Will I be on medication forever?
Being under thyroid medication is not a permanent thing as most conventional doctors might imply. The idea that the thyroid condition will keep getting worse as the disease progresses is farfetched. Integrative doctors, medical practitioners, and medicine providers have found that there is a possibility of reversing the autoimmunity process. Furthermore, studies have shown that approximately 20% of individuals have at some point cut off their thyroid medications.
After the person figures out other root causes of the condition such as food sensitivities, gluten sensitivities, blood sugar imbalance, infections, nutrient deficiencies, and deal with them, remission of the condition is possible. In fact, observing the above makes people feel better, and lose some weight, all this without having to take high doses of T3. In unique cases, the person can come off from thyroid treatment after getting into remission.
The patient should begin by checking the autoimmunity and addressing the primary causes of the condition. When done, the person should test for thyroid antibodies, ensuring that they are below 35, implying that there is no autoimmune response to the thyroid gland. At such a point, the patient can work with the doctor to reduce thyroid treatment. A good start would be using about 25 micrograms equivalent of Levothyroxine for 4-6 weeks, then retesting to ensure that the body can compensate properly.
Alternatively, the patient can opt for a selenium supplement that will neutralize the hydrogen peroxide, which usually forms during the making of thyroid hormones. It is important to contain the hydrogen peroxide due to its oxidative effect on surrounding tissues. Failure leads to the attraction of immune cells into the thyroid. Furthermore, a dosage of 200 micrograms of selenium can reduce the number of antibodies by half within three months. Nevertheless, the reduction in thyroid medication should be one of the last steps if the individual is starting with the condition.