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.


Stimulating Normal Thyroid Function

Thursday, 12 November 2009 11:19 AM

Question: I am 62 and my thyroid is no longer active. What do you recommend to stimulate normal thyroid function and activity in my body?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

The thyroid gland requires adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals to produce thyroid hormone as well as to activate thyroid hormone. I recommend working with a holistic healthcare practitioner who is skilled in the use of natural items. The most crucial items for optimizing thyroid function are selenium, iodine, magnesium, vitamin A, and the B vitamins.

I suggest supplementing (if your levels are low) with selenium 100 to 200 micrograms (?g) a day, iodine six to 50 milligrams a day, magnesium 200 to 400 milligrams a day, vitamin A 5,000 to 10,000 U/day, and a B-100 vitamin. The most crucial of all the elements necessary for thyroid function is iodine. The thyroid gland cannot make thyroid hormone without iodine. Iodine also protects the thyroid from oxidative damage. If iodine levels are inadequate, it can lead to hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroid disorder, as well as thyroid cancer.

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