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 … Continue reading The TSH-T3 disjoint in thyroid therapy
Category: FT3:FT4 ratio
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 … Continue reading Stop spreading the unscientific myth about the normal T4:T3 ratio!
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 developed by research endocrinologists who use it in peer-reviewed medical research. SPINA-Thyr has been in development since the late 1990s under the leadership of Dr. Johannes Dietrich, Specialist in internal medicine, endocrinology and … Continue reading Analyze thyroid lab results using SPINA-Thyr
Low-normal FT3 increases Alzheimer’s Disease risk
SOURCE Quinlan, P., Horvath, A., Wallin, A., & Svensson, J. (2019). Low serum concentration of free triiodothyronine (FT3) is associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 99, 112–119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.09.002 JAN 2019: Study reports increased risk of Alzheimer's disease with low-normal Free T3 thyroid hormone. "Patients in the lowest FT3 quartile had a more than … Continue reading Low-normal FT3 increases Alzheimer’s Disease risk
No, T4 does not always convert to enough T3.
"T4 is converted into T3 at the cellular level in virtually all organs" This is what Canada's endocrinologists claim at the opening of their statement under their recommendation "Don’t use Free T4 or T3 to screen for hypothyroidism or to monitor and adjust levothyroxine (T4) dose in patients with known primary hypothyroidism." What does this … Continue reading No, T4 does not always convert to enough T3.