In my August update I mentioned that I asked a doctor in July 2011 to have my hormones checked, but the only hormone that he requested to be measured was TSH, and that was within the "normal" range. In 1997 and 1999 I had blood tests to measure my hormone levels, and my TSH levels were fine at that time, also. I had no idea what TSH was, but the doctors told me that it meant I did not have a thyroid problem. So, since my thyroid is functioning correctly, what could be going wrong with me? What other hormones or chemicals could cause the type of problems that I was suffering from? I assumed that my testosterone was going low because I couldn't think of any other explanation, and also because my skin was becoming so delicate that I was cutting it frequently on items that never cut my skin before, and my beard was not growing very fast, and I lost all of my sex drive (however, that is actually a nice "problem" to have when you live alone because I can now watch television without becoming titillated by such sexy babes as Janet Napolitano, Barbra Streisand, and Queen Elizabeth!)
Recently I decided to look on the Internet to learn more about hormones, and I was amazed to discover what TSH was. It is an abbreviation for "Thyroid Stimulating Hormone", which is produced by the pituitary gland, not the thyroid. It stimulates the thyroid gland into producing two independent hormones:
1) triiodothyronine, abbreviated as T-3
2) thyroxine, abbreviated as T-4
The attitude among doctors, at least here in America as of 2011, is that if the pituitary gland is producing the proper levels of the TSH hormone, then the thyroid gland will produce the proper levels of T-3 and T-4. Since my TSH level has always within the proper range, the doctors told me that I had no problem with thyroid hormones. Does that logic makes sense to you?
The leaders of our medical community are... what? Naive? Stupid?
To understand how naive (or stupid?) our doctors are, imagine a car mechanic who determines whether a transmission is working properly by checking the power level produced by the engine, and he assumes that if the engine is producing power, then the transmission is working correctly. Imagine that he doesn't bother to check the transmission! Certainly you can understand that it's possible for an automobile to have an engine that is working perfectly, but the transmission has problems.
Imagine getting onto an airplane that is taken care of by mechanics who believe that they have to inspect only a few components of the airplane, and if those components are working fine, then they assume that all of the other components are working fine, also. Or how about having a meal from a chef who assumes that if the lettuce is fresh, then the fish, beef, milk, and everything else is fresh, also!
I finally find a doctor who will measure my hormones!
In 1997 my father mentioned to me that he was low on the hormone DHEA, and I decided to go to the same doctor (Dr. Kwako) to find out if my DHEA levels were low, also. In August 2011, I decided to see if Kwako was still in Santa Barbara. He is still here, and so I made an appointment for him to check my hormones. Unlike the doctor that I went to in July, Kwako knows more about hormones than I do! Kwako requested the laboratory to measure both of my thyroid hormones, as well as my levels of HGH, testosterone, and a few other hormones, vitamins, and chemicals. Incidentally, I was aware of the HGH hormone, but I assumed it was for children, and that adults did not need to be concerned about it. I recently looked on the Internet and discovered that not much is known about this hormone, especially how it affects adults. Hopefully, one of these days we will alter our society so that we can divert some of our money from silly activities into the research of health issues, and eventually we might figure out what HGH does for adults.
The results of my blood test
One of my thyroid hormones, T-4, was at an acceptable level, but my T-3 and HGH levels were below the acceptable range. For a man of my age (55 years old as of August 2011, and 41 years old in May 1997 ) here is what should be and what actually was:
|Hormone:||Date and age||Should be within:||Actual:|
|Free T-3||August 2011, age 55||2.3 to 4.2 pg/ml||1.7||Low|
|T-4 †||May 1997, age 41||5 to 13 ug/dl||8.2||OK|
|Free T-4||August 2011, age 55||0.8 to 1.7 ng/dl||1.3||OK|
|HGH||August 2011, age 55||87 to 238 ng/ml||83||Low|
|Testosterone||May 1997, age 41||270 to 970 ng/dl||755||OK|
|Testosterone||August 2011, age 55||129 to 767 ng/dl||230||OK|
|DHEA||May 1997, age 41||195 to 494 ug/dl||152||Low|
|DHEA||August 2011, age 55||80 to 560 ug/dl||528||OK|
† I assume this measured the total T-4, not the free T-4. Each thyroid hormone can be measured in two different ways; 1) the total level, and 2) the "free" level, which I assume means that it has not yet been used by our body.
My DHEA level was high in August 2011 because I was taking large amounts of DHEA in a desperate attempt to feel better. My testosterone was within the acceptable range in both 1997 and 2011, but the level has been dropping. In 1997 my testosterone was near the high end of the acceptable range, but by 2011 it was near the low end of the acceptable range. If it continues on this path, it will soon be below the acceptable range. Incidentally, it seems as if the medical authorities altered the acceptable range for DHEA because the test results show a higher acceptable range today for age 55 (560 ug/dL) than the test results of 1997, when I was 41 (494 ug/dL). I suppose that is an indication that scientists are still in the process of trying to figure out what the acceptable range is. This in turn is more justification for experimenting with yourself rather than trusting the so-called "medical authorities".
Do doctors prefer measuring the T-4 rather than T-3?
When I asked Dr. Kwako in 1997 to check my DHEA levels, he also checked my T-4 level without me asking, but he did not check my T-3 level. This makes me wonder if doctors have a tendency to check the T-4 hormone more often than the T-3 hormone. If so, is this because people who have thyroid problems are more likely to have a problem with T-4? Or is it for financial reasons? The laboratory they did my blood analysis charges $33 to measure the free T-3 hormone, but only $17 to measure the free T-4 hormone, so perhaps some doctors avoid measuring T-3 in order to save us a few dollars. When we are in good health and ask a doctor for a routine checkup, then the doctors could justify doing only a few, common, low-cost tests, but when we ask a doctor for help solving very serious health problems, they should offer us a more thorough analysis, and they could tell us about the expenses involved in the tests, and if we couldn't afford all of the tests, then they could suggest the tests that we could start with.
Thyroid supplements have made a phenomenal improvement!
I am now taking liothyronine to compensate for my low T-3 hormone, and that has made a significant improvement. Actually, it is incredible; it is amazing! For example, my body can produce more heat. When I was young, I didn't need an electric blanket or a goose-down comforter, but perhaps 15 years ago I got a four inch-thick, goose-down comforter because I was getting cold at night during the winter, and a few years later I was getting so cold that I also added an electric blanket. I would remove both the electric blanket and comforter at the end of winter, but this year (2011) I removed the electric blanket but kept the comforter on all throughout the summer. Even more amazing, sometime in July 2011, I put the electric blanket back on the bed because I was getting cold at night. I was also wearing long underwear on some of those summer days, even though other men were wearing short pants and short sleeve shirts. Of course, Santa Barbara had a rather cool summer during 2011, so that might have been part of the reason I was so cold this summer.
What are the medical scientists doing with their time and our money?
It had occurred to me that the reason I was becoming increasingly cold was because of a thyroid problem, but the doctors reassured me that my thyroid was fine because my TSH level was within the normal range. My T-4 level was also fine. Therefore, I assumed my problem was either deterioration from old age, or some other hormone, such as testosterone. It never occurred to me that doctors could be so naive that I could have such a serious thyroid problem without them suspecting a thyroid problem. There are possibly tens of thousands of supposedly intelligent, educated scientists who are studying medical issues at hospitals, medical schools, universities, charities, and businesses. With so many intelligent, educated people studying medical issues, how is it possible that American doctors are unaware that checking TSH and/or T-4 levels is not an alternative to measuring both of the individual thyroid hormones?
I have been appalled time after time by people who are considered "influential members of society". Most of them have one or more college diplomas, but they never produce any intelligent thoughts, or show any concern for society. Like a stupid animal, their main priorities seem to be making money, avoiding work, and feeling important. We can learn more about health issues by ignoring the "experts" and reading what the ordinary people are posting on the Internet! Also, it doesn't seem to me that many people in leadership positions have earned their position as a result of their talent. Most of them seem to have acquired leadership positions as a result of nepotism, brown-nosing, or by joining crime networks. Our leaders don't work with other people or look for talent; rather, they behave like Joseph Stalin and other aggressive savages who are intensely envious of competitors, and who try to eliminate competitors rather than compete with them.
|2) We need to overhaul our philosophy towards health |
|3) What are you willing to sacrifice to make society nicer overall? |
|4) Restaurants could cook some food in its serving bowl |
In September and October my guavas and figs become available, but before I was taking the thyroid hormone, I couldn't eat many of them without feeling unpleasant afterwards. As I mentioned earlier, I assumed I had a problem with blood sugar and insulin, but perhaps my problem was primarily due to low thyroid hormone levels. Whatever my problem is, I can now have guavas and figs for both breakfast and dinner! As I pointed out in this article about desserts, rather than fear or condemn desserts, we should make healthy desserts so that desserts can be a primary part of our meal. Stevia can transform a lot of foods into desserts. So, here is how I have been transforming guavas and figs into desserts.
Guava dessert, made from guava slices and stevia
It is not easy to see in the photo below, but I put some water into the bowl, added some stevia and vitamin C, and sliced some guavas into it. The vitamin C stops fruit from turning brown, and the stevia counteracts the tartness and turns it into a dessert. I eat this with a plastic spoon rather than a metal spoon because plastic spoons are quieter and don't scratch the glass.
Fig dessert, made from ripened figs and stevia
After I pick figs from my tree, I put them in a sunny window for one day to finish ripening, as I described in my file about desserts, but during the past few weeks, it has been cool and cloudy in Santa Barbara, so I put the figs into a Styrofoam box with a heater that keeps them at 40°C to 50°C (110°F to 120°F). After one day of sitting in this warm container they are a bit more ripe, and then I cut off the stems and put them into a bowl with some water and stevia.
If I am very careful, I can keep the figs in the form of slices, but if they are very ripe and soft, it is easier to stir them up, which creates a very thick, fig jam that I eat directly from the bowl. I prefer the fig jam to have big chunks of fruit and skin so that I have something to chew on.