Hello. I am a 47-year-old male, and I have autoimmune hypothyroidism.
I've had my current thyroid doctor since November 2020. Recently, she ordered some blood tests for me. These were my first blood tests under her care, and here are the results:
FT4 = 1.53 (normal range = 0.82 - 1.77)
FT3 = 3.5 (normal range = 2.0 - 4.4)
TSH = 0.037 (normal range = 0.450 - 4.500)
TPO antibodies = less than 9 (normal range = 0 - 34)
Thyroglobulin antibodies = less than 1.0 (normal range = 0.0 - 0.9)
Vitamin B12 = 817 (normal range = 232 - 1245)
Folate (serum) = 8.1 (normal range = greater than 3.0)
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) = 6.3 (normal range = 7.0 - 25.1)
Vitamin E (Gamma Tocopherol) = 0.5 (normal range = 0.5 - 5.5)
Selenium (serum/plasma) = 154 (normal range = 93 - 198)
Copper (serum) = 106 (normal range = 69 - 132)
Zinc (serum or plasma) = 66 (normal range = 44 - 115)
Magnesium (RBC) = 7.3 (normal range = 4.2 - 6.8)
Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy = 17.2 (normal range = 30.0 - 100.0)
Hemoglobin A1c = 5.1 (normal range = 4.8 - 5.6)
The doctor says that the antibody tests show that, currently, my thyroid is NOT under attack by antibodies. In other words, I am not currently experiencing Hashimoto's.
I ask her whether my thyroid can ever recover from the damage that has already been done by antibodies over the years. By "recover", I mean that the thyroid will resume production of thyroid hormones on its own, and that I will not have to take thyroid medicine any longer.
She says that it is possible for the thyroid to recover if the thyroid receives proper food.
What does the doctor mean by the thyroid receiving proper food? Well, according to the doctor, the supplement Thytrophin PMG is an example of food for the thyroid. Also, the doctor has referred me to a book written by a woman named Izabella Wentz. This book is called "Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology". Supposedly, this book describes the foods that are good for the thyroid.
Izabella Wentz has written 3 books on Hashimoto's, and these books definitely have mixed reviews on Amazon.
So, what do all of you think about this idea of food for the thyroid? Have any of you read Izabella Wentz's books?
Also, my doctor is concerned because my Zinc value is lower than my Copper value. She believes that Zinc should be higher, and she wants me to take a Zinc supplement.
In her office, she has bottles of Aqueous Zinc, which is made by a company called Biotics Research. She likes this Zinc product 1) because the product is liquid and 2) because the Zinc concentration (2.3 mg of Zinc per 10-ml serving) is low. However, each bottle contains only 12 servings, and the doctor sells each bottle for $13.90. That's $1.16 per serving.
I've seen Zinc products that are much cheaper than $1.16 per serving, but they have much higher concentrations of Zinc than Aqueous Zinc does. Also, some of these products contain Magnesium, and I have to avoid Magnesium-containing supplements because my Magnesium level is elevated.
So, my question is, do any of you know of any Zinc product that is liquid, that is much cheaper than $1.16 per serving, and that does not contain Magnesium?