Thyroid patient blaming and shaming, part 3: Advocacy and Science

In this Part 3, I continue my rebuttal of a research article that blames thyroid patients for causing harm to themselves by making requests of doctors for tests and therapies. In this post, I explain the good signs that thyroid patients' self-advocacy is sometimes effective and is making a difference. We are standing on the …

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Thyroid patient blaming and shaming, part 2: True barriers

In this Part 2, I continue my rebuttal of a research article that blames thyroid patients for causing harm to themselves by making requests of doctors for tests and therapies. In this post, I provide a fictional dialogue among three of the authors to illustrate their thought process. I then illustrate how the "barriers" are …

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2019 ATA article engages in patient-blaming and doctor-shaming

Some members of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) have achieved a new ethical low. They have published in their official scientific journal, Thyroid, an article that blames thyroid patients for causing harm to themselves by making requests of doctors for tests and therapies. They titled their paper "Patient Requests for Tests and Treatments Impact Physician …

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Free T3 peaks and valleys in T3 and NDT therapy

Lack of knowledge about Free T3 peaks and valleys contributes to failure and frustration in T3-based therapies, including desiccated thyroid and T3-T4 combination therapy. On patient support groups, I often see conversations that go like this: "My FT3 result was over reference range, FT4 low in range, and my TSH was low, so my doctor …

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Caution: Doctors perform T3-ectomies without our consent

We all know a "thyroidectomy" is the surgical removal of a thyroid gland. Nobody removes a vital gland without a patient's informed consent. If your medical system and doctor are ethical, you as a patient have the opportunity to weigh the risks and benefits of the procedure and give signed consent. We need to consider …

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Principles and Practical tips for Reverse T3, FT3, FT4

This post follows up on several recent posts on the topic of Reverse T3 (RT3) and our thyroid hormone conversion enzymes, the three deiodinases. Here I'm providing some practical tips about Reverse T3 testing, test interpretation, and where we should be focusing our attention. In these posts, I aim to improve thyroid therapy by debunking …

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RT3 inhibits T4-T3 conversion. How worried should we be?

Many thyroid patients have learned to fear Reverse T3 (RT3) by reading Kent Holtorf's web pages. Likely even more have learned by reading Reverse T3 information on the Stop the Thyroid Madness (STTM) thyroid patients' website, which has been influenced by Holtorf, whom they cite. On the positive side, both of these websites share a …

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