Tyson - I am sorry, but I have to completely disagree with you on many points. I am not saying that I am right on any of this because it is all a matter of perspective and opinion - more than likely we are both right and we are both wrong.
I am feeling a bit under the weather right now so my arguments here might not be a robust as I would like.
first you say that you haven't actually read through their site and are basing your opinion on what you saw on their first page - but yet you were comfortable enough to accuse them of malpractice. You accuse them of not understanding the full picture when you haven't even given their site a full review. I can't reconcile those two facts.
The problem there is that 90%+ of doctors stop there. If you are not dying or at threat for immediate harm, they won't take any action regardless of your symptoms BECAUSE the tests show you are not dying... I would be glad to bet you $10,000 that if you took a list of symptoms that indicated hypothyroidism to 100 doctors and were actually able to get them to run a TSH test and get a result of 2.5 that 90% of the doctors would not take any action (even though the symptoms are causing significant quality of life issues). Well, some would take action - at least half would ask you wanted a prescription for an antidepressant.
you admit that doctors are lazy (I think somewhere) so why is a site that fights against that bad?? The problem is that doctors are one extreme and are really trained to only treat people at risk of dying, and places like this forum and STTM are cast as being on the other extreme do it all yourself (even though that's not what they recommend - they recommend finding a doctor to partner with you). There is a happy medium. Take what you can from the docs and from the self help sites and get the best treatment possible somewhere in the middle.
I would also argue that 90%+ of doctors out there don't 'understand the complexity of the system' but they have such a huge ego that they refuse to admit to that fact.
the site also recommends specific tests to confirm if your thyroid is an issue or not. I don't see anywhere were they recommend treating if your TSH is 0.5 to 1, your cortisol is ideal, etc. They are simply saying that you shouldn't just accept the quack doctor telling you that your symptoms are all in your head and that you are fine because your TSH came back at 2.5 so just go away.
wait!!! so you are saying that if you have multiple life altering symptoms yet your Thyroid tests come back ideal that you are perfectly fine and don't have a problem?? what about all of those problems you are still facing?? To me it means that you or the doctors are missing something - maybe hormone, maybe heavy metals, maybe something, but if you have life altering symptoms then there is a reason and a cause, right? shouldn't the doctor help you find the reason behind the symptoms and do what is necessary to fix the underlying issue?
this is 100% your opinion and differs greatly from the actual experience of others (like myself) who have slightly elevated TSH and who did see MAJOR contributions to quality of life by treating their thyroid.
if you have TSH > 1 AND multiple hypothyroid symptoms that were having an adverse impact on quality of life, then I would recommend additional testing of ft4, ft3, reverse T3, 8am Cortisol, and ferritin. If any of those came back at less then IDEAL (not normal, but ideal) AND again you had several hypothyroid symptoms, why wouldn't you treat the person?
the thing is, we are all different genetically. bad example here but just because 65% of people might be fine with TSH of 2.5, why make the other 35% suffer with the symptoms just because 'others' won't see major contributions to their wellbeing?
I know that I am sputtering here, but it is hard to make a concise position statement when there are so many statements, innuendos, and opinions (being positioned as fact) that I disagree with.
personally, I love the STTM site and believe that people need to be empowered to look out after their own health. You definitely can't depend on doctors to have your best interest in mind or to even know what they are talking about. You are responsible for your own body and have to be your own self advocate.
How many people here have had to fight with their doctors to get them to treat or even consider low T as a real problem? Just look at the post by SportsPT - that seems like 99% of the conversations out there go just like that.
Tyson - most of what you post about STTM could easily be said about this site, and HRT programs in general (being a catch all diagnosis) and by your logic, this forum should be shut down and people should just go to their doctors for treatment and not rely on 'people with no medical background' for advice or recommendations. but hopefully if you read through any of these posts you will see the level of care that doctors and the medical establishment is providing and realize that sites like STTM and here are critical to helping and supporting people who are let down by 'the system' time and time again.
should people rely 100% on these sites? heck NO, but they are crucial to provide some advice, direction, support, and guidance to get people moving and hopefully in generally the right direction - which is more than I can say for the medical establishment.