“We endocrinologists realize that there may be better ways of using thyroid hormone and we’re still looking for those ways”
The alternative medicine community for some time has felt there may be better ways of using thyroid hormone. And not being constrained by double-blind, placebo-controlled, prospective studies they go ahead and help patients using their intuition and common sense. We endocrinologists realize that there may be better ways of using thyroid hormone and we’re still looking for those ways and we’re probably going to find some answers in what you guys have been doing all along.
I have patients in common with an alternative medicine doctor in town. The main thing that I’ve seen working with this doctor is the skillful manner in which T3 is used so that the patients do not get hyperthyroid symptoms. When some careless doctors think they can fix the world’s problems of tiredness, sleepiness, depression, achiness and obesity by using T3, they tend to use it carelessly. They end up with patients with insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, and shakiness. Yes, maybe they feel a little less tired but they’re also feeling funny in a different way. They’re getting over-stimulated. The doctor I enjoy working with doesn’t do that. Even though this doctor’s way of looking at thyroid is more empiric [based more on experience than studies] than mine, I have always liked working with this doctor because I don’t see sick, thyrotoxic patients coming into my office. And the patients say that they have an improvement in many of the things one would expect to improve with T3.
Some people have symptoms which don’t quite fit into a diagnostic category. When they aren’t getting diagnosed with anything that is helping them when they go to see traditional doctors such as myself; and when an alternative medicine doctor will come in and say, “Well let’s try some thyroid;” and when it’s done skillfully; I think some patients have benefited.
I’m a board certified endocrinologist. I’m a hard science kind of guy. When I run into an alternative medicine doctor using alternative diagnoses and methods, but using them with the appropriate caution and skill then I’m generally happy with their care.