What is Wilson's Syndrome (WTS)?
Have you or anyone you know had many or all of the symptoms of low thyroid? Have they gone to the Doctor and checked thyroid labs only to have the labs return as normal? Have you then been told that you don't have hypothyroid and that you don't need to be treated? Wilson's Temperature Syndrome (WTS, also known as Wilson's Syndrome) is a protocol designed for exactly this kind of situation. Not only that, it tends to work well for many other symptoms not typically associated with thyroid, but which are associated with low temperature.
History of WTS
Over a hundred years ago, it was noted that the health of people with a goiter (enlarged thyroid) improved when they took large doses of iodine. It was later noticed that many people who had other related symptoms did even better taking pig thyroid. Improvements were made when they began testing for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) - an indication of thyroid dysfunction. Although the TSH test was more specific for the thyroid, it missed about 60% of the people who had thyroid symptoms. In the 1950's-1970's, Dr Broda Barnes treated many of these patients with pig thyroid very successfully. These treatments helped alleviate all their symptoms and also helped prevent various forms of chronic conditions including heart disease. In the 1990's, Dr Denis Wilson noticed that while that therapy worked well for many people, the dose would often have to be continually increased to the point where it no longer worked and even made people worse!. He developed a different way to treat these people that involved using T3 - the active form of thyroid hormone made by the body. Thus was birthed the Wilson's Protocol (WT3).
How does it work?
Most thyroid treatments use either T4 (the less active form of thyroid hormone) or a mixture of T4 and T3 (the active form). Either way, they are giving the T4, which can be converted into T3 in the body's tissues when needed. Unfortunately, that conversion doesn't always work as well as it needs to, and for many people much of the T4 gets converted to Reverse T3 (RT3, a form that blocks the action of T3). This can lead to symptoms of low thyroid, while tricking your brain into thinking that everything's just fine. While treating with T4 can often help with symptoms, it does nothing to fix this problem, and can actually exacerbate the problem. In the Wilson's Protocol (WT3), we treat with just the T3, allowing levels of both the T4 and the Reverse T3 (RT3) to slowly fall. Because of this, it's not uncommon, with the Wilson's Protocol for patients to progress to the point where they can taper off the medicine completely and still do very well - something that almost NEVER happens with any kind of therapy involving T4.
Symptoms Suggestive of Wilson's Syndrome
Dr Vance has received special training for using this amazing protocol, has met with Dr. Wilson, and has been using it with his patients for over a year now. Before treating a patient using this protocol, we have the patient check their daytime oral temperatures several times over a few days. Next, we do a complete history and physical as well as labs to rule out other pathology. Then, after counseling with the patient on the protocol and giving them specific instructions we start them on the medication, and have appropriate follow up visits to make sure things are going well.
While the treatment is very safe in almost every case, it is possible to get too much of the thyroid medicine, which could lead to side effects such as increased heart rate, elevated temperature, increased anxiety, feeling the heart race, jitteriness, chest pains and so forth. Typically, we just cut back on the medicine slowly to a point where symptoms are alleviated and patients do very well.