
I was taking Synthroid for awhile but felt as badly as before medication.
A ND suggested I take Metabolic Thyro which made me feel so much better.
I've taken this since 2002. Here is the web site http://www.doctorsresearch.com
Its an old post but i'll add this info anyway in case someone else comes across it...
If a glandular doesnt contain thyroxine, then it doesnt contain T4 hormone. But it does contain nutrients to nourish your thyroid so that it can make the T4 itself. This may not be enough if someone has advanced hypothyroidism. But it may be enough to boost the thyroid back towards homeostasis in the case of mild or sub clinical, provided other prolems are addressed. Armour has T4 and T3 so it is important to make that distinction, as the scope is a little different.
Above all, tests should be done for Hashimoto's - eg antibodies for tpo and tg. If hashimotos is present, the immune system will continue to attack to thyroid even if hormone supplimentation get the hormones back to normal. (Perhaps Antibodies could reduce if increased thyroid hormones boost the immune system enough to clear infectious triggers) Furthermore, for some people glandulars can perpetuate the autoimümune attack because of their similarity to our tissue. In this case synthetic versions shouln't be ruled out.
The focus should be on getting to the root cause of the disease. That is - finding the trigger, healing the gut and removing toxicity to repair the immune system. When this post was published there were not so many great resources, but now we have many. If you suffer from thyroid problems check out chris kresser, amy myers and susan blum.