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    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroid when I was 18. I am now 62 and have been on thyroid supplement all my life; currently on Armour Thyroid for 10+ years and feel great. However, I was just curious about whether or not the damage/destruction to the thyroid that is caused by Hashimoto's can ever be reversed? - i.e. will I ever be able to stop taking the Armour thyroid? Just curious if anyone had any thoughts - I have been Paleo only for 3 months, but losing weight and inches and loving the way I feel now!

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    I am not an expert on Hashimoto's but my thyroid took a serious beating from chemotherapy and is now back to full healthy function again.

    Our bodies can do an amazing amount of healing if we quit poisoning them. Keep at it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lindacat View Post
      I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroid when I was 18. I am now 62 and have been on thyroid supplement all my life; currently on Armour Thyroid for 10+ years and feel great. However, I was just curious about whether or not the damage/destruction to the thyroid that is caused by Hashimoto's can ever be reversed? - i.e. will I ever be able to stop taking the Armour thyroid? Just curious if anyone had any thoughts - I have been Paleo only for 3 months, but losing weight and inches and loving the way I feel now!
      Dr. Buist at the Yahoo Iodine Group says yes. Join her group for individual help, over 6,000 members have had success.
      iodine : Iodine
      She also gives you all the documentation required to get you started on the path to healing your thyroid & all of this is $free.

      Grizz
      Last edited by Grizz; 06-18-2012, 12:14 PM.

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      • #4
        8 years ago, my TSH was in the 60's and T4 very low. Doc started me on Synthroid, and I was on it for 7 years. I started questioning him about why I was on it, he said I either had an autoimmune condition or some other cause. I stopped taking the Synthroid, went back in 3 months and my TSH was just slightly elevated, T4 slightly low, no autoimmune. I started taking 5-6 kelp pills and 3-4 brazil nuts (iodine and selenium) and now my TSH, T4 and T3 are all in normal range. Doc just said "Hummph, maybe you had thyroiditis and didn't need to be on Synthroid afterall." I had been primal for about a year when I stopped taking Synthroid. Your mileage may vary--please keep your doc in the loop and test often.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by otzi View Post
          8 years ago, my TSH was in the 60's and T4 very low. Doc started me on Synthroid, and I was on it for 7 years. I started questioning him about why I was on it, he said I either had an autoimmune condition or some other cause. I stopped taking the Synthroid, went back in 3 months and my TSH was just slightly elevated, T4 slightly low, no autoimmune. I started taking 5-6 kelp pills and 3-4 brazil nuts (iodine and selenium) and now my TSH, T4 and T3 are all in normal range. Doc just said "Hummph, maybe you had thyroiditis and didn't need to be on Synthroid afterall." I had been primal for about a year when I stopped taking Synthroid. Your mileage may vary--please keep your doc in the loop and test often.
          Wise words. Please don't go self-diagnosing and experimenting with extreme dosages just because a website says so. Excess iodine can be just as dangerous if not more so than insufficient iodine.

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          • #6
            Well since it is an autoimmune disorder I would be focusing on an autoimmune paleo approach first off.

            Another thing....for Grizz, I have read that treating hashimoto's with iodine is like pouring gas on a fire. It increases levels of TPO which in turn increases levels of TPO antibodies indicating an autoimmune flare up. I have not read much of the pro-iodine stuff, but if you have anything to that specifically I would be interested.

            I've read for many other forms of hypothyroid iodine is very much an important supplement....just not advisable in these autoimmune instances.

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            • #7
              My biggest obstacle was making my doctor understand why I wanted off Synthroid. I had gotten off meds for high bp, high chol, high trigs, and gout, but telling him I wanted off the Synthroid was not cool at all with him. He said Sythroid is just as good as what your thyroid puts out, except I don't quite buy that. First off, it's synthetic and not really identical. Secondly, a normal functioning thyroid also produces T1 and T2 and possibly other things not fully understood by modern medicine. Thirdly, natural seasonal and circadian rhythms of thyroid hormones are disrupted when on thyroid replacement therapy.

              If you have to take it, you don't have any other choice, ie. autoimmune or no thyroid. But I proved them wrong when they told me 'Synthroid is for life'.

              If you have to stay on the medicine, be glad you are taking Armour--my doc wouldn't even consider it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                Well since it is an autoimmune disorder I would be focusing on an autoimmune paleo approach first off.

                Another thing....for Grizz, I have read that treating hashimoto's with iodine is like pouring gas on a fire. It increases levels of TPO which in turn increases levels of TPO antibodies indicating an autoimmune flare up. I have not read much of the pro-iodine stuff, but if you have anything to that specifically I would be interested.

                I've read for many other forms of hypothyroid iodine is very much an important supplement....just not advisable in these autoimmune instances.
                Thank you. Yes, to the OP, please be careful and include your doctor.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                  Well since it is an autoimmune disorder I would be focusing on an autoimmune paleo approach first off.

                  Another thing....for Grizz, I have read that treating hashimoto's with iodine is like pouring gas on a fire. It increases levels of TPO which in turn increases levels of TPO antibodies indicating an autoimmune flare up. I have not read much of the pro-iodine stuff, but if you have anything to that specifically I would be interested.

                  I've read for many other forms of hypothyroid iodine is very much an important supplement....just not advisable in these autoimmune instances.
                  Dr. Buist who owns the Yahoo Iodine Group is extremely well qualified to discuss & treat your autoimmune disorder. She has a proven track record of success with her 6,000 members.
                  iodine : Iodine

                  I can say this, iodine requires supplements to treat your autoimmune disorder. The required supplements totally prevent thyroid flare-ups and Dr. Buist has years of experience with this.

                  If you were to join our own iodine group, I would send you directly to Dr. Buist.

                  Grizz

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                  • #10
                    Anyone making medical diagnoses over the net without ever meeting their "patient" is not a real doctor, IMO, and should have their license revoked. That is the height of irresponsibility.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lindacat View Post
                      I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroid when I was 18. I am now 62 and have been on thyroid supplement all my life; currently on Armour Thyroid for 10+ years and feel great. However, I was just curious about whether or not the damage/destruction to the thyroid that is caused by Hashimoto's can ever be reversed? - i.e. will I ever be able to stop taking the Armour thyroid? Just curious if anyone had any thoughts - I have been Paleo only for 3 months, but losing weight and inches and loving the way I feel now!
                      Have you discussed this idea with your doctor, to reduce or eliminate your dose of Armour would best be done in a controlled manner with your doctor on board so you can get more frequent testing when in the transition stage.
                      My partner is currently in the final stages of Graves Disease (Hyperthyroid) treatment, all levels normal and will attempt remission in the near future. She records body temp & resting heart rate morning & evening, these are great indicators if your levels start to go up or down, she also keeps a symptoms journal just to track any changes she feels are occuring.
                      I don't know if your thyroid can regenerate, but the human body can often surprise us.
                      Either way going to a healthier diet and lifestyle may well mean you may need to adjust your dosage, be aware that a lot of people going Paleo inadvertantly increase their consumption of Goitrogens (Cabbage family) and these have a suppressive effect on thyroid, so in your case you should keep an eye on these and keep intake to lower levels.
                      Good luck with it all.
                      "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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                      • #12
                        This new video from Dr. Brownstein was just released.
                        Iodine: Why You Need It

                        Grizz

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                          This new video from Dr. Brownstein was just released.
                          Iodine: Why You Need It

                          Grizz
                          Hopefully people take the note under the video in to consideration.

                          "Disclaimer: All information and results stated in this video are for information purposes only. The information is not specific medical advice for any individual. The content of this video should not substitute medical advice from a health professional. If you have a health problem, speak to your doctor or a health professional immediately about your condition."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Forgotmylastusername View Post
                            Hopefully people take the note under the video in to consideration.

                            "Disclaimer: All information and results stated in this video are for information purposes only. The information is not specific medical advice for any individual. The content of this video should not substitute medical advice from a health professional. If you have a health problem, speak to your doctor or a health professional immediately about your condition."
                            Certainly, everyone including myself agrees with that. Iodine should be taken as a supplement to PREVENT health problems. Just like you take vitamin D3 to prevent health problems. Your body requires iodine to be healthy, and whether you get your iodine from contaminated seafoods or from pure Lugols or iodoral makes little difference. Get your iodine (with required supplements) any way you can.

                            Iodine the Next Vitamin D
                            Iodine: the Next Vitamin D? Part I | Longevity and Aging Research Articles | Longevity Medicine Review
                            Iodine: the Next Vitamin D? Part II | Longevity and Aging Research Articles | Longevity Medicine Review

                            - - - Iodine is used by the prostate + Stomach
                            - - - Iodide (SSKI) is used by the thyroid + skin + Salivary
                            - - - kidneys, spleen, liver, blood, breasts & intestines can use either form

                            Iodine prevents Fibrocystic Breast Disease, PCOS, Cysts, Endometriosis, goiters & hypothyroid:
                            Iodine Deficiency - An Under-Recognized Epidemic

                            Dr. Flechas reinforces the need for iodine supplements to prevent the above disease:
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O6LDqyZguU

                            Dr. Kruse says this about Fibrocystic Breast Disease, prevented by iodine supplements:
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post860414

                            Complete iodine research references with testimonials here:
                            http://tinyurl.com/iodine-references

                            Grizz
                            Last edited by Grizz; 06-19-2012, 05:54 AM.

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                            • #15
                              New Posting at the Dr. Brownstein Blog
                              ============================
                              Sunday, June 17, 2012
                              Iodine Deficiency Still Occurring At Epidemic Rates

                              At my office, my partners and I have found that Iodine deficiency is occurring at epidemic rates. We have tested over 6,000 patients and found the vast majority significantly low in iodine. Iodine is an essential nutrient; we cannot live without it. Iodine concentrates in the glandular tissue. It helps to ensure that the glandular tissue is healthy and maintains a normal architecture. A deficiency in iodine sets the stage for problems with the glandular tissue.

                              Which tissues comprise the glandular tissue? The breast, ovaries, uterus, prostate, and thyroid gland all are part of the glandular tissue. A deficiency in iodine can cause a disrupted architecture of the glandular tissue. This can ultimately lead to problems such as cysts, nodules, dysplasia and cancer of these tissues. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of an epidemic rise in cancer of the breasts, ovaries, uterus, thyroid and prostate. I believe iodine deficiency is (in part) responsible for this epidemic rise in cancer and other diseases of these tissues.

                              However, it is not just cancer that is a consequence of iodine deficiency. If a pregnant woman is deficient in iodine, the fetus will also suffer complications. An article in Nutrients (2011;3:265-273) describes the fetal consequences of iodine deficiency. During the first trimester, the fetus is dependent on the thyroid hormone produced by the mother. If the mother is deficient in thyroid hormone, the fetus’ thyroid will not develop normally and the fetus may be subjected to neurological problems.


                              According to the article, in order for a pregnant woman to produce enough thyroid hormone to meet both her own and the baby’s requirements, a 50% increase in iodine intake is recommended. Adequate iodine levels are needed to produce thyroid hormone. Iodine deficiency in the mother results in damage to the fetal brain which is aggravated by fetal hypothyroidism.

                              I have been writing and lecturing about thyroid problems and iodine deficiency for nearly 20 years. Unfortunately, over this time period, iodine deficiency is still occurring at epidemic rates. I have no doubt that if we do not correct this decline, the increasing burden of illness will lower our standard of living.

                              Iodine deficiency should be a national health concern addressed by the highest levels of the government. Since it takes 100 years (my estimate) for the government to react, I say that you should not wait; take matters into your own hands. Educate yourself about iodine and have your levels checked. If you are low in iodine, I suggest supplementing with iodine. More importantly, it is vitally important for women of child-bearing age to have their iodine levels assessed before they become pregnant.
                              Dr. David Brownstein - Holistic Family Medicine

                              PS) Get your latest Version Iodine Supplement Guide by Dr. Buist here:
                              http://steppingstonesliving.com/resources/iodine/

                              Grizz
                              Last edited by Grizz; 06-19-2012, 11:02 AM.

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