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Why Levothyroxine — i.e. Synthroid — Treatment Isn’t Working for You

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Conventional medicine believes that if you have an underactive, chemically ablated or surgically-removed thyroid gland, that all you need is levothyroxine – the synthetic form of the T4 hormone. Levothyroxine is also known by its brand names: Synthroid, Levoxyl, Eltroxin, Tirosint, and Levothroid, among others. T4 is the inactive thyroid hormone, and must be converted into the active thyroid hormone T3 – triiodothyronine — in order to deliver oxygen and energy to cells, and resolve hypothyroidism. The conventional belief is that the levothyroxine will adequately and effectively convert in the body to T3. As a result, millions of people who are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, or who are hypothyroid after thyroid surgery or Radioactive Iodine (RAI) treatment, are given a prescription for generic or brand name levothyroxine, and sent on their way. Even with levothyroxine treatment, however, many of these patients, and you may be among them, continue to experience hypothyroidism […]

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Launches 2015 Thyroid Awareness Campaign

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Over at the About.com Thyroid site, patient advocate Mary Shomon is sharing details about the new 2015 Thyroid Awareness campaign being promoted by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Their effort, which is featured at their site, ThyroidAwareness.com, hinges on two initiatives – “Same/Same/Same,” and “Ten Questions to Ask About Your Thyroid Health.” The central theme of their effort is their “Same/Same/Same” initiative, which focuses on telling thyroid patients to take the same drugs, the same way, at the same time every day. The main “tool” of the initiative appears to be an out-of-date and incomplete list of thyroid drugs, including manufacturers and links to photos of pills and capsules. The list notably excludes all natural desiccated thyroid drugs, while including thyroid drugs no longer on the market. Shomon details key concerns with the campaign — including its sponsorship by big drug companies — in her critique of the […]