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Hypothyroidism and Natural Thyroid Replacement

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Natural thyroid replacement uses desiccated porcine thyroid in a pill form. This process involves cleaned, dried, and powdered thyroid gland, joined with binders to make a pill. Currently, it is used by a minority of health care professionals in the United States, with levothyroxine being prescribed primarily. However the proponents of natural thyroid replacement have strong belief in its effectiveness in treating hypothyroidism.

Brand names of natural thyroid replacements include:

  • Armour
  • Naturethroid
  • Westhroid
  • Qualitest

Effect of Natural Thyroid Replacement on Hypothyroidism

Natural Thyroid replacement is done using desiccated pig thyroid which contains both T3 and T4 hormones. This form of thyroid replacement is believed to the most similar to the T3/T4 ratios in humans.

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Types of Professionals That Would Be Involved with This Treatment

Natural thyroid replacement was the standard of care until the 1980's but it was replaced by lethyroxine at that time. Today, this therapy is prescribed by:

  • Naturopaths (ND)
  • Integrative Physicians (MD)

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