This is such an important yet touchy topic. Medications that you take can be thyroid suppressive. Many S.S.R.I. anti-depressant drugs have fluoride as their main ingredient. Fluoride is a very sneaky endocrine disruptor where the body mistakes it for something else and actually it will recognize it as iodine. Iodine is vital for every major function in the body. You see, our body is absorbing this fluoride believing it to be this fake iodine and placing it into all the human organs where it will have remain mostly stored. Fluoride is mimicking iodine. This big pretender manifests itself where it will build up over time on a cellular level in every major organ because very little of the fluoride that is absorbed and stored in our organs will be removed as a waste product in our urine or sweat. Continuous absorption of fluoride builds up in our tissues and eventually will lead to toxicity in the body. This can also cause lesions on the thyroid gland. Fluoride is also found in our tap water, bottled water, toothpastes, mouth rinses, pesticides and used as cleaning agents.
Did you know that only 10% of an individual’s serotonin is used by your brain, while about 80% of it is used by your digestive system?
Most of us know that serotonin is a chemical in the brain that can affect our mood. It is known as a neurotransmitter, although some consider it to be a hormone. This neurotransmitter aka hormone is 80% produced in the intestines and 10% in the brain. We can also find it floating around in our blood platelets as well in our central nervous system too.
Our gut plays a major role when it comes to our mood. If we eat foods that contain the essential amino acid known as tryptophan. This can help the body to produce more serotonin. Foods, including salmon, eggs, spinach, and seeds are among those that help boost serotonin naturally. Taking a supplement that has omega 3, 7 & 9 along with a good vitamin d has been known to help people with depression in healthy adults but the studies are still on going. ( https://www.vitalstudy.org/) and it has had promising results with postpartum depression, psychiatric conditions including schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and attention deficit disorder but the studies are still ongoing and not enough evidence to crack this case just yet. Up to this time more research is needed but it certainly promising.
A leaking gut is a terrible thing and I discuss it further in my book A Women’s Holistic Holy Grail Handbook For Hypothyroidism: Unlock the Secrets That Help You Begin to Heal and Get Out of Hypothyroidism Survival Mode
but healing your gut can solve many problems people are faced with their failing health. Without your body being able to absorb the proper nutrients, your hypothyroidism will never begin to heal, because this nutrient serotonin is a major player and is needed to balance the hormones and to start to strengthen your thyroid.
Some medications that people take can be the root of many nutritional deficiencies. Some medications are the main reason why their thyroid became suppressed and they have been now diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Many different drugs can affect thyroid function. A small batch of medications including glucocorticoids, dopamine agonists, somatostatin analogs and rexinoids affect thyroid function through suppression of TSH in the thyrotrope (thyrotrophs) or hypothalamus.
Thyrotropes (also called thyrotrophs) are endocrine cells in the anterior pituitary which produce thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in response to thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH). The hypothalamus is a small region of the brain. It’s located at the base of the brain, near the pituitary gland. While it’s very small, the hypothalamus plays a crucial role in many important functions, including: releasing hormones.
Drugs known to affect thyroid function in patients with an intact hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis.
What can happen in your body when these medications are taken are in italics and underlined. These two charts were made public for anyone to view. I found these easily online with one simple search. They were researched, created and written by Bryan R. Haugen, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pathology. University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, MS 8106, PO box 6511, Aurora, Colorado 80045, USA. You can look him up to find more brilliantly written articles and his research on the thyroid.
Inhibition of T4/T3 synthesis
Inhibition of T4/T3 secretion
Displacement from thyroxine binding globulin (laboratory artifact)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Drugs that affect thyroid function in patients taking levothyroxine.
What can happen in your body when these medications are taken are in italics and underlined. This 2nd chart was also written by Bryan R. Haugen, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pathology. University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, MS 8106, PO box 6511, Aurora, Colorado 80045, USA.
Inhibition of levothyroxine absorption
Increased hepatic metabolism
TKI (Imatinib, axitinib, motesanib, vandetanib)
Decrease hepatic metabolism
Inhibition of 5’ deiodinase
Increased thyroxine binding globulin levels
Decreased thyroxine binding globulin levels
If you are taking a thyroid medication, if you haven’t noticed already, there is a list on the prescription package warning label telling you to avoid taking certain medications within 4 hours after your thyroid medications or not to take at all within a certain time frame of your thyroid mediations. Your pharmacist can explain and share this knowledge with you or you can simply read the packet that comes with your thyroid medication.
Just like you, my story is unique. For so many wasted years, I was a shamed of my struggles, particularly with my body image and embarrassed about my mental health. I couldn’t seem to manage my anxiety nor my OCD. I found myself unsure by my imperfect journey and it seemed for many years that I actually lost myself on this stretch of road that I’ve been traveling on. I didn’t like what I seen in the mirror, all the mistakes I’ve made, my flaws, my inability to control the chaos in my head and most importantly the struggles with my weight. I’ve learned that the mistakes where lessons to get me to where I am today and I couldn’t become who I needed to be if I didn’t travel that uncertain road. I had to stop being concerned with what was behind me! It was behind me for a reason. I’m actually a better person because of it. I dusted myself off and keep going. I started to understand that everything that glitters isn’t gold. I couldn’t be fooled by those SHINY OBJECTS. People that you meet don’t always let you know about their failures. Nine times out of ten they only allow you to see what they want you to see and for you to believe their always winning. I had to learn to stay in my lane and I knew that I would arrive. Anything that I had missed along the journey wasn’t meant for me. I looked myself in the mirror and told myself that: Someone wants what I have!
That MY gift that I am sitting on isn’t mine to keep. I needed to,” Write that book”! My gift means the world to someone else. I knew this in my heart. I felt it in my soul and GOD allowed me to feel it in my spirit.
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S.S.R.I. anti-depressant drugs- These drugs have fluoride as their main ingredient. S.S.R.I. drugs can be the root of nutritional deficiencies. They are toxic to your body and disrupt the serotonin that is used for digestion. Only 10% of an individual’s serotonin is used by your brain, while about 80% of it is used by your digestive system. Healing your gut can solve many of your problems. Without your body being able to absorb the proper nutrients, your hypothyroidism will never be cured, because this nutrient is needed to balance the hormones and to strengthen your thyroid.
Now, I will am posting links to pages to prove this scientific fact! Do your own research everyone. I never promised to have all the answers, I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV. but I do hours upon hours of research when I write my books. http://weeksmd.com/2017/01/ssri-and-fluoride/ .
https://www.nourishingplot.com/2016/06/20/prescription-drugs-that-contain-fluoride/, https://bebrainfit.com/fluoride-neurotoxin/, https://drcarolyndean.com/2018/03/more-antidepressants-are-not-the-answer/, and yet another website proving my point that I didn’t make anything up.