Mark: Hi, it’s Mark Bossert at Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here with Naturopath Nicholas Jensen from Vancouver, BC. He’s the owner and runs a called Divine Elements. How’re you doing today Nicholas? Nicholas: I’m doing great Mark, how are you doing? Mark: I’m good. So we’re going to talk about thyroid which is a pretty common thing and whether using Synthroid or more natural alternatives are better. So what’s the deal? Nicholas: Yeah, so the reality is thyroid is a very, very common problem and typically we’re seeing more hypothyroid issues that are showing up. So what does hypothyroid look.
Like? It’s typically unexplained weight gain, constipation, dry hair and skin, nails that are brittle, hair loss is quite common, that depressed mood and low energy, these are just to name a few. There’s definitely other signs and symptoms of thyroid decline, but those are definitely more common ones. So the story behind Synthroid is interesting. It’s actually the number one most prescribed medication according to the 2013 report and what does that mean? That means 22.6 million prescriptions are being given out every month. So the reality is that Synthroid is actually ever prescribed once TSH, which is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, goes above an elevated.
Range which is technically described as hypothyroid. So Synthroid being that it is so commonly prescribed, is actually only just in its form of T4 which is an inactive form of thyroid hormone. So the reality is that so many people are experiencing these symptoms and may be kind of flying under the radar, not actually outside of the actual range, so the number we’re seeing of prescriptions don’t actually include the other people who are still dealing with these problems. So we ask people in the , how are you doing with the Synthroid, is it working for you? We get two responses typically. One is that, I’ve been on it for 510 years and.
I don’t really know why I’m on it, I don’t know what it’s doing, I don’t feel any different. Number two is, yes I’ve definitely gained benefit from Synthroid, however symptom A,B,C, D are still showing up in my life. So the great news is there’s a natural solution for, instead of using Synthroid; Synthroid being a pharmaceutical counterpart to desiccated thyroid or also known as Amour Thyroid. What this is is a natural glandular extract of hormone. Desiccated thyroid is actually taken from a pig source, from the thyroid gland. Where Synthroid, the pharmaceutical form, is just in the form of the T4, this is inactive thyroid hormone. Desiccated thyroid is the.
Thyroid glands and also contains 80% T4 and the remainder is in the active form of T3. So usually when people who are on Synthroid aren’t gaining the benefits it’s because their inactive form of thyroid is not converting properly into T3, the active form for the majority of people. Also interesting to note is that desiccated thyroid or Amour Thyroid, they kinda go by the same name, except that desiccated thyroid is a compounded form is actually, historically the treatment of choice. So this was on the scene, well before Synthroid was, which is quite interesting that now it’s Naturopathic s or Functional Medicine Practitioners, who are actually prescribing desiccated thyroid which was always a treatment.
Of choice. The results were always great. It’s just that it wasn’t necessarily backed by a large pharmaceutical company. That’s a whole other topic obviously! So one study I looked at showed a population of 70 individuals and of those 70, 49% preferred desiccated thyroid and of those 49% also reported a much improved weight loss as well because with Synthroid they’re not typically getting those results; 19% of that particular population preferred Synthroid and 23% had no preference. So in that small population size, we’re seeing this increase in numbers in favour or preferring desiccated thyroid. So in our practice, whenever we see people come in with a prescription of Synthroid,.
We are always recommending its counterpart in the form of the natural thyroid hormone called Desiccated Thyroid, as it continues to ally outperform Synthroid. So it’s important obviously, that whenever you’re working with hormones, whether it’s Synthroid or Desiccated, that you’re getting a professional to address you as an individual and what works for the blanket of people doesn’t necessarily work specifically enough for you. So in saying that desiccated thyroid and Synthroid are both prescribed medications so you do actually need to see a health care practitioner in order for it to be prescribed. So, there’s lots to talk about thyroid and I’m excited to dive into more of the causes.
The Importance of Thyroid and the Aging Process
KATHY: Welcome to Biobalance health cast. I’m Kathy Maupin. BRETT: And I’m Brett Newcomb. And normally on these podcast we talk about various elements of hormones and hormone replacement and conversational topics because we’re trying to understand the topic of hormones and how they work in the body. Today we’re not going to talk about testosterone we’re going to talk about another element in the puzzle. We’re going to talk about the thyroid. Because what has emerged is a lot of information that says the thyroid, whether it’s under functioning, over functioning or appropriately functioning,.
Is just as critital in a healthy stable life after menopause. And so we want to talk about the thyroid because a lot of time issues with the thyroid are not diagnosed or not identified. Sometimes the lab results don’t give a clear picture or an accurate picture. I mean there are a lot of issues that can occur. And the reason we want to talk about this today is April 23 just two days ago an article came out in the archives of internal medicine looking at subal hypothyroidism and fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular events. So first let’s define some terms. Talk us through hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and subal. What do those terms mean? KATHY: Hypothyroidism is a very low thyroid.
Your thyroid is in your neck, it runs your metabolism. It runs how warm you are how you metabolize your calories. BRETT: So I’m not really fat, I just have a low metabolism. KATHY: Yea, see? Or your thyroid’s low, causing that. And thyroid patient who have a low thyroid have swelling all over. They look very swollen in general. Or they also have a very slow intestine. So they usually have constipation, unless they have some other GI disease. They also gain weight rapidly and don’t lose it. They feel cold when others are hot. Their basal temperatures are low. Usually they stop having periods or have irregular cycles if they’re premenopausal. They have.
Infertility. The thyroid manages everything in your body. It’s not as universal as the pituitary that runs every single gland in your body. But the most universal gland the thyroid. Thyroid takes care of every single cell in your body, and has receptor sites on every cell. So having a thyroid that works optimally is very important for your lipids. Your cholesterol goes up if you have low thyroid. So if you have high cholesterol in the old days we used to check for low cholesterol with a low thyroid when we got results back that showed a low thyroid. And if the cholesterol was elevated we treated thyroid and the cholesterol came down. So it affects everything. BRETT: And now they just treat they cholesterol.
And they don’t assess the thyroid. KATHY: Right, and it’s bothersome because it’s not really treating the problem, it’s treating a symptom of the problem. BRETT: Yea it’s like putting a gas additive in your car to get better mileage instead of tuning your car up. KATHY: That’s right and thyroid affects so many other things. They could kill 20 birds with one stone. They could help people lose weight. You know s could actually tend to what’s really bothering the patient. Which is I can’t lose weight even when I exercise every day and eat very little. That’s really what thyroid patients say. BRETT: So medicine by symptom management is.
More expensive. KATHY: Well if you’re looking at one symptom. BRETT: Well you treat that one and they come back for the next one. KATHY: That’s right, it is. And it’s many more drugs, because cholesterol drugs are very expensive. And thyroid is very cheap. So for us to actually treat symptoms and prevent illness it’s much more economical to treat with a thyroid medication if that’s the problem. Now hyperthyroidism is different. Hyperthyroidism is the reverse. Patients are very nervous and anxious their hearth rate goes up. They lose weight quickly they’re hot all the time. They move around all the time. It’s kind of like an A.D.D. kind of.
Thing in general. BRETT: They’re wired. KATHY: They’re wired, but it’s not a psychological problem it’s a thyroid problem. And often time it’s misdiagnosed. Because if you don’t take a temperature you can’t find a fever, if you don’t test the thyroid you can’t find hyperthyroidism. But when it is found usually drugs are giving to shut it down, or radiation’s given. BRETT: You just used some terminology you’re talking about testing it. Earlier in the conversation you’re going through a list of symptoms that come out of a al interview. If you sit down with a patient and you say tell me what’s going on you with you. Are you.