Everything Changes When You Have a Thyroid Gland Issue – Review of The Research

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It shows why conventional thyroid labs that have been developed from testing healthy people, are no longer applicable when you have a thyroid gland damage or loss.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.

Best wishes,


Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson is a British author and thyroid patient advocate. The focus of his books and work is on helping patients recover from hypothyroidism. Paul has accumulated a wealth of knowledge on thyroid and adrenal dysfunction and their treatment. His three books cover all of this.

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