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Hi Phyllis,

The list mainly applies to those who are hypoT for whatever reason. The "goitrogenic foods" affect thyroid function in a variety of ways ... and they can also affect how meds are utilized. For example, some goitrogens inhibit the enzyme that converts T4 to T3. So, if a person is on a T4 med & not overly abundantly producing conversion enzymes, goitrogens could still be a problem.

I agree w/Midwest that omitting ALL of those foods is not called for. People who are doing well on their meds, no symptoms, etc. -- why not eat a standard diet?

People who are generally doing well but who seem to notice that sometimes they have flares of symptoms, might want to keep a food diary or just casually observe, then challenge with suspected foods.

People who are still highly symptomatic after conservative T4 treatment may benefit more from optimization of meds, checking free T3 & antibodies, etc., than from removing all the goitrogens from their diet. I've tried it, & was miserable, but then I have numerous food intolerances as well. I decided to go with "eat well, live well, & medicate well." -- and by this I don't mean that I overindulge in junk food (that's the best place to cut goitrogens!), but that I DO enjoy fruits & veggies & nuts & seeds. Some I use occasionally, in small amts only: flax, peanut, soy & non-monsat veg oils. And I don't drink tea anymore. But these are items that are peculiarly problematic for me.

The majority of docs are unaware, however, a few studies have shown significant reduction of antibody loads (20 - 40 %) in Hashi's sufferers who undertake a gluten-free diet. This could be beneficial to the subset that has high antibody loads despite medication, esp. if one were a 40% -type responder. Not sure whether there's been research on Graves -- or whether you're still throwing antibodies.

IMO use of chlorinated & fluorinated compounds is far more devasting to the thyroid than what we get from most goitrogenic foods. There are decades of research on this, and a growing body of respected scientists who are becoming alarmed at the burden that chloro & fluoro compounds are imposing on thyroid & other organs as well. Our choices in meds, laundry & cleaning compounds, drinking water and dental hygiene, do have long-term impact on thyroid wellness. Beyond that, many people feel called to join social movements working towards a cleaner environment; "environmental goitrogens" are somewhat beyond the our individual choice -- everyone has to breathe.

I haven't heard anything about sublingual Synthroid being easier on the bones. Could you tell us more please. Don't post a link, but can you give a clue, like is this science or hearsay, something from the osteoporosis community or what??? Since Synthroid is gonna hang around in your body for a couple weeks anyway, why would sublingual would be easier on bones?

Best wishes.
Thanks for the input everyone. I try to eat a healthy diet that inclueds all of the foods listed to avoid. I have been very lucky that i haven't had any trouble since i've gotten on replacement. As for still having antibodies?..i don't know, my dx was made by the endo from the tsh and ft4 levels. i know..i wasn't very educated then.

I was told about the sublingual synthroid by a member of the otsteo board on webMD. She was told that by her endo to do it that way. Since i also have low bone desnity..i'm sure from the graves...that any tip to help the bones was worth a try. It has something to do with being absorded directly into the bloodstream instead of going thru the digestive tract. I know this isn't the answer you'd like to hear, but its all i have.

thanks for your help...take care..phyllis