Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is the cluster of often debilitating symptoms especially brought on by physical or emotional stress that can persist even after the stress has passed (due to maladaptive slowing of the metabolism). It usually responds characteristically to the normalization of body temperature patterns (especially through the use of a special T3 therapy protocol and/or certain natural medicines). It is characterized by a body temperature that runs, on average, below normal, but routine thyroid blood tests are often in the “normal” range.
Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is especially brought on by stresses such as: childbirth (#1 cause), divorce, death of a loved one, job or family stress, surgery or accidents, excessive dieting, and others. The symptoms usually come on together, especially after significant physical, mental, or emotional stress. Patients can usually relate the onset of their symptoms to an identifiable stress (usually within weeks, days or even hours after the precipitating event). In other cases, the symptoms surface gradually within two months of a particular stress. At other times a precipitating event cannot be identified at all. The stress correlation is much more obvious when the symptoms come on within days, if not hours after the stress. Through these obvious cases, it has been easy to identify typical causes of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. Interestingly, emotional stresses seem to be as prevalent as, if not more prevalent than, physical stresses as causes of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome.
Some people are more prone to developing Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome than others. Their symptoms may come on earlier in life and tend to worsen more gradually over time. They may not even know what it feels like to be normal.
A patient’s family history may reveal that many people in his family have been diagnosed with “thyroid problems”. Thyroid system problems, in general, tend to run in families. And Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome also appears to have a hereditary component. It seems that those who are most prone to developing WTS are those whose ancestors survived famine, such as Irish, Scot, Welsh, American Indian, Russian, etc. Most susceptible of all seem to be those who are part Irish, and part American Indian. There also may be an independent correlation with the genetic makeup that is consistent with people having light colored skin, freckles, red highlights or red hair, and light-colored eyes. But under severe circumstances people of any nationality can develop Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. It seems that about 80% of Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome sufferers are women.
Many patients use similar phrases to describe how they feel before they realize they have Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. Common statements made by WTS patients include:
-“I get plenty of sleep and I’m still tired”
-“I don’t understand why I can’t concentrate and why my memory is poor”
-“I don’t understand why I feel irritable, mean, or abusive towards the people that I love the most, particularly my family, my spouse and my children.”
-“I don’t understand why I am feeling anxious, fearful and overwhelmed when there are no significant reasons to feel that way.”
-“I’d have to be sick with a fever to have a normal temperature.”
If you can relate to the statements above, you know how frustrating it can feel. You’ve probably come to the conclusion that something’s wrong and it needs to be fixed. You know you need to find a solution that works for you.
(excerpted from Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome – A Reversible Low Temperature Problem. by Denis Wilson, MD)