The Controversy Over Low Thyroid Conditions -- Author Steven Hotze, M.D. Addresses The Ineffective Way Low Thyroid Is Being Treated in America

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Author of "Hormones, Health, and Happiness" responds to criticism from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

“You cannot rely solely on a blood test for diagnosing and treating low thyroid conditions” says Steven Hotze, M.D. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Dr Hotze explained that you can have a normal blood test and not feel normal.

“The current medical paradigm for diagnosing and treating low thyroid conditions is to rely solely on blood tests, tests which in and of themselves cannot predict patient symptoms,” said Hotze. “Most women, who have all the symptoms of low thyroid, are told that their thyroid function is normal.”

Dr. Hotze came under criticism from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) for his views on low thyroid treatment after his September appearance on the CBS “Early Show.”

Hotze, author of “Hormones, Health and Happiness”, and the founder of the Hotze Health and Wellness Center, says that his center sees over 2,000 new patients a year. Most of them are women who cannot persuade their doctor to treat them based on their symptoms alone.

In the same November 8, 2005 New York Times article titled, “For Thyroid Hormones, How Low is Too Low?” Dr. David Cooper, Director of Endocrinology at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, was quoted as saying, “I see patients all the time who are miserable and unhappy and want to blame something. There are tears and anger when you tell them that it’s not their thyroid that’s causing their problems.”

“The dishonest attack on me by the AACE which followed my appearance on CBS is typical of the way mainstream medical organizations react to those forward looking physicians who challenge the status quo and refuse to follow the herd,” said Hotze.

“A major health problem facing our country is the millions of baby boomers who are experiencing a host of chronic health problems as they age, such as, fatigue, weight gain, decreased mental sharpness, depressed moods, insomnia, joint and muscle pain, sluggish bowel function, loss of libido, hair loss, cold sensitivity, numbness and tingling in the extremities, elevated cholesterol, and recurrent illnesses, to name a few,” said Hotze. “This dramatically decreases their quality of life. It is an indisputable scientific fact that these health problems result from the decline in the body’s naturally occurring hormones, especially the thyroid and sex hormones, which happens as we age.”

“Women with so called normal test results are routinely sent home with prescriptions for psychiatric drugs, specifically, antidepressants, having been made to feel that they are hypochondriacs or neurotics and that their problems have a psychosomatic origin,” said Hotze.

Hotze says his goal as a physician and as a leader in the field of alternative approaches to health care is to help women and men obtain and maintain health and wellness naturally, so that they can enjoy a better quality of life

At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze says over 7,000 patients have been treated successfully for hypothyroidism based upon their clinical presentation in conjunction with blood tests.

At the Center, he says, “We use Armour Thyroid, which is FDA approved and has been used safely, effectively, and inexpensively for more than 80 years. Our experience with synthetic thyroid preparations is that they do not resolve the symptoms of low thyroid, although they can normalize blood tests. The FDA threatened to remove all synthetic thyroid medication, the medication which the AACE promotes, from the marketplace in 2001 because of poor quality and substandard results. We recommend Armour Thyroid to our patient, as do thousands of physicians across the country, because it works.”

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