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The Thyroid Solution [Hardcover]

Ridha Arem
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7 Dec 2000
It's sometimes called a hidden epidemic: One in ten Americans--more than twenty million people--has a thyroid disorder. At any given time, millions of people have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder and experience a chronic mental anguish that almost certainly arises from the very same source. This health crisis flourishes in the shadows of the medical community because many primary-care doctors still don't recognize the importance of the thyroid in mind-body health. In fact, when they do diagnose a thyroid disorder, they treat it as a simple physical problem rather than what it really is: a complex blow to the body and mind--and an increasingly common cause of clinical depression, weight gain, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, memory loss, anxiety, and other disorders. It's time to treat the source and not the symptom!

The Thyroid Solution is the first mind-body approach to identifying and curing thyroid imbalances. Written by a medical pioneer and leading authority in the field of thyroid research, this groundbreaking book offers Dr. Ridha Arem's practical program for maintaining thyroid health through diet, exercise, and stress control--and through his revolutionary medical plan, which combines two types of hormone treatments with astounding results. Inside you'll discover

- The thyroid basics--what it is, where it is, what it does
- How thyroid hormones affect the brain and alter mood, emotions, and behavior
- The difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and why both conditions are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed
- What tests to ask your doctor to give you--and what they mean
- The facts your physician may not know about your thyroid, depression, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome
- The vital connection between stress and thyroid imbalance
- The benefits of antioxidants and essential fatty-acid foods and supplements
- How to recognize and cure the deep and lingering effects of a thyroid imbalance
- How thyroid hormone can work as an antidepressant when your thyroid gland is normal and conventional antidepressants have failed

Filled with remarkable and dramatic patient histories and interviews that document the dramatic results of Dr. Arem's bold new treatments, The Thyroid Solution now gives you and your doctor the tools you need to live a life with peace of mind . . . and body.


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  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; 1 edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345429192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345429193
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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98 of 98 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Your Doctor 23 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
People with thyroid disease face several critical challenges:
1. Recognizing their own various and seemingly unrelated symptoms as a potential thyroid problem, and getting their doctor to recognize the symptoms as well
2. Having the thyroid tests interpreted liberally enough to catch many low-level cases of thyroid problems.
3. Getting the right dosage of the right medicine.
4. Convincing the doctor to even recognize the symptoms, and test for a thyroid problem.
5. Once diagnosed, treated, at optimal thyroid hormone blood levels, and on the right mix of thyroid drugs...figuring out what to do you do if you STILL don't feel well?
Ridha Arem's book does an excellent, fairly groundbreaking job on points 1 and 2. Unlike the other currently available patient-directed books on thyroid disease, Dr. Arem's book talks honestly and openly about symptoms such as brain fog, depression, loss of libido, weight gain, anxiety, and many others. These are symptoms that all too frequently, doctors either deny, ignore, don't recognize, or attribute to causes other than the thyroid. Arem has also researched and analyzed the relationship of thyroid disease to brain chemistry, and resulting depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and other mental and emotional effects -- in great depth. This is a subject simply not covered in any of the current thyroid-related books available to patients. It is to Dr. Arem's credit that he has greatly added to the scientific understanding of the mind-thyroid relationship.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't recommend this book enough! 16 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I run a support group in England and this book re-iterates everything I have been telling my members. I have so many people telephone me with the same problem "I have been tested and it comes back "normal" or "borderline". "I feel so ill, and no-one will listen to me". Perhaps now some of our British doctors will be able to read this and realise that they can't keep sticking to the "range" so rigidly whilst so many women are ill. Lyn Mynott
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, easy to read . Very throrough. 23 Jan 2002
Format:Paperback
If you want a book that will incease your knowledge and give you confidence that your problems are recognised and treatable this is the book for you.
It is well written, easy to read. Covers topics in detail and includes up to date thinking on the subject.
A must for all Thyroid problem sufferers, buy one for your local doctors - after reading this book you will know more than they do.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At last a book that made me feel I was not going around the bend! A must have for every thyroid suffer as it helps explain why we feel like we do and how we can learn to cope with the problems that are caused by the Thyroid. I found it very easy to read and gave me a clearer understanding of the function of the thyroid.This book made me realise that I was not alone with my problems.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
THE THYROID SOLUTION by Ridha Arem, M.D. not only provides a vast amount of information regarding many types of thyroid disease but also underscores numerous readers' many insecurities and doubts evolving from years of being ill and seeing physcians that were unsupportive and not medically helpful. Furthermore, the case examples cited in this book are clearly very real, thus making the book read like a story. Consequently, this storybook quality enables the reader to cover many chapters of information in one sitting.
In conclusion, THE THYROID SOLUTION by Ridha Arem, M.D. is a one-of-a-kind resource that should be distributed to all patients with thyroid disease as well as practicing physicians and also those in training. Without Dr. Arem's medical and psychological insights, patients and physicians will continue to operate in the blind which obviously does not promote sound physical or mental health.
Valerie N. Pugh
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive and clear 20 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is such an interesting and thoughtful book. Ridha Arem responds sensibly and sensitively to his patients, whilst keeping an open eye on current medical research. He gives detailed descriptions and examples so that the reader can really grasp the different ways that thyroid problems manifest themselves. After reading this book patients can go to their own doctors with well organised thoughts about their condition and treatment options....
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Thyroid Bible 8 April 2003
Format:Paperback
If you have, or suspect you have, a thyroid problem then BUY THIS BOOK!! I was diagnosed 12 months ago but felt like I was just treading water. I bought this book after reading other Amazon reviews - and I'm glad I did.
There is a chapter entitled 'No you're not making it up', which kind of sums up everything for me. The whole book reassures, educates and warns you about what to expect. Some parts are a little scary and could turn you into a hypochondriac - but on the whole I feel better informed and am ready for a clash with my GP.
I wish this guy was based in the UK because I'd book myself an appointment with him tomorrow!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Anyone With Thyroid Disorder
Bought this for my partner who has had a Thyroid problem for about 3 years and despite the doctors telling her that her blood levels were normal she has always said she didn't feel... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by foxtrotter
5.0 out of 5 stars The thyroid solution
This book is very informative and a must read for all women. I wish I had this information at hand 30 years ago. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Mrs. M. A. D'souza
3.0 out of 5 stars somewhat outdated now
I have been researching thyroid imbalances for over a decade, have read most of the books on the subject, and this was one of the better books, ahead of its time, when first... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2009 by D&D
5.0 out of 5 stars Jules
This is a fantastic book for anyone suffering from a thyroid disorder.I found this book excellent in that it helps you understand and it tells you a lot more than your Dr probably... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2007 by Copperfox
4.0 out of 5 stars a useful book but not a helpful reference
I would have preferred to have a book that gave greater detail of exactly how the chemical processes in the brain worked and were affected - with more diagrams. Read more
Published on 9 May 2003 by sapphire
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally
I have suffered from a thyroid condition for 15 of my 30 years. Finally there is book that discusses the mental problems that are associated with this problem. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 1999
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