Magnesium and Minerals, Not Surgery, for Your Thyroid - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Magnesium and Minerals, Not Surgery, for Your Thyroid

August 12, 2019

Two things just happened in quick succession to propel me to write this blog about the thyroid.

One is quite scary. It’s a Medscape article “Can Surgery Alleviate Persistent Symptoms in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?”

The other was a comment from Ginney who sent me an awesome testimonial from a Mom about her toddler. It’s off topic for the blog but very interesting and then she talks about her own health.

I want to share the amazing results I had with ReMag this week, I will try to keep it brief but I am so happy I could talk about it all day 🙂 In summary – I believe I have cured my toddler’s eczema with ReMag.

I have had a ton of health problems since having my second baby 5 years ago, and in the last two years I have completely changed my lifestyle and diet. I love reading books and researching topics on the Internet related to holistic health.

I recently read The Magnesium Miracle, and became very excited about trying ReMag. Around the same time my 22-month old toddler started to develop eczema on her face, it was slowly spreading and becoming more severe. My 5-year old had something similar that turned out to be a dairy allergy – it cleared when we stopped dairy. But no matter what I tried with my toddler (we did the elimination diet), the eczema was only getting worse.

I started to try her on some supplements that reportedly help with eczema – vitamin D, probiotics, a multivitamin she refused to take. There was still no improvement. Whilst reading about vitamin B, I can across some reports of eczema getting worse with it due to nickel sensitivity (cobalt in methylcobalamine being close to nickel). One morning I gave her some vitamin B and low and behold – the eczema flared right up! So I started reading all about nickel sensitivity and it made sense – we were eating everything high in nickel (oats, brown rice, dates, seeds and nuts…). And then I also read about how MAGNESIUM protects cells from heavy metals getting in. That was my AHa! moment.

As soon as I had ReMag in my hands I mixed some in a smoothie and gave it to my toddler. The next morning she woke up – and the eczema was clearing. It’s now been 5 days and her once red, dry and bumpy face is now smooth and clear! I had also changed some of her foods around to avoid those high in nickel – but that supposedly takes weeks to show results. ReMag was within 24 hours!

I now believe that after building up her magnesium over the next few weeks and months, nickel sensitivity will no longer be a problem for her.

I have also been taking ReMag for the last few days and have been having some promising results – but I imagine with years of magnesium deficiency and three babies behind me, it may be a long journey. I suffer from migraines, frequent (often daily) headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, anxiety, fatigue, and heart palpitations. It makes sense that if her mother is magnesium deficient then my toddler would be the same.

My other children have also been taking ReMag – and I have noticed they are falling asleep a lot easier at night.

I am so happy to have found Dr. Dean’s book. Thank you so much for all the work you do, and for creating such a wonderful product. I want to shout it out to the world! 🙂

All the best,


I immediately wrote Ginney back and said “What a fabulous report!! Did you tell the Mom to take ReMyte for her pregnancy-induced Total Body Meltdown!!!” Ginney answered “ I sent her one of my favorite blogs “Every Pregnancy Ruins Your Thyroid.” Seriously though that’s a great blog. Maybe you could expand on it.”

My first thought was that the title “Every Pregnancy Ruins Your Thyroid”  was a bit harsh! LOL. Did I really write that? Fortunately the real title is “Each Pregnancy Weakens The Thyroid” and that’s exactly what happens. I wrote this blog June, 2014:

The America Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come out with their first statement advising that pregnant and breast-feeding women take iodine supplements admitting something we have known for a long time in natural medicine. They say “Many women of reproductive age in the United States are marginally iodine deficient, perhaps because the salt in processed foods is not iodized.” The report warns that “Iodine deficiency, per se, can interfere with normal brain development in their offspring; in addition, it increases vulnerability to the effects of certain environmental pollutants, such as nitrate, thiocyanate, and perchlorate. Although pregnant and lactating women should take a supplement containing adequate iodide, only about 15% do so.”

They said that iodized table salt helped prevent iodine deficiency before the main source of salt in the US diet became processed foods, which are not prepared with iodized salt. The prevalence of iodine deficiency has risen along with consumption of processed foods, and about one third of pregnant women in the United States are now iodine-deficient. However, they don’t mention that the replacement of iodine with bromine to bread production was also a major cause of iodine being lost from the diet.

The AAP recommends 150 micrograms of supplemental iodide so that combined with dietary intake, should bring iodine consumption to the recommended 220 micrograms for pregnant women or 290 micrograms for breast-feeding women.

When I was in private practice, thyroid deficiency was something I routinely tested for in my pregnant patients. But the only accepted treatment was with thyroid hormone. Being a naturopath as well as a medical doctor, I prescribed Armour Thyroid instead of synthetic thyroid. Doctors who prescribe synthetic thyroid wait until the thyroid is on its last legs before treating because they know hormone replacement could shut down any normal production of thyroid hormone. However, with Armour thyroid we could prescribe it in very low doses to support the thyroid, not replace it.
Since then I’ve realized that the thyroid is activated and produces hormones under the direction of a group of minerals. One of those minerals is iodine, but another 8 minerals are also required. Just focusing on iodine or giving high dose iodine without the other minerals can cause an imbalance in these minerals and trigger a cascade of side effects throughout the body. For example, taking iodine without selenium causes selenium deficiency just as taking selenium without iodine causes iodine deficiency. As more research is done we may find out that all the thyroid minerals behave this way.

To support the proper function of the thyroid and keep all the minerals in balance I’ve created a Picometer Mineral™ Formula called ReMyte. It provides a 150ug daily dose of iodine along with 11 other minerals. The minerals are low potency but stabilized ions that are fully absorbed at the cellular level. I also recommend ReMag and sea salt to complete the mineral package that the body requires. I use ¼ tsp of sea salt in every pint of drinking water. Water intake guidelines are ½ your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water.

The most important aspect of mineral balance is that minerals need to be inside cells to do their work as cofactors in all metabolic processes. Once inside the cells, minerals pull water in with them causing proper cellular hydration. If water doesn’t get into cells, you can have edema in various parts of the body but still be dehydrated. Diuretics are usually given for fluid retention and edema but only cause more magnesium and mineral loss due to increased urination.

The thyroid is depleted with each pregnancy. A weakened thyroid causes a lower body temperature and slower metabolism that favors the overgrowth of yeast in the body. Yeast toxins further disrupt hormones by blocking hormone receptor sites in the thyroid, adrenals and sex hormone tissues. There is no allopathic treatment for strained adrenals. It is only when they crash that steroid hormones are given. Sex hormones are treated with hormone replacement therapy but synthetic hormones are a cause of cancer.

My best advice is to support your thyroid with ReMyte and ReMag; support your adrenals with ReMag, sea salt, Vitamin C (Whole C ReSet, B vitamins (ReAline) and rest; and support your sex hormones with all of the above. You can freely download my ReMyte and ReMag Books to learn more and find out in a few hours what took me forty years to understand and remedy.

Back to the Medscape commentary “Can Surgery Alleviate Persistent Symptoms in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?” It’s about a surgical intervention study that I sincerely hope does not catch on. The doctor who writes the article comments on a 34-year patient with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis who felt like she had tried everything but was still having worsening symptoms of fatigue, depressed mood, “brain fog,” cold intolerance, dry skin and hair, muscle and joint aches, menorrhagia, and abdominal bloating or cramping with alternating diarrhea and constipation. All these symptoms indicate magnesium and thyroid mineral deficiencies and yeast overgrowth. And of course she didn’t try everything – she did not use ReMyte or follow a Yeast Detox Protocol.

Symptoms in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?” It’s about a surgical intervention study that I sincerely hope does not catch on. The doctor who writes the article comments on a 34-year patient with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis who felt like she had tried everything but was still having worsening symptoms of fatigue, depressed mood, “brain fog,” cold intolerance, dry skin and hair, muscle and joint aches, menorrhagia, and abdominal bloating or cramping with alternating diarrhea and constipation. All these symptoms indicate magnesium and thyroid mineral deficiencies and yeast overgrowth. And of course she didn’t try everything – she did not use ReMyte or follow a Yeast Detox Protocol.​

She also had a weight gain of 15 pounds in 2 years. Under a naturopath’s guidance she had tried antibiotics, desiccated thyroid extract, supplements, low-dose naltrexone, and multiple diets, including gluten elimination and FODMAPs. Each intervention led to mild transient improvement or no change in symptoms.

This woman fits into the scenario that I call Total Body Meltdown with a downward spiral of illness that I’ve been writing about since the mid 1980s. Please download the free eBook. In the case of this customer, the last time she felt “normal” was at age 17, before she developed infectious mononucleosis.

Health Chronology for Chronic Disease, CFS, Fibromyalgia, and Total Body Meltdown  

• Diaper rash, caused by Candida albicans (yeast), is mistakenly treated with cortisone creams, which encourage further growth of the yeast.

• Childhood ear infections can begin at birth as yeast infections picked up from the mother during delivery. Most ear infections are treated with antibiotics.

• Ear infections may become chronic and require multiple courses of antibiotics, leading to diarrhea and intestinal yeast infections.

• Anesthetics used in surgery to place tubes in the ears add another toxin.

• Colic can develop due to antibiotics.

• Inability to digest milk due to an irritated bowel leads to frequent changes of formula and further irritation. Gas and bloating can result from hard-to-digest soy formula.

• Eczema, aggravated by food sensitivity, is suppressed with cortisone creams.

• Allergies to foods, especially yeast, wheat, and dairy, can arise from poor digestion.

• Asthma, which may be environmental, is treated with medications including corticosteroid inhalers.

• Multiple colds and flus are mistreated with many courses of antibiotics.

• Annual flu vaccines contain mercury preservative.

• Cravings for sweets can be caused by yeast overgrowth and may cause or aggravate hyperactive behavior in children.

• Dental cavities lead to multiple mercury amalgam fillings. Toxic mercury vapor may be inhaled or absorbed, disrupting enzymes in the brain, kidneys, and liver.

• Allergic reactions are treated with allergy shots, antihistamines, and cortisone sprays.

• Many adolescents take long-term oral antibiotics for acne.

• Many teens and young adults develop mononucleosis, and up to 20 percent never feel quite as healthy again.

• Bladder infections are treated with antibiotics, which cause yeast infections.

• Birth control pills cause chronic vaginal yeast infections, which are mistreated with antibiotic creams.

• Pregnancy hormones encourage vaginal yeast infections.

• Chronic sleep deprivation is common in all parents of small children and is a major stress on the immune system.

• Irritable bowel syndrome can develop after a bout of diarrhea (attributed to traveler’s diarrhea or food poisoning) and is usually treated with antibiotics.

• Chronic sinus infections (97 percent are fungal, according to the Mayo Clinic) occur due to lowered immune system and are mistakenly treated with antibiotics.

• Hypothyroidism often occurs but remains undiagnosed and untreated.

• Hospitalization for infections or surgery usually warrants intravenous antibiotics and a host of other drugs.

• Major colds and flus can lead to bronchitis and pneumonia, which are treated with strong antibiotics.

• Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are treated with anti-inflammatories, sleeping pills, and antidepressants.

• Environmental allergies with extreme sensitivities to inhalants, especially perfumes, colognes, household products, pesticides, and molds, are treated with corticosteroid inhalers.

• Dysmenorrhea, irregular periods, infertility, and worsening premenstrual symptoms occur due to a buildup of toxins and lack of nutrients.

• Infertility is treated with an array of synthetic hormonal drugs.

• Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and palpitations are treated with antidepressants and psychotherapy.

• Menopause is medicated with synthetic hormones.

• Magnesium is depleted with every step of this scenario and results in a total body burden of drugs, toxins, and various stressors

The thyroid surgery article says that the patient’s blood tests are normal but they do show low Vitamin D (which her doctor will probably treat with high dose Vitamin D and further deplete her magnesium) and slightly elevated TSH, and Hashimoto’s is evident in an elevated anti-TPO antibody titer of 374 IU/mL. On physical exam she had mild diffuse abdominal and musculoskeletal tenderness, which I attribute to magnesium deficiency and yeast overgrowth.

My concern with this study and this article is that frustrated doctors with frustrated patients may latch onto surgery as a treatment option. Discussions of Hashimoto’s include the problems of diagnosing and treating autoimmune disease and the variability of symptoms. In my opinion if the discussion doesn’t include the 9 minerals that are required by the thyroid to make hormones and if it doesn’t include the toxic overload caused by yeast overgrowth, then Hashimoto’s cannot be properly treated.

​When I talk about thyroid treatment I always include the adrenals, sex hormones and the pancreas. The Four Hormones of the Apocalypse. Here is an excerpt from Total Body ReSet for Your Thyroid that will give you the information you require to support the structure and function of your thyroid in ways that Allopathic Medicine avoids, ignores, and even ridicules.

Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Insufficiency
When the thyroid is low, the adrenals are not far behind and vice versa! The three major hormone systems: adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones, I refer to as a three-legged stool. When one of the legs of the stool is shortened, it affects the other two. This can be seen on blood testing; when cortisol levels go up, thyroid hormone levels go down.

I’ve talked about this hormone triad for decades and just recently I’ve thought about adding a 4th hormone – insulin produced by the pancreas. Cortisol from the adrenals is produced under stress and increases blood glucose and stores it as fat – for a rainy day. Insulin responds to elevated blood glucose by pushing it into cells. But cortisol tries to block the action of insulin! It’s a very complex set of interactions.

My solution out of this quagmire is to go back to the basics. Reduce stress and cortisol with ReMag and the other Completement Formulas. Reduce insulin with a Keto diet that reduces carbs so that insulin is not triggered. Incidentally, if you reduce cortisol and insulin you remove two of the big weight gaining hormones in the body.

There is an ongoing debate among natural medicine practitioners about what comes first, adrenal fatigue or thyroid insufficiency and what do you treat first? I think it’s a moot point because they are often not looking at one of the main causes of both conditions – mineral deficiency, which means you can treat the two conditions simultaneously.

The standard treatment for thyroid, even for natural medicine practitioners, is to give thyroid replacement therapy. It may be the more natural form of Armour thyroid, but it’s still treating with hormones instead of treating the reason the thyroid became weakened in the first place. In my experience, most low thyroid conditions are caused by mineral deficiency. Treating with ReMyte, you have the nine minerals necessary for the creation, conversion, activation and transport of thyroid hormones: These include: iodine, selenium, zinc, molybdenum, boron, copper, chromium, manganese and magnesium.

Treating disease in a linear format, one thing at a time, is not consistent with the way the body works, where everything is interrelated and works synergistically.

It’s usually agreed that the most common reasons for adrenal fatigue and dysfunction are poor diet, mineral deficiency, intense emotional stress, chronic inflammation and an underactive thyroid. But what’s causing the inflammation and underactive thyroid, and what diet is feeding into the problem?

A diet of refined sugars, gluten, and dairy feeds yeast. Antibiotics and cortisol produced from acute and chronic emotional stress causes yeast overgrowth. There are 178 different yeast toxins that are produced by yeast in their life cycle. These toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream and lead to a chronic inflammatory state that can cause arthritis, chronic fatigue and pain. Some yeast toxins can directly block thyroid function and possibly adrenal function as well. The best anti-inflammatory agent available to the body is magnesium. When magnesium is depleted because of being overused, adrenal fatigue symptoms continue unabated. Magnesium and molybdenum help detoxify yeast toxins.

The treatment for adrenal fatigue begins with sodium, which is vitally important for proper adrenal function. If your adrenal glands are weak or depleted as indicated by exhaustion, low blood pressure and chronic stress, there is a combined sodium and magnesium depletion. If you start taking large doses of magnesium without replacing sodium, you may feel even worse. I recommend ¼ tsp of sea salt in every pint of drinking water. How much water? Half your body weight (in lbs) in ounces of water.

Besides a yeast-free diet and magnesium, the adrenals are supported by unrefined sea salt in your drinking water to give optimum hydration, food-based vitamin C complex (our Whole C ReSet™), and methylated B vitamins, which are found in ReAline®. The other key ingredient to adrenal health is plenty of rest. In one of my blogs I call it “Lying Down Therapy.” Please don’t think you can “tough it out” and just “muscle your way through” adrenal fatigue. That’s the worst thing you can do. You may require 8-10 hours of sleep and naps to fully recover. It’s extremely important to take care of your adrenals because they are responsible for the production of more than 50 hormones that are essential for proper body function. It can be very helpful to face the cause of your stress and realize your body may be producing physical symptoms as a result of that stress.

Adrenal stress causes loss of minerals that have to be replaced. I recommend ReMag for magnesium and ReMyte for its 12 minerals. As noted above, I also recommend ¼ tsp of sea salt in each pint of drinking water for the dozens of trace minerals in salt. If someone isn’t able to eat enough greens, I recommend potassium broth.

Some practitioners suggest that you have to take DHEA and pregnenolone for adrenal repair but I have some more simple suggestions. Instead of immediately jumping to hormone replacement, let’s use the proper building blocks to make our own hormones. For example, Dr. Norm Shealy tells us that transdermal magnesium will stimulate DHEA receptors. So, I have people putting ReMag in a spray bottle and using that transdermally.

You need cholesterol to make hormones like pregnenolone and all the other hormones in the body, for that matter. For cholesterol you need to eat good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil. The third requirement for making your own hormones is properly functioning enzyme systems. And we know that in order for enzyme systems to function properly you need lots of bioavailable magnesium.

An underactive thyroid, as one of the triggers for adrenal fatigue, has its own list of causes that includes thyroid receptor blockage due to yeast toxins. So, the diet for an underactive thyroid is the same as for adrenal fatigue.

The sex hormones are also supported by minerals and the proper function of the thyroid and adrenals. As mentioned above, DHEA stimulation by transdermal magnesium will stimulate production of hormones, including the sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. I’ve had clients tell me that when they started taking ReMag and ReMyte, their bioidentical hormones started working better. Some women have said they not longer needed to take oral or transdermal hormones when they had enough magnesium and other minerals from ReMag and ReMyte. And that makes sense because those minerals are supporting the thyroid and adrenals and taking the pressure off the sex hormones.

Reversing Total Body Meltdown

The focus of your concern may be hypothyroidism, however, if your thyroid is under strain, then the other hormones are not far behind. As you will see, my approach to balancing the thyroid takes into consideration the whole body. Specifically with the thyroid I seek to: 

1.   Remineralize the thyroid, which will improve hormone production

2.   Balance yeast overgrowth in the gut to eliminate the yeast toxins that block thyroid receptors and thus thyroid hormone production.

The most direct association of thyroid and yeast is in temperature regulation. People with hypothyroidism experience lower body temperature, which favor yeast overgrowth. As the thyroid heals and the body temperature normalizes, yeast finds the body less hospitable to invasion.

When I formulated my picometer, stabilized ion multiple mineral product, ReMyte, my research indicated that 9 of the 12 minerals in ReMyte support thyroid function. This is at a time when most alternative practitioners mainly focus on high iodine supplementation to support the thyroid. Iodine supplements, without the balancing effects of selenium and the other thyroid minerals, can actually cause more problems.

I have a strong family history of hypothyroidism and I had been taking 60mg of Armour thyroid for years. Within 2 months of taking my ReMyte formula, my hands and feet were no longer cold and I began to feel a bit revved up, and my pulse was elevated, which meant, to me, that I no longer required thyroid replacement therapy so I took myself off it. A great many of my customers have had similar experiences.

As noted above, most people who are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism also have weight gain, acid reflux, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, leaky gut, food allergies and adrenal insufficiency with symptoms of impaired digestion, absorption, anxiety, chronic-fatigue, and environmental allergies. I’ve found that our Completement Formulas helps balance all these associated conditions.

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Carolyn Dean MD ND

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