Thyroid History 101: After Several Centuries We Still Did Not Learn That Thyroid Extract is Not a Good Treatment for Obesity or Thyroid Disease in 2017
Thyroid extract is still used today for treatment of hypothyroidism.
It is not recommended due to unsafe amounts of T3 causing toxic effects.
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Along with tapeworms and sweating
19th century use of thyroid extract to treat “slow metabolism” was very popular. Dried and powdered glands from pigs or cows were made into patent medicine such as Dr.Newman’s Obesity pills. Patients lost weight but it was transient and continued use caused the patient to get toxic hyperthyroid with palpitations,sweating,hair loss and diarrhea.