A letter was released by Hillary Clinton’s doctor, Lisa Bardack, MD, disclosing among other things, Hillary is taking natural dessicated thyroid pills for hypothyroidism, and she has a Calcium Score of zero. She also takes vitamin B12. Dr Bardack declared Hillary “fit to serve as president.”
Perhaps Dr Bardack hasn’t read the Position_Statement of the Endocrine Society
which says natural dessicated thyroid (NDT) should not be used as thyroid replacement therapy:
“In general, desiccated thyroid hormone or thyroid extract, combinations of
thyroid hormones, or triiodothyronine should not be used as thyroid
Perhaps Dr Bardack has not read the 2012 position statement of the American Association of Endocrinolgists and the ATA (American Thyroid Association) regarding the use of natural dessicated thyroid, which says:
“There is no evidence to support using desiccated thyroid hormone in preference to L-thyroxine monotherapy in the treatment of hypothyroidism and therefore desiccated thyroid hormone should not be used for the treatment of hypothyroidism.”
These ATA Guidelines For Treatment Hypothyroidism were updated Dec 2014, saying:
“We recommend that levothyroxine (T4 only) be considered as routine care for patients with primary hypothyroidism, in preference to use of thyroid extracts (NDT).”
Perhaps Dr Bardack has already read these position statements opposed to the use of natural desiccated thyroid (NDT). Perhaps Dr Bardack has chosen to ignore these position statements, realizing they reflect the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry which controls these organizations.
Left Image Hillary Clinton 2007 presidential race Low Thyroid Condition on Synthroid ? Courtesy of Federalist Papers.
Natural Thyroid is Better then Synthroid
The reality is that natural dessicated thyroid is a more robust and superior thyroid medication when compared to T4 only medications such as levothyroxine. This has been true in my clinical experience.
Perhaps Dr Bardack has read this 2013 report by Dr Hoang at the Walter Reed Miltary Hospital which compared Desiccated thyroid extract to levothyroxine in the treatment of hypothyroidism, in which half the patients expressed a preference for NDT over T4 only treatment.(4)
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2) Wall Street Journal: Hillary Clinton’s Doctor Says She’s Fit to Serve As President The Democrat’s doctor declared her in ‘excellent physical condition’
By Laura Meckler Updated July 31, 2015 5:57 p.m. ET
3) ESA Position Statement on Desiccated Thyroid or Thyroid
Extract Professor Peter R Ebeling MD FRACP, Chair, on behalf of ESA Medical
Affairs Sub-Committee ESA_Position_Statement_Natural_Desiccated_Thyroid_Peter_R_Ebeling
4) Hoang, Thanh D., et al. “Desiccated thyroid extract compared with levothyroxine in the treatment of hypothyroidism: a randomized, double-blind, crossover study.” (2013).
5) ATA CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR HYPOTHYROIDISM IN ADULTS Garber 2012 COSPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGISTS AND THE AMERICAN THYROID ASSOCIATION
Jeffrey R. Garber, MD, FACP, FACE1,2*; Rhoda H. Cobin, MD, FACP, MACE3; Hossein Gharib, MD, MACP, MACE4; James V. Hennessey, MD, FACP2;
Irwin Klein, MD, FACP5; Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD, FACP, FACE, FACN6; Rachel Pessah-Pollack, MD6,7; Peter A. Singer, MD, FACE8; Kenneth A. Woeber, MD, FRCPE9 for the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American Thyroid Association Taskforce on Hypothyroidism in Adults
“RECOMMENDATION 22.4 There is no evidence to support using desiccated thyroid hormone in preference to L-thyroxine monotherapy in the treatment of hypothyroidism and therefore desiccated thyroid hormone should not be used for the treatment of hypothyroidism.”
6) Jonklaas, Jacqueline, et al. “Guidelines for the treatment of hypothyroidism: prepared by the American Thyroid Association Task Force on Thyroid Hormone Replacement.” Thyroid 24.12 (2014): 1670-1751.
“We recommend that levothyroxine be considered as routine care for patients with primary hypothyroidism, in preference to use of thyroid extracts.”
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