Clarification Request

by Angela

First, I would like to express my gratitude that you have spent your time to create this resource. I think it is very important for people having material readily available to research their health and doctor recommended treatments.

I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. My thyroid seems to still be functioning normally as my T3/T4 levels are within range. But my estrogen and progesterone are on the low side. Partly, for my treatment I was given a bio-identical yam derivitive of progesterone. Would this fall in the natural catagory or not? I've read through your site, but I was still unsure on that point. You talk about the benefits of natural progesterone, but if it can't be duplicated - where would someone get some?

I hope this note finds you well, and again thank you.

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Apr 09, 2009
Clarification Request
by: Wray

Hi Angela. Thanks for your kind words! Progesterone, being an animal hormone, is not found in plants. What is, however, are plant sterols which can be used to synthesise progesterone, the yam being one. The one you've been given would contain progesterone as you say it's bio-identical.

Please make sure the dose is sufficient. I find all too often a low dose is recommended and I've not found this helps sufficiently. Successful studies used between 100-200mg/day, sometimes more. I have found this be true too. I do hope your doctors have considered giving you selenium for the Hashimoto's or at least checked your levels. Take care, Wray.

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