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Thyroid Disorders board


Well Lynn, everyone who knows me here would say I'm the biggest cynic on the board. That cynicism colors my opinion of the medical profession, so take this for what it's worth.

My take on it is that modern allopathic medicine makes money from treating symptoms one by one with the latest "designer drugs-of-the-month". There is no money in restoring wellness - which is far different from alleviating illness - unless the illness is potentially lethal, like cancer ... in which case the lawsuit resulting from the negligence would offset any profitable kickbacks from the drug manufacturers.
Only MDs (or DOs), who actually dare to care that their patients live well are the ones likely to care enough to learn everything they can about thyroid.

I read a thyroidologist's take on it somewhere - I can't remember where now - that med students find endocrinology exceedingly dull. There is only a chapter, no more than two, covering thyroid disease in their textbooks. Most even entirely skip the two-week endo rotation during residency, because they find it too boring. The makers of Synthroid contribute beau coup bucks to med schools all over America, so it isn't surprising that the information spouted in those classrooms is that Synthroid is the be-all and end-all of hypoT treatment, and that the Almighty TSH is the only test needed to diagnose it.

I think that's why we are in the mess we are with underdiagnosis and undertreatment.