Infographic: T3 paradigm vs. TSH paradigm

Commentary Overall, the TSH paradigm tends to see thyroid therapy from the perspective of the health care system, the doctor, and the pituitary gland as a biochemical condition that must be safely and efficiently managed. In contrast, the T3 paradigm sees thyroid hormone sufficiency from the perspective of each patient and from the perspective of …

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Choosing Wisely: False reassurance to thyroid patients

The full text of Choosing Wisely's email reply to patients: "Thank you for raising your concerns and sharing your personal experience. Choosing Wisely Canada and our partners, the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) are not recommending to eliminate T3 testing. Choosing Wisely Canada is a national, clinician-led campaign focused on reducing unnecessary tests …

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REVIEW: T3-T4 ratio in myocardial infarction

Assessing the RATIO between Free T3 and Free T4 within the reference range is clinically relevant, even for people without thyroid disease. Why, then, should these two tests be considered unnecessary for assessing the thyroid hormone status and the health risk of hypothyroid patients on therapy? A 2018 study has demonstrated that a LOW free …

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You can’t get T3 from muffins

Canada, Defend access to T3-hormone thyroid medications that have been approved by Health Canada and have been used in therapy for decades. Drug shortages and cost-cutting guidelines are preventing good doctors from giving T3 hormone to fix chronic suboptimal T3. Let's keep hypothyroid patients as healthy as they can be, for the cost of a …

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Defend our plasma T3. Today.

Source: Abdalla, S. M., & Bianco, A. C. (2014). Defending plasma T3 is a biological priority. Clinical Endocrinology, 81(5), 633–641. LINK https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4699302/ In this ground-breaking article with a profound title, Abdalla and Bianco explain that human biology is set up to carefully protect and defend optimal thyroid T3 hormone levels in our bloodstream (plasma). This …

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REVIEW: In illness, T3 testing is more reliable than TSH

In Chatizomaris et al's (2017) article, Table 2 illustrates the many health conditions -- beyond thyroid gland failure -- in which a TSH test result is NOT indicative of the patient's true thyroid hormone status.  The table shows what usually happens to thyroid hormones and TSH in a patient who is NOT taking any thyroid …

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REVIEW: Non-thyroidal influences on thyroid hormones

This excellent scientific article by Chatzitomaris et al discusses the various NON-thyroidal causes of thyroid hormone T4, T3 and pituitary TSH imbalance. Source Chatzitomaris, A., Hoermann, R., Midgley, J. E., Hering, S., Urban, A., Dietrich, B., … Dietrich, J. W. (2017). Thyroid Allostasis–Adaptive Responses of Thyrotropic Feedback Control to Conditions of Strain, Stress, and Developmental …

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