That said, I want to emphasize that his statements about using T3 alone
are balderdash. I simply donít understand how he could publicly express
Dr. Blanchard refers to Dr. Denis Wilsonís book containing "glowing
testimonials" about T3 therapy. I will give you a testimonial of my own,
but first let me make something clear: In my book
Treatment of Fibromyalgia, I document that some of Dr. Wilsonís
beliefs are so contrary to scientific evidence that they are simply
nuttyóas nutty as Dr. Blanchardís beliefs about T3 therapy. Except for Dr.
Wilsonís advocacy of T3 therapy, I adamantly disagree with many of his
views. On the other hand, my own testimonial about T3 could fit right into
My testimonial about using T3 alone makes Dr. Blanchard patently wrong
or me psychotically deluded. He wrote in his answer to Annie that he
doesnít think anyone is well served by using T3 alone. Despite that, we
have a massive research literature on patients with thyroid hormone
resistance. That literature shows that most of the patients are served
well by no thyroid hormone therapy other than T3 alone. If Dr. Blanchard
questions this, he should read my extensive chapter in
Treatment of Fibromyalgia on the science and treatment of thyroid
Here, though, Iíll say that T3 alone has served me very well
for twenty-three years. My father and some of his siblings committed
suicide, and Iím convinced that their deaths were from depression due to
thyroid hormone resistance. He took his own life at age twenty-eight only
three years after T3 was discovered, so the hormone wasnít available
clinically to avert his early demise. I have been more fortunate. Unlike
my father, I had the help of a wise psychiatrist and the research
conducted by psychiatric investigators in the 1970s. That research showed
the effectiveness of T3 therapy in relieving many patientsí depression.
Because of my long-term use of T3 alone, Iíve long been free from the
desire to exterminate myselfóa desire that dominated half my thoughts from
my earliest memories as a boy until I began using T3 alone.
Is Dr. Blanchard right and I psychotically out of touch with reality?
Have I not been "well served by using T3 only"? Iíll put it this way:
Before my use of T3, I was crippled at doing math, as well as most other
intellectual tasks. Since using T3 alone, my major past time has been the
highly technical practice of mathematical logic. In this practice, I
reduce arguments to symbolic notation using quantifiers and analyze them
for validity using rules of inference. I do this in a quantificational language that would take
most highly intelligent people years to learn, as it did me. Dr. Blanchard
would undoubtedly argue that my long use of T3 has impaired my mental
faculties. But the truth is, T3 has given me a razor-sharp mind; I know
this from the brief times Iíve been off T3. Each time, the familiar thick
mental fog ensheaths me again, causing me to back away from my dry erase
boards, unable to quantitatively express and analyze arguments. In view of
this personal history, I humbly contend that it is Dr. Blanchard who is wrong.
I want to repeat a statement he made in his reply to Annie: "The
patient feels better for a few months but then they [sic] crash.
I guarantee that no one can take only T3 for very long." [Italics
mine.] As a thyroid hormone resistance researcher, I have for many years
followed patients who have used T3 alone, some for up to seventeen years.
And, of course, Iíve followed myself for a full twenty three. Have we
"crashed," as Dr. Blanchard claims we inevitably will? Absolutely not! My follow-up
of long-term T3 users shows that most are healthier than people in general.
And this is true of myself now within two weeks of the age of sixty-two.
Dr. Blanchardís "guarantee that no one can take only T3 for very long"
is as concretely false as the claim that the earth is flat. At the time he
made his should-be-embarrassing statements about T3, he apparently hadnít
bothered to read the scientific literature that proves him wrong. But
thatís okay; I always stand ready to show him that my long-term use of T3
alone has not in the least hampered my health and vigor. Iím always ready
to arm wrestle him or take him on in a long race up the side of any
mountain. However, rather than arm wrestling or racing, he would do better
to study The Metabolic
Treatment of Fibromyalgia, or at least the
T3 literature in PubMed. If he did, he would probably revise his beliefs
about the use of T3. By doing so, he would far better serve the interests
of patients like you.
At any rate, I hope you donít let Dr. Blanchardís mistaken beliefs
instill you with fear. And I sincerely wish you the very best with the
extraordinary health youíre likely to enjoy, as I have, through your
continued use of T3 alone.