In our line or work we hear all too many tales of ongoing medical problems for which neither conventional medics nor alternative therapists have been able find a solution, so it is particularly satisfying when a positive story comes our way. Which is partly why I am blogging the email below.
However, the main purpose is to broadcast the thyroid message a little further afield. An underactive thyroid is thought by some to be a significant element in ME and CFS but there is little agreement on what level of activity is actually ‘under’-active.
Some years ago, and to mark the publication Your Thyroid and how to keep it healthy, a revised edition of his controversial book, The Great Thyroid Scandal, we ran a short article about Dr Barry Durrant Peatfield, who believes that hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, is seriously under-diagnosed and incorrectly treated. We also reported on a couple of readers’ experiences.
It was this article that our e-mailer had discovered on the foodsmatter.com site and had found so helpful:
I just want to thank Foods Matter for the article on thyroid problems which lead to me being able to contact Dr. Peatfield. I was feeling so very ill, I really didn’t think I would live till Christmas. But I saw Dr Peatfield last week and have started a course of treatment, this week, which I am sure, will give me my life back, I am beginning to feel stronger each day, already.
I had to wait over a month to get to see him, so he is very busy. What I liked about him, he is very relaxed and its not all about money, as you can phone him on a Wednesday and have a chat if you need to.
I was getting no help from my Dr, I wasn’t even able to get to see her!! So I decided to go privately. I paid £195 for a 15 minute session and wasn’t asked what my symptoms were, etc., I was just given beta blockers!!!!! to slow my heart down, while I tried to increase my dose of thyroxine. It slowed my heart down OK….. I ended up in A&E with a very slow pulse and, of course, it set me back even more.
I admire Dr Peatfield because he has the courage of his convictions and has stuck to what he thought was the right way to treat thyroid problems. Yet this consultant I saw who put me on beta blockers, is still allowed to practice.
For anyone who would like to contact Dr Peatfield, he does not use email but is to be found at The Peatfield Clinic of Nutrition, 16 Southview, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9JE Tel/Fax: 01883 623125
8th December – a month later.
Another email has just arrived from the lady quoted above– as follows:
You asked in one of our emails, if I would let you know how my treatment with Dr Peatfield was going. I am only about 8 weeks into the treatment and already I feel so very much better, Dr Peatfield has given me back my life.