My lady friend may have mild hypothyroidism - she's 50, started the menopause at 42, has some symptoms like cold all the time, exhausted, total loss of libido (like a tigress only 18 mths ago), weak pulse, forgetful, previous surgery for nodule removal on thyroid. She's had tests for Hypothyroid (pushed by me & done reluctantly by her Dr) and all have come back 'normal' :
1st TSH: 2.0
2nd TSH: 2.1
TSH: 1.1 mu/l (0.5 - 4.7)
Free T4: 15 pmol/l (9 - 24)
Free T3: 3.5 pmol/l (2.5 - 5.3)
Thyroid peroxidase antibody level: <1 u/ml (0 - 75)
Therefore, she's normal and there's nothing wrong with her, apart from feeling cold (hugging a hot water bottle) when everyone else is stripping off + the other symptoms above.
She went to see an Iridologist near her in Hull, who 'diagnosed' adrenal problems and prescribed a herbal concoction, which, after a short time, seems to be working - the hot flushes which she was still having from the menopause have stopped, she no longer feels cold and has lots more energy. The libido hasn't returned (worst luck!) but so far so good and she FEELS so much better and thinks he is the bee's knees.
My research into Iridology and the former Iridologists who have decried the practice, is that it has no basis in science. All double blind tests have shown there is no better diagnosis detection of seriously diseased people than guesswork produces. BUT, of course, a herbal remedy is based on plant extracts, the same as most conventional medicine, unlike Homeopathy which seems like money for water, literally, and relies on a 'memory' of the active ingredient, without even one molecule of it left.
So, my question is, has anyone else been to an Iridologist and subsequently had successful treatment ? My girlfriend's treatment is working - it could be coincidence and that she is finally coming out of the menopause, but why should she no longer feel cold and have more energy - she's convinced he's brilliant...I think it's quackery, but I can't deny it's a heck of a coincidence. Any thoughts would be gratefully received.