"Well, the good news is that your fasting insulin and leptin are just fine; no worries there. The bad news is that you have pretty severe thyroid hormone resistance -- in other words, you are, despite your low TSH (which is actually a pretty useless test since it doesn't measure anything directly, but by inference), very hypothyroid. Worse: until you get your ferritin and D levels *way* up, there's nothing you can do about it, since any medication will not be properly absorbed or used.
As for elevated RT3 in HCG patients, I'm not surprised -- but it's not the HCG causing that problem; rather a different and even worse double whammy. Here's what's happening:
1: The HCG turns adipose proto-fat cells into full fat cells, just waiting to be filled. Not good.
2: The Simeons' protocol -- as written -- drives up fasting insulin, sometimes into hyperinsulinemea, which drives fat storage over the long haul, once you're no longer starving yourself. Really bad.
3: The sub-starvation level calories, according to every thyroid medical textbook ever written, WILL, if done over an extended period of time (more than 2 or 3 weeks), CAUSE thyroid hormone resistance in the form of high RT3. The worst.
This is what women are doing to themselves (needlessly, as I've proven in my blog in so many ways), and this is why I started my blog to begin with. So that they could see, through Simeons' own words, logic, and science, and a live experiment -- working so well! -- what HCG doesn't do (open fat cells or help with weight loss in ANY way), and what it and the protocol as written does do: trash the metabolism, make insulin resistance worse, make more permanent fat cells, and promote thyroid hormone resistance.
Then they wonder why they keep gaining back the weight -- and so easily. It's a horrible downward spiral, and I am so happy that I have apparently helped some folks to see the light and give this up forever."
I was really discouraged after reading that, but have since spoken with her directly and we are going to work together to get this fixed. I have to bring up my Ferritin and Vit D levels before I can start the medication to fix my Reverse T3 issue. She said that even though it might take a little longer having to do it this way, it will be easier in some ways because once that is fixed, I don't have the insulin resistance or leptin resistance issues to conquer as well. I am happy that I have a way to fix my issues once and for all. It is going to take a little time, but it will be so worth it!