Emperor's new clothes

Does anyone else feel like current view of hypothyroidism is a lot like Emperor's new clothes? I am not sure if you know the story, was one of my favorite when I was a child and still is.

"A vain emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two weavers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is either unfit for his position or "hopelessly stupid". The emperor's ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions, and the emperor does the same. Finally, the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him, and the emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all, and the cry is taken up by others. The emperor suspects the assertion is true but continues the procession"


We are like the child who see through the current view, pointing out the flaws.

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  • The endocrinology reliance on TSH testing as the gold standard certainly seems to fit the bill, even when the inventor of the test said it shouldn't be solely relied on!

    There are lots of scientific cul-de-sacs. Low fat diet for heart health & diabetes being another one. Everything we think has a biase, even clinical trials that have an outcome fitted to what researchers want or expect to see, & what self-interest companies pay for.

    This is an interesting read: theguardian.com/books/2017/...

    I kept thinking this type of health myth must be true of so many other things that impact our health, especially the diagnosis/misdiagnosis & the treatment or lack of with thyroid disorders.

    The food industry has a lot to answer for in misleading us into believing what they peddle is food. I'm sure I'm not entirely paranoid in thinking there's financial connections between "food" manufacturers that create disease & the sunsequent profits made by pharmaceutical companies. >:(

  • I don't think you are paranoid at all! Like certain studies related to heart issues are funded by companies that make candies!!! I have hard time believe in studies like that as it clearly undermine the bad effect of sugar.

  • Thank you for the story Juliana. Like you I don't believe for a moment BadHare is paranoid at all... I believe we all see clearly the games that are being played by greedy companies in order to keep us unwell... How else would they sell their nasty drugs? But what can be done to stop this immoral racket? That is very difficult to resolve...

  • A lovely story Justiina and loved by many children in UK as well, as is the song that goes with the story and was in the film of Hans Christian Anderson. The part of HCA was played by Danny Kaye and I remember going to see this film when I was about 9 (I think). A lovely memory and yes we are the children, who see things in black and white. Such innocence should be listened to!

  • :)

    this story keeps popping into my mind every time I read about thyroid issues or cholesterol or anything that has been marketed easy to fix and anyone who dares to doubt it is an idiot.

    HC Andersen had the talent to make these stories very educational. And most of his stories have such a wisdom. They never get outdated.

    PS I loved Danny Kaye even though most kids that time didn't even know who he was. My mom liked Danny Kaye when she was young and she encouraged me to watch his movies.

  • I'm probably more like your Mom in age Justiina. I have a daughter more your age. It is good to be able to see things from a different age though as they can teach us such a lot. The Rudyard Kipling Just So stories are good for children too. They all have a moral to them and are just long enough to keep children interested. It is about time I introduced my two little grandsons to them. They are growing out of Winnie The Pooh.

  • Ah, Danny Kaye! The vessel with the pestle etc ... wonderful!

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