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* Dr. Mercola used to recommend the Armour brand of thyroid hormone. In this article from last year he said as follows.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/05/06/what-is-thyroid-related-fatigue.aspx
You see, once you remain on a thyroid hormone for a period of years, your thyroid will tend to become progressively less functional. In time, it will probably stop producing any functional hormones whatsoever, which could condemn you to taking thyroid hormone for the rest of your life.
- Natural Methods to Restore Your Thyroid
The first and most basic step you can take is to clean up your diet. This means reducing your intake of processed and refined foods, while following a nutrition plan that is right for your nutritional type. [See http://nhc.lefora.com/2009/04/08/ideal-diet-2/page1.]
- You can also:
1. Make sure you’re getting enough selenium and iodine, which provide the raw materials for your thyroid gland to work better.
2. Get plenty of omega-3 fats from high quality sources like krill oil [or Carlson's fish oil]. A variety of studies and physiological principles suggest that omega-3 fat in doses of 3-5 grams per day would be helpful in restoring thyroid function.
3. Get a sound night’s sleep, in complete darkness.
4. Address your emotional stress. The vast majority of people's thyroid glands become impaired as a result of weak adrenal glands. The thyroid gland tries to compensate for this and eventually just gives up and stops working.
- Well, adrenal impairment is frequently due to emotional stress, and unless you have these previous emotional challenges resolved, there is little likelihood of recovering your thyroid function without hormonal replacement.
- Related Links:
  Is Your Thyroid Out of Balance?
  How to Help Your Thyroid With Virgin Coconut Oil
  Many Could Benefit of Treatment of Low-Normal Thyroid Function

* Chlorine, fluoride & bromine harm the thyroid. Bromine seems to be the worst. In this recent article he said as follows.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/22/Another-Poison-Hiding-in-Your-Environment.aspx
    You are already exposed to far too much chlorine and bromine. Bromine can be found in a number of places in your everyday world, including:
          Pesticides (specifically methyl bromide, used mainly on strawberries, predominantly in California)
          Plastics, like those used to make computers
          Bakery goods and some flours often contain a “dough conditioner” called potassium bromate
          Soft drinks (including Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Sun Drop, Squirt, Fresca and other citrus-flavored sodas), in the form of brominated vegetable oils (BVOs)
          Medications such as Atrovent Inhaler, Atrovent Nasal Spray, Pro-Banthine (for ulcers), and anesthesia agents
          Fire retardants (common one is polybromo diphenyl ethers or PBDEs) used in fabrics, carpets, upholstery, and mattresses
          Bromine-based hot tub and swimming pool treatments
-     According to van Leeuwen, who has extensively studied the effects of sodium bromide on thyroid function:
        “Although the bromide ion is widely distributed in nature, the main route of exposure in humans stems from bromide residues in food commodities as a result of the abundant use of bromide-containing pesticides, like methylbromide and ethylene dibromide, for soil fumigation in intensive horticulture and for postharvest treatment.”
-     One clinical consequence of overexposure to bromine is suppression of your thyroid, leading to hypothyroidism, which will be discussed shortly. Another is bromide toxicity.

* http://Curezone.com has additional info at
http://curezone.com/forums/s.asp?f=25&ob=d&c=9
http://curezone.com/forums/am.asp?i=17632
http://curezone.com/forums/f.asp?f=25
* It also has info on adrenal fatigue at
http://curezone.com/forums/s.asp?f=323&ob=d&c=9