The current medical system isn’t on your side.
Some physicians don’t stay current with the literature, or if they do, they’re reading drug-funded studies.
Other docs actually still believe what they were taught 30 years ago in medical school.
How does that help you?
When a physician uses knowledge from an outdated toolbox, you pay the price.
“Do you think I have a thyroid problem?”
Case in point, I received this email from someone (name withheld):
“Suzy, I’ve had all the tests for thyroid but they all come back fine.
Yet for years I’ve been losing hair on top of my head, and I have no leg or pubic hair, the driest skin, and dry eyes. So on and so on and now my bladder is overactive.
Do you think I have a thyroid problem?”
So does this person have thyroid disease?
Probably, although, we’d need lab tests to confirm.
The TSH thyroid test is dangerously outdated
If you go to 100 doctors and ask them to test your thyroid, about 98 of them will use the standard “TSH” test.
If it’s normal, they will tell you that you don’t have thyroid disease, like my anonymous reader above.
And then they will treat you for everything but thyroid!
But here’s the thing. The TSH test is old and outdated. If you base your health on the results of this test, you’ll never get well.
Instead you’ll be prescribed ten different drugs to smack down all the symptoms of your thyroid disease, but you won’t ever be treating the thyroid disease itself.
It’s like some kind of demented version of the arcade game Whac-A-Mole!
Thyroid symptoms get treated but the disease doesn’t
If your physician uses only the TSH test and it’s normal, you may be told you have fibromyalgia and be given analgesics for the muscle pain.
There’s a good chance you could be diagnosed with either depression or anxiety and be prescribed Zoloft or Xanax (or both).
And you’re likely to be sent to the pharmacy for Rogaine for the hair loss and Detrol LA for the overactive bladder.
Good luck getting well.
A normal TSH doesn’t mean no hypothyroidism
All this expense, and misery because your TSH came back normal. Because a TSH can be normal and it’s still very possible that you have some degree of hypothyroidism.
Or it could be that you’re genuinely “thyroid sick” as I refer to it in my book, “Thyroid Healthy” available at my website, and on Amazon.
Maybe instead of those ten drugs you need just one such as a thyroid medicine. Or maybe natural thyroid dietary supplementation will do the trick. Or a combination of both could be the key..
A good doctor will know what’s right for you.
Forget about the TSH test as a stand-alone tool. It’s only useful as part of a bigger scenario.
The most important tests… the one your doctor should be ordering… are the following:
- Total T3,
- Total T4,
- Free T3,
- Free T4,
- TPO and TG Antibodies,
- Reverse T3
I’m out of space here, but if you want to learn more you can go to my website suzycohen.com and sign up for my newsletter.
I’ll have more to share with you on thyroid health including what “normal” numbers you ought to ACTUALLY be looking for on your own lab tests.
In addition to writing a syndicated column on health which reaches 20 million people each week, Suzy is the author of a number of books on natural health.
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