Hypothyroidism and Medications: The FDA is Not A Magical Group of Fairies That Work With Humans Who Are Going to Save You From Harm

Medications

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 unto this time more research is needed but it certainly promising.     

A leaking gut is a terrible thing and I will get into it later in this book 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 in the 1st place 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 have chemicals and they can be tainted. They can have unintended side effects, intended side effects, and they can actually do more harm than the good.  

The FDA is not some magical group of fairies that work with humans who are going to save you from harm. They certainly would love for you to think so…. but they aren’t. Just because something is FDA approved does NOT mean it’s safe.

You can never trust a drug company (or federal agency) to “have your back.” It just isn’t reality. You must take matters into your own hands. 

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

Propylthiouracil

Methimazole

Inhibition of T4/T3 secretion

Lithium

Iodide

Amiodarone

Aminoglutethimide

Thyroiditis

Interferon

Interleukin-2

Amiodarone

Sunitinib**

Jod-Basedow Hyperthyroidism

Iodide

Amiodarone

TSH suppression

Glucocorticoids

Dopamine agonists

Somatostatin analogs

Rexinoids

Carbemazepine/Oxcarbemazepine?

Metformin?

TSH elevation

Metyrapone

Displacement from thyroxine binding globulin (laboratory artifact)

Furosemide

Phenytoin

Probenecid

Heparin

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

Iron

Calcium

Aluminum hydroxide

Colestyramine

Colestipol

Sucralfate

Raloxifene

Increased hepatic metabolism

Phenobarbitol

Phenytoin

Carbemazepine

Rifampin

TKI (Imatinib, axitinib, motesanib, vandetanib)

Rexinoids

Decrease hepatic metabolism

Metformin?

Inhibition of 5’ deiodinase

Propylthiouracil

Methimazole

Propranolol

Glucocorticoids

Iodide

Increased thyroxine binding globulin levels

Estrogen

Raloxifene

Tamoxifen

Methadone

Mitotane

Fluorouracil

Decreased thyroxine binding globulin levels

Androgens

Glucocorticoids

Nicotinic acid

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.

Example:

1.   1st of all for best absorption into your bloodstream, thyroid medication should be taken on an empty stomach 30-60 minutes before breakfast, or three or more hours after dinner. Especially if you must have coffee wait 1 hour after your medication intake because coffee, unless spaced apart by more than an hour, may reduce the absorption of your thyroid medication by about 30 percent.

 2.  A number of drugs have been shown to weaken the absorption of thyroid medications; these drugs include calcium carbonate, aluminum- containing antacids, sucralfate, iron supplements, cholestyramine, sevelamer, and, possibly, ciprofloxacin, raloxifene, orlistat, estrogen hormone replacement therapy, Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like omeprazole, esomeprazole, or pantoprazole also interfere with the absorption of your thyroid meds, meaning these medications can actually make your thyroid medication weaker and you need a higher dose.

***As always please check with your health care provider***

Social media has really exploded with information and making things that are done in the dark come to light very easily accessible. It seems Big Pharma is the new mafia our century. Did you know that our prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States and in Europe? I am sure the statics has changed since I’ve written the findings in this book. Close to half the people who has died were taken their medications correctly; the other half died because of errors, such as too high a dose, mixture of other medications or use of a drug despite them telling their doctors their concerns and it being brushed off as they have no idea what is good for their bodies. People often times feel forced to take the medication or made to feel inadequate if they doubt what their doctor has suggested. Our drug companies are not particularly reliable either, who do you think pay for these studies and in the news recently how some of these studies were paid extra to be swayed to make the medication look good knowing the risks for outweigh the benefit. These medications that have a long list of warnings, precautions, and caution for each drug. You can turn on your television and wait to listen to the commercials when these medications are being advertised on the television or the radio of some of the drugs and pay attention to what it says can possibly be a reaction or side effect for taking it. Weigh your options, do or don’t take the risk. I laugh at these commercials when I hear them. I talk to the T.V. and say, “oh yeah, I’m going take your medication because surely I want to risk, death, cancer or heart attack, blood clot, loss of limb, genital gangrene and even possibly a stroke.”   

Do you really know what is made in the chemical mixture that you swallow every day? You can easily ask your doctor and if your doctor has no idea then do your own research. Call the company who makes it, research it on the internet and try to figure out what exactly you are putting into your body. Sometimes there are safer alternatives if you find that your medication has a slew of unhealthy ingredients. All you have to do is ask your health care provider what are your other options.

 In no way shape or form am I evenly slightly suggesting, insisting or implying that you shouldn’t take your medications. Many people do need certain medications to keep them alive. I am not against or laying judgment either if you have to take medications. 

The reason for this book that I have written is to enlighten you and help you become more aware. It’s completely up to you how you accept this information and how you go fourth with your life. I am sharing with you what I have learned. I was personally attacked for sharing this information about S.S.R.I. anti-depressant drugs in my Facebook group (which I have now closed because I simply needed a break after this incident). This person who I won’t name but you can clearly see their comment if you were to go look at my reviews on my 1st book. He went as far as to write a bad review on Amazon against one of my books. He never purchased a book-ever!  He was upset that I kicked him out of the Facebook group for him being rude, obnoxious and attacking people for their viewpoints. As soon as I accepted his request to become a member in our group he immediately started attacking and saying rude things to people in the group. As I look back on it, it makes me wonder if he just came into the group to be a disruptor. Some people are looking to upset others and they get a kick out of making other people’s life flustered. You know the old saying misery loves company. I also had to go as far as blocking him in all my social media accounts. Twitter, Instagram and fb because after he sent me several threatening private messages on Facebook with one in particular saying he was going to have fun with my little website. Shortly after that he figured out that all comments have to be approved by me on my website; Thehypothyroidismchick.com. The only way he could get back at me was to write a fake bad review on one of my books. His attack was completely unwarranted. Some people are just mean-evil souls that are trolling to upset others and that is how they get their rocks off. I accept honest feedback because it can make a person grow and learn. If he had actually purchased one of my books and had an issue with it then I would certainly be open to an adult conversation to learn why there was an issue and what I can do to improve it where I can better suit his needs but this clearly wasn’t the case as all.    

You don’t have to agree with anything that I’ve written in this book. I do understand that everyone has opinions like we all have assholes and not all are pleasant, pretty or smell good. People can only understand from their perception and what has formed their thinking up until this point in their life. Along with the path they have walked up until this moment in their life. Most of us are on the same path but we are just at different parts on it. We are on different levels. Some are ahead and some are still trying to catch up. And then there are some who just prefer to keep their head in the sand. Which is perfectly fine as well? Our job as decent humans are to offer a helping hand to those who might have fallen off the path and who want to continue on the journey. We should lend out a helping hand, pull them back on the path, dust them off and offer encouragement for them to continue on their journey.    

I hope for you, my friend, is that you will if you haven’t already to become your own health advocate, health investigator and health warrior! This is your journey to better health and finding the root cause of your hypothyroidism. 

I know, there is so much information overload that most people are confused as to where to start. I believe you have already started by purchasing this book. You have decided that you weren’t going to stay sick and give this hypothyroidism disorder any more ownership of your health. I hope that you are starting to understand if you haven’t already that everything has a part to play in your body. I am on a path to help you, lead you and inform you through this terrible illness. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism isn’t just here take this pill and it will fix your issues. Hypothyroidism has a root cause. Once you start addressing the root of your problems then your body can start healing itself. Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s a domino effect. If you have something in your body that is overworked, it will cause a major shift in your body. Don’t worry the good news is that you can be healed. As long as there is breathe in your body, you can begin to heal.

A Women’s Holistic Holy Grail Handbook for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s: How I healed my Hypothyroidism and Autoimmune Disorder with Personalized Nutrition

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your ThyroidThe Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.   This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

I don’t know where to start

Hang in there. This wont happen overnight.

I know, there is so much information overload that most people are confused as to where to start.  You can start by taking ownership of your health. I wanted you to understand or get a idea of how everything has a part to play in your body. I am on a  path to help you, lead you and inform you through this terrible illness. Being diagnosed with hypothyroidism isn’t just here take this pill and it will fix your issues. Hypothyroidism has a root cause. Once you start addressing the root of your problems then your body can start healing itself. Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s a domino affect. If you have something in your body that is overworked  it will cause a major shift in your body. Don’t worry the good news is it can be healed.

Sometimes we have to do a little pruning of the branches, in order for the tree to be healthy again. A number of things can be the reason why you have hormonal imbalances, food intolerances, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, personality changes, leaky gut, depression, an autoimmune disorder, chronic pain, no metabolism and low sex drive, bloating, anxiety, menstrual problems and infertility. It starts with becoming aware and how your health can be influenced by many different circumstances.
How would you define good health? Logically one would define good health as absence of a disease or following some sort of ground rules that avoid developing a disease. This book can help you begin to understand what a Keto Autoimmune protocol is and start guiding you in the redevelopment and healing of your body. You will begin to understand how to fix your gut, strengthen your immunity and fight inflammation with an autoimmune approach. The Keto AIP removes all the common inflammatory food triggers that stimulate a possible autoimmune reaction in the body. Along with helping to reset those adrenals, boosting that energy and doing a little ass kicking to those hormones that have decided to act like a wild college student and pull an all-nighter the day before final exams.
Your health doesn’t have to be a difficult situation but a positive realization that things need to change. This new lifestyle change has many parts to it and I hope you will embrace not only the physical but the spiritual awakening. Common food intolerances that are known to trigger inflammation are eliminated in this Keto AIP protocol are Nightshades, Eggs, Grains (gluten), Dairy, Legumes, Corn, Soy, Dairy and lectins.

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