David G. Olarsch, N.D.
Naturopathic Doctor
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ThyroCare


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Serving Size: 1 vegetarian capsules
Ingredients per serving:
Bladderwrack Thallus** (Fucus vesiculosis)250 mg.
Blue Flag Root~165 mg.
Guggul Gum Resin~100 mg.
Ashwagandha root**50 mg.
Nettle herb**50 mg.
Ginger root**10 mg.
Diiodotyrosine200 mcg.
Iodine, Seaweed extract100 mcg.
Selenium (methionine)70 mcg.
**Certified Organic
~Wildcrafted
Other ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose (capsules), Magnesium stearate and Silicone dioxide.

Suggested Use:
1 veggie capsule twice daily with or without food, or as recommended by your health care practitioner. When increasing dose, do so gradually to a maximum dose of 4 capsules, twice daily. Never to exceed 8 capsules in a 24 hour period.


Caution: This product can potentiate thyroid hormone replacement medications. Discontinue use if rapid heart rate, palpitations, or skin reactions occur.



Overview:
Thyroid Support*
ThyroCare is designed to provide adjunctive herbal and nutritional support and stimulation for the functionally low thyroid gland. It is indicated for low thyroid function, Wilson's Temperature Syndrome, low body temperature, fatigue, chronic joint degeneration, and mildly elevated cholesterol levels.*

Another WTSmed professional supplement.



In Depth:
From the WTSmed website:

Health concerns relevant to this product*
Fatigue
Wilson's Temperature Syndrome
Hypo-functioning Thyroid
Thyroid Antibodies (elevated)
High cholesterol
Chronic Joint Degeneration

Dosage and Results
The recommended dosage is at least one capsule three times a day, but doubling or tripling that dose can be helpful in some cases where the starting dose doesn't seem to be enough (no noticeable difference within 2 weeks). For detailed dosage recommendations based on condition see tables below.
Some WTSmed Supplements are fast-acting (like AsthmaCare), some are slow-building (like ThyroCare), and others are both (like CardiaCare). Though some people will notice an improvement in the way they feel within 4 or 5 days, much of the restorative benefit from ThyroCare can take from 1.5 to 3 months, and maybe longer. Thyroid problems don't develop overnight, and they usually don't go away overnight either. ThyroCare is a long-term solution.*

Success Stories
"I was so tired all the time that I often took metabolizer boosters just to have enough energy to get through the day. Then I started taking Healthy Foundation and ThyroCare. After about 4 days, I realized I had forgotten to take the metabolizer boosters, because I had more energy, and I felt better. As a side benefit, I also noticed my joints didn't hurt nearly as much, so I was able to greatly decrease the amount of ibuprofen I was taking, and some days I didn't need any. After a month of taking Healthy Foundation and ThyroCare, my energy level is still much improved, and I feel better physically and emotionally."
-- Jean W., UT*

"I have been having some of the health concerns described on your website for years. My regular doctors have not known what to do for me. After I was directed to your website and ordered the ThyroCare and Adaptogen, my health situation began to turn around completely for the better. In addition to the ThyroCare and Adaptogen I ordered your book. This is really a great help in understanding all about Wilson's Syndrome. Thank you for all of your research and information about this misunderstood health problem. Both of your products ThyroCare and Adaptogen have really been helping me and my Mother as well. I have a lot more energy. Other problems such as lack of coordination and inability to focus, dizziness, etc. have all gone."
--C. Marsh
Evening Shade, AR
(a recent web site visitor)*

"I developed chronic muscle pain (fibro) 12 years ago, have always had a body temperature of 97 degrees, and have had a lack of energy for many years. But every Dr. I've seen has tested and found my thyroid to be working "fine". I have tried many different herbal products, but ThyroCare is the first one with which I actually felt a difference within one week. I found I no longer need to go to bed by 8PM to be able to get up at 5 AM - Getting up in the morning is SO much easier! I only wish I had reordered sooner because I'm out of it!"
--Marlo V.
Elgin, IL
(a recent web site visitor)*

"The ThyroCare is helping to keep my temp up which I have had trouble doing with just the T3. I have lost 20 lbs since I started the T3 and ThyroCare. I call [ThyroCare] "Thyroid Helper". Thanks for all your help. Keep up the newsletters."
--Kathleen Marder
(a recent web site visitor)*

Side Effects
There are no contraindications to ThyroCare. One of the ingredients, Guggl, can lead to skin irritation in rare cases (with thousands of bottles sold, a few patients have reported a skin rash while taking ThyroCare). Also, a few patients have reported passing a little more gas. In the case of gas, going on the ThryoCare more gradually by taking a smaller dose for a number of days before increasing the dose can often eliminate the problem.*

Uses of ThyroCare
The most common use of ThyroCare is for fatigue. It's very often helpful for patients who complain of just feeling tired all the time, regardless of their body temperature. Patients with severe fatigue probably have low temperatures and may need WT3 protocol.*

ThyroCare and Thyroid System Problems
To understand how ThyroCare can help, it's important to know something about thyroid problems.

Briefly, we'll point out the relationship between Wilson's Temperature Syndrome, Hypo-functioning thyroid gland and Autoimmune Thyroid inflammation.

In Wilson's Temperature Syndrome, thyroid blood tests are normal but the body temperature is still low which suggests problem(s) downstream from the thyroid gland.

A Hypo-functioning thyroid is usually due to inadequate functioning of the gland. A Hypo-functioning thyroid gland does show up on thyroid hormone blood tests.

Auto-immune diseases of the thyroid gland involve the immune system. Just as the body mounts an immune response in order to fight a cold, sometimes it mounts an immune response against its own thyroid gland. In Autoimmune Thyroid inflammation, blood tests show anti-thyroid antibodies. This is accompanied by Hypo-functioning of the thyroid gland and often WTS as well.

ThyroCare can often be helpful with mild WTS, and appears to be especially useful when there's a problem with the thyroid gland itself as evidenced by abnormal thyroid tests (i.e. in Hypo-functioning thyroid) and /or thyroid antibodies elevated (autoimmune thyroid inflammation).

We recommend ThyroCare any time patients have a hypo-functioning thyroid gland, any time patients have thyroid antibodies elevated, and any time patients have thyroid nodules or abnormal thyroid cells (as a supportive measure). ThyroCare appears to provide nutritional support and stimulation to the thyroid system and can be thought of as food for the thyroid gland.*

Thyroid System Uses of ThyroCare
Below are a variety of examples of how ThyroCare is used in various circumstances.

By Itself In the Management of Wilson's Temperature Syndrome
In mild WTS, WT3 protocol may not be needed. Some patients may be able to feel better with ThyroCare, Healthy Foundation, or both.*

Hypo-functioning thyroid
Many patients with low thyroid function can have their thyroid system health restored to the point that they need very little thyroid hormone. It's not uncommon for patients to need 100 mg/day of thyroid hormone before taking ThyroCare and only need around .025 mg/day of thyroid hormone afterwards. Sometimes they don't need any.

Resting the thyroid gland appears to be very helpful in the thyroid gland's recovery. Taking thyroid medicine by mouth puts the thyroid gland to rest. The body senses that there is already enough thyroid hormone present and slows down the thyroid gland's production of thyroid hormones. WT3 protocol appears to rest, clear out, and reset the thyroid system much more thoroughly than T4 (Synthroid which contains just T4, and Armour which contains T4 and T3). An ideal time to nourish the thyroid gland with herbs is when it is at rest.

Thus, WT3 protocol can be compared to a cast on a broken arm. The cast takes over the work of the bone so that it can have a chance to heal. Likewise, WT3 protocol takes over the work of the thyroid gland so that it can have a chance to be nourished and heal as well. When the thyroid gland is at rest during WT3 protocol, it's a great time to really nourish the body with ThyroCare.*

WT3 protocol alone can often reduce the amount of thyroid medicine needed by patients who are hypothyroid. However, we believe that the combination of WT3 protocol and the ThyroCare together give an excellent chance of recovery. We have been very pleasantly surprised by how many people don't need any Synthroid after the WT3 protocol is finished.

It should be pointed out that ThyroCare is not meant be taken alone instead of Synthroid. ThyroCare definitely does not contain thyroid hormones and therefore is not able to support the metabolism on its own. It is nourishment to the thyroid system, not a replacement for Synthroid. You can not just take ThyroCare instead of Synthroid (if you're taking Synthroid) because it won't work.

We believe that if the hypo-functioning thyroid gland is caught in its early stages and is managed with WT3 protocol and ThyroCare a lot of people will be able to regain full function of their thyroid systems.*

Auto-Immune Thyroid Conditions
ThyroCare is helpful because it nourishes the thyroid gland.

Healthy Foundation is helpful because it helps with autoimmune problems (it has endocrine adaptogens).

And we recommend WT3 protocol in Hashimoto's regardless if the patient has actual Hypothyroidism (high TSH level) or just WTS (low temperature with a normal TSH level).

Quite a significant amount of the people who finish our recommended protocol for Auto-immune thyroid conditions will end up with normal TSH levels, normal antibody (thyroid peroxidase) levels, and able to go off thyroid hormones.

WT3 by itself can cause thyroid antibodies to go down, and we believe that ThyroCare can bring the antibodies down by itself as well. But we believe that using the WT3 protocol along with the ThyroCare will enable a lot of people to get great results at alleviating their autoimmune condition.*

Nodules and Goiters
Thyrocare 1 capsule three times a day (if not better in 3 months, discontinue). Add WT3 protocol if indicated.*

General Description
ThyroCare is designed to provide adjunctive support for the patient with a hypo-functioning thyroid gland, and may be of assistance no matter what the cause of the condition.*


Supporting Research

Hypothyroidism

Overview
Guggul (Commiphora mukul) is considered a rejuvenating herb and stimulant in Ayurvedic medicine. The resin of the Commiphora mukul tree, termed "guggul" or "guggulipid", has been associated with thyroid stimulating activity. Guggul causes the thyroid to increase iodine uptake and increase production of thyroid hormones. Studies in both animals and humans have shown that guggul can also modulate cholesterol levels. Fucus, also known as bladderwrack or kelp, has been a traditional remedy for thyroid problems for thousands of years, and it appears to provide it with the nutrition and substrates the thyroid gland requires. People living near oceans or seas have a historically low rate of hypothyroidism, due, in part, to ingestion of iodine-rich food, such as seafood and seaweeds like bladderwrack. Iris versicolor (Blue Flag) has traditionally been used to improve thyroid function with both hypofunctioning and hyperfunctioning thyroid patients. It appears to act as a potent detoxifier of the thyroid gland, which is particularly susceptible to disruption from environmental toxins.

References
1. Blumenthal ed. German E Commision Monograph: Commiphora mukul. American Botanical Council, 2000.

2. Tripathy, Y.B., Malhotra, O.P.and Tripathy, S.N (1985) Thyroid-stimulating actions of (Z)guggulsterone obtained from Commiphora mukul. Planta Medica. 78-80.

3. Murray, M. Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements. Prima Pub 1996 pg205.

4. Suzuki, H, Higuchi T, Sawa, K, Ohtaki, S, Tolli , J 1965. Endemic coast goitre in Hokkaido, Japan. Acta Endocr. 50 : 161-176.

Guggul
(Comiphora mukul)

Background

The resin of the Commiphora mukul tree, known as myrrh, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 2000 years to treat a variety of ailments, including mouth ulcers, gingivitis, pharyngitis, as well as respiratory catarrh. For stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth), it is combined with honey and rectified spirit, then dissolved in rose petal infusion, and taken as a mouthwash. (1)

Thyroid
The resin of the Commiphora mukul tree, termed "guggul" or "guggulipid", was known to cause weight loss. This has been associated with the thyroid stimulating activity of guggulsterone Z, causing the thyroid to increase iodine uptake and increase production of thyroid hormones. (2) Enhanced thyroid hormone synthesis from guggul use was also associated with increased tissue oxygen uptakes in the liver and muscle. (3)

Hyperlipidemia
Studies in both animal models and humans have shown that guggul can decrease elevated lipid levels.

Guggul was approved by the government of India in 1987 for the treatment of hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. Several well-designed clinical trials using various extracts of guggul have reported significant lowering of triglycerides, total cholesterol, total serum lipids, low density lipoprotein-C, as well as significant increases in high density lipoprotein-C. (4) No serious adverse reactions have been reported.Gugulipid has demonstrated equivalent efficacy to clofibrate in clinical trials for the treatment of hyperlipidemia.(5). The lipid lowering effects continue after discontinuation of therapy and has been reported in a range of 6 to20 weeks to return time to baseline lipid profile (6).

Pharmacology
The stereoisomers E- and Z-guggulsterone have been identified as the active agents in this resin. Recent studies have shown that these compounds are antagonist ligands for the bile acid receptor farnesoid X receptor (FXR), which regulates bile acid production in the liver. Since the principal means of cholesterol elimination is through bile excretion, it is likely that this effect accounts for the hypolipidemic activity of these phytosteroids. (6)

References- Guggul
1. Blumenthal ed. German E Commision Monograph: Commiphora mukul. American Botanical Council, 2000

2. Tripathy, Y.B., Malhotra, O.P.and Tripathy, S.N (1985) Thyroid-stimulating actions of (Z)guggulsterone obtained from Commiphora mukul. Planta Medica. 78-80.

3. Tripathy, Y.B., Tripathy, P., Malhotra, O.P.and Tripathy, S.N. (1988) Thyroid stimulating action of (Z) guggulsterone. Mechanism of action. Planta Medica 271-276.

4. Singh RB, Niaz MA & Ghosh S: Hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects of commiphora mukul as an adjunct to dietary therapy in patients with hypercholesterolemia. Cardiovasc Drugs Ther 1994; 8(4):659-664.

Singh RP, Singh R, Ram P et al: Use of Pushkar-guggul, an indigenous antiischemic combination, in the management of ischemic heart disease. Int J Pharmacog 1993; 31(2):147- 160.

5. Nityanand S, Srivastava JS & Asthana OP: Clinical trials with gugulipid--a new hypolipidaemic agent. J Assoc Physicians India 1989; 37(5):323-328.

6. Nancy L. Urizar and David D. Moore; Guggulipid: A Natural Cholesterol-Lowering Agent Annual Review of Nutrition.Vol. 23: 303-313 July 2003.

Bladderwrack
(Fucus vesiculosis)

Background

Bladderwrack is a seaweed found attached to rocks along the coasts of the North Atlantic ocean; it occurs as a flat, mucilaginous, olive brown thallus with spherical air vesicles. It grows on the northern Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States and on the northern Atlantic coast and Baltic coast of Europe. The main stem of bladderwrack, known as the thallus, is used medicinally. The thallus has tough, air-filled pods or bladders to help the algae float--thus the name bladderwrack. Although bladderwrack is sometimes called kelp, that name is not specific to this species.

Thyroid
The last national nutritional survey (NHANES III 1988-1994) revealed that 15% of the U.S. adult female population are iodine-deficient, as defined by the World Health Organization: levels of iodine/iodide (I) excretion below 50 ug/L (x). Goiter rates in the US have been reduced by the addition of iodide to table salt. Nevertheless, in certain high risk areas goiter is still relatively common (5-6%). This may be due in part to the consumption of certain foods, known as goitrogens, that block iodine utilization, combined with salt avoidance, low soil iodine levels, and lack of seafood and seaweed consumption. Goitrogens include turnips,cabbage, mustard,cassava root, soybeans, peanuts, pine nuts and millet.(2) Mainland Japanese women have a very low incidence and prevalence of fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer, and some investigators have proposed that high iodine consumption the protective factor. According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, the average daily I intake in mainland Japanese is 13.8 mg. It has also been known for some time that people living near oceans or seas have a historically low rate of hypothyroidism, due to ingestion of iodine-rich foods. Badderwrack contains as much as 600mcg of iodine per gram (3) and has been traditionally used for treating thyroid goiter and obesity (4). In addition, a number of seaweeds have been found to contain diiodotyrosine (DIT) in small amounts (5). In the thyroid gland, thyroxine (T4) is created by the coupling of two DIT molecules. Also within the thyroid one molecule of DIT can condense with monoiodotyrosine (MIT) to form either T3 or rT3.

Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Absence of iodine in the breast tissue appears to make the epithelium more sensitive to estrogen stimulation. Thus increased sensitivity can produce excess secretions which cause the breast to distend and produce small cysts and eventually fibrosis. A number of studies have shown that both iodide and iodine is effective in about 70% of patients (7). However, significant side effects were found to be much less common with elemental iodine versus iodide. Iodide was associated with altered thyroid function (4%) and acne (15%). Therefore, organic sources of iodine, such as Bladderwrack and kelp, are preferred to inorganic iodides (potassium iodide, sodium iodide etc).

Cautions
Bladderwrack can concentrate industrial heavy metals so should be collected only in areas of relatively unpolluted waters.

References - Bladderwrack
1. Hollowell J., Staehling N., Hannon W., Flanders D., Gunter E., Maberly G., Iodine Nutrition in the United States. (1971-1974 and 1988-1994) J. Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 83:3401-3408, 1998.

2. Murray, M. Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements. Prima Pub 1996 pg205

3. McGuffin M et al. American Herbal Products Association Botanical Safety Handbook. CRC press, FL.

4. Suzuki, H, Higuchi T, Sawa, K, Ohtaki, S, Tolli , J 1965. Endemic coast goitre in Hokkaido, Japan. Acta Endocr. 50 : 161-176.

5. POHLOUDEK-FABINI R, KATTERBACH HA. Y Pharmazie. 1965 Mar;20:176. ON THE PRESENCE OF DIIODOTYROSINE IN BALTIC SEA FUCUS.

6. Ball SG, Sokolov J, Chin W. 3,5-Diiodo-Lthyronine (T2) has selective thyromimetic effects in vivo and in vitro. J Mol Endocrinol 1997;19:137-147.

7. Ghent W, et al. Iodine replacement in fibrocystic disease of the breast. Can J Surg 36, 453-460, 1993.


* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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