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 … Continue reading The TSH-T3 disjoint in thyroid therapy

LifeLabs BC handout reveals thyroid testing policy failure

This week, a thyroid patient from British Columbia posted an image of a piece of paper handed to her at a LifeLabs laboratory. LifeLabs BC was using this paper leaflet to explain to her why "Free T3 and Free T4 will not be tested when the TSH is in reference range." THE LEAFLET GIVEN TO … Continue reading LifeLabs BC handout reveals thyroid testing policy failure

Individual thyroid ranges are far narrower than lab ranges

We've known since at least 2002 that being within "normal range" is never good enough when it comes to thyroid hormone blood tests. An important set of four articles has taught us that each human being has an optimal range for TSH, Total T4 and Total T3 that is far less the width of the … Continue reading Individual thyroid ranges are far narrower than lab ranges

What if TSH levels were like shoe sizes, thyroid meds like mobility aids

Seeing things visually might help clarify what thyroid therapy is like. Our thyroid hides in our neck and our hormones hide in every inch of our body. Nobody sees our thyroid gland distort, die, or shrivel. Nobody sees what fatigue feels like. Nobody sees organs suffering from lack of T3. Nobody sees how our pills … Continue reading What if TSH levels were like shoe sizes, thyroid meds like mobility aids

Several fallacies in the TSH-T4 paradigm of thyroid therapy

When you are steeped in a medical paradigm, its fallacies can be as comfortable and taken for granted as an old pair of sneakers. In this post, I'll take apart several thyroid therapy fallacies, starting with the fallacy "description is not prescription." I will investigate many of the ways in which patients on T4 monotherapy … Continue reading Several fallacies in the TSH-T4 paradigm of thyroid therapy