Issue # 139  September 30, 2013

Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.

As you know, we are doing a series on thyroid medications. Today, it is on Armour Thyroid. Most of you know that I changed my thyroid medication from Levothyroxine to Armour Thyroid a few months ago. I am amazed in the improvement of my symptoms. I did not have any of the issues Tom talks about but  we are all different and we all respond to different treatments.



Have You Heard This About Armour Thyroid.

I’ve heard all kinds of stories about Armour Thyroid.
But this one was particularly interesting.
One particular client of mine was on a mission to get on Armour Thyroid, which turned out to be quite the wild ride.
Like most, she was treated by her doctor using a T4 only medication, but she never felt any better.
She had done a good job of educating herself and was convinced that her T4 only medication was part of the problem.
She thought that if she could get her doctor to prescribe Armour, a form of desiccated thyroid, that it would make all the difference.
Low and behold, this was much easier said than done.
Her doctor at the time flat out refused and didn’t want to hear anything more about it.
Now, I give her a lot of credit.
Not very many people have the courage to do what she did next…
She went on to see eight different doctors before she found one that was willing to “let” her try Armour Thyroid.
It’s unfortunate, but so many doctors refuse to prescribe anything but T4 only medications like Synthroid or Levothyroxine.
There’s a reason for this but I’ll have to share it with you another day.
After agreeing to be monitored routinely by her doctor, this new doctor reluctantly wrote her the prescription.
For her, just getting Armour was half the battle.
She was excited to finally start feeling better.
But nothing happened…
She took it as prescribed, every single day, and she didn’t feel any better.
As you can imagine, she was a little demoralized at that point.
But then things got worse…
Her first routine thyroid test wasn’t good.
That’s when she first came to me.
She was afraid that her doctor was going to put her back on her old T4 only medication and she would be back at square one.
It didn’t take long to figure out what the problem was…
Over the years, Armour has been bought and sold through different Pharmaceutical companies and reformulated multiples times in the process.
Many years ago, a component was added to help slow down the release of thyroid hormone. Remember, you don’t want to get too much T3 at one time, right?
But the problem is that many people can’t properly digest it.
If you can’t digest it, then you’re not absorbing the hormones.
If you’re not properly absorbing the hormones, then they aren’t doing you much good.
Well, this was exactly what was happening.
With her doctor in agreement, she started splitting up her dosage multiple times a day and chewed it while taking it with food.
By chewing it, she was essentially breaking down the time-release component making it much easier to digest.
By taking it with food, it helped more naturally slow down the digestion and absorption of the thyroid hormone.
But that wasn’t quite the end of her wild ride…
Remember, too much thyroid at one time can really make you sensitive to the effects of adrenaline.
She was definitely absorbing it now.
So much that she started feeling first-hand the effects of getting too much thyroid.
But with a little fine-tuning and a lot of work on her diet, things turned around for her.
She was able to lower her elevated stress hormones and slowly she was better able to tolerate the Armour.
Not only was she thrilled with the difference in how she was feeling, but her doctor was surprised to see just how big of a difference it made in her labs as well.
Talk soon,
Tom Brimeyer
I get a lot of emails from people with Hashimoto’s and there seems to be a lot of confusion between Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism in general.
Even if you’ve never been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, then what I’m going to share with you is still very valuable and applicable.
But we’ll clear up some of the confusion and set the record straight


Here is a link to Tom’s Website.