1. Health

Hypothyroidism / Underactive Thyroid / Hashimoto's Disease

When your thyroid is unable to produce some or all needed thyroid hormone, your thyroid has been surgically removed or treated with radioactive iodine, and you now take thyroid hormone replacement (like levothyroxine), you are considered hypothyroid. Thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon helps you learn about hypothyroidism, plus the autoimmune Hashimoto's disease that often causes hypothyroidism.
  1. Canine/Dogs (0)

Treatment of Congenital Hypothyroidism in Infants and Children
Congenital hypothyroidism refers to hypothyroidism -- a deficiency or lack of thyroid hormone -- at birth. It is especially important that hypothyroidism in newborns and infants be diagnosed and properly treated. This article look at the different types of congenital hypothyroidism, how the condition is diagnosed, the risk factors, and the common signs and symptoms.

Major Changes in Hypothyroidism Treatment
A look at major shifts in the way thyroid hormone replacement medication is being used, and future directions for levothyroxine, T4+T3, and natural desiccated thyroid treatment for hypothyroidism.

Thyroid Disease Symptoms -- Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
A look at thyroid disease symptoms, including symptoms of hypothyroidism -- an underactive or slow thyroid -- and hyperthyroidism -- an overactive thyroid -- as well as Hashimoto's, Graves' disease, thyroid cancer, nodules, goiter, and more.

When You Have No Thyroid
Special information for people who have no thyroid gland.

Understanding and Diagnosing Congenital Hypothyroidism in Infants and Children
Congenital hypothyroidism refers to hypothyroidism -- a deficiency or lack of thyroid hormone, or a missing or incompletely formed thyroid gland -- at birth. It is especially important that hypothyroidism in newborns and infants be quickly diagnosed and properly treated. This article look at the different types of congenital hypothyroidism, how the condition is diagnosed, the risk factors, and the common signs and symptoms.

The Role of Reverse T3 Testing in Thyroid Treatment
A look at the controversial role of measuring Reverse T3 - RT3, Reverse Triiodothyronine -- and how it is used by integrative physicians in diagnosing, treating and managing hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, as well as cellular hypothyroidism.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Supplements May Speed Weight Loss
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Supplements May Speed Weight Loss / Important news of exciting results with this nutritional supplement promises hypothyroid patients a new tool in the effort to successfully diet, fight fat and lose weight, from Mary Shomon, Thyroid Guide, patient advocate and author of a bestselling author of the Thyroid Diet, and a number of books and guides on thyroid disease and autoimmune disease

Hair Loss Solutions For Thyroid Patients
Hair loss is a common side effect of thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and other thyroid conditions. Find out more about how thyroid patients can combat hair loss, from patient advocate Mary Shomon.

Can Hypothyroidism Be Treated Naturally?
Can you use natural treatments for hypothyroidism? A look at natural thyroid drugs, and non-drug holistic and natural approaches for an underactive thyroid.

Understanding Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism - an underactive thyroid - is reviewed, including the causes, diagnosis, conventional and holistic treatment approaches.

Huffington Post Article Perpetuates Misinformation Re: Hypothyroidism
A May 2014 article in the Huffington Post by Dr. Richard Haber perpetuates misinformation about hypothyroidism diagnosis and treatment.

Editorial: Controversy Over Diagnosing Hypothyroidism
A look at the controversy over endocrinologist Dr. Jeffrey Brown's diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism in elite and Olympic runners, including commentary from thyroid experts Doctors Kent Holtorf, David Borenstein and Richard Shames.

Thiamine - Vitamin B1 - Fatigue, and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
High dose supplementation with thiamine, also known as thiamin and Vitamin B, may help resolve fatigue in thyroid patients who have Hashimoto's disease.

Sofia Vergara's Thyroid Drug Campaign: A Reality Check
A look at the pros and cons of Sofia Vergara's new role as paid spokesperson for AbbVie's Follow the Script campaign promoting Synthroid brand levothyroxine, a drug used to treat hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid condition.

20 Signs That You're a Thyroid Patient
20 signs that you are a thyroid patient - a look at the different things that are characteristic of someone with a thyroid condition.

2012 Hypothyroidism Guidelines Published
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American Thyroid Association (ATA) convened a task force on hypothyroidism in adults. The result was jointly published in 2012 in the journals Thyroid and Endocrine Practice, titled, Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hypothyroidism in Adults.

AlterNet Gets it Wrong on Thyroid Information
In criticizing unbranded consumer-oriented campaigns by big pharma, website AlterNet and writer Martha Rosenberg present incorrect information about thyroid disease.

Clinical Trial to Compare Natural Desiccated Thyroid to Levothyroxine
The National Institutes of Health has announced a new clinical trial to compare natural desiccated thyroid treatment to levothyroxine in relief of symptoms in hypothyroid patients.

An Open Letter to Brooke Burke-Charvet And all Newly Diagnosed Thyroid Patients
An open letter to Dancing with the Stars' host Brooke Burke-Charvet, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

Thyroid Patients: Do You Need T3 or Natural Desiccated Thyroid?
If you are hypothyroid and taking a thyroid replacement hormone drug, do you need T3 or natural desiccated thyroid? A look at these treatment options for people with hypothyroidism.

The Best Ways to Treat an Underactive Thyroid and Hypothyroidism
A number of the nation's leading experts on hormonal health have shared their thoughts about what constitutes optimal treatment for hypothyroidism. The varying approaches presented by these practitioners present a picture of optimal treatment for an underactive thyroid -- hypothyroidism -- from the perspective of some of the top conventional,...

Editorial: Endocrinologists Misrepresenting Natural Thyroid Drugs
A look at how the endocrinology world continues to present misinformation about natural thyroid drugs, and misrepresent the value of natural desiccated thyroid drugs for hypothyroidism treatment.

Postpartum Thyroiditis
A look at postpartum thyroiditis -- thyroid disease after pregnancy -- based on the Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum.

Whose Health is It Anyway, Tony?
Anthony Weetman is a conventional endocrinologist who has, in one short editorial essay, summarized everything that is totally wrong with endocrinologists. Weetman arrogantly proclaims in the March 2006 issue of Clinical Endocrinology that patients with thyroid symptoms who insist they have a thyroid condition despite so-called "normal" test...

Review: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal
Mary Shomon reviews Dr. Datis Kharrazian's book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal, A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism. The book offers Dr. Kharrazian's theories on the causes of Hashimoto's and hyothyroidism, and recommended nutritional supplements and dietary...

My TSH Test Results Are Normal, But I Still Have Symptoms
Thyroid guide Mary Shomon gets many emails from readers who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and are receiving treatment, have test results that are firmly in the so--called "normal" range of TSH, and yet still don't feel well. Here is what she tells them about their next steps on the road toward feeling well.

2012 Hypothyroidism Guidelines Cause Controversy
The 2012 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hypothyroidism in Adults, produced by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists AACE and the American Thyroid Association ATA, are controversial for some thyroid patients and practitioners.

A Q&A with Integrative Physician David Borenstein, M.D.
A question and answer interview with physician David Borenstein, MD, who is a New York City -based integrative physician in private practice, specializing in thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, hormone balance, rehabilitative medicine, and hypothyroidism treatment, located in Manhattan.

Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum
A look at the 2011 Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: Theodore Friedman, MD
Leading endocrinologist and thyroid practitioner Dr. Theodore Friedman shares his thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: Ron Manzanero, MD
Leading hormone expert and thyroid practitioner Dr. Ron Manzanero shares his thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto's vs. Hypothyroidism: What's the Difference?
Hashimoto's vs. Hypothyroidism: What's the Difference? A look at the autoimmune thyroid problem known as Hashimoto's disease, and the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism. What's their connection, how do they differ, and what do patients need to know? Information from Mary Shomon, patient advocate and author of a number of books...

Do You Need Preventive Thyroid Treatment?
Do you need preventative thyroid treatment? If you have thyroid auto-antibodies, but normal TSH, the research evidence is mounting to support the fact that autoimmune disease may be slowed down, and hypothyroidism prevented, with treatment.

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: Dr. Datis Kharrazian
Leading hormone expert and thyroid practitioner Dr. Datis Kharrazian shares his thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
An overview of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (Hashimoto's disease).

When Your Thyroid Levels Are Fluctuating
One of the more common questions of patients taking thyroid hormone replacement and antithyroid medications is why, every time they have blood tests done, their thyroid levels are fluctuating, often dramatically. Most often, the changes are seen in thyroid stimulating hormone TSH, T4 thyroxine, and T3 triiodothyronine. What could account for...

Thyroid Disease 101: The Starting Place
Overview of information about thyroid disease, including diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism.

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism
Leading hormone expert and thyroid practitioner Dr. Kent Holtorf shares his thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

Constipation: The Thyroid Symptom No One Wants to Talk About
Constipation is a problem that can be particularly troublesome for people with thyroid condition, in particular, hypothyroidism -- an underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism slows down many of the body's systems, including digestion and elimination. And unfortunately, chronic constipation can result. Here is a look at conventional, alternative, and herbal approaches to constipation that can help thyroid patients.

Treating Hashimoto's When the TSH is Normal: New Research Says It Can Help
New research says that treatment can help Hashimoto's patients, even when TSH levels are normal.

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: John Lowe, DC
Leading thyroid practitioner Dr. John Lowe shares his thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: Mark Starr, MD
Leading hormone expert and thyroid practitioner Dr. Mark Starr shares his thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: Ken Woliner, MD
Leading hormone expert and thyroid practitioner Dr. Ken Woliner shares his thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: Sara Gottfried, MD
Leading hormone expert Dr. Sara Gottfried shares her thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

Weight Loss and Diet Information Center for Thyroid Patients
the starting point for weight loss and diet information for thyroid patients who want to slim down and be healthier.

15 Ways to Feel and Live Well With Hypothyroidism
If you are hypothyroid -- whether due to surgery, radioactive iodine treatment, or Hashimoto's disease -- here are 15 of the best ideas that can help you feel your absolute best!

HELP! My TSH Is "Normal" But I Think I'm Hypothyroid
A look at your next steps including defining the "normal" range with your doc, antibody testing, TRH testing, and drugs beyond T4 therapy and where to find a doctor to help.

Hypothyroidism Associated with Reduced Breast Cancer Risk
Researchers have found that women with hypothyroidism -- a common thyroid gland disorder involving an underactive thyroid -- appear to have a reduced chance of developing invasive breast cancer, according to a study published in March 2005.

The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: Robban Sica, MD
Leading hormone expert and thyroid practitioner Dr. Robban Sica shares her thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

6 Questions To Ask Your Dr & Understanding the Answers
When hypothyroidism sets in after RAI or thyroidectomy, or you're diagnosed as hypothyroid due to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, here are six critical questions you really should ask your doctor, and help interpreting your doctor's answers!

Is Your Hypothyroidism UNDERtreated?
Find out if too high or low a TSH or a lack of T3 hormone is preventing you from feeling well

Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism: Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames
Leading hormone experts and thyroid practitioners Dr. Richard Shames and Karilee Shames shares their thoughts about optimal hypothyroidism treatment, and how to ensure the best treatment for the underactive thyroid condition known as hypothyroidism.

Thyroid Problems in Pets: A Q&A With Veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman
Thyroid Problems in Pets: A Q&A With Veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman on Canine Hypothyroidism and Feline Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism--Common Questions & Answers Post-Diagnosis
If you're newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, this article answers the common questions you are likely to have, including i how long before you feel better, fighting fatigue and weight gain and more.

Hypothyroidism Symptoms Checklist
A checklist of symptoms to use in getting or finetuning your hypothyroidism diagnosis.

How to Tell If You Are Hypothyroid
Step-by-step guidelines on how to tell if you are hypothyroid.

Thyroid Test Values Chart
Chart that helps you interpret TSH levels and other lab values and whether they point to hypothyroidism.

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.