TopicThyroid Tests Don't Work
Thyroid blood tests came along in the 1960s. At the time, 20% of the Thyroid Support Review population suffered from underactive thyroid problems. Medical poobahs, however, set TSH limits to 'allow' 5% of the people tested to meet the hypothyroid requirement. What was that about? Certainly not science.
Then there's the problem of what constitutes a normal TSH level. TSH test ranges have always been a moving target, constantly changing in a vain attempt to make the facts fit the test. Now they find it doesn't work. But they still use it! And how many people crawl through life because of that infernal test?
Why do they keep using it? A blood test lends the appearance of science-and is certainly easier than listening to a patient's symptoms and figuring out how to make them go away. That takes way too much time for today's medicine.
Then there's the problem of how much medicine to give. Since the advent of thyroid blood tests, the average dose of the thyroid medicine given to hypothyroid patients is half of what doctors prescribed when they treated symptoms. So even if we're treated, we're still in a ditch.
And speaking of thyroid treatment, Synthroid, the medicine of choice and the blood tests' evil twin, also came out in the 1960s. (Any way you look at it, that was a bad decade.)