Showing posts with label Thyroid Disease. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thyroid Disease. Show all posts

Cultao Premium Thyroid Support Supplement - My Review on Amazon

Cultao Premium Thyroid Support Supplement 
Product Review

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Testing and Diagnosis

Several years ago, my Mom was diagnosed by her doctor as having Hypothyroidism based on the results of one blood test (TSH levels) and given a prescription for Levothyroxine. Over time, and again based on that one TSH blood levels test, her dosage of Levothyroxine was increased several times.

Then, in one of my holistic healing courses, I learned about Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (aka Autoimmune or Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis) and the drawbacks and limitations of running just the one TSH test to assess thyroid function. So, I had her do a complete Thyroid Test Panel, which includes testing TSH, Total T4, Total T3, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3 (rT3), T3U, Free T4 Index, and very importantly, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb). As it turned out, she has Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is actually an autoimmune disease and more than just hypothyroidism.

An Excellent Patient Guide

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:
Lifestyle Interventions for
Finding and Treating
the Root Cause
We then read an excellent, highly recommended and best-selling book on the subject, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP.  

This book is basically a public, patient and health professional educational guide which covers in great depth and detail the root causes, symptoms, testing and appropriate diagnosis, prescription medication management, supplements, diet and other lifestyle and integrative medicine interventions for Hashimoto's.

In the book, Dr. Wentz writes that certain supplements (Selenium, Zinc Picolinate, Chromium, B-Complex Vitamins, Iodine, NAC, Biotin, Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Probiotics) may be helpful with managing and healing Hashi's. Certain herbs are also thought to help, most notably Ashwangandha.

Effects of Diet Modification and Supplements

My Mom modified her diet, started taking her supplements and ... lo and behold ... she felt better and her subsequent thyroid panel and antibodies tests reflected a marked improvement - enough that her doctor lowered her Levothyroxine to the lowest dosage.

Thyroid Support Supplements

My Mom started off taking NOW Foods Thyroid Energy, 90 Vcaps because she trusts this brand. But, she likes to change things up once in a while and try new brands and so she asked me to get the CulTao Thyroid Support for her. Her main reason for wanting to try CulTao was that the formulation was significantly different than the NOW brand and seems to be more complete in that it also includes Vitamins A, C and D, Magnesium, Green Tea extract, patented Bacopin leaf extract and twice as much Selenium.

Although she has not been in for testing since taking CulTao, she says she feels great, and what better indicator is there than that? Other aspects of CulTao Thyroid Support that my Mom really likes include:

1. Its easy to take (swallow)
2. Vegetarian capsule
3. Its made in the U.S.A. under cGMP standards, according to the marketing literature.Why we are giving CulTao Thyroid Support four stars instead of five stars:

* Both my Mom and I are of the opinion that information concerning country of origin or manufacture, and manufacturing facility certifications should be right on the label and on the company's website. We find CulTao lacking in this.

* CulTao's Thyroid Support contains Folic Acid (as does the NOW brand). Folic Acid is a synthetic form of Vitamin B9 (Folate). There is some controversy about supplementing with Folic Acid for certain individuals, particularly those with a MTHFR genetic mutation. It is my understanding that progressive supplement companies are now beginning to leave Folic Acid out of their formulations.


Disclosure: I purchased this product on behalf of my Mom at a discount in exchange for my (our) honest and unbiased review, feedback and opinion.

Disclosure:  I am an Amazon affiliate and may earn a small commission if one of my readers clicks through a link to Amazon and completes a purchase.


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The Thyroid Summit Free Online Event

The Thyroid Summit
A Free Online Event
The Thyroid Summit is a free online event hosted by Suzy Cohen aka “America’s Pharmacist™” and David Brownstein, M.D.   The event takes place June 2 - 9, 2014 and includes 32 presentations from leading physicians,health and wellness experts and other authorities on thyroid wellness.

Topics to be discussed include why conventional medicine misses the diagnosis up to 80% of the time, which thyroid lab tests you don't need and which are the best and actually uncover thyroid disease, which popular medications work quickly and effectively, how to finally lose the weight, and which natural remedies are safe and effective for improved health.

Dr. Joseph Mercola - Thyroid Toxins, Hidden in Your Food and Water
  • Fluoride, a toxin found everywhere and how it attacks the thyroid gland
  • Why brain fog is part of thyroid disease and how to help yourself
  • Artificial sweeteners, soy and certain vegetables reduce thyroid hormone
  • Avoidance of GMO foods can improve health from head to toe
Gena Lee Nolin, Actress - Feel Fit and Look Fabulous After Thyroid Disease
  • Coping advice for stressful situations
  • Tips to manage your appetite
  • Learn to live a “thyroid sexy” life by reducing stress
  • Tips to relieve dry hair and skin
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD  - Shine Program: 5 Simple Steps to Overcome Fatigue and Thyroid Disorders
  • How you can easily implement the SHINE program 
  • Which dietary supplements improve thyroid function
  • Which hidden infections wreak havoc in your thyroid gland (and everywhere else!)
  • Tips to fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed
David Brownstein, MD - Holistic Options for Thyroid Disease and Cancer
  • Learn how iodine supports the thyroid gland and breast tissue 

  • Is there a connection between thyroid cancer and low iodine?
  • Bromine, fluoride and other halides that hurt your thyroid gland

  • Clinical implications of adrenal dysfunction and your thyroid

JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS - How to Lose 7 Pounds in 7 Days!
  • Food swaps to help you get skinny very quickl
  • Bad food messages you get from soda, baked potatoes and white bread.
  • Thyroid patients should avoid this type of exercise
  • DHA: A type of fish oil and why we call it brain food
Jill Carnahan, MD, ABFM, ABIHM - The Autoimmune and Gut Connection to Thyroid Disease
  • How a “leaky gut” causes autoimmune diseases
  • The functional medicine approach to choosing nutrients that heal the gut
  • Lab tests that your doctor may not have told you about
  • How to prevent and treat Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune disorders
Mary Shomon, Health Activist - Common Mistakes that Thyroid Patients Make
  • Thyroid disease is overlooked and underdiagnosed: How to protect yourself
  • The relationship between and underactive thyroid and weight gain
  • Holistic approaches to deal with Graves‘ disease
  • Is Compounded T3 better than your current medication?
Suzy Cohen, RPh - Thyroid Healthy: Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine
  • Learn why “The Pill” makes you hypothyroid

  • How your menstrual cycle affects your thyroid and mood

  • The secret that makers of antacids and acid blockers don’t want you to know
  • The best lab tests that your doctor should have told you about but didn’t

Jean Dodds, DVM - Our Pets: Could Your Dog or Cat Have Thyroid Disease?
  • Classic signs of hypothyroidism in your dog
  • Why cats frequently get hyperthyroidism
  • The tests you should insist your vet do, since most do not!
  • What nutrient is missing in your pet’s food, and why it’s causing sickness
Jonathan Wright, MD - How to Optimize Thyroid Function
  • How to interpret and order the correct thyroid laboratory tests
  • Which nutrient cofactors improve thyroid function
  • How do adrenal hormones interact with the thyroid?
  • Why you need to detoxify from toxic metals
Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP - How to Heal Hashimoto's
  • Lifestyle interventions to support Hashimoto’s disease
  • Which medications are best?
  • Why you may not feel well despite taking medications
  • The best diet for people with Hashimoto’s
Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, MT - The Most Important Lab Tests You Should Take
  • Help for multiple chemical sensitivity, allergies, lupus, rheumatoid, MS, Hashi’s & Graves’
  • Do you have a leaky brain to go with your leaky gut?
  • One single blood test might detect 20 different autoimmune disorders!

  • What you need to know about hair dye, nail polish and cosmetics
Alan Christianson, ND - How to Naturally Relieve The Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
  • If you’re taking thyroid medication, why you don’t feel better
  • Herbs and vitamins to help with depression, insomnia and weight gain
  • Support your burnt out adrenals
  • Ways to reset your secret “fat switch”
Kent Holtorf, MD - Don't Fall Through the Cracks:  Safely and Effectively Treat Your Thyroid Condition
  • Why mainstream medicine misses the mark in detecting thyroid illness
  • The advantages of Compounded T3 medication over others
  • Why Synthroid and Levothroid fail so frequently
  • Lose weight by understanding one simple blood test
Lucy Herron - Optimizing Iodine, Salt, Vitamins and Minerals in Patients with Thyroid Disorders
  • How to check basal body temperatures and why it is so important
  • Why iodine is so important to thyroid function
  • How to use salt in the diet
  • The importance of vitamins and minerals in proper thyroid and immune system function
Magdalena Wszelaki, HHC - Common Misconceptions and Myths of Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's
  • Why you still may not feel well after giving up dairy, gluten and soy
  • Should you really stop eating goitrogenic vegetables
  • The best foods as you embark on your new thyroid healthy diet
  • Tips to reverse both Graves’ and Hashimoto’s
Kaayla Daniel, PhD, CCN - The Naughty Nutritionist Speaks Out on Healthy Thyroid Function
  • Soy for weight loss? Fat chance!
  • Goitrogens like kale may be best avoided
  • You can eat fat! Why fat and other foods improve thyroid function
  • Thyroid friendly foods to put on your plate
Ben Lynch, ND - Folic Acid, Methylation and the Connection to Low Thyroid
  • The most important B vitamin to help thyroid and adrenal dysfunction
  • Why you should avoid folic acid and take natural folate supplements
  • Detoxification improves when you improve methylation with B vitamins
  • Why you may want to increase digestive acid, rather than reduce it
Tom O'Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN - Gluten's Effect on Your Brain, Thyroid and Body
  • A “grain of truth” about traditional and gluten-free muffins, bagels and pasta
  • A new way to evaluate gastrointestinal permeability
  • The value of vitamin D, probiotics and other nutritional supplements
  • Beware of cross-sensitivities like coffee and other surprising foods
Pamela Smith, MD, MPH - Metabolic and Nutrition Secrets for Anti-Aging
  • What nutritional deficiencies hinder your peripheral conversion of T4 to T3
  • Why you need more cholesterol than you think
  • Endocrine disruptors and their negative impact on your hormones
  • Pregnenlone hormone helps your memory and reduces pain so long as you avoid stress
Hyla Cass, MD - A Holistic Psychiatrist's Approach to Thyroid Disorders
  • Undiagnosed thyroid disease causes anxiety, depression and emotional instability
  • The connection between psychiatric disorders and low thyroid function
  • Nutritional approaches to emotional and behavioral problems
  • Vitamins, minerals and thyroid function: Everything you need to know
Steven Hotze, MD - The Failure of Conventional Medicine: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypothyroidism
  • Insensitive tests lead to years of suffering; get the right labs
  • Get well faster with natural thyroid hormone instead of synthetic thyroid hormone
  • Hashimoto’s: the epidemic that requires fast diagnosis and effective treatments
  • How to use a clinical approach to diagnose and treat thyroid dysfunction
Greg Emerson, MD - Stress, Anxiety, Anger and the Relationship to Thyroid Hormone
  • Toenail fungus and vaginal yeast infections are not as bad as mold mycotoxins
  • How to outsmart fungus and yeast by eating antifungal foods
  • Anxious or angry people have high pyrroles and low zinc: How to test for this
  • Oral contraceptives raise copper and this is a disaster for the thyroid
Rudy Dragone, RPh - A Compounding Pharmacist's Approach to Optimizing Thyroid Function
  • Which thyroid medication works the best
  • The problems with Synthroid and Levothroid
  • The importance of liver detoxification
  • How bioidentical hormones support your wellness journey
Dana Trentini, MA - Fertility, Pregnancy and Postpartum Thyroid Issues
  • What tests you should insist for before and during pregnancy
  • What steps to take before trying to conceive
  • The connection between infertility and hypothyroidism
  • Postpartum depression and thyroid illness
Datis Kharazzian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci - Why Do You Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When Blood Tests are Normal
  • The most important thing a person with Hashi’s should know
  • The basics of your immune system and how to keep it balanced
  • Glutathione supplements, how to choose the best
  • Th17: The biomarker you need to reduce to get well
Richard Horowitz, MD - Could You Have Lyme Disease and Not Know It?
  • Conventional blood tests don’t detect Lyme: How to Uncover it Yourself
  • How migraines, brain fog, fatigue and pain all mimic other disorders
  • Night sweats and hot flashes may not be related to menopause
  • Could you have Lyme disease and not know it? Many people do.
E. Denis Wilson, MD - Wilson Temperature Syndrome:  A New Way to Treat Hypothyroidism
  • What is the difference between T3 and T4 thyroid hormones
  • Why basal body temperatures are so important to measure
  • Wilson’s syndrome and how to recognize it and implement a healing program
  • How to reset the body’s thyroid function in 30 days
Mark Starr, MD(H) - A Holistic Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Thyroid Disorders
  • Why you should detoxify your body and how to do it
  • How to increase energy production and fight fatigue
  • The importance of treating adrenal fatigue
  • Which brands of thyroid hormones are the most effective
Erika Schwartz, MD - Balancing the Sex Hormones:  A Must for Optimal Thyroid Function
  • Why so many women incorrectly diagnosed?
  • Balancing hormones means quicker recovery from thyroid disease
  • Problems with current laboratory testing; don’t take the wrong test
  • Natural thyroid hormone could be a better choice for thyroid patients
Julia Schopick, Bestselling Author - Low Dose Nalrexone and Thyroid Disease
  • Has your doctor told you about one simple, affordable medication can change your life!
  • Silverlon, an effective treatment for wound healing
  • LDN, a medication that helps autoimmune disease including Hashimoto’s
  • Thoughts about the ketogenic diet
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