Bettina, a reader asked in regard to GMOs and Thyroid Hormone Replacement Medication:
How about natural thyroid meds, like desiccated pig thyroid; are those pigs fed GMOs ?
Good question, Bettina.
Armour Thyroid, is the natural desiccated thyroid product derived from the thyroid glands of pigs manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals.
Thyroid Powder, USP is the active ingredient of Armour that from thyroid glands of U.S.D.A. inspected and “approved grain-fed pigs”. Only animals that are approved to go into the meat supply end up in the Armour product.
WHAT DOES “APPROVED” MEAN?
So, what grains are they eating? Does that mean that these pigs were fed with GMO-free grains?
I have contacted Forest Pharmaceuticals, Dennis, a representative called me back and said, “I cannot say what the pigs [that are used for our Armour thyroid tablets] are fed as they are not our [Forest Pharmaceuticals] pigs. They are controlled by the USDA, inspected and approved by the USDA, the same pigs that are for grocery store consumption.”
So, that would indicate that they are most likely fed GMO grains, corn, etc., otherwise there would be a big push to say they are organically fed.
If you are terribly concerned about this, you can switch to a man-made synthetic THR medication which work well for most people. I’ve been using Synthroid for over 20 years.