1) business conversations DIRECT PATIENT-TO-PATIENT COACHING (fee-based) 

with Janie A. Bowthorpe, M.Ed, the creator of STTM and observer and messenger of patient experiences for over 13 years. Read about it here.


POSITIVES ABOUT GROUPS: Informative admins, potential for good friendships, for patients ONLY.

RULES ABOUT MOST GROUPS: NOT for medical professionals, NOT for business promotion or mention of ANY kind, NOT to be a substitute for a relationship and guidance from a good doctor. Work with your doctor!

DISCLAIMER: By using any patient discussion groups, you are agreeing that it’s at your own risk, and that STTM and anyone related to STTM takes no responsibility for decisions you decide to make by using them. Work with your doctor’s guidance–groups are NOT supposed to replace that. The list below is not in any order. You just need to find the one that you like the best…for YOU! 

A. Internet discussion groups (non-Facebook, run by patients, for patients)

  • Natural Thyroid Hormones International Yahoo group (NTH): This friendly and helpful yahoo group was started by Janie in 2002, continuing strongly today as patient-to-patient with excellent moderators, and focuses on the use of desiccated thyroid or T3 rather than T4-only. You have to request membership and give information about yourself. For Patients Only.
  • NTH Europe Yahoo group: This NTH group was started in 2010 and specifically for Europeans-only to discuss finding good doctors, good clinics and the use of natural desiccated thyroid or T3, etc in Europe. You will need to prove you are in Europe when you ask to join, otherwise, you will not be approved. Once in this group, you’ll see mention in the Files of Sheila’s TPA-UK group, another good one.  For Patients Only.
  • NTH Children Parents Group: Started in April 2011, and specifically for parents or legal guardians of children who are hypothyroid, or you suspect they might be.  Do not ask to join if you don’t have children. Requires approval of your membership request. For Parents Only. You need to be working with a doctor for your children–this should NOT replace that.
  • T3CM for low morning cortisol This patient-to-patient group focuses on the T3 Circadian Method, but also looks at many issues around adrenal function, including MTHFR, HPA feedback loop and more. You cannot have hypopituitary, Addison’s or untreated Diabetes for this to work.

B. Facebook FTPO (For Thyroid Patients only) discussion groups 

NOTE: Janie does not run these groups, nor approve memberships. They are run by a management team of very wise patients. You will see Janie’s name as an Admin in these groups—that is simply from before when she used to manage them.   

These groups attempt to provide “solid, repeated patient experiences and wisdom”, both in the past (which is solid) and which is still being learned today in new ways. They are “closed groups”, which means no one outside the group can see your post. NOTE: You won’t be approved unless the admins can see EITHER your friends list or your wall posts. You can close them up after approval.

Remember: NOT to be a replacement for the relationship and guidance you have with your doctor. Information only to help you in working with your doctor’s guidance. You agree that participating in patient groups is at your own risk. 

      • FTPO THYROID TOPICS discussion group A friendly and large patient group for good feedback and support about thyroid issues, run by patients just like you. NOTE: this is a new one and replaces the 24,000+ member group, which is now not seen anymore.
      • FTPO ADRENALS discussion group  for use of HC, adaptogens, ACE, etc.   Discusses issues related to adrenals, aldosterone, symptoms, HC, adaptogens, ACE, glandulars, etc.
      • FTPO T3-ONLY For those who have reason to be on T3-only..
      • FTPO GUT issues group  Specifically for those who have gut issues of any kind, or gluten Intolerance or Celiac. Great recipes and links are shared here.
      • FTPO WITHOUT A THYROID group Specifically for those without a thyroid talking about unique issues because of being thyroidless, plus about RAI, thyroid surgery, and better thyroid medications, etc.
      • FTPO THYCA group For those who have thyroid cancer, or are a survivor of thyroid cancer! Discussion on the different types, treatments, challenges and more.
      • FTPO LYME group For those who as suspicious or have confirmation of having the bacteria related to Lyme. This Lyme group attempts to be open-minded about treatments and positive.
      • FTPO Parents of Hypothyroid Children’s group–for parents of children who are hypo. You can share your concerns about your children.
      • FTPO OFFICIAL SEX HORMONES group (as related to your hypothyroid condition)  For those with hypothyroid and hormonal issues. This was re-established to be a more open-minded and friendly group. Enjoy!!
      • FTPO CANADA Thyroid group For Canadians only.
      • FTPO UK and EUROPEAN THYROID group  Specifically for those who live in Europe and who want to chat about issues related to their counties and regions.
      • FTPO AUSTRALIA THYROID group For those in Australia who want a friendly and informative nature to their discussions!
      • FTPO SPANISH ONLY THYROID group  Strictly spanish speakers.

C. More Good Groups (Discussion or Information): 

***Know other good patient groups related to thyroid or issues associated?  

To be listed here, STTM would like to see groups which are positive and supportive towards its members, refrain from bashing other advocates or groups, open-minded about patient experiences and the wisdom gained from it past and present, and if STTM info is used, they give credit to where it came from. Use the Contact link below to let STTM know.
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