What is Natural desiccated thyroid?
Natural desiccated thyroid (NDT), known under the tradename Erfa in Canada, is derived from porcine thyroid gland. NDT is ‘bioidentical’ because it contains the same hormones naturally made by our own thyroid, T4 and T3. On the other hand, the most common thyroid medications (Synthroid, levothyroxine) only contain synthetic versions of T4.
Who can benefit from NDT?
A large percentage of individuals who use conventional thyroid medications, such as Synthroid, continue to experience hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, cold intolerance, depression, and weight gain. This often occurs because their body does a poor job converting the T4 in the medication (an inactive hormone) into the active hormone T3. T3 is the hormone needed to fuel your metabolism, keep you warm, and grown thick and shiny hair. Poor conversion can be caused by nutrient deficiencies such as iron, selenium, and zinc and hormone imbalances (such as high cortisol). Because some of the conversion of T4 to T3 takes place in the gut, an unhealthy digestive tract can also affect how effective your medications are. Our Naturopathic Doctors can work with you to assess if you are a good candidate for NDT
Additional Therapies for Thyroid Health
Naturopathic Doctors use a variety of treatment strategies to help support thyroid function to best help meet your unique needs. These include:
- Testing & detoxification of environmental toxins
- Testing for food sensitivities
- Blood sugar balancing & detoxification
- Hormone testing & balancing
- Testing for nutrient deficiencies
- Intravenous Vitamin Therapies
We can also request tests to assess your thyroid function.