The 250 Patients Treated with Pig Thyroid in Digby Nova Scotia Are Better off Without Desiccated Animal.
Thyroid. It causes too many complications especially elderly hypothyroid patients. Before synthetic T4 qand modern TSH testing, it was a silent killer causing cardiac disease and osteoporosis. The powerful T3 in Pig thyroid is the cause of the problem. Humans are not designed to ingest T3 but should get it from conversion for T4. Spikes in T3 in the blood occur when T3 is ingested in pig thyroid. It is almost never used by endocrinologists in 2017. Even though some will say pig is better than synthetic in the long run 95% will be better off not taking that outdated drug from pigs. The first use was with sheep thyroid injected into a hypothyroid patient in England in 1870s.
We did not know until the 70s how many patients were injured by these animal products with no hormone content measurements. Without a TSH test that could detect an overdose, many died of heart or bone disease but the the cause was not detected by testing. We do not use this anymore. It is advised for those that are upset about the closure and lack or pig thyroid should actually be happy they will be at lower risk of pig thyroid complications.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU
DIGBY, NS – A thyroid clinic has been closed in Digby and its patients are looking for answers.
The clinic’s doctor, Dr. Ronald Matsusaki, received a cease and desist letter last week from the Ethics Review Board division of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Many if not most of the patients are treated using desiccated thyroid medication, also known as ‘pig thyroid,’ instead of the more commonly used synthroid.
The clinic operated on Wednesdays out of the Digby General Hospital and treated around 250 patients.