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Trying the Ray Peat method

Does anyone else follow his thyroid guidelines? He advocates nibbling on a cynomel tablet throughout the day, his thinking is that our thyroids don't release a lot of hormone at one time, so aiming to ingest about 2-5mg per hour is easier on the hormones. Mind you, he also suggests eating it with food to slow ingestion and I find it's more effective on its own. A lot of his work is based on optimizing the thyroid, so he's worth adding to the reading list. I think I am feeling better taking small pieces of tablet throughout the day.

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Dr Lowe advocates taking one dose of T3 per day, without food, as he says food interferes. Dr Lowe was a scientist and took T3 himself and used it for patients who were thyroid hormone resistant.

I will give you a link. I take mine once a day and I do know that some split their doses.

Dr L says it's important to saturate each cell of which we have billions with T3 and the effect carries on between 1 and 3 days. This is an excerpt:-

And ". . . caused strokes"? If anything, the use of T3 may help prevent strokes. I scanned MEDLINE for studies on "T3" and "strokes" published between 1966 and 1997. These key words were mentioned in 43 publications. Most publications reported the beneficial effects of T3 on cardiovascular function. The word "stroke" was most often used in regard to the "stroke work in cardiac contractility" (a physiological description)—not in the sense of cerebrovascular accidents (strokes).


I want to emphasize, however, that when our protocol is used properly, there is no overstimulation to be avoided by using timed-release T3. The protocol has safeguards against adverse effects.

And finally, why do I specify that the typical patient use one full dose of non-timed-release Cytomel for life? Because extensive testing has shown that this is safe, effective, and most economical—when used within the context of our entire protocol.


I take all my T3 in one go at night. This is the method that suits me best. If I try to take it throughout the day, I usually end up forgetting it! So, that's not a great help. I never forget to take it at night, just before I turn over and turn out the light.

Hugs, Grey


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