Thyroid Resources

The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones essential for normal growth and development as well as regulating metabolism. Because of its complex role in the body, there are many reasons why a thyroid gland malfunctions. In some cases, thyroid dysfunction may require more than a “one medication fits all” approach. Check out the resources below to learn more about thyroid health, including information on hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and various compounded thyroid treatment options.

HYPOTHYROIDISM

Some medical professionals believe that an increased prevalence of mild to moderate hypothyroidism may be contributing to the lowering of our “normal” body temperature. In other words, “normal” does not necessarily mean optimal.

BEYOND LEVOTHYROXINE

Many people—including some practitioners—are now questioning the effectiveness of levothyroxine in treating hypothyroidism. Continue reading to learn about alternative therapies.

brain health and hormones

BRAIN HEALTH AND HORMONES

Correcting thyroid imbalance provides the neurons with sufficient oxygen and nourishment, which gradually improves neurotransmission, often leading to clearer thinking and better memory. Taking thyroid hormones typically accelerates blood flow to and throughout the brain.

CATCHING UP WITH DR. BROWNSTEIN

Dr. Brownstein believes that autoimmune thyroid disease is becoming epidemic, and routinely tests each new patient for thyroid antibodies associated with these diseases. He estimates that as many as 15-20% of the population are now positive for autoimmune thyroid disease.

compounded thyroid medications

COMPOUNDED THYROID MEDICATION OPTIONS

Learn how compounded thyroid medication is an option for people with low thyroid function who have sensitivities to additives in manufactured thyroid medications.

eugene hertoghe and thyroid dysfunction

EUGENE HERTOGHE AND THYROID DYSFUNCTION

Over 100 years ago, Dr. Eugene Hertoghe applied his skills as a medical detective, becoming widely respected for his expertise in thyroid dysfunction. This article discusses why his findings were significant and remain relevant today.

hashimoto's thyroiditis

BOOK REVIEW – HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS

This book by Izabella Wentz is well-referenced resource for people looking to improve their ability to recover their health from the devastation of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

hormones and emotional health

HORMONES AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Thyroid hormones affect every cell in the body, including the parts of the body that regulate emotions. Thyroid deficiency inhibits the brain’s neurotransmitters, potentially leading to depression. Thyroid hormones also influence levels of blood glucose and stress hormones, two contributors to mood fluctuation.

hormones and the aging voice

HORMONES AND THE AGING VOICE

The voice is extremely sensitive to hormone changes. Unlike the dramatic changes a young man’s voice goes through at puberty, the changes that happen to a woman’s voice are gradual, often taking years. So, what is going on with hormones to affect the voice?

how is the thyroid gland like a car

HOW IS THE THYROID GLAND LIKE A CAR?

Compare thyroid dysfunction to when a car breaks down. When a car stops running, it may simply be out of gas, but a wide range of possibilities may be the explanation. In the case of thyroid function, there are also a wide variety of reasons why a thyroid gland may not be working.

how stress affects thyroid function

HOW STRESS AFFECTS THYROID FUNCTION

As difficult as it may be to decipher the symptoms of improper thyroid function, stress may also be part of the problem. Without making sure the adrenals are functioning properly, a vicious cycle continues, even with traditional thyroid supplementation.

hypothyroidism, health & happiness

BOOK REVIEW – HYPOTHYROIDISM, HEALTH & HAPPINESS

A great deal of difficulty in diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism lies with the reliance on testing. Dr. Hotze asks, if we are only going to rely on testing, what is the purpose of seeing the patient? We can save a lot of time and expense if the tests are always going to trump the patient’s signs and symptoms.

is there a connection between thyroid dysfunction and mental illness

IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN THYROID DYSFUNCTION AND MENTAL ILLNESS?

Some medications used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression are associated with thyroid function abnormalities. What is the connection, and how might this help in treating mental illness?

living well with graves' disease and hyperthyroidism

BOOK REVIEW – LIVING WELL WITH GRAVES’ DISEASE AND HYPERTHYROIDISM

Shomon’s book points out having too much thyroid hormone isn’t simply malfunctioning glands. Autoimmunity is more likely the underlying cause. Read this review to investigate further!

medications and thyroid function

MEDICATIONS AND THYROID FUNCTION

Many medications can have side effects on thyroid function, such as nerve inflammation. T3 seems to stop damage and actually promote healing of the nerve. T3 seems to put the brakes on damage to the nerve sheath and actually promotes healing of the nerve. Continue reading to learn about this alternative.

mitochondrial dysfunction

MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTION AND HYPOTHYROIDISM

Mitochondria are biological structures that produce energy within cells. Energy production is compromised in people with hypothyroidism. Could this connection be a clue in how to better treat under-active thyroid production?

nicotine's effects on thyroid function

NICOTINE’S EFFECTS ON THYROID FUNCTION

Investigate the growing body of data that suggests that nicotine may have a detrimental effect on thyroid function. Research also points to a possible connection between nicotine-induced altered thyroid function and cognitive impairment.

BOOK REVIEW – STOP THE THYROID MADNESS II 

Although we live in a time when there are many more challenges to our health, we also have a wealth of information available to us, such as this book edited by Janie Bowthorpe. This enables us to take an active role in partnering with our health care practitioners to solve health care problems.

THYROID HORMONE CHART

Our pharmacists on staff at Women’s International Pharmacy have compiled this chart to represent some of the more frequently prescribed regimens using thyroid hormones. The WIP logo is placed throughout the tables to signify the hormones and dosage forms we compound. 

BOOK REVIEW-  WHY DO I STILL HAVE THYROID SYMPTOMS?

Citing the observations of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Dr. Datis Kharrazian points out that the majority of people with low thyroid function suffer from autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Discover more by reading our review of his book.

THE WOMEN’S GUIDE TO THYROID HEALTH

In this PDF, The Women’s Guide to Thyroid Health is a comprehensive questionnaire that will help you assess your current thyroid health.

REQUEST AN INFORMATION PACKET

For more information regarding thyroid hormones and their effects on health, fill out our Information Request Form and we will send you a Thyroid Information Packet.

MORE RESOURCES

Explore additional resources on hormones, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, custom compounded medication options, and more by visiting our Resources page.