When I next saw my patient, I tried this perspective by treating her with T4-containing medicine. In a matter of weeks, she had 100% recovered. That experience and many others have left me feeling, “If you listen to your patients they’ll tell you what’s wrong with them, and if you listen long enough they’ll tell you how to fix it.”
This woman’s recovery was surprising because it went directly against what I was taught in my medical training. In some of the most assertive lectures I heard in medical school I was taught that a normal TSH meant that someone’s symptoms could not be thyroid related (could not respond to thyroid medicine). When this woman recovered, I thought, “Then perhaps not everything I learned in medical school is necessarily true.”
I started re-evaluating and treating some of my other patients and about 60% of them recovered also. Why didn’t the other 40% respond?
I did find in the medical literature that T4 needs to be converted to the active hormone T3, that 80% of this conversion happens in the tissues of the body outside the thyroid gland, and that this conversion can be inhibited by stress, such as childbirth, divorce, or death of a loved one.
Sure enough, many of my patients told me that their symptoms came on or worsened during periods of severe physical, mental, or emotional stress. Some of the saddest stories were when women would tell me that their husbands had told them if they didn’t lose weight their husbands would leave them. The stress of that threat was slowing the wives’ metabolisms down so much that the husbands were rendering impossible the very thing they were demanding.
Many of the 40% of people that didn’t respond well to T4-containing medicine did respond well when I gave them T3 to normalize their temperatures. More than that, when the patients that did do well on T4-containing medicine were weaned off the T4, their symptoms returned. But when the patients that did well on T3 were weaned off the T3, their symptoms and temperatures often remained improved. It was clear we were looking at something other than hypothyroidism. We call it Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome (WTS), or Wilson’s Syndrome for short.
You can try asking around among the people you know to see how many are tired, gaining weight easily, depressed, anxious, and having trouble sleeping. You can ask them what their temperatures are running. I’d say over 1/3 of the population have low body temperatures. That’s 10 times more people than having hypothyroidism. Can something become so common that it becomes invisible? It’s like the earth being so big that when you’re standing right up against it you don’t even think about it or, if you do, you can’t tell it’s round.
My wife and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and we’ve raised 5 children together. We homeschooled them all from 1st grade to college. She taught them to read and I helped them with their math and science. She didn’t have any trouble with her first two pregnancies but the 3rd was an emergency C-section and after that, her temperature dropped. When she was still in the hospital recovering from her C-section she remembers the nurses saying, “Your temperature is 97 but that’s fine.” She didn’t feel fine. She went into severe post-partum depression, had no energy, felt overly overwhelmed, and the baby weight that came off so easily with the first two wasn’t budging with this one. About 10 days into that I gave her T3 and within 2 days her temperature was back to normal and the depression was gone and her weight came right off like it did with the first two.
I have heard thousands of similar stories. People are going along fine, they go through a major stress, and they are never the same. They go from doctor to doctor and no one can find anything wrong with them. They have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism but their TSH is normal. One patient went to a top research hospital for a 3rd or 4th opinion and $30,000 later there was still no explanation. When she came to me I gave her a $6 thermometer and we found her temperature was low. I gave her T3 and 3 weeks later her temperature was normal and her symptoms were gone.
Believe me when I say that I have an idea of how devastating the symptoms can be. People keep searching for an answer because they know there has to be some explanation. For many, there is. Happily, it’s a very very simple explanation and solution. I find it very rewarding to help people find solutions to their problems.
Speaking of solutions, about 17 years ago an endocrinology professor at a naturopathic medical school invited me to speak to his class about Wilson’s Syndrome on a conference call. In the process, I found out how he was using herbs to help people normalize their temperatures and with other problems. I spoke to several of his patients by phone and was amazed at the results they were getting…from PLANTS! I asked him for some advice on problems my wife and daughter were having that I couldn’t help them with. We tried the herbs he recommended and they recovered! Then, Michaël Friedman, ND and I decided to start an herbal supplement company to make his formulas available to many other physicians. We started Restorative Formulations and he founded and directs the annual Restorative Medicine Conference where we teach doctors how to use T3, herbs, and other modalities. Since then, a non-profit medical association, the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM) has spun out of our company and the association also publishes a medical journal, Journal of Restorative Medicine. AARM is the largest nonprofit alternative medicine association.
I’ve written 3 books and have lectured about Wilson’s Syndrome at medical conventions, domestically and internationally, for over 25 years. I’ve trained over 2500 physicians in the treatment of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome and I’m happy to help your doctor help you as well. Or, we can refer you to one of thousands of doctors around the world. These doctors are happy to help people recover from these extremely difficult symptoms.