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Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic: REVISED EDITION Revised 2013 Edition, Kindle Edition
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The idea of "type 1" and "type 2" is from diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn't produce enough insulin. In type 2, it does, but the body can't absorb it properly. Starr argues that it's the same with the thyroid. If the thyroid doesn't produce enough hormones, it shows up on blood tests, and you can get treated. This is the widely recognised form of hypothyroidism. If the thyroid produces enough hormones, but the body can't absorb it, it won't show up as a hormone deficiency in a blood test, and 99% of doctors won't recognise it as a problem, even if you as a patient have clear symptoms of hypothyroidism.
I've had symptoms of hypothyroidism since I was maybe nine years old. When I read an article in a magazine and recognised the symptoms, I got a blood test - "normal". A few years later, a holistic healthcare practitioner diagnosed me as hypothyroid. I've been tested since, and blood tests always come back as normal, yet my symptoms remain. I later came across a newspaper article mentioning a "type 2" - a hypothyroidism that you can't find through blood tests. Wanting to learn more, I came across this book, and gobbled it up.
As a book, while the medical talk gets a bit heavy at times, it's still perfectly readable and understandable to non-medical people. There's a lot of research behind this, dating back about a century, and it's very fascinating to read about. Very enlightening.
What do you say to a doctor who won't listen when you say you have an underactive thyroid? (Mine sure didn't.) That's why everyone who suspects they have an underactive thyroid because their symptoms say so, even if their blood tests don't, should not only read this book but read up about the subject as much as possible and try to turn the tide. Find out all you can, and from that, try to do what you can to help yourself.
I've had the condition for 30+ years and have had trouble trying to find any information on the condition.
Doctors are reluctant to provide information OR they just don't know.
This book has given me some insight... Just in the first paragraph.
The book seems aimed at Americans, but can easily relate to the UK
But it's also I think an honest account of the experience of a man seeing a widespread problem, seeing the obvious solution, and helping hundreds of people.
I think Dr Starr has been doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. Take out all the crap and there's a very good book hiding in here.
Sadly, the people responsible for finding the answers are not evening listening to the patients, let alone the questions.
If you suffer from chronic fatigue, myalgic encephalitis (ME), fibromyalgia, diet resistant weight gain, treatment resistant depression/other psychiatric condition, heart failure, symptom persistent 'treated' hypothyroidism or a whole host of other medical conditions where you tell your doctor your symptoms and they look at you like you are mad, or lying, because a thyroid function blood test says you are perfectly well, then you should read this book. If you are a doctor, you should read this book too!
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