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Hypothyroidism is generally associated with feelings of tiredness, constipation, temperature intolerance, poor mentation, weight gain, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate and or irregular periods.  These are just some of the symptoms. 

Many patients with this condition are taking Synthroid or a generic of Synthroid.  Synthroid is just T4. The hypothalamus produces TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to stimulate the thyroid into producing hormones. It’s regulated by the amount of T4 in the bloodstream. If the levels drop, then the TSH goes up. If it goes up, then it reduces the level of TSH.

Your thyroid produces four different hormones, T1, T2, T3 and T4. The one that the body needs for functioning well is T3. T4 only has about a third the activity of T3. Because of this a patient could be on Synthroid, but still be a low-thyroid individual. T4 must be converted to T3 for it to become metabolically active. This is done in the cells of the body and the liver. I personally recommend that anyone on thyroid medication read the book Hypothyroidism the Unsuspected Illness by Broda Barnes. This will give the patient a lot of information about his or her thyroid and what should be done.

I personally prescribe Armour thyroid (no generics) to my patients in divided doses in the AM and early PM. The reason for this is that it contains T3 and T4 and the T3 only lasts about three hours. If you are on thyroid medications, then you may wish to discuss options with your doctor relating to either replacing what you are on or adjust the medications accordingly. I have had several patients that required either a dosage adjustment or a change to get the full effect required.

When taking Isagenix products medication should be taken at least a half hour before using any products. Because those with hypothyroidism often benefit from extra protein and fiber, you may also consider mixing both IsaPro (as directed on the canister) and FiberPro (as directed on the canister) in your IsaLean Shake for best weight loss support.

Dennis Harper, DO
Isagenix Scientific Advisory Board Chair

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