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Exhausted with Armour
Posted by: Nina
Date: March 28, 2002 2:36 AM

Why do you not prescribe Armour for anyone over 40? And how about Westhroid, Nature-throid and Bio-throid. Do you ever recommend them ever to anyone over 40? I remember reading somewhere that there was a specific bacteria (or virus) that causes Graves disease. Have you run into this anywhere and if so what bacteria or virus is it? Might adrenal dysfunction in some way be part of my problem?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at January 18, 2009 2:39 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Exhausted with Armour
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 28, 2002 5:00 AM

Over 40 I prescribe only Time Release T3. Armour thyroid contains both T3 and T4. T4 must be converted to T3 and older people cannot do that very well and since T3 is the active form, one can pass the lab tests and still be hypothyroid. I cannot know about your adrenals without some tests. I do not know of an organism which causes Graves, but it makes sense as the disease sometimes occurs in clusters. You may recall that in 1990 Pres. Bush, Barbara Bush and the Bush's dog all came down with Grave's within a matter of one year.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at January 18, 2009 2:37 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Exhausted with Armour
Posted by: Nina
Date: March 30, 2002 12:02 AM

Do you supply no T-4 whatsoever to a patient in adjunct to time release T-3? How does your body compensate for this as I understand T-4 is also necessary to help regulate the rhythm of the heart. I understand that there are 7 hormones secreted by the thyroid including T-1 and calcitonin. Does time released T-3 reformulate itself into the other less understood thyroid hormones. I could be wrong but I might imagine that the procine natural hormones would also contain these lesser known thyroid hormones perhaps in the wrong proportions necessary for the human being, but never the less available. In other words, how would you describe the working of time released T-3 so that we, as laymen, can understand it.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at January 18, 2009 2:43 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Exhausted with Armour
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 8, 2002 4:20 PM

Most people do quite well with time release T3 and have no residual effects. It is a simple matter to add T4 if this is needed and the ratio should be 5.2:1 in favor of T4. Calcitonin can also be supplemented if needed. Calcium/phosphorus urine levels or calcitonin levels will answer this question. The thyroid does make T1 and T2, but these may be nothing more than precursors to T3 and T4. If a person is doing well on Armour, I see no need to change it, but if not, then clearly something is missing which is needed. Usually that something is T3 in sufficient amounts. Not everyone over 40 has a problem with conversion of T4 to T3, but many do. In the case of total surgical removal of the thyroid, one must remember to supplement parathormone as well, also important in calcium and phosphate metabolism. The parathyroid gland is located in islands of tissue imbedded in the thyroid.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at January 18, 2009 2:42 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

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