Cholesterol has long been associated with decreased thyroid system function. In fact, prior to thyroid hormone blood testing, cholesterol was sometimes used as a test for decreased thyroid system function. Some doctors used to say, “Well, you have high cholesterol, therefore, you have a slow metabolism.” Doctors don’t often make that same conclusion now, but it is often still true. In fact, in the literature that accompanies many of the medicines used in lowering blood cholesterol levels, it is pointed out that the medicine should not be prescribed until hypothyroidism (one cause of DTSF) is ruled out. It is well known that thyroid system function should be one of the first things evaluated in a patient with persistently elevated blood cholesterol levels, especially those that do not respond well to dietary changes. Unfortunately, it is again assumed that DTSF can be satisfactorily ruled out based solely on thyroid hormone blood tests, even in the face of classic signs, symptoms, and presentation of DTSF.

I remember a classic Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferer who had cholesterol levels in the low 300’s (normal is below 200) in spite of being treated with several different cholesterol lowering drugs and in spite of strict dietary changes. With normalization of his body temperature pattern with the WT3 protocol, his symptoms of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome resolved and within 1 1/2 months, his blood cholesterol levels had dropped below 200 for the first time in years, in spite of having not taken his cholesterol lowering drug during that I 1/2 month period.

Most Americans are aware of the importance of blood cholesterol levels, thanks to the media. In the last sixty years there is evidence that the average blood cholesterol levels and heart disease in Americans are increasing. These increases have baffled scientists who have been unable to attribute the increases to any observable changes in dietary, environmental, or health trends. However, these increases are easy to understand when one realizes that due to our improved medical technology more and more people who would be susceptible to developing Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome are living into adulthood. And, of course, our world is continually becoming more and more stressful. It is easy to imagine then, that more and more people are developing decreased thyroid system function as a result of developing Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. This could easily account for the increases in average blood cholesterol levels and increased heart disease. Of course, not every person who has elevated blood cholesterol levels is suffering from Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. But obviously, body temperature patterns and other characteristics of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome deserve special consideration in patients who have stubbornly elevated blood cholesterol levels.

It seems that substances such as T3 and T4, which are found in every person’s body, would be preferable to cholesterol lowering agents which are “not found in nature,” especially if they better address the underlying problem, are more effective, and especially if they can be used to bring about a persistent correction of the underlying imbalance that would eliminate the need for a person to remain on medicine for the rest of his life. Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome explains what many people already know, and that is that their elevated blood cholesterol levels depend on more than just what they eat since their diet contains as little cholesterol as is possible, while their cholesterol levels remain elevated.