Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have had my thyroid removed. I have been taking Levoxyn for my condition, which has a lot of undesirable side effects. Is there a way I can get off the drugs and naturally care for my condition?
A: Your thyroid produces thyroxine, a very important hormone for metabolism, hormonal balance, and energy. Unfortunately, since you have lost your thyroid, your body cannot naturally produce this hormone, and as a result, you have to take Levoxyn indefinitely to provide this essential hormone. There are, however, dietary and lifestyle recommendations I will give you to assist you with better dealing with your overall health issues.
These are my recommendations:
1. Avoid fluoride and chloride, found in most toothpastes and tap water.
2. Eat less Brussels sprouts, peaches, pears, and cabbage. Increase your intake of foods rich in vitamin B complex.
3. Take up tai chi or qigong exercises, which are moderately stressing, but very effective in building and sustaining balanced energy in the body.
4. Some herbs that are beneficial include cinnamon bark, Rehmannia, Diascora Moutan, and Poria.
5. Make an appointment with an acupuncturist. Acupuncture can assist with many of the side effects of Levoxyn such as tremors, irritability, headaches, and insomnia.