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Needing some articles on hormone conversion etc to show GP

Following on from this, I now have a 20 minute appointment with GP to discuss my complaint. I don't want to inundate him with masses of printed articles but am looking for some that are concise and written by recognised professionals.

I particularly need something that discusses hormone conversion and why I am doing well on T3. Dr. Lowe is the obvious one but would be very grateful if anyone can point me to anything else.

May possibly take along Dr. P's book and tell him that he's welcome to borrow it, lol

Many thanks!

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Its taken me years to get my Gp to prescribe me just T3. Finally I have cracked it by refusing to take T4 medication for my hypothyroidism. Both the Endo and GP were horrified by my refusal to take T4 and I did back it up with a transcript of the first Dr S trial were a leading endo agreed that T3 could be prescribed if the patient refused to take T4. The Endo eventually did agree to prescribe me T3 as he could not leave me without any treatment, and then GP has just had to do as he is told and write the prescriptions!

A book you can also show the GP is Paul Robinsons book which is crammed with lots of good advice. In it, its states about conversion of T4 to T3 being dependent on TSH values - if your Tsh is low then Reverse T3 is produced which blocks the T3 receptors.

I feel so much better since taking just T3, I've lost some weight, and my brain has come back on line. More importantly my specialist who looks after my dementia has just confirmed that I have improved mentally since starting the T3. He is convinced that the T3 is the reason for the improvement and has written to the GP saying that he must never stop or decrease the dose!!

Good Luck with your silly GP, he sounds as daft as mine!



Is this any use;

The conclusion states;

In patients with hypothyroidism, partial substitution of triiodothyronine for thyroxine may improve mood and neuropsychological function; this finding suggests a specific effect of the triiodothyronine normally secreted by the thyroid gland.



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