1. Sheila Turner and Eric Pritchard Sheila Turner and Eric Pritchard United Kingdom says:

    Vision, Purpose, and Objective of the Royal College of Physicians http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/Pages/index.aspx

    RCP Statement: "Educated to the Highest Medical Standards":

    FACT:  The medical science of the post thyroid aetiologies of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, circa 1970, is systematically ignored and dismissed - has been proven once again. [2-4]

    RCP Statement: "Leading Role in Delivering High Quality Patient Care":

    FACT: Patients are ignored in favour of laboratory assays. When the "subjective" patient presentation conflicts with the "objective" blood test, the test results take precedence - the source of the conflict is not investigated - it could be that the test is improper or improperly interpreted as thyroid function tests are for post thyroid deficiencies. The medical care of the post thyroid deficient patient is essentially no care. The prescription by the Royal College of Physician for these victims is chronic suffering and increased susceptibility to disease, especially life's great killers, diabetes and heart disease. [5-16]

    The RCP is not leading the way towards high quality patient care but following the improper, unethical care of peripheral thyroid hormone deficient (post thyroid) patients required by other medical associations, British [17-19] and American [20-25]

    The RCP guidance on the diagnosis and management of primary hypothyroidism is not logically consistent. It also does not adhere to linguistic standards of care set in the 17th Century and does not adhere to protocols for authoring medical practice guidelines set forth by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists [26] and others.

    If this statement on the diagnosis and maintenance of primary hypothyroidism were examined as studies on medical practice guidelines [27-29] would do, it would be judged a failure, probably an abject failure.

    RCP Statement: "Championing the Values of the Medical Profession":

    FACT: The medical care prescribed by the RCP for the post thyroid deficient patient violate numerous standards of medical ethics. Briefly they are the following:

    • Provide a Good Standard of Practice and Care. Keep Your Professional Knowledge and Skills up to Date. The UK General Medical Council (2006)

    • Make the Care of Your Patient Your First Concern The UK General Medical Council (2006)

    • Be Honest and Open and Act With Integrity. The UK General Medical Council (2006)

    • In the treatment of a patient, where proven prophylactic, diagnostic and therapeutic methods do not exist or have been ineffective, the physician, with informed consent from the patient, must be free to use unproven or new prophylactic, diagnostic and therapeutic measures, if in the physician's judgement it offers hope of saving life, re-establishing health or alleviating suffering. Where possible, these measures should be made the object of research, designed to evaluate their safety and efficacy. In all cases, new information should be recorded and, where appropriate, published. The other relevant guidelines of this Declaration should be followed. (World Medical Association - Helsinki, 1964)

    RCP Statement:"Improving Standards of Clinical Practice":

    FACT: The clinical practice prescribed by the RCP for the post thyroid deficient patient IGNORES medical science, the differential diagnostic protocol, and evidence based medicine.

    Medical science has acknowledged the existence of the post thyroid operations upon thyroid hormones - the conversion of the relatively inactive pro-hormone, thyroxine (T4), to the active hormone, triiodothyronine (T3) and the reception of T3 by the peripheral cells for the use in their nuclei. But these are not included in any differential diagnostic expressed or implied. The evidence proffered by this medical science must be considered as part of clinical practice. However, the routine thyroid laboratory assays do not examine post thyroid behaviour. And the RCP has effectively banned all other potential tests. This is contrary to the wisdom of system testing, which demands testing before and after every major function. Even more basically, the RCP is effectively covering up the shortfalls of medicine for the post thyroid deficient patient in the fog of imprecise language which confuses these issues by describing physiologically different issues by the same names and terms. [30].

    The care of post thyroid deficient patients is distinctly not centred on the patient. It is, however, centred upon one or more quite unprofessional human frailties, such as ignorance or improper dismissal of relative medical science.

    The improper diagnosis of "functional somatoform disorders" unfairly blames the patients' imaginations for their treatable physical deficiencies. [31] The improper blaming of inadequate medicine with "nonspecific symptoms" also unfairly condemns the patient to life-long chronic suffering. [4]

    If the RCP statement were truly patient centred it would not proscribe the therapies that have been proven necessary in so many patients and are necessary in so many more. A study discovered of those treated for hypothyroidism, 13% were dissatisfied with their medical treatment and care [32] and worse. [33] These high dissatisfaction rates are neither caring nor professional.

    RCP Statement:
      "Supporting Physicians in their Practice of Medicine":

    FACT: The RCP, by issuing the subject statement, has joined other professional societies in forcing a professional dilemma upon medical practitioners: Treat post thyroid deficient patients ethically and scientifically and face the wrath of the General Medical Council - or not treating the patient properly or ethically. Either way, this is hardly being supportive of the practice of medicine in the niche of post thyroid deficiencies. [30] The RCP is setting a standard of care in the post thyroid deficiency niche which is unreasonably below the potential demonstrated by medical science.

    RCP Statement:  "Provide Leadership on Health and Healthcare Issues":

    FACT:  The RCP, in support of various endocrinology associations relative to the knowledge, diagnostics, and healthcare for the post thyroid deficient patient, has not lead - but retreated from modern medical science, embraced the imprecise language of this niche of medical practice, and created the basis for enforcement for virtually torturing of all post thyroid deficient patients. This is distinctly not healthcare leadership.

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