Thyroid Adrenal Connection

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This site is designed to help you find resources and information that you can use for your own health and well being! It was created to share the information that we found the most helpful in our own research into Thyroid and Adrenal issues. Please bookmark this site and return often for further information and updates. this site is updated regularly.


The Hypothyroidism Epidemic

"At any given time in the United States, more than 20 million people suffer from a thyroid disorder, more than 10 million women have low-grade thyroid imbalance, and nearly 8 million people with thyroid imbalance remain undiagnosed.".."at any given time, more than half the patients in our population with low-grade hypothyroidism remain un-diagnosed."  Ridha Arem, MD

"Although extremely common, low thyroid is largely an "unsuspected illness". Even when suspected, it is frequently undiagnosed. When it is diagnosed it often goes untreated. When it is treated, it is seldom treated optimally." Drs. Shames and Shames


Thyroid and Adrenal Treatment Resources

Learn all you can! Use the search engines available on the web. Type in the word or words you want such as Thyroid, Adrenals, etc. and you will be rewarded with site after site of information. Learn to discriminate about what you read; check it with those who have both experience and knowledge.

Coexistence of Thyroid and Adrenal Insufficiency

Adrenal Insufficiency and Hypothyroidism often go together. A normal Cortisol level is necessary for thyroid hormone to be converted from inactive T4 to active T3 and to be utilized by the thyroid receptor cells.

.. raised serum concentrations of thyroid stimulating hormone TSH in the absence of primary thyroid failure can be a feature of adrenal insufficiency and may resolve after Glucocorticoid replacement....

Failure to reach a correct diagnosis in patients with a raised serum concentration of thyroid stimulating hormone who have Addison's disease (even in patients with only borderline adrenal failure can lead to an adrenal crisis if Thyroxine is introduced before Glucocorticoid replacement. It is imperative that Addison's disease be excluded when a patient's clinical state deteriorates shortly after the introduction of Thyroxine.


Iodine Deficiency

Iodine is *very* important for the production of Thyroid and Adrenal Hormones and for every cell in the body....The thyroid gland needs Iodine to make Thyroid Hormone which is primarily composed of Iodine and the amino acid Tyrosine.
Unfortunately, the other Halogens: Chlorine, Bromine, Fluorine, will replace Iodine and cause problems with the thyroid gland. This is particularly true if a person is iodine deficient, which many people evidently are these days....Iodine levels in the US have declined 50% since 1971, according to Dr. Brownstein.

Recently, I read his fascinating book on this subject which I highly
recommend to all.  It is recommended that you check your Iodine levels through the "Iodine Loading Test" before you start on Thyroid Hormones. An Iodine Deficiency may be contributing to your hormone problems.

"Iodine" - book by Dr. David Brownstein M.D.

Dr. Browstein Videos:  Short, informative videos about Iodine

More informative Sites on Iodine


Nancy Adams' informative Site about Iodine
she is also a supplier of Iodoral with free shipping

Information about the link between Iodine and Cancer including Breast Cancer

 Thyroid Information Websites

Thyroid information: Mary Shomon and Subscribe to Mary's Informative Newsletter


Stop the Thyroid Madness

There is a lot wrong with the way Thyroid Illness is dealt with these days, leaving many people undiagnosed and under-treated: you will learn ways to help yourself at the Stop The Thyroid Madness website.

Janie, from the Natural Thyroid Hormone mailing list and the Stop the Thyroid Madness website, just finished her book: "Stop The Thyroid Madness"! She knows more about thyroid issues than anyone I know. I just read  her excellent and comprehensive  book, you might want to also. It is available directly from the publisher:


Phoenix symbol of ThyroPhoenix website


A friendly group of folks that have probably gone through what you are now facing

Thyroid Information - English, French, German


Thyroid and Adrenal Mailing Lists

Natural Thyroid Hormones Mailing List

Natural Thyroid Hormones Adrenal List

Thyroid Mailing List

A list of thyroid groups by state: the larger groups have doctor lists


New England Journal of Medicine Study

The New England Journal of Medicine 1999;340:424-429, 469-470

Effects of Thyroxine (T4) as Compared with Thyroxine (T4) plus Triiodothyronine (T3) in Patients with Hypothyroidism

"Patients with Hypothyroidism show greater improvements in mood and brain function if they receive treatment with T4 plus T3 thyroid hormone rather than  T4 alone.

Hypothyroidism, where the gland has ceased to function or has been removed, is usually treated with daily doses of Synthetic Hormone (T4 only). But the researchers found that substituting T4 plus T3 thyroid (T4 + T3 as found in natural thyroid) led to improvements in mood and in neuropsychological functioning.

Armour thyroid , Nature-throid, and Westhroid are prescription medications that contain desiccated thyroid hormone derived from the thyroid gland of the pig. Natural thyroid hormone contains not just T4, but also T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, plus T2, T1 and Calcitonin. Armour Thyroid tablets are manufactured from only domestic pigs that are fed a plant derived diet.

Armour Thyroid Bottle

Armour Thyroid Website

Natural thyroid extracts have been used since 1892 and were approved by the FDA in 1939. Armour thyroid and most other natural glandular preparations are made to standards approved by the United States Pharmacopoeia (U.S.P.), which ensures that its potency is accurately stated on the label.

Armour Information Pack for Patients and Doctors in the UK

How To: Switch From Synthroid To Armour Thyroid.

Conversion chart on the Armour site

Nature-throid Bottle

Nature-Throid  and Armour is available without a prescription online:

Anti-aging site

Smart Drugs

Biogenesis Labs

Nutri-meds: Whole Thyroid and Whole Adrenal Dessicated Glandulars

International Pharmacy ( for those outside the U.S. only)

Picture of Superpig with Armour flag. What do you think the 30 on his shirt means


Thyroid testing that you can do yourself:

BIOSAFE Thyroid Test Kit

Healthcheck USA website

If you are going to test, test not only for TSH

but also FREE T4, FREE T3 and both kinds of Thyroid Antibodies

You can have a "normal" TSH and still be very sick and tired.


Additional Laboratories

If you feel you need blood tests, saliva tests etc. you can get them yourself


 Healthcheck USA

Great Smokies Labs

Anti-aging Labs

Join the Canary Club

The Canary Club is a self-empowerment tool
for those concerned about health
(especially hormone imbalance),
and the environment.  

Medical Alert Identification

If you are taking Hydrocortisone, (Cortef), Thyroid Hormone, or any other vital medication on a regular basis, you should have a medical alert card in your wallet. Here is a site to print your medical alert cards free. http://www.medids.com/free-id.php

Medic-Alert 24 hour Emergency Response Center


Valerie Taylor's Ebay Jewelry Store - Lovely Medical Alert Bracelets http://stores.ebay.com/valeriescrystalcreations


Books About The Adrenal-Thyroid Connection

 "The Safe Uses of Cortisol" by William McK. Jefferies. MD

Hypothyroidism Type 2

Thyroid Guardian of Health

Signs and Symptoms: Adrenal Fatigue vs. Low Thyroid Function

Adrenal Glands and Adrenal Fatigue

 Management of Thyroid Deficiency


Adrenal Support Supplements and Drugs

Isocort:  (adrenal cortex and herbs)

Cortef: Hydrocortisone

Nutri-meds has both Whole Thyroid and Whole Adrenal Glandulars


Both DHEA and Progesterone Cream are available on-line and in health food stores. Saliva Testing and Serenity Progesterone Cream are available from 'Serenity For Women' a natural progesterone from

Health & Science Research Institute in Florida


Nutritional Supplements are readily available on-line at most of the sites dedicated to Thyroid and Adrenal issues and also at most Health Food stores. One of my favorites is iHerb.com. There are vitamins, minerals and herbs that support the Thyroid and Adrenals. Enough Vitamin C is very important for the Adrenals and good health in general. Some others are the B Complex Vitamins, Iron (if needed), EFA's Essential Fatty Acids, Siberian Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Licorice, Gota Kola, Iodine-small amount as in seaweeds, Zinc, Selenium. Also L-Tyrosine which supports the creation and conversion and distribution of thyroid and adrenal cortex hormones, as well as increased brain function and reduces stress and builds muscle. Magnesium, Co-Q 10 and Flax Seed Oil.


Good source for Information and Supplements:

Life Extension Foundation


Books: I have read and recommend:

If you only buy only two books buy these two:-))

# 1 Dr. Broda Barnes: "Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness"

#2  Dr. Jefferies: "The Safe Uses of Cortisol"


Dr. Philip G. Young: "Thyroid Guardian of Health"

Hypothyroidism The Unsuspected Illness by Broda Barnes, the best book about Hypothyroidism

Dr. Broda Barnes: "Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness"

Living Well With Hypothyroidism by Mary Shomon, excellent new book

Mary J. Shomon: "Living Well With Hypothyroidism"

Solved the Riddle of Illness by Dr. Stephen Langer

Dr. Stephen Langer: "Solved The Riddle of Illness"


Glen S. Rothfeld MD and Deborah S. Romaine.  "Thyroid Balance"  

Dr. David Brownstein: "Overcoming Thyroid Disorders" and

"Miracle of Natural Hormones"

Dr. Barry Durrant Peatfield: "The Great Thyroid Scandal"

Jacob Teitelbaum: "From Fatigued to Fantastic"

Dr. John R. Lee: "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause"

Drs. John C and Gina Honeyman Lowe: "Your Guide To Metabolic Health"

 Dr. Jefferies: "The Safe Uses of Cortisol"

James L. Wilson: "Adrenal Fatigue"

Drs. Shames: "Feeling Fat Fuzzy or Frazzled?" - Hormone Balance

Dr. Mark Starr:  "Hypothyroidism Type 2"



How To Test Yourself for Hypothyroidism

Barnes Basal Temperature Test
 Place a thermometer at your bedside, and as soon as you wake up, before you step out of bed, place the thermometer under your tongue for at least 3 minutes. If you are T3 deficient, you will find your basal temperature to be below 97.8°F. If your first-thing-in-the-morning temperature is consistently low, it likely means that your basal (resting) metabolic rate is also low. You may also feel cold and tired.

Alternately you can place the thermometer under you arm for 10 minutes. If your basal temperature is below 97.6 you _may_ be Hypothyroid.

Normal body temperature throughout the day varies from 97.5 to 98.8 F with an average of 98.2, not 98.6!


If you have a knowledgeable doc and insurance, you are exceptionally lucky, but you don't have to suffer in silence if you don't. Read the two books recommended above and learn all you can, join one of the Thyroid and Adrenal Mailing lists and learn from those who have years of experience treating their own thyroid and adrenal problems. You can feel better and you will if you take charge of your own health and well being.

Some places to find progressive or holistic docs:
Armour Thyroid

American College for Advancement in Medicine

Thyroide: English, French, German

Broda Barnes Foundation

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