If you suffer from hypothyroidism, removing your thyroid or blasting with radiation or trying to balance it out with synthetic medication are not your only options.
There are two fairly common causes of hypothyroidism. The first is a result of inflammation of the thyroid gland which leaves a large percentage of the cells of the thyroid damaged (or dead) and incapable of producing sufficient hormone. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is called autoimmune thyroiditis (aka Hashimoto's thyroiditis), a form of thyroid inflammation caused by the patient's own immune system.
Dr. Lee covers hypothyroidism in What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. First, he points out that thyroid problems are far more common in women than in men -- a strong indicator that we're dealing with a hormonal problem. Then he points out that for most women, when they start using progesterone creme, their need for thyroid supplements is greatly reduced -- and often even eliminated. Note: just because it is more common in women, does not mean that men cannot have estrogen problems also -- caused by exposure to chemical estrogens. Note: there are men's progesterone cremes, which can be easily found by searching the net.
Immunomodulators such as cetyl-myristoleate and L-carnosine might make sense in case the problem is associated with an autoimmune disorder.
And finally, thyroid extracts such as Standard Process' Thytrophin PMG can be helpful in restoring some of the lost thryroid function.