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THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Your Thyroid Lab
Test is Probably
All Wrongby Suzy Cohen, RPh
rent medical system
isn't on your side.
don't stay current
with the literature, or
if they do, they are
studies. Some docs
actually still believe what they were taught
30 years ago in medical school. How
does that help you?
When a physician uses knowledge
from an outdated toolbox, you pay the
price. Case in point, I received this email
from someone, name withheld:
"Suzy, I've had all the tests for thyroid
but they all come back fine, yet for years
I've been losing hair on top of my head,
and I have no leg or pubic hair, the driest
skin, and dry eyes. So on and so on and
now my bladder is overactive. Do you
think I have a thyroid problem?"
So does this person have thyroid dis-
ease? Probably, although, we'd need lab
tests to confirm. If you go to 100 doctors
and ask them to test your thyroid, about
98 of them will use the standard TSH test
and if it's normal, they will tell you that
you do not have thyroid disease, like my
anonymous reader above. They will treat
you for everything but thyroid!
The TSH test is old and outdated and
if you base your life on the results of this
test, you'll never get well. You'll be pre-
scribed 10 different drugs to smack down
all the symptoms of thyroid disease, rather
than ever treating the thyroid disease itself.
Imagine the arcade game Whac-A-Mole!
If your physician uses only the TSH
test and it is normal, you may be told
you have fibromyalgia and be given
analgesics for the muscle pain, and you'll
be diagnosed with either depression or
anxiety and be prescribed either Zoloft or
Xanax (or both), and you'll be sent to the
pharmacy for Rogaine for the hair loss
and Detrol LA for the overactive bladder.
Good luck getting well.
All this expense, and misery because
your TSH came back normal. A TSH can
be normal and it's still very possible that
you have some degree of hypothyroidism,
or you are genuinely "thyroid sick" as I
refer to it in my book, Thyroid Healthy
available at my website, and Amazon.
Maybe instead of 10 drugs you need
one drug as in thyroid medicine or maybe
natural thyroid dietary supplementation, or
a combination. A good doctor will know.
Forget about the TSH test, it's just okay.
It's part of a bigger scenario. The most
important tests are the following: Total
T3, Total T4, Free T3, Free T4, TPO and
TG Antibodies, Reverse T3 and Ferritin.
I'm out of space here, but I have sug-
gested "normals" that are much different
from those on your lab tests. If you go
to my website suzycohen.com and sign
up for my newsletter, I'll give you a free
ebook, plus I will email you longer version
of this article that includes the tests, and
the normal reference ranges so you can
compare your lab numbers to my recom-
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Suzy Cohen is the author of The
24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered
pharmacist. To contact her, visit www.
Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce answer your ques-
tions and give advice about aging
concerns from a two-generational
perspective. A mother and daughter
team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health
educator, and Pryce is a licensed psycho-
therapist in private practice who special-
izes in the care of elders and people with
Dear Mom & Me,
Our dear grandson was diagnosed as
being autistic and we were shocked. As
a family, we decided to give him the very
best of care, fight this early and then it
would be over. Maybe that is the course
of treatment for some illnesses and condi-
tions, but not this one.
The expenses are tremendous and
he is showing no improvement and, as
a matter of fact, we think he is getting
worse. We have had to dip into our
retirement funds and the parents are very
concerned with this present economic
condition, and positively cannot continue
on this present course.
What so you think is appropriate care?
I am sorry to hear about your grand-
The causes of autism syndrome have
not been identified and no one knows
how to cure it. There seems to be vary-
ing degrees of this condition and these
individuals are not all the same but have
many common symptoms.
You have tried your best to help, but
no amount of money spent at this time
will cure your grandson's condition. Try
if you can to find a public school system
that has special facilities to serve excep-
I worked many years ago for a public
school district that served children with
special needs like your grandson and
other diagnosable conditions.
Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce's email address is
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