The Top Thyroid Websites: Pros and Cons

Thyroid Manager, Guttler, Endocrine Society and more

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If you search on "thyroid," you will get a list of thyroid websites on your results page. Let's take a look at some of these websites, their strengths, and weaknesses, and some information about them you may not know.

Thyroid Disease Manager

While it can be imposing, this site is very useful. Essentially a medical textbook online, the site features hundreds of pages of detailed information on every aspect of thyroid disease, from physiology to hormone action.

It is thorough and wonderful reference to have available free online. I would love to see it get a more fine-grained search feature, which would make the site even more helpful for patients.

Note: As the work-product of a number of conventional endocrinologists, this informative thyroid website takes a naturally conventional approach, staying away from alternative options.

Santa Monica Thyroid Diagnostic Center, Richard Guttler, MD

A commercial site with the purpose of selling Richard Guttler's cash-practice, thyroid second-opinion and laboratory services. Numerous patients have written to me to express concerns about the care they received, ask for guidance on how to get their money back, or ask how to file a complaint. Except for receiving dozens of emails from his dissatisfied former patients who wanted to get their money refunded, my only knowledge of him has been on the receiving end of his "bedside manner" in the past, when he emailed me a number of ranting emails, including the following: (note: the lack of proper capitalization and poor punctuation are his):

"i'm glad all the "fringes" are filling up your e mail, not mine. it makes my life easier dealing with only the mainstream thyroid patients who would never think of taking it will be natural designer organic bathtub thyroid personally brewed at your web site...dr.g"

It's obvious that he doesn't take kindly to patients who want to consider options that don't fit into his particularly narrow view of thyroid treatment, those of us he calls "the fringes."

You can also see this article about his response to thyroid patient empowerment and treatment options.

The Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society is primarily a site for professionals, but links to a sister site, The Hormone Foundation that provides endocrinologist referral listings plus a variety of helpful,  detailed patient fact sheets. Their home page maintains a good, frequently updated "Endocrinology in the News" summary. Overall, a decent site.

Note: both sites are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, and stay solely with a conventional/allopathic medicine focus. No alternative medicine approaches are discussed here, or at

American Thyroid Association

The American Thyroid Association is a group of approximately 900 U.S. and international physicians and scientists who specialize in the research and treatment of thyroid diseases. Their membership includes some of the more prominent conventional/allopathic thyroid experts in the country.

The home page features links to key news developments and recent journal articles. They have a decent selection of nicely produced basic patient information materials, available at

Note: While it is on appearance a "non-profit" site, it should be noted that this site and the ATA itself are commercially sponsored, with sponsors including AbbVie (maker of Synthroid), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genzyme Corp (maker of Thyrogen), Kronis Inc. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publisher of Thyroid, Monarch/Jones/King Pharmaceuticals, maker of Levoxyl and Cytomel, and Quest Diagnostics, maker of thyroid assays. As a conventional organization that is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, this organization also at times make decisions that are more in line with their corporate sponsors than with patients.

This is the home page for my books, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know, and Living Well With Autoimmune Disease: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know, patient information guides, and other patient information and advocacy materials. Thyroid-Info is one of the top-listed sites in most search engines, so I didn't want to leave it out, but can't "review" my own site!

Drop by and check it out yourself!

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association

ThyCA is a group whose origins are near and dear to my heart, having been founded in part by my friend, the late Ric Blake, who was an inspiration to thyroid cancer patients. ThyCa offers a good base of allopathic/conventional information for the newly diagnosed thyroid cancer patient, access to a variety of online and in-person support groups, annual conferences and various workshops, a free online low-iodine cookbook, and more. All in all, a great starting place for anyone who suspects thyroid cancer, or who has just been diagnosed.

Note: When reviewing ThyCa's information, again keep in mind that as a conventional organization that is sponsored in part by pharmaceutical companies, this organization does at times make decisions that are more in line with their corporate sponsors than with patients.

ThyCa, along with the American Thyroid Association, publicly and strongly defended Synthroid, despite vocal FDA concerns about the product's stability, potency.

Thyroid Federation International

An international organization that includes a number of groups in countries around the world.

Their thyroid patient information is fairly scanty, and it's clear that this site is a professionally oriented site, designed mainly to help connect thyroid associations around the world with each other.

Thyroid Foundation of Canada

A selection of very conventional patient information is featured at this site. Major drawback is that the site is not updated often, so there are outdated pages. All materials are available in English and French, which is an added feature. Canadian thyroid patients can access information about local thyroid support groups, public education meetings with medical experts, and a telephone help-line that the group runs.

Note: This group takes a very conservative, manage-by-the-numbers and "no alternative medicine" approach that often fits more with endocrinologist than patient philosophies.

Endocrineweb: Thyroid Gland

I've always liked Endocrineweb's conventional overview information on the thyroid and related endocrine conditions.

A good basic overview site that doesn't seem to have a particular agenda to promote.

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