Here is a great new blog post from Professor Tania Sona Smith. It refers to important research that I have shared in other blog posts.
It shows how the loss of thyroid gland tissue is a game-changer.
It shows why conventional thyroid labs that have been developed from testing healthy people, are no longer applicable when you have a thyroid gland damage or loss.
It discusses the importance of the thyroid gland itself to maintaining good T3 levels, and in maintaining a healthy conversion rate of T4 to T3.
It introduces a term that I have avoided using, just in case it confuses people. This term is the T3-Shunt or TSH-T3 Shunt. Basically, this is all about the importance of the thyroid gland itself, in both producing and converting large amounts of T3 in a way that contributes to overall T3 levels, without detracting from peripheral T3 generation in the rest of our cells.
Note: there is not a special piece of tissue within the thyroid gland that is called the T3-Shunt. This term is just intended to describe the way that the thyroid works in the context of the endocrine system.
Clever thyroid gland!
It is a good read and explains some of the research papers in slightly simpler terms. Here is the link:
It is definitely worth a read through a few times.