Talk:Hypothyroidism

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So glad we have this article[edit]

As somebody who was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I've never been happier to see a RationalWiki article about something. It took only a casual announcement to my close friends and family about what was going on, and within minutes, I had relatives bombarding me with all sorts of New Age crappy ideas about how to approach my condition. Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 08:11, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Glad you like it. I wrote this article originally because my (estranged) wife was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a couple of years ago. Her treatment got off to a rocky start -- her doctor started her out on Synthroid on some days of the week but not others, which put her on a roller-coaster ride from not having a steady daily dose, and it took nearly a month for her doctor get around to smoothing her dosage regimen out. I think that initial experience soured her, so when she found books and websites shouting about how those evil mainstream doctors never listen to their patients, she latched on like wildfire. She eventually found a naturopath who agreed that she was undermedicated, and got put on a dose of pure T3 that was triple what she should normally take, to "flush the reverse T3 out of her system." She said she felt great for a few weeks until she "crashed," but she swears up-and-down that this "crash" wasn't at all the same thing as being overmedicated into the hyperthyroid range. To this day, talking about her treatment is an extremely touchy issue as she views any mainstream opinion -- especially mine -- as a personal attack. I'm actually glad she's on desiccated thyroid now, because as questionable as it is it's at least not as dangerous as pure T3. --Tracer (talk) 20:14, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, at least desiccated thyroid isn't 100% T3. The day I talked to my doctor after 3 different labs showed I was hypothyroid, he strongly warned me against all the crankery out there, even going so far as to say "If [the information] didn't come from the Mayo Clinic or National Institutes of Health, or some other organization you've heard about in the medical research field, it's probably not a good idea to believe it." Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 07:26, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

Wilson's Syndrome[edit]

Anybody know enough about this supposed "syndrome" to add a huge chunk about it to this article? I just read about it while browsing the Mayo Clinic for information on hypothyroidism. Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 10:52, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

*Facepalm*[edit]

I can't believe this appeared in my newspaper this morning!!! Worse, people will actually take what she says about diet and hypothyroidism seriously. Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 06:36, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

At least it was in the paper's "Opinion" section. I've added a ref to this article, both in the Hypothyroid Diet section and the Fluoride section, since she espouses both kinds of woo. --Tracer (talk) 20:13, 13 January 2014 (UTC)
Interestingly, there was a retort in Forbes from our very own PalMD. -RNS 75.72.230.174 (talk) 10:46, 8 April 2014 (UTC)