Aging Thyroid Patients: 7 Issues To Consider

sttm-graphic-for-blog-thyroid-patients-getting-olderAs our bodies are aging as thyroid patients, so can the optimal function we once had. Here are 7 areas which can go south, and what to do about them. 

NOTE that when the words “aging” or “getting older” are mentioned, there’s no way to actually say “this or that age”, unless mentioned below. Some of these issues can start at even younger ages, but older than you were before!

1) DIGESTIVE ENZYME FUNCTION CAN GO DOWNHILL — what to do about it

Most of our lives, we get benefit from naturally-made digestive enzymes which help digest/break down that food we eat in order to absorb important nutrition for the running of our bodies.

For example, eating can tap our pancreas to release “pancreatin” which contains several different enzymes (amylase, lipase and protease)1. These enzymes can break down the protein, carbs/starches and fats you eat. i.e. specific enzymes work on specific foods. Amylase targets those carbs/starches like fruits, potatoes, sweet products, etc). Lipase targets those fatty foods like cream, oils, nuts and fat on meats, etc). Protease targets the protein foods such as eggs, cheese, meats and even nuts.

There’s also another important enzyme not released by the pancreas, but made via bacteria, called Cellulase. Cellulase breaks down fiber and cellulose. There are more enzymes, but you get the drift.

But as the body ages, the body’s ability to trigger (due to less stomach acid) and produce all these digestive enzymes may decline, thus, you start to see lowering of important nutrients, as well as less energy. And in some, it can happen sooner than others!

Check out “digestive enzymes” on a site like Amazon or others and read the reviews on various brands. I find this to be an excellent way to find a good product. 

2) STOMACH ACID LEVELS CAN FALL — what to do about it

I, Janie, especially saw this in my mother-in-law as she aged. Her worsening acid reflux was a sure sign. And this becomes even worse if we are still on T4-only meds, which in itself causes a fall in stomach acid at any age. Then you add the aging cause of lowered stomach acid on top of a poor thyroid treatment and you’ve got a disaster.

Why is stomach acid so important? It plays a role with enzymes in breaking down your food and supplements for digestion, plus the absorption of nutrients. And breaking down the food better empties the stomach better, which means less stomach problems.

What to do? Adding 2-3 teaspoons of either Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice into every drink with meals brings the acid back into the stomach, say thyroid patients, which improves absorption of nutrients from better digestion.

3) THE ABILITY TO CONVERT THE THYROID STORAGE HORMONE T4 to THE ACTIVE T3 CAN DECLINE — what to do about it

There are a variety of issues which can affect conversion of the storage hormone T4 to the active hormone T3, and aging appears to be one of them. i.e. there’s an enzyme called 5′-deiodinase, and it’s responsible for the breakdown of T4 to T3. And even research underscores that it can become less effective as one ages.2

The solution appears to be to move to having direct T3 in one’s treatment, whether adding synthetic T3  to your treatment or using Natural Desiccated Thyroid–the latter which contains all five thyroid hormones. Healthy levels of T3 appear to fall towards the top of the range

4) GENE MUTATIONS MAY REAR THEIR UGLY HEADS — what to do about it

Gene mutations can be activated at any age. But with aging, there may be more mutations expressing themselves more acutely than before.

That’s where using 23andme.com to get one’s genetics (then uploading the raw data to a site like livewello.com to see what’s going on) may open up ideas as to what just might start expressing itself. It’s a guessing game, of course. But if we see things that imply a gene mutation is now active, there is all sorts of information we can look up to see what we might do about it, as well as forums. Many doctors are becoming more informed about genetic mutations, as well, and can help. 

5) B12 CAN FALL (or go too high) — what to do about it

B12, which is one of eight B vitamins, is such an important nutrient! It contributes to

  • brain and memory health
  • better mood
  • optimal functioning of your nervous system
  • the formation of red blood cells
  • overall good health

Conversely, if B12 falls low, or if the MTHFR with the COMT mutation causes you not to break it down well for use (making it above the range), you might notice issues like

  • memory problems
  • depression
  • paranoia
  • numbness sensations in your little fingers, hands, legs or feet
  • overall weakness or fatigue
  • even a swollen tongue and more.

Studies3,4,5 show that B12 can start to fall after age 60 due to decreased absorption, and you might not even realize it until symptoms take over.  What to do about it? Many doctors recommend supplementation.

On the label, B12 is called cobalamin and there are four types:

1) Cyano- version, though cheap, is the least recommended as it’s the least absorbable.

2) Methyl- version is more highly recommended since it’s already broken down for use. But if you have both MTHFR and COMP mutations, B12 can build high in your blood and not break down for use…so if this happens…

3) Hydroxy- version is then recommended if you have these mutations. It’s easily broken down to the active B12 and safe for more people, say studies.  

4) Adenosyl- version of B12 is also recommended, as it’s stored in the mitochondria and helps break down carbs and proteins for energy. 

6) THE ABILITY TO RECOVER FROM STRESS MAY DECLINE — what to do about it

Studies show that as we age, we tend to have higher levels of cortisol in response to stress, plus lower levels of DHEA–the latter which have been falling substantially with every decade. And those higher levels of cortisol can have a negative impact on our brain6 and immune function, just as low DHEA can decrease one’s immune function.

What to do about it?  For one, experts recommend taking certain adrenal-supportive supplements when we are under a lot of stress. Herbs which help counter stress include:

  • rhodiola
  • ashwagandha
  • schizandra
  • astragalus
  • gingko
  • holy basil
  • korean ginseng
  • licorice root

We all have to make sure we don’t have any known allergies or sensitivities to to any of the above. Also, many preparations will include many of the above, and can also have adrenal glandular with the herbs. Any good health food store on internet websites can have these adrenal supportive supplements. DHEA supplementation is also recommended with aging–your doctor can help you with the amount.

Sometimes, we may not treat the stress in time, and we end up with low cortisol. For the latter, herbs won’t be enough. This is where we order the 24 hour adrenal saliva test to see how we stand.  If cortisol is low, we take adrenal cortex, or a prescription of Hydrocortisone from our doctors for more serious low cortisol. It’s all explained what patients have learned in Chapters 5 and 6 of the revised STTM book, also called STTM I. You would need to work with your doctor on this information.

Also recommended when under stress is taking comfortable walks, eating as healthy as you can, napping, and sleeping as long as we can during the nighttime.

7) LEVELS of CoQ10 CAN FALL — what to do about it

CoQ10, know as Co-enzyme Q10 or ubiquinone, is a substance similar to a vitamin and known to be a powerful natural antioxidant. Besides having a major positive effect on heart health and your mitochondria’s ability to produce energy, Life Extension7 states that CoQ10 also has “protective effects in the brain and nervous system, in asthma and chronic lung disease, in diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, on ocular health, and even on the aging immune system.”

Studies even show a correlation between the right amount of CoQ10 and lowered risk of dementia as you age.8

And with the aging of your body, your ability to break down ubiquinone to the active ubiquinol may be decreased, as well as your ability to absorb CoQ10 from food. Also note that statins, which many older folks are put on due to rising cholesterol, can lower CoQ10!

The solution? Cutting edge doctors recommend supplementation. And the majority seem to agree that taking “ubiquinol”, the active form, is a better choice than “ubiquinone”. Recommended doses range from 100 mg to 600 mg depending on who you read. Work with your doctor on this.

From Janie: the above is not an exhaustive list of what can go downhill with aging, but gives you a great start!

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P.S. Being on Natural Desiccated Thyroid and an optimal dose can halt rising cholesterol, rising blood pressure, bone problems and other aging issues, many patients have reported.

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FOOTNOTES
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancreatin
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2917513
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10448529
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15103481
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC490077/
  6. https://www.degruyter.com/dg/viewarticle/j$002frevneuro.1999.10.2$002frevneuro.1999.10.2.117$002frevneuro.1999.10.2.117.xml
  7. http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2013/1/coq10-the-longevity-factor/page-01
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25463064

52 Responses to “Aging Thyroid Patients: 7 Issues To Consider”

  1. Susan Purvis

    Thank you Janie. As always this information in its entirety is not available anywhere else, in my view. My partner understands chemistry and the complexities of some of the information you provide so I will ask him to check this out. We drink natural cacao drinks with many herbal supplements that he makes. I have questioned myself though for a while, whether my absorption is changing because I eat healthily enough although the weight gain is something I never seemed to be able to lose. I am so active all day at school but as soon as I am home I crash. However if I was not doing this particular job I would be so much better. I felt really well during the summer but I need the three days at the weekend to recharge for the next week. I take one Thyroid S tablet in the morning and one around teatime. I went over to Thyroid S from the start of July 2016 and overall the benefits are evident to me. Inevitably I am now moving into the category ‘Aging Thyroid Patients’ and I am still working four days a week as a teacher which I find extremely demanding. This term is more of a challenge as it starts in August and goes through to December. I will need to change my work/life balance at the end of this academic year. It just isn’t sustainable for me long term and even women colleagues, some less than half my age, are saying how tired they are all the time though I haven’t made it common knowledge of my condition and I am not aware if anyone else has a similar issue. I also doubt they are all fortunate to have the additional herbal supplements that I have thanks to my partner. I need to do the cortisol test next. Thank you for your ongoing information to us all Janie and I wish you continued optimum health.

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Susan, so glad you are getting benefit from STTM. By the way, are you sure that 2 grains is optimal for you? Study this page: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101

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    • Alexis

      Hi Susan. Please tell me more about the natural cacao drinks you enjoy. I am also a teacher. Just started NDT. Taking thiroid which is made by the same company that makes thyroid-s. I feel the same way about teaching and am wondering if being so exhausted at the end of the day is worth it. Is your school just 4 days per week? I am planning on continuing to increase my dosage until I feel much better. Fingers crossed.

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  2. Linda Roberts

    I been having some of these signs for 2 years

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  3. jeanie siela

    I really need help, I’m depressed all the time
    I want to sleep all the time. My doctor has me on thyroid meds,but I dont feel any different. I think I need another doctor.
    .

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  4. Mike in Lagomera

    Hi !
    I am nearing 70 years of age, male, and reasonable healthy, with an underactive Thyroid allegedly.
    Have taking Levothyroxine for approx. 10 years now , which seems to have coincided with lack of sleep also. I get on average 5-6 hours a night waking at around 3.0 full of energy, needing a power nap about 2.30 pm until crashing at 9.0 pm.
    Anyone experienced this dilemma? or can suggest options.Many thanks Mike

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  5. Suze

    Janie: today my endocrinologist said that a certain doctor invented the free T3 and free T4 tests. It happened to be the doctor who treated my Graves disease and prescribed the RAI in 1991. It never crossed my mind that these were new tests or that a doctor I knew invented them, but he said that is why they never did free T3 tests in the 90s: the test didn’t exist. Really? I looked it up to confirm that. I came across a paper by a doctor who says there have been many tests invented and all of them are flawed. I can find nothing at all that says which of the tests is used in labs today. Or are more than one of them used by different labs? Do you have any absolute information about which tests are used? Which one was picked as the most accurate? This paper doesn’t even give the names of the doctors who invented these many different tests. I don’t know if it’s ok to give a link but it’s by Dr. John Midgley at a Thyroid UK conference in 2014. Now I am totally confused about the efficacy of these tests. My endo said when he sees a super high free T3 and low free T4 he is not concerned because that is considered normal when using animal thyroid which is stronger in T3. He believes only the TSH tells the story. Please comment on this! By the way he wanted me to go back to Erfa, 120, as he felt I did better on it than the synthetic T4 and T3. So, fingers crossed, I’m getting a new batch. Not that it’s all that new – it expires in 2017 which is just around the corner.

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Suze, understand that the very reason STTM exists is because doctors like your Endo were completely clueless and thus keeping us sick. For one, we saw repeatedly that the TSH test can be “normal” for years and years while we are very hypothyroid and we get worse and worse. Second, what he said about the frees is completely wrong and years and years of our experiences prove it. Sure, I know you want to believe in what a medical school trained Endo says to you. We all did and wanted to. But we realized over…and over…and over…how poorly trained they are, and how very wrong their opinions are. So it’s up to you. STTM is totally based on years of reported patient experiences worldwide and the wisdom we’ve gained from all those reports. It’s solid, Suze.

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  6. Brenda

    I’ve been on Synthroid for about 30 years. Also on Paxil for depression. These last 3 years I feel like I’m going down hill. Depression is worst, my hair is falling out really bad, acid reflux is really bad, tingling in my fingers is worse, tingling also in my toes. Skin is very dry. Tired all the time. I do not sleep well. I can never get a good answer from my doctor. I’m ready to just stop the Synthroid on my own. Is this not a good thing to do?

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  7. Karen

    Janie, thank you for everything you are doing for patients. I have your books and joined the Yahoo group, where I have received helpful information.

    I am working with a new doctor and have not yet begun to feel better on an increased dosage of NDT. I know I have a long way to go to find balance as we consider all the possible contributing factors. I have been functioning very poorly for six months. In some ways much worse than years past. I am in my early sixties now and I think aging has taken an additional toll.

    I have tremendous anger when I think back on 3 decades of inappropriate and under treatment by medical doctors. They all ignored my severe symptoms and relied almost exclusively on TSH labs. I was referred to infectious disease specialist, psychiatrist, rheumatologist, cardiologist, endocrinologists, dermatologist, neurologists. No progress was made, so I think the multiple symptoms were simply autoimmune hypothyroidism that was treated exclusively with T4 medication. Thanks to your books, websites, etc., I have some hope now for physical healing, but I wonder if I will ever be free from the anger. Many have the same story and discovered at some point that their suffering could have been eliminated if the medical professionals had cared enough to do their own research and listen to patterns of patient complaints. How can I let go of the years I have lost and the pain I have experienced? I am really struggling with this issue and it is probably affecting my recovery.

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Hi Karen. Glad the groups are helping. 🙂 And remember that your iron and cortisol levels have to be optimal to soar on NDT. Yes, it certainly is angering all the years (and money) we wasted because of the TSH and because of Synthroid or Levo. But yes, have hope because the information on STTM is solid! (PS: sorry this didn’t go up sooner. Sometimes WordPress doesn’t inform me and I have no idea why!)

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  8. mandy simms

    Agree with aging causing problems with getting optimal on NDT. Have been treated for 12 months now by intergrative Dr. Was well for abput 8 months then went down hill on 4 grains and discovered I had high RT3. So had to get rid of that by going on T3 only for a month. Then I found I had estrigen dominance, and low progesterone and still low cortisol. . Hence why I couldnt get optimal. As im menopausal this is what occurred! Im liasing through two different Drs in my treatment as Intergrative Dr cant prescribe progesterone to me. Went to GP to see if she would prescribe so I coukd my hypo under control. She said “they, ie GPS dont treat that!”. Basically because its menopause they would do NOTHING!. And she was the practices female womens health Dr. As an aside she threw a card at me for a intergrative Dr who deals in all hormones!. She said some of her ladies say they had helped them.!!!. Saw this guy and he said looking at my blood results I needed progerone straight away. Rolled his eyes at the GP. At the same time as this was all going on I had severe tendonitis in my ankle and calf and coukd hardly walk. Went to GP, got xray and coetisone injection then went to physio who saud,”thats caused by thyroid and menopause. See wimen your age with this all the time. So five months of extreme pain plus my hair is so thin. At present I have gotten back up to 2 grains and taking prog trouches. B12,B6 and folinic acid for MTRFR gene. Started to lose a bit of weight. Yay!. Why do these GPs think you dont need hormones to function.

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  9. jc connor

    Which 23andme test for the raw data please? I see two – Ancestry $99 & Health/Ancestry $199. Thank you for your advocacy and sharing!

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  10. Suzanne

    My insurance will no longer cover my Armour Thyroid because of my age being over 65. My doc says he can’r even write a prescription for the Armour because my Medicare Advantage Plan won’t let him.. I only have enough Armour for today. He wants to write a new prescription for levothroxine. I’m scared about not having any T3. What should I do? Help please

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Yup, they stupidly think that if you are over 65, NDT could harm you….yet there are many out there over 65 who soar on it, and report harm from being forced to live for conversion alone, which Levo will force you to do. What people are doing is paying full price, but not of Armour, but one like NP Thyroid.

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      • Robert

        Janie,
        Your work is appreciated.

        Recently I received a 29 June 2016 article in “UpToDate” entitled “Subclinical hypothyroidism in nonpregnant adults” by Douglas S. Ross, MD, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Therein he states “we prefer to avoid treatment of patients over age 80 years.”

        The report is apparently intended to be advice to physicians. Were you aware that this advice regarding those over age 80 years is being given to physicians?

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        • Janie Bowthorpe

          There is direction to even avoid giving NDT to patients over 60-something. Yet we know of many thyroid patients over 60 who report doing so much better on NDT. It’s crazy.

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    • Mary

      Suzanne, what you do is work around them. Make sure you get a copy of your blood tests, and find a Dr who will write a prescription… they’re out there. For $20 a year, I join a Walgreens discount program. My 3.5 grains of Naturethroid is about $15 a month. Cheaper when you buy 3 months at a time. Don’t let them ruin your life. Good luck!

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  11. Kathyrn

    Janie, has the Erfa medication returned to its former efficacy? I will be starting on it and have read many of the comments about how the formula etc was changed and am wondering if I should start on this or consider another form of ndt. Thank you

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      People are overall quieter about it, implying the problematic batches went away? Yet we still have some folks reporting problems with it. Some will say one batch was great; the next one not.

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  12. Karen

    On your site, Janie, for the first time. Amazing the info.

    My GP is switching me from Armour to Nature-throid. Because of cost. How do others fare with it?

    Because my rt3 is high and ft3 low, I’m asking the GP to put me on Wilson’s Temperature protocol for sustained dose t3 to clear out the rt3 and lower t4. However, I have symptoms of adrenal fatigue–probably cortisol is low in the morning; high in evening. Might the t3 regimen help the adrenals or will it be useless to use the wt3 protocol without first treating them?

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Hi Karen. One thing you need to know…a lot of hypothyroid patients have stated over the years about feeling worse if they followed the protocol of Wilson’s with high doses, then lowering, etc. Instead, those in your shoes simply use T3 to lower RT3 without the full strategies that the protocol is about.

      As far as low cortisol, T3 hasn’t corrected that, because with low cortisol, the T3 starts pooling high in the blood. Instead, they give themselves cortisol. See if this helps: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-wisdom

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  13. Karen

    By “simply use t3” do you mean self medicate with only t3?

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      No, it wasn’t saying directly to self-treat. It meant patients would get it from their doctors, too, if they are able to. But some do self-treat and we understand in light of how poor the knowledge many doctors have.

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  14. Karen

    After taking my temps as per Dr. Rind, it appears I have Adrenal issues. (unstable daily averages)
    I can not get an apt. with my Doc for over three weeks, so I’m going to try to figure this out on my own.
    If you were me, Janie, Would you take both Adrenal Glandular and IsoCort or is that redundant? Would you discontinue NDT while building adrenals?
    My TSH has run at .0004 for years with NDT treatment My Docs have never thought that an issue of concern. Do you think it is?
    Thanks for any help you can give. I’m overwhelmed, but getting more informed.

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Hi Karen. What I represent is reported patient experiences over the years. And this is what we’ve learned:

      1) It’s important to do saliva testing to see exactly what is going on when. Treatment is based on those four results.
      2) No, we don’t take adrenal glandular, as it contains adrenaline with the cortisol..and too many patients with low cortisol also make too much adrenaline already.
      3) Isocort isn’t made anymore. It’s about Adrenal Cortex or HC–the latter for seriously low saliva results. But again, depends on what saliva testing shows. It can be ordered from here if you don’t already have a lab facility: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork
      4) No, patients don’t discontinue NDT. They lower it if labs prove there is either pooling or rising RT3. Some add in small amounts of T3 after lowering.
      5) You need to read this: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/tsh-why-its-useless

      For further info, here’s a page where the link to the FTPO Adrenals group is: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/talk-to-others

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  15. Karen

    Just ordered the saliva test kit. Hope it comes soon. I don’t have any of the iron symptoms but 80% of the adrenal signs on Rind’s Metabolic Symptom Matrix. So I don’t think I need to test iron.
    I started a Temp chart 5 days ago. On Days 1 & 2 I averaged 97.74 On Day 3 my avg. dropped to 97.27. Day 4 I woke in the midst of a severe energy crash with diarrhea. But as the day went on by afternoon temps had climbed back to 97.43. Fascinating that my temps were falling before the energy crash was evident.
    Has it been patient experience that addressing Adrenal insufficiency raises the temperature to 98.6? Because that is my goal and I would rather accomplish it without the Wilson t3 protocol.

    Thanks for your answers. I’ll make a donation….

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Giving ourselves back the cortisol we are lacking enables thyroid hormones to get to the cells better…and once we are optimal on NDT or T3, which takes us out of our hypothyroid state, then our temp gets to where it should be. 🙂 FYI: you might want to reconsider the four iron labs. We may not have symptoms yet inadequate levels of iron.

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  16. Learner

    B12 is very important, glad you’ve covered it, and the different types. However, steering people away from methylcobalamin because of one MTHFR SNP is wrong. There are a lot of other SNPs and enzymes involved as well as status of related nutrients and general health and level of toxicity which can make a difference. I have a few SNPs, including a couple of MTHFR ones, and need large amounts of methylcobalamin, as well as smaller amounts of adenocobalamin and hydroxocobalamin to function. It’s highly individual.

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Hi. I think there is a misunderstanding here. Avoiding methyl B12 is not about ‘having a single MTHFR snp’. They seem to be avoiding it when they are pretty sure that their methyl supplementation contributed to the high B12, i.e. their MTHFR snp along with the COMT snp (added more clearly above) can cause the B12 to go too high with Methyl B12. Then methyl is not suggested there. So the individuality seems to be about which mutations are expressing, and whether they might need to avoid methyl and favor other kinds for awhile, as many seem to be doing. (Have updated this at least three times. lol)

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      • Learner

        It’s actually a lot more complex than just B12 and how it interacts with a couple of SNPs. One must have the necessary cofactors for all the steps in the folate and methionine pathways, like B1, B2, B6, folate, magnesium, molybdenum, etc. as well as other environmental factors like heavy metal toxicity, etc. Overly simplistic one size fits all recipes for B12 can cause problems. Just as with thyroid function, appropriate testing can individualize treatment.

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        • Janie Bowthorpe

          Sharon, hang tight–this is a general post. It’s why it’s recommended to do genetics and more. lol. The information still stands as a start.

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  17. Val

    Hello! Sttm used to have a support group where you could talk to mediators. I just had one question if anyone was having trouble with WP Thyroid after they started adding more inulin (chicory root) to their formula? I have fast digestion cramps Insomnia irritably constant hunger and other symptoms. I seemed to be doing ok until they added more chicory root in July RLC labs told me. thanks, Val

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  18. Brenda

    I was diagnosed with hypo in 2005. I took 50mcg synthroid for 10 years. I quit taking it last year and at first I felt great. I started getting really bad hypo symptoms and dr put me on 25mcg. I weighed 115 pounds at the time. When I went back for my followup, my tsh was just a little over normal. The dr put me on 50 mcg. It makes my heart beat really fast, I wake up at 3:00 in the morning. I called them because when I was taking 25 mcg, I felt good. They told me to take 25 mcg one day and the 50 mcg every other day. I’m scared of the 50 mcg. It also made me lose 5 more pounds. I hate this problem,. The dr acted like Armour wasn’t the best choice. I want my life back. When I took the 50 mcg, it gave me weird allergies.

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Brenda, your doctor isn’t caught up with our knowledge. For one, too many have found Synthroid to be the worst thyroid med to be on: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work Reading the latter will lead you to another page about NDT (though people are using other brands besides Armour lately), which contrary to his opinion, has been a far better treatment if using correctly.

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      • Brenda

        Thank you for getting back to me. I haven’t taken synthroid for 2 days and feel great, but I know it won’t last. Do health food stores sell anything similar to Armour?

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        • Janie Bowthorpe

          Well, yes and no. So many of the “thyroid” products in health food stores are just herbs/vitamins, or are herbs/vitamins and bovine thyroid tissue. And as you are raising to find your optimal dose, up goes all those extra herbs and vitamins. Not ideal. Google ThyroGold. Better.

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  19. Joan Hobeck

    I have taken Nature Throid for several years, however, my Dr. feels that I need to be taking 195 mg of it to help get my levels where they need to be. Prior to taking the Nature Throid, I was sufferring with hair loss, extreme. I had natural curly very very thick hair now it is poker straight and thin…I have spent a small fortune in shampoos, conditioners, professional and over the counter, only to have the strands of my hair in my fingers when shampooing. I am very distraught over this and then I read that 195 mg of nature throid can cause hair loss. My Dr. seems to think that my high testosterone level and and my thyroid levels was contributing factor to the hair loss.I am taking Biotin, Hair Skin Nails supplement and at this point I have hit a brick wall. I experienced hair loss several years ago, but my Dr. there felt that I was iodine deficient. I started taking I-throid this past week….can anyone offer and advise or ‘hope’ for my hair to finally cease falling out. I cry a lot as I had incredible hair and now Its a struggle to get it to do anything. Thank you

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  20. ERIKA

    Hello Janie it’s been a while since I have spoken to you.

    So last time I spoke to you I discussed that I was having weird symptoms on the Synthroid meds.
    I spoke to my endo doctor and she will not even let me talk as soon as I mention it she shuts me down.
    she told me it is not accurate and she only supports the American Thyroid Association. I told her about your book
    she wanted to know nothing about it. I was stable for the last 2 years on Synthroid but this year I’ve experienced severe pain in my right
    eye. I went to so many eye doctors and they all said everything was fine with my vision. This has lasted since August until now. I’m also having difficulty sometimes swallowing
    I feel a very tight tension going down my neck and I pulling sensation on the right side of my neck and I feel like my nerves compress on the side of my head. My MD said its anxiety. I have never in my life suffered from such thing. I refuse to take the meds but there are days that the pain it’s so uncomfortable. I’m tired of doing blood work and trying to find what it is. When I know is being caused by the synthroid medication. I have had a good amount of those side effects from insomnia to weight gain, muscle pain and others as well. I just want to cry because I don’t know what to do anymore. I live in Queens NY and I can’t find a doctor that would be willing to help me transition from synthroid to Armour. I am a Pilot my whole life my dream has been to fly in the Airline one day but if I have anxiety my career is over. I can fly having thyroid issues as long as I’m stable. It hurts to think that this is the end of my career if I can’t get this fixed.

    Please help me?

    Regards,
    Erika Barcenes

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    • Janie Bowthorpe

      Hi Erika. Sorry about all those issues you are having. If you feel that this is being caused by the Synthroid (which has caused problems for millions of us in different ways), here are options: 1) Start calling around to all pharmacies and ask which doctor is prescribing NDT. It’s a sure fire way to find one for many of us, but you may have to call several. If one says they can’t give out that info (which is silly), keep calling until you find one who will. 2) Google Thyrogold – a lot of people are on it successfully. 3) LEARN how to start on and dose any NDT, and what needs to be good for it to work well: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/natural-thyroid-101

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  21. ERIKA

    Thanks Janie,

    Im going to go see another Endo Tomorrow thing is. I don’t even know how to start telling him that I don’t want to be on Synthroid anymore?

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