Here Piggy, Piggy
This entire year I’ve been chasing a feeling of vitality that I momentarily experienced earlier this year. I found an interesting lead today. It’s possible my over the counter desiccated thyroid might have been the reason I had the best few weeks of my life.
A Glimpse of Vitality
Back in February my chiropractor (Dr. Welch), who’s almost like part of my family, convinced me to take a product he swore by for thyroid and adrenal health. This product was Thyro Plus. Thyro Plus contains multiple sources of desiccated tissue, including thyroid and adrenals. I bought this product out of desperation, it was fairly in-expensive ($17 120 tablets) and I was under father-like pressure from my Dr. to take it. I did not, however, buy this product with any confidence that it would help me. My instructions were to take 2 tablets twice a day – morning and lunch. And so I did.
I took Thyro Plus twice a day without fail. I didn’t think much of it; I was just hoping it would somehow have an accumulative affect with everything else I was doing – avoiding coffee and sugar, eating lots of veggies and fats, taking multi-vitamins, adaptogens, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Towards the end of February (about 2 weeks after starting the Thyro Plus) I noticed dramatic improvement in energy, libido, and bowel movements (2 and 3 a day!). I gave credit to hormone supplementation, cutting coffee (and all other caffeine products) and eating more veggies (about a pound a day).
My energy levels started waning the 2nd week of March. To the point that I had severe constipation, extreme mood swings, a return to fatigue and loss of libido (damn the luck!). Yet in my mind nothing had changed. I still couldn’t understand that what was so right was all of the sudden so wrong… I was nitpicking every little change I had made but still couldn’t figure out what was different…. until now.
The ONLY thing that changed at that time was that I ran out of Thyro Plus. Could this be the missing link?
I called my good friend, Barbara, (the chiropractic clinic’s office manager… plus some ), so she could help me figure out the date I purchased the Thyro Plus. To my amazement, I purchased and started taking it on February 10, 2011. My bottle would have lasted me until the 2nd week of March with the dose I was taking. I specifically remember March 8th being a day I called my doctor complaining of feeling great to suddenly feeling much worse.
Desiccated Thyroid & Adrenal Bring New Hope
Because I’ve had little results with low doses of sustained T3 (non-synthetic) and my doctor lacks the confidence to follow through with one treatment at a time, I’ve decided to give desiccated thyroid a whirl. All of my labs show a dysfunction in my T4 to T3 conversion, therefore I am very reluctant to give up on the T3; I know it works at higher doses. While on doses between 40 -50 mg I noticed positive changes in weight loss, relief from sinusitis, hair loss, fatigue, constipation, sleep, and brain fog. While my doctor remains unwilling to raise my T3 dosage, a new hope for a better quality of life through desiccated thyroid is emerging. I’ve decided to chase this lead.
I’ve ordered a different product through nutri-meds.com which is similar in dosage to the Thyro Plus, but singles out the thyroid tissue. I’ve also purchased the adrenal tissue separately. I chose this company because of their quality control. The tissue comes from grass-fed pastured animals with no hormones or antibiotics, and “have no proximity to countries with BSE” (mad cow disease).
I start replacing T3 gradually with desiccated pig thyroid tonight… with my fingers and toes crossed! I’m still having trouble believing freeze-dried thyroid tissue could make that big of a difference over T3 supplementation.