If the doctor refuses to perform a full thyroid assessment, it is typically due to ignorance or laziness, not to concern over your safety. If you encounter resistance, the answer is simple: DIY THYROID–do it yourself. Get a full thyroid assessment on your own without the doctor.
Among the mistakes made by conventional doctors:
- Not recognizing common symptoms of thyroid disease
- Not understanding that as much as 35% of the population have varying degrees of hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels)
- Thinking that iodine intake is adequate
- Regarding TSH as the only test required to assess thyroid while ignoring, for instance, disruption of the 5′-deiodinase enzyme from exposure to ubiquitous industrial compounds that yields low free T3 levels
- Ignoring the phenomenon of high reverse T3 levels
- Not exploring autoimmune thyroid disease
- Thinking that levothyroxine, or the T4 thyroid hormone, is sufficient without addressing T3
In other words, the majority of people who approach their primary care doctor are given inadequate or bad advice. The same is true for the peculiar head-in-the-sand specialists, endocrinologists, among the most ignorant of doctors.
This is one of the many conversations in my new book Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor. The reality is that doctors do such a lousy job of assessing thyroid status that it is easy to do a far better job on your own. If you obtain the tests on your own, feel free to share those values on Undoctored and Wheat Belly social media for feedback. And, in future, I’ll talk about ways to even obtain desiccated thyroid preparations like Naturethroid on your own without a doctor or a prescription.
The Undoctored book is available in all major bookstores and on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Undoctored-Health-Failed-Become-Smarter/dp/1623368669