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T3 only treatment during pregnancy

By February 8, 2016 - 12:41am
 
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Has anyone been on T3 only treatment during pregnancy. How has it affected your pregnancy and baby's development. My wife is 12 weeks pregnant and has been on the Wilson's Temperature Syndrome protocol of T3 only for the last 13 months already. Her T4 is quite low, but it is because she is receiving T3 supplementation. The doctors are concerned that her low T4 will cause harm to her baby.

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Hello Ferdi Oosthuizen,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us .

Wilson's Temperature Syndrome is not a medically accepted diagnosis and not to be confused with Wilson's Disease, which is a medically recognized condition caused by a defect in copper metabolism.

It is a label applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms in people whose thyroid hormone levels are normal.

Proponents of Wilson's syndrome believe it to be a mild form of thyroid hormone deficiency (hypothyroidism) that responds to treatment with a preparation of a thyroid hormone called triiodothyronine (T-3). However, the American Thyroid Association has found no scientific evidence supporting the existence of Wilson's syndrome.

E. Denis Wilson, M.D., described Wilson’s temperature syndrome in 1990 as the presence of multiple symptoms along with a low body temperature and slowing metabolism, caused by illness, injury, or stress.

The many possible symptoms attributed to Wilson’s syndrome are common and non-specific, meaning they can occur in many diseases or even be part of a normal, busy life. Dr. Wilson contends that the syndrome represents a form of thyroid hormone deficiency, even though low hormone levels are not reflected in blood tests.

Ferdi, to understand the risks associated with the Wilson's Temperature Syndrome Protocol during pregnancy, you and your wife need to understand the role of the thyroid gland and the thyroid hormones, T3 and T4.

The thyroid gland plays an essential role in metabolism, Metabolism is the chemical process by which the foods we eat get converted to energy. T4 is the only source of T4.

Wilson’s T3 protocol is aimed at depleting RT3 levels in the tissues of the body, for a time. RT3 is a much less effective hormone for metabolism. This is accomplished by reducing T4, its only source. T4 is reduced by reducing TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). TSH is reduced by giving patients pure T3 directly.

When patients are given pure T3 directly, their bodies sense that they are getting enough thyroid stimulation so they reduce their own production of thyroid hormones.Wilson’s T3 protocol is aimed at depleting RT3 levels in the tissues of the body, for a time. This is accomplished by reducing T4, its only source. T4 is reduced by reducing TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). TSH is reduced by giving patients pure T3 directly.

I know this is a lot of information. I urge you and your wife to speak with her obstetrician about the risk of this protocol on your unborn child.

Regards,
Maryann

February 8, 2016 - 9:37am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thanks so much for your reply. I really appreciate it. We will definitely speak to our obstetrician about it further.

Regards
Ferdi

February 8, 2016 - 11:33pm
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