Thyroid Power: Ten Steps to Total Health

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Fatigue; weight gain; depression; arthritis; high cholestrol; low sex drive; skin, digestive, and female problems; abnormal blood pressure — all may be symptoms of low thyroid, one of the most misdiagnosed disorders in America.

Thyroid Power can help you determine whether you're one of the millions who suffer from low thyroid. It discusses food, vitamins, and natural remedies that support thyroid health;explains how to avoid environmental and emotional triggers; and offers tips ...

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Overview

Fatigue; weight gain; depression; arthritis; high cholestrol; low sex drive; skin, digestive, and female problems; abnormal blood pressure — all may be symptoms of low thyroid, one of the most misdiagnosed disorders in America.

Thyroid Power can help you determine whether you're one of the millions who suffer from low thyroid. It discusses food, vitamins, and natural remedies that support thyroid health;explains how to avoid environmental and emotional triggers; and offers tips from thyroid support groups. By following this clear 10-step program and working with your health practitioner, you can channel the incredible power of your thyroid into greater health and well-being.

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This illuminating look at a dysfunction that afflicts many and yet remains under-diagnosed aims to help those who suffer from an underactive thyroid identify the problem and receive treatment that can revitalize their lives. The experience and compassion of the authors -- a married doctor-nurse team who have worked with thyroid patients for more than two decades - shine through in this practical, well-written guide. Full of personal stories (including that of Karilee Shames), the book focuses primarily on two goals: helping readers improve their quality of life, and encouraging them to get the best medical treatment from their health care professionals. This is a must-read for anyone whose enjoyment of life is compromised by sluggishness and fatigue.(Karen Burns)
John Gray
With millions of Americans suffering needlessly, the THYROID POWER program can be a blessing to a great many relationships!
Larry Dossey
Thyroid Power is a vivid picture of the emerging new medicine, which honors not just the body but the mind and spirit as well. This book shows how we as individuals can be a part of our own healthcare, and how we can achieve high-level wellness. [It] simplifies the complex world of thyroid function and gives practical steps that will benefit everyone.
John R. Lee
. . .[T]he best book ever written on the subject of thyroid. . . .Read Thyroid Power to learn why conventional thyroid tests are so often inadequate, why thyroid function is so important to your health, how thyroid fits in the complex interplay of the hormone network, diet, stress, the immune system, environmental toxins, and the myriad influences on mytabolism in general.
Elson M. Haas
I am convinced that thyroid dysfunction is more commonplace than the medical profession accepts. This is changing as more doctors see that patients (with sub-clinical hypothytoidism respond favorably to thyroid treatment support. [The Shameses] have put together a user-friendly, insightful guide to help with understanding and treating all kinds of thyroid problems. A valuable addition to medical care.
C. Norman Shealy
Subclinical hypothyroidism may be considerably more common than physicians recognize. All individuals who are not feeling optimally energetic need to read this book.
Gladys Taylor McGarey
What the Drs. Shames have done in this wonderful book is to help clarify issues related to this hormonal dysfunction and empower both patient and physician to understand their role in healing this problem. I am happy to share this book with my colleagues and patients as we work with this difficult problem.
Julia Ross
Thyroid Power provides a fresh, expert look at the epidemic of undiagnosed low thyroid problems in the U.S. The authors have a unique perspective, having experienced the problem personally as well as having developed a successful wholistic approach to it. The Shameses' book offers invaluable guidance. No matter what your M.D. has told you, if you are tired too often and struggle with stubborn overweight, buy this book for a lifesaving second opinion!
Alan R. Gaby
This book is important reading for the millions of people with thyroid problems that have gone undiagnosed or been inadequately treated.
Kathleen K. Fry
At last — an easy-to-read, comprehensive reference on detecting and treating low thyroid. This is a must-read for anyone who is chronically tired and would like to know why.
Library Journal
Richard Shames, a physician, and his wife, Karilee, a Ph.D.-prepared registered nurse, have written "a step-by-step approach to healing low thyroid," a condition they feel affects far more people than is generally recognized. In ten steps, the authors outline the different kinds of thyroid disease, its manifestations, how it can be diagnosed, and the variety of ways it can be treated. The style is very readable and includes Karilee's personal account of dealing with low thyroid. A number of appendixes (though they are not so named) collect information on topics discussed throughout the book a glossary of terms, resources, the kinds of tests, etc. The authors refer to numerous studies and other books that are included in both the notes for each chapter and in a "Further Reading" section. This book will complement other consumer health titles such as Ridha Arem's The Thyroid Solution (LJ 6/1/99) and Beth Ann Ditkoff and Paul Lo Gerfo's briefer The Thyroid Guide (HarperResource, 2000). Recommended for consumer health collections. Mary J. Jarvis, West Texas A & M Univ., Canyon Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060082222
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 221,170
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard L. Shames, M.D., is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. A founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association, he has served as adjunct faculty at UCSF Medical Center and Florida Atlantic University and is a general practitioner in Boca Raton, Florida, and Mill Valley, California, specializing in thyroid treatment.

Karilee Halo Shames, R.N., Ph.D., is a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing and a certified holistic nurse. She is an assistant professor of nursing at Florida Atlantic University. For many years, she has organized and led thyroid recovery support groups. The Shames family lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Step 2

Learn How Low
Thyroid Makes Any
Illness Worse

We have now, crossed a threshold to the point where we can effectively diagnose and treat your fatigue.
-- Jacob Teitelbaum M.D., From Fatigued to Fantastic

Could symptoms that seem like low thyroid actually be a result of another low-energy disease? Of course. Could these same symptoms actually be from a combination of low thyroid and some other energy-sapping disease? Certainly. There are many additional causes of fatigue and marginal health, each requiring a different treatment.

Coexistent low thyroid can worsen any other illness, and-interestingly enough-the opposite is also true. To achieve lasting improvement, you may have to treat more than one condition at a time. It is critical that you obtain a full and complete diagnosis and treat in the appropriate order all conditions that may be contributing to your health dilemma. While simple low energy is often a common condition with an easy resolution, it can sometimes be maddeningly deceptive and hard to diagnose.

The first, critical step is to find a qualified health care practitioner with whom to collaborate. You have a right, as a health consumer, to fully understand your condition, to hear the range of possible treatments, and to assess their benefits and detriments prior to making any decisions. Ultimately, it is you who must direct your journey toward health. Achieving a proper diagnosis is a critical beginning step that can save years of pain and anguish.

Finding a Doctor Who Understands

As health professionals, we areextremely supportive of personal empowerment and self-care. However, in addition to books, friends, and the Internet, it is essential to secure the help of a trained professional. A good practitioner can properly assist you in diagnosing the true cause of marginal health or significant low energy, saving you years of distress, unnecessary treatments, expense, and hardship.

A knowledgeable practitioner takes a complete history, listening carefully to nuances and identifying patterns. Then, he or she performs the proper physical examination and orders appropriate laboratory tests to ascertain exactly what kind of low energy you have so as to accurately determine which treatments will be most helpfiil. Don't sell yourself short. Make sure from the beginning to have your condition properly diagnosed.

Since low energy is a very common problem, many doctors hear this complaint often and have a standard, preset way of approaching it. Generally, if the fatigue does not seem severe to the practitioner, he or she will simply offer some reassurance. This can take the form of a little pep talk that acknowledges the financial squeeze people may be feeling, the hectic pace of modern life, and the difficulty in getting enough exercise, proper diet, and rest.

If you want to get beyond the simple pep talk, you will need to be very dear about how to present your symptoms to your physician. Write down everything that bothers you and the degree to which it interferes with your life. List the associated difficulties, if any, and describe as objectively as possible how the productivity in your life is being affected. If you feel noticeably less productive at work than you did a couple of years ago, make a note of this, and be specific.

If you have trouble getting started in the morning and arrive late at the office, mention that. If it used to take one cup of coffee to get started, and it now takes three, indicate this. If you can only get to your job site with great difficulty, dragging yourself out of bed and through the morning routine, definitely mention it. Explain what an imposition this is on the quality and enjoyment of your life. If you run out of steam at three or four p.m. but still have to work several more hours, describe briefly how hard this is for you, and what a sense of limitation you are feeling. If you can make it through the day but have no energy for evening activities, even enjoyable ones such as dinner and a movie, then mention how this "disability" is causing you some real distress and concern.

If other people are suffering in some way because of your fatigue, such as a spouse, children, or elderly loved ones who need more care and attention than you can provide, mention that dearly and objectively. Describe the emotions this lack of energy may be causing in terms of anger, frustration, or even despair. Make it apparent how much aggravation and irritation low energy is causing in your life. Try to quantify how your daily life is different from a few months oryears ago. Try to pinpoint when and how your health began to change. Keep records that can portray the problem, even creating visual graphs if necessary to demonstrate changes in your health and ability to perform or enjoy your life.

It is imperative that, as a health consumer, you direct the course of the appointment with your health provider. The more assertive, clear, and focused you can be, the more likely you are to have your needs met in a timely and satisfactory fashion. Most people find it advantageous to write down questions prior to their appointment, even prioritizing their concerns so that if they run out of time, the major considerations will have been addressed. If you do not understand something you are being told or asked to do, don't be embarrassed to ask questions and get your needs met. Remember, you are your own best health advocate in these situations.

If you have obtained information from friends or websites related to your condition, it would be a good idea to share this with your practitioner to obtain further input. In these instances, be alert to the response of your practitioner. If your doctor acts as ifyour questions are a bother or doesn't answer directly, consider whether you are receiving optimal treatment... Thyroid Power . Copyright © by Richard Shames. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Preface Low Thyroid: An Undeclared Epidemic xvii
Before You Begin: How This Book Can Help xix
Step 1 Consider Thyroid the Hidden Factor in Your Overall Health 1
Step 2 Learn How Low Thyroid Makes Any Illness Worse 22
Step 3 Use Signs, Symptoms, and Family History to Support a Diagnosis 42
Step 4 Realize You May Still Be Low Thyroid Despite Normal Tests 60
Step 5 Discover Your Best Dose, Brand, or Mix of Medicines 87
Step 6 Reestablish Balance in Your Reproductive System 107
Step 7 Determine If Low Adrenal Should Also Be Treated 130
Step 8 Boost Your Medication with Natural Therapies 152
Step 9 Improve the Underlying Autoimmune Condition 179
Step 10 Reach Optimal Recovery with an Empowered Lifestyle 208
Beyond the Tenth Step: How to Tap the Source of Boundless Energy 237
The 5-Day Jump Start: How to Begin Your Program Quickly 255
Show This to Your Doctor 261
Useful Terms 267
Fluoride Facts 275
Resources 279
Tests 287
Medications Useful for Low Thyroid 291
Food Choices 293
Recommended Supplements 295
Notes 297
Further Reading 301
Index 307
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First Chapter

Thyroid Power
Ten Steps to Total Health

Step 2

Learn How Low
Thyroid Makes Any
Illness Worse

We have now, crossed a threshold to the point where we can effectively diagnose and treat your fatigue.
-- Jacob Teitelbaum M.D., From Fatigued to Fantastic

Could symptoms that seem like low thyroid actually be a result of another low-energy disease? Of course. Could these same symptoms actually be from a combination of low thyroid and some other energy-sapping disease? Certainly. There are many additional causes of fatigue and marginal health, each requiring a different treatment.

Coexistent low thyroid can worsen any other illness, and-interestingly enough-the opposite is also true. To achieve lasting improvement, you may have to treat more than one condition at a time. It is critical that you obtain a full and complete diagnosis and treat in the appropriate order all conditions that may be contributing to your health dilemma. While simple low energy is often a common condition with an easy resolution, it can sometimes be maddeningly deceptive and hard to diagnose.

The first, critical step is to find a qualified health care practitioner with whom to collaborate. You have a right, as a health consumer, to fully understand your condition, to hear the range of possible treatments, and to assess their benefits and detriments prior to making any decisions. Ultimately, it is you who must direct your journey toward health. Achieving a proper diagnosis is a critical beginning step that can save years of pain and anguish.

Finding a Doctor Who Understands

As health professionals, we are extremely supportive of personal empowerment and self-care. However, in addition to books, friends, and the Internet, it is essential to secure the help of a trained professional. A good practitioner can properly assist you in diagnosing the true cause of marginal health or significant low energy, saving you years of distress, unnecessary treatments, expense, and hardship.

A knowledgeable practitioner takes a complete history, listening carefully to nuances and identifying patterns. Then, he or she performs the proper physical examination and orders appropriate laboratory tests to ascertain exactly what kind of low energy you have so as to accurately determine which treatments will be most helpfiil. Don't sell yourself short. Make sure from the beginning to have your condition properly diagnosed.

Since low energy is a very common problem, many doctors hear this complaint often and have a standard, preset way of approaching it. Generally, if the fatigue does not seem severe to the practitioner, he or she will simply offer some reassurance. This can take the form of a little pep talk that acknowledges the financial squeeze people may be feeling, the hectic pace of modern life, and the difficulty in getting enough exercise, proper diet, and rest.

If you want to get beyond the simple pep talk, you will need to be very dear about how to present your symptoms to your physician. Write down everything that bothers you and the degree to which it interferes with your life. List the associated difficulties, if any, and describe as objectively as possible how the productivity in your life is being affected. If you feel noticeably less productive at work than you did a couple of years ago, make a note of this, and be specific.

If you have trouble getting started in the morning and arrive late at the office, mention that. If it used to take one cup of coffee to get started, and it now takes three, indicate this. If you can only get to your job site with great difficulty, dragging yourself out of bed and through the morning routine, definitely mention it. Explain what an imposition this is on the quality and enjoyment of your life. If you run out of steam at three or four p.m. but still have to work several more hours, describe briefly how hard this is for you, and what a sense of limitation you are feeling. If you can make it through the day but have no energy for evening activities, even enjoyable ones such as dinner and a movie, then mention how this "disability" is causing you some real distress and concern.

If other people are suffering in some way because of your fatigue, such as a spouse, children, or elderly loved ones who need more care and attention than you can provide, mention that dearly and objectively. Describe the emotions this lack of energy may be causing in terms of anger, frustration, or even despair. Make it apparent how much aggravation and irritation low energy is causing in your life. Try to quantify how your daily life is different from a few months oryears ago. Try to pinpoint when and how your health began to change. Keep records that can portray the problem, even creating visual graphs if necessary to demonstrate changes in your health and ability to perform or enjoy your life.

It is imperative that, as a health consumer, you direct the course of the appointment with your health provider. The more assertive, clear, and focused you can be, the more likely you are to have your needs met in a timely and satisfactory fashion. Most people find it advantageous to write down questions prior to their appointment, even prioritizing their concerns so that if they run out of time, the major considerations will have been addressed. If you do not understand something you are being told or asked to do, don't be embarrassed to ask questions and get your needs met. Remember, you are your own best health advocate in these situations.

If you have obtained information from friends or websites related to your condition, it would be a good idea to share this with your practitioner to obtain further input. In these instances, be alert to the response of your practitioner. If your doctor acts as ifyour questions are a bother or doesn't answer directly, consider whether you are receiving optimal treatment... Thyroid Power
Ten Steps to Total Health
. Copyright © by Richard Shames. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. homelbonilla1015 0060007478<%FIRSTCHAPT%>Christmas in Canaan

Chapter One

DJ and Rodney

The school bus lurched forward, sending DJ Burton off balance and sprawling into the nearest empty seat. It was enough to cause Rodney Freeman to peek over the top of his book, surprised that the Burton boy had taken a seat so near the back of the bus.

The truth was, Rodney didn't mind sitting in the back of the bus; in fact, he liked it. He could settle into his usual corner, spread out his books and read. Miss Eunice, his grandmother, kept a farm on the outskirts of Canaan, the farthest point from town on the whole route, so there was always time to read. The bus was perfect for that.

There were no laws requiring Rodney Freeman or any other of the handful of black children be kept separate from the rest. The government had seen to that. But early that spring of 1960 what remained in the small town of Canaan, Texas, was an uneasy truce, a truce that served to hold the town together by separating the groups of people who lived there. Not that any of that mattered to Rodney.

Miss Eunice had surprised him with a copy of James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer just the night before, a special illustrated edition, and even the unexpected arrival of DJ Burton and the grinding of gears as the bus got up to speed didn't warrant much more than a glance over the top of the cover.

DJ was big for his age, towheaded and with a broad face and eyes so pale blue they were almost gray. No sooner had he slouched into his seat than he began digging through scraps of paper in his book bag, searching for his unfinished homework.

"Hey, DJ, you still doin' homework?" Jimmy Ray Thompson asked, peering over the back of his seat.

"Yeah, well, how am I supposed to finish anything when my dad gives me chores till dark? And who asked you anyway?" DJ grumbled, hoping the others would see how busy he was and leave him alone. He hated always being the one kid in class who never had his homework done on time. He hated being called on to read in front of the others and hearing them snicker when he couldn't make out the words. Mostly he hated having to work so hard doing all those stupid chores for his dad on his stupid farm in a stupid town called Canaan.

He found his geography homework at the bottom of his bag. "What's the capital city of New York?" he read the question aloud and sighed. He could look up the answer, but the very thought of having to look up something that seemed like such common knowledge pained him. It was the kind of answer that deserved to be shared.

"Sarah!" he called to his sister. She was sitting with a clutch of girls her age near the front of the bus.

"What?" Sarah answered without turning.

He could see her ponytail bobbing as she chattered with her girlfriends and tried to ignore him.

"What's the capital of New York?"

"Look it up like you're supposed to," she said. Her voice was caked with such scorn, it sent her two friends into a fit of giggles.

Jimmy Ray turned in his seat to join the discussion.

"Why didn't you ask me?" he asked. Jimmy Ray considered himself a source of important information and was hurt he had been so easily overlooked.

"You know that?" DJ asked.

"I sure do. The capital of New York is New York." His voice rang with proud authority.

But the answer only confused DJ.

"Just New York?" DJ asked again. "Or New York City?"

"Either one," Jimmy Ray answered. "They're the same place."

Butch Waller shook his head violently in disagreement.

"They ain't the same," Butch argued. "One's a city and the other's a state."

"There's a New York that's a city, too," Jimmy Ray insisted.

"That's New York City," Butch insisted right back.

"Ah, you're crazy," Jimmy Ray muttered. "There ain't three."

DJ looked at his two colleagues with a growing helplessness. What had been a simple request to help him cheat on his homework had now escalated into a full-fledged discussion on geography.

"There's a plain New York that's a city, and there's a New York City that's a city and New York that's a state?" DJ was frustrated.

"No, Jimmy Ray don't know his butt from a beehive," Butch announced. "The plain New York is the only one that's a state."

"It's Albany." The voice came from somewhere in the back of the bus.

"What?" asked DJ, turning quickly in the direction of the sound.

"It's Albany," the voice said again.

Suddenly every face on the bus was looking in the direction of the voice, which came from behind the cover of The Deerslayer.

"What did you say?" DJ demanded.

Rodney Freeman lowered the book and looked out over the cover at the faces staring back at him.

"The capital of New York is Albany."

There was a brief silence, followed first by a giggle from one of Sarah's friends and then by a more malevolent snicker from Butch Waller.

"Hey, DJ, that colored boy's smarter 'n you.

DJ spun back around, the first flush of red beginning to creep up his neck like the mercury in a storefront thermometer.

"H-h-he ain't smarter," DJ stammered. "He just thinks he's smart. He's guessing, that's all."

It wasn't so much that the boy knew the answer; DJ had his doubts about that. It wasn't even that he was one of "them back of the busers," at least not entirely. More than anything else it was the fact that this scrawny kid, who didn't do a thing except read all day, was so confident about the answer.

"That's a pucky pile," DJ snarled at Rodney. "How do you know the capital of New York is Albany?"

"My grandma told me, that's how."

"I ain't never heard of your grandma and I ain't never heard of Albany." Then, DJ took up his pencil and began to write on the crumpled sheet of homework paper ...

Christmas in Canaan. Copyright © by Kenny Rogers. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    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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  • Anonymous

    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 March 4, 2012

    Interesting book and very detailed, almost too much info

    Gives many scenarios as well as touches several aspects of thyroid issues.

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