Arguably, the subject of stress is uppermost in the minds of our entire population, possibly with the exception of Covid19 and global warming
(both of which of course, contribute to our stress level).

Without a doubt, stress is the background cause of most of our illnesses, since it is the root cause of intracellular hypothyroidism, the manifestations of which are legion.

One has only to look at the statistics:
most illnesses, from depression to chronic fatigue syndrome, from high blood pressure to heart attacks, from obesity to diabetes, from cancers to neurodegenerative conditions, etc. etc. are vastly more common among the poor and disadvantaged than they are among the well-to-do: the connection with chronic socioeconomic stress is a “no-brainer”.

This phenomenon, of illness brought on by stress, is also seen in the veteran military, among whom PTSD is related to virtually all pathologies.

In this website, I come to the (to my mind, inevitable) acceptance of a progressive, “waterfall” sequence in which chronic perceived stress leads to low-grade hypercortisolism, which blocks deiodinase 2 and promotes deiodinase 3, (figure) thus producing the intracellular hypothyroidism which underlies all severe illness.

Conversion of thyroxine to triiodothyronine by Deiodinase 1 & 2, or to reverse T3 by Deiodinase #3.
D1 (in the Body) and D2 (in the Pituitary) make T3 from T4. D3 makes rT3 from T4 and T2 from T3, BUT NOT IN THE PITUITARY, where no D3 exists.

For this syndrome, I propose correction of the problem via therapy with T3: This protocol works very well.

However if stress could be eliminated, much of the difficulty would disappear and my therapies would be guaranteed success!
With this in mind, I have done a search on the subject of stress relief.

Of the many websites which purport to solve the problem of “stress”, most peddle patent remedies of one sort or another:
I have however found one admirable, very well-designed website which satisfies my penchant for well-considered advice supplied in a tasteful and pleasant, non-capitalistic framework.

So if you have stress, what you can do about it is as follows:
(1) Read and learn about intracellular hypothyroidism via this website
(2) Consult with a functional medicine physician for analysis of your hormone balance
(3) Follow that physicians instructions re. correction of your T3 and other hormones
(4) Consult with Cheryl Conklin, at the website below.


Published by Dr. Gervais Harry

I am a Toronto-trained Urologist. I practiced in downtown Toronto, from 1977 to 1997, when I went to Saudi Arabia as chief of Urology at the Armed Forces (teaching) hospital in Tabuk. Returning to Toronto in Y2000, I switched to family practice. In 2007, began to prescribe Hormone Restoration Therapy and in 2012, I became a member of the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine [A4M]. I successfully wrote the A4M's written examination in December, 2013 and In May, 2016 I passed the oral examination, for accreditation as a BHRT consultant. In 2014 I began BHRT practice in Collingwood, Ontario and in January, 2017, joined the Stone Tree Naturopathic Clinic. Now I am 82 and have retired, but it seems wasteful to jettison my learning and experience: the medical establishment knows nothing of BHRT / Functonal medicine and I feel obliged to offer my knowledge in the interest of those who are willing to think outside the box. MY QUALIFICATIONS: MB, BS, (from UWI), 1964. LMCC 1969. FRCSC (Urology), 1974. ECFMG 1984. Florida license 1998 [inactive], ABAARM Certification [A4M], 2016. I am a Member of CSAMM [the Canadian Society for Aging and Metabolic Medicine], the OMA&CMA, SUSO, CUA, RCP&S/C. PRACTICE TO DATE: Consultation in Functional Medicine, including assessment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Andropause, Menopause, Teenage and Postpartum Depression/Panic Attacks, Thyroid Hormone malfunction, Infertility, Sexual Dysfunction and “the Undiagnosable”. ALL ARE WELCOME to read, comment or question!

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