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Can Basal Body Temperatures Diagnose Thyroid Disease?

September, 2002 -- Are basal body temperatures a valid and valuable way to diagnose a thyroid condition? Can body temperature be used instead of thyroid testing to make a diagnosis?

Says Dr. Richard Shames:

"There is considerable evidence that current tests both for the diagnosis of hypothyroidism and for the management of a case under treatment are tests that lack sensitivity and accuracy. Faced with this situation, in my medical practice and in my second opinion telephone coaching sessions with patients of other practitioners, I absolutely insist on basal temperatures being part of the equation."
Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames feel that there is an important role for basal body temperature in thyroid diagnosis and management, and offer detailed suggestions and advice about this important question.

Read their detailed advice and thoughts on the basal body temperature issue..

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