There is growing awareness that some people do not appear to recover their former health using the standard levothyroxine (T4) thyroid medication and may remain with many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism that they first went to their doctor with.
The author describes his struggle with hypothyroidism and how eventually he regained his health using a thyroid medication called liothyronine sodium (T3). The use of T3 finally enabled the author to make a complete recovery from hypothyroidism, although there were many lessons that he needed to learn about T3 in order to regain his health.
The author decided to write Recovering with T3, as there were no useful books on hypothyroidism that covered the detailed information needed for using T3 safely and effectively.
This book covers a vast amount of technical and practical information relating to T3 medication and details how the author used T3 in order to get well.
The book has a foreword by Dr. John C. Lowe, who had this to say about the book:
"Paul Robinson has written a book chock-full of information on T3 that is vitally important to many people. I believe that reading 'Recovering with T3 My Journey from Hypothyroidism to Good Health Using the T3 Thyroid Hormone' will be a splendid experience for thousands of people, whether clinicians, patients, patient advocates, or patients' loved ones."
Recovering with T3 is a ground-breaking hypothyroidism book and essential reading for any patient and their doctor if they are considering the use of the T3 thyroid hormone.
The book was updated in 2018 to incorporate recent thyroid research study findings.
Together with 'The Thyroid Patient's Manual', and 'The CT3M Handbook', Paul's hypothyroidism books have now become a complete series (the 'Recovering from Hypothyroidism series').
About the Author
He became ill with hypothyroidism just before he was thirty years of age. He is sixty-one this year (2019). He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge on thyroid and adrenal dysfunction. His scientific background enabled him to fight through the morass of misinformation and recover his health. He is now an established expert on hypothyroidism and how to recover from it.
Paul, was put on the most common thyroid treatment to begin with - Levothyroxine (also known as Synthroid or T4). However, the majority of his symptoms remained, much like they do for many on T4-therapy. Over time he became even more ill, with both low cortisol and low thyroid symptoms.
Paul saw many endocrinologists and doctors. Many of these were privately paid for, as he got more desperate and worried about losing his career. Eventually, he realised that he had to figure out what was wrong himself. During this time he was told, "You will have to live with it", "You have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", "You cannot have a thyroid issue, as your thyroid results are within range". All of these were nonsense!
He eventually recovered. But the costs were great. Over a 10-year period, the struggle had cost him his career, and relationships were damaged. Paul's own family doctor at the time was so impressed with the work he had done to get well that she suggested he write about it.
In the 'Recovering with T3' book he describes how he recovered from thyroid and adrenal hormone issues. He describes how he lost his health, his career and he touches on the personal cost. He had lost all of his thirties and some of his forties.
However, Paul did get well again, after he had been written-off by the medical profession. In the process of getting well he developed a safe protocol for using the T3 thyroid hormone (Liothyronine). This protocol is explained in detail in the Recovering with T3 book. In order to fully recover he developed an innovative approach called the Circadian T3 Method (CT3M) that can correct adrenal function in many cases. This is all discussed in the first book. His second book, 'The CT3M Handbook', talks more about CT3M, based on patient experience with it.
Paul has now been taking T3-Only (T3-monotherapy) for over 20 years. He has has worked with thousands of thyroid and adrenal patients, via many Internet forums, and some 1-1 coaching sessions. He knows that every individual thyroid patient needs a solution that suits him or her. All the thyroid hormone treatments have a role. With good clinical judgment, and all the available thyroid treatments, there is no reason for anyone to continue without symptom relief. Far too many thyroid patients struggle on with remaining symptoms, often for many years. The reality is that with the right form of treatment, and understanding of research findings over recent years, it is usually possible for a patient to regain their health within months. If the thyroid patient can recover swiftly this can often prevent other health issues developing. Making a fast recovery can also limit any damage to career or job security and reduce any stress on relationships with others. A speedy recovery is really important for many reasons.
For this reason, Paul wrote his third book 'The Thyroid Patient's Manual'. It will help any patient, whether they merely suspect thyroid disease, or are already under treatment that may not be going well. It covers all types of thyroid medications (not just T3). It is also consistent with recent research findings, regarding thyroid diagnosis and treatment and will help patients and doctors alike. The new book has been described by Thyroid UK as 'essential reading' for all hypothyroid patients and it has been awarded 5 star reviews by most readers on Amazon. Its main goal is to provide enough information to enable a thyroid patient to get well as fast as possible.
Table of Contents
2. The Thyroid Gland and Hypothyroidism
3. The Adrenal Glands and Hypothyroidism
4. Vitamins, Minerals and Hypothyroidism
5. Other Factors and Hypothyroidism
6. Realising I Was Sick
7. The Diagnosis and T4 Treatment
8. Finding the Next Step
9. The T3 Trial
10. Living Well on T3
LESSONS LEARNED ON T3 USE
11. First Lesson - Information About T3
12. General Lessons Learned on T3 Use
13. Lesson Learned on Clearing T4 and rT3
14. Lessons Learned on Divided Doses of T3
15. Lesson Learned on Thyroid Blood Tests
16. Lesson Learned on T3 Effect on Cortisol
17. Lessons Learned on Records/Detective Work
18. Lesson Learned on Practical Aspects of T3 Use
PREPARATION & GOALS
19. Preparation for T3 Replacement Therapy
20. The Goals of T3 Dosage Management
T3 DOSAGE MANAGEMENT PROCESS
21. Using Symptoms and Signs
22. Taking Body Temperature Readings
23. Recognising a T3 Dosage That is Too High
24. Phase 1: Reducing T4
25. Phase 2: Determining a Safe, Effective and Stable T3 Dosage
26. Phase 3: Long-Term Monitoring
27. Conclusions on T3 Dosage Management
UNDERSTANDING WHY T4 FAILED
28. Why Did T4 Fail and T3 Succeed?
29. A Sprinkling of Research on T4 Failure/T3 Success
RECOMMENDATIONS & FINAL THOUGHTS
30. Suggestions for Doctors and Researchers
31. Final Comments
APPENDICES & INDEX
Appendix A Books for Further Reading
Appendix B Useful Websites
Appendix C Patient Experience with CT3M
Appendix D References by Chapter