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Potential effect of probiotics on thyroid hormone

Interesting research, although inconclusive, examining the effect of probiotics on thyroid hormone. It appears there may be some possible effect on thyroid hormone stability but further study is needed.

"These data generate the hypothesis of a “stabilization” of LT4 treatment after probiotics ingestion, suggested by the reduced dose adjustments needed in the treatment group, as well as the need of a dose reduction observed only in subjects assuming probiotics. In particular, VSL#3® seems to be able to prevent hormonal fluctuations, perhaps modulating THs enterohepatic recycle and justifying the absence of differences in serum hormonal levels. The effect, however, is limited and no major clinical consequences can be proven at this stage.

The possible probiotics role as “LT4 therapy stabilizers” could be an endearing research starting point for both endocrinologists and investigators concerned with probiotics, in order to clarify the interaction between intestinal environment and endocrine system. This association was not evaluated so far and further studies should explore the relationship between gut microbiota and THs, considering other probiotic strains or longer treatment."

frontiersin.org/articles/10...

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Interesting, thanks for posting!

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Manny endocrinologists have no idea (or interest) in the possibility that the gut and thyroid are linked.

Yet more evidence that they are.

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I think that thyroid patients most certainly realize sooner or later the "GUT and THYROID " connections . Dr have to come on board and take note . Maybe thyroid patients can be adequately treated so that that thyroid patients can feel optimal .

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Because medics refuse to acknowledge most thyroid patients also need T3, gut remains compromised. It's then a vicious spiral downwards.

Ever decreasing vitamins and energy. Plus thyroid dose often gets reduced even further as result.

It's as much a disease of the gut, as the thyroid.

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I guess thyroid patients are being treated by "ROBOTS" so called Dr's . The key word is "NO INTEREST" on the Dr's part . That's why thyroid patients are looking for answers out side of their Dr's who treat them supposedly . What a shame on "MEDICAL ACADAIMIA ". And we are paying the price . Patients need to think out of the box and in many cases are self treating . It's not a wonder . Is It ?

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SlowDragon

You "GET IT " Thyroid Patients GET IT . Why don't Endo/Dr's get it too ????

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As Paul Robinson, in his book 'Recovering with T3', thyroid disease is usually the 'elephant in the room' when you are with a doctor. They are willing to discuss any possible cause for your symptoms (mental illness, lifestyle, a yet-to-be-discovered illness etc...) but it is never thyroid related.

Most T3 is made in the gut.

I like the idea of 'an endearing research starting point.' It sounds rather quaint. It's amazing that clarification is still required on the link between gut and thyroid hormones.

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The training can lead to a mindset where "the doctor"has the truth,"the patient"in a position of powerlessness,is deemed to be ignorant & even deluded.Eventually,the doctor's mind can become closed,& unfortunately,very often arrogant,with a sense of power & superiority akin to megalomania.Many would say by experience I do not exaggerate.

This community is where we learn to trust ourselves & be open to suggestions which bring big increases in health & wellbeing in addition to a sense of empowement.This has led me to believe we know far more about this extremely complex condition & how to improve our health.It has given me the support & encouragement on my path to better health.

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Well, in the West Dr's can only act on proven evidence and tested research. This takes years to filter down. We can now read research that has not yet been accepted into mainstream medicine due to the internet. Dr's are constrained by the health systems they work within and can only provide approved treatment. People can choose whether to depart from current treatment options and take responsibility for any ill effects but Dr's are not able to do this except in scientific trials. On balance, something like probiotics sounds like a reasonable thing to try.

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I have been making my own kefir for a few months now.I bought a bottle of organic live kefir from a health food shop(you can buy live grains from a huge number of suppliers on Ebay)I bought a heated pad(designed as a beer brewing mat)& make the kefir in a big kilner jar.I use a kilner "pop"bottle in the fridge.I watched a"How To Make Kefir From Bought Kefir"video on Youtube.After watching Michael Mosley scientifically test probiotics & reading a test report on the net,I stopped buying capsules.

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This was interesting as I’ve been taking probiotics for over a year. I’ve got the beginning of Hashimoto’s disease, my antibodies are only 155 and my levels aren’t low enough to treat with medication yet even though I have many symptoms. This might be good news for all who have low vitamin levels as the gut needs to be as healthy as possible.

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