Dr. Ron Matsusaki’s license to treat thyroid suspended April 17, 2019

One of Canada's best thyroid doctors, Dr. Ron Matsusaki in Nova Scotia, has had his license to prescribe and treat thyroid suspended. His thyroid clinic in Digby has been under review for the past month, and the decision was announced on the clinic's Facebook group April 17, 2019.(1) Let's do everything we can to speak …

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CSEM attempts to dialogue with thyroid patients, April 8, 2019

In my previous post, I discussed the statement of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) response to thyroid patients' concerns, dated April 8th, 2019. There, I showed that the minor edit of adding a clause about central hypothyroidism is not really an update to the guidelines, which already acknowledged this exception. The document …

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Forbidding FT3 and FT4 in British Columbia as of late 2018

Someone asked for more info on the guidelines in British Columbia (BC) to prevent FT3 and FT4 testing, so I supply links and summaries of policies here. These barriers became active in BC health policy October 2018, they were being enforced by physicians and laboratories in January 2019, according to posts on our support group. …

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Choosing Wisely chooses not to hear thyroid patient’s research presentation

Our thyroid patient campaign's researcher submitted a proposal to speak at the Choosing Wisely national conference in Montreal in May 2019. A second thyroid patient was willing to fund the researcher's trip from Western Canada. A third thyroid patient put the researcher in contact with a thyroid doctor who was willing to support such educational …

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MEMES: Against Table 2 in the “Choosing Wisely Canada” T3 & T4 toolkit

The "Choosing Wisely Canada" toolkit promoting limitation of Free T3 and Free T4 testing has been the food for some meme refutations. Choosing Wisely Canada. (n.d.). Toolkit: Less is More with T3 & T4. Retrieved December 30, 2018, from https://choosingwiselycanada.org/perspective/toolkit-t4-t3/ Recently, we've focused on their Table 2 which outlines situations they recommend NOT to order …

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Our response to Choosing Wisely’s harmful Table 2

Choosing Wisely Canada, together with the Canadian Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism, have collaborated on a harmful toolkit to reduce Free T3 and Free T4 hormone testing in order to save money. As you can see in their Table 2 from page 9 of their toolkit, they want to prevent T3 and T4 testing in …

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Muddled logic in a 2016 Choosing Wisely article against T3 testing

Here's a brief article from October 2016 -- yes two years ago -- from our nemesis the Choosing Wisely campaign, their American branch. From the Cleveland Clinic. LeGros, K. (2016, October 3). Choosing Wisely®: Thyroid Function Testing. Retrieved November 4, 2018, from https://clevelandcliniclabs.com/2016/10/03/recommendations-from-the-choosing-wisely-initiative-thyroid-function-testing/ I'd just like to point out some muddled logic in this quote …

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