One of the cornerstones of our holistic approach to health at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center is using bioidentical hormones in our treatment plans. Through working with thousands of patients, I’ve found that treating the underlying cause of problems, rather than simply addressing the symptoms, can bring profound improvements to health and quality of life. The transformations I’ve seen have been simply stunning.

Because I believe so fiercely in the power and efficacy of bioidentical hormones, I thought I should spend some time talking about what makes them different from (and superior to) synthetic hormones that are commonly prescribed to treat hypothyroidism, low testosterone, and symptoms of menopause and perimenopause.

Today I’d like to go in depth about one hormone, that for the thyroid. At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we use desiccated thyroid and find it to be extremely effective.

Desiccated vs. Synthetic Thyroid Hormone

Here’s how they stack up against each other.


Desiccated thyroid is FDA approved and has been used for more than 100 years. Synthetic thyroid hormones appeared on the scene in the 1950s and 1960s, as companies discovered ways to manufacture them. Interestingly, even though T3 (triiodothyronine) is the active thyroid hormone, drug companies began producing the inactive thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine) because it was inexpensive to produce. They marketed these new drugs aggressively, and it worked; today, Synthroid and Levoxyl, two very popular thyroid medications that are the inactive T4, are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S.

These drugs were not initially approved by the FDA, as it was thought that they were not new drugs and didn’t need to go through the testing process to test for safety and side effects. Finally, in 1997, after 10 recalls of approximately 100 million tablets of these synthetic thyroid hormones due to potency issues, the FDA decided it was time for some testing.


Unlike synthetic thyroid hormone, desiccated thyroid hormone like Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid and Hotze Thyroid is dried (desiccated) thyroid hormones that comes from actual thyroid glands from pigs. It contains both the active T3 hormone and the inactive T4 hormone.


We see far too many cases at the Center where people have been taking synthetic thyroid medication for a long time – sometimes years – and yet still experience symptoms of hypothyroidism like weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, muscle and joint pain, and more. Certainly, there are people who experience relief from their symptoms on these drugs, however we encounter many people who don’t have that experience.

Just think – all these people are paying for a drug that they’re putting in their bodies, and it’s not even doing what it’s supposed to do! Worse, if the drug does result in levels of thyroid hormones that are “normal” according to a blood test, a doctor may insist that a patient is in good health, even though the patient knows that’s not true. For the patient, this experience isn’t just frustrating, it’s downright maddening.

Finding Relief With Desiccated Thyroid Hormone

If only mainstream doctors would prescribe desiccated thyroid hormone for hypothyroidism, many patients would feel much better. However, it’s not that simple. Most doctors simply prescribe a pill to treat it each symptom. Watch this video to hear our doctors talk about the difference between desiccated thyroid and synthetic thyroid.

At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we truly focus on wellness. That means we look at every guest who comes through our doors as an individual who is not simply a collection of symptoms to be alleviated, but a person with a life who wants to live that life to the fullest in great health. If someone appears to have symptoms of hypothyroidism, we dig deeper. What seems to be the cause of the low thyroid function? Is there an accompanying issue with the adrenal gland, which can complicate thyroid function? What about testosterone? By digging into these questions, we’re better able to treat each individual as a whole person rather than a disease.

Have you been on synthetic thyroid drugs for months or years but found no relief from your symptoms? Do you suspect that you may suffer from hypothyroidism, even if your doctor insists that you don’t? If so, contact us at the Center. I invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our knowledgeable and understanding Wellness Consultants. Visit our website or call us at 1-888-447-4058 and discover how natural hormones can help you.