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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (January 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069001029X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0690010299
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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269 of 274 people found the following review helpful By S. Galya on May 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This text was an absolute delight to read. Dr. Barnes presented his theories on hypothyroidism and its relation to various disease states in a clear and easily readable format. This text can be used by obviously the layperson, but also the professional alike. As a physician assistant in family practice medicine, I have recommended this text to many of my patients. One of my biggest challenges is to convince my peers in medicine to accept Dr. Barnes' theories and put them into practice. One of the most difficult is the use of synthroid (T-4) vs natural dessicated thyroid. As stated in his book, those patients on the synthetics alone may have two symptoms left that won't dissapear: a dry, rough skin and retention of water. When these patients are switched to the natural thyroid, those symptoms are gone within 4 to 6 weeks and do not return. This has convinced Dr. Barnes that we have yet to isolate the entire hormone - perhaps there is another factor other than T-3 and T-4. This man was light years ahead of his time,and the medical profession needs to become more aware, and indeed I believe this is happening; slowly, but it is. This man has researched the thyroid gland for 52 years of his life! Even if you were to take three steps ahead and fall back two, you are still one step ahead, and over a 52 year period that is quite a bit of knowledge. The number of patients Dr. Barnes has helped over the years is staggering; he deserved a Nobel Prize in medicine.
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161 of 162 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Despite the fact that Broda Barnes was an M.D., his book Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness is the bible for alternative medicine's view of hypothyroidism. Frankly, I think Dr. Barnes was a pioneer in identifying the many ways thyroid
problems affect us that conventional medicine today doesn't recognize. If you've ever wondered if hypothyroidism is causing certain symptoms, or how it may be affecting you, this book is excellent.

It also describes the controversial -- but still used by some -- Barnes Basal Temperature method of diagnosing hypothyroidism. Amazingly, Dr. Barnes also describes an optimal diet in his 1976 book that is remarkably similar to the popular "Zone" diet which is finding favor with many people with hypothyroidism today, 20 years later.

Dr. Barnes really often seems to be one of the only doctors who truly understand the impact of thyroid disease on overall health and the difficulty medicine seems to have with it. Here's a quote from his book.

"It may seem almost incredible that scientists can sit quietly on earth and follow the activity of the heart of a man walking on the moon and yet they have had so much difficulty in measuring the amount of thyroid hormone necessary for health and in developing effective and reliable tests to determine when thyroid function is inadequate."

Dr. Barnes is also one of the doctors who regularly prescribed Armour Thryoid, the naturally- derived T4/T3 drug, for his
patients instead of the sythetic T4 only preparations (i.e., Synthroid, Levoxyl, generic levo-thyroxine) that are currently
popular. He says in the book: "[Synthetic] thyroxine...
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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Dressed on March 24, 2004
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I highly recommend Dr. Broda Barnes' book based on my family's personal experience with its author and his groundbreaking work.
I first heard of Dr. Barnes and his theories on the importance of hypothyroid diagnosis and treatment back in the 1970's, when he was semi-retired and living in Fort Collins, Colorado. My mother, then in her late 50's, asked him to see her when her doctor was unable to diagnose or treat her numerous symptoms adequately. I went with her. After thoroughly examining her, her history, her blood work and the basal body temperature chart she'd kept beforehand at his request, Dr. Barnes prescribed hypothyroid medication and also made dietary suggestions that were decades ahead of their current popularity. He also gave her a copy of his then just-published book, which he inscribed to her. Within weeks, my mother's health and body shape were back to normal. We both stayed in touch with Dr. Barnes until his death.
Today (2004), my 86-year-old mom is healthy, slim, active and still taking that same medication. She plays 18 holes of golf twice a week and walks the entire course. She still has Dr. Barnes' signed book; in fact, she takes it with her to appointments whenever a doctor mentions changing her prescription from natural to synthetic compounds.
I am now the same age my mother was when Dr. Barnes attended her and showing the same symptoms she had then. I'm so glad to find his book still in print. I've just ordered my own copy so I can help my doctor recognize the most probable cause quickly and easily. With luck, I'll be playing golf with my mother again soon.
Dr. Barnes, you and your work live on in your excellent and highly readable book. Thank you for all you have done for my mother and for many, many others.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Dach MD on December 9, 2007
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Hypothyroidism the Unsuspected Illness, by Broda Barnes MD, is a medical classic and should be required reading for every medical student and doctor. I have read the book many times. The book contains the condensed wisdom of a lifetime of research and clinical experience with the thyroid, and it rings true today as it did in 1976. Thyroid blood tests come and go, yet human physiology remains the same.

Broda Barnes estimated that up to 40% of the population suffers from a low thyroid condition and would benefit from thyroid medication. Of course, Barnes' opinion differed with that of mainstream medicine of his time which relied dogmatically on thyroid blood tests to make the diagnosis of low thyroid. Barnes felt the blood tests were unreliable and instead used the basal temperature, history and physical examination. This medical debate regarding unreliability of thyroid blood testing continues today.

Being an astute clinician, Dr. Barnes makes a number of observations about the low thyroid condition. Firstly, low thyroid is associated with a reduced immunity to infectious diseases such as TB. Before the advent of modern antibiotics in the 1940's, most low thyroid children succumbed to infectious diseases before reaching adulthood. Secondly, low thyroid is associated with a peculiar form of skin thickening called myxedema which causes a characteristic appearance of the face, puffiness around the eyes, fullness under the chin, loss of outer eyebrows, and hair thinning or hair loss.

A third observation by Dr. Barnes is that low thyroid is associated with menstrual irregularties, miscarriages and infertility. Barnes treated thousands of young women with thyroid which restored cycle regularity and fertility.
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