I have just read the following Link and it follows along holistic doctors' viewpoints and makes a lot of sense to me: A couple of excerpts:-
Current professional guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism abandon clinical medicine for a laboratory exercise:
TSH and free T4 normalization.
This approach is both illogical and ineffective. The TSH level is not a measure of thyroid hormone sufficiency in any given patient, either untreated or treated; reliance on the TSH produces both under-and over-diagnosis and undertreatment.
The diagnosis and treatment hypothyroidism must clinical, guided by
signs and symptoms first and by the free T4 and free T3 levels second.
Every symptomatic patient with relatively low free T4 and/or free T3 levels deserves a trial of T4/T3 combination therapy titrated to obtain the best
The ultimate test of whether a patient is experiencing the effects of too much or too little thyroid hormone is not the measurement of hormone concentration in the blood but the effect of thyroid hormones on the peripheral tissues..........
The active thyroid hormone, T3, is one of the most powerful molecules in the human body, affecting every system, every tissue of the body and every aspect of our well-being and health. It increases the mitochondrial energy
production thereby improving the function of every tissue and organ in the human body. It has other direct and indirect effects that we are only
beginning to understand. The symptoms and signs of hypothyroidism
are many and various.Hypothyroid patients may receive many different
(See Table1.) Even mild hypothyroidism degrades a person’s quality of life and long
- term health; therefore its diagnosis and effective treatment is essential to the practice of medicine. What guidance dophysicians now receive?