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Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment 2nd Edition
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-Most doctors don't know what they're talking about when it comes to dosing RX for hypothyroidism.
- If they're prescribing Synthroid, they're in the dark ages.
-Docs should prescribe NATURAL DESICCATED THYROID ("NDT"), which has both T3 and T4, like our bodies produce.
-NDT includes Armour, Nature Throid, WP Thyroid by Ancella.
-Most docs UNDER-PRESCRIBE thyroid RX, even if they are enlightened enough to prescribe NDT
-My doc prescribed 2.5 grains but most people require 3-5 grains daily. This is why I WAS GAINING SO MUCH WEIGHT.
-Can't find a doc who will prescribe NDT or is your doc under-prescribing your dose? You can buy it online without a prescription! This book tells you the names of those products.
-Most docs do a "basic panel" of thyroid -- just TSH, Free T4 and Free T3. You need MUCH more than that. You need REVERSE T3, thyroid antibodies, and other lab results.
-The book explains that your adrenal function could be complicating your situation and gives you self-tests ('discovery tests') you can do at home that will tell you if you may have a problem. These include the pupil dilation test, the several-times-a-day-temperature monitoring exercise and more.
-This book tells you HOW TO ORDER THOSE LABS WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION OR DOCTOR APPROVAL. So you can take the matter into your own hands instead of waiting around for a doctor who will never come through without YOUR ACTION!
I had a total thyroidectomy several weeks ago and had to research everything on the subject. The goal of my research? To find out what awaits me with a thyroidless life. Thanks to Janie Bowthrope, I found the next chapters in my life are up to me! And no, you do not need to have a medical degree to understand why. "Empirical Data" (actually experienced) can be even better and Bowthorpe has hundreds, if not thousands, of "people like us." So, this is not just her story, it is a tapestry of many stories.
Janie A. Bowthrope does not hold back on spoilers or refuse to be of help unless you buy her materials. She is quite frank "how our thyroid is working can affect our very essence of life" and that big pharma is profiting by keeping us mental vegetables. I was able to switch over to meds similar to what she found worked for her, and able to do it before I lost energy and gumption to do it. I was giving Synthroid a try post op because that is the only word my Doctor seemed to know. But after two weeks on it, I was starting to loose my hair, energy, interest in any projects, and other hypo symptoms I definitely wanted to nip in the bud. But according to my endocrinologist my tests looked "splendidly normal."
There are so few Doctors writing scripts for the better game plan - I had to say something, and say it like I meant it. As I sat there waiting to see her, I noticed the huge 4 color anatomy poster was a gift from "Levothyroxine" (makers of Synthroid) and losing confidence in my position. It is very suffocating to feel the quality of your life depends on one person. In this case, it did! A person who felt I was doing "splendid."
When she arrived, I told that Doctor if she did not write me Armour my surgeon would refer me to a Doctor that would. Much to my surprise she leaned over and wrote it. This was one of the best days of my life. Because it also gave me a precedent, if she ever leaves practice.
There are several other ways to secure NDT but I personally would prefer it to be a script, if possible, and monitored by my insurance recognized medical. Janie Bowthorpe has many suggestions, resources and insight. I am SO GLAD that she dedicated her life to the cause even after she got better. She could have left us behind! (I know, Left Behind is another book :) And that she had the GUTS to even take a public position against Big Pharma. Sometimes no income in the world is worth standing up against big regimes and she did.
Thank you so much! You have freed so many people with quality information.
- the menagerie of symptoms associated with thyroid disorders
- the lab tests I need ordered & optimal lab values
- how to heal your thyroid
- the medicine options for this condition
- the signs of trouble living with thyroid disease
- the limitations of most doctors
Every doctor should read this book! It will help you identify patients suffering from thyroid disease and how to effectively treat them.
I cannot recommend it highly enought.
Janie Bowthorpe, a thyroid patient herself, is a guiding angel who describes all of the symptoms of thyroid disorders that most doctors miss. Like Janie, I have had my share of inept, ignorant and stubborn doctors who failed to diagnose my condition (with so many clear symptoms!) and failed to treat me appropriately. I am therefore deeply appreciative of the handful of doctors who treat me appropriately, look at my clinical symptoms and are not slaves to lab results. (And when they do use labs, they look for "optimal" results, and not just "normal" labs.)
By reading this book, you will be able to learn of other patient experiences, to recognize symptoms, and to advocate for your own health and treatment. I add her "STTM" website is also a wealth of information.
I bought the first edition, and then bought the revised edition. The revised edition sits on my bookshelf full of bookmarks and dog-eared pages.
So impressed was I with the book that I bought copies for relatives who are also hypothyroid, and also other people in my life who suffer from the condition.
In short, this is a great book. For $20, it's a very cheap investment in one's health--which has no price and cannot be bought.
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