Overcoming Years of Hypothyroidism With Alternatives


Thyroid problems is one of the most common after effects of using antidepressants. Hypo-thyroidism is the most common but Hyper-thyroidism is seen as well. Because of that I wanted to share Frances Fuller’s story of overcoming many years of thyroid issues. To overcome this after almost 30 years of suffering with it should show you there is a way to overcome this once it is caused by antidepressants.

If you click on the Alternatives button on the top blue bar at drugawareness.org you will find the products she used to overcome her hypothyroidism.

The Frances Fuller Story

December 19, 2009

I was a competitive swimmer and spent hours in the pool every day. When I was 14, my thyroid was tested and found to be underactive. I was put on Armour’s Thyroid extract. By the time I was 15, the dosage had been increased to a whopping amount – 3 grains/day – which is more than many whose thyroid has been totally removed take as replacement. However, all of the tests indicated that I needed that amount.

In 1968 when I was 25, the doctors decided to try me on a relatively new drug which was synthetic thyroid containing both T3 and T4, two of the three main hormones that are produced by the thyroid gland. Although the dosage began a bit lower than the amount of thyroid extract that I had taken for over 10 years, it was back up to the 3 grains/day within months.

When I moved to Florida in 1996, the doctors could not believe that I needed so much thyroid medication. The tests indicated otherwise. However, the doctor decided to switch me to a different preparation – and did the arithmetic wrong. Not only was I lethargic, but also my hair began falling out!!! That was such a frustrating experience . . .

I went back on the T3 and T4 synthetic thyroid that I had successfully taken for 28 years.

In 2000, I heard Gary Young say, “Chlorine shuts down the thyroid.” The words were like a massive alarm in my brain! I had not only spent my childhood in chlorinated swimming pools, but I had also continued swimming laps daily as an adult – even clocking 2 miles a day (3000 meters) most of that time!!! I immediately decided that I would have to find another form of exercise and stopped swimming in chlorinated pools. Of course, it took a while before I also was able to get a whole house water filter, but I drank bottled water until that time and had to give up my “beloved long hot bath soaks” as we absorb chlorine through the skin in the bath water – along with all the other chemicals in municipal water systems!

I continued to take the T3 and T4 synthetic thyroid replacement medication.

As I began using the Young Living essential oils and NingXia Red, which was introduced in the summer of 2002, I began feeling as if I did not need as much thyroid medication. The dose was decreased ever so slightly, and the blood tests were okay.

My wonderful friend and neighbor is a medical doctor, and she was so helpful in assisting me to slowly reduce the medication . . . and then I moved to Singapore in 2003. There is no preparation with T3 available in Singapore! I stocked up on all that I could purchase in the US and made a decision: I will support my thyroid gland with the Young Living essential oils and the other foods that are supportive of the thyroid.

Gary Young taught that GERANIUM, and MYRTLE are especially supportive – and his blend ENDOFLEX was created to support and balance the entire endocrine system. I also learned that COCONUT OIL is supportive. Fortunately, coconuts are plentiful in the tropics, and I began eating fresh coconut as well as taking a spoonful of oil each day. I also used CEDARWOOD essential oil over the brain stem, on my temples, and on the bottom of the great toes – the reflex point for the pituitary gland.

In 2004 I made the switch to a medication that contained no T3. According to my friend in the US, it is not possible to get off T3 once you are on it – and certainly not after you have been on it for almost 50 years. However, I was able to make the switch without any adverse effects.

As my body became more balanced, I began reducing the amount of thyroid medication in tiny increments with no ill effects – and continued drinking NingXia Red and using the Young Living essential oils.

January 2009 I found that I no longer needed ANY synthetic thyroid medication!!! I was a bit nervous the first morning when I skipped it. However, instead of feeling lethargic, I was fine. What I DID notice immediately was that instead of always feeling “nervous”, I was far calmer and more relaxed. I anticipated needing to take the medication “every other day”, but that was not the case. Once it was discontinued I have never gone back.

I carefully monitored my body for the telltale signs of underactive thyroid – lethargy, weight gain, falling hair, and dry and flaky skin. Not one of the signs appeared!!! I began sleeping better at night.

It has now been one year (lacking a few days) since I discontinued thyroid medication. [Note: I discontinued the medication January 2009.] I have not gained any weight. My hair is thicker than before. I feel wonderful all the time. My skin is moister than it was years ago. It is pretty amazing to feel the way I do at soon-to-be 67 years without a single medication.

I use the following Young Living products especially for thyroid support – and of course, I use a lot of oils because I love them and feel I am healthier because of them!

ENDOFLEX 1 drop over thyroid 3 times a day
ENDOGIZE 1 capsule morning and 1 capsule evening
THYROMIN 1 capsule morning
NINGXIA RED 180ml (6oz) each day
I also use GERANIUM, CEDARWOOD, and YLANG YLANG daily along with a variety of other Young Living oils and blends.
Frances Fuller 19 December 2009

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The following is taken from articles and/or answers I have written to individuals. Much of it is based upon lectures by Dr. D. Gary Young and the Essential Oils Desk Reference.


ENDOFLEX blend assists in balancing the glands of the endocrine system. I personally use it, neat, right over the thyroid (at the base of the neck below the “Adam’s apple) 2-3 times a day.

THYROMIN is a capsule specifically supports the thyroid.

ENDOGIZE is a capsule that supports the entire endocrine system. It contains DHEA, which is a precursor for growth hormone. It is not a hormone. However, the Singapore government (sometimes) requires that you sign a form in order to bring into the country anything that contains DHEA, whether it is a cream or something that is ingested.

Located at the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple, the thyroid is the energy gland of the human body. It produces T3 and T4 thyroid hormones that control the body’s metabolism. The thyroid also controls other vital functions such as digestion, circulation, immune function, hormone balance and emotions.

The thyroid gland is actually controlled by the pituitary gland which signals the thyroid when to produce the thyroid hormone. The pituitary gland, in turn, is directed by chemical signals sent by the hypothalamus gland, which monitors hormone levels in the blood stream.

A lack of thyroid hormones does not necessarily mean that the thyroid is not functioning properly. In some instances, the pituitary may be malfunctioning because of its failure to release sufficient TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to spur the thyroid to make thyroid hormone.

Other cases of thyroid hormone deficiency may be due to the hypothalamus failing to release sufficient TRH (thyrotropin releasing hormone).

In cases where thyroid hormone deficiency is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary or hypothalamus, better results may be achieved by using supplements or essential oils that stimulate the pituitary or hypothalamus, such as cedarwood.

People with type A blood have more of a tendency to have weak thyroid function.

Hypothyroid (Hashimoto’s disease) This condition occurs when the thyroid is underactive and produces insufficient thyroid hormone. Approximately 40% of the US population suffers from some milder forms of this disorder to some degree and these people tend to also suffer from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). In its severe form, it is referred to as Hashimoto’s disease.

Hashimoto’s disease affects the thyroid, limiting its ability to produce thyroid hormone.

The following symptoms occur: – Fatigue – Yeast infections (Candida) – Lack of energy – Reduced immune function – Poor resistance to disease – Recurring infections – Falling hair

Hyperthyroid (Graves disease ) When the thyroid becomes overactive and produces excess thyroid hormone, the following symptoms may occur: Symptoms of hyperthyroidism: – Anxiety – Restlessness – Insomnia – Premature gray hair – diabetes mellitus – arthritis – vitiligo (loss of skin pigment)

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Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care.

Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature. With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health. However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

CNN: Teen in coma from severe brain injury recovers with alternatives

Grant Virgin (16), Given Up for Dead by Doctors

Luckily His Parents Did Not Give Up!

Thanks to my son for sharing this story and video from my most favorite of all medical investigative journalists, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, from CNN! One of the most open, honest and sincerely questioning interviews I ever did on the subject of antidepressants and children was done by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He has a very open mind and is clearly searching for truth in all areas to help others. Please see the video and story airing tonight and tomorrow on CNN with Dr. Gupta in the link below. DO NOT MISS THIS INSPIRING VIDEO AND NEWS REPORT! It is well worth reading and watching!!!

Do antidepressants and other psychiatric meds cause brain damage?

And if so, what do we do about it?

Because in May I testified before the Danish Parliament on the issue of brain damage being caused by the use of antidepressants, I believe anything to help us learn more about recovering from brain damage is critical. Anyone interested in these medications and how they affect themselves as patients or their loved ones on the medications should be hyper vigilant when it comes to this issue.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments

Hyperbaric oxygen is another absolutely incredible treatment for brain injury. If you go to our website and click the links on Dr. Paul Harch you can see before and after brain scans of those who have used hyperbaric oxygen. That link can be found in alternative treatment #7 at https://www.drugawareness.org/alternatives/

Essential Aromatherapy Oils

What did Princess Di use to ward off some of the adverse effects of her Prozac? She used essential aromatherapy oils. And this CNN story featuring a young man given up for dead after a tragic hit and run accident and slipping into a coma reminds me so much of my friend Connie Bertoldo’s son when she was told that IF he did recover he would only be a vegetable after his traumatic brain injury from a 4 wheeler flipping and landing on top of him.

When Connie called for help wanting to know what oils would help, I rushed to the hospital with all the Young Living oils I knew would help with brain injury. She continued to use the oils on her son as she sat with him rubbing them on his feet and brain stem area and also down his spine whenever she could. Only one, the combination of oils called Brain Power, she would apply to his thumb and press it against the roof of his mouth in order to apply it as close to the brain as possible. (Keep in mind that all oils are not okay to use internally. The Young Living Oils are therapeutic grade oils and we knew which ones to use internally and which ones could not be used that way.)

The doctors could not believe Connie’s son’s miraculous recovery. But like the parents in this CNN story she did not tell them all she was doing to help him in using alternatives. Although I think she did in the end.

I also remember little Lazarus (Lazzie), the little black Chi-weeny dog (Chihuahua/Dachshund) we got from my sister. He was only between six and eight weeks old when he ran under a rocking chair at exactly the wrong time. As he did the rockers came down on his tiny head crushing it. The injury was so bad they heard his head crack and blood was coming out of his mouth, etc. They too were told there was no hope for him and he should just be put to sleep or he would die from the brain injury soon anyway.

That is when my niece, Kindred, called sobbing and begging me to hurry and bring my oils to see if they could help him. When I got there he was still crying out in pain. So I immediately covered his little head with all the oils known to stop pain, bruising, and swelling to prevent any further brain damage from occuring – like Valor, Peppermint, Lavender, and Helichrysum and Frankincense. I also applied Brain Power to the roof of his little mouth with my pinky finger. His crying stopped quickly. I then took him hom with me and stayed up all night layering the oils over and over this way on his little head.

To everyone’s amazement he recovered rapidly and was just as normal as he could be the rest of his life and was so full of life and so much fun! My sister told me he was mine because he would never have lived had I not known what to do for him. So I named him the most fitting name I could think of, Lazarus, because it was as if he had come back to us from the dead. Our sweet little Lazzie, with all the joy he brought to us, was worth every bit of that effort and so much worth the effort I had expended in learning about the oils in order to know what to do to help him!

Merrill Osmond Recovers Using Aromatherapy – Learn More

What a shame people are not told that there are many alternatives, used freely in other countries, that are restricted in ours because the pharmaceutical giants want no competition because they know how well these alternatives work …. Check out this Pharma link to learn more about the oils that brought little Lazzie back to us and the same oils that helped Merrill Osmond (Yes one of the famous Osmond Brothers and brother to Donnie and Marie. His story is on our site also.), when I worked with him to be able to wean off his medications after 20+ years on them, you can go to the alternatives section of our website at https://www.drugawareness.org/alternatives/ And there you can listen to an NPR radio interview I and Kathy Farmer, an expert in the oils, did on the subject of antidepressant adverse effects and how the oils help with that.

Link to original CNN news story and video:

Family says fish oil helped son recover from traumatic brain injury


(In reading this story everyone should keep in mind that the Omega 3 oil from flax seed works just as well as fish oil in making these changes in the brain. That was made very clear to us as when attending a worldwide conference at the National Institutes of Health in 2002. They explained that we only hear more about fish instead of flax because the fish industry has more money to fund the studies)

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing information on alternatives to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/