Have you ever had someone say something in JUST a way that it hits you between the eyes?? That’s what Diane did to me. She’s a thyroid and adrenal patient, and we were discussing the way a huge medical website still gives out backwards and harmful thyroid treatment information, telling patients to “raise their Synthroid” to counter their continuing hypothyroid symptoms (which doesn’t work), or pronouncing that because their TSH is “normal”, those symptoms are not related to hypothyroid (they are.) This huge website has kept patients sick for YEARS, and is one of the main reasons I created STTM!
And Diane said to me “Somehow the true message needs to get into the main stream.”
Boink! That just hit me squarely between the eyes! Sure, I’ve been saying the same in a different way for years–that our message needs to get out. But when Diane mentioned the “mainstream”, it hit me.
Here we are, victims of a medical scandal which has been going on for 50 years, and which has effected HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS all that time. Some of those victims are dead; and many more are still alive, with new victims happening DAILY. Yet, the “mainstream media” has never taken the time or interest to report on this. HUHHH??
Wikipedia defines the mainstream media as the section of the media specifically envisioned and designed to reach a very large audience, and that might include television, radio, newspapers and magazines. Yet, what do you see on any of those mediums? You see the regurgitation of the old-boy, Pollyanna methods of hypothyroid diagnosis and treatment–the use of the TSH and total T4, plus T4-only meds like Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine, et al. And if there is mention of desiccated thyroid, it’s bare. YAWN.
Some pundants feel that there is a form of literary censorship going on in the main media…i.e. if it’s not sensational, forget it. Others will cite bias and manipulation by those that report, especially in the political arena.
But what I lean to believe is that there’s a monkey-see, monkey-do mentality in the media. Namely, the mainstream media lazily conforms itself to the loudest, longest or most financially-influential voice. And who’s had that voice in the thyroid treatment arena?? The money-grubbing pharmaceuticals, who thrust billions of dollars into medical schools, besides their bright-eyed reps, to eventually convince every doctor since the early 1960’s that the lousy T4-only medications (Synthroid, Levoxyl, et al), and the dubious TSH lab tests, are from God Almighty.
So, that lie keeps being repeated, ad nauseum, and the TRUTH, which comes from everyday patients all around the world, gets ignored by the mainstream media. Thus, millions out there still sit, miserable or compromised in their day-to-day lives, and on a myriad of other pills to counter the lingering symptoms…because their main contact with the world–the mainstream media–is deaf and dumb–and they have not yet found Stop the Thyroid Madness, and may not for years!
So….what can YOU do?? Contact the mainstream media. SCREAM at the mainstream media. DOG the mainstream media. I have worked hard to put YOUR truth up here and in the book. You can help by spreading that word, one by one, like the Lilliputians who moved the giant.
*To contact ABC, go here.
*To contact MSNBC, go here or email Health@MSNBC.com
*To contact CBS, go here. Use the drop down menu to click on a news program
*To contact Fox News, go here.
*To contact CNN, go here.
*The top 20 Women’s magazines are here.
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**Patients are reporting that the STTM book is even better than the website! Yeehaw! To order your copy, go to the publishing website here. There are also options to order one for your doctor, and one for Oprah!
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4 Responses to “The mainstream media–monkey-see, monkey-do.”
It is NOT the mainstream media, it is actually the lamestream media. The media tells us what they (they are all of the people who think they know what is best for us peasants) want us to know. Whatever agenda is currently being pushed for at the time. The media has alot of drug company advertising, they have their true loyalities, it is NOT US. It is the money. Follow the money.
I wrote an article on thyroid in the June/July 08 issue of Women’s Fitness magazine, talking about my success with Armour. I’m now going through healing my body’s yeast syndrome, which I discuss on my myspace blog to help educate others on it. Love your website~! Thanks for putting it all together~!
Thanks for your site — I’m finding a lot of wisdom and inspiration here. After carefully going over my health history, I am convinced that childbirth brought on the hormonal changes that triggered hypothyroidism. Might I suggest the Women to Women site for thyroid info (and/or tell us what you think of it)? I’ve found (what for me) has been invaluable advice — from a natural/holistic angle. Here is a link to one of the main thryroid articles: http://www.womentowomen.com/hypothyroidism/hormonalimbalance.aspx
janie~ thank you for all your hard work!!! this website saved me from soo much distress! your team is amazing! i am in the medical field and daily i have patients who are on synthroid- and one by one i am telling them about your website 🙂