Do you think it’s possible to have great thyroid health without your thyroid gland?
It’s a question that I get almost every single day.
And the resounding answer is… Yes!
I’ll show you how and why in just a second.
(Note: Everything here also applies to all hypothyroidism sufferers, even if you still have your thyroid gland.)
Yet, the reality is that many hypothyroidism sufferers today are living without their thyroid gland, or at least a good portion of it.
Oftentimes in the cases of thyroid cancer and “diagnosed” hyper-thyroidism, treatment involves…
- Thyroidectomy – where all or part of the thyroid gland is removed surgically.
- Radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment – where radioactive iodine is ingested and used to kill the thyroid gland.
The end result of these two procedures is either no thyroid function or partial thyroid function.
And they are irreversible.
Now, it’s worth noting that hyper-thyroidism is oftentimes misdiagnosed today, particularly with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis causing many thyroid sufferers to undergo RAI treatment unnecessarily.
But that’s a topic for another day.
The important thing to understand here is that even if you have no thyroid gland, or it has been permanently damaged, everything we teach still applies 100%.
And you can still achieve perfect thyroid health and live a completely happy and healthy life, just like any other hypothyroidism sufferer.
No Thyroid Gland? No Problem.
The truth is you don’t need your thyroid gland to regulate your thyroid health.
Sure, without a thyroid gland you can’t produce an adequate amount of thyroid hormone to support your body’s needs…
…but the same goes for just about all hypothyroidism sufferers out there, making you not much different.
The only real difference is that you will need to supplement the right thyroid hormone to the degree that you cannot produce it.
I’ll explain what I mean by the “right thyroid hormone” in a second.
But it’s important to understand that your thyroid health involves far more than just your thyroid gland.
More importantly, it involves your entire Thyroid Hormone Pathway.
And your thyroid gland is just one single part of this very important pathway.
(Note: I cover your Thyroid Hormone Pathway in more detail in this article on “How We Overcome Hypothyroidism When All Else Fails”).
In fact, supplementing thyroid hormone is the easy part.
Yet, supplementing thyroid hormone alone doesn’t ensure proper thyroid health.
You still have to get that thyroid hormone to your cells.
And this is a problem for all hypothyroidism sufferers.
You’re simply handed a thyroid prescription and sent on your way while your body isn’t able to make use of the medication because it’s not getting to your cells.
It’s like trying to water your garden when your hose is kinked (blocked)…
…no matter how much water you try to force through, it’s blocked and no water can come out.
Eventually your garden begins to wither away.
The same goes for thyroid medication…
… no matter how much you take, if your Thyroid Hormone Pathway is blocked then it can’t get to your cells and it won’t do you much good.
And thyroid hormone can become blocked in many parts of your Thyroid Hormone Pathway such as:
- At your liver
- In your bloodstream
- At your cell receptors
- Inside your cells
(Note: Want to learn some simple tricks to help you start unblocking your Thyroid Hormone Pathway? Use this super simple 3 Food Triple-Thyroid-Boosting Daily Protocol. You can find it here.)
Why You Need T3 (active thyroid hormone)… No Ifs Ands or Buts
Unfortunately when it comes to thyroidectomy or RAI treatment, doctors are really dropping the ball and doing a major disservice to their patients.
Most doctors continue to prescribe T4-Only (inactive thyroid hormone) medications like Synthroid or the generic levothyroxine, which is very unnatural.
Your thyroid gland naturally produces T3, although in lesser amounts than the inactive T4 it produces.
But the T3 it does produce is very important for a number of reasons.
One of which is to support peripheral organ function.
For example, your liver needs this T3 to energize and do its job to produce the larger amounts of T3 that are necessary to support every cell of your body.
Supplementing T4 alone tends to suppress your liver’s ability to produce adequate T3.
This is why it’s important to supplement thyroid hormone in the proper rations of T3 to T4 (around 1 to 4) which more closely mimics what your thyroid gland would naturally produce.
And hopefully that makes sense.
It’s like having an artificial heart. You would want the artificial heart to mimic a real heart, right?
Otherwise, there could be dire consequences.
Well, the same goes for your thyroid.
So, if you don’t have a thyroid, don’t despair.
With the right thyroid supplement or medication and focus on fixing your Thyroid Hormone Pathway, you too can live a happy, healthy, and normal life.
Just keep following what we teach because everything still applies 100%.