I’d like to Try NDT but I’m Vegetarian/Can’t Have Pork. What Do I Do?

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A few people have asked me this before;

I’d like to try NDT but I’m vegetarian/can’t have pork. What do I do?

They read about how well people do on Natural Desiccated Thyroid, want to try it, then realise it’s porcine (pig) gland.

Whilst this is great in that it’s very close to your own thyroid, so gives you exactly what your own thyroid would be giving you; T1, T2, T3, T4 and Calcitonin, for those who are vegetarian, it’s not as simple.

For some, being vegetarian is a lifestyle choice, cultural or religious instruction.

So what do you do?

One alternative is the combination of synthetic T4 (such as Levothyroxine and Synthroid) and synthetic T3 (Cytomel) medication, but it’s worth being aware that Tirosint (a T4 Levothyorxine medicine) does often contain gelatine, so always check what you’re given. Synthetic T3 medication can be prescribed, just like T4.

This is often reported to be more successful at treating hypothyroidism and the associated symptoms than T4 alone, since you aren’t relying on your body to convert the T4 in to T3, T3 being the most active thyroid hormone and one we also need to feel well (and many people have conversion problems).  T3 is important for so many things.

Another option, if you can’t have pork, could be a bovine NDT (made from cows). There is an ‘over the counter’ NDT product called Thyrogold, referred to as a ‘dietary supplement’. However, I always recommend that people use great caution when ordering thyroid medication or glandular containing supplements online. The best option is always to have a doctor prescribe this medication for you.

Another alternative is to consider looking at NDT in another way. Thyroid hormone is needed in order for you to live and function.

Does this take precedence over your what your religion/culture/morals dictate? Well, that’s for you to decide. You could speak to a religious figure at your church, temple, mosque etc. and discuss this subject with them.

One thing is certain, though. It’s completely your decision and only you know what you feel comfortable with.

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Rachel Hill is a highly ranked and award-winning Thyroid Patient Advocate, blogger and author. She has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, Dr. HedbergThyroid Refresh and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and also contributed the foreword to Emily Kyle’s The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook. She received Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations.

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