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Thyroid Power: Ten Steps to Total Health

Thyroid Power: Ten Steps to Total Health

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by Richard Shames, Karilee H. Shames, Karilee Halo Shames (Joint Author)

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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,


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.

Editorial Reviews

John Gray
With millions of Americans suffering needlessly, the THYROID POWER program can be a blessing to a great many relationships!
The Barnes & Noble Review
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)
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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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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John Gray
With millions of Americans suffering needlessly, the THYROID POWER program can be a blessing to a great many relationships!

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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Thyroid Power: Ten Steps to Total Health 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book saved my life. Mrs. Carlson from Carlson ENT recomended it when she saw I had thyroid issues. I couldn't put the book down and read it all in one day. My road to recovery started as soon as I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives many scenarios as well as touches several aspects of thyroid issues.
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This really explains what is happening in our health and what we can do to make our health and wellbeing