Thyroid patient blaming and shaming, part 3: Advocacy and Science

In this Part 3, I continue my rebuttal of a research article that blames thyroid patients for causing harm to themselves by making requests of doctors for tests and therapies. In this post, I explain the good signs that thyroid patients' self-advocacy is sometimes effective and is making a difference. We are standing on the …

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Thyroid patient blaming and shaming, part 2: True barriers

In this Part 2, I continue my rebuttal of a research article that blames thyroid patients for causing harm to themselves by making requests of doctors for tests and therapies. In this post, I provide a fictional dialogue among three of the authors to illustrate their thought process. I then illustrate how the "barriers" are …

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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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RT3 inhibits T4-T3 conversion. How worried should we be?

Many thyroid patients have learned to fear Reverse T3 (RT3) by reading Kent Holtorf's web pages. Likely even more have learned by reading Reverse T3 information on the Stop the Thyroid Madness (STTM) thyroid patients' website, which has been influenced by Holtorf, whom they cite. On the positive side, both of these websites share a …

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Visualizing thyroid hormone activity in cells: T3 and RT3 in context

I've recently been inspired by an visual of thyroid hormone cellular action published by Bianco and colleagues in September, 2019. This visual has taught me a new way of seeing these hormones' pathways of movement and activity in our bodies. I've read Bianco's article quite thoroughly in light of the image, and as a result …

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The TSH-T3 disjoint in thyroid therapy

There's a deep lie behind today's TSH-based definition of "euthyroid" status and today's policies of TSH normalization in therapy. The lie is that the loss of the thyroid and the initiation of thyroid hormone dosing has NOT altered and skewed natural TSH-FT3-FT4 hormone relationships. Yes, thyroid disease and therapy DO alter and skew these functional …

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Stop spreading the unscientific myth about the normal T4:T3 ratio!

Sigh. Just sigh. Even some of our best thyroid patient advocates can unknowingly share misinformation about thyroid therapy. Mary Shomon's thyroid articles on Verywell.com are usually to be trusted. But yesterday I was saddened to see that an article supposedly authored by Mary Shomon was spreading unscientific myths about "normal" thyroid secretion ratios being 13:1 …

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