If you have been diagnosed with low thyroid, chances are you were prescribed Synthroid or another T4-only medication. It’s a simple fact, however, that T4 may not work, and is often insufficient to restore health.
recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the huge chasm between standard protocols for hypothyroidism and the failure of these methods to work for a large percentage of patients.
Nearly two decades ago, it became clear to me that these methods are ineffective for people more often than not. Patient after patient described symptom after symptom, all of which appeared to be hypothyroidism, yet the routine thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test came back “normal.” Additionally, the standard treatments left many patients suffering. It didn’t take long to figure out something wasn’t working, so why is much of the medical community still so far behind? The failures of current testing and includes others with undiagnosed low thyroid, thus skewing the “normal” range. Furthermore, this model ignores patient individuality. A normal range for some may not be optimal for others. We must consider how patients actually feel as part of a proper assessment.
Some doctors also measure the level of T4. While this is the vast majority of thyroid hormone released, it is mainly inactive and needs to be converted to its active counterpart, T3, to be useful. T4 levels may be normal on testing, however, since T3 is the hormone needed to activate cell processes, T4 measures don’t always mean normal T3 levels.