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BY PAUL ROBINSON, AUTHOR OF “RECOVERING WITH T3”
(His Contact Information Can Be Found at The Bottom of This Article)
My Offer to Doctors and Endocrinologists
By Paul on Fri, 17/01/2014 – 13:15
What I Would Like to Accomplish
I set out to do two things with my books, website and forum work:
1. Contribute (with many others) to positive change within the medical profession in the treatment of thyroid disease. In particular, I believe all the thyroid treatments (T4, T4/T3, NDT, NDT/T3, T3 only) should all be available via family doctors and endocrinologists who treat thyroid disease. Thyroid patients that need T3 or NDT etc should be able to have them prescribed and should get good support in their use. Good support in many cases means that symptoms and the response of the body to treatment should be paramount in the treatment of those patients that have not responded well to more standard treatment. Thyroid blood test results should not restrict the use/dosage management of drugs like T3 when the patient is clearly responding well to them.
2. I would like to make myself obsolete eventually. Patients should not have to come to people like me and ask me what I would do in their shoes. My books exist now and provide effective protocols for the use of T3 and for helping to improve adrenal function (via the Circadian T3 Method which I have created). If doctors and endocrinologists were using my protocols, then this would be a far more effective solution for patients than the current situation. I would like to get to this point even though it seems very far off at present.
What is My Work in Essence?
The 'Recovering with T3' book and 'The CT3M Handbook' contain most of my contributions to the treatment of thyroid disease. This body of work is all about providing solutions for thyroid treatment when no other treatment has worked. Within both these books are detailed protocols that I developed when I was recovering from hypothyroidism using T3. I generalised these protocols as much as possible and I now believe that they are the best, safest and most effective protocols for using T3 replacement therapy – especially when T3 is being used on its own.
My work aims to achieve this in a way that avoids dependency on steroids or adrenal glandulars and then to encourage people to work on the other issues that may have caused the problems in the first place.
There is never any guarantee that someone will eventually get off T3 or even be able to reduce it, but that has also always a long-term objective for me when talking to thyroid patients. The CT3M Handbook lists many other factors that can be worked on by thyroid patients whilst they are using my methods and in many cases by working on these a thyroid patient may hope eventually to reduce T3 dosage or perhaps replace some or all of it with other thyroid medications like natural desiccated thyroid (NDT).
Recovering with T3 and The CT3M Handbook present a safety net for thyroid patients who still remain sick after many attempts to get well through more standard treatments. In The CT3M Handbook I also point the way to many of the other problems that may need to be resolved before thyroid hormone works ideally. By working on the problems that are relevant to the individual then there is the possibility for thyroid hormone to begin to function more effectively and, in the long-term, the thyroid patient may be able to reduce T3 dosage or even replace T3 with an alternative thyroid hormone.
Anyone who has read my 'Recovering with T3' book will know that I believe that the only way thyroid patients are going to get the variety of diagnostic approaches and treatments that they absolutely need is for change to occur within the medical profession. The thyroid forums and books like 'Recovering with T3' and 'The CT3M Handbook' provide the equivalent of a life belt thrown to a drowning person. They have been and are essential because of the huge problems in thyroid treatment at the present time. They are not the solution we need though. We need a series of changes within the medical profession and endocrinology practices in particular.
What Specific Suggestions Have I Made for Change?
I've listed some of the changes I'd like to see within the 'Recovering with T3' book. They include:
1. Changes to the way doctors measure their success in treating thyroid patients. Success absolutely should not be measured by any level of TSH, FT4 or FT3 but in terms of the symptomatic improvement of their patients. THIS change alone would be an immensely helpful starting point. At present it is all too easy for many doctors to believe that they have done a good job when a patients lab results are in the reference ranges. Job done and often they can say to themselves well the remaining symptoms are some other disease or down to the patient's mental health or laziness or something else. This has to change – SOON. If doctors actually felt they had 'failed' to treat the hypothyroidism when a patient remained symptomatic then this would be a huge step forward I think.
2. Research into the reasons why thyroid hormones become less effective within cells, i.e. impaired cellular response to thyroid hormone (sometimes known as 'Hypo 2' or even 'Thyroid Resistance').
3. Research into new markers for how well thyroid hormone is actually working within the cells – not just levels of FT3 or FT4 or rT3.
4. Better communication of thyroid research findings into the endocrinology discipline. Any relevant findings must be communicated in a useful way to family doctors.
5. For those patients that do not get well on synthetic T4 then all the thyroid treatments must become available. These include natural desiccated thyroid, T3 and T4/T3 combinations.
6. For those patients on an alternative thyroid hormone treatment the conventional use of TSH, FT4 and FT3 to determine dosage should not be relied upon. Instead the patients should be listened to and symptoms and signs should be monitored, as they are more revealing of actual thyroid hormone action than thyroid hormone levels circulating in the blood stream.
7. Proper checking of things like iron, B12, folate, sex hormones and of course cortisol (via saliva) should also be routine for thyroid patients.
As time as gone on I also now place more emphasis on gut integrity and gut health, so dietary change and a gut healing programme may often be required. Hashimoto's and Graves disease are often not diseases of the thyroid gland – they are diseases of the immune system that happen to attack the thyroid gland. Discovering and fixing the root cause of the immune system dysfunction should be of prime importance in treating many thyroid problems. So the removal of gluten from the diet and of using diets like Paleo and GAPs is often highly relevant. Low sugar and low starch diets can be of great value in reducing fermentation and pathogen overload in the gut.
In addition to all the above it is becoming clear to some doctors and some thyroid patients that other issues that are less well understood often also need to be addressed. There is not the space to cover all of these here but a few examples are: halide toxicity e.g. bromide, fluoride, heavy metal toxicity, methylation issues, imbalances in minerals and mineral or vitamin deficiencies, infections etc. I list a more comprehensive list of these in The CT3M Handbook.
Change is Needed – My Offer to Doctors
I have no idea how long we are going to have to wait for some of these things to occur. Some days I think they won't happen in my lifetime and then on other days I have a little more optimism.
I'd like to make this offer to any doctor or endocrinologist anywhere in the world. Contact me and talk to me. If you want to discuss any aspect of my book or anything that is contained on this website then please contact me. I am here and waiting. I'd love to have a dialogue with those people who are in the best place to influence actual change within the medical profession. I'd also be very happy to work with any doctor who has a mind to use any of the approaches that I discuss within the RWT3 book.
I'd very happily pack up worrying about thyroid disease today if the medical profession got the bit between its teeth and began implementing some of the strategies that we as patients already know work.
Anyway, there it is. My message to all doctors and endocrinologists who wish to talk to me is to just contact me via the 'contact us' page on this website and I'll gladly talk to you. My contact page on this website is: http://recoveringwitht3.com/contact
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