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      If synthroid contains only 1 of 5 thyroid hormones, what medication contains 5 of 5. Would that be better to take? What does it mean if my T4 is in normal range, but my TSH is below normal? I’m rereading all the thyroid books in our library and getting confused.Can anyone help?

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        Joan, can you tell us more about the other thyroid hormones, besides the two most of us know as T-3 and T-4? I think you made some very good points about the book, which represents the traditional position of most of our doctors. Hope to talk to you about this in the chat, as well.

        Bruce, thanks for handling the TIMEZONEOPATHY cases, as usual. Can we consider you officially in charge? :)
        Dianne N

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          The book “Your Thyroid” is a very upbeat book. All of us thyroid sufferers have our own special problems related to our disease. However, we must find hope for wellness, we need to inform ourselves about all aspects of our problem, and we need to keep a positive attitude about ourselves and our recovery. And I think this book helped me begin the journey to normalcy. Maybe you didn’t get much out of it, but it is very informative to the layperson, and it also references you to other resources for self help.

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            The only medication that I know of that contains all of them is dessicated
            thyroid made from animal glands from a famous meat-packing house that’s name
            begins with A.
            I think it would be great if some pharmaceutical firm would create a drug
            that is based on all 5 thyroid hormones in their naturally occurring
            ratios, but is human in origin, like human insulin. That would probably
            work best and would avoid possible allergy problems with an animal-based
            Remember, if any drug company makes this in the future. They got the idea
            from us. You heard it here first, folks.

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              There are also T1 and T2 which, I believe, are precursors to T3 and T4.
              Calcitonin, is produced in other cells in the thyroid and regulates
              calcium metabolism. Limits bone loss. Salmon calcitonin is used for
              treating osteoporosis. It must be injected ike insulin as it is digested
              in the stomach.
              I don’t think T1 and T2 are active in the body, they are just steps on the
              way to forming T3 and T4.
              I need to research this out some more before i give you any more info. It’s
              been a while since I looked all this up.
              Thanks for calming me down, but that book is one button on me you don’t push.

              I guess it’s a good starting place to get information for those who are new to
              this disease. I’m toying with the idea of writing my own book. I guess my
              best credentials are as a patient.

              Two themes:
              1. Practical suggestions for coping with the symptoms of thyroid trouble.
              2. Really comprehensive medical info written for the nonmedical person, and
              including all current controversies affecting thyroid diagnosis and

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