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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Caution: Doctors perform T3-ectomies without our consent

We all know a "thyroidectomy" is the surgical removal of a thyroid gland. Nobody removes a vital gland without a patient's informed consent. If your medical system and doctor are ethical, you as a patient have the opportunity to weigh the risks and benefits of the procedure and give signed consent. We need to consider …

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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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L-T3 pharmaceutical equivalency, Part 2: New thyroid science

What does NEW thyroid science have to say on the topic of thyroid pharmaceutical equivalency? How many micrograms of L-T3 Liothyronine (i.e. Cytomel) are equivalent to L-T4 Levothyroxine (i.e. Synthroid)? Thyroid hormone pharmaceutical monographs currently provide very rigid and low-ratio equivalency statements: ERFA Canada says "Desiccated thyroid 60 mg is usually considered equivalent to ... …

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No, 25 mcg of L-T3 Liothyronine isn’t equivalent to 100 mcg L-T4

In thyroid therapy, how many micrograms of Cytomel (T3) are equivalent to how many micrograms of Synthroid (T4)? Equivalency statements in the product monographs for Pfizer Canada's Cytomel and for ERFA Canada's "Thyroid" (NDT brand) claim that a 25 mcg dose of Liothyronine sodium (L-T3) is "considered equivalent" to 100 mcg / μg (0.1 mg) …

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Thyroid therapies: What my life is like in the T3-monotherapy wheelchair

Here, I'll use my own personal example to discuss a few dimensions of T3 monotherapy, which I envision as a "wheelchair." I'm drawing on the fictional analogy I developed in an earlier post, where I imagined thyroid disease like crippling foot disease. The therapy of 100% T4 can be seen like a walking stick or …

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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 …

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