One can think of the WT3 protocol as the road that leads to a distant city. Along that road might be two or three beautiful cities. While passing through these cities on the way to one’s final destination, one might appreciate them to the extent that one might prefer to stay a few days in each town, rather than driving straight through to the final city. Such decisions can be made based on available time, condition or quality of the intermediate cities, road conditions, resources (e.g., money), and priorities. Some people may prefer to drive straight through to the final destination while others may prefer to make the trip in several stages. So too are there many options in the progress of the WT3 protocol.
The ultimate goal or destination for most Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferers is normalization of body temperature patterns which are then maintained by their own body even after the WT3 protocol has been discontinued. Some patients might have their reason to “drive straight through” to obtain that destination (for example, they might not like taking medicine and may prefer to stop taking the medicine as soon as is humanly possible, or they may be planning to move away in the near future and may want to try to achieve their goal if possible within the time period available). Others might have greater short term needs like the tired and hungry traveler who stops for a time in a closer city to eat, recuperate, and sleep on his way to his more distant, more desirable, final destination. Some Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferers, having obtained a certain level of improvement in their symptoms, may prefer not to change therapy for a time, even though their improvement is less than complete. They may have felt so badly for so long and may be so glad to feel halfway normal for the first time in years, that they may not want to “rock the boat” for a time. Usually, however, after they have “rested and recuperated” for a time, they gain the confidence and desire to proceed from “city to city” a step at a time, getting closer and closer to normal on less and less medicine, enjoying more and more improvement in the symptoms with less and less chance of side effects until ideally, the process is complete with the patient being normalized and remaining so even after therapy has been discontinued.
“Road conditions” are also an important consideration. A patient may be in the midst of starting a new business, selling his house, moving, and taking care of his hospitalized mother’s affairs, all at the same time. Under such conditions, it may be preferable not to add to the patient’s challenges by making a lot of adjustments in his the WT3 protocol, especially if the preoccupying conditions are not expected to last very long. It is sometimes better to weather out the storm in one city before proceeding to the next one. The goal of T3 therapy is to use the treatment to artificially reset the system while providing sufficiently normal and steady levels of the WT3 protocol. The body is given the opportunity to maintain naturally what has been accomplished artificially. This cannot always be accomplished in one step or “cycle.”
There can be setbacks in progress. Since stress and starvation are some of the things that can precipitate Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome in the first place, they can also impair the body’s ability to maintain naturally what has been established artificially. So again, if the patient is satisfactorily improved, then it might be preferable for him to weather out the conditions of stress and/or starvation (or perhaps significant dieting or exercise) before proceeding to his final destination.
Let’s suppose a patient who has been staying in a “city” wherein her symptoms are improved, but her temperature is around 98.0, chooses to move on the next “city”. Since the patient is more likely to need less medicine with the next cycle the closer her body temperature approaches 98.6, if the patient is not having any complaints, it may be preferable to increase the WT3 protocol in an attempt to “punctuate” the cycle by attempting to bring her body temperature pattern up closer to 98.6 prior to weaning. Of course, the WT3 protocol may be weaned if the patient develops any side effects, if the temperature goes above 98.6, or if the symptoms are not satisfactorily improved even if the temperature is averaging 98.6. Cycling and getting on less T3, is generally the “road” that leads to the final destination.