Danny Lieberman, the founder of Pathcare, the private social network for healthcare, talks about the importance of treating the patient not the numbers. As an example of this notion, Danny presents some guidelines from the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine located in Charleston, South Carolina.
I recently saw a book about thyroid dysfunction and its treatment. It was written not by a physician or specialist but by a woman who suffered from hypothyroidism and took it upon herself to learn from other patients suffering from this disorder. She was angry and critical of the bulk of physicians who treat the disorder because she felt most physicians are wrong and that we were taught incorrectly.
I want to share an important message from the book:
Treat the patient, not the laboratory test numbers.
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine recommends a number of guidelines for treating hypothyroidism starting with treating the patient, not the numbers.
According to the Center, many physicians are doing the wrong blood tests and don’t know how to interpret them.
As a result, many hypothyroid patients are not being given enough Thyroid to turn off their signs and symptoms. The average hypothyroid patient will require 3 to 5 grains of dessicated thyroid, and most are being under-dosed.
Critical to patients suffering hypothyroidism is that half of them are also suffering from adrenal fatigue. You will never recover unless you treat adrenal fatigue first.
- Raise body temperature to 98.6 degrees in mid-afternoons.
- Turn off all the signs and symptoms of low thyroid.
- Raise the T3 level to upper third of normal range.
- Treat patients who have autoimmune thyroiditis, one of the most common causes of hypothyroidism, with Thyroid.
- The trace mineral Selenium is essential in the body’s ability to convert T4 to T3. Be sure the patient has some source of supplemental Selenium. Iron as measured by a ferritin level should be tested and supplemented if low.
If you are on thyroid for hypothyroidism and have not achieved the established goals of therapy, you may want to review your current status with your specialist and see if you can improve your condition.