October Newsletter 2009 Hypothyroidism

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in Ailments/Diseases, Newsletters, Women's Health | 0 comments


FDA Stops Production Of Armour Thyroid

The American Association for Health Freedom learned that Time-Cap Labs, producer of a generic version of the brand name drug Armour, a natural and bioidentical thyroid replacement, has been ordered by the FDA to stop production. The FDA has decided to classify the company’s product, available for over a century, as an unapproved new drug. Since the new drug approval process is prohibitively expensive for a non-patentable substance, the FDA is in effect banning the natural product. The purpose? Presumably to protect the profits of other, inferior drugs that have been FDA approved.

According to statistics by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and other medical organizations, approximately twenty-seven million Americans have a thyroid disorder. Thyroid consumer advocate Mary Shomon projects that 2 million of these patients take either Armour Thyroid or a generic equivalent.

Armour and other “whole” natural thyroid preparations (including Westhroid and Nathroid as well as Time-Cap Lab’s Thyroid) are bio-identical, complete hormone preparations, containing “T4” “T3” “T2” and “T1” in the same proportions made by the human thyroid.

The FDA approved preparations Synthroid (T4), Cytomel (T3), and Levethyroxine (T4) include bio-identical molecules, but are not complete or totally bio-identical as they do not contain “T2” or “T1”.  It’s no wonder so many people feel much better with the balanced natural products that have been available for generations.

What Is Your Thyroid’s Function?

  • The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body. This gland is found in the neck inferior to (below) the thyroid cartilage (also known as the Adam’s apple in men) and at approximately the same level as the cricoid cartilage. The thyroid controls how quickly the body burns energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones.

Symptoms Of Hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

Disruptors Of Thyroid Function:

  • Heavy metal accumulation (cadmium, mercury, lead, pesticides/herbicides)

  • Candida overgrowth

  • Lack of minerals (iodine, selenium, magnesium, zinc)

  • Poor diet (sugar and caffeine)

  • Stress (adrenal exhaustion)

  • Excess soy (tofu, soy protein isolate, soy milk)

  • Gluten intolerance or celiac disease

Suggestions For Hypothyroid:

  • Eat mineral rich foods high in iodine and selenium (seaweeds, cod and other seafood, Brazil nuts, avocado, eggs).
  • Thyrozyme or Thyroid abX by Apex Energetics (1-800-736-4381 – set up a patient account using the number P2017) are powerful vitamin/herbal formulations for hypothyroid. Thyroid abX would be recommended for autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s disease. It is not advisable to take either of the above supplements if are already taking Armour thyroid. Take one or the other.
  • Add in a green powder supplement such as Macro Greens – Miracle Greens or Green Vibrance.
  • Candida detox for 90 days – read Ann’s book The Candida Cure.
  • Consider doing a heavy metal detox. Natural Cellular Defense are zeolite drops that will clear heavy metals from the body but do not leach minerals out. Purchase 4 bottles and work up slowly to 10 drops 3x/day in water.
  • Exercise – 3-5 times a week 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise.

Breakfast Recipe

Many of my clients struggle with wanting a tasty breakfast yet have
so little time in the morning. Below is a recipe that takes 5 minutes to make and tastes delicious. Enjoy 🙂

2 eggs (organic, antibiotic and hormone-free)
Handful of rinsed spinach or arugula (organic)
1-2 tbsp Basiltops Dairy-Free Pesto (www.basiltops.com)
1/4 cup of cooked quinoa*
Extra virgin olive oil or unsalted organic butter

*Make a batch of quinoa on Sunday to last for the week. 4 cups of water to 2 cups of quinoa (rinse well before boiling). Put rinsed quinoa in water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer the quinoa for 15-20 minutes.

Put a few drops of olive oil or a sliver of butter in a frying pan. Keep flame on low. Combine all ingredients above stirring frequently to scramble the eggs into the rest of the mixture. Add a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper.


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