Thyroid Treatment Needs to Be Tailored to Individual Thyroid Patients – Research

Here is a collection of incredibly pertinent research papers that have been written over the last few years.

The papers point the way to a new and  better way of managing thyroid treatment.

My new book The Thyroid Patient’s Manual is consistent with this thyroid research. 

Here is the link to the research article:

You can click on the above link and then click on ‘Download Ebook PDF’ to download the file containing the research papers.

One of the researchers Dr. John Midgely summarises the conclusions with these words:

“This collection is a large part of our work that shows:

a) The individual nature of thyroid function parameters (i.e. each person occupying their own narrow range within the much wider general population range).

b) The incorrectness of using the healthy TSH normal range as a diagnostic for therapy.

c) The effects of non-thyroidal illness on thyroid parameters.

d) The important role of direct T3 production by the thyroid as a controller of T4-T3 conversion by the rest of the body.

e) The absolute need to monitor FT3 in therapy.

f) The collapse of the control system when all thyroid activity is lost and the resulting fundamental change in T4-T3-TSH relationships.

g) Because of individuality in thyroid parameters and response to treatment, the need to go back to patient symptom presentation as a key part of diagnosis and treatment.

The overarching message is the individuality of patients and the resulting essential need to treat them as individuals rather than the “shoehorning” present diagnostic approach of “in or out of the normal range”. It also urges a serious examination of combined T4/T3 therapy in suitable patients (no matter T4/T3 or NDT).”

This research is incredibly important and it shows how messed up the current thyroid treatment approach is.


Best wishes,


(Updated in February 2019)

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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