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and I want to acknowledge financial support and in-kind support to help us disseminate our thyroid educational materials and information about the foundation to the patients, the public, and physicians and support for our educational thyroid forums for patients.  This support has come from Abbott Laboratories, Jones Pharmaceuticals, Forest Laboratories, EMerck in Europe, and Watson Pharmaceuticals.

The Thyroid Foundation of America is the oldest and largest organization devoted to providing education and support for thyroid patients and increasing public awareness about thyroid issues.  We educate our members as well as thousands of others who visit our foundation website that the serum TSH is the most effective and precise way to monitor thyroid hormone therapy.  Because of the log linear relationship between thyroid hormone level and TSH, for every 2-fold change in the free thyroxine, the TSH level will change one 100-fold.

Without the reliability and accuracy of TSH measurements, patients with unrecognized hypothyroidism risk complications, including elevation of total and LDL cholesterol, fatigue, depression, decreased work

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