by Richard L. Shames and Karilee Halo Shames
An often misdiagnosed and untreated condition, thyroid disease plagues 33 million people in the United States alone, more than a third of whom don't know they have a problem. The authors present 10 steps for confronting the realities of a low-functioning thyroid. Since blood tests don't always reveal thyroid problems, the authors suggest other ways people can monitor their own symptoms of fatigue, dry skin, severe acne, and infertility, to name a few. The authors suggest how to find the best combination of drugs and treat low thyroid and offer a simple diet, supplemented with vitamins and minerals, that can enhance the effect of these medicines. Other topics include environmental, genetic, and emotional factors that influence the autoimmune response to low thyroid. Concluding sections of the book outline how low-thyroid sufferers can share their new insights with their doctors and discuss the controversial issue of a connection between fluoride and thyroid problems.
HarpRes, 2001, 314 p., hardcover
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