The CT3M Handbook describes how the author recovered from severe adrenal hormone issues by developing an innovative and simple approach called the Circadian T3 Method (CT3M), which helps to produce cortisol as nature intended.
Thyroid patients often have symptoms associated with low cortisol (hypocortisolism). These can include: severe fatigue; low blood sugar; aches/pains; dizziness; poor response to thyroid hormones; anxiety; fluctuating body temperature; digestive upsets; allergies; nausea; low blood pressure - to name but a few.
Thyroid hormones will not work correctly if the adrenal glands do not produce an adequate level of cortisol. Consequently, patients with hypocortisolism often continue to have symptoms, even if thyroid hormone levels have been corrected. Symptoms of low cortisol appear to be at epidemic levels among thyroid patients.
The author explains why hypocortisolism can often be present when a thyroid patient is taking thyroid medication. The Circadian T3 Method (CT3M) is an approach to using T3 or natural desiccated thyroid medications that mimics the natural rhythm of our thyroid hormones, and helps to improve adrenal hormone levels.
CT3M has been used by thousands of thyroid patients since the author first introduced it in his first book 'Recovering with T3'. CT3M is providing thyroid patients, and their doctors, with a simple, natural way to correct hypocortisolism.
The book explains CT3M in depth. It provides thyroid patients, and their doctors, with the wealth of information that is needed when using CT3M in order to get truly well.
The book has a foreword by Dr. Sarah Myhill, who says this about it: "It gives every thyroid patient the clues, the rules and most importantly the confidence to identify underlying impediments to recovering their health, and adjust their dosage of thyroid hormones to an individually tailored regime. I would recommend this book to any patient who has failed to respond to standard mono-therapy with thyroxine."
The CT3M Handbook is a must-read for all thyroid patients struggling with hypocortisolism. It is also essential reading for doctors who have patients like these in their care.
The book was updated in 2018 to incorporate recent thyroid research study findings.
This book along with the author's other books about hypothyroidism, now form 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. Circadian Rhythm and How CT3M Works
3. Determining if CT3M is Relevant and Can Be Started
4. CT3M Whilst Taking Adrenal Hormones
5. Thyroid Medications for CT3M
6. Essential Supplements
7. Blood Sugar, Insulin and Cortisol
8. 20 Situations or Conditions That Can Undermine CT3M
9. When to Begin CT3M
10. The Use of Adrenal Adaptogens
11. The Circadian T3 Method (CT3M)
12. Exceptions to The Basic CT3M Process
13. CT3M Dose Timing and Size Adjustments
14. Get Up Versus Wake Up Time
15. Handling Getting Up Time, Time Zone or Other Changes
16. Symptoms and Signs
17. Restarting CT3M
18. Adrenal Steroids and CT3M
19. Observations on Weaning Adrenal Steroids
20. Bedtime Doses of T3/NDT and Use of LDN
21. The Time Factor
22. Thyroid Patient Experience with CT3M
23. Final Comments
Appendix A Books for Further Reading
Appendix B Useful Websites
Appendix C A Brief History of Thyroid Testing
Appendix D References by Chapter