Would supplemental thyroid glandular help instead of prescription medication?

I found out in Jan that I'm suffering with adrenal fatigue (resistance stage), and also recently (yesterday!) received my results from doing a private urine test, which showed that I was also hypothyroid (low T3, normal T4?). I'm not sure I want to go the doctors route, yet, as I believe I need to address the adrenal problem (which doctors generally are rubbish with!!!), so wondered if a thyroid glandular supplement would help at this stage? The one I have found in the UK, is Swanson Thyroid Glandular Thyroxin Free, 200mg, which is from New Zealand cattle. Would it hurt to try them, or should I battle this whole thing out with my GP?

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  • Does anybody know anything about these supplements? From reading, it appears the adrenals need to be sorted first so I'm a bit concerned to take any prescription medication for the thyroid yet in case it makes the adrenals worse (which I read somewhere)

  • Yes Dr Peatfield recommends sorting adrenals first. His book goes into great detail about his protocol. He uses Nutri Adrenal and Nutri Thyroid.

  • Hi Sip. I take nutri adrenal extra and nutri thyroid everyday plus nutri thyro complex. I started in 2006 with these after being diagnosed as hashimoto's by Dr Peatfield. It has helped me a lot. I was at a stage where I couldn't work and these tablets along with a few months rest certainly put me into a better overall situation. I would say if possible it's good to maybe speak to a practioner who uses these because there's a lot of vitamins and minerals in them and I think you want to ensure they don't effect any other meds you may be taking or that you are not over supplementing.

    I know when I don't take adrenal tablets for more than 2 days I start feeling like I can't get out of bed.

    This being said stress does affect my adrenals massively especially if I'm going through a low phase in terms of illness anyway. I can become shaky, feel dizzy or suddenly exhausted and can get IBS lie symptoms.

    For me it has helped where I wasn't given the option of thyroxine because TSH was 'normal'. I did improve and have had times of being almost what I'd consider normal health. However, I am now investigating other options as I've been unwell a lot recently so I think a switch in meds may now be necessary.

    You should also be aware Dr P advises first take the adrenal supplements for a few weeks, then gradually the thyroid supplementation. It does take a while to kick in and I think you notice results slower than if you were on thyroxine. That said I am a believer that if at all possible avoiding chemicals is a good thing.

    Soul Chick :)

  • Thank you so much for your replies. I'll have a look for Dr Peatfield and have a read, thank you :)

    I did look into the supplements that you take Soul Chick, but decided to try vitamins (D3, C, Ashwaghanda, Calcium, Selenium, B complex, Magnesium and L-tyrosine) and also DHEA. I took the DHEA for a good month (very small doses!) which made a HUGE difference with the adrenal fatigue (I did a saliva test, and showed my DHEA to be rather low). Before, I was at the point where I was unable to lead a normal life! And spent an awful lot of time sitting around, unable to do anything. The DHEA took 10 days to work, but I couldn't believe the difference!! However, I recently stopped taking them as I believe they were causing excess estrogen, so have recently ordered some 7-keto DHEA which is supposed not to convert into any other hormones.

    I knew that I had hypothyroid symptoms so recently did the urine test - but I'm just not sure how to approach sorting it, or even if I should be sorted at all. I've made an appointment with my doctor for next Friday, but I don't hold out much hope! I do wonder though whether I should be tackling my anxiety though, which has probably been the cause of the adrenal fatigue in the first place!

  • Hi sip, I take both adrenal and thyroid glandulars and they have helped but it does take a while it is a slow process, but this might depend on how bad your adrenals are, I am doing this with a private drs help and he uses mostly the nutri brand, I also take dhea and 7 keto dhea which is from a different brand and this has helped me also.

    He also had me do a urine test as my thyroid blood tests came back just within range and he said that the hormone is not getting into my tissues? And he thought it maybe the adrenals affecting them so hence fixing them first! I have been using them for just over six months, I do feel better not so completely and utterly exhausted with nothing left, but I still work full time and do long shifts and I do not think this helps tbh but I have no choice x Hope this helps even if just a little and I hope you start to feel better gentle hugs Angel xx

  • Hi Angel :) I remember reading somewhere about taking adrenal glandular, that the extra adrenaline can make the adrenal glands worse? I wish I could find where I read this - but I suppose it depends how bad your adrenals are?? Does the Nutri Adrenal contain the whole gland, and so contain actual adrenaline do you know?

  • Hi Angel :) I remember reading somewhere about taking adrenal glandular, that the extra adrenaline can make the adrenal glands worse? I wish I could find where I read this - but I suppose it depends how bad your adrenals are?? Does the Nutri Adrenal contain the whole gland, and so contain actual adrenaline do you know?

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