My training taught me to treat the patient, not just the lab results. After ruling out other causes of their symptoms with extensive questioning and testing, I had to resort to trial and error to find the thyroid doses that worked safely without any side effects. By listening carefully to my patients and implementing therapeutic trials, many returned to normal health.
Two years ago, a patient brought me the book, Hypothyroidism, Type 2, by Mark Starr, M.D. This book validated my experience and encouraged me to see even more people with this problem. On the back cover is a list of the following questions that I had been hearing for years:
- Is heart disease really a mystery?
- Why won't your weight drop despite diet & exercise?
- Must one-third of Americans have chronic illnesses?
- Are mental illnesses related to hypothyroidism?
- Is feeling tired, cold, and weak normal?
- Do blood tests detect most cases of hypothyroidism?
- Can patient's symptoms be diagnosed more reliably?
- Is low energy normal for my age?
- Do thin hair and weak nails mean something?
- Is dry skin a symptom of an illness?
- Do environmental toxins affect our hormones?