Analyze thyroid lab results using SPINA-Thyr

This post walks through the process of using the SPINA-Thyr to interpret thyroid lab test results. OVERVIEW SPINA-Thyr is a free diagnostic application. SPINA-Thyr takes thyroid laboratory test values TSH, Free T4 and Free T3 and performs calculations that enable in-depth evaluation of thyroid function, pituitary function, and T4-T3 conversion for people who are on no …

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Evidence-based thyroid advocacy

My previous post talked about "evidence-based thyroid therapy." Sometimes, thyroid therapy goes terribly wrong, despite the efforts of doctors and patients, and I tell my experience and hopes in this post. Failures are not just individual. In thyroid therapy, there are systemic failures. Many factors have led to challenges in thyroid therapy: History and trends …

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Type 2 Diabetes and Hyper- versus Hypothyroidism

Surprise surprise. Having less thyroid hormone makes you more susceptible to Type 2 Diabetes. How does it work? Quote from Dr. Chaker, lead author: “Thyroid hormone is also directly involved in the control of insulin secretion and glucose homeostasis. Hypothyroidism is associated with decreased insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance and treatment of hypothyroidism has shown …

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Thyroid therapy paradigm shift: T3 hormone testing is a battleground.

The T3 paradigm shift in thyroid therapy is occurring at a time when Canadian health policy, driven by an old paradigm, is shutting down testing of Free T3. It's hard to see through the confusion because thyroid science is in the midst of this shift. Outdated beliefs rigidly hang on while new beliefs move forward. …

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Hypothyroidism is not a chronic disease in Canada

Why is hypothyroidism missing from Canada's chronic diseases list? I put the question mark over "thyroid disease" in the image because I can't fit the long word "hypothyroidism" into our maple leaf or tagline. The image raises the question -- this post explains it in more detail. Why focus on "hypothyroidism" within the broader category …

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TSHR Antibodies can distort TSH secretion

There’s an underestimated, under-studied TSH feedback loop that almost nobody talks about. By means of acting on this feedback loop, a thyroid antibody may have a direct effect on TSH secretion as well as our T4 and T3 levels. This antibody is far more prevalent and clinically relevant than many endocrinologists and our health care …

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