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Posted July 25, 2001
Definitely buy this book
If you suspect you might be hypothyroid, definitely get this book. I've suspected I've been hypothyroid and I just discussed it with my doctor in June. Like the doctors of the patients in the book, she poo-poo'd my idea, treating me like I was a hypochondriac. As they say in the book, there are a lot of subtle signs which taken all together can point to hypothyroid, and diagnosis requires sensitivity and openness. The book lists even more symptoms that I didn't know about and when I took their test, my score was double the minimum level to be considered hypothyroid. The authors are a husband/wife doctor/nurse duo and they have treated many people at their clinic. They list a hypothyroid relative as a very high indicator, but my doctor told me it wasn't hereditary! As they say, there is a lot of undereducation about thyroid problems. I found this book at a B&N store, and thought I would just copy down the info about symptoms and the different lab tests, but I decided to buy it because there was so much information about ongoing treatment, how to tell if you're getting the right dose once you're diagnosed, the types of thyroid medication out there, that I thought it would be helpful for the future.
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Posted May 25, 2001
At last.... real answers to real questions....
Bravo! I was privileged to read an advance copy of this most important book. As a mid-life woman who has experienced thyroid disease first hand, I am thrilled that FINALLY that book is finally here, validating my experience and that of countless others. Far too many classically trained physicians choose to ignore the subtle symptoms and (often louder) complaints of thyroid-challenged patients, adding to the frustration that we already feel. Karilee and Rich have de-mystified the complex workings of the thyroid gland and offered a variety of strategies to identify, diagnose, and treat this often-elusive malady. They offer a clear path to enhanced quality of life and improved energy levels. They offer a variety of treatment options, embracing the best of integrative health care. The reader is constantly encouraged to seek answers on a variety of levels, from standard medical care to stress reduction to energy balancing and improved nutrition. The book is balanced, objective, and encouraging. The health care information is nicely integrated with case stories that offer hope and guidance. Many of them bring back memories of my own journey, which included the advice of one misguided (and male) physician who told me I had panic attacks (in spite of three years of abnormal thyroid blood work!) ... and offered Prozac as his only remedy. It is unfortunate that women's complaints have long been depreciated in the eyes of the medical establishment, and it is only in recent years that we have begun to fight for equal and high quality care. This book will give us ammunition as we confront that system. Thyroid Power offers a true holistic perspective, assessing the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual components of chronic thyroid disease and offering ways to deal with the whole person, not just blood work or sometimes vague symptoms. For many it will be a light at the end of a long, dark, and frustrating tunnel, and a path to better health.
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Posted July 19, 2010
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