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Solved, the riddle of illness Hardcover – 1984

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"One of the most important books of our time . . . a perennial bestseller [that] shows you simple ways to understand and manage your thyroid gland so that you can make the most of your life physically, emotionally, and mentally."
--­­From the foreword by Dr. Dwayne Dyer

"Not only is Solved: The Riddle of Illness the best thyroid book, it is, by far, the best health book I have ever read. It saved my life!"
--Lee Swanson, president, Swanson Health Products

"The new edition of Solved: The Riddle of Illness reveals how to cope with stress that lowers thyroid function, depletes energy, and contributes to weight gain. Don't let undiagnosed hypothyroidism rob you of your zest for living!"
--Richard Passwater, Ph.D., author of Supernutrition: Megavitamin Revolution.

Solved: The Riddle of Illness reveals how low thyroid function, often overlooked or misdiagnosed, can be the underlying cause to a multitude of ailments. Author and thyroid expert Dr. Stephen Langer shows you simple ways to improve your overall health through diet, lifestyle changes, and natural alternatives, as well as a full range of medical options. You'll learn how to:

  • Get to the root of your health problems and find the healthiest way to treat them
  • Diagnose your condition and get the medical care you need
  • Deal with obesity, infertility, depression, and more, safely and effectively
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About the Author

Stephen Langer, M.D. received his medical training at New York College of Medicine in Buffalo, NY He has been president of the American Nutritional Medical Association since 1982 and has a private practice, specializing in orthomolecular medicine and clinical nutrition in Berkely, CA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Keats Pub (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087983370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879833701
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,735,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
After months of crippling fatigue, severe depression, rapid weight gain, swelling of the legs, and hair loss, I had hoped at least one of my many specialists would have considered the obvious: hypothyroidism (I even had thyroid anitbodies which they insisted was "normal"). By some grace of God, I happened to move to the same town where Dr. Langer practices, and found a great advocate in him. He has put me on the right track with dessicated thyroid and already I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It makes me almost cry to think what my life would have been like had I not discovered this great book and exceptional doctor. Trust your instincts...if you don't feel well, you probably aren't well. Insist that your MD pursues your symptoms until they are gone. By the way, I still refer back to this book on a regular basis.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Mary VINE VOICE on April 5, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Solved: The Riddle of Illness (Third Edition), by Stephen
Langer,M.D. and James Scheer highligh the authors' tremendous
knowledge of nutritional medicine, and the relationship between
thyroid disease and many conditions, such as arthritis, obesity,
depression, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, sexual problems, and much
Dr. Langer, who is consistently ranked very highly by the
many patients who frequently recommend him in my Thyroid Top Doctors
Directory, and his colleague Jim Scheer -- a renowned author of
fifteen books on nutrition and health, and more than a thousand
magazine articles -- have updated this new edition to provide a
comprehensive holistic/nutritional approach to understanding thyroid
Dr. Langer is one of the innovative practitioners who
truly recognizes the issues surrounding hypothyroidism -- from
diagnosis, to treatment, to the underlying autoimmune challenges. He
is one of only a handful of practitioners around the country who I
feel truly understand thyroid disease, and are in a position to be
able to help thyroid patients.
The book addresses difficulties in
diagnosis, and various factors an astute practitioner should take into
account -- besides just TSH results -- to make a thyroid
Once diagnosed with hypothyroidism, far too many doctors
still tell you there's nothing you can do except take your thyroid
hormone to be well. But this book discusses ways to help enhance
wellness by providing the proper nutrition the thyroid
needs. Approaches recommended in the book may help with the
deficiencies underlying a condition, not to mention the symptoms that
frequently don't resolve despite conventional treatments.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Just Me on August 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
I consider myself very lucky for finding "Solved: The Riddle of Illness" in the Recently, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and only because I had enough guts to ask my doctor to check my thyroid for possible problems. Before the diagnosis, I had so many symptoms "without the cause" that, in late thirties, I thought my life is slipping away. The suggested cure was "lose weight and take it easy." In other words, it was indirectly suggested that "everything is in my mind." If I only had this book then! I could've escaped from much misery and anxiety that is hard to describe even in thousands of words! "Solved: The Riddle of Illness" is my best friend now. Stephen E. Langer, M.D & James F. Scheer discus hypothyroid problems and their symptoms clearly, thoroughly, candidly. (One author has the condition.) I admire the authors for showing respect to the ordinary people's medical intelligence and give the! m an incredible tool - the knowledge of illness - to better their lives. It is one of the best health books I've ever read. Five star scale is not sufficient to rate it. My visits to an HMO doctor's office last five minutes, and this book will stay with me forever. All the information shared gave me understanding of the debilitating illness. Now, I have hope that there is much I can do to control it and eventually to come back to normal life. Thank you, Stephen E. Langer and James F. Scheer, from the bottom of my heart! I recommend this book to everyone who has unexplainable depression, fatigue, who lost love of life, or who is simply genuinely interested in staying healthy. Not just 75,000 copies but millions should be printed and discovered by such lucky readers like me.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Meah True TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 21, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an RN, I have probably administered hundreds of thyroid replacement tablets during my career, all the while believing I was well versed in the medication, as well as the illness, itself. I was wrong! This book drives home, that thyroid disease is serious business! Unfortunately, health care revolves around a 'medical model,' where there is a tendency to diminish the seriousness of some illnesses, when there is a little pill that can be thrown down the throat. Hypothyroidism is, in fact, a difficult illness to manage, and oral supplementation is not a simple, quick fix, for most. No, it is a fine balancing act---one that demands that you have a Dr. who monitors your lab values closely, and then balances the results with your reported symptoms. What could be more important, when you're dealing with a hormone that affects the metabolism of every single cell in your body.

If you, or a loved one has, or suspects, thyroid disease, you must read this book. 'SOLVED: THE RIDDLE OF ILLNESS,' will take you through every body system, explaining the role of the thyroid in maintaining health and balance. If you just wonder if you have thyroid disease, you will be introduced to the 'Barnes Basal Temperature Test,' which you can perform at home, that is often indicative of hypothyroid. You will also be armed with all of the symptoms, to do a self assessment.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If I had read it sooner (yes, nurses are terrible patients), I would have been more pro-active in addressing my own thyroid issues, instead of attributing symptoms to the aging process. Now some secondary complications may, or may not, be reversible. For example, I have been having significant night blindness. My Dr.
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