T3 Therapy and CT3M - their Relevance in Thyroid Treatment and in Other Related Conditions
I know from personal experience and from dealing with thousands of thyroid patients over a 10 year+ timescale that T3-Only therapy is sometimes required. It is obvious to most thyroid patients and to some doctors that T3 either in natural desiccated thyroid, or in combination T4/T3 therapy, is also needed as a treatment option. All the thyroid treatment options need to be available for every doctor to choose from when dealing with individual cases. In some cases the Circadian T3 Method (CT3M) is also required in order to raise cortisol levels.
Every thyroid patient is different. We are not all the same in the way our systems work and don't work. Some thyroid patients have lost thyroid tissue (through thyroidectomy or Hashimoto's) - this loses around 25% of their T3, mostly through loss of T4 to T3 conversion capability. Other thyroid patients have poor conversion ability due to deiodinase enzyme production defects in their genetic make up (DIO1 and DIO2 gene defects). See my blog post on this: http://recoveringwitht3.com/blog/dio1-and-dio2-gene-defects-and-testing-them
T3 stimulates every tissue and organ to do what it does. It is critical for energy production in every organ. This includes the hypothalamic-pituitary (HP) system. Low thyroid effect in the HP system reduces all hormones. This is why hypothyroidism is in the differential diagnosis (what doctors should consider as an alternative diagnosis) in cases of testosterone deficiency, amenorrhea, growth hormone deficiency, and hypocortisolism.
T3 in T4/T3 combination therapy and especially in T3-Only therapy often manages to raise cortisol from a low level to a normal level. This sometimes requires the use of my CT3M protocol (defined in the 'Recovering with T3' book, and in 'The CT3M Handbook'). I have seen this many, many times in thyroid patients being treated with T3. It is a known fact from research findings that the pituitary is known to have the highest concentration of T3 within its cells than any other tissue in the body. The pituitary produces its own D2 deiodinase enzymes and is a prolific converter of T4 to T3. So, in a healthy person with good conversion the pituitary basically runs on T3 as its fuel. In the Recovering with T3 book I describe what I did to raise my own cortisol level from dreadfully low to normal using what I call the circadian T3 method (CT3M). I discovered that taking T3 several hours before people get up in the morning helps the pituitary to produce the high early morning levels of ACTH and get morning cortisol back up to normal.
This is why I think that T3 use could be instrumental not only for thyroid patients who remain with severe symptoms of hypothyroidism when on T4-monotherapy, but also for patients suffering with conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and ME. I believe in many of those conditions the problem is the hypothalamic-pituitary system which is no longer ensuring the end hormones are produced at a good enough level.
T4 virtually does nothing. It has effects only if it is converted to T3 (in healthy people who are good converters of T4 to T3). T4 monotherapy does not work well, and it results in lower levels of T3 production than in a healthy person. It is clear that T3 needs to be used in combination therapy and that some people need T3-Only therapy. I also believe that T3 ought to be one of the options in treating conditions like CFS, ME and fibromyalgia (where end hormones like cortisol and T3 are often lower than ideal).
Basically, higher T3 levels stimulate ACTH and cortisol production and other end hormones modulated by the HP system. In hypothyroidism ACTH and cortisol production are often reduced significantly even to the point to suggest there is a pituitary problem.
So in summary, not only should T3 therapy and CT3M be an option for thyroid patients who don't respond well to other treatments, but it ought to be an option for CFS, ME and Fibromyalgia patients who need to have their hypothalamic-pituitary system given a boost up. T3 is about the easiest way to help the HP system.
Here are some research references to back up my claims:
1. Sánchez-Franco F, Fernández L, Fernández G, Cacicedo L. - Thyroid hormone action on ACTH secretion. Horm Metab Res. 1989;21(10):550-552.
The Abstract URL is here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2553572
I have attached the actual paper at the end of this post, and it may be found also through this link: here.
This paper clearly provides actual research backing for why the Circadian T3 Method (CT3M) works so well. By providing the hypothalamic-puituitary system with enough T3 when it needs to drive ACTH high, CT3M helps to raise morning cortisol to normal levels,
2. Lizcano F, Rodríguez JS. Thyroid hormone therapy modulates hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis. Endocr J. 2011;58(2):137-142.
The abstract may be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21263198
3. Bigos ST, Ridgway EC, Kourides IA, Maloof F. Spectrum of pituitary alterations with mild and severe thyroid impairment. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1978;46(2):317-325.
The abstract may be found here: https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article-abstract/46/2/317/2677356?redirectedFrom=fulltext
4.Tunbridge WM, Marshall JC, Burke CW. Primary hypothyroidism presenting as pituitary failure. Br Med J. 1973;1(5846):153-154.
The abstract and full text are available here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1588401/
I hope you found this interesting.