Can ThyroPlex Help Hashimoto’s?

Dear Dr. Dean,

I have recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (positive TPO-Ab’s) with normal TSH, low/normal FreeT3 and low Free T4.

I’m a 34 year old obese female.

I suffer from hair loss, fatigue/lethargy, constipation, IBS, brain fog, skin/hair dryness, dysmenorrhea, PCOS, tinnitus etc.

I’ve tracked my basal body temperature and it is consistently considerably below optimal...

Would you recommend this formula for me?

I have an appointment with an endocrinologist in a couple of weeks. Where I come from, synthetic T4 is the only drug available for hypothyroidism.

Cipriano, Larnaca, Cyprus

Dear Cipriano,

You definitely need some thyroid. I don’t think ThyroPlex will provide an adequate amount of active hormone that you will need, although it may be used for ancillary support.

I formerly recommended Armour Natural Thyroid as my choice for thyroid replacement. However, the company has recently undergone new ownership, and the price has gone through the roof. As an alternative, I recommend Nature-Throid, which uses the same active ingredient (desiccated porcine thyroid) at a significantly lower price. Nature-Throid is available in more dosages, making accurate replacement even more accurate than with the Armour product. Unfortunately, like Armour, Nature-Throid will require a prescription.

Start with 1 grain (65 mg) of Nature-Throid, and progressively increase the dose until your symptoms resolve, or you note an increase in body temperature and heart rate.

Since you’ve got Hashimoto’s, I also recommend powerful anti-inflammatory substances like turmeric root power and boswellia.

In addition, I suggest you consider Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), available by prescription from a compounding pharmacy. LDN is a powerful immune-balancer, and will dramatically improve your Hashimoto’s. In fact, it may provide you enough relief that you may be able to rely on low-dose preparations like ThyroPlex. I recommend starting with 1 mg in the morning, advancing the dose as tolerated to a maximum of 4.5 mg per day.

I also suggest you obtain a prescription for the anti-diabetic drug, Metformin—500 mg three times/day. Metformin is best known as an insulin-receptor sensitizer—but it is actually a “multi-hormone receptor sensitizer”—including thyroid and adrenal hormones. Metformin literally makes all your hormones more effective.

Metformin is the drug of choice for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and is very useful to assist with weight loss.

A nutritional alternative to Metformin is berberine. Some studies have even shown that berberine is superior to Metformin. Dose is the same as Metformin—500 mg three-times daily.

As an adjunct to berberine and/or Metformin for weight loss, I recommend Durk and Sandy’s line of low-glycemic supplements, including their Functional Gourmet MCT Oil.

Ward Dean, MD

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