Mark: hi, its mark bossert at top local lead generation. were here with naturopath Nicholas Jensen from Vancouver, BC. Hes the owner and runs a called Divine Elements. Howre you doing today Nicholas? Nicholas: Im doing great Mark, how are you doing? Mark: Im good. So were going to talk about thyroid which is a pretty common thing and whether using Synthroid or more natural alternatives are better. So whats the deal?.
nicholas: yeah, so the reality is thyroid is a very, very common problem and typically were seeing more hypothyroid issues that are showing up. So what does hypothyroid look like? Its 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. Theres definitely other signs and symptoms of thyroid decline, but those are definitely more common ones.
So the story behind synthroid is interesting. its 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 were seeing of prescriptions dont 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, Ive been on it for 510 years and.
I dont really know why im on it, i dont know what its doing, i dont feel any different. Number two is, yes Ive definitely gained benefit from Synthroid, however symptom A,B,C, D are still showing up in my life. So the great news is theres 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 arent gaining the benefits its 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 its Naturopathic s or Functional Medicine Practitioners, who are actually prescribing desiccated thyroid which was always a treatment of choice. The results were always great. Its just that it wasnt necessarily backed by a large pharmaceutical company. Thats 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 theyre not typically getting those results; 19% of that particular population preferred Synthroid and 23% had no preference. So in that small population size, were 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,.