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    How many of you take vitamins and supplements?

    I am taking so many vitamins and supplements that it is costing a small fortune. They are all recommended by my doctor, but she did not test any of my vitamin levels except D. I can't say that I notice any real difference taking all this stuff. I should mention that I have hashimoto's thyroiditis, low hormone levels, and low adrenals. I am on thyroid meds and bio-identical hormones going on 3 months.

    So what I am wondering is if it is worth it to take all these?

  • #2
    Probably.

    Want to list what you are taking?

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    • #3
      For my prescriptions I take:
      Armour 60mg
      Bio-Progest. Cream
      Bio-Estrogen Cream

      Vitamins and Supplements:
      Chinese Herb: Free and Easy Wanderer (This one is a definite keeper. I've tried removing it a few times and notice a big difference)
      Multi-Vit. by Thorne
      Selenium 200mcg. by Thorne
      Vit C 2000mg per day- One in am, one in pm. by Thorne
      D3 5000IU
      DHEA 25mg
      B Complex focusing on B5 by Thorne
      Adrenal Support herbs
      Cortine by Thorne
      Magnesium 260mg by Thorne
      Tryptophan 500mg by Thorne

      I just started the Cortine and Tryptophan 3 days ago per Dr. recommendation. My Dr. recommends Thorne brand as being one of the top 3 vitamins and claims the rest are not worth the money. ??? I am ordering on-line to save some money.

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      • #4
        Betty, you can save a lot by shopping on iherb.com (they carry Thorne). Here's a referral code that will save you $5 off your first order: HAZ439

        I use Planetary Formulas Bupleurum Calmative Compound, which is Free and Easy Wanderer:
        http://www.iherb.com/Planetary-Herba...lets/1517?at=1

        Nutricology/Allergy Research Group is another practitioner's line that is a good Thorne substitute (less expensive a lot of the time). There are lots of good brands out there. I have nearly a decade of experience working in the supplement retail industry and so many brands claim that they're "the best".

        Jarrow also makes excellent quality supplements. I like their selenium- it's the best form out there (I use it for my Hashimoto's): http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas...sules/169?at=0

        As far as D goes, this one really is the best (and very economical compared to Thorne- it has 750 servings of 2000 IU's/drop.) Emulsification makes a huge difference in the ability to absorb the D, esp. for Hashi's patients who often have D receptor issues,
        http://www.amazon.com/Bio-D-Mulsion-.../dp/B00067WJMY

        Are you on any immune balancing formulas for your Hashimoto's? It doesn't look like you are. This is important because as long as the underlying immune imbalance isn't being addressed, the immune system is likely to attack other tissues in the future, esp. the brain tissue.
        I've noticed such a difference since I started Dr. Kharrazian's immune balancing protocol a few mos. ago: www.thyroidbook.com
        http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          Thanks Jane-
          I will check out the links. I do have the book, but I find it overwhelming. My Dr. was unfamiliar with the book also. I basically felt like she wants to push her stuff (HGC and Candida supplements) rather than listen to what I was trying to tell her or ask her.
          What would be an immune balancing formula. I am taking a Stress Formula that contains some the herbs Dr. K recommends?

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          • #6
            I just checked out the prices on Thorne again and I can get them cheaper on PureFormulas.com I might try the VitD you recommended when I run out. The D3 actually isn't Thorne, but a brand Cillacat recommended.

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            • #7
              I wish I could recall the name of the specific company, but their are labs that do blood work and DNA testing to tell you exactly what you should be taking, how much and what to take to fix problems.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MikeKey View Post
                I wish I could recall the name of the specific company, but their are labs that do blood work and DNA testing to tell you exactly what you should be taking, how much and what to take to fix problems.
                This? http://www.lef.org/

                They do testing. Their D3 drops and K2 products are very outstanding.
                Richard Nikoley turned me onto them.

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                • #9
                  HazyJane: I am hopeful that this emulsified brand of vitamin D might be something I can take! I do have vitamin D receptor gene issues, and I felt awful when I was taking Carlson's; felt like a whole new woman within 48 hours of stopping it. My naturopath and I have been trying to find a workaround. Maybe this is it.
                  "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                  • #10
                    It seems you are on all those supps for specific reasons. Ask how long you need to be on them for as some may be required say for 6 months until levels normalized.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by betty74 View Post
                      Thanks Jane-
                      I will check out the links. I do have the book, but I find it overwhelming. My Dr. was unfamiliar with the book also. I basically felt like she wants to push her stuff (HGC and Candida supplements) rather than listen to what I was trying to tell her or ask her.
                      What would be an immune balancing formula. I am taking a Stress Formula that contains some the herbs Dr. K recommends?
                      There are different immune balancing formulas depending on which part of your immune system is overactive. Colostrum is generally safe for either, though and you can safely use Dr. K's Apex Energetics Oxicell cream- he puts everyone with Hashi's on that (I use a pea size 3 x's/day on the areas you would use progesterone and also on my throat).

                      It would be great if you could work with one of the practitioners. It sure saves a lot of guesswork. You really can't self treat w/ the Dr. K protocol anyway. You need someone who's trained
                      http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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                      • #12
                        There is no one even near to me that uses his protocol. I did just find a functional medicine dr that I am going to try to get into for my next appointment.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by betty74 View Post
                          There is no one even near to me that uses his protocol. I did just find a functional medicine dr that I am going to try to get into for my next appointment.
                          I bet the functional doc will be an improvement. You could have them read the book. A lot of the docs will work long distance. I know that Dr. Mark Flannery and Dr. Peterson will. Maybe your new functional doc can consult w/ one of them.
                          http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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