Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Are There Natural Alternatives to Armour Thyroid?

Tuesday, 09 Mar 2010 10:57 AM


Question: I am having trouble getting Armour Thyroid. My doctor wants to prescribe Synthroid. Are there any natural alternatives to Armour Thyroid?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

The maker of Armour Thyroid, Forest Pharmaceuticals, has not been clear on why there is such a shortage. This medication has been prescribed for nearly 80 years. Many patients have done very well with it.

Armour Thyroid is a desiccated thyroid hormone derived from a porcine (pig) glandular source. It is unfortunate that many patients have suffered over the failure to obtain Armour Thyroid with very little information from Forest Pharmaceuticals.

There is an alternative, natural desiccated thyroid hormone available. Two desiccated thyroid products, known as Westhroid or Nature-Throid, are made at RLC Labs. These products come from the same source as Armour Thyroid.

Most (over 90 percent) patients who were taking Armour Thyroid can substitute Westhroid or Nature-Throid and feel well. For the small percent of patients who do not do well on these, it may become a trial-and error process of trying different thyroid prescriptions until you find the product that works the best for you.



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