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Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment Paperback – 1 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Grape Publishing (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615144314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615144313
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been battling for the last decade to get decent medical care with regards to my hypothyroidism, and was slowly sliding deeper and deeper into the murky depths that under-treated hypothyroidism can lead to. The weight gain, the constant aches and pains, not being able to walk any distance, not being able to exercise comfortably, hating being over-weight - despite every effort to eat properly, losing my hair, having swollen legs and feet - I could go on and on. Thanks to Janie, and the thousands of others who refuse to have their voices muted, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel!

Read this book, do what it takes to get yourself better, and then make your voice heard by joining me and many others online - if we shout loud enough, we CAN stop the thyroid madness!
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This is one of the best books giving an insight into how there are other treatments for hypothyroidism if you are left feeling ill on the usual levothyroxine prescribed by your Dr. Janie explains about interpretation of the blood tests, how your symptoms of fatigue, aches and pains, athritis, and other nasty symptoms can remain under current treatment options and how many people on thyroid treatment end up on anti depressants, NSAIDs, blood pressure drugs, and many other drugs which are actually caused by the inferior treatment of their thyroid condition.
This book is a must have for anyone who is hypothyroid and feels that their health is still suffering even if they have decided that they will compromise because the Dr says 'it is not your thyroid' the common mantra by the health professionals of today. It is a book written by Janie a patient advocate with input by patients for other patients based on what they have learned during thier long journey to wellness by employing treatments which have been lost because of the lack of training Drs now recieve in clinical assessment and their being controlled by the insurance and trained in colleges funded mostly by pharmaceutical companies.
Try it you will be very surprised and it might be the new beginning you are looking for. It is for many of us.
Good luck
Dawnx
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The bottom line is that Thyroxine doesn't even remotely have the same effect and make you feel the same, as Armour Thyroid. Standard blood tests for thyroid levels are also woefully inaccurate.

(Although mine have always tested very low since I became ill, this isn't the case for many).

As the `Stop the thyroid madness' website explains,

"The theory was that T4 would convert to the T3 needed for the body. But in nearly ALL patients on T4 meds, the T4 does NOT convert into an adequate amount of T3, leaving you with symptoms that neither you OR your uninformed doctor realize are related to inadequate treatment. In other words, healthy thyroids are NOT meant to rely solely on T4-to-T3 conversion!

But there's even more to the problem: it's called the TSH lab. Around 1973, the TSH lab test was developed. Based on a sampling of several volunteers, a so-called "normal" range was established--.5 to 5.0 (recently lowered to 3.0). But volunteers with a history of family hypothyroid were NOT excluded, leaving us with a range that leans towards being hypothyroid! In fact, the TSH RARELY corresponds to how a patient feels. There is a large majority of patients who have a "normal" TSH, even in the "one" area of the range, and have a myriad of hypothyroid symptoms.

So what's the solution? Patients and their wise doctors are returning to a medication that was successfully used from the late 1800's onward: natural desiccated thyroid hormones, more commonly known as Naturethroid, Erfa's Canadian "thyroid", Armour, etc. They are made from pig glands, meet the stringent guidelines of the US Pharmacopoeia, and gives patients EXACTLY what their own thyroids give them--T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin.
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I read this from cover to cover within 3 hours of it being delivered and I have to say, as a UK reader, I was disappointed. It is very much focused on desiccated thryoid treatments, which are not licensed in the UK. There are sections on vitamins and foods which will be helpful wherever you live, and helpful explanations of lab tests and results, but the book mainly deals with US treatments such as Armour, the benefits of these treatments, and how to convince your (US) doctor to prescribe them. To get a UK doctor to prescribe desiccated thyroid they have to accept personal responsibility for doing so. It also costs twenty times more to treat a patient with desiccated thyroid, what do you reckon the chances are of most UK GPs agreeing to it?

As someone who was born with congenital hypopituitarism, resulting in hypothyroidism, and who has lived 32 years with the symptoms of these conditions, it's incredibly disheartening to read a book singing the praises of a treatment and then doing research and discovering that treatment is not available to you.
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Although the author of this book seems to know her subject and is very thorough in her research I didn't find this book as good as expected. It focuses mainly on treatments available in the USA and other countries e.g.Canada and Australia. If you are in the UK and worried about thyroid problems this book is not for you, so I wouldn't waste your money. Unfortunately I haven't found a book I can recommend for UK sufferers yet.
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