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Phenibut: Boost your confidence and reduce your stress (phenibut, nootropics, social anxiety, smart drugs, shyness, stress, anxiety Book 2)
Phenibut: Boost your confidence and reduce your stress (phenibut, nootropics, social anxiety, smart drugs, shyness, stress, anxiety Book 2)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars useful, 30 Sept. 2015
Having read all 3 books on this subject available at the time of posting this review, I found Brown's book, "Phenibut: A Scientific Guide" to be the most practically helpful, including recommending several reliable brands.

Next was this book and finally "Phenibut: Your Ultimate Guide". Each had something interesting and different, in addition to confirming the same benefits and the same dangers.

If you only want one, then Brown's book; he writes from personal experience as well as research. But it's worth getting all 3 and they're cheap.


Phenibut: A Scientific Guide to the Health Benefits & Precautions
Phenibut: A Scientific Guide to the Health Benefits & Precautions
Price: £2.14

5.0 out of 5 stars short but excellent, 30 Sept. 2015
Having read all 3 books on this subject available at the time of posting this review, I found this book to be the most practically helpful, including recommending several reliable brands.

Next was "Phenibut: Boost your confidence and reduce your stress " and finally "Phenibut: Your Ultimate Guide". Each had something interesting and different, in addition to confirming the same benefits and the same dangers.

If you only want one, then Brown's book; he writes from personal experience as well as research. But it's worth getting all 3 and they're cheap.


Phenibut: Your Ultimate Guide To Unlocking Your Social Side & More With This Powerful Pill
Phenibut: Your Ultimate Guide To Unlocking Your Social Side & More With This Powerful Pill
by Get Ahead
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.06

4.0 out of 5 stars useful, 30 Sept. 2015
Having read all 3 books on this subject available at the time of posting this review, I found Brown's book, "Phenibut: A Scientific Guide" to be the most practically helpful, including recommending several reliable brands.

Next was "Phenibut: Boost your confidence and reduce your stress " and finally this book. Each had something interesting and different, in addition to confirming the same benefits and the same dangers.

If you only want one, then Brown's book; he writes from personal experience as well as research. But it's worth getting all 3 and they're cheap.


Living With M.E.: The Chronic, Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome
Living With M.E.: The Chronic, Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome
by Dr Charles Shepherd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars fake illness, 20 Aug. 2015
No, I'm NOT saying you're faking it. Far from it but here's the thing. If your illness is really something else, if you've been diagnosed with a fake disease, there is no chance of recovery.

Since the 1970s, several new health issues and diseases have been “discovered”. In 1980, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia were first noted. High cholesterol wasn’t considered a widespread health problem until the 1970s, and Depression has become an epidemic. In 1982, Osteoporosis also became a health issue.

In fact, all these health issues have become closely related to undiagnosed or undertreated hypothyroidism.

Dr. John C. Lowe, has documented clear relationships between fibromyalgia and thyroid function. In fact, fibromyalgia patients benefit from thyroid treatment that includes the T3 hormone. Similarly, Dr. Raphael Kellman indicated that an underactive thyroid may be the cause of Chronic Fatigue.

From an article by Irene Aleger, “ The myth of osteoporosis began with the selling of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With no evidence that HRT would even prevent or treat osteoporosis, a major promotional campaign in 1982 by the pharmaceutical company producing the synthetic hormone, suggested that it could prevent this disfiguring and disabling disease. Most disturbing, was the idea promulgated that all women are at risk for osteoporosis, after menopause.” And as for depression, is there a woman with hypothyroid symptoms who has not at least been offered an anti-depressant by her doctor?

A human thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. For nearly 100 years, hypothyroid patients were given desiccated porcine thyroid (dried thyroid gland from pigs), and doses were increased until all symptoms were gone. Synthroid became the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism by the 1970s. This new drug contains only the storage thyroid hormone known as T4, leaving patients undertreated.

The truth is that when hypothyroid patients are not diagnosed, or are inadequately treated with T4-only medications, the pharmaceutical companies make a fortune from the drugs prescribed to treat what are essentially hypothyroid symptoms. Abbott Labs made $541.3 million in 2000 on Synthroid alone. SSRIs are widely prescribed for depression; add in the profit the drug companies make from statins for cholesterol, pain medications for fibromyalgia, sleep aids for CFS and Fosamax for osteoporosis and the amount is staggering.

Have you been told by your doctor that your thyroid test was normal? It’s meaningless because they only do the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. This was created in 1973. It is used to diagnose thyroid problems (doctors are told it’s the “gold standard”, but it measures a hormone from the pituitary gland, not the thyroid! A feedback loop exists in your body where the pituitary gland produces more or less thyroid stimulating hormone in response to the level of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream, and the thyroid produces more or less hormone based on the level of TSH.

Worse, the normal range for the TSH test has been lowered several times, (the AACE, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, now recommends a range from 0.3 to 3.0), yet patients are not diagnosed until the TSH is much higher than the 3.3. In the case of autoimmune thyroid problems, the TSH can be within the normal range, yet antibodies are attacking the thyroid. Even the AACE estimates that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffers from hypothyroidism.

Do you really want to pay that price?

All the above with thanks to thyroid patient Joyce Bickford and stopthethyroidmadness website:
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 28, 2016 4:55 PM BST


Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Mitochondria, Not Hypochondria (Diagnosing & Treating)
Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Mitochondria, Not Hypochondria (Diagnosing & Treating)
by Sarah Myhill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

5 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars fake illness, 20 Aug. 2015
No, I'm NOT saying you're faking it. Far from it but here's the thing. If your illness is really something else, if you've been diagnosed with a fake disease, there is no chance of recovery.

I admire Dr Myhill highly but, with greatest respect, CFS does NOT have many causes. That's the kind of wrong thinking that creates more problems.

Since the 1970s, several new health issues and diseases have been “discovered”. In 1980, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia were first noted. High cholesterol wasn’t considered a widespread health problem until the 1970s, and Depression has become an epidemic. In 1982, Osteoporosis also became a health issue.

In fact, all these health issues have become closely related to undiagnosed or undertreated hypothyroidism.

Dr. John C. Lowe, has documented clear relationships between fibromyalgia and thyroid function. In fact, fibromyalgia patients benefit from thyroid treatment that includes the T3 hormone. Similarly, Dr. Raphael Kellman indicated that an underactive thyroid may be the cause of Chronic Fatigue.

From an article by Irene Aleger, “ The myth of osteoporosis began with the selling of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With no evidence that HRT would even prevent or treat osteoporosis, a major promotional campaign in 1982 by the pharmaceutical company producing the synthetic hormone, suggested that it could prevent this disfiguring and disabling disease. Most disturbing, was the idea promulgated that all women are at risk for osteoporosis, after menopause.” And as for depression, is there a woman with hypothyroid symptoms who has not at least been offered an anti-depressant by her doctor?

A human thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. For nearly 100 years, hypothyroid patients were given desiccated porcine thyroid (dried thyroid gland from pigs), and doses were increased until all symptoms were gone. Synthroid became the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism by the 1970s. This new drug contains only the storage thyroid hormone known as T4, leaving patients undertreated.

The truth is that when hypothyroid patients are not diagnosed, or are inadequately treated with T4-only medications, the pharmaceutical companies make a fortune from the drugs prescribed to treat what are essentially hypothyroid symptoms. Abbott Labs made $541.3 million in 2000 on Synthroid alone. SSRIs are widely prescribed for depression; add in the profit the drug companies make from statins for cholesterol, pain medications for fibromyalgia, sleep aids for CFS and Fosamax for osteoporosis and the amount is staggering.

Have you been told by your doctor that your thyroid test was normal? It’s meaningless because they only do the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. This was created in 1973. It is used to diagnose thyroid problems (doctors are told it’s the “gold standard”, but it measures a hormone from the pituitary gland, not the thyroid! A feedback loop exists in your body where the pituitary gland produces more or less thyroid stimulating hormone in response to the level of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream, and the thyroid produces more or less hormone based on the level of TSH.

Worse, the normal range for the TSH test has been lowered several times, (the AACE, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, now recommends a range from 0.3 to 3.0), yet patients are not diagnosed until the TSH is much higher than the 3.3. In the case of autoimmune thyroid problems, the TSH can be within the normal range, yet antibodies are attacking the thyroid. Even the AACE estimates that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffers from hypothyroidism.

Do you really want to pay that price?

All the above with thanks to thyroid patient Joyce Bickford and stopthethyroidmadness website:
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 4, 2016 10:20 AM GMT


Beating Chronic Fatigue: Your step-by-step guide to complete recovery
Beating Chronic Fatigue: Your step-by-step guide to complete recovery
by Dr Kristina Downing-Orr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars fake illness, 20 Aug. 2015
No, I'm NOT saying you're faking it. Far from it but here's the thing. If your illness is really something else, if you've been diagnosed with a fake disease, there is no chance of recovery.

Since the 1970s, several new health issues and diseases have been “discovered”. In 1980, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia were first noted. High cholesterol wasn’t considered a widespread health problem until the 1970s, and Depression has become an epidemic. In 1982, Osteoporosis also became a health issue.

In fact, all these health issues have become closely related to undiagnosed or undertreated hypothyroidism.

Dr. John C. Lowe, has documented clear relationships between fibromyalgia and thyroid function. In fact, fibromyalgia patients benefit from thyroid treatment that includes the T3 hormone. Similarly, Dr. Raphael Kellman indicated that an underactive thyroid may be the cause of Chronic Fatigue.

From an article by Irene Aleger, “ The myth of osteoporosis began with the selling of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With no evidence that HRT would even prevent or treat osteoporosis, a major promotional campaign in 1982 by the pharmaceutical company producing the synthetic hormone, suggested that it could prevent this disfiguring and disabling disease. Most disturbing, was the idea promulgated that all women are at risk for osteoporosis, after menopause.” And as for depression, is there a woman with hypothyroid symptoms who has not at least been offered an anti-depressant by her doctor?

A human thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. For nearly 100 years, hypothyroid patients were given desiccated porcine thyroid (dried thyroid gland from pigs), and doses were increased until all symptoms were gone. Synthroid became the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism by the 1970s. This new drug contains only the storage thyroid hormone known as T4, leaving patients undertreated.

The truth is that when hypothyroid patients are not diagnosed, or are inadequately treated with T4-only medications, the pharmaceutical companies make a fortune from the drugs prescribed to treat what are essentially hypothyroid symptoms. Abbott Labs made $541.3 million in 2000 on Synthroid alone. SSRIs are widely prescribed for depression; add in the profit the drug companies make from statins for cholesterol, pain medications for fibromyalgia, sleep aids for CFS and Fosamax for osteoporosis and the amount is staggering.

Have you been told by your doctor that your thyroid test was normal? It’s meaningless because they only do the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. This was created in 1973. It is used to diagnose thyroid problems (doctors are told it’s the “gold standard”, but it measures a hormone from the pituitary gland, not the thyroid! A feedback loop exists in your body where the pituitary gland produces more or less thyroid stimulating hormone in response to the level of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream, and the thyroid produces more or less hormone based on the level of TSH.

Worse, the normal range for the TSH test has been lowered several times, (the AACE, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, now recommends a range from 0.3 to 3.0), yet patients are not diagnosed until the TSH is much higher than the 3.3. In the case of autoimmune thyroid problems, the TSH can be within the normal range, yet antibodies are attacking the thyroid. Even the AACE estimates that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffers from hypothyroidism.

Do you really want to pay that price?

All the above with thanks to thyroid patient Joyce Bickford and stopthethyroidmadness website:
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 4, 2016 10:22 AM GMT


From Fatigued to Fantastic: A Clinically Proven Program to Regain Vibrant Health and Overcome Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
From Fatigued to Fantastic: A Clinically Proven Program to Regain Vibrant Health and Overcome Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
by Jacob Teitelbaum
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars fake illness, 20 Aug. 2015
No, I'm NOT saying you're faking it. Far from it but here's the thing. If your illness is really something else, if you've been diagnosed with a fake disease, there is no chance of recovery.

Since the 1970s, several new health issues and diseases have been “discovered”. In 1980, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia were first noted. High cholesterol wasn’t considered a widespread health problem until the 1970s, and Depression has become an epidemic. In 1982, Osteoporosis also became a health issue.

In fact, all these health issues have become closely related to undiagnosed or undertreated hypothyroidism.

Dr. John C. Lowe, has documented clear relationships between fibromyalgia and thyroid function. In fact, fibromyalgia patients benefit from thyroid treatment that includes the T3 hormone. Similarly, Dr. Raphael Kellman indicated that an underactive thyroid may be the cause of Chronic Fatigue.

From an article by Irene Aleger, “ The myth of osteoporosis began with the selling of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With no evidence that HRT would even prevent or treat osteoporosis, a major promotional campaign in 1982 by the pharmaceutical company producing the synthetic hormone, suggested that it could prevent this disfiguring and disabling disease. Most disturbing, was the idea promulgated that all women are at risk for osteoporosis, after menopause.” And as for depression, is there a woman with hypothyroid symptoms who has not at least been offered an anti-depressant by her doctor?

A human thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. For nearly 100 years, hypothyroid patients were given desiccated porcine thyroid (dried thyroid gland from pigs), and doses were increased until all symptoms were gone. Synthroid became the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism by the 1970s. This new drug contains only the storage thyroid hormone known as T4, leaving patients undertreated.

The truth is that when hypothyroid patients are not diagnosed, or are inadequately treated with T4-only medications, the pharmaceutical companies make a fortune from the drugs prescribed to treat what are essentially hypothyroid symptoms. Abbott Labs made $541.3 million in 2000 on Synthroid alone. SSRIs are widely prescribed for depression; add in the profit the drug companies make from statins for cholesterol, pain medications for fibromyalgia, sleep aids for CFS and Fosamax for osteoporosis and the amount is staggering.

Have you been told by your doctor that your thyroid test was normal? It’s meaningless because they only do the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. This was created in 1973. It is used to diagnose thyroid problems (doctors are told it’s the “gold standard”, but it measures a hormone from the pituitary gland, not the thyroid! A feedback loop exists in your body where the pituitary gland produces more or less thyroid stimulating hormone in response to the level of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream, and the thyroid produces more or less hormone based on the level of TSH.

Worse, the normal range for the TSH test has been lowered several times, (the AACE, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, now recommends a range from 0.3 to 3.0), yet patients are not diagnosed until the TSH is much higher than the 3.3. In the case of autoimmune thyroid problems, the TSH can be within the normal range, yet antibodies are attacking the thyroid. Even the AACE estimates that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffers from hypothyroidism.

Do you really want to pay that price?

All the above with thanks to thyroid patient Joyce Bickford and stopthethyroidmadness website:
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 27, 2016 12:43 AM BST


Fibromyalgia For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Fibromyalgia For Dummies, 2nd Edition
by Roland Staud
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars fake illness, 20 Aug. 2015
No, I'm NOT saying you're faking it. Far from it but here's the thing. If your illness is really something else, if you've been diagnosed with a fake disease, there is no chance of recovery.

Since the 1970s, several new health issues and diseases have been “discovered”. In 1980, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia were first noted. High cholesterol wasn’t considered a widespread health problem until the 1970s, and Depression has become an epidemic. In 1982, Osteoporosis also became a health issue.

In fact, all these health issues have become closely related to undiagnosed or undertreated hypothyroidism.

Dr. John C. Lowe, has documented clear relationships between fibromyalgia and thyroid function. In fact, fibromyalgia patients benefit from thyroid treatment that includes the T3 hormone. Similarly, Dr. Raphael Kellman indicated that an underactive thyroid may be the cause of Chronic Fatigue.

From an article by Irene Aleger, “ The myth of osteoporosis began with the selling of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With no evidence that HRT would even prevent or treat osteoporosis, a major promotional campaign in 1982 by the pharmaceutical company producing the synthetic hormone, suggested that it could prevent this disfiguring and disabling disease. Most disturbing, was the idea promulgated that all women are at risk for osteoporosis, after menopause.” And as for depression, is there a woman with hypothyroid symptoms who has not at least been offered an anti-depressant by her doctor?

A human thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. For nearly 100 years, hypothyroid patients were given desiccated porcine thyroid (dried thyroid gland from pigs), and doses were increased until all symptoms were gone. Synthroid became the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism by the 1970s. This new drug contains only the storage thyroid hormone known as T4, leaving patients undertreated.

The truth is that when hypothyroid patients are not diagnosed, or are inadequately treated with T4-only medications, the pharmaceutical companies make a fortune from the drugs prescribed to treat what are essentially hypothyroid symptoms. Abbott Labs made $541.3 million in 2000 on Synthroid alone. SSRIs are widely prescribed for depression; add in the profit the drug companies make from statins for cholesterol, pain medications for fibromyalgia, sleep aids for CFS and Fosamax for osteoporosis and the amount is staggering.

Have you been told by your doctor that your thyroid test was normal? It’s meaningless because they only do the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. This was created in 1973. It is used to diagnose thyroid problems (doctors are told it’s the “gold standard”, but it measures a hormone from the pituitary gland, not the thyroid! A feedback loop exists in your body where the pituitary gland produces more or less thyroid stimulating hormone in response to the level of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream, and the thyroid produces more or less hormone based on the level of TSH.

Worse, the normal range for the TSH test has been lowered several times, (the AACE, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, now recommends a range from 0.3 to 3.0), yet patients are not diagnosed until the TSH is much higher than the 3.3. In the case of autoimmune thyroid problems, the TSH can be within the normal range, yet antibodies are attacking the thyroid. Even the AACE estimates that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffers from hypothyroidism.

Do you really want to pay that price?

All the above with thanks to thyroid patient Joyce Bickford and stopthethyroidmadness website:
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 4, 2016 10:25 AM GMT


Fibromyalgia: A Guide to Understanding the Journey
Fibromyalgia: A Guide to Understanding the Journey
by Shelly Bolton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.29

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars fake illness, 20 Aug. 2015
No, I'm NOT saying you're faking it. Far from it but here's the thing. If your illness is really something else, if you've been diagnosed with a fake disease, there is no chance of recovery.

Since the 1970s, several new health issues and diseases have been “discovered”. In 1980, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia were first noted. High cholesterol wasn’t considered a widespread health problem until the 1970s, and Depression has become an epidemic. In 1982, Osteoporosis also became a health issue.

In fact, all these health issues have become closely related to undiagnosed or undertreated hypothyroidism.

Dr. John C. Lowe, has documented clear relationships between fibromyalgia and thyroid function. In fact, fibromyalgia patients benefit from thyroid treatment that includes the T3 hormone. Similarly, Dr. Raphael Kellman indicated that an underactive thyroid may be the cause of Chronic Fatigue.

From an article by Irene Aleger, “ The myth of osteoporosis began with the selling of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With no evidence that HRT would even prevent or treat osteoporosis, a major promotional campaign in 1982 by the pharmaceutical company producing the synthetic hormone, suggested that it could prevent this disfiguring and disabling disease. Most disturbing, was the idea promulgated that all women are at risk for osteoporosis, after menopause.” And as for depression, is there a woman with hypothyroid symptoms who has not at least been offered an anti-depressant by her doctor?

A human thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. For nearly 100 years, hypothyroid patients were given desiccated porcine thyroid (dried thyroid gland from pigs), and doses were increased until all symptoms were gone. Synthroid became the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism by the 1970s. This new drug contains only the storage thyroid hormone known as T4, leaving patients undertreated.

The truth is that when hypothyroid patients are not diagnosed, or are inadequately treated with T4-only medications, the pharmaceutical companies make a fortune from the drugs prescribed to treat what are essentially hypothyroid symptoms. Abbott Labs made $541.3 million in 2000 on Synthroid alone. SSRIs are widely prescribed for depression; add in the profit the drug companies make from statins for cholesterol, pain medications for fibromyalgia, sleep aids for CFS and Fosamax for osteoporosis and the amount is staggering.

Have you been told by your doctor that your thyroid test was normal? It’s meaningless because they only do the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. This was created in 1973. It is used to diagnose thyroid problems (doctors are told it’s the “gold standard”, but it measures a hormone from the pituitary gland, not the thyroid! A feedback loop exists in your body where the pituitary gland produces more or less thyroid stimulating hormone in response to the level of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream, and the thyroid produces more or less hormone based on the level of TSH.

Worse, the normal range for the TSH test has been lowered several times, (the AACE, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, now recommends a range from 0.3 to 3.0), yet patients are not diagnosed until the TSH is much higher than the 3.3. In the case of autoimmune thyroid problems, the TSH can be within the normal range, yet antibodies are attacking the thyroid. Even the AACE estimates that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffers from hypothyroidism.

Do you really want to pay that price?

All the above with thanks to thyroid patient Joyce Bickford and stopthethyroidmadness website:


Living with Fibromyalgia: New Edition (Overcoming Common Problems)
Living with Fibromyalgia: New Edition (Overcoming Common Problems)
by Christine Craggs-Hinton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars fake illness, 20 Aug. 2015
No, I'm NOT saying you're faking it. Far from it, but here's the thing. If your illness is really something else, if you've been diagnosed with a fake disease, there is no chance of recovery.

Since the 1970s, several new health issues and diseases have been “discovered”. In 1980, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia were first noted. High cholesterol wasn’t considered a widespread health problem until the 1970s, and Depression has become an epidemic. In 1982, Osteoporosis also became a health issue.

In fact, all these health issues have become closely related to undiagnosed or undertreated hypothyroidism.

Dr. John C. Lowe, has documented clear relationships between fibromyalgia and thyroid function. In fact, fibromyalgia patients benefit from thyroid treatment that includes the T3 hormone. Similarly, Dr. Raphael Kellman indicated that an underactive thyroid may be the cause of Chronic Fatigue.

From an article by Irene Aleger, “ The myth of osteoporosis began with the selling of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With no evidence that HRT would even prevent or treat osteoporosis, a major promotional campaign in 1982 by the pharmaceutical company producing the synthetic hormone, suggested that it could prevent this disfiguring and disabling disease. Most disturbing, was the idea promulgated that all women are at risk for osteoporosis, after menopause.” And as for depression, is there a woman with hypothyroid symptoms who has not at least been offered an anti-depressant by her doctor?

A human thyroid produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin. For nearly 100 years, hypothyroid patients were given desiccated porcine thyroid (dried thyroid gland from pigs), and doses were increased until all symptoms were gone. Synthroid became the treatment of choice for hypothyroidism by the 1970s. This new drug contains only the storage thyroid hormone known as T4, leaving patients undertreated.

The truth is that when hypothyroid patients are not diagnosed, or are inadequately treated with T4-only medications, the pharmaceutical companies make a fortune from the drugs prescribed to treat what are essentially hypothyroid symptoms. Abbott Labs made $541.3 million in 2000 on Synthroid alone. SSRIs are widely prescribed for depression; add in the profit the drug companies make from statins for cholesterol, pain medications for fibromyalgia, sleep aids for CFS and Fosamax for osteoporosis and the amount is staggering.

Have you been told by your doctor that your thyroid test was normal? It’s meaningless because they only do the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. This was created in 1973. It is used to diagnose thyroid problems (doctors are told it’s the “gold standard”, but it measures a hormone from the pituitary gland, not the thyroid! A feedback loop exists in your body where the pituitary gland produces more or less thyroid stimulating hormone in response to the level of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream, and the thyroid produces more or less hormone based on the level of TSH.

Worse, the normal range for the TSH test has been lowered several times, (the AACE, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, now recommends a range from 0.3 to 3.0), yet patients are not diagnosed until the TSH is much higher than the 3.3. In the case of autoimmune thyroid problems, the TSH can be within the normal range, yet antibodies are attacking the thyroid. Even the AACE estimates that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffers from hypothyroidism.

Do you really want to pay that price?

All the above with thanks to thyroid patient Joyce Bickford and stopthethyroidmadness website:
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 4, 2016 5:53 PM BST


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