Originally Posted by michelleklu
What? Marijuana? Can you get that from somewhere other than a conventional doctor?
I don't know anything about marijuana for thyroid stuff. The discussion on ithyroid.com is all about mineral deficiencies (and some vitamin deficiencies) as being a big part of the cause of why our thyroids aren't functioning properly. I took the list of hypothyroid mineral and vitamin supps (he doesn't sell anything) and it helped significantly. I still had to figure out why this was so messed up in the first place, but it made me a lot more functional.
So, his list of stuff is doses of vitamins and esp minerals that are often quite a bit above the RDA. He doesn't discuss other things that are likely to be helpful like avoiding gluten (and maybe dairy and considering other food intolerances), and it's only recently that he's started talking about root causes for the mineral deficiencies a bit more. The only one I saw that he mentioned was mercury issues due to amalgam fillings--which turned out to be my issue, but he didn't have it on his website when I first found it.
And other stuff like acupuncture and other TCM approaches are also likely to be helpful. I love acupuncture, I just can't afford it enough to use it as much as I'd like.
ETA: the reason I said not to mention it to conventional docs is that a) mineral deficiencies aren't very well recognized IMO/IME by many doctors, and b) it is not considered a cause of thyroid problems (even if the cause isn't known, vit/min deficiencies surely aren't involved). The idea that you would treat thyroid problems alternatively is often considered nutty and inappropriate. I only went to one endocrinologist's office and it was clear that they absolutely followed the conventional approach, nothing else was valid, and my reading suggests that is a typical attitude (certainly not every endo, but the majority).