My mouth just fell open last night.
Apparently, in December of 2002, an Australian doctor named JP Walsh (Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia), and an Endocrinologist to boot, wrote an most interesting article in the journal Current Opinion in Pharmacology.
This incredibly stunning article was titled Dissatisfaction with thyroxine therapy — could the patients be right?
The abstract states:
In some patients with hypothyroidism, symptoms of ill health persist despite thyroxine treatment. It is unclear whether this arises from comorbidity or because standard thyroxine replacement is in some way inadequate for some individuals. Some patients feel better if they take a slightly excessive dose of thyroxine, but this carries a potential risk of adverse cardiac and skeletal effects. There are conflicting data on whether combined thyroxine/triiodothyronine treatment is preferable to thyroxine alone in dissatisfied patients
I am unable to read the full article, as it is required that you pay a sum I don’t have. But you definitely get the impression that this doctor was on the cusp of figuring out what we have known solidly all along. Because Dr. Walsh, the patients WERE right, and still are. Synthroid, Levoxyl, Eltroxin, levothyroxine and all other T4-only medications suck, and have sucked for a long, long time. www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work and www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/long-and-pathetic
I so hope to be able to contact Dr. Walsh. Do you know him? Because he and I need to have a long talk.
p.s. Thank you Gerry.