Graves' Disease: A Practical Guide [NOOK Book]

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Graves' Disease, a common form of hyperthyroidism characterized by a goiter and often a slight protrusion of the eyeballs, currently affects approximately 200 million people worldwide, three million in the United States alone. This work addresses both typical and special concerns of patients with Graves' Disease, discusses its association with related autoimmune disorders, and emphasizes the patient's role in the healing process. Included are chapters with basic information on the disease, the thyroid and its ...
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Overview

Graves' Disease, a common form of hyperthyroidism characterized by a goiter and often a slight protrusion of the eyeballs, currently affects approximately 200 million people worldwide, three million in the United States alone. This work addresses both typical and special concerns of patients with Graves' Disease, discusses its association with related autoimmune disorders, and emphasizes the patient's role in the healing process. Included are chapters with basic information on the disease, the thyroid and its hormones, Graves' ophthalmopathy, dermopathy, and acropachy, the diagnosis of GD, autoantibodies and autoimmune diseases associated with it, genetic and nongenetic influences, allopathic treatments, alternative medicine, special considerations in pregnant women, children, and teens, hyperthyroidism associated with GD, anecdotes and testimony of patients, and resources for further information. A list of medical acronyms and a glossary of medical terms is included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786487486
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/3/2001
  • Series: McFarland Health Topics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 585,304
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant. For more information, visit her website at www.elaine-moore.com . She lives in Sedalia, Colorado. Her daughter and coauthor Lisa Moore lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she works for the federal government. The illustrator, Marvin G. Miller, is a clinical chemist. He lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
1 The Graves' Legacy 3
2 The Autoimmune Nature of Graves' Disease 24
3 Engine and Fuel: The Thyroid and Its Hormones 41
4 Graves' Ophthalmopathy, Dermopathy and Acropachy 76
5 The Diagnosis of Graves' Disease 98
6 Autoantibodies and Autoimmune Diseases Associated with GD 119
7 Why Me? Genetic and Non-Genetic Influences 129
8 Allopathic Treatment of Graves' Disease 141
9 The Alternative Medical Approach to Treating Graves' Disease 165
10 Special Considerations in Pregnancy, Children and Teens 191
11 Hypothyroidism Associated with Graves' Disease 209
12 Anecdotes and Testimonies of Graves' Disease Patients 231
Glossary 245
Notes 263
Resources 278
National and International Organizations 283
Individual Web Sites and Bulletin Boards 287
Index 289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2004

    If you or someone you know has Grave's Disease - buy this book!

    This book is an excellent resource - well researched and comprehensive. Moore provides a detailed and understandable tour of the thyroid in relation to grave's, as well as a thorough review of treatment options and considerations. Grave's Disease: A Practical Guide is a must read for anyone coping with this illness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    Concerning RAI

    I haven't read this book yet, as soon as I get it I will. I just wanted to say that to the ones that think it is one sided because of the RAI, believe me if you have had RAI you would think different. I was told it was the only option, I have regretted it ever since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    helpful, yet one sided

    I really liked the indepth information she provided in the book. I wish it would have been more balanced in stories and opinions. For the most part, there isn't a positive story for RAI. The stories stated the person wished they didn't do RAI or simply stated the person did it without saying if they felt it was the right choice for them. Her stories left an overwhelming bias of opinion against RAI. I think it would have been a better book if she kept to the facts without any of the personal experiences she listed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    The Most Informative and Helpful Book about Graves'

    I recommend this be the first book read by anyone (and their family and concerned friends) who has recently been diagnosed with Graves' disease. Graves' Disease: A Practical Guide has helped me considerably to more fully understand what is happening to me and to have confidence in and better manage my treatment of choice. In Elaine Moore's book I have found more helpful and well researched information in one place than I did in all my web searches, the other thyroid books I've bought and the 4 doctors I've already consulted with put together. Don't make the same mistake I did with frustrating web searches, buying numerous books and still feeling lost and worried. Read this book first. Your mind and body will benefit from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    only one side of the whole story

    The book gives a rather complete of review of Graves disease. However, the attitude towards RAI that author hold made the biggest drawback in this book. It only tells one side of the story about choosing the right treatment for Graves. Many of the stories in the book are pre-selected and biased. Readers should not only rely on this book to make choice for their treatment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2002

    A Page Turner

    I could not put this book down. I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Now I know what I'm dealing with here. My doctor was pushing one treatment and my wife another. Now I have all the information I need to make my own decisions and explain to them why. All the stress I've been feeling since my diagnosis vanished. Everything anyone with a thyroid disorder needs is in this book. What a lifesaver Elaine Moore has written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    Graves' Disease: A Practical Guide

    I felt empowered after reading this amazingly helpful book. It has a great glossary that helped me immensely. Now I know exactly what my doctor has been saying about Graves'disease being an autoimmune disorder. At my last appointment I felt like I was finally part of things. Before,I was totally in the dark and I felt like I was at his mercy. This book answered all my questions and more. I want to thank all my support group friends for recommending it. And I want to thank Elaine Moore for writing it and for helping so many people at the support groups.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    Graves' Disease: A Practical Guide

    I was recently diagnosed with lupus, and a friend suggested I read both of Elaine's books. I'm finally able to sleep at night now that I know what I can do to achieve remission. I can tell already that my immune system is more efficient within one week of following Elaine's suggestions for calming the immune system. My Graves' friend went into remission within 6 months of following the holistic healing suggestions in this book. About time someone told the truth about the old time treatments. This book is going to change the way both doctors and patients think of Graves' disease.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    The BEST resource I've found on Graves Disease!

    Elaine Moore's book is the best resource I've found since being diagnosed with Graves disease. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book right after being diagnosed and it has quickly become the most read book on my shelf! Elaine puts the information simply enough that even those just diagnosed (and with no medical background) can easily understand what is happening in our bodies -- information many doctors don't (or can't) take the time to do. Knowledge is the most important factor in fighting any disease and this book is a fantastic resource for those of us living with Graves disease!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    Thorough...Almost Too Thorough

    This book was informative; however, there was quite a bit of scientific/biological background that was hard to follow. I was looking for a symptoms/treatment/outcome kind of thing, but I had to wade through a lot of medical terminology and biological processes in between. This book helped me, but I think that some of the information was unnecessary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2001

    An Extensive Guide to Learning How to Live With Graves

    Whether you have just been diagnosed with Graves Disease or have been living with it for a while now, this book is a MUST have. I wish I could have had this book at the time of diagnosis. Understanding this disease is a huge part of dealing with it. This book has become my bible on living with Graves Disease. When I first sat down with it I felt a little intimidated, felt I would never be able to understand all of this and to learn from it. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Ms. Moore has written a book that can be understood by anyone with or without a medical degree, it raises questions and gives answers that never seem to be addressed by our doctors. The first time reading I sat with a highlighter and a pen, thumb through my dog-eared copy now, I have many notes of 'this is me!' because her descriptions of what is going on in our bodies is so accurate. I have highlighted many areas that have raised questions only to find the answers within a page or two. To live with Graves, one must become proactive in their chosen treatment. In my opinion, this book will help you learn how to do this very quickly. It will teach you all of the W's, What, When, Where, Why, and How, you will learn when to call your doctor and request labs, what the labs mean, questions to ask and answers to wait for, the role stress plays in our lives, what role antibodies play, the eye disease, what supplements are an aid for us,. It covers the full spectrum of GD in an understandable way. Read it from cover to cover, or skip around, think of any question relating to Graves, go to the index and you will find an answer. It is a book, not just for Graves patients and their families, but for our doctors who treat us as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    Moving Beyond the Thyroid

    Graves Disease: A Practical Guide should become the gold standard for Graves patients. Like other popular books on Graves disease, Moore's maps out the basic symptoms, Graves Opthalmopthy, diagnostic procedures, and treatment options. That's where the comparison ends. Unlike any other book I've encountered, this one ventures into more complex territory, and does it well. For example, instead of the standard single page on the nature of autoimmunity, Moore gives us a chapter that starts with the basics and gets detailed. She tells us what the immune system is; she clearly discusses antigens, antibodies, and autoantibodies in a way that allows the Graves' patient to actually understand the intricate misfirings that result in disease. Nifty little illustrations let us see that antigen and the binding antibody. As thyroid patients know, our favorite refrain is, 'the thyroid affects every cell in the body.' This book might not hit every cell, but sure gives us a good run at it: we learn about the various hormones and how Graves affects them, about vitamin deficiencies that go hand-in-hand with Graves and how those deficiencies play out upon our bodies, we're treated (yes, treated, considering the clear-cut prose) to a lesson in the anatomy of the thyroid. In addition, Moore venutures where others are afraid to go, offering the latest theories of how the environment and hereditary play out together in the development of thyroid disease. She also incorporates alternative medicine into her discussion of treatment options through the testimonials of people who have employed alternative methods with or without allopathic treatment. The end result of this well-written and thoroughly researched book is that the newly diagnosed can read this and know precisely what is happening inside of their bodies and become fully informed on their treatment and lifestyle options.

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