April 10, 2014
-- The new blog name reflects the voice of Barbara Lougheed in her new book: Tired Thyroid: From Hyper to Hypo to Healing - Breaking the TSH Rule.
This book uses charts and graphs to separate thyroid fact from fiction, and to explain the many misconceptions that exist about thyroid treatment protocols. Case studies of five individuals prove that TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), the common screening test that doctors order, is a faulty diagnostic. Additional studies prove that doctors should prescribe two thyroid hormones (T4 and T3) to replicate normal thyroid physiology, though they typically prescribe only one (T4 or levothyroxine)
. The book chronicles one woman’s journey to find her optimal thyroid dose (after radioactive iodine treatment for Graves’ disease) as she tries Synthroid (T4), then Armour Thyroid (T4+T3), then tries to clear her reverse T3 with high doses of T3, and finally settles on a combination of medications. http://www.amazon.com/
When she realized how much misinformation came from both doctors and patients, Barbara Lougheed started the Tired Thyroid blog http://tiredthyroid.com/blog/
to expose some of these myths. She noticed that many thyroid patients didn’t feel well, even though their TSH was normal and they were taking thyroid medication. These patients suffered from high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, fatigue, etc. because TSH is a misleading indicator. There are better lab tests, and three different types of thyroid medications, though many patients (and doctors) are unaware of this. The book documents and explains all these concepts. It is part memoir, part medical biography, part thyroid textbook, and part commentary. A hefty book, it contains over 900 medical journal references, but a layperson can read it, because charts, graphs, and analogies help explain any difficult concepts. Readers will appreciate her sense of humor and connect with her because they may share the same frustrations in getting proper thyroid treatment.
The Tired Thyroid blog covers many thyroid-related topics such as asthma, blood sugar, celiac disease, high cholesterol, Graves' disease, hair loss, high altitude sickness, hydrocortisone supplementation, iodine supplementation, iron/ferritin levels, men's hormone supplements, mental health, osteoporosis, pregnancy, rT3/T3-only, dental health, testosterone (for men), thyroid lab ranges, thyroid medications, the validity of TSH as a diagnostic, and women's hormones. The blog presents research that contradicts beliefs held by both physicians and patients. They Told You WHAT?! | Separating Thyroid Fact from Fiction
dissects the dogma in an effort to find the truth.
Tired Thyroid http://tiredthyroid.com/
presents multiple topics related to thyroid physiology, backed by medical journal references. Its goal is to dispel the misinformation that both doctors and patients propagate.