The following may be helpful as Dr Lowe would never prescribe levothyroxine. He would prescribe NDTs (natural dessicated thyroid hormones) the very original replacement hormones that saved hypothyroid people's lives from 1892 onwards and still does today. Even though the 'professionals?' in UK have now removed it from the NHS.
He also prescribed T3 or NDTS for those patients who were 'resistant' to thyroid hormones T3 now restricted inUK unless an Endocrinolgist prescribes.
It's o.k. if you have the werewithal to pay for a private prescription but many cannot. Those within the NHS have stopped GPs from prescribing T3's or NDTs (the latter withdrawn altogether despite its safety proven from 1892 onwards). It was the very first life-saver for those who were hypo and prevented a horrible death. No blood tests but the skill of our 'old-fashioned doctors'. They seemed to be better qualified in dysfunctional thyroid glands.
I don't know what kind of 'doctors' these are supposed to be as they seem not to think straight at all. It seems to be all about cost or it may just be they have absolutely no understanding of how thyroid hormones actually work in our bodies. Poorly educated whereas our 'old-fashioned' doctors without the benefit of the internet knew how best to restore those with dysfunctional thyroid glands to good health.
I was fortunate to consult with the last two doctors taught about clinical symptoms of hypothyrodism and how to restore health. Dr Gordon Skinner and Dr Barry Peatfield. Knowledgeable, kind and thoughful. doctors.
Dr Barry Peatfield restored a woman's health who had been housebound for years and the result was a book and she then went on to co-operate with Dr Skinner to try to change attitudes of the professionals - I don't think it did anything as the professionals would deny what was stated by both doctors.;-
"Tears Behind Closed Doors" is her biographical book and it is more than an eye-opener. It is scandalous that some have awful journeys and nowadays we no longer have 'old-fashioned doctors' trained in clinical symptoms of hypo or hyper..
Dr Skinner restored the health of another who was on the point of suicide until she posted on the forum and was successful in her aim through the Scottish Government to get people prescribed with 'options' if levo wasn't improving their health:-