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Lesser Known T2 Thyroid Hormone Activates Mitochondria

Discussion in 'Hormones' started by Hip, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. Wonko

    Wonko Senior Member

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    The other side.
    I'm discontinuing the T2 for the time being, until I figure out what's going on.

    Received it on Friday and it's now only Wednesday, I've put on 3.2KG (weighed under the same conditions/time etc., with an accuracy of 200g caused by my scales limitations). As a weight loss supplement, this sucks (LOL). To put on this much weight in this period I would have needed to have eaten over 6000kcal a day, every day.

    As I haven't, and am probably closer to eating 2000kcal a day (because the T2 seems to have made me hungrier), and I've seen no noticeable up side to taking them, not even how I feel upon waking (this morning was really quite bad and it's still affecting me) I'm stopping, at least until i can find an explanation for the rapid weight gain.
     
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    @ Wonko, did you reduce dosage to see if that helped?
     
  3. Wonko

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    The other side.
    No, as I said I've only been on them a few days. However I was taking them at less than the "recommended" dose, for fat burning.

    I suspect that there is some conflict going on between either my other medication (for diabetes) or simply an incompatibility between myself and supplemental T2.

    As i have something to do early next week I can't afford the resources needed, and at risk, to continue this trial until after I have recovered from that event.
     
  4. Valentijn

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    Which diabetes med? The most common, Metformin, doesn't seem well tolerated in ME patients, probably due to its documented effect of wreaking havoc on Complex I of the electron transport chain in mitochondria.
     
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  5. Wonko

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    The other side.
    I haven't been on Metformin for several years due to suddenly becoming extremely intolerant of it, after having been on it for 2-3 years. I never found it to be effective at reducing blood glucose levels.

    I am currently on dapagliflozin 10mg, which works by partially disabling kidney glucose re-uptake and is extremely effective, allowing me to eat "normal" foods again and still have good to moderate BG control. I also take sitagliptin 100mg, which is slightly effective. Despite a near doubling of my calorie intake, to around 1500-2500kcal per day (depending on how ill, able to stomach the thought of food, able to organise myself enough to prepare and eat food, and thus how much I ate that day),

    I had, until trying the T2, been slowly but steadily losing weight on this combination - at a rate of, on average, around one pound a week.

    Before being put on dapagliflozin I was on sitagliptin and gliclazide, if I actually took the gliclazide then if I ate more than 800kcal a day I put on weight rapidly, at roughly the same rate, on a "normal" diet as I have just experienced with the T2. Due to this I repeatedly refused to take the gliclazide, my previously good BG control dropped to poor and I was eventually referred to my local hospital diabetes unit and put on dapagliflozin, which after 3 days where my BG went up, dropped my BG down to acceptable levels and even eating foods I previously hadn't been able to eat, like bread, my BG stayed okay.

    However it's more complicated than that. during the period I was supposed to be taking gliclazide I was also taking up to 4 grains of NDT a day, around the time I was switched over to dapagliflozin I found out that Thyroid hormones can significantly reduce the effect of diabetes meds. Coincidentally I stopped the NDT a few days before I started dapagliflozin. So there is a possibility that the NDT contributed to the rapid weight gain by reducing the effects of my diabetes meds, which the gliclazide then mopped up by causing constantly high insulin levels which meant the BG was "converted" to fat, that with the attendant water used in fat storage is what i think caused the weight gain.

    Given the similarities between the 2 situations, thyroid supplement, diabetes and diabetes meds, impossible weight gain (given how much I've eaten the amount of gain just isn't possible as fat mass increase), I've decided to drop the thyroid supplement until I have more time/energy/resources and I've had time to do some more reading, which is probably a few weeks.
     
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  6. pibee

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    Very interesting thread.
    Because natural pig thyroid saved my life. It has of course t2 too
    Synthetic with t4+t3 dont have ao good effect, although much better than t4 only.

    So could be linked to t2.


    However it also enhanced some of my CFS symptoms, same as high dose vitamin D did.

    All together was very worth it but also not without worsenings.
    Why it has to be so complicated :(
     
  7. bertiedog

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    I have been on natural dessicated thyroid medication since 2003 and since treating my gut with various probiotics and some herbs I have been able to reduce the dose from 2 grains to about 1 1/4 plus I HAVE HAD CONSISTENT ENERGY IN MY BODY NOW FOR 4 DAYS IN A ROW. IT HASN'T RUN OUT AT ALL.

    Of course its very early days but I am feeling like a different person, things have changed so much. I split my dose of thyroid meds every day and at the moment I am not completely sure what dose I do need because I get a few symptoms of overdosing but after a few hours they go so I am titrating downwards. I can always feel if I have run a bit low and need a top up but its hardly been happening these past few days.

    It would seem to me that my illness has been rooted in a very poor microbiome which was illustrated in my American Gut stool test done at the end of May this year. By addressing the small amount of beneficial bacteria I had in my gut my energy has come back.

    I think my progress would have been faster but it was held back by an infected finger that wasn't treated till last week but I first got the splinters in it in early September. The stupid Nurse Practitioner at my local surgery said it was a lymphdemia and wouldn't touch it. Thankfully it was removed last Wednesday and since then I have been so well and have done over 10,000 steps on more than 5 days without any ill effects.

    I still have the problem of morning headaches that often go into migraines but they haven't made me feel ill either. I think they might be due to overdosing on foods containing glutamine so I am now cutting right back on them in the hope that they will improve.

    Having deeply researched the gut and the microbiome and what it does in the body there is no question in my mind that if there is a big imbalance it can cause all the symptoms we suffer from.

    Pam
     
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    Well said Pam! As you probably know, I couldn't agree more!;) So good to hear you are doing so well.:woot::thumbsup: I also continue to improve with gut treatments.

    I just started taking curcumin a few days ago and so far it is giving me a huge boost in energy. It's suppose to lower inflammation and it really seems to be doing that.

    I need more time with it though to fully see how much it helps. I also added ginger and 1.5 grams a day of omega 3"s, DHA/EPA to further reduce inflammation. I think immune system activation causing inflammation is a big cause of symptoms.

    Jim
     
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  9. Wishful

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    To plbee: I think I mentioned earlier that I tried dessicated pig thyroid and it didn't seem to contain enough T2 to have a noticeable effect on me, so I don't know if DPT is of any use for experiments regarding T2. Worse: I went to order more T2 and found that it had been discontinued, as had another brand of it. I guess it had been a fad for a while and now (after people found that it didn't really help burning fat) no longer has enough customers to justify production. Luckily iodine works as well for me. I'll just have to experiment a bit to find the minimal required dose, since I don't want potential problems from taking more iodine than I need. Yes, this disorder definitely is complicated, as is the process of finding a treatment that works (and doesn't cause other problems), and the process of dealing with the medical system. All overly complicated, for people who aren't up to dealing with complications.

    As for the microbiome link, add me to the list of people who regard it as a major factor for many people. Unfortunately people can have a serious problem that won't show up on a simple stool sample test, and there's no simple treatment. While I was having an immune problem due to microbiome imbalance, I did try candida treatments, probiotics, prebiotics, bran, diet change, etc (and had antibiotics a couple of times in that period), and none had any effect, except that the candida treatments did trigger worse symptoms. Would a doctor have told me that I had a microbiome imbalance and prescribed spoiled coconut milk? Not a chance, but that was what worked. So, if you think you might have a microbiome problem, but yoghurt and probiotic capsules aren't having an effect, that doesn't mean that your microbiome is healthy after all. You might just not have found the right way to correct the imbalance yet.
     
  10. pibee

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    I am not exaggerating when i say that NDT saved my life.
    I was on t4-only and my mental health was very bad, but also when I switched to NDT besides 80% improved mental health, i got much more energy. Not sure if this would be from simply raising serotonin or also mitochondria effect.
    Looking back i think must be mitochondria too.

    However it aeems like NDT enhanced autoimmunity in me.
    First thing i noticed is considerable drop in "intelligence", its not actally intelligence but some part of working memory.
    For example when i had to give aome public speech I would have much harder time than on t4-only because my concentration and ability to clearly think was worse.
    But that was not so big drop ao i was still happy w NDT saving my butt.

    Also what i noticed is that even tho i had tona more energy, i refused invites to go rollerskating w my friends, which i didnt before.
    So in some way it did enhance autoimmunity, i mean me cfs

    Before NDT i developed my online company, it was much easier. Later i couldnt do that, now i cant too. I had better focus, clearer mind.
    But i was very mentally unstable.

    Same happened with vitamin D, strenghtened my AI.
    Seems like immune boosting treatments make me worse, i would guess bc of molecular mimicry. Because vit D shluld help autoimmunity and for me it did opposite.

    But NDT got me out of my room, i was active about 80% of what normal people my age and character are, because I need a lot of activities to be happy, I am very outgoing, so from a side it looked like i am full of energy while in fact that is my CFS version.

    Why would iodine work? I havent tried it yet.

    Another thing that started to happen faster on NDT was my lymme progression. I suddenly got ao many neuropathies that i didnt get in 8 yrs (i got more in 1 yr than in 8!). It is now gone with antibiotica so i am kinda sure it was lyme or some other bacteria.


    Now i am considering going off NDT for a while, to lower my immunity or whatever happens pn t4-only, but i am afraid it will again cause me to be unstable and even less energy.
    But i urgently need to prevent whatver is happening to my brain [fog].

    Need to go back to the roots and see why I responded to NDT like this.
     
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  11. Gondwanaland

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    I can say the same from switching from L-T4 to compounded T4+T3. I feel that T3 helps to produce glutathione.
    Likewise from T4+T3
    I think this is due to thyroid x estrogen antagonism. My dr said that estrogen is crucial for mood, libido and cognition.
    My social abilities also declined further with T4+T3
    I can't be productive with my computer anymore as well. It improved recently when I was able to enhance endogenous estrogen, but not without side effects
    Same for me
    Me too
    I have tried it once and it is very highly anti-estrogenic
    I got joint degeneration which is improved by estrogen
     
  12. pibee

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    did you test this by trying IV glutathione or liposomal?
    i felt nothing from it.
    I think simply i was deficient in t3 on tissue level because of Lyme.


    Likewise from T4+T3
    hm, doesnt make much sense in my opinion.
    first, it extremely improved my mood (ndt)
    and made only part of my cognition worse,part that hurts a lot now after treatment attempts (right frontal lobe), i physically feel part of brain that doesnt work. and it hurts.


    also most people dont have these side effects from NDT, most just get better. I always thought it's because of lyme and raising immunity. i lived in hypo state for 10+ yrs, it was bad long term but short term had effects like any immunesupression on autoimmune diseases (?!)

    for me extremely improved my social life, simply because gave me energy and i felt again like "myself". on t4-only i felt like that's not me, i was really depressed because i lost my personality and didnt know why.
    when i switched to NDT within few weeks or even days i felt like i'm again myself. it was extreme switch in personality.

    roller skating example was because of doing sports.
    how did you do that? which labs should i do to check it out?
    i basically dont get a time to pay attention to sex hormones, next to all doctors' visits i make. but my periods are mostly regular, and dont make much problems for me even. sometimes only 2 days. a bit of pain and that's it.

    Ow yes, now i remembered. first time in life i started to have PMS was on NDT, never before! :)
     
  13. Wishful

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    For why iodine would work as well as T2, I assume that the boost in iodine causes an increase in thyroid production of T2. I just observed a reliable and seemingly identical effect from both T2 and iodine.
     
  14. anni66

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    What does your diet comprise ? Too little fat ( in proportion to protein and carbs) and effects may be negligible
     
  15. Gondwanaland

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    I will reply at the menstruation thread
     

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