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Is Armour Thyroid Medication GMO Free and Safe Since It’s From Pigs?

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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.

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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.

13 comments to Is Armour Thyroid Medication GMO Free and Safe Since It’s From Pigs?

  • Terri

    Let’s try to get organicically fed dessicated thyroid medication in the works.

  • Michelle

    I agree. There should be an option out there somewhere for people concerned with GMOs for natural thyroid medication.

  • KH

    Not happy to hear this at all. I have been wondering about this and my worst fears were confirmed. I have been on Armour thyroid for about 5 years now and although for the most part I feel ok and my weight is fine, I do not want to take anything that is connected to GMOs, especially a thyroid gland supplement from pigs fed GMO corn, etc. I do not want to take a synthetic thyroid medication, so I guess I will have to research this more ~ If it is not available, I’m going to see what I can do to get own thyroid back up and running again !!

    • kim

      Hi KH,

      One way to look at it is that there can’t be that much GMO in it to harm us, but, yes, keep researching. GMO is in everything.

      Depending on your symptoms, you said, “I’m going to see what I can do to get own thyroid back up and running again!!”
      There are two answers:

      1. You need to eat the thyroid healing diet.

      THYROID / HASHIMOTO’S DISEASE HEALING DIET
      You’ll need to start a clean diet to rebuild your body/brain health. You can start on this diet immediately by ordering my Get Your Life Back Manual. Included are numerous checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, etc. to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2. You need to see a THYROID TRAINED PRACTITIONER
      You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly lickety split!

      Dr. Jared Allomong (303) 827-3772

      You’re in my thoughts for your best health soon,

      Kim

    • RP

      Neither will I, have anything to do with GMOs. GMOs were developed for the primary purpose of using pesticides, and pesticides are the predominant cause of widespread hypoT today.

      Check this out: There is a co. called Allergy Research Group, that sells capsules of bovine thyroid glandular tissue “derived from government-inspected, range-fed animals, raised in New Zealand and Australia, whose animal husbandry regulations are among the strictest in the world”.

      http://www.allergyresearchgroup.com/Thyroid-Natural-Glandular-100-Capsules-p-332.html

  • Sheila

    I’ve been planning to place my 12 year old daughter on Armour next week. She has been on the synthetic for six months now and her doctor just doubled the dosage. I am now planning to use your course to help, but what do you think I shold do about her medications? We will be seeing a new specialist next week who prescribes Armour for a second opinion.

    • kim

      Hi Sheila, sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

      I’ll leave the info below as is but will note for you re: medication – check with a “thyroid trained practitioner” ASAP – I can’t tell if yours are or not. Just because they prescribe thyroid hormone replacement meds doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing. See #2 below for that.

      So, yes, otherwise…

      1. Eat the THYROID HEALING DIET, a clean diet to rebuild your body/brain health. Don’t depend on powdered protein meals/drinks to rebuild your brain and body health. You can start on this diet immediately by ordering my Get Your Life Back Manual. Included are numerous checklist forms to keep track of your symptoms, supplements, etc. to help your thyroid trained practitioner help you better. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      2. And, see a THYROID TRAINED PRACTITIONER who can give you the correct tests and prescribe the right supplements which they’ll recommend that will be the best for you.
      You can find one near you here – http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      If you can’t find one near you from the lists, please contact mine – Dr. Allomong, who is thyroid trained, #1 on the list. He can work with you by phone/email/Skype and help you correctly immediately.

      Check with Dr. Allomong also about the diet, 99% of mine will be correct, but your daughter may need some other additions due to her age.

      My good thoughts to you for your best health,

      Kim

  • Andreea

    What is the answer for those of us who are thyroidless?

    Thanks!

  • sheila

    Ractopamine is banned in the EU, Russia, China, Taiwan and many other countries. In 2007, China seized shipments of US meat and charged that frozen ribs, pig ears and sausage casing contained ractopamine. This year, when the US refused to comply with ractopamine-free certification, Russia closed its market to US beef, pork and turkey.

    The US calls anti-ractopamine restrictions unscientific and unwarranted while its balking partners call the use of ractopamine unscientific and unwarranted. “China says it’s worried about the higher levels of drug residues that can be found in pig organs, which are part of a traditional Chinese diet, and Russia claims the drug could pose health risks,” reports Food Safety News.

  • sheila

    I was using Synthroid for over 10 yrs w/abnormal bloodwork. I had to go to numerous doctors to ask them to switch me to armor in 2006, which worked! My bloodwork, mood & energy level was Normal!! I couldn’t believe the difference.

    My concern now is the “source” of the pigs they use to obtain this med. for years I’ve had my concern, now recently with more weight gain & terrible female issues….I can only say, if Ractopamine is banned in other countries (turning US meats away) why is the US still using it, saying its safe….

    • kim

      Rusheila,
      I wish the US would do a lot of toxic thing differently, but it’s not happening fast enough for me either.

      My research on Armor from pigs and what they eat or are shot up with should not affect us/you. The pills are so small and other things in it that it should not be a problem. That’s what I’ve learned, hope it’s true.

      I wouldn’t assume that Armor is responsible for your current symptoms. You need to see a thyroid trained practitioner to have them verify deficiencies in your body and nutrition needs specific to your health.

      Go to my PRACTITIONERS tab on this site http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and find one close to you on the lists.

      If you can’t find one close, contact #1 on the list, Dr. Jared Allomong, who is my practitioner. He can work w/ you by phone/email/Skype easily.

      My good thoughts for your best health are with you,

      Kim

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