There are a few unusual observations that form the basis for this book
First, there are many symptoms that can be associated with decreased thyroid system function. If one carefully questions patients who are seeking treatment for any one of these symptoms, it soon becomes apparent that they are often suffering from many of the characteristic symptoms.
Second, in such patients, their symptoms often come on together after an identifiable stress, and persist even after the stress has passed.
Third, in these patients, there is almost always (more than 99.5% of the time) found body temperature patterns that average consistently below normal, that is, less than 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit taken orally (usually about 97.8 degrees).
Fourth, when such patients are treated correctly with the right thyroid medicine to bring their body temperature patterns closer to normal, the symptoms often predictably and reproducibly resolve.
Fifth, (and what sets the treatment protocol for Wilson’s Syndrome apart from any other approach) the symptoms often remain resolved, with body temperatures remaining normal even after the thyroid hormone treatment has been discontinued.
These simple and unusual observations turn out to have profound significance and far-reaching ramifications.
Different people have their own definitions of simplicity. Some consider something simple if people are already aware of it. Some base simplicity on how many people can understand. Simplicity can also be measured by how predictable a certain situation is and how many variables are involved. For example, if one could easily predict the outcome of a certain process with a high degree of success, then one might gain experience with such a process, become more and more comfortable, and thereby consider the process simple.
The smaller the number of variables that one needs to consider to predict successfully the outcome of the process, the simpler the process. One might compare the cockpit of a 747 jetliner with all its switches, gauges, dials, handles, and levers, with a light switch. Flying a 747 involves a great number of variables (a lot of buttons to press, and gauges to read). It would certainly be simpler to switch on a light than to fly a 747. In the same way, the underlying problem in Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is extremely simple, because at its root lies one important variable, that is, insufficient active thyroid hormone interaction with the nuclear membrane receptors of the cells to produce desirable body temperature patterns. It is difficult for me to conceive of a medical problem that is more simple than the problem of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. There is nothing complicated about it. There is nothing difficult, hard to understand or unpredictable about it.
There are many other things in medicine that are simple in theory also. For example, if a person is cut with a knife, he will bleed. If the bleeding is severe, it’s obvious that it is preferable that the bleeding be stopped and the wound treated appropriately with bandages, stitches, or otherwise.
What sets Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome apart from many other uncomplicated problems is that it just so happens to affect one of the most fundamental regulating processes of the body. And because of this fact, it can affect essentially every other process in the body by affecting the body temperature. This significant point is what gives Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome its extreme importance. It’s like the one card on the bottom of a house of cards that can’t be removed without the whole house collapsing.
So we can see that Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is not at all complicated. In fact, it is very simple, but its significance cannot be understated.