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basic introduction and sometimes wrong,
This review is from: Hormones, Health And Happiness: A Natural Medical Formula for Rediscovering Youth with Bioidentical Hormones (Paperback)
I bought this book because of the many rave reviews on Amazon.com but was disappointed. Guess what, when I went back and (now feeling suspicious) checked out those top-rated rave reviewers from back in May and June 2005, the vast majority had only this one review!
This is a basic introduction to some subjects. Compared to the Dr Susan's series of books on various steroid hormones and to Dr Hertoghe's "The Hormone Solution", I did not find it very useful on bioidentical hormones. It also has a number of questionnaires (I have never come across a helpful questionnaire, although I'm sure some have) and considers nutrition, yeast (fungal) overgrowth, and thyroid in a rather basic - and unsatisfactory - manner. As a Vine Voice reviewer points out about just two areas, his diet advice is suspect and his iodine advice is plain wrong. This is simply not a book written from experience.
Save your money here and buy "Stop The Thyroid Madness" (STTM) instead. Much of poor health and all chronic pain is linked to often unsuspected low thyroid, including those involved with diabetes, heart problems, both bleeding (like gums, periods) & blood clots (including strokes) and some cancers.
If you have any kind of chronic pain, you need to know 1. some are calling low thyroid the silent epidemic (silent because officially denied) that affects between 40% and 60% of the population and 2. that ALL the standard lab tests are WRONG, low thyroid and/or low adrenals are the most common health problem... (the adrenal glands are the most powerful regulators of body metabolism and work closely with the thyroid gland)
STTM is one of my two top reads. I think this is the MOST important book and there is also a very helpful website with the same name; both are patient-empowering. The book is detailed and basically a practical manual for low thyroid and also adrenal fatigue, which is common in low thyroid people.
Both STTM website and book explain a quick and easy self/home test for identifying low thyroid in yourself, the basal/morning temperature test, which is the gold standard for identifying thyroid problems - although conventional doctors, including endos, don't agree, but then they're not trained to understand thyroid problems - thyroiduk[dot]org[dot]uk offers a list of the very few thyroid sympathetic doctors in this country. My other top health pick is "Hypothyroidism Type 2", written by a Broda Barnes trained doctor.