Thyroid For Dummies

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, you’ve probably found out at least a little about this mysterious gland—just enough to want to look for answers to the many questions that keep popping up in your mind. What causes this condition? How is it treated? What can you do to get healthy again?

Thyroid for Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the detailed information you're looking for on new methods for detecting thyroid disease in both adults and children, ...

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Overview

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, you’ve probably found out at least a little about this mysterious gland—just enough to want to look for answers to the many questions that keep popping up in your mind. What causes this condition? How is it treated? What can you do to get healthy again?

Thyroid for Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you the detailed information you're looking for on new methods for detecting thyroid disease in both adults and children, alternative treatments, pros and cons of powerful new drugs now on the market, advice for managing the disease through changes in exercise and diet, and much  more. You're discover:

  • What the thyroid does
  • How to identify a sick thyroid and recognize who's at risk
  • Ways to find the right thyroid doctor
  • How to cope with hypothyroidism in children
  • The hereditary connection to thyroid disease
  • How thyroid disease affects the elderly
  • The effects of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy
  • How to decide if surgery is necessary
  • Ten myths about thyroid health

Updated to address advances made since the first edition, including the latest thinking on understanding thyroid disease's connection to depression and mania, Thyroid for Dummies, 2nd Edition will tell you everything you need to know about how the thyroid functions, what makes it malfunction, and what to do when a problem occurs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471787556
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 470,609
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan L. Rubin, MD, is one of the nation’s foremostexperts on the thyroid gland in health and disease. He is a memberof the Endocrine Society and has been in private practicespecializing in thyroid disease and diabetes for over 28 years. Dr.Rubin was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC MedicalCenter in San Francisco for 20 years. He has spoken about thethyroid to professional medical audiences and nonmedical audiencesaround the world. He is a consultant to many pharmaceuticalcompanies and companies that make thyroid products.
Dr. Rubin has written extensively on the thyroid gland as well asdiabetes mellitus. As a result, he has been on numerous radio andtelevision programs talking about the cause, the prevention, andthe treatment of conditions of the thyroid. He is also thebest-selling author of Diabetes For Dummies and DiabetesCookbook For Dummies, both now in second editions andtranslated into multiple languages including Chinese, Spanish,French, and Russian. His latest book is High Blood Pressure ForDummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Examining the Thyroid.

Chapter 1: The Big Role of a Little Gland.

Chapter 2: How the Thyroid Works.

Chapter 3: Finding a Thyroid Doctor.

Chapter 4: Testing Your Thyroid.

Part II: Diagnosing and Treating Thyroid Conditions.

Chapter 5: Dealing with Decreased Thyroid Function.

Chapter 6: Taming the Hyperactive Thyroid.

Chapter 7: Thyroid Nodules.

Chapter 8: Thyroid Cancer.

Chapter 9: Multinodular Goiters: Thyroids with Many Nodules.

Chapter 10: Drugs That Impact Your Thyroid.

Chapter 11: Thyroid Infections and Inflammation.

Chapter 12: Iodine Deficiency and Excess Disease.

Chapter 13: Surgery of the Thyroid.

Part III: Reviewing Special Considerations in ThyroidHealth.

Chapter 14: The Genetic Link to Thyroid Disease.

Chapter 15: The Thyroid and Your Mental Health.

Chapter 16: What’s New in Thyroid Treatment?

Chapter 17: The Thyroid and Pregnancy.

Chapter 18: Thyroid Conditions and Children.

Chapter 19: Thyroid Disease and the Elderly.

Chapter 20: Diet, Exercise, and Your Thyroid.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Myths about Thyroid Health.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Maximize Thyroid Health.

Chapter 23: Ten Questions Readers Have Posed.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: A Glossary of Key Terms.

Appendix B: Sources of More Information.

Index.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    Thyroid For Dummies

    This is an easy to read book 353 pages in length about various thyroid problems (hypo and hyperthyroidism, etc.) and treatments written by a physician, Dr. Alan Rubin. It has a cheat sheet with with signs, symptons and medications in the front and lists other information sources in an Appendix. The setup of the pages makes information particularly easy to find, read and undertand. It was a good first book on the thyroid and I was happy with the purchase.

    However, it now competes with a 2009 book written by a doctor from the Cleveland Clinic which has subsequently appeared for sale. The Thyroid Soucebook, by Rosenthal, was also updated in 2009 with minimal changes.
    However, the Dummies book, in some areas, has more information.

    On the other hand, if the subject is just hypothyroidism, the definitive book is Living Well With Hypothyroidism, which is almost 600 pages in length - it is written by Mary Shomon. It is the most complete book I have ever read on this subject.

    Good Luck.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Useful tool

    I recently underwent surgery to remove my thyroid; the mass found was diagnosed as being follicular thyroid cancer. Not everything described in the book aligned with what my doctor described, but a good portion did. My doctor is highly recognized in this same field, and since he knows the particulars of my diagnosis, I trust his interpretation. I am in generally good health, don't spend much time with doctors, and so having a thyroid mass came as a surprise to me. What I found helpful about this book is being able to refer back to the terminology used to help supplement my understanding, including referring back to definitions of terms. Information about diet, exercise, etc. is pretty generic. If you're looking to buy this for dietary guidance, it isn't nearly as useful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    If you have Grave's, you NEED this book!

    This is a thorough, down-to-earth, necessary book for anyone who has been diagnosed with Grave's Disease or hyperactive thyroid function. The book also contains very valuable information for the hypoactive thyroid patient. Dr. Rubin is an excellent teacher on the subject, interjecting his opinions with healthy doses of facts and common sense. A must-have book for the thyroid patient.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    Graves' Disease/Hyperthyroid patients NEED to read this book ASAP!

    I am a 4+ year Graves disease veteran who is currently in remission. I strongly believe that EVERY newly diagnosed person should read this book BEFORE they make any decision on any PERMANENT treatment procedure such as surgery or radioactive iodine ablation (RAI). Dr. Rubin takes the often confusing subject of thyroid disease and makes it easily understandable to the newly diagnosed. Every person with a diagnosed thyroid disorder SHOULD be reading this book and educating themselves about their disease! Misinformation is abundant when it comes to thyroid disease. Dr. Rubin makes no bones about HIS preference for treatment of hyperthyroidism/Graves disease and lays out his well thought out, logical, reasons behind HIS preference for treatment with anti-thyroid meds very well (page 73). I was thrilled to see this recommendation as this was the route I chose...and fought to continue using for 4 years...with success in the form of total remission after 4.3 years of anti-thyroid medication. Thank you Dr. Rubin for speaking up and telling it like it is about anti-thyroid medication...that you CAN take it for as long as you need it...that there is NO time frame limit for these meds, and the adverse reaction risk is very, very low. Dr. Rubin, you're my hero!

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