A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thyroid and Metabolism

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LOW THYROID FUNCTION was the topic of a recent blog. I covered how it affects more than 30 million women and 15 million men. So why are we seeing such an epidemic of thyroid problems? Well, chronic thyroid problems can be caused by many factors …

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

One of the most important factors that leads to hypothyroidism is exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, which act as hormone or endocrine disruptors and interfere with thyroid hormone metabolism and function.

In fact, one study found that as people lost weight they released pesticides from their fat tissue.

This then interfered with their thyroid function and caused hypothyroidism. The toxins created a slow metabolism and prevented them from losing more weight.

This study highlights the importance of overall detoxification. It is quite a significant finding that shows exactly how toxins interfere with thyroid function.

Heavy metals such as mercury can also affect thyroid function. I see many people with chronic hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems because mercury interferes with normal thyroid function.

The other big factor that interferes with thyroid function is chronic stress.

There is an intimate interaction between stress hormones and thyroid function. The more stress you are under, the worse your thyroid functions.

Any approach to correcting poor thyroid function must address the effects of chronic stress and provide support to the adrenal glands.

The next major factor that affects thyroid function is chronic inflammation. The biggest source of this chronic inflammation is gluten, the protein found in wheat, barely, rye, spelt, and oats.

Gluten is a very common allergen that affects about 10 to 20 percent of the population. This reaction occurs mostly because of our damaged guts, poor diet, and stress.

I also think eating so-called Frankenfoods, such as hybridized and genetically modified grains with very strange proteins, makes us sick.

Our bodies say, “What’s this? Must be something foreign. I’d better create antibodies to this, fight it, and get rid of it.”

This chronic inflammatory response interferes with thyroid function — and contributes to the epidemic of inflammatory diseases in the developed world.

Lastly, nutritional deficiencies play a big role in thyroid dysfunction. These include deficiencies of iodine, vitamin D, omega-3 fats, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, and the B vitamins.

Once you have confirmed that a sluggish thyroid is contributing to your symptoms, the good news is that there are many, many, many things you can do to help correct thyroid problems.

There are so many reasons for low thyroid function, yet I have seen lots of patients with this problem who were just ignored by their doctors.

For example, one young female patient of mine had more than 30 percent body fat and was unable to change her body, no matter how hard she worked. She ate perfectly, exercised with a trainer every day — and her body still wouldn’t budge.

She also had a slightly depressed mood and other vague symptoms.

So I treated her with a low dose of Armour Thyroid, which is a natural thyroid replacement.

What happened?

Well, she not only lost 20 pounds and improved her body composition, but her mood improved and all her other symptoms went away.

How did I know she had low thyroid function?

Once I have asked about symptoms, done a physical exam, and considered all the potential causes of thyroid problems, I do the right tests.

Most doctors just check something called the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which doesn’t give a full picture of the thyroid. In fact, even the interpretation of this test is incorrect most of the time.

The newer guidelines of the American College of Endocrinology consider anybody with a TSH level over 3.0 as hypothyroid. Most doctors think that only anything over 5 or 10 is worth treating.

Unfortunately, this leaves millions suffering unnecessarily.

There are also other tests, including free T3 and free T4 and thyroid antibodies, which are essential.

I also look for associated problems such as gluten intolerance, food allergies, and heavy metals, as well as deficiencies of vitamin D, selenium, vitamin A, zinc, and omega-3 fats.

There are many things to consider in a careful approach to hypothyroidism.

It is one of the most common problems I see, and treating it properly makes one of the biggest differences in my patients’ quality of life.

Unfortunately, by using the old guidelines and thinking, conventional medicine misses millions who suffer with hypothyroidism.

In fact, in one study, researchers tested everybody who walked through the gates of a county fair with conventional thyroid testing. They found that according to even conservative conventional standards, half of all the people who had hypothyroidism were undiagnosed, untreated, and suffering.

So what’s the solution?

How You Can Overcome Hypothyroidism

I encourage you to take the following steps to rebalance your thyroid:

  • Make a thorough inventory of any of the symptoms that I mentioned in the previous hypothyroidism blog to see if you might suffer from hypothyroidism.
  • Get the right thyroid tests including TSH, free T3, free T4, TPO, and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.
  • Check for celiac disease with a celiac panel.
  • Consider heavy metal toxicity.
  • Check your vitamin D level.

Once you have confirmed that a sluggish thyroid is contributing to your symptoms, the good news is that there are many, many, many things you can do to help correct thyroid problems.

I have developed a seven-step plan to address hypothyroidism:

  1. Treat the Underlying Causes — Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress.
  2. Optimize Your Nutrition – Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, and more.
  3. Minimize Stress – Eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress by engaging in a comprehensive stress management program.
  4. Exercise – Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function.
  5. Supplement – Use supplements to help enhance thyroid function, including all the nutrients needed for proper thyroid metabolism and function.
  6. Heat Therapy – Use saunas and heat to eliminate stored toxins, which interfere with thyroid function.
  7. Thyroid Hormones – Use thyroid hormone replacement therapy to help support your thyroid gland.

I believe a comprehensive approach is needed to address chronic thyroid issues and to diagnose them. Unfortunately, most of the options for healing by conventional care are quite limited and only provide a partial solution. But by following my seven-step plan you can achieve lifelong vibrant health.

Now I’d like to hear from you …

If you have low thyroid function, how was it diagnosed?

Did you face any resistance from your doctor?

Which of these steps have you tried to treat it and have they helped?

Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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144 Responses to A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thyroid and Metabolism

  1. Marie Mc Cormack February 7, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    I have been researching under active thyroid for a short time its difficult to ask a Doctor here to do test they feel we are telling them their job but i shall ask my nurse her opinion on getting these tests done when i attend the clinic for my next checkup. Look forward to reading your books on how to tackle this problem. Its difficult to get the full picture on the cause and then how to treat UAT. All the help i get is appreciated

    many thanks

    Marie Mc Cormack

    • Colleen December 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      I have had my thyroid removed and then radiated just when I started menopause. I am on thyroid medication and all levels are good. BUT, I cannot loose weight. I lost weight before my thyroid was killed off (about 30kgs), but since menopause hit, have gained 13kgs by not changing my diet at all. I am an exercise fiend and work my but off and also eat very little but still either gain or stay the same. I am 60yo and weigh 86kgs (previously 73kgs). Im scared of gaing anymore weight as my energy levels seem to be dieing. Besides my thyroid medication, I also take vit D supplements every day. Im loosing all hope and cant find anyone who seems to know what to do…

      • Hatti February 6, 2014 at 8:51 am #

        Hello Colleen,
        I have similar symptons and i wanted to know were you able to get any help. I have been taking levoxyl for the last 12 years and was doing ok with it but they took it off the market . I have tried taking synthroid, but it gave me really bad heart burns. Now i am trying Tirosint, but still having heart burn. Just wanted to know were you able to find help. Please email me if you dont mind.
        Be blessed and stay healthy.
        Hatti,

      • Shirley Reed May 10, 2014 at 9:12 am #

        Hey Colleen,
        I live in the UK and when I read your post I thought it was about me !!
        I am 59yrs old and had a full thyroidectomy about 10yrs ago – and like you am gaining weight for no reason and there seems absolutely nothing I can do about it. I too am constantly exhausted and feel as if my whole body is made of lead.
        My doctor is relatively sympathetic but says that the tablets I take (150mcg Levothyroxine) is replacing my thyroid levels correctly so therefore should have no effect on my weight gain – Yeh right ??
        I am distraught with my huge obese body and deeply depressed and can think of nothing else. It seems to be taking over my whole life. Two of my (now) grown up children live abroad in hot sunny countries and it is getting to the point that I no longer want to visit them because I am so embarrassed about my body.
        There must be someone out there with a solution ………
        Shirley Reed UK

        • marce August 11, 2014 at 10:46 am #

          Shirley, do not give up. Try finding a Chinese or Indian doctor, the kind that can read your pulse, look at you eyes, your tongue, face, etc. and can tell what is wrong with you. Allopathic doctors can only treat symptoms. Being in the UK you must be pretty close to such doctors. And also, be patient with any treatment they prescribe. You didn’t get to this place overnight. So you will need a lot of resolve. I wish you success.

        • Jenny August 12, 2014 at 9:20 am #

          Hi Shirley, i also live in the UK and have been battling doctors over my hypothyroidism for 15 years or so. In my 20’s my thyroid failed and despite many trips to the doctor i went for around 2 years undiagnosed because they wouldn’t test for it. By the time i took my husband along to the doctor and literally begged for a blood test, i was extremely ill and had put on a lot of weight.

          I feel the same way you do about my figure, i had been fit and slim when my thyroid failed, i was in the Air Force and did a lot of sports and swam 2 miles twice a week.

          After i was diagnosed i still spent around 10 more years suffering because despite being on 150mg of thyroxine i was always exhausted and depressed. Life became not worth living because no doctor would do more to help me, and it was a struggle just to get through the day.

          I caught a lucky break when i switched doctors in my mid 30’s and happened to get a doctor who had a specific interest in thyroid problems, so she knew a lot more than the others. She finally tested me further and found my cortisol was low, my Vit D and my iron all very low.

          I have tried and tried to get armour as i hear it helps but instead now alternate 150 and 175 of thyroxine every other day which has helped, i also take 1000 iu of Vit D, i took cortisol for a long time until my levels were stable again and i am prescribed strong iron tablets. This has all helped.

          I feel a lot better although not perfectly better, my fight continues as that doctor has now left and i am now back to a useless doctor. They don’t seem to understand how much this problem ruins a life and how i just want to feel better.

          I have lost 5lb recently so the increase in thyroxine has helped. I did get heart burn for a long time and found that drinking green tea fixed it.

          Hope some of this helps you, as i know exactly what you are going through, i no longer see members of family either because i am too embarrassed at how i look now.

    • Yvette May 11, 2014 at 1:47 am #

      To get the Big picture ask the Lab to get a Full Thyroid Panel Blood tests. TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T4, and Test for antibodies. Then… and this is very important… The lab ranges need to be tighter and more in Optimal range rather than just basic ranges. This way you can narrow your diagnosis and pin point how to overcome your challenges. If you want to learn more about my story overcoming go to http://www.thyroidslimdownformula.com Good Luck with your Journey.

  2. Kimmie February 11, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    After i gave birth to my daughter I developed Grave’s disease. Which years later turned into hypothyroidism. I am currently taking synthroid 0.125 mg. Although I still feel many of the symptoms, hair loss, premature graying, tiredness, fatigue, sore muscles, puffy face, course voice, sensitive to cold…and I could go on. I was also diagnosed with Narcolepsy so its hard to tell which symptom is for which disease. I was told I could take ashwaganda to help with some of my symptoms. I wanted to ask your opinion on that herb in relation to the thyroid.

    Appreciate any help.

    Thanks

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      HI Kimmie,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      In general, adaptogenic herbs are a good fit for hypothyroid and autoimmune conditions as the adrenals tend to be exhausted from the stress and inflammation. To see what support Dr Hyman recommends for your thyroid and adrenals, go to store.bloodsugarsolution.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      • chima May 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

        what can help me in this Thyroid promble ,and what can i stop eating to avoid this

    • sumaya April 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi I have hypothyroidism for more than 12years recently I started taking supplements.i exercise regularly. I just cant loose the ffw kilos that I wish too loose.i also have ibs sooo need to heal the gut.i take eltroxon

  3. Brenda Nicholson February 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I have Celiac as well and have been gluten free for over 10 years.

    Is there a connection between the two?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff February 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Brenda,

      Inflammation tends to be the link between the two. When you think about how stress on the system can aggravate the balance necessary for health, it becomes easier to understand.

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  4. Clare March 1, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I was diagnosed in 1993 with hypothryoidism by a progressive doctor. He used the basal temperature method to test me. It was part of the testing he did for Chronic Fatigue Sydrome, which I have. He put me on Armour thyroid and I lost the 25 lbs I had gained quite quickly. This was after being skinny skinny my whole life. Over the years I’ve put on 60 lbs now and it is VERY hard to get rid of. I have been on 1 grain of Armour for 20 years. I still don’t know what triggered my hypothyroidism, but I think my maternal grandmother had a goiter, I was under maximum stress for years, and I have a mouth full of mercury. What I want to know is, WHAT CAN I SAFELY EAT?!?!?!? I have read that I shouldn’t eat spinach, pears, kale, strawberries, and a myriad of other goitrogenic foods. I take all the right supplements, including D, and have been tested for gluten intolerance (negative, though I don’t believe it….). If I exercise, I am constantly in danger of CFS relapse. I am assuming that perhaps my mercury is no longer outgassing, since all the fillings were put in 50 years ago.

    • Billie May 25, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Clare, so the Armour helped? I would like to ask my doctor as I would like to come off of Synthroind since I heard it was not natural, even though my doctor said it was bio-something.Thanks.

  5. priya March 2, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    i am in my early 50’s and haven’t had a period over a year. i have been feeling terribly tired, have migraines and poor memory. i got my blood test and though t3, t4 levels are normal my tsh is 8. tpo is 40. my doctor thinks i have menopausal symptoms and prescribed more calcium. i also take iodine tablets. how can i change my diet to feel better?

  6. timothy kalsnes March 6, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    i believe i have most all the symtems listed as a child i was very attopic and had skin tests done got alergy shots with good results now my asthma is worse lungs are sebsitive to all antagins in the air have not worked for a year i do have all the symtoms u listed i was alergic to tomatoes and chese and nuts as a child i feel tired have cronic fatuge fuzzy head mood swings and low energy. i try but i need to boost my thyroid i believe im 5,8 184 lbs not bad but my quality of life is 20 percent poor help me feel better and loose my depression i used to feel so good and have lots of energy please help truely tim kalsnes 715 613 0925

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      Hi Timothy,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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  7. timothy kalsnes March 6, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    please help i have all symtoms and need advise im alergic to mold and must and poor air and had lots of food alergies in child hood

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      Hi Timothy,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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  8. Maxine Cook March 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    thank you for so much information it can be helpful to me family members and friends

  9. Gwen McGrath March 17, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I am wondering if you could yell me is there anywhere i could go to get private thyroid blood tests done. I have a partial thyroid ( no meds ) have a goitre ( my first 2 were removed when i was 16 & 26 ) im now 43.. i have had a traumatic experience which has led to alot of stress over the past 9 mths.. i now have another goitre & have all the symptoms of underactive thyroid.. in the space of a month i had 3 blood tests.. one was boreedline under& over ( which makes no sense to me ) one was under & my recent one was NORMAL even though i have the goitre & am suffering terrible related symptoms of underactive thryoid.. ive done so much research over rhe yrs & the one thing that frustrates me is the tests the doctors do NEVR include.. T3 , Free T3 & free T4 pus antibodies & adrenal reserve… if TSH & T4 comes back normal.. they say all is fine & send you off with a depression pill…. So not happy with this , i have asked for the T3 etc to be done only to be told it is not needed.. ALL the research i have done says otherwise…………….. Pls help..up until aug 2012.. i was a figure competitor, Personal trainer & busy mom… Now i am overweight, depressed , fatiguedi sleep all nite & most of my days ,have dry skin, hair loss, chest pain, lack of interest in anything etc etc etc Pls can anyone help me

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      Hello Gwen,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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  10. Mary March 18, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    I have been diagnosed with under active thyroid and possible Grave’s disease was told to start taking Thyroxine 50mg. My stress levels have increased in the last couple of years. I’m also living on a farm, we personally don’t spray with chemicals however around the area who knows who is spraying pesticides. No sure on what path to take.

    Thank you

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

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  11. Dena Burris March 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Dear mark, My mother has low thyroid diease, she dont know what foods to eat to help her, could you please send me a list of foods for he to buy, and maybe a diet plan for her.I dont have any money tosend you, so could you still send me something in the mail to give her, she has had two heart attacks and now her eating habits arent working for her, thanks, My address is, Dena Burris 35419Dry RD lot 16 Albemarle N.C. 28001 thank you so very much..

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Hello Dena,

      Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet. Please feel free to review our website for recipes and refer to http://drhyman.com/?s=thyroid&submit=Search for articles on thyroid conditions.

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  12. Dallas March 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I was tested a month ago for a low thyriod. I am only 24 years old female. Since I have been on the medication at times I feel very depressed. Something as simple as someone asking how are, makes me want to burst into tears. I have always not handled stress that well but lately it seems like anything just consumes me and i stress and worry about it for days. Yesterday I felt depressed but now today I feel okay. It’s weird because I normally I don’t feel like this. My family keeps asking how I am feeling because they too can notice a difference. I am confused if the medication that I am on is making me sick worse and if this will pass and I will feel better again.

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      Hello Dallas,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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  13. Tana Lamb March 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    My daughter is 19 and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at the age of 16. Her weight has been a problem since the age of 8. No matter what she did, the weight would not come off. She had other signs of a nonfunctioning thyroid, so I asked the Dr. to test her thyroid. We now go to an Endocrinologist and my daughter is on Synthoid 137mcg. Her weight is still a problem, which might be ok if she lived a normal life, however she is a college athlete and works out at least 2 hours everyday, which she has been doing for the last 8 years. She is now on a last ditch effort and drinking Herbalife shakes for breakfast and lunch, with a normal dinner. In the last 2 weeks she has lost 7 pounds, but I’m sure it will come back once she stops drinking them. There has got to be something else wrong, which is holding her back from losing weight with such an active lifestyle. She is not a junkfood person and for the most part eats healthy, and does not over eat.

  14. Joanne March 26, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I am so happy that so many people with hypothyroidism are taking a stand and spreading awareness! I am a 25 year old female and I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 3 years ago. I too started a blog recently about my experience being “hypo”. This website is full of great information so far…keep up the good work!

  15. Brittany April 5, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Hi– Great article! I do have a question, though. I have Hashimoto’s and Celiac’s, and even though I am on a low-carb diet, I am still unable to lose weight. Aside from my autoimmune diseases, I am very healthy (a former college athlete). I am not over-weight, but the last time I was on a strict low-carb diet, I was able to quickly and easily lose 20 lbs (more for aesthetic/comfort reasons than health ones). I put back on that weight during the holidays and I have been struggling to get it back off over the last few months to no avail.

    Even though my thyroid levels are good and my Celiac’s is managed, why can’t I lose weight?

    Any response gratefully received!

  16. deborah hicks April 7, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I need information on thyroid stimulating exercise and supplements which enhance thyroid function. Also what is a stress management protocol for hypothyroid sufferers?

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      HymanStaff April 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

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  17. Kay Agarwal April 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I’ve been experiencing hypothyroid lately and have experienced it previously in life. My new doctor recommended that I get a TSH test done. My levels came out to be 4.55 and the normal range is 0.4 – 4.6. So he thinks it’s unnecessary to put me in medication. When I asked him how to lower TSH levels, he told me to try to eat salt with iodine in it.
    I’ve experienced weight gain, tiredness, sluggishness, hair loss, changes in my neck, etc.
    so now I’m seeking a new doctor who won’t leave my condition untreated. I’m a 20 year old college student and it’s hard being self conscious about my body image because I went from a size 1 to a size 5. And that’s not even my main concern. I just don’t feel good about myself anymore. I’m tired constantly and have no motivation, which isn’t helping my grades.
    Reading this article really helped me learn that doctors will ignore this condition and many have to suffer. I will find a good doctor who is willing to help me!
    Thank you!

  18. Vicki April 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    My last Thyroid reading was 19.09. I’m taking synthroid (levothyroxine). I believe this is not a natural hormone replacement, like the Armor that you mention. What is the difference between natural and synthetic. How does your body process them differently. Can you provide a list of natural ones? My prescription plan only allows generic drugs, are there any natural generic drugs?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi Vicki,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work with hypothyroidism. You can learn all about what his suggestions are in The Ultra Thyroid Solution: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/Show/UltraThyroid/823/Ultra-Thyroid-Solution

      Essentially, armour thyroid is derived from a natural source (porcine) and synthroid is synthetic. Armour contains ALL bioactive thyroid hormones (T4, T3 and T2) while synthroid only contain T4. To learn why this might not be as effective as the medication Dr. Hyman suggests please check out the info in the link provided above.

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Coaching Team

  19. Tasneem April 21, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Does Dr Hyman have any colleagues in Phoenix Arizona that he would recommend?

  20. Patricia May 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    hello there, i was wondering i had all my thyroid levels checked and all is good, but cant seem to lose any weight and I eat like 1300-1400 calories a day, on treadmill for like 3-5 miles a day, drink water, and try to eat as healthy as I can at the time and not even a pound comes off why? is there anything I can eat or do i just want to lose 10 pounds thats it…….my doctor said not to take any diet pills just eat less and excercise more and thats what I have been doing and nothing ;(….thanks much, Pattie

  21. Claudia Kienzle May 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I have a blood sugar of 130 mg/dl and thyroid problems and my doctor won’t run the tests or deal with it. Please tell me how to find doctors like Dr. Hyman in Mercer County, NJ. Thank you, Claudia Kienzle

  22. carlene May 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    hi i’m from trinidad i would like to know what is the normal thyroid range. I did a FT 4 test and the result was 0.883 the doctor said it was just a little low and its nothing to be worried about, but reading these symptoms i can see a comparrison plz let me know how to deal with this

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      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Hi Carlene,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. We cannot offer medical advice over the internet, your doctor can advise you on how to proceed.

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  23. Christina August 7, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    I have been diagnosed with hypothyroid since about 15 years ago since I had my daughter … I have seen endocronoligist and PCP everytime I have my thyroid checked they say its fine I do take 50 mcg of synthriod I have lost hair it has thinned out my face breaks out I am always tired but I do have alot going on and alot of stress and I have stayed the same weight for about 13 years until recently I have put on more weight and it is driving me crazy I dont have the energy to do anything and I know I need to work out but I am always on the go I read about all the different testing and am going to ask the Dr about all test do you have and recommendations I can do …

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Dear Christina,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. We appreciate you sharing your experience with hypothyroidism and hope you start to put Dr. Hyman’s suggestions into action. His virtual nutrition team can help you. Go to: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs to start on a personalized nutrition plan now.

      Because Dr. Hyman cannot provide personalized medical advice in this forum,we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified functional medicine practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      To make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Team

  24. Balasubramanian September 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Dear Dr.
    I had just finished reading your article on the Thyroid disorders and the seven strops recommended by you.

    I have had hypothyroid problems for the past 10 or 12 years. tests revealed that the TSH was in the region of 5 or 6 and I was put under Thyroxin 125 mcg.

    Overr a period of time, subsequent tests revealed that the TSH level were dropping and this was around 2.5. my Dr. Brought down the dosage to 100 mcg and at present this is my dosage.

    I am 70 years old and have led a very active life throughout. I exercise regularly, go for walks and do a little bit of Yoga too.

    . My problem is that despite all the physical activity, I am still over weight. I tire easily and do not have proper bowel movement. I do not suffer from Diabeties or High Blood pressure.

    I wonder if you can advise as to what I should do to reduce my weight, be more alert, and help to stimulate my thyroid.

    Thanks.
    Balasubramainan

  25. vincent talbot October 31, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I found this very interesting,i have underactive tyroid for 15 years,i also have iron overload.I was at a meeting for people with iron overload havin speaking to some of them afterwards,i discovered a lot of them had underactive thyroid,.this makes sence if heavy metal can damage the thyroid.I live on the west coast of Ireland,we have a high amount of people with iron overload in this area.Again thanks for your help.

  26. jrh November 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    What’s the point in asking for feedback if you continually respond that you are unable to answer people? There’s a difference between dispensing medical advice online and answering simple questions that are general information, like which supplements are helpful for under-active thyroid.

    You’d be better off not offering a comment section at all.

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      The comments section is designed to stimulate a conversation between other individuals reading and engaging. We do our best! Thanks jrh

  27. Amanda Johnson November 10, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Also, I saw that you have a letter to MD’s explaining your position on this matter, and maybe provided them with a better understanding. Maybe hearing it from another MD, and not an RN or OBGYN he will be less reluctant to listen? Is there any possible way you would be willing to email me a copy of this letter. Regardless of my personal situation, I think it would be helpful for him to have the knowledge to help others. Thanks in advance for your consideration and time.

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      Hi Amanda-you could just just print it or copy and paste the link! Good luck!

  28. Jenni November 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    I am 31 and have been suffering from chronic hives for about 10 years, they get better and worse with no real rhyme or reason. I am gluten free, sugar free, caffeine free, eat organic, exercise regularly, keep my house clean (use hypoallergenic everything), no perfumes, or dyes and take probiotics, a multivitamin and fish oil every day. I went through allergy testing an nothing was positive and was put on prednisone to control the outbreak and give me a break from the constant hive/eczema cycle. Then I switched birth control pills and within 24-48 hours broke out in hives while I was taking prednisone. My allergist and I have decided it is possibly hormone related and I have stopped taking birth control and started charting my cycle along with the itchiness. Now I am tired all the time, have trouble sleeping, have hot flashes and bloating and my eyes, skin and scalp are extremely dry on top of having hives off and on (although they seem to come on around ovulation and go away after the first couple days of my period). My regular doctor and my allergist has ran so many tests I can’t keep track yet everything has come back “normal”. I am so frustrated and tired of not being healthy.

  29. sophia December 1, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    I am 45 years old.I was treated for HCV and I am cleared for the past 5 years or so.During my therapy I developed hyper n then hypo thyroidism.which was not reverted back.I am putting on weight.Im currently 80 kg with 5feet 6 inch height.Im taking 50mcg of thyroxin.My water retention do gets lower with not taking wheat . Please let me know how to reduce weight.In Pakistan I don’t think I have good choice of endocrinologists.

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  30. G Green December 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Much resistance from my doctor!!!
    I eventually gave up and self-diagnosed based on the myriad of symptoms that could not be ignored… or coincidental. I was finally able to convince her to do a test and she tested TSH levels. Her response was that I was 0.1 within “acceptable levels”. I asked her to test my T3 and T4 levels and her response was “We only run those tests if the TSH levels indicate it’s needed.”

    I got on this path when I discovered (on my own because I met with resistance from my doctor) I was gluten intolerant. I had known I could not digest red meat for about 10 years prior and had started having trouble with other foods. Many symptoms pointed at gluten intolerance. Discovered I could not digest avian meat about 5 years later and a lactose intolerance about 5 years after that. I’ve struggled with my weight throughout all these discoveries.

    I’ve been a very active, healthy person (except for 97 allergies) all my life and continue to be so as I approach 60. I eat very healthy as a result of my dietary restrictions. I eat plenty of seafood of all types. As I read through your 7 steps, I’m already doing most of it. I don’t own a vehicle so my feet, bicycle and transit pass are my main forms of transportation. And I use multi-vitamin & mineral supplements. I’m not able to get thyroid meds because my doctor thinks I’m “fine and just need more exercise…”… the trouble with her ‘analysis’ is that I have to work and earn a living. I already exercise at least an hour daily AND do dance practice at least an hour daily to stay in shape for performances and teaching.

    I’m also hypoglycemic… diagnosed by a nutritionist, because my doctor does “… not believe hypoglycemia is a real condition. It’s only perceived.” I’m starting to think she may not ‘believe in’ diabetes either.

    So, I’ve had to adjust my diet and activities to stay relatively healthy without proper medical support. My biggest concern now is that the hypoglycemia is getting worse and can ‘morph’ into diabetes. Combined with hypothyroidism… well I’m seeing a very unhealthy future.

  31. Lisa George December 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Wow, I had tears in my eyes reading this because I feel like I am that girl! I am a 27 year old, active young woman, and Ive gained 25 pounds in the past year, 10 more only since july 2013, and I exercise and eat right daily. I’ve also been very depressed and fatigued and could sleep for hours all day if I could. My doctor found 3 nodules in my neck (one pressing on my thyroid) this past summer but said they were benign and would not cause weight gain or affect thyroid function. After reading your article I’m convinced it is indeed hypothyroid disease but how do I get my doctor to take me more seriously?!

  32. mandy December 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    After the birth of my daughter something was wrong. I saw numerous doctors. My hair was falling out. I just kep gaining weight over the years. I couldn’t sleep well. It was all explained away on my circumstances if life. My tests came back within normal ranges, but on the low side concerning thyroi function. Nobody wanted to treat it. Years and years later I found a doctor who during a very thorough exam thought my thyroid should be tested and, wow, treated. First was synthroid. It made my tests good, but I still felt crappy. She then put me on a mixed dose of armour and synthroid. I felt so much better, and the t3 and t4 were both good. The only problem came about when she closed her office and I had to lookfor a new Dr. I went through two doctors beforebi found one who reluctantly, agreed to put me on armour as I had been. Most Drs. Around here say it is outdated medicine and won’t prescribe. Very frustrating.

  33. melissa December 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    okay here is my dilemma. due to some past personal and family issues with not being treated properly (one of which caused a death in the family) I am very anti medical system. I have a low trust with doctors in general and do not believe in medical testing, etc. That being said however, I find myself almost always hot and after about noon always tired. If I do get cold, it takes me quite some time to warm up. I also suffer from migraines (although I believe these to be severe sinus headaches brought on by temperature increases) and restless legs or charley horses. From what I am reading above, it does sound like it could be thyroid related. Do you have any suggestions for natural, non medically based solutions for me to try? I spoke with a girl once who had thyroid issues and went to a doctor in my area (Ohio). She knew exactly what was wrong as it ran in the family and she had experienced and been diagnosed with the same in her teen years yet the doctors put her through so many tests it was ridiculous only to find out she had been right the whole time. I will not put myself through that..Thank You

  34. Lisa December 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Perhaps i missed something, but i don’t see any “optimal levels” of any tests other than TSH – he says to test, but what numbers are we looking for (for T3, T4, free T4, Reverse T3)?
    I know my lab and doctor think i’m “normal” even though my TSH is 3.0 (!!!) and i’ve had low-thyroid symptoms my entire adult life. I’d like to be armed with more information about my other numbers – they’ve been tested but if the lab (one i thought was incredibly progressive and ahead of the curve, but now i question that) and my doctor (also usually ahead of the curve, but not in this area, clearly!) say they’re “normal,” i’m still not going to receive any help or attention from them, unless I can show something to prove my case (the AACE recommendations from 2002 for TSH numbers is a start, but only a start). Thanks for your help!!

  35. Judy Martin December 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    I too have been diogiased with low thyroid, I am presently on synthroid, but am tired all the time. Losing hair, dry skin while I use lots of omega 3s
    My Dr. seems unconcered about it and says its fine. Haven’t had a test for a couple of yrs. but doesn’t ask for a check when I ask for a refill.
    I do mega vitamins, iodine, plus vitamins b, evening prime rose oil which helps with hot flashes.
    What else do you suggest.
    Thanks for your reply.
    Judy

  36. Anne January 4, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    About 6 mo. ago I developed a feeling of constricted throat. At the same time my dentist noticed an increase in the size of my thyroid. I was referred for an ultrasound and blood tests. The blood work (TSH, T3, T4 etc) came back within normal range. The ultrasound confirmed that one side of my thyroid is enlarged and other has some inconsistencies in texture. One small lesion/nodule was found. It was too small to be categorized or assessed. No biopsy was done. The endocrinologist put me on a low dose of Synthroid as a “preventive” measure due to a low grade exposure to the radioactive fallout I experienced while living in Europe during Chernobyl meltdown. If my blood tests are normal, should I have been prescribed Synthroid? The doctor has not established a diagnosis at this point. Apparently, if blood work is normal, even if many hypothyroidism symptoms are present, diagnosis won’t made.

    Within the last 5 years I have experienced a number of seemingly unrelated symptoms: fatigue, traveling muscle aches, neurological tingling in my hands and legs, a period of skin hypersensitivity to wind or cold water (feeling of pins and needles upon exposure) which lasted 2-3 month, weakness, hair loss, frequent constipation, cognitive problems, spotty memory, difficulty concentrating, blurry vision, premature menopause (the onset started at the age of 37) etc. Testing ruled out MS, Limes, heavy metal toxicity. My GP eventually was inclined to think that I might have fibromyalgia. So, maybe it is Hashimoto’s instead? And it is just a matter of time for my blood work to show changes in the production levels of thyroid hormones.

    Any advice on how can I improve my quality of life? I work full time, exercise, eat relatively well and I am not overweight. But my fatigue is so severe that I spend my evenings just sitting on the couch, whereas before I was able to be more productive doing home improvement projects, enjoying going out etc.

    Should I avoid all goitrous foods? Should I exercise in a particular way? I am only 43, but I feel like I have aged 20 years within the last 12 mo…

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  37. Susan Knapp March 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    I recently had bloodwork done which indicated a low thyroid function.
    (T4 free = .9 ng/dl and TSH = 6.2 mlU/L)
    Last year these numbers were “normal”.
    My doctor thinks I should go on levothyoxine.
    The only other med I take is Arava 20mg for RA.
    So, autoimmune runs in my family.
    I am a little hesitant about taking the drug.
    Should I request more test, get another opinion, or try the drug for a while.
    I am 69 and pretty healthy otherwise.

    TU

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  38. Stacey March 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    I had graves disease over 25 years ago and at the time underwent a total-thyroidectomy. Although everything I know now possibly I didn’t have to go that route but no sense dredging up something that can’t be undone. My question is does eating raw curciferous vegetables affect my “thyroid” the same way someone that has hypothyroidism affect theirs? Thanks!

  39. Susan April 3, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    I have had my thyroid tested several times, yes even the ones that said needed to be done. Yet my doctor tells me that there is nothing wrong, with my thyroid. Yet I am to take fish oil (omege 3) two to three times a day and my vitamin d is low. I can’t seem to lose weight for the life of me. I have cut down on my portions, exercise 3 times a week and still gain weight. I am extremely tired all the time. I have most of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I just want answers and to feel better, not to feel like I am 100 years old, at 42! I currently weigh 232 lbs, am 5ft 9in tall.

  40. dev April 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    I had blood checked and in my result they said i have low thyroid. I see few dark spot on my face skin looks like pigmentation, i loose lots of hair and my body smell bad when i leave the building or just stand outside within 10 sec my body starts smelling like a rustic iron odor and when i walk inside the building again i’m back to normal no bad smell. please let me know what i need to do what to eat and exercise for how many hours. in my case. please give me advice. thank you

  41. kvt April 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi just recently had a radioactive iodine treatment about 2 months ago, which I acquired hypothyroidism.My doc said I have to take thyroid supplement for the rest of my life. If so, is there any diet I can engave in to have my thyroid function go back to normal without having to take medicine? looking forward to hearing from you.

  42. Carrie April 17, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    Hi

    I am 42KG (6st 10lb), approx 180cm (~5’3″) tall and had these factors tested:

    Thyroid Function Tests
    Free T4: 16.0 pmol/L ( 10.0 – 20.0 )
    TSH: 5.6 mIU/L ( 0.30 – 4.00 ) H
    Free T3: 4.6 pmol/L ( 3.0 – 6.5 )

    Results according to your blog say that I probably have a hypoactive thyroid and yet I am losing weight! I have been a healthier 51KG

    I am also deficient in Vit B12. I haven’t had any tests for heavy metals or other toxins as far as I can see yet.

    From what’s been said once the diet/ toxicity/ stress levels/ excercise are all good most people start to lose weight – as you can imagine I’m pretty concerned about that! Do you have any idea what else could be going on??

    Many thanks

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  43. margaret kirwan April 18, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    i was asking my doctor for about 15years had i got an underactive thyroid he said i havent he retired my new doctor sent away blood tests results cane back that i had it they gave me ELTROXIN 50 MICROGRAMS i have been taken them now for 2 years i have found no difference at all can you help me please the only problem is that i live in ireland thank you

  44. Laura April 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Hi, I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My TSH levels were 5.10. I was also diagnosed with a severe allergy to olive trees-which I am surrounded by where I live. I moved a year and half ago and ever since, I have been miserable! I haven’t been able to tell if it’s the hypothyroidism or the allergy that is worse. I am currently taking Levothyroxine. Prior to the diagnosis, I hadn’t taken a pill regularly in my life, so this is all new to me. I am always tired, always congested……can’t get through the day without naps. I am a full-time student as well and also have a 5 year old daughter. Claritin has also been doing nothing for my allergy so I switched to Allegra. I am not sure if I can tell the difference yet. I was surprised to see on other websites that broccoli, beans and cauliflower should be taken out of my diet. Who knew this was such a complicated illness! I am just tired of being tired. These night classes Mon-Thurs are killing me. Especially without a nap on certain days. I am experience insomnia too, which is adding to the fatigue. I am hoping the Levothyroxine will kick in, I have been on it for about 4 weeks now. Thanks for the information! Great advice.

  45. Sandra April 24, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    What is thyroid stimulating exercise? What is the best way to test for nutritional deficiencies? Can it be done through Labcorp?

    Good article and summary. Thanks

  46. Lynne Smith April 27, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    I got diagnosed with hashimotos disease 7 years ago but only after the doctor finally checked my tsh levels after a discussion about my periods. Prior to this I had visited the doctor with insomnia, tiredness and depressed mood which resulted in me having to take a break from working for a year because I felt so poorly. My problem now is my 14 year old son. He has been unwell for about 8 months and is now at the stage where he is hardly attending school. I am convinced he also has hashimotos, he is symptomatic and has all the symptoms that I had which are slowly worsening. His bloods originally showed a problem with his white blood cells and low B12 which he has been receiving injections for. Initially this improved things but has got worse again. After my GP refused to do another thyroid test of him I decided to get one done privately. This showed that this TSH has gone from 0.99 to 4.0 in the past 8 weeks. My GP has agreed to a further test but has told me that this level is still ‘within range’. My problem is going to be getting my GP to refer my son on to an endocrinologist or prescribe anything for him while he is still within range, however I cannot carry on watching him suffer until he gets worse enough to be treated. Does anyone have any advice on how I should proceed to get him treatment?

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  47. Francesca Magnani April 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Hi, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto in 2009. THS varies between 4.00 and 8.00. I have heard from several doctors and they all told me I should take Levothyroxine (25 mg.), or Synthroid, or Armour. I always resisted that. I am unable to lose weight now. I used to be 120 lb. all my life, I am now 146 lb. If it is possible I would like to cure this naturally, because the idea of taking a hormone for life (I am 42) scares me. Also I have read that any thyroid medication one takes, eventually shuts down the thyroid for good. Is this true? Can the hormone be discontinued? What happens if one takes it for months, and then stops? If that happens, does the pituitary gland starts again to produce the THS? Thanks!

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  48. Amy April 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Hi

    I had several symptoms, mainly tiredness and went back and forth to my doctors where I felt not listened to and was once told to just bring one problem at a time, not a list. Finally, I saw a locum who tested me for thyroid and subsequently vitimin D. My thyroid was at 2 and my vitimin D at 26.

    I have a new doctor now at the same practice who has been supportive and continuing to monitor my levels, I have just had medication increased to 150 thyroxine a day.

    I am concerned though as I take 1000 IU vitimin D tablet at same time as thyroxine tablets, do you think this interferes with?

    I also take at the same time my contraceptive Pill.

    I also have just been diagnosed with fatty liver so a gluten free diet feels a good route to now try.

    Any advice is much appreciated, I found your blog very useful.

    That’s was missing from the doctors, more in depth discussion and advice.

    Thank you

    Amy

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      Hi Amy,
      We recommend that you consult your doctor to determine the most appropriate timing of your medications and supplements. Your doctor is in the best position to advise you since he/she is already closely monitoring your health status.
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  49. Tina May 6, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    Hello Dr. Hyman

    I have had a problem with my weight and my thyroid for years. I have several cysts and nodules all over my thyroid and my TSH levels are on the low end of normal. Like many others my physician will not prescribe meds until I fall below the normal level.

    I have been struggling with my weight for the last 6 years and have put on 20 lbs in the last 6 months. No matter what I try I can not take off the weight. I am at my whits end over what to do lose weight. I walk 6 – 10 miles a day and for the most part eat well.

    What can I take other than thyroid replacement hormones to help increase my Thyroxine levels and manage my weight?

    T.

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  50. Char May 6, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Hi, is it possible to be allergic to your own thyroid hormones? I

  51. Nichole Andrews May 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism for about 2 years now. Before I was diagnosed I worked my butt off to lose weight. I went from 200 lbs to 143 lbs in 6 months. It was hard work but I was dedicated and wanted to lose it. About 3 months after I lost it, I gained 40 lbs in 3 weeks. I was devastated. I went to my doctor, they ran a blood test, and said my thyroid was not working properly. Since then I have begged and begged for help. I am slowly starting to get back to the 200 lbs that I worked so hard to lose. I have tried everything I can think of and nothing is working. My doctor then put me on another thyroid medication along with the one I was taking. I lost 5 lbs in one week with out even trying. I was so excited. Until I collapsed at work and almost had a heart attack. They took that medicine away from me because it affect my heart rate to much. Now I am back to being depressed, cold, tired, and fat all the time. Can someone help?

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  52. Linda May 8, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    I am a 46 year old professional woman & have a full-time job. I had a hysterectomy about 10 years ago. I have most, if not all of the symptoms of low thyroid… sensitive to cold, memory loss, exhaustion, depression, hair loss, constipation, dry skin, muscle weakness, etc. Every Dr I’ve ever been to tests it after hearing my list of complaints. I’ve gained 50 lbs in the last 10 years & at 200 lbs, I’m heavier than I’ve ever been in my life. I am now eating under 1000 calories a day just to maintain my weight for fear that my weight gain just won’t stop. I try to exercise & stay active gardening, but can’t do what I used to. I am a pescatarian, eat organic, grow my own vegetables, but I feel like I’ve aged 20 years in the last 5. My last results were TSH = 1.89, T3 = 108 & free T4 = 0.9. My cholesterol was over 341 before meds, still over 200 on meds. My vitamin D was at 15 before high dose regimin, 31 after. All of my inflammation markers are slightly elevated. ANA was positive, neg for lupus. I feel like I have a lump in my throat sometimes, so my dr scanned my thyroid & found it to be slightly enlarged, no sign of cancer. My mother, father, uncle & grandfather all had thyroid cancer. My dr will not refer me to an endocrinologist or put me on low dose thyroid because my tests are in the ‘normal’ range. I feel like I’m stuck feeling how I am because she won’t let me try meds and won’t send me to someone else who may be willing to look deeper. I am now in the process of looking for a new dr, but that takes time… appts are a month out, then maybe a referal… & I feel more & more miserable every day. I feel like I would be a normal, healthy 46 year old if I could just get this figured out!

  53. pamela May 17, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    I was diagnosed when I was 21 with thyroid nodules. My doctor then ordered biopsy that was inconclusive. I then had a partial thyroidectomy. The surgeon that performed the surgery said I did not need synthroid to maintain the thyroid gland I had left. I went 5 years gaining weight. I went to endocrinologist, and was put on synthroid. Synthroid really hasn’t helped. I have been taking synthroid/levothyroxine for 16 years. I have continued to gain weight. When my practitioner checks my levels it is always just the TSH, and it is always, normal. Not one doctor has ever addressed my symptoms. Check TSH and that is it. There has never been a history of any dr looking at my TSH before my thyroid nodules were diagnose, to learn the baseline tsh when I was healthy and had a normal metabolism. What should a person do to lose the weight? I am always tired, and after working out I am even more tired and takes a couple of days to recover just so that I can work out again. Tired of being tired all the time, obese, and depressed. What works to lose the weight, and feel normal again?

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      Hi Pamela,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
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  54. Mindy May 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    I was self-diagnosed – saw a dr oz episode that listed symptoms and knew immediately I was Hypothyroid. Was there resistance from the dr you ask? ha ha ha! sorry – he literally laughed at me and shook his head in disgust like I was a quack when I handed him a page listing 48 hypothyroid symptoms, with 32 of those symptoms having an X beside them. He humored me by testing my TSH level – and called me that same evening apologizing, telling me that I was indeed hypothyroid. After he wrote me a prescription, I found a new doctor. I have changed my diet dramatically – I do not eat processed foods. If my food isn’t in its “natural” form, then I don’t eat it. I’m currently trying to reduce my sugar intake, but that’s a demon that doesn’t let go easily! :( Thanks for your article – I’m going to make certain my multi vitamin includes those listed above – and if not, I’ll be adding them! :)

  55. Mel May 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    I have under active thyroid for 4 years now. meds did not help with symptoms even though bloods said everything was fine. got sick often and first two years both me and my body were very low. I got a great booste of energy and good health in one week with a low or fat free yoghart with fresh fruit homemade smoothie (mango, berries banana anything I could get my hands on). one or two glasses a day with at least 2 or 3 different fruits in it. it works better than any vita suplement i tried personally and you can actually feel the results faster. I took a quater tea spoon virgin coconut oil in the morning for a week, must be virgin and only available from health food shops here. What a difference it made, i had energy again. I had tried everything before that but nothing gave me results like those two. My meds have been adjusted a few times since and don’t suffer the same problems. Don’t know if this will work for any one else but it did make a huge difference for me when I needed it.

  56. Carolina May 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Hello,

    I’m a 23 year old women currently undergoing a lot of tests to figure out what is wrong with me. I have been having issues with my throat for over 6 months now, I can barely eat anything as my throat/neck feels swollen and when I eat I feel like I might choke :( I have had to change doctors and finally I am getting tested properly. I have been recently been tested for allergies, but none of the blood tests indicated that I am allergic, still I am very careful with what I eat, because they haven’t figured out what is wrong with me. I am very desperate.

    So, I had an ultrasound done of my neck, because I had some swollen lymph glands, but they were fine. When I went to my GP I asked her if maybe my problems could have something to do with my thyroid, she looked at the comments from the ultrasound doctor, and said “oh yes, I see he actually found a small cyst on your thyroid”. – If I hadn’t asked her about the thyroid, she would never have looked at his comments, so thanks goodness I suggested it myself.

    I had some blood tests that proved I’m just on the edge between normal and low metabolism, and also lack vitamin D.

    I have had a scintigraphy done of my thyroid, with not much showing up, but I have had another Ultrasound of my neck, and do have a cyst there. On the 3rd of June I have an apponitment with a endocrinologist and hopefully get some answers.

    Although I have low metabolism I have lost 6 kg’s over the last 2-3 months as I can hardly eat.

    I can’t wait for answers.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

      Hi Carolina,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  57. Zeenath May 26, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    For the past year I have been trying to get my doc to understand my problem about my inability to lose weight no matter what, my mood swings, depression, irregular periods, practically every single symptom of hypothyroidism but to no avail. I had to finally do some research my self and then request a complete check up including a thyroid test( which she was reluctant to prescribe)..inspite of a 4.79 score she asked me to go in for a retest at another clinic before treatment. I wonder if I need to change my doctor. Are the hypothyroidism drugs available OTC?

  58. Sarah B. May 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    During a physical, my thyroid level was determined to be off, so I went to the endocrinologist as recommended. He explained that people like me with HYPOThyroidism, have options. One option was to chemically kill my thyroid. The other was to have my thyroid surgically removed. And, either way, I’d be fine because I would be on a lifetime thyroid supplement. Intuitively, I knew this was wrong for me. I did not pursue this route of testing, and potential killing of my thyroid. I gave myself a year, went back for another physical, and my levels were ok again. Just my experience. If I had access to this article back then, it would have taken A LOT of fear out of me. Thank you for an informative and helpful article!

  59. jlb May 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    My GYN test my thyroid when I complained about weight gain and general fatigue with not ever really wanting to do anything. He prescribed synthroid. I then made an appointment with my internal medicine doctor and asked to be put on Armour. He sat back and said let me decide what I think about you, usually people who are really way out there ask for Armour. I was somewhat speechless and didn’t back down and he prescribed Armour but not without expressing he didn’t think it was a good idea. My recently retired doctor was the opposite and sang its praise and insisted my daughter in law change to it. Today is day one and we will see. Hoping for the best.

  60. Calley R May 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    I would like to say that what you have said here is the best collective information I’ve seen. I have been diagnosed hypo and am taking synthyroid. Most physicians do not address the nutritional part of having an autoimmune disease, so I am glad you have. People need to understand the critical parts of managing their health and good information is hard to find, so thank you!
    I also recommend “the paleo approach” as a resource for aip diet to anyone with thyriod disorder. Taking your medication is crucial, but so is stress reduction, eating correctly and exercise. Many of us have food allergies we are unaware of ( like how alcohol poisons your body but makes you feel good so you don’t realize the effects). I am on an elimination diet and will be doing reintroduction to see what my food issues are. I have already uncovered a dairy sensitivity I didn’t know I had!
    Thanks so much for pulling this information together for people so they can explore the many facets of wellness!

    Sincerely, Calley

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      Glad to help! Thanks for commenting!

  61. Ruby Dawson June 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Had half of my thyroid removed back in 1975 due to a growth wrapped around it. Dr. Said it was cancerous but there was a 99% chance it would not grow back. I have all the symptoms of low thyroid but my doctor, and previous doctor tel me my levels are normal. My current dosage of let other oxide is 112 but no luck in him changing or increasing the dose. I am 5 ft. 4, and weigh 195 and cannot lose any. I have bad knees so I cannot exercise much right now until I can get them checked. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Hi Ruby,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  62. Elizabeth Free June 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    What if we we don’t have a thyroid (or much of one)? I was born hypothyroid due to in-utero exposure to massive amounts of dioxin, have the telltale elongated fontanel which extended my face and ultrasound reveals that the small piece of thyroid I actualy have has nodules. Preganancy was torture, and began a series of episodes which appears to be hypothyroid combined with cyclical Cushing’s Disease and adrenal fatigue. I have yet to get a formal diagnosis, although reading the symptoms lists is more like reading the diary of my life since giving birth 14 years ago.

    My OB/Gyn originally prescribed Synthroid for me, after trying nearly everything else to relieve the fatigue It was like turning on a light switch. However, after a while its effects tapered and the fatigue once again encroached. She would not increase the dose and referred me to an endocrinologist. The endo took me off thyroid medication entirely (because my TSH and T4 were “normal”) and said “Don’t worry, you’re fine!”. Thus began a rapid descent into the most misery I have ever known. It’s a good thing zombies are all the rage, because I certainly was one. It was a living death.

    My tissues are so extremely hypothyroid that I have ballooned up to 335, my internal organs are incredibly swollen, I have edema even in my face, and I had several episodes of spasms, slurred speech, severe leg cramps and losing consciousness after consuming broccoli, tofu, or cabbage. I have had all the symptoms of advanced hypothyroidism including the cessation of menses, extreme exhaustion, intolerance of heat and cold, no libido, thick skin — can’t pinch it anywhere. Virtually no body hair. Still… blood tests indicate my TSH is normal, as is my T4.

    Out of desperation I took OTC Atrium Thyroid two weeks ago and POW. The lights turned back on, my lady parts are turning back on for the first time in years, my belly circumference went down 5 inches (but is still abnormally large). It is obvious from the lessening of my symptoms that thyroid is indeed a pivotal issue. I am racking my brain trying to find a doctor that will treat the symptoms rather than the tests. I haven’t heart of integrated medicine before and I am intrigued!

    What are your recommendations on finding a doctor that isn’t married to the protocols? I have lost so much to this condition; I’d like to regain what I can of my previous life and be active & athletic again. I know it isn’t considered wise to self-treat, and I was seriously wondering if I was going to die before someone would help me. It certainly isn’t in my head.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  63. HB June 8, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    I first noticed the lump in my neck March 2013 but did not think anything of it, came October i could hardly get up in the morning and knew something wasn’t right…. after testing i was told my right Thyroid is “dead” but my blood results THS, T3 and T4 was in normal range and i don’t need to take any medication and that my weight gain from October 2013 till March 2014 ( 25kg ) was my lack of exercise and good diet … even tho i have been maintaining my weight over the last 6years untill suddenly October 2013 when everything started to change. I have came to a stage where i do not know whom to turn to, there are lots available advice on the net, i cant help to feel confused from time to time as to what to do…… I did find this article helpful and maybe Dr. Hayman should visit Dubai and come help people here :)

  64. Alka Rai June 9, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Hello
    I had been suffering from thyroid since two years and I am overweight kindly tell me what I have to do and can thyroid patient can take weight loss pill so kindly tell be coz it seems me really suffer me be coz I used to take light diets also but not work or kindly tell me the pill which will help to lose my weight
    regards
    Alka

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      Team Hyman June 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Hello Alka,

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/

  65. Sonya June 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    After going through a pregnancy with thyroid issues, I found the underlying cause for my thyroid mal function( and lack of synthetic thyroid absorption). I was severely Vitamin D deficient.

    I cannot thank vitamin D enough, but please beware, not all vitamin D suppliments are right for you.

    Calcium + vitamin D did not help me but I gained 12 pounds in two weeks.

    So get the right vitamin d.( Target brand worked for me).I am happy than ever now, shows up in my work and family life.

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      Team Hyman June 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

      Hi Sonya,

      Great tips, finding the right supplements can be just as important as getting on them in the first place! Glad you’ve found a brand that works for you.

  66. Lisa Robbins June 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I have had a thyroid problem since my early 20s and this is getting worse im now 56 yr.old and im the heavyist I have ever been.The dr. cant get meds right just want to feel better and take some weight off. Need some help please……. Lisa Robbins

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 31, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  67. Chloe June 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    So i’m 16 years old and u was diagnosed with level 14 hypothyroidism at the age of 14. And trust me, it has not been fun. I’ve gone through doctor after doctor and to be honest, they all kind of suck. None of them really helped me besides just giving me meds. I didn’t know anything about my disease and certainly wasn’t aware of the symptoms. I’ve suffered from depression for a long time and I never knew why or that it was linked to my thyroid. I’ve recently gained weight and I didn’t understand why it was happening to me because I ate well and excersised often, and id been stick thin my entire life! I started having terrible upset stomachs and I had no idea why. My doctor lazily suggested that it might be IBS, but didn’t exactly go further to help. After googling it I decided to diagnose myself with lactose intolerance and tried to cut out dairy from my life. It worked pretty well but not all the way. I was still experiencing bloating and things like that and so after more googling I realized that I may be allergic to gluten. I’ve tried to be gluten free which is SO hard because it’s in everything. I’m basically vegan now which isn’t terrible. Losing weight is still really hard for me but i’m in better shape. I still take my dumb levothyroxine but I also take digestive probiotic pills. I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to ditch your doctors and figure things out by yourself! This article taught me that my gluten allergy is linked to my thyroid which put the puzzle together. Sigh~ what did I do to deserve this disease lol

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      Team Hyman June 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Hi Chloe,

      Working through these conditions can be a life long struggle but the community is here for support! You are making great changes to your lifestyle to help yourself get better which is a fantastic thing to learn at a young age. If your doctor is not being helpful with your condition you may want to find one who better addresses your needs – we suggest functional medicine and you can find ones in your area here: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/ or this resource can help you get what you need from your current physician: http://drhyman.com/how-to-work-with-your-doctor-to-get-what-you-need/

  68. Kelly Clay June 13, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    I was on synthyroid for years, wasn’t until I startedto see a specialist, that he put me on levoxyl, felt 100% better. Recently there was a recall on levoxyl, and it wasn’t available, was changed back to synthroid, when levoxyl became available again , I went back to it..but all my symptoms are still happening, so had my regular doctor do some blood work, labs are normal.. So my question is, can my labs be normal and I still feel horrible…what aspect should I focus on, diet? Stress control? Vitamin? Or should I ask to change meds to something different?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 31, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

      Hi Kelly,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  69. Marina June 28, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Dear Dr. Hyman,
    I had radioactive iodine treatment more than 10 years ago. Finally hypothyroidism even with adequate levothyroxine does, and adrenal fatigue did their damage.
    I read and thought what could I do. I also have asthma and various allergies.
    Last October (and it is end of June now). I went on gluten free, milk free, grain free (I only eat organic corn), soybean free, no rice diet.
    It made me feel better for a while.
    I took Armour thyroid for 2 months. And when I did not have insurance and Group Health gave me generic – C 29 thyroid. My blood test was almost always normal and the last time TSH was high was around 10 years ago.
    I just got my blood test results and my TSH is in the range of 100.
    I just have a question, and please tell me your opinion.
    Are generic natural thyroid supplements working in the same way as Armour?
    I felt devastated. In the last 2 months i am taking the same does of C 29 I have no energy, horrendous headache (where nothing works – I used to have such headache after radioactive treatment, or when I was eating gluten). I am sleepy or insomniac.
    I don’t eat any gluten anymore. I am very strict with food I eat now.
    I take all kind of medication and supplements, including adrenal support, NAC, nettle, Calcium, multivit, wholezyme.
    Thank you! Marina

    • Marina July 2, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      I am sorry, I made mistake with TSH results, it was 29 (not 100 – still 10 times above the norm). My mistake.

  70. Candace June 29, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    I am 44 yrs old. I’ve always been 145lbs and 5′ 11″. So when I suddenly just started gaining weight I didn’t know what was wrong. My husband apparently had been taking notice of food intake/habits and said you don’t eat very much, maybe it’s your thyroid. I got tested and he was right! I’ve been on compounded t4/t3 90mg a day and not 1lb lost. I eat no different. In fact I’m never really hungry. I have postural ortho static tachycardia syndrome so cardiovascular is not happening as my heart rate is already through the roof. I am at a loss. It is very frustrating. Can you offer a plan. I will do it.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

      Hi Candace,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  71. Anne Leakey July 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I have had a borderline thyroid count for over 20yrs. more yrs than that I have had terrible tiredness concentration and my adrenalyn is easily heightened with stimulation a good conversation can make me high.
    I have IBS and since living in Spain it has worsened I do feel I may have now diverticulitus. I have a ver bad reaction to soya (my worst), nuts too many tomatoes or citrus. I take kelp B12 (which is good for energy).
    I am so desperately trying to diet..even now trying one meal a day with low carb ,,,eating fruit veg protein my last thyroid reading was TSH 8,53. I lose just 1lb a week and I am 13st, 5lbs just 5ft 1″. I also am borderline diabetic 68 yrs old. Glucosa 117. Please help I swim 480 metres a day.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      Hi Anne,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  72. Sue July 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    After 4 years of chemotherapy (and radiation 6 weeks at the beginning) I was working to do everything I could to restore my health. Peripheral neuropathy disappeared with lower leg weight training, and continues with daily deep water exercise like vigorous treading water. Migraines and tinnitus disappeared with chiropractic care. Fatigue disappeared when I started following the Eat to Live Program, my version, continuing to eat minimal grains and dairy.

    When I took my list of remaining complaints to my primary, he immediately ordered bloodwork, suspecting thyroid problems. My T4? test scored 9.4. He started me on thyroid medication and 5 months later, the score was 2.1.

    Then I came of age: Medicare age; and changed pharmacies around the same time I started making favorite family recipes for Christmas treats. I would allow myself to eat one cookie a day, keeping my calories in and exercise calories within optimum range for continued weight loss.

    So, after losing 95 pounds successfully, I began gaining weight, .5 pound Monday. 1 pound Tuesday. Etc. until I quickly gained back 30 pounds.

    Then at my 6 month checkup, my T4 was up to 10.7. Doctor felt I had received a bad batch of thyroid medication and upped my prescription to 100 mcg. and stipulated the NON-generic form.

    I started to feel better, fatigue went, but weight stayed steady. I tried an elimination diet but wasn’t able to curb my addictive eating.

    Thankfully, I saw Dr. Hyman on PBS and last week on vacation, ordered the 10 day detox. book. After 6 days, I have lost 6 pounds, a pound a day. And I’ve only been doing the walking, — no Just about as miraculous a weight loss as the weight gain was. I’m confident I can continue forever and will finally see the end to my other chronic complaints (brain fog, VERY dry skin, lack of energy, and others too chronic to even realize it’s not something I need to live with.)

    My mouth still says I will miss the artificial sweetener in my tea or coffee until I remind it that water doesn’t require flavoring of any kind.

    I will be grateful for this program for the rest of my life, my life of health and discovery of what healthy is really like. I don’t know why I never connected my lifelong relationship with allergies to all dairy products with this inflammation. I thought everything was okay because I had been able to tolerate small amounts even daily, with none of the acute symptoms. I didn’t realize the damage it was doing.

    And now this program has made me connect all of those same symptoms with my addictive patterns of eating wheat products, especially if they had sugar in them.
    My sugar was 86 this morning. WooHoo!!

    I can’t wait to see my T4 score in September
    Sue

  73. Carol July 19, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Hi All. I think the big thing you are all missing here is 99% of all of the symptoms you are all talking about have a direct correlation to the type of foods you are eating which is the root cause of the majority of all diseases these days, especially allergies. other than eating foods specific to assisting in stimulating the thymus and thyroid glands, you need to rid your body of the toxins from all the processed foods plus the foods we think are healthy, ie lean beef, chicken etc mostly contain preservatives, artificial enhancers and fillers etc.For example – we drink lite milk because it is supposed to be healthy – it’s full of fillers, sugars and completely lacking in the proteins milk used to contain 30 years ago. we eat lean beef that may have been from a cow that is eating genetically modified oats and grains – how can the product of this be good for us? Read the labels, research the ingredients if you don’t know what it is – be informed about what you are asking your body to process!
    when your body is too busy fighting these toxins, the result is fatigue and then the body is fighting this, and so on – it therefore never gets to work in a positive manner. fix your basic diet – try organic if you can, do light exercise and stop looking for pills and hormonal replacement cures to cure the symptom instead of the cause (no I am not saying stop GP prescribed drugs but if they’re not doing the job try another doctor and keep trying until you get someone who will actually listen!) we are so busy these days, convenience has gotten in the way of good sense and good food.

  74. kryssa July 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    I was diagnosed with hyper thyroid when i was 13 and was given radio active iodine to oblate it. Now that its oblated im hypo i was takeing synthroid for years but still never felt quite right at the age of 19 well working for a dr. a patient told me about armor thyroid. I feel so much better now that i take the armor i wish every one could know about it and not have to suffer. some times i run out or forget to take it for a while or misplace the bottle and i go back to the mussel tightness, weight gain and blurry vision and i feel so depressed. I feel sorry for the people who are stuck not knowing about armor that feel like that

  75. Laurie Coombs July 25, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    I’ve been experiencing low thyroid symptoms for close to six years. My thyroid was checked and rechecked throughout that time. I finally saw an endocrinologist recently and my thyroid levels just dropped below normal. She’s starting me on Synthroid (I think it is) at 25 mcg. I’ve only taken one dose, and I seem to be feeling chest tightness. Would you recommend I continue with the treatment or find another solution?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

      Hi Laurie,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  76. anand July 29, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    I have recently discovered that all the symptoms I have indicate a thyroid problem and possibly other gland too. Although the physical symptoms are not visible. I exercise a lot but get tired, I keep at it as it gives me the relief from depression and keep the weight in check. I am not over weight but retain belly fat, it is persistent. I have been depressed for quite a long time. Only recently have I started to control the food and have found a noticeable change. But as soon as I go back to eating sugar, junk food the symptoms are aggravated. The puffyness associated with the condition is quite evident particularly in the mornings. Having read your article I need to now take a more comprehensive approach to correcting the problem. Thanks

  77. Andy July 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    It’s taken over four years to figure this out, maybe five, I’ve lost track. First it was swollen joints. Then gluten intolerance. Then psoriatic arthritis. I was on two grain free diets and felt deprived, and more tired. I was prescribed Vit. D for low levels. Told to cut out grains and sugars and caffeine. I upped my exercise, which was already more than normal. Nothing helped. I saw an acupuncturist. Saw a naturopath. Saw a biontologist. The last of which had done some thryoid research and knew that these were common symptoms of hypothyroidism. She had me check my morning temperature, which was low. She had me do the iodine test. The yellow didn’t go away. She had me ask my dr. for the t-3 and 4 results during my annual blood test last month. They were also low. I see a thyroid specialist next week.
    Thank you so much for this article. I feel already that I’m on the road to recovery!

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      Team Hyman July 30, 2014 at 2:22 am #

      You’re welcome Andy! We wish you the best of luck on your road to recovery!

  78. Frieda August 3, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Hello.

    In 2009 my gynae found I had a pituitary tumor. (6 months after I was basically kicked out by a dietician because I clearly wasn’t trying to stick to my diet.) It was mostly removed and the rest was radiated. The gynae then put me on thyroid and hormonal medication. Thereafter I lost 25kg in less than a year. The doctors also found out I have a gluten, oats, chemical and environmental allergies. 4 years later I found out I have a dairy allergy too. I still have Huge problems with energy and concentration levels. So very tired all the time. So on to searching more.

  79. Mark August 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    I was diagnosed hypothyroid thirteen years ago. Living in New England, I adjust the T4 seasonally. Regardless, winter was miserable. The biggest change I experienced since initial treatment with T4 (Levoxyl, now on generic) was taking 4,000 units vitamin D, in addition to 700 units from multivitamin, in the winter. Not perfect, but felt near as good as summer and probably helped significantly reduce the amount of T4 needed in winter. I would encourage hypothyroid folks to try vitamin D. I also made a successful effort to lose weight by reducing calorie intake and the weight loss also likely contributed to the reduction in T4 (fewer cells = less need for T4). Thanks to everyone for all the great shared info. – I wish you all the best.

  80. Anne-Marie August 22, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    I had every symptom of Hypothyroid, bloated face, weight gain, eyebrows falling out, dry skin, enlarged neck, memory loss, just overall felt terrible! i had put it down to the fact that i had just had a baby a couple of months before.
    I had to demand a blood test from my GP who tried (and failed) to tell me i had the flu!!! Finally got full bloods done and got a call from the GP to come in the next day ASAP, dont know too much about T3/T4 etc but was told the thyroid should be between 0-4 and mine came back at a very bad 289! I saw two doctors following this and both had said they had never come accross anyone so low.
    I was put on a dose of 200mg of eltroxin medication for a couple of weeks. reduced dose at the moment to 100mg daily.
    Struggling big time with the diet at the moment, my bloods have come back good but i still feel sluggish and tired.
    Looking at Gluten Free / Paleo diet etc, any advice?
    Great to read comments from people who are going through the same thing as really not many people know much about it at all.
    Seeing an endocrinologist every few months which helps. just need to lose about 2 stone and struggling

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

      Hi Anne-Marie,
      We recommend that you continue to work closely with your doctor to monitor your thyroid health and to consider one of Dr. Hyman’s programs to support your transition to a healthy diet to optimize your thyroid function and your health. Here is a post that compares several programs for your consideration: http://drhyman.com/blog/2014/03/13/10-day-detox-diet-different-books/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  81. Doreen August 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’ve been suffering for years. Chronic fatigue, chronic constipation, constant weight gain. I had my thyroid checked once. Doctor said it was fine. Lost my health insurance two years ago. Not that it did me any good since doctor didnt dig into my symptoms. I’ve done a lot of research. I was prediabetic two years ago. And low in some nutrients and high in bad cholesterol-that was about it. I’ve tried diet and excersise, taking pills for parasites. I want to feel alive and not dead all the time. Everything is exhausting. Im not depressed. I just can’t do much. Can’t stop gaining weight. Don’t drink sodas or eat all the time yet I gain 2 lbs per week constantly. I have to fight constantly to just not gain the weight that week. Im constantly gassy. I’ve been trying to stay on low carb diet. I’ve noticed bread and pasta, even a little, causes pain. I drink only water and coffee. Sometimes diet soda with rum. I’ve been reading I should cut out coffee. Is there any meds I can buy and take at home? Spending money on a doctor who will not treat me seems pointless. Excersise helps when I can force myself to do it. Im just so tired. I’ve played with my hours of sleep to no end. Im tired of living this way.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

      Hi Doreen,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  82. Louis Raibor September 3, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    I got Lab results on blood work. TSH 6.04. Dr wants me to go on 50 mcg capsule for 6 weeks. I train hard each day in swimming to try to break a World Record in Masters Swimming. I hold 2 World Relay records now for 320-359 age bracket We lowered the long course record 37 seconds and short course record 14 seconds in 2012. I am 83 years old and on ly take Pravastatin 40 mg and baby aspirin. I am very tired after exercise for a long period of several hours of like pain or muscle pain. I am afraid to take the new levothyroxine 50 mcg pill. I was taking 2000 units of D3 along with Multivitamin with very high levels. Doctor said to stop taking D3 today. I would like to not take the thyroid medicine but it will make her very upset I am sure. I want to break World Record as they are all held by Japan and Spain in the 80-84 age bracket in speed short distances. Please let me knew if I delay taking medicine for 9 months until after National Swim Meet here in San Antonio, Tx in April 2015. My team mates want to break another World Record next year. I will be waiting for your reply

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      Hello Louis,
      You are amazing – and I’m sure you and your team will break the record in 2015. We encourage you to work with your doctor to optimize your thyroid function. This will enhance your performance in the pool, not hurt it.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  83. Malia September 7, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    I am a 47 yo home educating mom (of eight) and an occupational therapist, working 3 days wk. I also exercise on a regular basis (4-5xwk walking/jogging). I have undiagnosed celliac and,have eaten gluten/dairy free for five yrs. Have multinodular thyroid goiters (8 yrs), and recent dx of anemia. This wk I almost passed out while driving, not a blood sugar issue (it was 109), was low blood pressure I think. Blood pressure has been very low or very high this wk (last was 140/96). Your advise looks encouraging as I do need to figure out how to address the underllying causes. Any advice for me? I Thank you so much for your time. May God truly bless your ministry of helping people to be well!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 9, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

      Hi Malia,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  84. Hayley September 8, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Hi Mark, I’m so glad that I came across your website and blog. I believe that I have subclinical hypothyroidism – I had my blood tested about a year ago and was over 3.0 but under 5.0 in TSH. I used to have very thick, very long hair but over the past 3-4 years I have lost quite a lot of it and it is no longer as thick as it used to be; I’m moody, depressed, anxious, have trouble sleeping but then I am exhausted the next day and can’t get myself up early. I feel tired, sluggish, and have poor concentration all the time. My eyebrows are also thin and require little to no plucking. I have trouble losing weight yet I can gain 7lbs in a week without eating that much extra. I have lost significant weight in the past but only by doing 5 days a week in the gym -spinning and doing light weights and eating hardly anything. But I couldn’t maintain that lifestyle. I do exercise regularly now and my diet is pretty good – but I really want to make a change and think that the only way to do this is to treat myself for having hypothyroidism.

    I am going to try your 10 day detox and then will move on to the whole-life plan which is in your blood sugar book – hopefully I will see results.

    I will let you know how I get on!

    Thanks again!!!!

    Hayley

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