Goiter with Raised Antibodies

Dear Dr. Dean,

I would be grateful if you could give me some more information on your Thyroplex for Women.

I have a normal thyroid function test, although I have raised antibodies. I have been diagnosed with a multi-nodular goiter.

At present, I am on no thyroid medication except vitamins. I came across your product and have read good reviews. I am symptomatic of having multi-thyroid symptoms but am not on any treatment.

Would this product be OK to take despite having a goiter and raised antibodies, to alleviate some of the symptoms of low thyroid/hypothyroidism?

I await your response.

Kind regards,

ELIZABETH, London, UK

Dear Elizabeth,

Those are very good questions.

First, you said you have “normal thyroid functions,” but raised thyroid antibodies. Which of your thyroid functions are “normal?”

Many physicians rely on only TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), which is not really a thyroid hormone, but a pituitary hormone. A complete battery of thyroid hormones includes (in addition to TSH) T4, free T4, T3, free T3, reverse T3, TPO (thyroid peroxidase antibodies) and thyroglobulin antibodies. Free T3 is the most important, as that is the active form of thyroid hormone. If you are symptomatic, and your thyroid antibodies are elevated, you have Hashimoto’s disease.

In Hashimoto’s, you are functionally hypothyroid, and will benefit from anti-inflammatory substances, as well as supplemental thyroid.

Thyroplex for Women may be helpful in supporting your thyroid—one serving equals about ¼ grain of desiccated porcine thyroid—you may need 1-4 caps per day, adjusted according to your symptoms, temperature and heart rate. If you need more, you may need pharmaceutical-strength natural thyroid available only by prescription. If so, I recommend Nature-Throid, available by prescription from your physician.

With Hashimoto’s, either of these should be taken in combination with powerful anti-inflammatory substances such as Boswella and Turmeric. In this regard, Boswell Relief and Turmeric Power may be of help in reducing your thyroid antibodies. As the antibodies are reduced, you may be able to reduce your dose of supplemental thyroid hormone, based on your symptoms.

And yes, you can take these substances with your multi-nodular goiter. I believe such a combination may, in fact, help to reduce this condition as well.

Ward Dean, MD.

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