Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield (UK) MB BS LRCP MRCS
He qualified at Guy’s Hospital in 1960 and worked for two years in the Croydon Hospitals before entering general practice. Increasing disenchantment with the NHS decided him to enter private practice where he at once felt drawn to the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid problems. Much impressed by the work of Dr Broda Barnes in the USA, he visited the Barnes Foundation and returned to the UK determined to improve the lot of patients with thyroid illness.
His emphasis on the use of clinical diagnosis, both of thyroid and adrenal problems, and a holistic approach using non-synthetic treatment, enjoyed a great deal of success but brought him into conflict with establishment medicine. He finally decided to retire from active medical practice to study nutrition, write and lecture. He wrote The Great Thyroid Scandal and How to Survive it (now revised as Your Thyroid and How to Keep it Healthy) for the general reader: to give people a deeper understanding of both thyroid and adrenal illness and enable them to play a knowledgeable part in the management of their treatment.
Dr Durrant-Peatfield now lectures and holds nutritional clinics specialising in metabolic health throughout the UK. He is Patron and a medical adviser of Thyroid Patient Advocacy-UK.
Dr Malcolm Maclean MD (UAE)
A Scot and graduate of Cambridge University and Westminster Hospital Medical School, developed an interest in Thyroid disorders, having himself been diagnosed as being hypothyroid in his 50s.
Mainly practicing in the fields of general practice and child health, Dr Maclean undertook epidemiological and biochemical laboratory research into the causes of birth defects, focussing on the possible role of a thiol enzyme (COMT) as a factor in these disorders. He has a continuing interest in the possible role of thiol enzyme defects in the development of disease.
As a Scot, he is particularly interested in the view that Scots, as a Celtic race, are particularly at risk to hypothyroidism. That view, proposes that races which historically were forever on the brink of starvation, developed an “Off” switch of their thyroid system which is on a “Hair trigger”. Viewed in evolutionary terms, families which did not develop that hair trigger (In order to precipitate a conservation mode at a time of starvation) tended not survive.
He has been ostracised by the GMC for (Inter alia) diagnosing thyroid cases with “normal” labs (As have so many other doctors).
He now perceives that a new dawn in medicine is approaching, which will based on a clearer understanding, acceptance and response to the causes of disease, thanks largely to the Internet.
Kent Holtorf MD.
Kent Holtorf, M.D. is the medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group and the nation-wide Holtorf Medical Group Affiliate Centers, providing physicians a turn-key program for a successful cash-based anti-aging practice. Dr. Holtorf is also the medical director of the non-profit National Academy of Hypothyroidism; fellowship lecturer for ABAAM; The Endocrinology Expert for AOL Health and founding director of the non-profit Bioidentical Hormone Initiative.
Dr. Holtorf has published a number of peer-reviewed endocrine reviews, including on the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones, inaccuracies of standard thyroid testing, testosterone replacement for men and women, the diagnosis and treatment of growth hormone deficiency and on the diagnosis and treatment of HPA axis dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. He is also a reviewer for the journal Endocrine, Postgraduate Medicine and Pharmacy Practice.
He has personally trained numerous physicians across the country in the use of bioidentical hormones, hypothyroidism, complex endocrine dysfunction and innovative treatments of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic infectious diseases, including Lyme disease.
He has been a featured guest on numerous TV shows, CNBC, ABC News, CNN, EXTRA TV, Discovery Health, The Learning Channel, The Today Show, Dr. Dean Edell, Glenn Beck, Nancy Grace, Fox Business, ESPN, Rush Limbaugh, CBS Sunday Morning, Sean Hannity, So Cal News and quoted in numerous print media including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, US New and World Report, San Francisco Chronicle (front page), WebMD, Health, Elle, Better Homes and Garden, US Weekly, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, New York Daily News, Self magazine among many others.
Dr Gina Honeyman (US) - Fundemental Physiology LLC
Nearly nine years old, scared and bored, wandering in a small-town hospital hallway while my Mother was admitted for her radical mastectomoy, the lab tec. noticed me and offered to let me peek into his microscope. A new universe of life opened to me and my interest in science was captured. I wanted to find ways to help my Mother and hoped to avoid the cascade of health problems that followed her cancer surgery. As our family walked through the ‘Revolving Door” of Doctors’ offices and hospitals to search for help for her, we found more frustrations than solutions to problems. My attention focoused on the idea of health. What is health.
Naturally, I chose a career in health care. My experiences as a registered respiratory therapist in the adult intensive care units, ER, and neonatal intensive care unit and the transport team were an invaluable education. The approach to care was surprisingly holistic and this background continues to enhance my diagnostic and treatment skills. However, while crisis management was essential, there were other aspects of healing that became more interesting to me. I knew that health encompassed much more than avoiding death so my focus shifted to teaching people about health. I chose Parker College of Chiropractic for it’s philosophy of healing as well as education in health and wellness.
Upon graduation from chiropractic college in 1995 I opened my private practice in Tulsa, OK. My practice emphasized gentle chiropractic adjusting and myofascial therapy. My research activities began that year with participation in a multiple sclerosis study using an integrative approach to treatment. Chiropractic adjusting, nutritional supplements, meditation, and visual imagery were used with significant success for many of the participants.
I became intrigued with Dr. John Lowe's hypothesis that inadequate thyroid hormone regulation of the tissues was the culprit behind fibromyalgia symptoms. In 1996 I incorporated his research-based protocol into my practice. While effective for many patients, some did not respond as expected to the protocol. They needed some different diagnostics and therapies, so I quickly added functional medicine testing and treatment protocols. By addressing suboptimal adrenal gland function, hypoglycemia, and sex hormone imbalances my patients’ success rates increased to 85%. The research-based protocol evolved into what I termed “metabolic rehabilitation.” I gradually phased general chiropractic care and myofascial therapy out of my practice to focus exclusively on metabolic rehabilitation.
During the course of our marriage (1997-2006) Dr. Lowe and I combined our talents in research projects, co-authored several articles, and contributed to books by other authors. We co-authored a book titled "Your Guide to Metabolic Health.” (Publication List) While he and I no longer share a professional relationship, I still own the Center for Metabolic Health, LLC and formed a new business entity called Fundamental Physiology, LLC. I’m excited as I further my research in topics related to poor thyroid regulation, particularly in neuroendocrine disruption.
Dr Jacob Teitelbaum MD (US)
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z" and author of the best-selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery/Penguin Group), Pain Free 1-2-3 — A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now (McGraw-Hill), Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press 2003), Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), and his newest book Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press, July 15, 2011). Dr. Teitelbaum knows CFS/fibromyalgia as an insider — he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 25 years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatment.
Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends. He lives in Kona, Hawaii.
Dr. Teitelbaum lectures to patient, physician and research groups internationally. He is the lead author of groundbreaking “gold standard” research on effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, which was published in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, volume 8, number 2 in 2001.
In April 2002, he was editorialized in the Journal of the American Academy of Pain Management, where his integrative treatment protocol was recognized as “standard of practice” for chronic pain conditions
His latest study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine focused on the effects of a unique 5-carbon sugar called D-ribose for Fibromyalgia patients. The research found that 2/3 of the patients studied showed improvement after only 12 days of therapy. The average increase in energy was 45 percent, with an average 30 percent improvement in well-being. Corvalen, a proprietary D-ribose product of Bioenergy Life Science, Inc., is designed to improve the metabolic health of hearts and muscles and is used to provide nutritional support to sufferers of fibromyalgia, CFS and cardiovascular disease
His website provides a free, patented, symptom analysis program that can create a complete medical record of a patient's case and a treatment protocol to help patients and physicians determine the best course of treatment to get well.
Very highly qualified doctor who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons we understand, and who is, as he says, our "buttress - supporting us from the outside".
My name is Kate Kilkenny and I am the TPA Company Secretary.
I joined TPA in 2015 on a voluntary basis to assist on various projects and shortly after joining I was asked to take on the role of Secretary.
I'm a busy single parent juggling a full time role in the private sector alongside my voluntary work for TPA.
My reason for joining and supporting the TPA like many others is through my own personal experience of thyroid disease. In 2009 I had my thyroid removed due to the presence of a tumour, fortunately after the operation they were able to confirm the tumour was benign but I am now on medication for life and like many people turning to the TPA for support and advice I am not convinced that the current treatment programme in the NHS is the best it could be.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking & cycling and generally spending time in the great outdoors.
Our Charity, run by volunteers, has been on-going since October 2010
Sheila is founder of our website and online thyroid support forums. Although she lacks academic training, she has plenty of life experience - her main qualities being stickativeness, determination and at all times, a seeker after truth and justice - and this is what she offers by way of contribution to our Charity. Because of health problems as a child, she never had the opportunity of attending Grammar School, never took ‘O' or ‘A' levels examinations, so never went to University. She trained as a State Registered Nurse (SRN) at that famous hospital 'Jimmy's' in Leeds. She left nursing when she had her children and then worked mainly in administrative roles, ending up in the Admin Department of the Computer Laboratory at Cambridge University. She moved around the country when her husband sought promotion as a Hospital Administrator. She worked as a Higher Clerical Officer in the same hospital. Having moved to Cumbria she took up the post of Registrar at the College of Science and Technology in Whitehaven, Cumbria. When Howard sought early retirement, she set up the business of painting seriously and managed a group of 20 professional artists called "The Yorkshire Itinerants - Artists for Charity", buying their our own trailer and stands and travelled around Yorkshire putting on exhibitions wherever they could, raising thousands of pounds.