This is a question for all the T-Mag experts here…[/quote]
I don’t really qualify as an expert, but I’d like to chip in on this since you haven’t yet gotten a reply.
…Doctors put him on a script to suppress his thyroid but warned his parents that it was dangerous to be on it all of the time…[/quote]
I don’t really know what the danger would be, unless he experienced some specific side effects that are, in some cases, associated with antithyroid drugs. At times, antithyroids meds can decrease WBCC or be hepato-inflammatory, but these are fairly uncommon side effects (<2%).
…option one was to have surgery to cut out part of his thyroid, option two was to inject him with some stuff that partially “killed” the gland. The doctors didn’t want him to experience a hormone “storm”, which could be fatal, so he and his parents opted for the injection…[/quote]
I cannot help but wonder this guy’s age at this point, because for some reason, I am envisioning a very young individual. The injection was likely radioiodine, which can also be administered orally. Unfortunately, it is not all that uncommon for this method to cause hypothyroidism in later life.
…Now 10 plus years later his thyroid is under active, he puts on weight just walking by food and exercise and watching his eating doesn’t help at all. He is on Synthroid, I think, to help normalize his hormone levels. Of course after I reviewed what this dude was doing, it hardly resembled anything that of a prescribed nutrition plan or training program that would be found here…[/quote]
Then does he really gain weight from “walking by food?” Sounds like something that he is just saying as a cop-out. “I can’t gain weight, and I eat CONSTANTLY!” Sound familiar? This is likely the converse. I’m not trying to belittle the situation, as it is serious, and a normal, healthy thyroid will most always be more efficient for optimizing body composition than a chemically-augmented one. However, if he is having such dire problems, it is likely he has not found an appropriate match for his Synthroid dose. It is a very tricky thing, and some people never find a match. It is actually much easier to achieve an optimal dose after a complete thyroidectomy rather than trying to match to a partially functioning gland.
…I know that Dr Berardi’s seven habits apply to everyone, but is there any special guidelines he needs to follow for a nutrition plan to be truly effective?..[/quote]
There is such a wealth of information here, I don’t really know where to begin. I would start by making HIM get online. If you are doing all the mental work for him, I promise you, he is not going to stick with anything. Make him learn–that is the best motivation you can give him.
…Would a supplement like HOT-ROX interfere with his thyroid medication? Would HOT-ROX help this kid at all?..[/quote]
Couldn’t tell you. You’ll have to wait on Cy, as the ingredients in HOT-ROX are a bit ambiguous, as far as IUPAC or other standardized naming goes. It kind of makes it difficult to do much research unless you are “in the know.”
…His frame of mind is in the shitter as he feels that since his thyroid is wacked, he will be overweight for good. For the record, the guy isn’t me as I’m just lazy. Knowing this guy’s story makes me count my blessings that I am not in his situation and motivates me to take advantage of my health and do something about my own fat-assness…[/quote]
Bull-fucking-shit. Hypothyroidism is not a death sentence. First, he needs to ensure that he has an appropriate dose-match for his drugs. Imagine if someone injected your testes with ionizing, radioactive sources. Do you really think you’d be able to have sex if you were taking, say, a nanogram of testosterone weekly? The dose has to match. Otherwise, he should be fine to alter body composition, bulk up, shrink down, or whatever. Sure, he has a challenge, but isn’t exactly quadraplegic.
I hope I’m not sounding too harsh, but I am completely fed-up with excuses. It just doesn’t sound as if this guy legitimately wants to make any progress, and hence, he is using his metabolic shortcomings as excuses. I don’t know if that is the case, as this is merely the Internet, and I cannot read anything beyond the alpha-numerics that appear on my screen. I just hope that this isn’t laziness being covered by disease, as that is the exact type of attitude that propagates misinformation. Seriously though, let me know if I can help any further, and please don’t take me as being hostile or not understanding. Good luck with all of this.