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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Want to help? Join a Thyroid Patients Campaign Working Group

Let's get to work together! How? It's easy to do on Facebook. Not on Facebook? Currently we're only set up for group interaction on Facebook, sorry. That's where we were "born" and where we are most active. But please don't run away! If you can't or won't join Facebook but still want to help using …

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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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Evidence-based thyroid therapy

"Evidence-based medicine."  That term means different things to different people. It is a worthwhile goal. However, it's often a weasel word medical people use to gain power and status over each other and to bully patients into submission. "I'm more evidence-based than you are, so you have to shut up and let me talk now." …

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Letter on diagnosis published on British Medical Journal website

Today, the British Medical Journal's website published my "rapid response" letter: How can truly hypothyroid patients be accurately diagnosed within the enlarged subclinical category? Link to full text: https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l2006/rr-6 It is a response to the new guidelines for subclinical hypothyroidism: Bekkering, G. E., Agoritsas, T., Lytvyn, L., Heen, A. F., Feller, M., Moutzouri, E., … …

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CBC opinion article draft on subclinical hypothyroidism and its therapy

I just sent this opinion article draft to the CBC opinion editors by email. --- Dear CBC opinion editors, I would like to offer my opinion piece on this trending topic. First, about me, then the article draft: I am the main researcher and writer for the Canadian Thyroid Patients' Campaign, who launched a federal …

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Meet our campaign’s main writer, Tania Sona Smith

I've decided it's finally time to put a human face and name behind our campaign so that media can contact us and know who to talk to. Our campaign has experienced significant growth since we started in July 2018. I’ve made 79 blog posts on thyroidpatients.ca and this is my 80th. We also have 25 …

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