The Endocrine Society’s 89th Annual Meeting is going to occur in Toronto, Canada, June 2-5th this year. And one of the scheduled presentations is titled: Thyroid Hormone Therapy: Why Some Patients Are Unhappy.
Now based on that title, you can be an optimist and decide that yes…a presentation is going to be given that will give a clue why MILLIONS of us are unhappy, unhealthy and reeking of hypothyroid symptoms with a “normal” TSH….and have been for FIVE DECADES!! It’s enough to get your hopes flying.
But below is what was said by the speaker:
Today, pure synthetic T4 is the medication that the vast majority of hypothyroid patients use. Most physicians now consider desiccated thyroid and the combinations of synthetic T4 and T3 to be obsolete. Since they contain both T4 and T3, and T3 is absorbed and used by the body more quickly than T4, their T3 content can cause some patients to develop temporary symptoms of hyperthyroidism (palpitations, nervousness) after a tablet is taken. Also, desiccated thyroid, derived from slaughterhouse animals, may have variable potency from batch to batch, depending on the animals’ diet, the season of the year, and the species of animal used to make the tablets.
Huh?? That “obsolete” desiccated thyroid is turning lives around 180 degrees! And those “temporary symptoms of hyperthyroidism” are caused by low cortisol in some, not by a problem in the tablet. And finally, funny that those of us on dessicated thyroid aren’t noticing any issues of variability.
So, unless I hear differently, I can only presume that in early June, these Endocrinologists will only continue to be prescribing medications that do NOT work (e.g. Synthroid), and making ink spots on a piece of paper (called the TSH lab and range) far, far more important than obvious hypothyroid symptoms in their patients. i.e. they will continue the treatment which has only served to keep ALL of us SICK.
Cuiusvis hominis est errare; nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare