Poor concentration, confusion, memory problems, cold hands / feet, weight gain, menstrual problems, dry skin, thinning hair and low energy levels accompany hypothyroidism (a decline in the secretion of hormones from the thyroid gland). Aging often leads to hypothyroidism and Dr. Dean believes that this is “an under-diagnosed epidemic.” Dr. Dean also believes that the natural thyroid extracts are more beneficial than the synthetic versions which usually only comprise of one of the thyroid hormones (i.e. T3 or T4).
Thyroid medication requires temperature regulation and occasional blood tests (see Dr. Dean's article in the above Bulletin for further details).
WHOLE (Thyroid R/X® Armour®)
Whole thyroid supplements are of porcine origin. Whole thyroid is measured in grains, 60mg = 1 grain. One grain or higher dosages are potent and usually require temperature monitoring and occasional blood tests. Persons with more serious thyroid conditions are often be prescribed it and dosages under a physician's guidance can often reach 3 to 5 grains daily. However dosages of more than one grain are usually increased by a grain over one to two weeks.
Quarter grain whole thyroid supplements (15mg) provide a “lesser” potency and as such provide a general support to an aging thyroid condition. However long-term use of quarter-grain whole thyroid extracts may also require occasional breaks and blood monitoring.
Dosages of whole thyroid extracts depend on your age and thyroid condition. As a rough guide they are 15mg to 30mg daily increasing to 60mg daily after a couple of weeks if necessary. Your physician MUST direct higher dosages. Whenever necessary, increase or decrease your thyroid dosage as slowly as possible over days and weeks.
Reduce or stop thyroid supplementation if any of the following occur:
Do not use any thyroid supplementation if you suffer from hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid).
"The dramatic improvements that many of my patients
have achieved on thyroid therapy often appear miraculous!"
"There's no question that many of my problems were
thyroid related, within days of taking the supplements my symptoms were either
gone or being alleviated!"