The Calcium Lie in 2008, accurately described Type 2 Hypothyroidism for the first time. This hasn’t changed. The Calcium Lie 2 now expands the reach of hypothyroidism into your life with Types 3, 4, and 5. Someday soon, I’ll be releasing the details of yet another type of hypothyroidism, Type 6.
If you suspect your thyroid function might be low, the most important thing for you to know as you share this information to a friend or loved one is your Basal Body Temperature (BBT).
This is the simplest possible test that you can do in the comfort of your bed first thing in the morning: Just take your temperature. If it is below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit, you most assuredly have low thyroid function or hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism almost always causes a slowing of metabolism, which translates to a slowed metabolic rate. The metabolic rate is the amount of heat produced by the energy production of the body. It is life expressed bright or dull in the physiology of the human body. It is the most accurate measurement of metabolism.
I am not sure why BBT’s were abandoned by many physicians years ago, because this was the definitive test before a whole slew of worthless “modern” tests came into use a few decades back. But the BBT fell out of favor with the medical establishment probably due to the
discovery” of a whole slew of worthless tests, like the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) blood test to diagnose the disease, which led to laziness on the part of physicians in making the correct diagnosis. Physicians look at the disease every day and miss it because they no longer ask about symptoms or look for signs and they have forgotten about the all-inconvenient BBT.
This part of the diagnosis of the disease is paramount. To rely on TSH will lead to a misdiagnosis of the disease in nearly 90% of patients. Accordingly, doctors today are probably only treating 10% of those that need treatment and most of those are being treated incorrectly. The consequences of failing to make this diagnosis are staggering and include chronic depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, almost all obesity, increased thyroid cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, increased insulin resistance, dyslipidemia (bad cholesterol increase), increased blood pressure, increased auto-immune thyroid disease, increased coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmias, increased pregnancy loss and miscarriage, increased blood pressure in pregnancy, carpal tunnel and other compartmental syndromes, increased congestive heart failure, and many more, all documented in existing research.
In Dec. 2005, a significant paper was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, which for the first time described the relationship of T3 to RT3.
We have known about RT3 for years. Dr. E. Dennis Wilson first publicized its existence and associated its high levels with clinical hypothyroidism in 1992, in his book “Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome.” The paper published in December of 2005, showed the inverse relationship of T3 and RT3, the effect of cortisol (stress) on RT3 production, and the effect of increased RT3 on turning off the production of T3 (the most important biologically active thyroid hormone). The normal concentration of T4 to T3 is 10:1. The normal concentration of T3 to RT3 is 10:1.
What is fascinating is that RT3 increase causes a decreased production of T3, the hormone we need, thus conserving energy for stressful situations. We can accurately measure these ratios and levels and determine the correctness of treatment. Since we know the TSH is not reliable in diagnosing all forms of hypothyroidism, this clearly allows another blood test to determine if this ratio is abnormal (what I call Type 5 hypothyroidism) and direct treatment by increasing T3 or decreasing T4 in the therapy.
This Type 5 hypothyroidism can occur on its own, probably due to stress, and possibly the intake of bromine, largely through the consumption of products made with brominated flour, without a patient being treated incorrectly with T4 alone. Most of these patients benefit from T3 therapy alone, which suppresses RT3.
- A reliable BBT is the key to making the diagnosis of hypothyroidism, all types.
- Blood tests confirm Types 1, 3, and 5 hypothyroidism. Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is required to diagnosis Types 2, 4, and 6.
- This information allows for correct treatment, alleviating of symptom, and reversal of many of the causes of hypothyroidism in many patients thereby preventing the illness and diseases caused by misdiagnosis.
TT3/RT3 ratio should be 10-12 to be normal (low, below 9, is clinical hypothyroidism in most cases; high, above 14 can cause hyperthyroidism symptoms and requires a decrease in T3 therapy or an increase in T4, or some combination thereof), and knowing the ratio, insures correct treatment. The TT3 also tells the physician reliably that the patient is not on too much thyroid hormone. The TSH does neither.