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  • Curing Hypothyroidism

    Is this a possibility using PB Nutrition? It would be nice to get off meds.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    Female back to the basics: 11-12-16
    CW: 10-11-16: 144
    GW: 130 a dream, I know
    Muscle soreness surrounding Neck, Thyroid and Rosacea issues.

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    My meds have decreased fairly steadily since starting primal, but it is hard for me to know if this is related to weight or to underlying healing. I have been one of these people who have tended to yoyo in the level of med I have needed, so having a continual decrease is good. I have gone from 50mg cytomel (T3) down to 36.25 mg per day, and I am due for another blood test in another couple of weeks. I am feeling like I have stabilized, and if I have that is ok with me. Needing to take no meds would be great, but even getting to the point where the meds I need are stable would be wonderful. I have the sense that if it is possible, it may take a long time, and probably depends on if there was permanent damage done.
    Karin

    A joyful heart is good medicine

    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

    Mmmmm. Real food is good.

    My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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    • #3
      You should the read the articles about hypothyroidism on the Perfect Health Diet website. Here's a link to all of them: Hypothyroidism | Perfect Health Diet

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      • #4
        I'd recommend reading the book "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal" by Datis Kharrazian. It covers all 6 types of hypothyroid patterns (and 22 sub patterns), which most docs are clueless about. It's very eye-opening!
        Primal is def. a huge step in the right direction, but, honestly, you need to see a functional health practitioner to know which tests to give you and how to properly interpret them. Your hypothyroidism also may have an autoimmune component.
        I didn't make any thyroid headway being Primal until I saw a functional doc who diagnosed me with Hashimoto's and got my immune system balanced, as well as worked on my neurotransmitters and adrenals. I still have room for improvement, but I'm finally a functioning person again!

        Chris Kresser (The Healthy Skeptic) would be an excellent person to do a consult with: http://chriskresser.com/
        http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          "Hypothyroidism is the disease state in humans and animals caused by insufficient production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. Cretinism is a form of hypothyroidism found in infants.

          There are several distinct causes for chronic hypothyroidism. Historically, and still in many developing countries, iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide. In present day developed countries, however, hypothyroidism is mostly caused by Hashimoto's thyroiditis, or by a lack of the thyroid gland or a deficiency of hormones from either the hypothalamus or the pituitary.

          Hypothyroidism can result from postpartum thyroiditis, a condition that affects about 5% of all women within a year after giving birth. The first phase is typically hyperthyroidism. Then, the thyroid either returns to normal or a woman develops hypothyroidism. Of those women who experience hypothyroidism associated with postpartum thyroiditis, one in five will develop permanent hypothyroidism requiring life-long treatment.

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          • #6
            I am one of the 5% who experienced postpartum thyroid issues. I see a natural/conventional doctor who has me on Armour Thyroid as opposed to Synthroid. I feel better at least knowing it's less synthetic (comes from dessicated pig thyroid). It's true thyroid issues usually accompany other autoimmune problems. I experience Raynaud's syndrome, mild psoriasis and adrenal fatigue. I have to say since going Primal that everything has leveled off a bit. My skin and energy are better, and I'm curious to see what my next blood test reveals. I don't expect to ever be rid of my hypothyroid but I do feel this lifestyle is helping me manage it.

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            • #7
              If you're hypothyroid, you aren't taking 'meds,' your Rx is actually thyroid hormones, replaces those your thyroid is not producing. Unless your hypo is caused by some temporary bodily disturbance (rare), no dietary adjustments will 'cure' you. Once you begin hormonal replacement, it is almost always for life because your body adjusts to the incoming hormones.

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              • #8
                My medication (cytomel - T3) has gone down pretty much every month since I started primal. I was at 50mcg in March, and just reduced down to 35mcg this last week. This doesn't necessarily mean that my dosage will continue to drop, but in my experience, it certainly has so far. So although in many cases, as Emmie mentioned, you will need medication for life, you may end up being able to be on less medication, or if you are not starting with much meds to begin with, it is possible that you may be able to get off of it. Even if not, primal should help your body stop the autoimmune process that was damaging your thyroid to begin with, so your dosage should hopefully not increase in the future.
                Karin

                A joyful heart is good medicine

                He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

                Mmmmm. Real food is good.

                My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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                • #9
                  So glad to see this thread! I have great news to report.

                  Background: Male, 46, weight 240 (2006), 175 (now). Eating primal since Jan 2011.

                  I was put on Synthroid in 2005 due to a TSH of 35 (normal range .33-4.82). Doc said it would be for life. They played with the dose for 2 years, settling in on .15mcg, a pretty high dosage. Over the next few years, I continued to gain weight, was diagnosed with sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, gout, and pre-diabetic. I followed doctors orders to the T. Took meds for high bp, high trigs, hypothyroid, and gout. Then they wanted to start me on diabetes medicine in 2008.

                  That was the last straw, I was only 43! I started dieting hard (low fat, cardio) lost a few pounds--put it back on. Yo-yo'd from 230 to 200 but couldn't break 200. In January 2011, I found Primal Blueprint; cut out all sugar, grain, limited fruits--all that. Got to 95% PB eating by March or so and was doing PB Fitness bodyweight exercises and walking a lot. By May, I was down to 185 and hadn't had gout in several months. I quit taking all my meds except Synthroid. Labwork showed everything well in the normal range. Triglycerides were 33! TSH was .99.

                  I asked the doc about stopping the Synthroid. He said, "No way! That's the only reason you are getting better". I saw some things Dr. Kruse (AKA Digital Surgean, AKA The Quilt) was saying and decided to get myself off the Sytnthroid. In June, I started cutting my pills in half. Got tested and TSH was .55 (normal .33 - 4.82). Doc once again made mention of how well my Synthroid was working for me. On Aug 15th, I stopped taking Synthroid completely. I retested yesterday and my TSH is 2.56! So, I guess the doctor was wrong and Dr. Kruse was right.

                  I can't recommend this to everyone, but it worked for me.

                  Later!
                  Last edited by otzi; 09-09-2011, 10:18 AM.

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                  • #10
                    I am no longer on Synthroid, either. I don't recall what I tested at last a few months ago but I was no longer hypothyroid compared to a little over a year ago. I'm due for blood work again (still testing every 3-6 months since my doctor isn't convinced my normal numbers and A1C are going to stay that way.) I was taking that on top of plenty of Januvia & Metformin for type 2 diabetes, now I'm completely med-free. I believe my hypothyroid issues were in direct connection with my pancreatic issues but whatever the cause, Primal living is working for me.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by otzi View Post
                      I asked the doc about stopping the Synthroid. He said, "No way! That's the only reason you are getting better". I saw some things Dr. Kruse (AKA Digital Surgean, AKA The Quilt) was saying and decided to get myself off the Sytnthroid. In June, I started cutting my pills in half. Got tested and TSH was .55 (normal .33 - 4.82). Doc once again made mention of how well my Synthroid was working for me. On Aug 15th, I stopped taking Synthroid completely. I retested yesterday and my TSH is 2.56! So, I guess the doctor was wrong and Dr. Kruse was right.
                      I cant recall my numbers. but they we just barley off. I was also put on Synthiroid before last christmas. My doc told me that there were no side effects. But when I questioned him he said it could weaken my bones. I took the meds from before christmas 2010 till around may religiously. I did have abit more energy at times, but that can not be directly linked to the meds - more than likely that I finally got a job and left the house everyday after 2 years. I decided I had to come off it. My heart was racing when I took it and I just could not handle the idea of a chemical going into my body.

                      I started reading about WAPF and GAPS back in april/may and decided to clean up my fairly clean eating. Then I learned about Paleo around June. I have since been on at about 85-90% (I have some dairy and beer on the weekeneds). I have lost 12 pounds and have great energy since June without the synthroid. I am going in for my test soon.. I am very interested to see what my numbers say.

                      I am currently on the Dr. Kruse Leptin Reset.. I am excited to see how it pans out!

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                      • #12
                        Thank you, all, for repies

                        Hello all:

                        Thanks to each and every one of you for sharing your personal information.

                        All replies have assisted me in keeping my hope alive of getting off the medication.

                        For those of you who will be tested shortly, please remember to get back on and inform us all of your progress, if any.

                        Again, thank you,
                        Pam
                        Female back to the basics: 11-12-16
                        CW: 10-11-16: 144
                        GW: 130 a dream, I know
                        Muscle soreness surrounding Neck, Thyroid and Rosacea issues.

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                        • #13
                          Hi Pam - I am hypothyroid and have just started primal eating three weeks ago.
                          I am on T4 and T3 and I am due to get another blood test done soon, however I certainly have felt that the T3 was working "extra well" since I started this.
                          How have you gone? Have you stayed the same or cut down?

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                          • #14
                            I was on Armour thyroid for years and no longer take it. My FT's were never out of range but very low in the range. The doctor was attempting to get me "optimized". Well she succeeded in getting my lab values to change but I never felt good. Long story short, I believe this was a big contributing factor to the subsequent Adrenal Fatigue I experienced years later and am still recovering from. Was primal eating responsible for the reduction and stopping of thryoid meds? For me, partly. A big part for me, was finding a doctor who did the right tests and addressed the adrenal function which led to a reduction and finally getting off the thyroid. I do believe Primal improves overall health as well as supports a healthy functioning endocrine system which for many who are hypoT this is enough to heal the thyroid and reduce Rx needs.
                            Last edited by Vanessa120; 10-08-2011, 04:04 AM.
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                            • #15
                              I can't even tell you how encouraged I am by this thread! The thought of being "okay" one day is a dream!

                              I am on...
                              Synthroid/Cytomel combo for hypothyroidism
                              Yaz bcp, Metformin, and Spironolactone for PCOS
                              Celexa for anxiety&depression

                              Yeah, a boatload of meds for a 39 yo woman.

                              Could strictly adhering to a primal lifestyle free me of these ailments?? Gosh, I feel like I'd do anything to be free and normal again.

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