By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Story on Selenium and Thyroid?

    The body is a remarkable system. Like any system, every part affects all the others. Consequently, focusing on just one nutrient usually doesn't make a lot of sense. When it comes to thyroid function,…

    By: Terry Graedon October 22, 2017 10 Comments
    Thyroid Medicine You Can Take with Breakfast

    Many people don't realize that coffee and several other foods may partially block absorption of the thyroid medicine Synthroid (Benvenga et al, Thyroid, March 2008). Over-the-counter medicines such as…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 15 Comments
    Show 1096: What You Need to Know About Treating …

    An estimated 20 million Americans have trouble with their thyroid glands. Doctors have become accustomed to making the diagnosis of hypothyroidism based on a single blood test. Often they prescribe ju…

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2017 10 Comments
    Are Soy Products a Problem for People on Synthro…

    Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the country. Approximately 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that synt…

    By: Terry Graedon August 14, 2017 12 Comments
    How to Make Sense of Thyroid Blood Tests

    As many as 20 million people in the US have thyroid disorders, according to the American Thyroid Association. But how would you know if your thyroid gland is functioning properly or not? First and for…

    By: Terry Graedon August 3, 2017 4 Comments
    How Do Phthalates Affect Hormones?

    A few weeks ago researchers reported that many packaged mac and cheese products contained detectable levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals called phthalates. These compounds are generally used …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 32 Comments
    How Bad Is Coffee with Levothyroxine?

    Levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid) was prescribed more than any other medication in the US last year. Wouldn't you think people would be eager to learn the best way to take it? Yet there is surprising…

    By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2017 8 Comments
    What Is the Impact of Soy Products on Thyroid?

    When people turn away from meat and cow's milk, often they replace these foods with soy products. Indeed, soy is central to the diets of many North American vegetarians. But do soy foods carry unantic…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    What Is the Difference Between Armour Thyroid an…

    Thyroid dysfunction is surprisingly common. Hypothyroidism, in which the thyroid gland does not work efficiently, affects nearly five percent of U.S. adults. Doctors treat it by prescribing the thyroi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2017 66 Comments
    Drinking Coffee with Synthroid Means the Morning…

    How do you take your Synthroid, the levothyroxine medication used to treat an underactive thyroid gland? Usually, people are urged to take it first thing in the morning. Ideally, it is taken at least …

    By: Joe Graedon February 13, 2017 9 Comments
    Food and Drug Interactions Are Important! Levoth…

    The next time you get a prescription from your physician that says "take once a day," stop! Do not accept such a vague instruction. Ask the prescriber what precisely that means and follow up with the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 6 Comments
    How to Treat Hashimoto’s Disease with Levo…

    Thyroid dysfunction is surprisingly common. Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder, is frequently the cause. The usual treatment, levothyroxine, under brand names or as a generic medicine, is amo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 11 Comments
    Will You Save Money Buying Synthroid from Canada…

    Drugs are more expensive in the US than anywhere else in the world. In many other countries, the government puts a cap on what the pharmaceutical companies can charge for their products. This does not…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2016 11 Comments
    Is It Risky to Rely on Sea Salt?

    Over the past decade or two, many people have come to believe that sea salt has significant health benefits over the common table salt that has long been familiar in salt shakers. Sea salt is produc…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 3 Comments
    What Should You Know About Thyroid Tests?

    An underactive thyroid gland is a fairly common medical problem, affecting up to 2 percent of the population. Doctors often assume that it is easy to diagnose hypothyroidism. Patients often report, ho…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2016 18 Comments
    What Is the Difference Between Armour and Synthr…

    There are millions of people whose thyroid glands don't work optimally. Because thyroid hormones affect every cell in the body, this can have quite an impact on how well people feel. Problems may ar…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 6 Comments
    How to Get the Right Treatment for Underactive T…

    An underactive thyroid gland is a surprisingly common condition, affecting up to 5 percent of adult Americans. More people experience subclinical hypothyroidism than overt hypothyroidism. Nonetheless,…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2016 14 Comments
    Why Should You Order Your Own Blood Tests?

    Do you know what your vitamin levels are? What about Vitamin B12 in particular? How about thyroid status? Why not order your own blood tests so you can have data on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), …

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2016 0 Comments
    Will Flame Retardants Harm the Thyroid?

    Americans have heard quite a lot about bisphenol A or BPA, an ingredient found in many plastic containers as well as cash register receipts. It is an endocrine disruptor, mimicking the actions of the …

    By: Terry Graedon May 30, 2016 32 Comments
    What Is the Best Time to Take Synthroid?

    Thyroid problems are extremely common, with about 12 percent of the American population affected by one at some point during their lives (American Thyroid Association). Since an underactive thyroid gl…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2016 6 Comments
    Does T3 Thyroid Hormone Make You High?

    The thyroid hormone levothyroxine is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the country. With so many people needing to take thyroid hormone, most doctors think they know all about it. But scien…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2016 33 Comments
    What is the Link Between Fatigue, Joint Pain and…

    Hypothyroidism is one of the most common conditions affecting Americans. It is estimated that over 100 million prescriptions are filled annually for thyroid hormones either as levothyroxine (Levothroi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 4 Comments
    Could Her Antidepressant Make Her Thyroid Proble…

    A thyroid gland that produces too little thyroid hormone is a very common problem. The drug used to treat it, levothyroxine (Synthroid or Levoxyl), is among the most commonly prescribed medicines in t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 21, 2015 13 Comments
    Is Synthroid Alone the Best Treatment for Hypoth…

    Millions of prescriptions are written annually for thyroid hormones as a treatment for hypothyroidism. Judging from this, a surprisingly large number of Americans suffers with an underactive thyroid g…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2015 7 Comments
    Bonus Interview: Dr. Antonio Bianco Describes Hi…

    [audio src="//www.peoplespharmacy.com/wp-content/uploads/BiancoThyroidWebExtra.mp3"][/audio] You will hear the highlights of Dr. Bianco's discussion of the genetic differences among human beings that …

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2015 0 Comments
    Bonus Interview: Dr. Ridha Arem on Achieving Thy…

    We spoke with Dr. Ridha Arem in 2013 when his book, The Thyroid Solution Diet: Boost Your Sluggish Metabolism to Lose Weight, was released. There wasn't enough time in Show 1015: Thyroid Mysteries, Co…

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2015 9 Comments
    Is Soy Milk Unsafe for the Thyroid?

    What should you eat when you are diagnosed with a condition such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)? Doctors rarely offer advice on this question, partly because they often have little background…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2015 10 Comments
    How Should We Be Interpreting Thyroid Test Resul…

    Treating a thyroid hormone imbalance successfully requires interpreting thyroid test results correctly. That can sometimes be tricky, especially since one of the crucial measurements, thyroid stimulat…

    By: Joe Graedon April 6, 2015 9 Comments
    Weighing the Differences Between Armour and Levo…

    There are many contentious issues in medicine, but thyroid treatment remains one of the most controversial. Most endocrinologists and primary care physicians have been taught that synthetic levothyrox…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2015 7 Comments
    Better Thyroid Treatment to Banish Fatigue

    Q. My thyroid gland was removed and I have been on Synthroid or generic levothyroxine for more than 20 years. Although I am 52, I feel 20 years older. I am always tired and my muscles ache. One doctor…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2015 266 Comments
    New Study Reveals Why 1 in 6 Hypothyroid Patient…

    What do you think the # 1 most prescribed drug in America is? No, it's not a statin. According to the last statistics we have seen it is a drug for thyroid replacement called levothyroxine. Over 120 m…

    By: Joe Graedon January 5, 2015 9 Comments
    If My Thyroid Test Is Normal Why Do I Feel Like …

    Q. I have been hypothyroid since I had half my thyroid removed years ago. A complete thyroid panel is done every 6 months. My results are always normal but I don't feel good. I am sensitive to cold, h…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2015 32 Comments
    Angry Endocrinologists Demand Proof Calcium Affe…

    Q. You have written that "Calcium and other minerals found in common antacids can interfere with the absorption of Synthroid." We believe this to be incorrect. Aluminum hydroxide, Carafate and ferrous…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2014 20 Comments
    Coffee Blocks Synthroid Absorption

    Q. Can I drink coffee after taking Synthroid? A. Synthroid (levothyroxine) is absorbed best when it is taken on an empty stomach. Patients are often advised to take it first thing in the morning, but …

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2014 0 Comments
    Puffy Eyelids and Swollen Fingers Could Signal T…

    Although the thyroid gland is small, it is important. Thyroid hormones affect every organ system. As a consequence, thyroid problems may show up in nondescript symptoms such as fatigue, clumsiness, co…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2013 16 Comments
    Iodized Salt Shown to Reduce Risk of Thyroid Pro…

    Iodine is essential for thyroid function, which is why many countries add iodine to their salt. In China, some consumers were concerned that iodized salt would increase their risk of thyroid disorders…

    By: Terry Graedon August 18, 2013 30 Comments
    Thyroid Dogma Under Siege

    Hypothyroidism is one of the most common conditions in the United States. No one really seems to understand why there is such epidemic of underactive thyroid function. Some chalk it up to normal aging…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 39 Comments
    How Does Coffee Affect Thyroid Medicine?

    Q. I was alarmed to hear about the interaction of coffee and levothyroxine. I take this medication daily "upon rising" as my doctor instructed me. I usually have a cup of coffee after 30 or 45 minutes…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2012 24 Comments
    The Mysterious Thyroid Epidemic

    Is there an invisible thyroid epidemic sweeping the country? Thyroid dysfunction is one of the most common health problems in America and no one knows why it has become so widespread. At last count, a…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2012 16 Comments
    Iodine-Containing Contrast May Harm Thyroid

    Iodide contrast used to sharpen some diagnostic images seem to have an unrecognized dark side. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine was based on 20-year follow-up data of nearly 2,00…