Stop the Thyroid Madness: a Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Thyroid Treatment by Janie Bowthorpe review by Jeffrey Dach MD
Written by a non-professional, this is the most important thyroid book to come out in the last few years. The book is timely because of two factors:
Number one) For decades, mainstream medicine has been guilty of mismanaging the low thyroid condition.
Number two) Patients are now empowered by the internet to collectively share notes and devise their own strategies for thyroid testing and treatment.
One of these empowered e-patients is Janie Bowthorpe, owner of the Stop-the-thyroid-Madness-blog. In her book, Janie describes her ordeal with years of crippling fatigue, all the while her doctors told her "the labs were normal", and insisting she was adequately treated with Synthroid, the mainstream T4 thyroid medication. Apparently she was not adequately treated.
Switched from Synthroid to Armour
Eventually after many years of needless suffering, Janie visited an internet thyroid message board and discovered information about natural thyroid medication called Armour. Empowered with this new information, Janie switched over from the Synthroid to the Armour, and experienced a dramatic recovery, and has been well ever since.
Janie's Amazing Journey
The first section of her book chronicles this amazing journey, and later sections are the condensed wisdom from her blog and message boards. Important chapters in the book deal with the superior clinical results of Armour natural thyroid compared to Synthroid, the unreliability of the TSH test, and the issue of adrenal fatigue in relation to the low thyroid condition.Read more ›
I don't normally write a lot of book reviews, even though I read tons of books, but this book, this author, this human being has helped me so tremendously (and I have never even met her) that I felt compelled to write a review in hopes that it can help so many more people who are struggling without a support system.
Are you not feeling like yourself, maybe it came on suddenly...or maybe it has been coming on for many years? Is it harder and harder to recover from illness? Is your doctor telling you that you are too fat because you eat too much and don't exercise enough, but you know that is not the case? Do you feel tired and stressed a lot, or unable to deal with the stresses in your life feeling overwhelmed? Are you less enthusiastic about life, even depressed? Do you have a tendency to overheat or get very cold especially in the hands and feet? Is your digestion sluggish with constipation or diarrhea? Is your skin getting drier, hair thinning? Are you gaining weight for no reason, have stubborn fat in certain areas that you can't lose no matter how hard you diet and exercise, or are you losing despite how many calories you eat? Are you looking much older for your age than you normally would age? Do you look in the mirror and say, "When did I get so ugly?" Do you have dark circles under your eyes, puffy bags, a puffy or overly gaunt face? It is harder and harder to get the same amount of work done in a day? Do you feel like you are getting stupid, unable to concentrate, misplacing items? Do you bruise more easily; are your bones more fragile? Have you been diagnosed with thyroid disease, but still feel horrible despite your medications and blood work coming back "fine"?Read more ›
This book is the most comprehensive book, that I've read, out there that gives patients who've just been diagnosed with thyorid problems or who have been under treated with Synthroid by their doctors for years, because according to their "labs" everything looks fine. There is a revolution underway. Thyroid patients are getting fed up being under treated with Synthroid and re-discovering Armour.
If you are trying to make the switch from Synthroid to Armour, tried once before and assumed you reacted badly (when the symptoms might have been due to adrenal fatigue) and are ready to try again, or are already on Armour and being under treated, this book will guide you through it.
The author's website [...] is a good place to start. This book will become your Thyroid "bible" to help you determine which tests you need to ask for, and finding a doctor who will work with you and treat you according to symptoms and not by "perfect labs". This book will help you explain to your doctor why treating according to the labs is going to leave you under treated.
July 17, 2011:
Janie has a revised edition of "Stop The Thyroid Madness" available on her website. And Amazon has it! As great as the 1st edition is, the 2nd edition is even more fabulous and packed with even more information.
I truly appreciate this book and the doctor recommendations on the website. I was going to an endocrinologist recommended in my area, but I found a local GP who is wonderful.
The test border numbers for blood pressures, diabetes, and cholesterol have been consistently moved downward to catch these diseases earlier, but this has never been done with the numbers for thyroid conditions - and untreated hypothyroid can cause extensive organ damage, including to the heart as well as midline obesity and all the myriad problem THAT brings with it, including early death.
I have been fed up over the years with doctors who have had the "healer" squeezed right out of them in their pharmaceutically-financed educations. My doctor, who actually listens and thinks, rather than just looking up numbers in a list or book, prescribed Armour for me based on SYMPTOMS (what a novel idea! - if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it might just be a duck!). He even commented that many doctors treat by test numbers instead of symptoms, and that people are not all the same and that symptoms and quality of life matter (how did I get so lucky?).
I avoid medications as much as possible, and take VERY few for my age (68). I believe whole-heartedly in wholistic approaches and taking synthetic T4 only, or separately adding synthetic T3 only, rather than taking a natural dessicated thyroid containing naturally balanced components that you don't get with the synthetics. There is a synergy in everything we consume - calcium doesn't absorb properly without magnesium, for example. All the thyroid components interact together to function properly, which is no doubt why ALL symptoms are not addressed with synthetics, but are addressed with dessicated thyroid.Read more ›