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dr. christine northrup mentions that women in perimenopause benefit from thyroid treatment regardless of test results, why do others disagree?

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Dr. Charles Glassman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Thyroid: That's a great question and highlights the challenges for patients. Celebrity doctors become that way usually because they come out very strongly against conventional approaches. The reality is that there are truths on both sides and not a one size fits all. Finding a doctor who is not a hard-liner either way is the right goal for you. Some people do have symptoms with thyroid ranges...(continued).
Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Need real evidence: Dr. Northrup, like dr. Oz, and others, tend to stay in the public eye because of media, sensationalism, self promotion. Some of the things they promote are good and based on sound scientific evidence, many things however, have no scientific proof. There are no legitimate studies that demonstrate a benefit to taking thyroid hormone in people who have no thyroid problem. Any med has side effects.

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Last updated Jun 14, 2013

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