Odds are that the idea of no longer depending on your thyroid medication has crossed your mind at one time or another.
Maybe even the idea of using something that you believe is “unnatural” makes you cringe a bit.
If our ancestors could survive without thyroid medication, then why can’t we?
Say no more…
I completely understand and have had the same conversation with more clients than I can remember.
Yet, there’s a little more to this story than you probably realize.
While it is in fact “possible” to get off your thyroid medication, I want to give you a different perspective as it relates to your diet and how hypothyroid people have survived for thousands of years without today’s thyroid medications.
I’ll show you exactly how they did it (and how you can too).
Our Ancestors May Not Have Had Thyroid Medication…
…but that doesn’t mean they didn’t medicate with thyroid hormone.
In fact, our ancestors stayed healthy and survived for thousands of years (oftentimes under extreme conditions) by using thyroid hormone similarly to how we use it today.
Native Cultures Have Survived Using Thyroid Hormone
One great example of this comes from the work of Dr. Weston A. Price.
In his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Price described how a native Indian culture medicated using thyroid hormone to ensure the health and survival of their offspring.
Here’s an excerpt from the book…
“For the Indians of the far North this reinforcement was accomplished by supplying special feedings of organs of animals. Among the Indians in the moose country near the Arctic Circle a larger percentage of the children were born in June than in any other month. This was accomplished, I was told, by both parents eating liberally of the thyroid glands of the male moose as they came down from the high mountain areas for the mating season, at which time the large protuberances carrying the thyroids under the throat were greatly enlarged.”
In other words, these Indians have long since medicated with thyroid hormone to improve fertility and the health of their children.
They would hunt moose during the moose mating season when their thyroid glands were engorged with thyroid hormone.
Then both man and woman would consume the moose thyroid gland to supplement large amounts of thyroid hormone before getting pregnant.
If that’s not medicating, I don’t know what is.
Traditional Cultures Have Survived Using Thyroid Hormone Too
It has been a long time since we’ve depended upon bows and arrows to put dinner on our plates.
But that hasn’t stopped many traditional cultures from continuing to get lots of thyroid hormone by also using organs and endocrine glands in their diet.
Offals, or organ meats and glands have been used for centuries in traditional diets, most often known as dietary delicacies.
And offals are well known for their health benefits, particularly from the large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and hormones they contain.
For example, in Argentina, a traditional dish called “Molleja” is oftentimes made from a cut of veal thyroid gland.
But keep in mind that the thyroid gland is not the only offal that contains large amounts of thyroid hormone.
The brain contains a particularly large concentration of thyroid hormone and is one of the most common offals used in traditional cultures.
For example, fish head soup is a common dish used in China and other Asian cultures.
Traditional cultures have also long since used thyroid hormone to maintain their health by regularly using these thyroid rich organs and glands in their diets.
So, what about today?
Our Recent Transition to Thyroid Medications
As you can see, people have long since supplemented or medicated with thyroid hormone by simply getting what they needed from their diet.
Yet today, offal consumption has declined drastically, especially here in the US.
Is that a potential cause for the declining health we’ve been seeing for the past number of decades?
It’s very likely a contributing factor in my opinion.
Today, instead of getting the thyroid hormone we need from our diet, it has become much more socially acceptable to medicate thyroid in a “pill” form.
But that doesn’t change the fact that our ancestors have always used thyroid hormone in one form or another.
The Truth About Getting Off Your Thyroid Medication
The truth is… we all need thyroid hormone.
And while some can produce an adequate amount of thyroid hormone themselves, many of us need more.
The amount of thyroid hormone you need depends on a number of variables, including age and stress.
For example, the older we get, the more our natural hormone production declines.
And the more stress we are under, the more thyroid hormone we need to compensate for that stress.
So, the older we get and the more stress we are under, the greater our need to supplement or medicate.
We can do a lot to increase the amount of the thyroid hormone that your thyroid gland is producing.
So, if you’re young with low stress, then it can be very possible to produce an adequate amount of thyroid hormone yourself without the need for medication.
But if you’re older or live a more stressful lifestyle (also known as the majority of people in the world) then more thyroid hormone is oftentimes necessary.
Whether that thyroid hormone comes from food or medication, it doesn’t really matter.
However, most people today prefer a supplement or medication in place of offal any day of the week.
This is why when working with clients, our goal is not to get off thyroid medication.
Instead, our goal is to take a two pronged approach.
First, we want to ensure that we do have an adequate amount of thyroid hormone available.
And second, we use diet (no offals necessary) to boost thyroid function by unblocking your Thyroid Hormone Pathway so you can produce more thyroid hormone and make sure your cells get and use that thyroid hormone more efficiently.
So, here’s my question to you…
How do you prefer to get your thyroid hormone… through food or medication?
Leave a comment below and let me know.