Thyroid Specialist, Benedicte Lerche MSc PhD

Thyroid Medication

A correctly formulated desiccated thyroid supplement can be very beneficial for boosting thyroid function if you do not have a prescription for thyroid hormone or you wish to avoid medication.

Why Is The Thyroid Gland So Important?

The human thyroid gland lies in front of the throat and secretes two hormones T4 and T3. The thyroid hormones are essential to good health as they control energy production in each cell of your body. Low cellular energy production has devastating consequences for the body as the tissues and organs do not function optimally.

Symptoms of Underactive Thyroid function?

When you have an underactive thyroid function you get symptoms of hypothyroidism, which often include fatigue, hair, and skin problems, cold hands and feet, blood sugar issues, digestive problems, muscle, and joint pain, and much more. See our list of the common symptom of underactive thyroid function.

The function of the Thyroid Hormones?

The human thyroid gland secretes one part T3 and two parts T4. T4 also called levothyroxine is a storage hormone, which is converted to the active thyroid hormone T3 in the body’s tissues (mostly the liver). T3 is the active thyroid hormone that increases cellular energy production. You can learn much more about thyroid hormones and your thyroid function in our Hypothyroid Treatment Program.

What Medications Are Used To Treat Hypothyroidism?

People with underactive thyroid function (hypothyroidism) often need thyroid replacement therapy. Thyroid medication can be either natural or synthetic. Natural thyroid supplements contain both T4 and T3 whereas a synthetic thyroid treatment usually is based on T4 only, although some doctors also recommend the use of synthetic T3 in combination with T4. We believe that combination therapy with both T4 and T3 is the correct way to treat hypothyroidism, you can learn much more about both synthetic and natural thyroid replacement therapy in our Hypothyroid Treatment Program.

What Is Natural Desiccated Thyroid?

Before the medical industry found out how to make the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 synthetically, hypothyroidism was treated with Natural Desiccated Thyroid (NDT) extract from either porcine or bovine sources. As the thyroid gland of both pigs and cows are very similar to the human thyroid gland, treatment with these natural thyroid extract was very successful, and these thyroid extracts are still in use.

Many of the Natural desiccated thyroid products on the market are prescription drugs, including Armour thyroid, Erfa thyroid, and NatureThroid, whereas others are over-the-counter thyroid supplements, which do not require a prescription.

Is Natural Thyroid Better Than Synthetic?

Pig’s and cow’s thyroid glands produce the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 in ratios very close to the human thyroid gland, and one cannot go very far wrong with the natural thyroid extracts.

After the medical industry was able to synthesize the thyroid hormones, the standard treatment for hypothyroidism quickly became pure T4 (levothyroxine) therapy.

Some typical brand names for treating hypothyroidism with synthetic thyroid hormone are Eltroxin and Synthroid, which are both T4 medications.

However, a T4 mediation cannot be compared to the natural desiccated thyroid extracts, which contain both T4 and T3. According to Dr. Ray Peat, treatment for hypothyroidism with a T4 medication can create serious problems, if the body is not able to convert the T4 to T3.

The correct treatment for hypothyroidism consists of supplementation with both T4 and T3, either in the form of a natural porcine or bovine thyroid extract or a synthetic T4 and T3 combination therapy.

In our Hypothyroid Treatment Program, you can learn much more about how to use a combination treatment with both T4 and T3 for the successful treatment of hypothyroidism.

Is Levothyroxine Safe?

When the effect of T4 (levothyroxine) medication was tested, it was done on healthy young men, and in them, it worked very well, as healthy males have no problem converting T4 to the active T3 hormone.

However, women and seriously hypothyroid people often have trouble with a pure T4 medication, because their liver is less effective in converting T4 to T3. If you have an ineffective liver a T4 (levothyroxine ) is not safe for you. In our Hypothyroid Treatment Program, you can learn more about the conversion of T4 to T3, how diet and nutritional supplements can improve your liver function and its conversion of T4 to T3.

T4 convertion defect?

An ineffective conversion of T4 to T3 can lead to serious side effects when using a T4 drug.

First of all, you will be undertreated for your hypothyroidism, because T4 is only a storage hormone and T3 is the active thyroid hormone.

In addition, T4 will accumulate in your tissues, resulting in a kind of poisoning with T4. When the T4 accumulates, your body will turn some of it to reverse T3 (rT3), which has an antithyroid effect.

You can learn more about the problems with using a T4 medication in our Hypothyroid Treatment Program. In this program, you will also be thought about different types of combination therapy using synthetic or natural T4 and T3 hormones. We also discuss the subject of pure T3 treatment, which is necessary for people that have a serious problem converting T4 to T3.

Thyroid diet versus thyroid Medication?

We always recommend using our thyroid supporting diet principles before turning to a thyroid medication or over the counter desiccated thyroid supplements for improving thyroid function.

Many people wish to have a quick fix for their thyroid problems, they do not want to change their diet or lifestyle to improve their metabolic rate. However, this is a serious mistake that can mean you will never recover from hypothyroidism.

Most western diets and even most health programs contain foods and substances that seriously harm your thyroid function, and using the wrong diet can thus completely ruin the effect of a perfectly good thyroid replacement product. In our Hypothyroid Treatment Program, you will learn about our diet and lifestyle principles which are an essential part of our thyroid healing method.

Can You Treat Hypothyroidism Without Medication?

There are many natural desiccated thyroid supplements on the market that do not require a prescription.

When choosing an over-the-counter natural desiccated thyroid (NDT), it is very important that it contains the whole thyroid gland prepared freeze-dried so all of the naturally occurring factors remain intact in the product. Howver, many of the over-the-counter desiccated thyroid products on the market don’t work as they have had the thyroid hormones removed.

Researching the market for natural thyroid supplements that do not require a prescription, we found that many of the natural products have had the thyroid hormones removed, which can be stated on the label as “thyroxin free”, however, some brands do not state on the label that their product is in fact “thyroxin free” but contacting the manufacturer confirmed this fact. If a thyroid extract is thyroxin free it cannot improve your thyroid function.

In our Natural Desiccated Thyroid Guide, we go into detail about the subject of finding reliable desiccated thyroid supplements that have actually thyroid activity and work to increase your metabolic rate.

Can You Buy Desiccated Thyroid Over The Counter?

If you just go on the internet and buy an over-the-counter desiccated thyroid extract it is likely not to work!

As explained above many over-the-counter desiccated thyroid products you can buy freely on the internet have either had the thyroid hormones removed or have been formulated in a way which has inactivate the thyroid hormones.

If you wish to buy over-the-counter desiccated thyroid supplements that work to increase your metabolic rate, we recommend getting our Natural Desiccated Thyroid Guide.

In our Natural Desiccated Thyroid Guide, we have collected our carefully selected over-the-counter desiccated thyroid products that have been manufactured in a way so that that the natural thyroid hormones remain intact and active in the products.

Our Natural Desiccated Thyroid Guide presents high-quality practitioner-strength desiccated thyroid supplements. Practitioner strength means that the products are high in thyroid activity and therefore you need to be connected to a practitioner like BiochemNordic in order to be able to buy these desiccated thyroid supplements.

Our Natural Desiccated Thyroid Guide presents desiccated thyroid products for both European and American manufactures thus no matter where you are in the world you will be able to buy over-the-counter desiccated thyroid products that have actual thyroid activity.

How To Use Over the Counter Desiccated thyroid?

As explained in our Natural Desiccated Thyroid Guide we recommend practitioner strength desiccated thyroid products, which have strong thyroid activity. When you start to push your metabolic rate to a higher state, you can experience a range of negative systems if you are not doing it right.

It is important to start on a low dosage of desiccated thyroid and work up to a higher maintenance dosage. In our Natural Desiccated Thyroid Guide, you will learn how to start slowly and follow your pulse, temperature, and symptoms to estimate your thyroid function along the way.

Importantly it is essential to follow our diet recommendations when using desiccated thyroid. The right diet can support your thyroid healing, while the wrong diet can inhibit the action of even the best thyroid medication. It is thus essential to use our thyroid supporting diet principles, as outlined in our Hypothyroid Treatment Program, in this program, we go into detail about thyroid supporting food, as well as which foods and substances should be avoided as they inhibit your thyroid function.

Further Hormonal Support

Importantly as hypothyroid people often compensate for the low thyroid function with high-stress hormones, symptoms can arise as these stress hormones are quickly downregulated, when you start on a desiccated thyroid supplement. Using supplementation with the body’s natural protective hormones pregnenolone and progesterone can be very helpful in order to avoid unpleasant symptoms while correcting the thyroid function. You can learn more about supplementation with the body’s natural protective anti-aging and anti-stress hormones in our Hormonal Support Guide.

You can get both our Hypothyroid Treatment program, hormonal support Guide, and Natural Dessictaed Thyroid Guide together in our Hypothyroid Cure Package.

Starting on thyroid replacement therapy is not just straightforward, and guidance from an experienced thyroid specialist is available. We will be happy to help you use thyroid supplementation correctly in a consultation session.  

Blog Author <br>Thyroid  Specialist<br> Benedicte Lerche MSc PhD

Blog Author
Thyroid Specialist
Benedicte Lerche MSc PhD

I have struggled with hypothyroidism and hormonal problems myself, and I know how hard it is to find the right treatment.

I was very lucky to come in contact with an American Biologist Dr. Ray Peat and with his help and guidance I overcame my symptoms.

My goal is to help you use the same holistic and natural thyroid healing method as I did to cure your hypothyroidism and hormonal problems. All my services and products are online, so no matter where you are in the world you can take advantage of this amazing thyroid healing method.