Wilson’s Syndrome: Low Temperature Syndrome
by Dr Fluss
Do you suffer from low body temperature, weight gain, fatigue, cold intolerance and yet your thyroid labs always come back normal? Are you already medicated for hypothyroidism and yet you still suffer from these symptoms?
Thyroid health is more than just having adequate blood levels of T3, T4 and TSH. How the thyroid hormones affect the cell receptor sites and what they do in the cell makes a big difference in how you feel.
Our thyroid gland is our body’s metabolic control. All systems become out of balance when the thyroid gland is not functioning optimally. No wonder you don’t feel well when your thyroid hormones aren’t working properly. Thyroid hormones regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, metabolism and the rate at which food is converted into energy.
I had the pleasure of attending a conference with Dr. Wilson, MD as well as becoming certified in Wilsons Protocol. Dr. Wilson has based his clinical practice on “Low temperature syndrome” or what he coined as “Wilson’s syndrome”. He noticed that he had a large proportion of patients complaining of typical hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, cold hands and feet, hair loss and feeling puffy, yet their thyroid labs came back in the “normal” range. And often they were already being medicated for hypothyroidism. However, he noted that their body temperatures were always lower than 98.6, normal body temperature. He found that by correcting the low body temperature their symptoms resolved, energy came back up to good levels and that in some cases patient were able to decrease or come off their thyroid medications. He developed Wilsons protocol as a way to “reset” the thyroid gland.
So How does it Work?
The protocol involves cycling sustained release T3 (the active thyroid hormone) up to a max dose and then cycling back down. The patient takes their SRT3 twice a day and the dose changes daily. According to Dr. Wilson’s research, high levels of T4 and TSH hormones in the blood block thyroid function and receptor sites at the cell and then can impede thyroid function.
In laymans terms, there may be a reason why you still don’t feel well even though your thyroid labs come back normal. There may be a reason why you don’t feel well on Synthroid. There may be a reason why your thyroid medication dose keeps increasing and yet you still don’t feel well. There is more to your thyroid health than “normal” labs. I dont just stop at Synthroid and the TSH level. I look at labs and much more to figure out what my patient needs to have optimal thyroid function and overall health.