• Has anyone used a natural animal thyroid supplement?

    Asked by bigjan on Monday, May 13, 2013

    Has anyone used a natural animal thyroid supplement?

    I have read about these in the healing magazine. Sounds like fishy stuff. Anyone have a thought?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Tracy's Avatar

      When I first started taking thyroid this was the only thing available. The problem with the animal thyroid (and many "natural" products) is getting consistent dosage and quality. These are critical for thyroid replacement. The reason people go to this is because of the idea that you need both T3 & T4 replacement. I asked my endocrinologist about this many years ago and the explanation was that T3 is made by the body from the T4 that is given in the medication we take. A very small number of people cannot make the T3 and need to have this as well but these people are very rare. He said that they tested for this and have medication to replace T3 if that was the case. Sorry for the long answer - I obviously thought the same... Tracy

      over 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      If it's anything like how insulin was manufactured in the past (pig pancreas), then the outcome is not the best. Pig insulin is not like human insulin (manufactured is the exact same composition as natural). I imagine the same would be for any "natural" supplement of the sort (a little difference, insulin is a peptide, thyroid is formulated as a pill).

      I'm thinking you're trying to be better to your body. At this point in time I urge you not to deviate from medical advice, and to consult any supplement choices and/or therapeutic choices with your oncologist (have a cousin that ended up having a stroke as he didn't take his blood pressure meds but relied on some holistic medicine).

      over 5 years ago

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