Thyroid patients report despising their Endocrinologists—but here’s one you might just love!


I once cracked open an egg to find it had TWO shells.  And that oddity is equivalent to finding an Endocrinologist who supports the use of natural desiccated thyroid. 

Voila!! ~~ you can listen and talk to an Endo who does just that on this Thursday evening’s popular THYROID PATIENT COMMUNITY CALL on TalkShoe.

His name is Dr. Gary Pepper, Board Certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine, and Endocrinology and Metabolism and editor-in-chief of  Besides serving many years in distinguished leadership positions, he was selected as one of the top 100 physicians in New York City by New York Magazine and is also a featured expert with CNBC and ivillage on topics of diabetes and endocrinology. He states:  Almost daily I reread the words of Sir William Osler: “It’s often more important to know what sort of person this disease has than to know what disease the person has.”

i.e. this is one of a rare but growing breed of doctors who supports what we as thyroid patients already know–that desiccated thyroid is a five-star hypothyroid treatment and T4-only is about as effective as a doughnut diet for most. And lo and behold,  Dr. Pepper is an Endocrinologist! Of course, I can give no guarantees how he is as a doctor in his own office, but I do appreciate his understanding that T4-only treatment may not be the best way to treat hypo.

Join us this Thursday evening, 6 pm Pacific, 7 pm Mountain, 8 pm Central and 9 pm Eastern by clicking on the first link above titled Thyroid Patient Community Call.  When on that page, you’ll also see the exact day and time left before the call. You’ll be able to listen to the call right on your computer, or you can dial in and listen on your phone. There is also an option to talk one-on-one live with Dr. Pepper and Janie.

And remember: neither I or Dr. Pepper can offer personal medical advice or provide individual specific counseling. Those are between you and your personal physician.

***P.S.  PharmaTimes this month reported that this quarter’s sales of  Synthroid (levothyroxine) were up 3.7% to $134 million by Abbott Labs. Sad for most of those patients. If you know of someone who has been put on a T4 med, send them here: or to the audio page here: (third one down).

4 Responses to “Thyroid patients report despising their Endocrinologists—but here’s one you might just love!”

  1. Kara Smith

    Hi Janie & all,

    I just wanted to post a heads-up about a new thyroid book that focuses on Hashimoto’s. (hope this is an okay place to do it! If not, I’m sure Janie will fix it. 🙂 BTW – Janie, I *love* your book, and I’ve recommended it widely!)

    The book is by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, and he does an excellent job of referencing tons of medical journals. I found it extremely informative (did you know that many many people with Hashimoto’s also have gluten intolerance – because gliadin (gluten protein) and thyroid tissue are very similar, so the immune system will generally be attacking both!)

    Amazon has it. It’s Dr. Kharrazian’s first book; in addition to his practice, he does seminars three weekends per month around the country, and most of his patients are doctors or very difficult immunology patients.

    Amazon had “recommended” the book to me at the beginning of October, since I order so many thyroid books. (I think I’m up to 10 now – yikes!) Since my background is in science (physics), I really appreciated Dr. K’s generous referencing of medical journals and his very readable but still technical approach.

    Long story short, turns out his practice is less than 30 miles from me, so I made an appointment with him – just saw him tonight for a short initial case review. I would say that I’m quite impressed with him in person, and although his fees are *very* expensive, I think they may be really worth it for me. All in all, having read the book AND met its author, I can highly recommend reading “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism”.

    Best regards to all,

  2. Nan

    Thank you for posting this. I am an unconfirmed Celiac and have Hashimoto’s. With the reformulation of Armour, I developed a sensitivity to cellulose which has been as severe as the gluten sensitivity. Sure hope this book has some clues for me.

    The term ‘good doctor’ is an oxymoron. This guy sounds like an exception. Am running right over to Amazon…


  3. Lisa

    Dear Janie,

    I just finished listening to your wonderful interview with Dr. Pepper and immediately came to the site to look for the new research (May 2009) he promised to send you, that you said you would add to the site. I couldn’t find it anywhere, nor was there any update on your blog (it still refers to the ‘upcoming’ call with him) about it. Have you received it yet? If not, when do you expect it? Will you announce it on the home page when you get it? Sorry for all these questions, but I have an upcoming appt. with my endo and desperately need to convince her to give me a script for Cytomel.

    Much thanks for all the wonderful work you do!


    (From Janie: no, he never sent it. But I have found reference to the article he mentioned, and will post it by the end of the week, I hope.)

  4. Sherry martinez

    Want to find a dr for thyroid have had it for years f can’t get a lot of help


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