The world of conventional medicine is finally waking up to what patients have long been asking. In the last four years, there has been a shift towards a more open-minded attitude prescribing "combination therapy" for better thyroid care.
According to the most recent NHANES surveys, urinary iodine levels have dropped in the U.S. by half since the 1970s, and nearly 10% of the population has some degree of iodine deficiency.
We ask our doctor to run a test, and lo' and behold' the results often come back "normal".
How can this be we ask, especially when weight gain continues to be an issue and/or we suffer from other hypothyroid hallmarks - feeling cold, old, stressed and depressed?
Seemingly average people who accumulate lots of pounds around certain seasons, like the winter, may have a borderline sluggish metabolism. In other words, they lack sufficient reserve of thyroid or adrenal hormones to handle the increased seasonal demands.