Do you have a maximum amount of capsules that I should take of the 300mg?

We don't suggest that anyone take more than 2 capsules of the 300mg without the guidance and care of a qualified clinician. The 300mg is our strongest dosage and it is designed for people who have had their gland removed. If a person still has a functioning gland, then we suggest supportive dosing with the 150mg. 

Q:I've been taking 1 capsule of the 300mg and 1 capsule of the 150mg daily and feel amazing. My doctor says that my labs show that I am taking too much but when I drop the dose, I feel awful. What should I do?

If you and your doctor can make a clear determination of overstimulation at the tissue level, that would be helpful. Testing your basal temperature, your basal pulse level and your basal blood pressure, will provide measurements that you can use to determine if you are taking too much Thyro-Gold. If you are, then dropping the dosage down to 1 capsule of either dosage, would be appropriate.

I’ve started Thyro-Gold and for the past week have felt great. However, today I am feeling hypo again and I know that I have another week to go before I can increase my dosage. Is there any reason why this might be happening to me?  

More than likely your initial response was from the active T3 in the Thyro-gold. The dip that you are experiencing may be an impaired conversion of the T4 to the T3. There may be antibodies on your gland that will impair the conversion process. It is important to wait the two weeks before adjusting the dosage because the conversion can just be delayed but able to complete during the 2nd week.  If you were to increase your dosage during the two-week window, you may get a secondary increase of thyroid hormone from the conversion but also overshoot by adding the 2nd capsule too soon. This could cause overstimulation of the tissues and leave you feeling “hyper” or thyrotoxic. If that happened, you would have to back the dosage down and wait for the tissues to clear out the excess hormone. 

​​​​​​Why isn't Thyro-Gold™ working for me?

Q: I just got back to town and got the Thyro-Gold™ I’d ordered. It seemed promising for the first 24 hours. I took 10 caps per day, and for a while, my temperature was above 97. Right now, my temperature is 93.7. I took 5 caps of Thyro-Gold™ about 1 hour ago, and now I feel awful. My temperature this morning is 94. After I took Thyro-Gold™, it went DOWN to 93.7. After an hour had past, my temperature went up to 94.4. Again, I took 5 caps of Thyro-Gold™, and my temperature went down to 93.5. I don't think Thyro-Gold™ is working for me at all! There may be too small a dose in these big caps. This morning, I took 5 caps and they did nothing for me. My temp is still between 93 and 94. Maybe the quality control is poor. I say this because the first day I tried it, it worked, but now it isn’t, even though I take 5 caps in the AM, 5 at night, for a total of 10 caps per day. Temp is now up to 97.5. What should I do? Thank you.

Dr. Lowe: Judging from your description, you’re not using Thyro-Gold™ properly. My impression is that you think the product is a fast-acting stimulant, such as caffeine tablets. This is definitely not the case. 

Most people should start with 1 capsule initially, and take that dose—without changing it up or down—for up to two weeks. Jumping back and forth on your daily dose won’t allow enough time for you to see what any particular dose does for you, good or bad. The only result will be utter confusion.

At the end of the two weeks, after starting the initial dose, the person should evaluate any benefits of the initial daily dose. If there are no benefits, or the benefits aren’t satisfying, the person should increase his or her dose by one more capsule. Another waiting period of two weeks is then essential. It is essential to see whether that daily dose provides satisfactory benefits. Throughout the two-week time, the person should keep the dosage the same—no increases, no decreases.

In addition, you said you started with 10 capsules per day. That is far too many capsules for most people to start with. For most people, it’s appropriate to start with 1-2 capsules. And again, for emphasis, the person should stay on exactly that dose for the two-weeks.

Has Thyro-Gold™ been stripped of thyroid hormones?

Q: Has Thyro-Gold™ been chemically "stripped" of T4 and T3 in the same manner as other so-called "dietary" thyroid supplements? Or is it pure, unadulterated bovine thyroid that contains naturally occurring T4,T3,T2,T1 hormones?

Dr. Lowe: Thyro-Gold™ contains all the natural contents of the bovine thyroid gland. Many people believe there is such a thing as "thyroxine-free" desiccated thyroid. Presumably, the T4 has been selectively removed from these products, leaving only T3, T2, and T1.

Maybe there are "thyroxine-free" products with the T3, T2, and T1 left in. But if there is a technology for selectively removing T4, it's being cleverly hidden from me and my colleagues, such as the biochemist who researches such issues with me.

As far as I know at this point, the term “thyroxine-free desiccated thyroid” actually refers to desiccated thyroid tissue from which all the iodinated compounds (T4, T3, T2, and T1) have been removed.

I say this based on carefully acquired evidence: we’ve systematically tested “thyroxine-free” thyroid tissue, and we found it to be metabolically inert. If the tissue we’ve tested is typical of all products labeled “thyroxine-free,” this means that people who use them to increase their body’s thyroid hormone regulation are likely to be very disappointed. We’ll notify readers if we find evidence that justifies a change in our current belief. But right now, our belief is this: dietary desiccated thyroid either contains the full array of thyroid hormones, or it contains none at all. Thyro-Gold™ contains them all.

Why did 3 caps of Nutri-Thyroid cause me to have tremors: Underlying factors that can cause symptoms of overstimulation on low dose dietary desiccated thyroid.

Q: Here in the UK, we can buy a product named "Nutri-Thyroid." I started taking 3 capsules, and 3 days later I felt so tremulous that I stopped it. When I bought it, my understanding was that it has no thyroid hormones in it. Are you familiar with Nutri-Thyroid and have you any notion why it caused me to have tremors? Do you think I would also have tremors if I take Thyro-Gold™?

Dr. Lowe: I only learned about the product Nutri-Thyroid several days ago. I learned about it from someone I did a long-distance educational consultation with. She lives in the UK. I looked the product up on the Internet and found that advertisements describe it as “thyroxine-free.” 

It appears to me that the product is equivalent to Nutri-Meds over-the-counter (dietary desiccated thyroid) sold in the US. Both products are described as “glandulars.” Each capsule of each product contains 130 mg of desiccated thyroid powder from animals in New Zealand. The Nutri-Thyroid ads say that the powder is from cows, but Nutri-Meds sells both cow- and pig-derived desiccated thyroid products.

Judging from Nutri-Thyroid ads stating that the product is “thyroxine-free,” we’re left with the assumption that the product still contains T3, T2, T1, and calcitonin. This is a reasonable assumption in that these hormones are natural to thyroid gland tissue. 

As I said, Nutri-Thyroid and Nutri-Meds products contain 130 mg of thyroid powder per capsule. By contrast, Thyro-Gold™ contains 300 mg of desiccated thyroid powder in each capsule.

In your two-part question, you asked: (1) Why did you feel tremulous on 3 capsules of Nutri-Thyroid, and (2) would you do better taking Thyro-Gold™?

First, let me say that your tremors are consistent with thyroid hormone overstimulation. I don’t think, however, that thyroid hormone overstimulation was the sole cause of your tremors. I say this because 3 capsules that contain 130 mg of thyroid powder each are not likely to cause most people to have thyroid hormone overstimulation. I’ve talked with many people who've gotten well on products that contain 130 mg of thyroid powder. Most of them got well by taking between 6 and 10 capsules. This would be 780 mg to 1300 mg of thyroid powder.

Most people who experience symptoms of overstimulation from only 3 of the capsules (390 mg of powder) have one or more underlying conditions that interact with small doses of thyroid hormone to produce adverse effects. Tremors are one such effect. In my experience, the most common of these underlying conditions are: (1) a cortisol deficiency; (2) nutritional deficiencies, most often involving B complex vitamins; (3) abnormal blood sugar regulation; and (4) the intake of xanthine [pronounced zan’ thēn] chemicals, such as caffeine, theobromine, theophyllin, and pseudoephedrine. (Examples of consumables that contain xanthines are coffee, tea, chocolate, cough medicines, and decongestants.)

The interaction of one of these underlying conditions with your low dose of Nutri-Thyroid most likely produced your tremors. And you could, of course, easily mistake the cause of your tremors as being the 3 caps of Nutri-Thyroid you were taking.

I see that Thyro-Gold has 300 mg of thyroid powder in each capsule. Do you know why similar products have only 130 mg per capsule?

Q: I’m happy to find that Thyro-Gold™ is a dietary thyroid supplement and doesn't require a prescription. I’ve ordered it already. I’ll be grateful if you’ll answer a question for me. I notice that one Thyro-Gold™ capsule has 300 mg of thyroid powder in it. Why do most other over-the-counter desiccated thyroid products have only 130 mg dosage?

Dr. Lowe: I don’t know for sure. My assumption is that people who used dietary desiccated thyroid powder in the past came to 130 mg of powder per capsule through trial and error.

Several years ago, I talked with a gentleman who started a well-known company that markets a dietary desiccated thyroid product that contains 130 mg of powder per capsule. He told me he had taken the time to talk with customers who repeatedly bought the product. Of those who said they had recovered their health, he asked how many capsules did the job for them. On average, he said, customers were satisfied with their use of the product when they took either 6, 7, or 8 capsules each day. The range of satisfactory daily dosages, then, was 6-to-8 capsules.

If he was correct about the dosage range that satisfied most customers, it means this: There were three sets of customers: (1) those who did well taking 780 mg of powder, (2) others who did well with 910 mg, and (3) others who needed to take 1040 mg.

Let’s say that those customers want to switch from the other product to Thyro-Gold™. To get the same amount of thyroid powder with Thyro-Gold™, customers who take 6 capsules of the other product will take only 2.6 capsules of Thyro-Gold™. Those who take 7 capsules of the other product will take 3 Thyro-Gold™ capsules. And those who take 8 capsules of the other product will take only 3.5 capsules of Thyro-Gold™.

You may wonder about taking half of a capsule of Thyro-Gold™, or a little more or less. One can easily pull open Thyro-Gold™ capsules and then portion out and re-encapsulate the powder however he or she wants. I hope this is helpful to you, and I wish you the best with your use of Thyro-Gold™.

How to know when you're overstimulated by thyroid hormone.

Q: My family doctor is wonderful. She agreed to take me off Synthroid and help me in using Thyro-Gold™. I'm doing so much better on Thyro-Gold that she and I are excited. She's on board with my Thyro-Gold™ treatment, but has a question. She asked if we're not to use my TSH and thyroid hormone blood levels, how can we tell if I take too much thyroid hormone and get hyperthyroid?

Dr. Lowe: Please give your family doctor my best regards and my thanks for her cooperating with you. I hope more clinicians will emulate her and help their hypothyroid patients by taking them off T4 products and having them use Thyro-Gold or prescription desiccated thyroid products, such as Armour Thyroid.

Before I address what you're concerned about, I'd like to clarify a point; by clarifying it, I'll have to rephrase your question.

Proper Terms. You mention possibly becoming "hyperthyroid" from taking too much Thyro-Gold™. Some people occasionally do take too much of their thyroid hormone product. The product might be Thyro-Gold™ or any other one on the market. When someone takes too much, the excessive exposure of his or her tissues to thyroid hormone overstimulates some of them. However, the proper term to describe the tissue overstimulation is not "hyperthyroidism."

Hyperthyroidism is the production of excessive amounts of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. That's all the term denotes. The term does not mean that the person's tissues are Overstimulated. When someone's tissues are overstimulated by thyroid hormone, we call the syndrome "thyrotoxicosis." This term literally means tissue overstimulation by thyroid hormone.

Most clinicians I've talked with haven't understood the distinct meanings of the terms hyperthyroidism and thyrotoxicosis. I believe it's important, however, for patients who are guiding their own treatment to know the difference.

The reason it's important to know the difference is that not understanding it can lead to false beliefs. The person who has an overly active thyroid gland and is in fact overstimulated by too much thyroid hormone typically has a low TSH and high thyroid hormone levels. The low TSH and high thyroid hormone levels in his or her case, are truly due to hyperthyroidism. From this fact, a false belief can arise: that is, anybody who has low TSH and high thyroid hormone levels must be hyperthyroid.

Another false belief also arises: that "hyperthyroid" blood levels of TSH and thyroid hormone and tissue overstimulation are one-and-the-same. But this is not the case. Many people who have low TSHand high thyroid hormone levels are actually underregulated by thyroid hormone. I know this from performing comprehensive metabolic evaluations for hundreds of patients and documenting this pattern of lab values in many of the patients. Unfortunately, though, most conventional clinicians today falsely believe that anyone whohas the lab test pattern characteristic of hyperthyroidism isunequivocally overstimulated by thyroid hormone. This, however, is nothing more than an institutionalized falsehood we can thank the endocrinology specialty for.

The endocrinology specialty has a conspicuous discrepancy none of its members have stepped before microphones to explain: according to the specialty, low TSH and higher-end thyroid hormone levels are harmless to scores of thousands of thyroid cancer patients; for everyone else, however, these blood hormone levels portend devastating adverse effects. If high-enough thyroid hormone dosages to produce these blood levels are safe for thyroid cancer patients, why aren't they safe for other hypothyroid patients?

The endocrinology specialty doesn't have to explain. The evidence is readily available to anyone interested in learning the truth. The fact is that low TSH levels and higher-end thyroid hormone levels are no more harmful to the vast majority of hypothyroid patients than they are to thyroid cancer patients. This lab test pattern clearly is not one-and-the-same as tissue overstimulation.

How Best to Test for Overstimulation. If your family doctor and you suspect that you're overstimulated by Thyro-Gold—that is, that you're thyrotoxic—she and you can verify or refute the suspicion easily enough. You can test at home to see whether your basal temperature is too high and your basal pulse rate too fast. And you can lightly touch the palmar parts of your finger tips to your chin to see whether they tremor. (Many of my consulting patients and I called this latter procedure the "Tammy fingertip test" for overstimulation. Tammy discovered and introduced me to the test, and I've never found where anyone else described the test before.)

Your doctor can do an ECG (EKG) to see whether the voltage of the QRS complex is high compared to the voltage on your previous EKGs. She can also test your Achilles reflex to see if it's too fast.

The tests you can do at home and those your doctor can do are far more meaningful tests than your TSH and thyroid hormone levels. If your TSH level is suppressed, or if your thyroid hormone levels are high, you might be over-stimulated, but then you might not be. I have no confidence in these lab tests as indicators of tissue over-stimulation by thyroid hormone.

The reason I don't trust the lab tests is that I've done hundreds of comprehensive metabolic evaluations for patients. I've run statistics many times to see whether the patients' TSH and thyroid hormone levels correlate with their measures of metabolism. What I've consistently found is that the lab levels don't accurately predict which patients have low, normal, or high metabolism. The lab tests therefore don't tell us which patients are understimulated by thyroid hormone, properly stimulated by it, or overstimulated by it.

The TSH and thyroid hormone levels are virtually useless for learning whether a patient is on his or her optimal dose of thyroid hormone. It's far better to use the types of tests I suggested above for your doctor and you to perform.

Overstimulation Form. There is one other step you can take to get a good idea as to whether you're overstimulated or not. That is to fill out a form I created, check off any of the 20 symptoms of overstimulation I listed, and estimate the intensity of those symptoms. By comparing copies of the form you filled out before you started Thyro-Gold and when you were on lower doses, you may see indications of developing overstimulation.

If symptoms of overstimulation develop or become more intense, you should do the home tests I recommended (your basal temperature, heart rate, and a tremor check). Positive test results may be enough evidence for you to decide to reduce your Thyro-Gold dosage. But you may want possible verification by having your doctor follow up with the tests I recommended she do.

If you do appear to be overstimulated, then it's appropriate to reduce your Thyro-Gold dosage somewhat, perhaps by one capsule. But I caution you not to overdo it and reduce your dosage too much. Too little thyroid hormone regulation can be as harmful as too much. Because of that, finding your optimal dosage is important. That dosage for most people is just short of mild overstimulation, which the overstimulation form can help you identify.

How to find the dose of Thyro-Gold (or any other thyroid hormone product) that's right for you.

Q: I ordered several bottles of Thyro-Gold and it came in the mail today. Before I start taking it, I have a question. I know from what you’ve written in your books and on you website that I should not let my family doctor use my TSH level to find my best dose. If I don’t use my TSH level, how do I decide how much Thyro-Gold to take?

Dr. Lowe: The best way for you to find your safe and effective dosage of Thyro-Gold (or any other thyroid hormone product) is tosystematically monitor how you respond to different daily doses. I recommend that you use both physiological measurements and estimates of the severity of your symptoms. You should use these at least 2 or 3 times on each dose. By doing so, and comparing the measurements and estimates on different doses, it will be obvious to you which dose is right for you.

Many alternative clinicians ask their hypothyroid patients to use their basal armpit temperature and their sense of well-being to determine if they are on their optimum dosage. For the typical patient, these are indeed useful gauges of how his or her tissues are responding to a particular dose of thyroid hormone. By comparison, the TSH tells the patient how his or her pituitary gland is responding. But it tells him or her nothing whatever about how the rest of his or her body is responding.

I prefer that my patients use at least four physiological measures, not just the temperature. The other three measures are the patient’s basal pulse rate, basal blood pressure, and fasting body weight.

Using these additional measurements is crucial if some patients are going to find their right daily dose. For example, some patients’ low basal temperatures increase very little; other patients' temperatures don't increase at all. These patients' temperatures stay low even after they’ve fully recovered with thyroid hormone therapy. For them, seeing the basal heart rate rise with higher doses denotes improved thyroid hormone regulation. And some patients’ sense of well-being remains low because of one or more persisting and troublesome symptoms; only after the patients reach a high-enough dose of Thyro-Gold to eliminate their symptoms does their sense of well-being improve.

For an occasional patient, then, the temperature and sense of well-being may not be good barometers of thyroid hormone-induced change. Because of this, if you were a patient of mine, I'd prefer that you watch two types of gauges as you move up toward your optimal dose of Thyro-Gold.

First, I'd ask you to use your basal armpit temperature, but I'd also ask you to use three other physiological measurements: your basal heart rate, basal blood pressure, and your fasting weight. Second, I'd ask that you record estimates of your sense of well-being, but I'd also ask you to estimate how severe your predominant hypothyroid symptoms are.

Keeping track of how your thyroid hormone therapy is progressing.

With these two sets of measurements you can quickly and easily monitor your responses to different daily doses of Thyro-Gold. When you reach the dose that’s right for you, you'll subjectively feel good, but you'll also have your monitoring record to verify in objective terms how much you've improved.

Recovering your health by using these gauges is like a pilot flying through the fog. With the help of gauges on the dashboard of his plane, he can safely land right in the middle of a runway. If he doesn’t use the gauges, he and his plane may “land” perilously far from his intended target.

Hypothyroid patients who wants to recover their health are in much the same predicament: whether they do or don’t reach their therapeutic goal may well depend on whether they avail themselves of relevant gauges that are readily available to them.

Why do I not have to have a prescription for Thyro-Gold?

Q: How exciting! I can't wait for additional information on Thyro-Gold. I'm hoping you will address a question I have: Why is it necessary to have Armour, Nature-throid etc doctor prescribed, yet that's not the case for Thyro-Gold? Thanks so much for all your great work! My cousin is going to be over the moon when I tell her about Thyro-Gold. Her doctor is refusing her any thyroid med in spite of hypothyroid symptoms because she has "normal test results." Ugh! Thanks again!

Dr. Lowe: Thank you for your email. I share your excitement. I do so because Thyro-Gold represents freedom for patients. I've been cautioned that some patient won't know how to use Thyro-Gold properly and that only doctors should have the discretion to decide whether patients should use it. And if a patient does use Thyro-Gold, the advice goes on, a doctor should decide how the patient uses it.

My reply is this: When it comes to hypothyroidism and thyroid hormone resistance, it would be hard indeed for patients to do aworse therapeutic job than doctors have done for the last forty years. Far too long now, the endocrinology specialty has ruined endless patients' lives and brought some to premature death through its often-changing "practice guidelines" (that is, its dictates) for the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism. And for too long, clinicians in other specialties have been duped or intimidated by the specialty into following its dictates—dictates that are clearly harmful for many hypothyroid patients and for virtually all thyroid hormone resistance patients.

I staunchly believe that it's far past time that people deprive the endocrinology specialty of its power to ruin lives through it's commercially-driven dictates. One of my ways to help bring about the dissolution of that power of the specialty's dictates is to let patients know about Thyro-Gold. We have in Thyro-Gold a product that I believe can effectively enable patients to recover their health—thereby liberating them from the slavery of the specialty's dictates.

You asked, "Why is it necessary to have Armour, Nature-Throid, etc. doctor prescribed, yet that's not the case for Thyro-Gold?"

Nature-Throid and similar products are classified by the FDA as prescription drugs. Thyro-Gold is an organic food-derived product for which specific drug-like claims aren't made. The product is protected by the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. As such, the FDA cannot regulate it as a drug—that is, as long as we walk an informational and terminological tightrope in informing the public and practitioners about the product. That tightrope walk is the reason you and others may sense some hedging in my communications about Thyro-Gold. I apologize for the seeming evasiveness, but it's a necessity to help keep the product available prescription-free to the public.

October 2, 2011
Question: I have had a few phone consults with you and am onThyro-Gold. I'm currently without Thyro-Gold and decided to take what I had on hand which is porcine dessicated thyroid from Nutrimeds. I've read on the Stop the Thyroid Madness website that it's a pretty weak product. I had been taking 2 caps of Thyro-Gold daily before I ran out. Could you please give me a comparable dosage of the 130 mg porcine caps offered by Nutri-Meds? Thank you.

Dr. Lowe: Before I begin answering your question, I strongly caution you about one thing. In finding your optimal dose of any dietary desiccated thyroid product, be gradual in increasing your daily dose. If you start by taking a set number of capsules, say four or five, you may overshoot. In that case, it may take several weeks for you to work your way back down to your right daily dose. Hence, repeating for emphasis, be gradual in moving up to your optimal dose.

You said you were previously ingesting two capsules of Thyro-Gold per day. Each capsule of Thyro-Gold contains 300 mg of thyroid powder. The two capsules you were taking contained a total of 600 mg of powder. If you switch to whole (unopened) Nutri-Meds capsules, the closest you can get to 600 mg of Thyro-Gold powder is to take five capsules of Nutri-Meds. Nutri-Meds capsules contain 130 mg of thyroid powder, so by taking five capsules, you’ll be taking in a total of 650 mg of powder.

You may want to ingest closer to the 600 mg of Thyro-Gold powder that you were taking daily. If so, you could remove a small amount of power from one of your five capsules of Nutri-Meds. You would be guessing whether you’re on target with the dose, but that’s as good as it gets with dietary desiccated thyroid products.

However, keep in mind that Thyro-Gold contains forskolin (a derivative of the Coleus forskohli plant). Forskolin adds to the metabolism-raising effects of Thyro-Gold. Nutri-Meds doesn’t contain forskolin. Because of this, you may have to take even more Nutri-Meds capsules to equal the benefits of Thyro-Gold.

Finding a dose of Nutri-Meds that equals your two capsules of Thyro-Gold will depend on trial-and-error. This means experimenting with yourself to find a dose of Nutri-Meds that gives you the benefits of the two capsules of Thyro-Gold.

This need for trial-and-error shouldn’t be cause for you to feel frustration or despair. Dosing with dietary supplements—as with prescription drugs—is always a matter of trial-and-error. Consider that nowadays, most hospitalized near-death patients in severe pain are allowed to manipulate their own individual dose of pain-killing drugs by merely pressing a button. The amount of a powerful pain-killer that works for one patient won’t for many others. Biology and perception are highly individualistic. This is just a fact of life, one that makes it next to impossible to tell an individual person, with trial-and-error, what amount of dietary desiccated thyroid will work well for him or her. I hope this explanation helps you.

April 14, 2011
Question: I'd like to stockpile some Thyro-Gold and some other thyroid products. How long are these products good when they are stored?

Dr. Lowe: Our biochemist tells us that from the time the thyroid glands are collected from animals, the thyroid powder produced from them is good for about three (3) years. It's at the end of three years that a follow up certificate of analysis is required for a particular numbered batch of thyroid raw material.

September 26, 2009
Question: I'm confused. I read a study of yours at Thyroid Science and you say in it that Thyro-Gold, which doesn’t require a prescription, works as well as the T3 thyroid hormone called Cynomel. But I keep reading statements on web sites that the over-the-counter thyroid products don’t work well. At one website I read this morning, somebody asked about an over-the-counter thyroid product called Nutri-Meds. She wrote: "I was wondering if anyone takes Nutri-Meds thyroid medication. Are you satisfied with this product? Just if anyone has personal experience to share cause Armour is hard to get without a prescription."

Here's the answer somebody gave her: "Nutri-Meds is a non-prescription brand of natural thyroid. Patients report that over-the-counter thyroid products, including Nutri-meds[sic], are FAR weaker than all the above [referring to Armour]. Yes, they may be good in a pinch for help, but not for long term support."

In your study, you found that Thyro-Gold works as well as Cynomel. If that's true, then why do these people say that the over-the-counter thyroid products don’t work all that well?

Dr. Lowe: The person who gave the answer is right only in one sense: If you compare the effects of a dietary (nonprescription) desiccated thyroid to prescription desiccated thyroid, and you use the exact same weight of each, you’ll see that the dietary product is weaker. But if you use enoughof the dietary product, you'll induce the same measurable physiological effects as you can with any other type of thyroid product.

No offense intended, but the person's statement that such products are "good in a pinch for help, but not for long term support" is simply wrong. I know this for two reasons. First, over the years in my clinical practice, I consulted with scores of patients who recovered their health—and maintained it for years—by using a variety of dietary desiccated thyroid products.

However, for a more solid reason, I know that some of the products, such as Thyro-Gold, work as well as any other thyroid hormone products, over-the-counter or otherwise. I know this because for the past three years, I've conducted (and am still conducting) clinical trials with dietary desiccated thyroid. The main product I’ve tested, as you obviously know, is Thyro-Gold. But Thyro-Gold isn’t the only preparation I’ve tested. 

As a result of this year of extensive research, I've done hundreds of metabolic measurements and other objective tests. I’ve statistically analyzed the massive data, and the results show unequivocally thatwhen used properly, these products do indeed usually work. However, those three italicized words—when used properly—are crucially important to getting satisfactory results from using the products.

No matter which of the products a person uses, he or she must use it properly. I’ve provided a good deal of information on proper use at ThyroidScience.US. ( is no longer available)

I've read some distinctly negative criticisms of dietary desiccated thyroid by some highly-vocal naysayers on the Internet. From my communications with a few of them, I got the distinct impression that they negatively judge the products for one main reason: They used one or more of the products expecting them to work like magic bullets. Their attitude was, "Swallow the capsules for a week or so, and if they're any good, that's all I should have to do to get well.

These people's attempts to get well failed because they failed to learn a simple fact—precious few people get well simply by taking thyroid hormone, whether it's over-the-counter or prescription thyroid hormone.

Most anyone who's going to recover his or her health with thyroid hormone must —absolutely must!—at minimum engage in lifestyle practices that are synergistic to thyroid hormone. That means adopting a wholesome diet, taking a wide array of nutritional supplements, exercising to tolerance, and declining to use a number of Big Pharma's drugs that impede metabolism. 

I worked with countless patients when I was in clinical practice, and since then, untold other consulting clients,  who didn’t benefit much from dietary desiccated thyroid until they adopted such health-inducing and health-sustaining lifestyle practices.

In short, then, I respectfully disagree with the people at various websites who denigrate dietary desiccated thyroid products. When used properly, and within the context of a health-sustaining lifestyle, most such products effectively help maintain normal metabolism and optimal health. I italicized the word "help" because most people must have those other factors working along with thyroid hormone on their behalf.

Click on the following link to access the online Journal, and read the many articles that were written by the late Dr. Lowe and other valued clinicians that contributed to the Journal's success.

Question and Answers about Thyro-Gold