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(Important note: STTM is an information-only site based on what many patients have reported or learned in their treatment. Please work with your doctor. The information on these pages is not meant to replace that relationship or guidance, and you agree to that by reading this website. See the Disclaimer.)

WELCOME TO THE SITE MAP OF ANYTHING STOP THE THYROID MADNESS–the Mothership of reported patient experiences and wisdom worldwide !

Those pages below with an asterisk are patient-written.

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Please note that all information on this website is COPYRIGHTED by Stop the Thyroid Madness, LLC. 

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HOME PAGE AND STORIES

Home
My Story
Stories of Others

ABOUT T4 MEDS AND NATURAL DESICCATED THYROID

Synthroid
T4-Only Meds Do Not Work

ABOUT NATURAL DESICCATED THYROID (NDT) or T3

Natural Thyroid 101
Armour vs. Other Brands
The history of desiccated thyroid as a grandfathered yet unapproved drug
All best options for thyroid treatment
Transitioning from T3-only to NDT
NDT or T3 doesn’t work for me! 

REASONS FOR HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THYROID MEDS

The problem of Synthroid or other T4-only meds, etc. 
Why NDT or T3 seems to NOT work/causes problems
The importance of iron and cortisol

HOW TO DO IT ALL

Things We Have Learned – PERFECT for NEWBIES TO STTM, or if you have brain fog
Mistakes Patients Make (or their Doctors make for them!)
Sublingual –a way to take your desiccated thyroid
Take your temp!
Ducks in a Row–what you need to work on, and what’s next if you still have issues
Transitioning from T3-only to NDT

CONCERNING LABWORK

Recommended Labwork
TSH – Why It’s Useless
Optimal Lab Values–i.e. how to interpret your results and to share with your doc
Why you should test your RBC potassium levels
Why you may need another Vitamin D test (i.e if you have the VDR mutation)
What is pooling?
Not directly thyroid related, but about the Organic Acids Test

CAUSES OF HYPOTHYROIDISM, SYMPTOMS, etc:

Causes of Hypothyroid
Hyper-like symptoms
The best list of hypothyroid symptoms on the net!! They can occur even on Synthroid or Levo, sadly.
Enlarged Thyroid aka Goiters, causes, treatment

Issues related to being hypothyroid

HASHIMOTO’S

Hashimoto’s–the autoimmune attack on your thyroid!
Thyroiditis
Hypothyroid vs Hashimotos
About Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy (HE)
The use of LDN to control antibodies
All about iodine (because many patients say it lowered antibodies)
10 Gut Health Questions to ask yourself

THYROID NODULES

*How she removed them

THYROID CANCER

Thyroid Cancer and the use of NDT after removal (this one has contributed patient stories)
Words of Wisdom to a Thyroid Cancer patient
Thyroid Cancer is an Easy Cancer?? Nope. 
Thyroid Cancer patients look back
Overview of all the above

THYROIDLESS

What it’s like having no thyroid

ADRENAL INFORMATION

Those durn Adrenals!! All about adrenal stress and Cortisol, plus how to discern if you have a problem 
All about Saliva testing
Here’s some wisdom we learned about results, treating, etc.
Women and doing DATS to find right amount of cortisol
All about FOUR kinds of adrenal insufficiency (includes mention of Addison’s, Hypopituitary, etc)
Common misconceptions about adrenals and treatment
Using the CT3M/T3CM for low cortisol — how some may not have to use HC or cortex
What is “pooling”?
Symptoms of Low Cortisol
7 Stages of Adrenal Fatigue
Supplements and Meds Affecting Adrenals & Which Can Skew Saliva Results
Aldosterone can be just as important as Cortisol
Licorice Root
Adrenal Cocktail
Phosphatidyl Serine to lower high cortisol levels
Janie’s blog on her high cortisol levels
Explanation about the ACTH Stimulatory Test
Reasons you may need Adaptogens
Summary about adrenal testing, saliva results, adrenal meds, mistakes
Potassium
Cortisol and Iron–why they are so important

IODINE

All sorts of iodine information
Companion Nutrients with iodine (can be commented on)
Iodine at different doses by Dr. Malcolm Maclean (can be commented on)
Iodine and Hashimoto’s (there’s a section on this page)

PREGNANCY, BREASTFEEDING and HYPOTHYROIDISM

All about thyroid and your pregnancy
Nursing and the hypothyroid mom

FEMALE SEX HORMONES

Excellent info on when to test/what to test

AGING AND HYPOTHYROID

Things to be aware of concerning aging
T3 discrimination for the aging and what to do  (this can be commented on)

WEIGHT LOSS AND HYPOTHYROID

* How Pam lost weight when it didn’t happen naturally

IRON

Iron, ferritin and hypothyroid
High iron
The importance of iron and cortisol

DIGESTION and GUT

Stomach acid
Seven reasons to have low levels of nutrients
H-Pylori bacteria
Constipation
Celiac Disease, aka Gluten Intolerance, and your Thyroid
10 Gut Health Questions to ask yourself

MENTAL HEALTH:

Thyroid, Depression and Mental Health
Inspiring Stories of Depression That Went Away on Desiccated Thyroid
Thyroid and Mental Health links to articles
*Information about being on Benzos (Valium, Xanax, etc)

HEAVY METALS

High copper
MTHFR – a genetic defect you may need to learn about

HEART HEALTH or BLOOD PRESSURE 

AFib and hypothyroidism
Heart health: is T3 dangerous, or not?
Blood Pressure and Hypothyroidism Can Go Hand-in-hand

ISSUES RELATED TO BEING HYPOTHYROID

Absorption issues such as low Vit D, low iron, low B12 and more
Fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and hypothyroidism
Inflammation
Bones: do they get worse with NDT or a low TSH?
Hair Loss is Common!
Goitrogens–foods to avoid eating in excess, which includes SOY
*Fluoride and Your Thyroid–a Dangerous Connection
*Candida and Hypothyroidism
Low adrenal and hypothyroid signs in childhood that no one caught (this one contains patient contributed stories)
*Tracy’s experience with Radioactive Iodine (RAI) treatment
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and Hypothyroidism
Iodine: a collection of information
*Recent Diseases and Hypothyroid (aka CFS, Fibromyalgia, etc)
*Lyme Disease and it’s connection to Thyroid/Adrenal Issues
Celiac Disease, aka Gluten Intolerance, and your Thyroid
*A mother’s description of the variety of celiac symptoms
A compilation of most of the above on one page

VITAMINS, MINERALS and ELECTROLYTES

B12 issues with hypothyroid
*Vitamin D
Zinc
*Selenium
Potassium
All about electrolytes and minerals
How aldosterone can lower sodium and potassium

T3-ONLY, REVERSE T3, FT3/RT3 RATIO

About Reverse T3
Online RT3 Ratio Calculator
How to use T3-only, plus numerous questions about its use
Transitioning from T3-only to Natural Desiccated Thyroid

GRAVES

All about hyperthyroidism, aka Graves
Radioactive iodine–all about it
Top Reasons Not to Have RAI – this is one opinion only.

RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF PORK/ANIMAL IN DESICCATED THYROID:

Being Jewish, dietary law, and using Natural Desiccated Thyroid
Being Vegetarian and the use of Natural Desiccated Thyroid (and more links on this page to others)

CONCERNING DOCTORS:

Doctors Need to Rethink
Give Me a Break!! aka Doctor’s Hall of Shame
Dear Doctor… a template letter to use before seeing your doctor
How to Find a Good Doc
Medical Research or Consensus which supports what patients already know
20 ways Thyroid Patients are Gaslighted

FRIENDS AND FAMILY

What you wish friends and family understood about you
Dear Family or Friends (another version)

FAQ’s–FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS with answers as we have learned them

ADRENALS FAQ–the most frequently asked questions
HYPOPITUITARY FAQ–the most frequently asked questions
COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS about the topics of this site

MISCELLANEOUS pages:

For Anyone Who Thinks This Site Doesn’t Apply to You
Definition of Thyroid Treatment Madness
WHAT’S NEW ON STTM**
Thyroid Funnies
Rotten Tomatoes–criticisms of STTM
Medical Research, Articles & Consensus Which Supports What We Already Know
References on Thyroid Hormone Usefulness – the Big Daddy of references
Supplements That We Take
Smoking blog post with a lot of replies
*Deborah’s story on ceasing smoking while hypo/adrenal fatigue
Stop the Thyroid Madness Flyer to put in your community
Pregnancy and Hypothyroidism
A cautionary tale of eating high oxalate foods
*A cautionary tale about Benzos (Valium, Xanax, etc)
Parathyroid gland and problems
The use of Low Dose Naltrexone
Inspiring article by a doctor
What is a Thyroid Storm?

UK and INTERNATIONAL THYROID:

UK and Around the World Thyroid Happenings
*To All UK Thyroid Doctors
UK-TPA’s 2009 response to the Royal College of Physicians
Relationship between Royal College of Physicians and the MHRA
Testimonial Article from “The Mail”

INTERACTIVE:

Talk to Others
Janie’s Blog
Writing a Guest Blog Post on STTM’s blog
What others are saying about the STTM website and book
Page to send your friends or loved ones to when they don’t understand all this

SURVEYS/POLL

How Patients View their Doctors

BOOKS AND WEBSITE:

Order the revised patient-to-patient STTM book–the most complete resource book out there
Swedish and German versions of the revised STTM book. 
STTM II book, chapters written by medical professionals
Comparing the revised STTM book (STTM I) to the STTM II book
Other Books On Thyroid
Recommended Websites
Thyroid Extract excerpts from Old Medical Books
Spread the word! T-shirts, Keychains, business cards, and more!!

AUDIO:

Five audio shorts to help understand what STTM is all about

VISUAL:

Image of what your Road to Recovery will look like.
See BEFORE and AFTER photos of good thyroid treament!
FLAT STTM–see patients around the world with their STTM signs (not active anymore, but still fun!)

IMPORTANT:

Disclaimer–understand your risks and responsibility when you read or use this website
Conditions of Use–how you need to use this site
Acronyms

Want to order your own labwork??  These lab facilities have created a body of labwork that fits information on STTM, and you can take the results to your doctor for discussion. Go here.