Conventional medicine still has not embraced treatment with T3 hormone (dessicated thyroid extract or DTE). They typically treat with synthetic medications that do not address the problem adequately. Patients are left with life long symptoms and are told it is all in their head. Conventional medicine stands behind these protocols that have been formulated with Big Pharma. Now they are trying to outlaw certain natural compounded medications. Please help!
In 2012 the American Thyroid Association published guidelines advising doctors that “there are no controlled trials supporting the preferred use of desiccated thyroid hormones over synthetic-l-thyroxine in treatment of hypothyroidism or any other thyroid disease.”
However, in this new study, patients lost more weight compared to those just on synthetic thyroid like Synthroid (T4) and they felt more satisfied with their treatment. Patients know how they are feeling and many feel better with T3 treatment and/or a combination of T3 and T4.
Both human and pig thyroid glands (from which DTE is derived) produce T1, T2, T3, T4, and calcitonin. T4 is a storage hormone that must be converted into T3 to be metabolically active. Calcitonin regulates blood levels of calcium. It is not known what function T1 and T2 serve, but that doesn’t mean they are not important in some way.
Conventional protocols state that it is sufficient to supplement only with T4; that the body will convert an appropriate amount of T4 into T3; and that T1, T2 and calcitonin aren’t needed.
This is clearly not adequate treatment for everyone who has hypothyroidism. Conventional medicine teaches that the body will convert enough T4 into T3. Many patients are still not well and have to live with symptoms. If and when these individuals finally get to take T3, they may feel better.
Many things can interfere with conversion of T4 into T3.
According to Dr. Brownstein there are many nutritional deficiencies that may contribute to thyroid problems:
Nutritional deficiencies such as iodine, iron, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, riboflavin, pyridoxine, and B12, along with the use of certain medications including beta-blockers, birth control pills, estrogen, iodinated contrast agents, lithium, phenytoin, and theophylline, can inhibit the conversion of T4 into T3. Other factors that can cause this inhibition include aging, alcohol, alpha-lipoic acid, diabetes, fluoride, lead, mercury, pesticides, radiation, stress, and surgery.
Big Pharma Behind this Bill in Congress
There is a bill moving through Congress to outlaw certain compounded medications. This bill is yet another move by pharmaceutical companies to eliminate the competition from compounding pharmacies and force people to buy the mass-marketed, synthetic version of the drugs.
Please send an Action Alert on the compounding Bill!
We’re asking the Senate to vote No on S.959, to ensure that we don’t lose access to the important therapies supplied by compounding pharmacies. Please take action today!