An article in The Wall Street Journal, “U.S. Track’s Unconventional Physician” (Sara Germano & Kevin Clark) focusses on the work of an “unconventional” endocrinologist, Jeffrey S Brown, who believes that hypothyroidism can be caused in young athletes by the stress of the sport. Questions are raised as to whether Brown’s treatment of this in some star athletes might constitute “doping” in sport.
However, patient advocate Mary Shoman takes issue with the article, which she calls “a poorly researched, innuendo-filled article” on her About page – “Editorial: Controversy Over Diagnosing Hypothyroidism”. She asks “several nationally-known practitioners with expertise in thyroid and hormone balance to share their thoughts regarding this story”.