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22 Aug 2007

Under active thyroid
I have been diagnosed with an under active thyroid by doing complete blood tests, and was prescribed Eltroxin.

I do not like taking drugs to help or cure any condition, and would rather go the natural way. (Read Patrick Holfords book "Food is better medicine than drugs- and Sallyanne Creeds book "Let food be your medicine")

Would taking L-Tyrosine, kelp, iodine, etc help this to come into balance at all? Have you ever heard of someone treating their thyroid with this combination and getting cured?

What is the difference between taking the drugs: ARMOUR and ELTROXIN? Which is more beneficial?

Thanks.
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Desi
If you have an underactive thyroid then the correct treatment is to supplement your thyroid deficiency by using Eltroxin which is a thyroid hormone replacement. Taking iodine, L-tyrosine, kelp, etc, can potentially make the situation worse because it could simulate growth or hyperplasia of the thyroid gland. If your thyroid gland becomes hypertrophic you may need to have an operation to have parts of it removed. So please for your own sake take the Eltroxin as prescribed. I cannot find 'Armour' listed in my copy of MIMS, so cannot comment on it. If it is an over-the-counter medication, rather take the Eltroxin, which is safe and effective and is replacing the hormone your body is not able to make.
Take care
DietDoc
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