Since 2015, Thyroid Association of NZ (TANZi) has tried to engage endocrinologists and chemical pathologists who write NZ guidelines, lab testing policies and medical training so that issues for patients can be resolved. In 2018, TANZi told a local Member of Parliament that no-one would talk to them, and they were advised to petition parliament. See … Continue reading New Zealand thyroid patients’ petition milestones achieved
A thought: Is thyroid endocrinology like programming? Endocrinology seems to be a field that thinks it already knows all the variables in the box of thyroid therapy, and all the problems exist outside the box. My husband is a self-taught computer programmer. He and I had a conversation today about programmers and how they think … Continue reading What if some thyroid endocrinologists are like programmers?
They say that history is written by the victors. Not always. Sometimes histories are written by advocates for the oppressed and disenfranchised. A common theme on our website is the need to see current practices and thyroid therapy challenges in light of thyroid therapy history. Instead of trusting histories written by scientists, one ought to … Continue reading Mimicry: The idol of T3-T4 combo therapy 2004-2014
During the coronavirus pandemic, health care access, policies and procedures are swiftly changing. Hardly anyone in the media is talking about restrictions on managing our chronic health conditions like thyroid disease. It’s our job to talk about thyroid care from the patient’s point of view. This post offers a Canadian perspective on the pressures on … Continue reading How can we prepare for restrictions on thyroid health care?
There's no surprise that patients and doctors would disagree about the incidence rate of hypothyroid symptoms in a given patient. "We have an average of 7.2 symptoms per patient" says the cohort of 262 patients. "No, you have an average of 4.0 symptoms per patient," says the cohort of 100 doctors about those 262 patients. … Continue reading Discordance in thyroid symptoms reported by patients and their doctors