Jul 27, 2009 at 08:06:37
“I am a doctor. On my one previous post I am mkwmkw. I could explain things in detail but the Huffington Post has a strict word limit. However, there is one piece of information I can give that will make the picture clear to the intelligent among you. If you go to a medical library and get the New England Journal of Medicine from 1936 you can find articles about doctors removing thyroid glands from patients to make those patients better. Both doctors and patients claimed miraculous results from this removal. Mark Hyman claims spectacular results by doing the opposite. Both sides are wrong. The thyroid gland should not be removed for no valid reason and thyroid hormone should not be given for no valid reason. The history of medicine is filled with such errors. The tradition of medicine is well represented by those who milk the thyroid gland. Some repeat this history and some follow this tradition because it is appealing and lucrative.”
Idytme on Jul 27, 2009 at 09:18:59
“You would change your tune if your thyroid went to zero. It is no fun to dress in warm cloths in the middle of summer, to gain weight on a strict 800 calorie a day diet - with exercise. To have freezing hands and feet, high cholesterol even though the diet doesn't merit it (when it was perfect before symptoms started). To be tired all the time, and even have depression-like symptoms. To find bald spots on your head when you are a woman. Then to find this is familial.
The upside is with a decreased metabolism you are supposed to live longer. But that is no way to live.
Where science is deficient is in the study of hormones and their effects on our lives. It was only until the last 15 years that female hormones were even considered. It was about that time that they realized that the female brain worked differently than the male brain. Twenty years ago when I took kenisiology all of our computations for center of gravity was done using calculations on the male body because they had not even studied the female body.
One must experience it to understand how debilitating it can be. One person in this thread has said to simply reduce stress and this sounds like the "hysteria" diagnosis of the 1800's. Even today woman going into the ER with heart attack symptoms are not tested or treated as much as men. I love men, but please expand your consciousness.”
Jul 26, 2009 at 14:50:32
“Mark Hyman mentions subclinical hypothyroidism as if it is a real entity but he does not explain how the diagnosis is made. That is because there is no legitimate way to diagnose subclinical hypothyroidism. There are clinical studies on the topic of subclinical hypothyroidism but they do not show consist benefit from treatment with thyroid hormone supplementation. That is because if the thyroid gland has a minor perturbation from something -e.g., stree- then the best treatment is to relieve the stress rather than give thyroid hormone. Also, there is a gene that has been shown to cause cancer. This gene is called erb a oncogene. The product of this gene reacts with thyroid hormone. Giving people thyroid hormone with the idea that it can't do any harm may be incorrect. What Mark Hyman is doing may actually be dangerous.”
rc42 on Jul 27, 2009 at 14:45:34
“You may be a danger to people.You sound like a med student that learned some thyroid info and now think your an expert.It took 8 years to get a dr to test me for thyroid disease.My t3 and t4 were normal,tsh was 225.Had I been tested earlier I may not be living the hell I live now.”
atcross on Jul 26, 2009 at 22:24:57
“That sounds fine until you've been sick for a decade and there is NO diagnosis at all. And then you find a doctor who has the guts to treat the unverifiable diagnosis and you feel better.
Your caution is supported by your well being. Live in hell for a few years and see if you're so cautious. My hyperthyroidism was likely triggered by stress. But it didn't resolve when the stress went away. The subsequent problem with my inability to convert synthroid may have been aggravated by stress. But it didn't go away when the stress was removed. The condition it produced was stressful though. Curing stress doesn't seem to cure the problem. Stress can't always be relieved (ask millions of unemployed.) Some personalities had a predisposition to "lock in" a stress reflex. It might be controlled but not easily and not necessarily before a thyroid or adrenal condition is triggered that can't be reversed by just relieving the stress. Medicine is simple when you're not sick and there's no certainty and there's the possibility of error. Take no risk. It's easy and safe. And those patients with complaints you don't resolve stop coming after a while anyway.”
LindaInAus on Jul 26, 2009 at 15:24:54
“oh, yeah, EVERYTHING about a womans health is due to STRESS, right?????
People are just STRESSED out, nothing more. Riiiight.
It pisses me off every time somebody keeps pointing to 'stress'.
Is it your stress that makes you keep chirping something about patients stress being te problem?
I'm a retired psychologist and have forgotten more than you will ever know about stress.
If all my patients/clients had doctors who listened to them and didn't write them off with
'strees' (i.e. doctor really has no clue), I would have only half the people in my office that
skunky93 on Jul 26, 2009 at 15:23:15
“NO. ACTUALLY, what he is DOING, IS bringing AWARENESS so that people can seek help for themselves if they find that they are symptomatic.”