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Mark Starr, MD had many symptoms of hypothyroidism even though his blood tests (TSH) were normal
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“I thought I was low thyroid," says Mark Starr, MD.
"I was a pain doctor, an MD, and my concentration was going, I was tired, my skin was dry, my muscles ached, I was cold intolerant -- the probem runs in my family. An yet, at my university where I trained, my blood tests were normal, and the endocrinologist assured me that [my thyroid was fine, and that] I was working too hard.”
Here is a short audio clip of Dr. Starr talking about this in a speech he gave at a 2007 Orthomolecular Conference. Cholesterol Levels
Dr. Starr’s cholesterol dropped from 240 to 150; his triglycerides dropped from 500 to less than 100
Elsewhere in his speech, Dr. Starr tells how taking desiccated thyroid lowered his cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
(He notes that he used to take 4 grains of desiccated thyroid (240 mg), and later reduced it to 3 grains (180 mg).
“My cholesterol was 150 when we tested each other in medical school.”
“I swam every day and did not change my exercise or eating habits when I was finally getting really ill.”
“By the time I was 40 my cholesterol had gone from 160 to 240.”
“My triglycerides were close to 500.”
“... when last checked, my triglycerides were [down from 500] to less than 100 and my cholesterol was 150.”
Type 2 Hypothyroidism Defined
Type 2 Hypothyroidism is NOT detected by blood tests
“Type 1 Hypothyroidism I’ve defined as failure of the thyroid gland to produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormones necessary to maintain normal blood levels of those hormones and normal blood levels of the thyroid stimulating hormone, the TSH, produced by the pituitary gland.” notes Mark Starr, MD in this audio clip from a speech he gave at a 2007 Orthomolecular Conference.
“Type 2 Hypothyroidism is peripheral resistance to thyroid hormones at the cellular level.”
“It is NOT due to a lack of thyroid hormones.”
“Normal amounts of thyroid hormones and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) are usually detected by blood tests.”
“Therefore, blood tests do NOT detect Type 2 Hypothyroidism.”
Environmental toxins can cause or exacerbate the problem
“Type 2 Hypothyroidism is usually inherited however, environmental toxins may also cause or exacerbate the problem,” Dr. Starr continues.
Type 2 Hypothyroidism NOT Yet Recognized
Type 2 Hypothyroidism has NOT yet been recognized by mainstream medicine
“Type 2 Hypothyroidism has yet to be recognized by mainstream medicine, but is already epidemic.”
Subclinical Hypothyroidism is anything but subclinical
“There is a lot of ‘Subclinical Hypothyroidism’ but I can guarantee you that it is anything but subclinical.”
“It is an epidemic.”
Books by Dr. Starr and Dr. Barnes
I encourage you to read both books
Both books are enlightening. Dr. Starr learned about hypothyroidism from Broda Barnes, however, Dr. Starr also went back and read all the old medical literature going back more than 100 years, and his book also contains a lot of pictures from old medical journals which are fascinating. Dr. Starr also talks about hypothyroidism in relationship to Alzheimer’s disease, which Barnes does not.
Modern Medicine has been mislead into only looking at blood tests
Thyroid blood tests will NOT detect Type 2 Hypothyroidism and miss many other cases of hypothyroidism
My impression is that modern medicine has been mislead into believing that thyroid tests (TSH levels) are the perfect way to detect hypothyroidism, when Broda Barnes, Mark Starr and others have found that blood tests are NOT accurate and that many people with normal TSH levels have hypothyroidism and can benefit greatly from being treated with adequate doses of desiccated thyroid.
Tremendous Benefits Of Desiccated Thyroid Forgotten About
Modern medicine has forgotten about the tremendous benefits of desiccated thyroid
I also believe that medicine has forgotten about the tremendous benefits of using adequate doses of desiccated thyroid for many conditions such as:
Lowering cholesterol and protecting against heart attacks and cardiovascular disease (94% protection in Barnes’s patients)
1.) Lowering cholesterol and providing tremendous protection against heart disease—94% lower risk of heart attacks among Broda Barnes patients treated with desiccated thyroid than subjects in the Framingham Study;
Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive Heart Failure cured with desiccated thyroid; Enlarged hearts shrink back to normal size
2.) Treating congestive heart failure, shrinking enlarged hearts back to normal size in a matter of weeks. (Yes, really. See the X-rays from old medical journals of enlarged hearts that shrank back to normal size in Mark Starr’s book.);
Depression And Fatigue
Depression And Fatigue: Why not try desiccated thyroid first?
3.) Treating depression and fatigue. (Shouldn’t desiccated thyroid be tried first BEFORE ever trying an SSRI or another antidepressant? Yes, of course it should, but, unfortunately, the drug companies don’t want doctors or the public to know this, so instead, they have convinced the world that their drugs are the answer when, in fact, the data shows that people given these drugs do WORSE in the long run than depressed people who are given NO drugs. Imagine that.)
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure: Why not try desiccated thyroid (along with potassium bicarbonate) first?
4.) Treating high blood pressure. (The explanation that Broda Barnes gave in a speech as to why low thyroid can cause elevated blood pressure is that low thyroid reduces circulation to the kidneys which causes the blood pressure to rise, and that giving desiccated thyroid improves circulation to the kidneys which lowers blood pressure. However, I have a simpler explanation which is that low thyroid decreases cardiac output. Mark Starr notes that hypothyroidism can lower cardiac output by 50%. When this occurs, the body, in its infinite wisdom, says, “No problem. I will simply constrict blood vessels throughout the body and raise blood pressure to compensate for this lowered cardiac output.” So when a person is given desiccated thyroid, cardiac output increases, and the body can then relax the blood vessels throughout the body, and blood pressure drops.
Fertility Problems And Menstrual Problems
Fertility Problems: Why not try desiccated thyroid first?
5.) Fertility problems and menstrual problems. (With fertility problems, shouldn’t desiccated thyroid be tried first? Yes, of course it should! This seems like a no-brainer to me. There is almost no risk to trying this. The worst thing that can happen is that the man or woman is giving too much thyroid, and they get some tremor or palpitations or can’t sleep for one night. But then all you’d have to do is lower the dose the next day, and the problem is gone. This is the very first thing that I would try if I was an infertile couple. It seems to me that you have nothing to lose. I’d call Dr. Mark Starr and ask for his guidance on dosage on this and what to look out for.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Why not try desiccated thyroid first?
6.) Treating Alzheimer’s Disease. I would try desiccated thyroid in anyone with Alzheimer’s also. Again, this is a very low-risk idea. Dr. Starr presents evidence that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s is very similar to hypothyroidism. He believes is a cellular energy problem that can be corrected with desiccated thyroid. However, at this moment in time, it appears that NO ONE ELSE HAS RECOGNIZED THIS. Desiccated thyroid increases circulation. Maybe 10 years on TV, they showed a patient with Alzheimer’s who had dramatic improvement immediately circulation to the brain was improved by doing a radical surgery to attach a long strip of fat from the belly to the brain. The results were dramatic and immediate, suggesting that much of Alzheimer’s might be due to a lack of circulation to the brain.
Frequent Infections: Why not try desiccated thyroid first?
7.) Frequent infections. Broda Barnes notes that low thyroid increases susceptibility to infections, and that giving desiccated thyroid improves resistance to infections. He said it takes about 2 months for the resistance to increase. He also said that he had never given a flu shot to any of his patients since he got out of the military. He also noted that he had not had a patient in the hospital with pneumonia for 15 years or more.
Any Medical Condition Where No Cause Can Be Found
Any Medical Condition Where No Cause Can Be Found: Why not try desiccated thyroid first?
8.) Any condition where a doctor can’t find the cause. Broda Barnes mentions this in a speech he gave in the 1970’s. He said if you have a patient with complaints, and you can’t find anything else wrong, try giving desiccated thyroid. Dr. Starr and Dr. Barnes talk about numerous conditions that respond to desiccated thyroid in his book such as chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, nail problems, skin problems, acne, hearing problems, dizziness and vertigo, bladder problems, bleeding problems and bruising, headaches and migraines, cholesterol, cancer, obesity, diabetes, behavioral problems, and Attention Deficit Disorder. Why not try desiccated thyroid first? I would contact Dr. Starr to figure out the appropriate dose necessary. My impression is that most doctors have been mislead into believing that they should only give Synthroid (synthetic T4) instead of desiccated thyroid, which is absolutely NOT true, and that larger doses of desiccated thyroid which are necessary in most patients with hypothyroidism—an average dose of 3.5 grains (210 mg) of desiccated thyroid shown in a table in Dr. Starr’s book, and he notes that he started out taking 4 grains (240 mg), and now takes 3 grains (180 mg) of desiccated thyroid—are unsafe, which is also NOT true. My guess is that the reason for this is that the supposed “equivalent dose” of Synthroid that large would cause many problems and is rarely used, so doctors have reverse engineered it to believe that larger doses of desiccated thyroid should not be used, but this is NOT true. You can ask Dr. Starr about this.
Quotes about Dr. Starrs book
“I believe everyone needs to review Mark Starrs book.
“He has a vital message to share about the many people who do not realize they have low thyroid, because standard thyroid tests do not show it.
“Mark Starrs dedication to research, and his devoted study with the old masters, have made him an international expert on thyroid and iodine.”
—Dr. Garry Gordon, Co-Founder of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
“This is an astonishing book revealing the cause and successful treatment for obesity, heart attacks, depression, diabetes, strokes, headaches, chronic fatigue and many more. His in-depth research and discussion of how environmental toxins can interfere with thyroid hormones is groundbreaking and enlightening for us all.”
—Robban Sica, MD
“This is the most significant compilation of medical research ever published in the area of hypothyroidism.
“Over a century of irrefutable scientific evidence is presented in a concise and readable format for laypeople and doctors alike.”
—Mark Starr, MD writing about his own book
Dr. Starr’s Contact Information
Here is contact information for Dr. Starr.
Mark Starr, MD
21st Century Pain & Sports Medicine
10565 N. Tatum Blvd Suite B-115
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(480) 607-6533 fax
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