Taking Charge of Your Health

Mark: Hi, it’s Mark Bossert at Top Local
Lead Generation. We’re here with Naturopath Dr. Nicholas Jensen from Vancouver, BC. He’s
the owner and runs a clinic called Divine Elements. How’re you doing today Dr. Nicholas? Dr. Nicholas: I’m doing great Mark, how
are you doing? Mark: I’m good. So we’re going to talk
about thyroid – which is a pretty common thing and whether using Synthroid or more natural
alternatives are better. So what’s the deal? Dr. Nicholas: Yeah, so the reality is thyroid
is a very, very common problem and typically we’re seeing more hypothyroid issues that
are showing up. So what does hypothyroid look like? It’s typically unexplained weight
gain, constipation, dry hair and skin, nails that are brittle, hair loss is quite common,
that depressed mood and low energy, these are just to name a few. There’s definitely
other signs and symptoms of thyroid decline, but those are definitely more common ones. So the story behind Synthroid is interesting.
It’s actually the number one most prescribed medication according to the 2013 report and
what does that mean? That means 22.6 million prescriptions are being given out every month.
So the reality is that Synthroid is actually ever prescribed once TSH, which is Thyroid
Stimulating Hormone, goes above an elevated range which is technically described as hypothyroid.
So Synthroid being that it is so commonly prescribed, is actually only just in its form
of T4 which is an inactive form of thyroid hormone. So the reality is that so many people
are experiencing these symptoms and may be kind of flying under the radar, not actually
outside of the actual range, so the number we’re seeing of prescriptions don’t actually
include the other people who are still dealing with these problems. So we ask people in the clinic, how are you
doing with the Synthroid, is it working for you? We get two responses typically. One is
that, I’ve been on it for 5-10 years and I don’t really know why I’m on it, I don’t
know what it’s doing, I don’t feel any different. Number two is, yes I’ve definitely
gained benefit from Synthroid, however symptom A,B,C, D are still showing up in my life. So the great news is there’s a natural solution
for, instead of using Synthroid; Synthroid being a pharmaceutical counterpart to desiccated
thyroid or also known as Amour Thyroid. What this is is a natural glandular extract of
hormone. Desiccated thyroid is actually taken from a pig source, from the thyroid gland.
Where Synthroid, the pharmaceutical form, is just in the form of the T4, this is inactive
thyroid hormone. Desiccated thyroid is the thyroid glands and also contains 80% T4 and
the remainder is in the active form of T3. So usually when people who are on Synthroid
aren’t gaining the benefits it’s because their inactive form of thyroid is not converting
properly into T3, the active form for the majority of people. Also interesting to note
is that desiccated thyroid or Amour Thyroid, they kinda go by the same name, except that
desiccated thyroid is a compounded form is actually, historically the treatment of choice.
So this was on the scene, well before Synthroid was, which is quite interesting that now it’s
Naturopathic Doctors or Functional Medicine Practitioners, who are actually prescribing
desiccated thyroid which was always a treatment of choice. The results were always great.
It’s just that it wasn’t necessarily backed by a large pharmaceutical company. That’s
a whole other topic obviously! So one study I looked at showed a population
of 70 individuals and of those 70, 49% preferred desiccated thyroid and of those 49% also reported
a much improved weight loss as well because with Synthroid they’re not typically getting
those results; 19% of that particular population preferred Synthroid and 23% had no preference.
So in that small population size, we’re seeing this increase in numbers in favour
or preferring desiccated thyroid. So in our practice, whenever we see people
come in with a prescription of Synthroid, we are always recommending its counterpart
in the form of the natural thyroid hormone called Desiccated Thyroid, as it continues
to clinically outperform Synthroid. So it’s important obviously, that whenever you’re
working with hormones, whether it’s Synthroid or Desiccated, that you’re getting a professional
to address you as an individual and what works for the blanket of people doesn’t necessarily
work specifically enough for you. So in saying that desiccated thyroid and Synthroid are
both prescribed medications so you do actually need to see a health care practitioner in
order for it to be prescribed. So, there’s lots to talk about thyroid and
I’m excited to dive into more of the causes behind thyroid imbalance and the connection
to some of the other glands which we will definitely be doing in upcoming episodes.
But hopefully that gives you a good sense of the main differences between desiccated
thyroid and Synthroid and looking for an option to use the natural hormone counterpart. Mark: Great. So we’ve been talking about
thyroid issues with Dr. Nicholas Jensen. He’s a Naturopath in Vancouver. His clinic is called
Divine Elements. You can reach him at or give him a call 604-568-3735. Thanks Dr. Nicholas: Thanks so much Mark. Have a
great day. Mark: You too.

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