“The majority of people with hypothyroidism taking thyroxine are satisfied that it works. This is a simple matter of fact, not my opinion or bias.”
Cough. The above comment came directly from the keyboard of a doctor. He was conversing with someone in the discussion behind an online dictionary entry on desiccated thyroid. And as you read the entire conversation, you clearly see that this doctor firmly believes that “thyroxine works well for most people with hypothyroidism.” He also adds “Whether you like it or not, it is the simple truth, supported by many types of evidence.”
And guess what the “evidence” was!! Ready?? Here goes: “Published trials, experience of doctors, and sales figures.” Wait. I need to highlight that: “Published trials, experience of doctors, and sales figures.” 😆 😆 😆
Yessiree, doctors certainly have their eyes open.
Frankly, if it wasn’t so sad, it would be hilarious. And the reply by the other person: “Since when is evidence ONLY found in trials, doctors and sales figures, and not also in the experience of patients??? ….it really does besmirch the intelligence and experiential accounts of a growing body of patients out there who are spreading the word of their experience. It reminds me of the patient who comes in saying they have a stomach ache after eating four Milky Ways, and the doctor saying there are no “trial, observations, or sales figures” to support the claim of a stomach ache, so the stomach is dismissed while the patient walks out in agony with her sample anti-depressants in hand.”
Couldn’t have said it better. Because there is profound evidence right in front of the noses of every single doctor that T4-only treatment does NOT work, and desiccated thyroid IS working. Us!
But the insult continues. In a recent article in the Baltimore Sun about natural vs. synthetic products, it was stated: ” There is no evidence, however, that the animal extracts have any advantage over the synthetic versions, according to the American Thyroid Association.”
Yikes. Does any of the above tell you why patients have lost SO much respect for doctors, the American Thyroid Association, or the American Association of Endocrinologists…to name a few?
WE ARE THE EVIDENCE. Open your eyes.