Hypothyroidism is a serious epidemic that has many symptoms, but many doctors rely upon traditional testing that is inadequate and misleading at best.
It is very important to address the under functioning thyroid leading to the condition known as hypothyroidism. Not only is hypothyroidism common, it is an unrecognized epidemic. Our medical community is giving false information to the public concerning the number of people in this country who are affected by hypothyroidism. The experts, who seem to always have the ear of the public, claim that 1 out of 10 people is affected by low thyroid function. In reality, the number is closer to 6 out of 10, so why the discrepancy? This is an example of medicine being practiced in an unscientific manner. The wrong tests are ordered and physicians are trained to rely only on those test results while ignoring what the patient says. Because of tradition, the TSH test is considered the “gold standard”, but the TSH is quite inaccurate and relying upon that test results in 5 out of 6 hypothyroid patients being told that their thyroid is “OK.”
The second example of unscientific medicine and unsound tradition is that the test score ranges, of the test that is fairly revealing (free T3), are inaccurate and lead to misdiagnoses. The third example is that doctors are taught to prescribe a supplemental thyroid product (synthetic T4) that is not nearly as helpful as other products (desiccated thyroid) that have not been advertised as widely. Why did I choose to start with a boring topic about the thyroid? First, it is the most important of the endocrine glands because if it is not functioning properly, then you will never be healthy regardless of the functioning of the rest of the endocrine system.