|I have been increasing my T3
Doctors are cautious when giving medicines, so when my doctor
first gave me a prescription for the T-3 hormone in August 2011, he said
to take one of the 5 microgram tablets, and then on another day, try two
tablets, and see how that goes, and then try three tablets if two tablets
doesn't seem to fix my problems. There is no way anyone can determine how
much of the supplement a person needs, and so we have to use trial and
error to see what feels good, and the process can take several months.
As I wrote in my October
update, these supplements made a dramatic
improvement, but during the following weeks it seemed as if they
were becoming less effective, so I increased the dosage. By January I was
up to 25 mcg a day. I was wondering if my body was losing its ability to
use this hormone properly, in which case the supplements would eventually
become useless, and I would revert to being weak, tired, and cold. Or was
my body reacting to the supplements by reducing its own production of T3?
If so, I would have to occasionally increase the dosage until my body stabilized.
My January 2012 blood test
I had another blood test on 13 January 2012. The three green
rows in the table below show the results of this test. The T3 supplements
have raised my T3 levels up to the typical range for a man my age, but
my T4 level has dropped to below the
||Date and age:
|| Should be within:
| Free T-3
||August 2011, age 55
|| 2.3 to 4.2 pg/ml
| Free T-3
||January 2012, age 56
|| 2.3 to 4.2 pg/ml
| Free T-4
||August 2011, age 55
|| 0.8 to 1.7 ng/dl
| Free T-4
||January 2012, age 56
|| 0.8 to 1.7 ng/dl
||August 2011, age 55
|| 87 to 238 ng/ml
||January 2012, age 56
|| 81 to 225 ng/ml
Why did my T4 level drop?
I suppose that the reason I felt a need to continually increase
my dose of T3 was because my T4 level was dropping, but why was that dropping?
From what I have learned, the thyroid gland produces a lot of the T4
hormone, but T4 doesn't have a direct effect on our body. Rather, it just
circulates in our bloodstream for about 7 days (or up to 10 days, depending
on which website you look at), and our muscles and various organs convert
it into T3 when they need it. The T3 hormone is the active molecule that
directly affects metabolism. It has a lifetime of about 12 hours (up to
24 hours according to some websites). The thyroid produces about 20% of
the T3 that our body needs, and the other 80% comes from the conversion
of T4 to T3 by other organs and muscles.
I wonder if my body noticed that the T3 levels were rising, and it reacted
by assuming it was producing too much T4, and so it reduced its production
of T4. Or perhaps the T4 production has been going down simply because
my thyroid gland is deteriorating due to genetic defects or some environmental
Incidentally, can mercury cause damage to the thyroid or other organs
of our body? Now that some mysterious group of people are forcing us to
replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs, we ought to put some
effort into understanding the effect that mercury has on our health.
It is difficult to identify
our true medical problems
Since I am taking thyroid hormones, I want to know more about
their effects so that I can recognize and avoid an overdose. Furthermore,
and more importantly, I want to verify that these hormone supplements are
really the best solution to my problem.
If you have trouble understanding this concept, take a look at my HGH levels
for July and January. If I had reacted to my low HGH levels in July by
taking injections of that hormone, I would have been taking them unnecessarily.
That hormone has returned to its normal level simply by taking the T3 hormone.
However, perhaps the T3 hormone is low because of some other problem that
I have not yet identified. Therefore, there might be an even better solution
to my problem than taking thyroid supplements.
I also wonder if the reason my DHEA levels were so low in 1997 was because
my T3 level was going low. My T3 level was never checked until July 2011,
so I have no idea what it was before that.
A lot of people are trying to improve their health with high levels
of vitamin supplements, vegetarian diets, herbs, or medications. Everybody
ought to consider the possibility that they and their doctors have made
incorrect assumptions about their problem, and that if the human race were
to put more effort into understanding human health, we might find that
there is a much better treatment for many of us.
Living creatures are much more complex than automobiles or airplanes.
There are lots of incredibly complex molecules in our body, and they are
interacting with one another in very complex manners. Our body also reacts
to the environment. For example, during prolonged shortages of food,
our body changes slightly in order to help us survive the shortage.
Why don't doctors measure
the T3 level?
In my October update, I wondered why doctors measure only the
T4 level, rather than both T4 and T3. Now that I have learned that the
T4 hormone is simply circulating in our bloodstream and waiting to be converted
to T3, I suspect that the medical authorities assume that if the thyroid
is maintaining proper T4 levels, then the conversion of T4 to T3 is occurring
Unfortunately, this type of reasoning is invalid
for both living creatures and chemical factories. We cannot assume that
the final product of a complex chemical process is occurring correctly
simply by verifying that the raw materials have been delivered.
Furthermore, we cannot even assume that everybody is using these hormones
in the same manner. For example, the muscles of athletes are supposedly
using oxygen more efficiently than the rest of us, and although this may
be partly due to their intense training, it is ultimately due to their
genetic blueprint. If a person doesn't have the genetic ability to use
oxygen efficiently, it won't matter how much training he gets.
Likewise, two people may have identical levels of T4 hormone in their
blood, but if one person's body does not use the hormone as efficiently,
then he may benefit from T4 or T3 supplements even though doctors would
insist that he has "normal" levels and should not
Our medical knowledge is
We like to think of our era as technically advanced, but we
still don't know very much about the thyroid gland, or any of our other
organs or hormones. People in the future will be horrified at the thought
of being given our medical treatments, just as we are horrified
at the drawings of bloodletting and other medical treatments of
the Middle Ages.
Websites disagree slightly on some of the technical details of thyroid
hormones, and the message boards are full of people who are confused about
dosages, symptoms, and solutions. Should our dosage change when we are
doing strenuous physical activities? Do different races need different
levels? Do we need more of it during winter, or if we work outdoors
in cold climates? Should we reduce the dosage during summer,
or if we work in warm offices? Do people who eat more food need more of
the hormone than people who eat less? Should the dosage be altered when
we are healing from accidents or surgeries?
Some medical authorities do not believe that any of us need to take
T3 and T4. Well, I am taking both T3 and T4, and I feel better than I ever
remember. However, I am experimenting to see if I need both of them by
slowly reducing the amount of T3 that I take each day, and raising the
level of T4. It would be nice to reduce or eliminate the T3 because it's
more expensive. However, so far it doesn't seem as if I'm going to be able
to reduce the T3 by much.
Religion gives people a distorted
view of life
||I think one of the reasons that medical doctors and researchers are
so incompetent is because religion is promoting an unrealistic view of
human beings. Religion teaches us that we are perfect creations of a loving
God, and that humans do not follow
the same genetic rules as animals and plants.
Religious people accept the fact that we must control reproduction in
order to keep plants and animals healthy, but they insist that this concept
does not apply to humans. Religious people promote the theory that all
human children are equally wonderful angels.
Unfortunately, children are not
equal to one another. The children of ugly, alcoholic, mentally ill criminals
are - as a group - genetically inferior
to the children of attractive, honest, responsible couples.
Life requires that every creature
Evolution depends upon variety.
All living creatures must produce a lot of babies, and the babies must
be slightly different from one another. Then the babies must be put into
a competitive battle to determine which of them has desirable traits. Evolution
does not favor creatures that can reproduce with 100% perfection. Evolution
favors creatures that produce variety.
One reason that living creatures must be slightly different from one
another is because it allows that species to adapt
to both temporary and permanent changes to their environment. For example,
if a group of people thousands of years ago were experiencing a shortage
of food due to a drought or a bad winter, then people with low thyroid
levels might have a slight advantage in certain circumstances because they
would not need as much food. They would have the disadvantage of having
less physical energy and getting cold more easily, but during certain shortages
of food, they could have a survival advantage. The "normal", healthy people
would die of starvation, while the "defective" people with low thyroid
levels would survive.
When those survivors reproduced, the next generation would tend to have
lower levels of thyroid hormones, but as soon as the weather and food supply
returned to normal, then the people with the higher, (ie, the "normal")
thyroid levels would once again have an advantage, and that particular
group of people would eventually return to what they were originally. The
end result is that having variety in the group would allow the group to
survive changes in their environment.
Another reason that every creature needs to be unique is that there
cannot be any evolution unless there
is a variety to choose from. A species would remain exactly the same forever
if it was producing offspring that were identical duplicates of itself.
While it may appear as if honey bees, ants, and some other creatures are
the same as they were millions of years ago, all creatures are providing
variety when they reproduce, and all of them are slowly evolving.
All dogs are similar to other dogs, and all humans are similar to other
humans, but there are - and there must be! - subtle differences
between each of us. The medical authorities who don't understand this concept
are not going to be able to help us to maintain our health. At EndocrineWeb.com,
for example, which boasts
of having leaders of medical issues,
page claims that there are "two fairly common causes" of low thyroid
levels: 1) inflammation of the thyroid gland, and 2) damage of the gland
caused by medical treatments.
So, how would those "leaders" of the medical community at endocrineweb
explain my low
thyroid hormone levels? I never had any medical treatments that could damage
my thyroid gland, and I don't remember having an inflammation of my thyroid
gland, although my tonsils have been infected many times. Is it possible
for an infection in our tonsils to damage our thyroid gland? If
so, then that could be the cause of my thyroid problems.
However, there are millions of people
in America with thyroid problems. I doubt that all of us are victims of
some mysterious inflammation of the thyroid gland. I suspect that most
of us simply have a thyroid gland that was designed to produce too much
or too little of the hormone, and the reason is either because of genetic
or because of the natural variations
that occur between living creatures.
Why do so many people have
According to EndocrineWeb.com, about 10% of the women in America
have low thyroid levels, and millions of men have this problem, also. There
are also lots of people with excessively high
thyroid levels. Why would so many people have such serious problems with
the thyroid gland? Why didn't evolution favor the humans with a higher
quality thyroid that does a better job of regulating these incredibly important
hormones? And why are women 10 times more likely than men to have low thyroid
Perhaps the wide variations in thyroid hormone levels have been a survival
advantage, and perhaps women are much more likely than men to suffer
from low levels because it has been an especially important survival advantage
for women. Since women did less physically demanding activities than men,
and since they have more fat than men (which helps them survive both cold
temperatures and food shortages), a woman with low thyroid hormones
would have been able to survive food shortages that would have killed the
"normal" men and women.
Now that humans have control of our environment, we don't have to worry
about adapting to food shortages or changes in climate. We can now restrict
reproduction in order to produce people with higher-quality thyroid glands.
If something can
go wrong with DNA, it will
The human body and brain is designed according to a genetic blueprint,
and every aspect of that blueprint is subject to defects
and variations. Our genetic blueprint is just a collection of mindless
chemicals, and those chemicals cannot think or follow sensible rules.
For example, the rule that genetic traits are either recessive are dominant
doesn't make sense. How could mindless chemicals possibly come to agreements
on which of them will be recessive and which will be dominant? I suspect
that genetic traits from both mother and father are often expressed together,
but if the result is harmful or unnecessary, then eventually one of those
traits either vanishes from the gene pool, or it evolves into what we regard
The medical authorities need to abandon the fantasy that there is some
intelligent force guiding DNA and evolution. The authorities need to realize
that each of us has been designed by a "stupid" process that is equivalent
to throwing thousands of genetic paintballs
at a wall, and the random pattern that results becomes the blueprint
for your brain and body.
Our genetic blueprint was created by a process that is as "stupid" as throwing
paint balls against a wall.
||You can visualize the difference between a dog and a human as genetic
paintballs of different colors and textures, and you can visualize the
difference between two humans as a difference in the quality
of the paint that their parents provided to create them.
The human mind has a tendency to hide from unpleasant aspects of life,
so we push retarded people into hospitals where we don't have to see them,
and most people withdraw into a fantasy world in which they convince themselves
that we are beautiful creations of a loving God. However, a loving God
would not make so many people suffer
with cleft palates,
mental illness, faulty kidneys, and immune disorders.
Our modern society needs leaders who can face reality, and who are interested
in understanding and reducing our medical and social problems.
Each of us is a chaotic jumble of genetic data.
How could my T4 level be adequate,
but not my T3?
The medical authorities believe that if our thyroid is producing adequate
levels of T4, then our body will convert the T4 into T3 at the proper rate
and to the proper levels. However, each of us is just a random collection
of genetic traits, so some of us are certain to acquire defects related
to that conversion, and some of us will acquire defects in regards to the
of the T3 hormone.
Before I took the thyroid supplements, I had only a few minutes of physical
energy before I would feel pain. I had to stop and rest. Then I would have
a few more minutes of energy, and then I would have to rest again. My assumption
was that the waste products from the muscles were not being removed fast
enough. When I was at my weakest of all, around July 2011, I had to rest
after eating a meal. I now wonder if strenuous exercise and digestion requires
our body to convert T4 into T3, and if so, perhaps my body is not making
the conversion quickly enough, or at the proper levels.