Firstly, thank you very much KSman for taking an interest in my case and taking the time to reply.
I did read your sticky on Thyroid and I will take my temps and think I will do an IR....even if my thyroid is not a major issue; i like the bromine de-tox effect.
Quick question I couldn't seem to find the for was...when I take my temps is that oral or axillary (armpit)?(please dont say rectal just kidding)
I did ask for T3 not rT3 but what you saw is what I got. The doc I went to see is a decent bloke but like all medicos it seems you have to push them just to get what you want.
I have to get my lipids and E/LFTs done again when I drop 4kgs so I will re-test all my relevant hormones and see if I can get rT3 done as well.
At a guess I would say my iodine intake would be minimal as I eat bread from a local bakery and not mass produced and like your wife with the "exotic" salt fad my household has also jumped on the bandwagon.
You are right, I don't feel cold easily....I usually have try to cool down at times, especially after exercise or a meal....and Australia or Thailand aren't exactly the coldest of climates either!
That being said, I will start using iodized salt from now on. I eat little seafood and shellfish but I do eat a couple of handfuls of walnuts a day along with eggs and beans which are reasonably good sources of iodine from what I can gather.
I will take your dietary advice into account for my weight loss plan. I usually just drop the carbs in a major way and ramp up the protein and cold pressed virgin olive oil.
Funny you should mention exposure to tropical disease exposure as I have had a lot over the years.
I have travelled and spent time in Indonesia surfing in my early twenties, i have travelled through India in my early twenties also. So I have been exposed to malaria in indonesia but was taking meds to prevent it; I have had guiardia, aeomebic dysentry(nearly carried me off) etc etc in India in my twenties went from 72ks 8% bf to 59kgs in 6 months) I have lived in Japan for 4 years and 15 years in Thailand 10 of those full time so I have had bacterial gut stuff a coupe of times a year over that period as is par for the course living in SE Asia but nothing worse than 2 days on the toilet maybe vomiting only 2 or 3 times.
I have tested for HIV and Hep A,B,and C plus syphilis and chlaymidia and Gonnorhea and all negative.
I have never had Hep A or B as I got the jabs for them many years ago and they are still working.
20 years in Asia and I would be lying if I said I hadn't got chlaymidia or Gonnorhea a couple of times; but the last case I had was 10 years ago and was cleared up in 3 days with antibiotics.
I would be interested if you have any theories or test suggestions regarding my history there.
Magnesium is great for muscle soreness and I have been supplimenting usually daily with it between 300 and 600mgs a day. I also drink a lot of water so hydration isnt an issue.
I was wondering if you have any advice on optimal dosing there for Mg?
Australian soil is apparently deficient in selenium so I will start supplimenting with that also.
I have read quite a few studies regarding loweing your GGT levels with coffee(best results were in heavy drinkers-which I am not) but overall it did have some effect so I am drinking 2 to 3 cups a day in the hope I can reign that in.
I can't help but feel that my upper level ALT and elevated GGT may be linked to my inability to shed weight and what appears to me to be a really shitty FT level.
My apologies but I have not been able to see any info on what a healthy/optimal FT reading should be...if you could let me know ...or perhaps paste a link that would be great.
I will get stuck into more of the recommended reading of which I have skimmed.
So I suppose the million dollar question is how do I free up more testosterone?
Thanks again KSman.
All the best.