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The Hypothyroid Trouble-maker

HypothyroidWriter.com hypothyroid hellion blog post Sarah Lentz

You are nobody's snowflake.Whatever you want to put after the word "hypothyroid" -- trouble-maker, hellion, badass -- you know you can't give up in the push for better thyroid care. There's too much at stake. I don't know how many doctors you've met who've told you something along the lines of the following:[*NOTE: Might be good to have something nearby (preferably not a person) to punch or squeeze while reading this list.]"You don't look sick to me."  "Well, your TSH value is...

Thyroid care and supplements — what has helped and what has NOT

HypothyroidWriter.com thyroid supplement blog post Sarah Lentz

Thyroid Support (or the Lack Thereof)I've been trying different supplements that promise to boost energy levels or support thyroid function. And I've learned a few things so far -- though it takes some time to make a thorough assessment of any supplement.For one thing, the ~$10 "Thyroid Complex" I was taking for a couple weeks -- the one I bought from Vitamin Shoppe (after reading a series of very positive customer reviews) -- has landed on my list of supplements...

Over the Counter Thyroid Support

The Frustrating Reality for Many with HypothyroidismWe can't all get access to natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) or supplemental T3, but every patient has a right to a treatment that fits the problem. So, why is it so hard to get the medication and dosage we need in order to thrive? And why is it so hard to convince some doctors (including endocrinologists) that having a "normal" TSH value isn't enough.What can we do?When we try to persuade our health care providers...

We are not victims (of hypothyroidism)

*Update: A thoughtful reader on Twitter (Clutter @Clutter2) responded to this article with the following comment, which makes a valid and necessary point: “Many of us are, have been, and will be victims of our respective healthcare systems, which restrict the replacement hormone we are allowed.” And there are so many of us (myself included) who have a legitimate complaint in this regard. I still don’t like to think of myself as a victim, though, because it feels as though I’m...

Where did my energy go? Don’t make this mistake with adaptogenic herbs!

HypothyroidWriter.com adaptogenic herbs post Sarah Lentz

Beware adaptogenic herbs when you don’t know what effect they’re likely to have on your hormones! For example, if you’re estrogen dominant, it’s probably not a good idea to take an herbal supplement that acts like estrogen in your body or that makes your body produce more estrogen. I have suspected estrogen dominance, based on what I’ve learned of it, but I hadn’t done any research on adaptogenic herbs that could increase the amount of estrogen in the body. So, what...