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
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 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 … Continue reading Caution: Doctors perform T3-ectomies without our consent
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
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 ... … Continue reading How to calculate LT3 vs. LT4 substitution: New thyroid science