Hyperthyroid Symptoms (Anxiety, Tachycardia), Hypothyroid Labs

Anxiety, high blood pressure, panic attacks, a fast heart rate, and hypoglycemia can actually be symptoms of low thyroid levels.  Thyroid lab results will show low levels of Free T3, Free T4, or both.  The anxiety, tachycardia (fast heart rate), and high blood pressure these people experience is not from being hyperthyroid or overmedicated, but … Read more

Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Gum Disease & Bad Teeth are not from Low TSH, but can be from Low (or High) Thyroid Levels

Thyroid’s effect on bones Osteoporosis, osteopenia, or bone loss can be caused by thyroid levels (Free T3 and Free T4) that are too high.  A low TSH is often found with high thyroid levels and can be diagnostic for hyperthyroidism.  It is for this reason that doctors are reluctant to prescribe enough thyroid hormone for … Read more

High Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance Correlate with High T3

High blood sugar, insulin resistance, or high fasting blood glucose may all be caused by high T3 levels.  Many on the T3-only protocol or high doses of desiccated thyroid notice their blood sugar levels rising and wonder why.  It’s because thyroid levels, either too high or too low, have a direct impact on blood glucose. … Read more

Insomnia, Incontinence, & Vaginal Dryness Resolve with BHRT

Insomnia, incontinence, and vaginal dryness and itching can often be relieved with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in post-menopausal or even perimenopausal women.  There are a number of different thoughts and protocols on how to best implement this from different doctors, books, websites, etc., so all I can do is tell you what I chose, … Read more

Low Testosterone in Aging Men: TRT for Andropause

Andropause (male menopause) seems to hit aging men around age 50, when their declining testosterone levels (“low T”) begin to affect their health.  Osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, gynecomastia (male breasts), and metabolic syndrome are some of the symptoms. [9]  Should they start hormone replacement?  This is a bigger decision than it is for women, because … Read more

Graves’ Hyperthyroidism: Modified Block and Replace Treatment with Antithyroid Drugs + Levothyroxine

Antithyroid drugs (ATDs) to lower Graves’ antibodies Graves’ hyperthyroid patients deal with problems that other thyroid patients don’t have.  In addition to the typical hyperthyroid symptoms of a fast heart rate, insomnia, weight loss, and diarrhea, Graves’ patients must deal with antibodies that cause other symptoms.  Graves’ antibodies can disfigure the eyes (thyroid eye disease … Read more

Saw Palmetto, Stinging Nettle, and OTC Men’s Supplements

Saw Palmetto is touted as an OTC (over-the-counter) men’s supplement that can counteract DHT, which is said to cause baldness and prostate problems.  It does this by inhibiting the pathway of testosterone to DHT.  However, the alternative pathway is to estradiol!  This is not what most men want!  Many using finasteride (Proscar, Propecia) and dutasteride … Read more