Clive (cool name btw), it doesn' take fancy doctoring to solve thyroid problems...you just get a full thyroid panel (TSH, free T4, Free T3. reverse T3, and the two thyroid antibody tests) and you use this info from Life Extension to interpret it: http://www.lef.org/protocols/appendix/blood_testing_02.htm This article cites studies which show that if your TSH >= 2.0, you can lower your cholesterol by taking thyroid hormone (which proves that TSH should be < 2.0, a value RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SO-CALLED NORMAL RANGE). There is no scientific basis for the reference ra nge of thyroid hormones and that is why LOTS of peopel have thyroid trouble and remain undiagnosed. So...if your thyroid is normal but just not getting the input it needs, you can try a product like this that supplies everything the thyroid needs to make its hormones: http://www.iherb.com/Thorne-Research-Thyrocsin-Thyroid-Cofactors-60-Veggie-Caps/21588 If you have allergies or possibly due to infections you may use up zinc faster than normal (as I do) and supplementing zinc (beyond what is in this supplement) may help (but you know if you supplement zinc you must also supplement copper). Also if you eat low protein or need to make skin to heal (ths need more protein) you may need extra tyrosine, the amino acid that thyroxin is made out of. I take 1 g tyrosine/day also in addition to the supplement above. I also want to say that a good multi should contain everything that is in the product above so check your multi and if it does not then I'd find a new multi. I get TSH blood tests online either through www.lef.org or www.directlabs.com. So...you need not be dependent on a great doctor unless you atill have problems after the above (such as maybe nodules on your thyroid or if this doc can actually heal you from any residual virus or whatever). Also I want to point out one possible problem regarding thyroid...most commercial breads contain bromide which is a halogen and can replace iodine, which your thyroid needs. I have not investigated yet how much of an effect that has. I was just talking to a woman today whose doctor told her not to eat any bread because of her thyroid and we were just speculating that homemade bread w/o bromide might be just fine.