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  • Natural thyroid is made from pig glands for T1, T2, T3, T4. You know natural thyroid by the
    brand names Armour, Westroid, Naturethroid,
  • Synthetic thyroid is known by names such as Levoxyl or Synthroid: Lexothyroine for T4 deficiency; Liothyronine for T3 deficiency
  • Because these medicines, natural or synthetic, can bind with the food in your system, do not eat for one hour after taking it. If you do the medicine will bind (attach) to the food and not break down in the system effectively.
  • Additionally, hormone replacements (such as Estrace, Estraderm, Permarin, Preemro, or Estradiol) create a protein that causes the Synthroid or Levoxyl to bind to it, so do not take thyroid and hormone replacements together.
  • Finally, wait 4 hours after taking thyroid medicine before taking iron or calcium. These simple changes could cause you to feel better within 2 weeks.


  • Siberian ginseng
  • Astragalus
  • Fo-ti root (Ho Shou Wu)
  • Saw Palmetto Berry
  • Triphala
  • Black Cohosh Root
  • Some folks say Chinese Shen Lu tables may help


  • Osteopathic manipulation is good for joint pain relief
  • Swedish (light touch) manipulation is good for stress reduction
  • Acupressure is good for energy release
  • Deep massage is good for trigger points


  • Plant based, not synthetics, to the nightly bath
  • 3 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 drops fir or pine oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  • Chamomile tea to relax when feeling anxious or hyperactive
  • Mate’ (pronounced Mah Tay) tea to stimulate when feeling sluggish


  • Take a daily multiple vitamin (always take vitamins with food) along with
  • B complex (with B2 and extra B12)
  • Essential fatty acids such as evening primrose oil
  • 2000 mg Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E and Zinc for the immune system
  • And some folks suggest selenium


  • Can help with lungs and breathing problems
  • Can help with depression symptoms
  • Begin with basic yoga postures (saraw hittta asanas)
  • Then add breathing exercises (pranayam); breathe in hope and vitality, breathe out anger and hurt


People with hypothyroidism can also become extra sensitive to caffeine and cold medicines including pueudoephedrine or natural ephedra so they should be avoided.

Seasonal environmental variations (cold and warm months) create variations in medicine dosages; doctors should adjust prescribing increased dosages in colder months and reduced dosages in warmer months.

Cite: M. Shomon (2000) LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know. Harper Resource, New York.

Next post: Final in the hypothyroidism series – losing weight with hypothyroidism



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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