Can You Get Off Thyroid Medication?

Can You Get Off Thyroid Medication?

The thyroid hormones are responsible for maintaining normal growth and metabolic function of all body cells. They are also essential for the development and differential of cells in the body.

The process of producing thyroid hormones involves several steps and includes several parts of the body such as, the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, liver, kidneys, and gut.

Not only does the process require different parts of the body but it also requires a wide variety of nutrients including: iodine, selenium, tyrosine, vitamin C, vitamin A, B vitamins, folate, and zinc, just to name a few.

Furthermore, other factors such as stress, certain foods or food components, heavy metals, pollutants, hormones, etc. can also play a role in the body's ability to produce thyroid hormones correctly.

Since the delicate process of producing thyroid hormones involves so many parts of the body, a variety of nutrients, as well as many other factors, it is easy to understand why errors in the process can occur resulting in sub-optimal thyroid hormone production.

Unfortunately, when most people are diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction many doctors will simply provide them with synthetic thyroid hormones. These hormones simply replace the missing hormones in the body.

The problem with this approach is that the patient will have to remain on the medication for the rest of their life because the replacement hormones only mask the problem by removing the symptoms rather than fixing the problem.

Imagine for a moment that you've got a bucket full of water but the water level continues to go down. Is it a good idea to keep pouring water into the bucket or is it better to fix the hole in the bucket first? The same principle should apply when it comes to fixing your body's production of thyroid hormones.

Rather than simply using synthetic thyroid hormones, a far better approach is to find out what has caused the thyroid problem in the first place, address the cause, and then assist the body in returning to its previous state whereby it was able to produce thyroid hormones itself.

Of course this is a very simplistic view of how to deal with the situation and the reality is far more complex. Here are just some of the possible causes of impaired thyroid hormone production:

  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Autoimmune condition (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis)
  • Stress
  • Toxic compounds
  • Impaired gut function (‘leaky gut' or fungal overgrowth)
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Food intolerances or allergies

Once a range of tests have been performed and the cause(s) identified, then next step is to address the cause(s). This may involve removing certain problematic foods from the diet, adding additional nutrients that may be lacking in the diet, helping the body deal with stress more effectively, re-balancing the hormones, or a range of other possibilities.

By doing so, over a period of weeks, months, or maybe even years, the body may be able to return to its previous state and be able to produce adequate levels of its own thyroid hormones once again. This of course means that the use of synthetic thyroid hormones may be able to stop. This same process can also be used even if someone has been using thyroid hormones for several years.

However, in saying that there are situations where it may be impossible to stop using the thyroid medication. For example, if a person has had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland) for a long period of time then it is highly likely that there would be very little functioning thyroid tissue left and therefore, thyroid medication would become essential.

Whilst in many cases it may be possible to come off your thyroid medication it is always best to work with your doctor in finding your cause(s) of thyroid problems and addressing it/ them first.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of sub-optimal thyroid function (see Table 1.), then you may want to start by providing your body with all of the nutrients it requires for optimum thyroid hormone production. These are provided in BCN's Thyron, which available from health food stores and pharmacies everywhere.

Table 1. Sub-optimal Thyroid Symptoms.

Sub-optimal Thyroid Symptoms

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