[P.S. There is a revised 2103 edition available for $9.99 (as PDF, Kindle and Nook) from newvoice[dot]net ]
I've seen well over a dozen books on thyroid. Too many contain mostly regurgitated conventional beliefs, a few were written mainly to sell the author's own nutrition products. Most insist thyroid medical tests are reliable. (How do they know this, anyway?)
This one is different. The author is a hypothyroid specialist and provides much evidence that over 50% of us have low thyroid problems - whether your own doctor's much-touted tests show it or not. This is the book that really helped me understand my low thyroid problems and I have also learned how to see the signs in others (from pix and explanations in the book of things like the arm pinch test and swollen necks).
Starr explains how all chronic pain is linked to low thyroid, including those involved with diabetes, heart problems, both bleeding (like gums, periods) & blood clots (including strokes) and some cancers. If you have any kind of chronic pain, you need to know 1. some are calling low thyroid the silent epidemic (silent because officially denied) and 2. that ALL the standard lab tests are WRONG, low thyroid and/or low adrenals are the most common health problem...
The only negative for me is that it did not really agree with the warning in two other excellent thyroid book about adrenal fatigue preventing recovery (these books are listed below). The adrenal involvement is a major problem because, even if you are able to get thyroid supplements, they may not work (especially if you take synthetic thyroid) and you would then assume you don't have a low thyroid problem, that it must be something else. This happened to me at the start of my long illness and was one of the major reasons - in addition to being assured by doctors that their lab tests "proved" there was nothing wrong with me - that I did not consider low thyroid again for over a decade.
So, I very gradually got worse and worse in health while I gained over 100 pounds despite eating very carefully indeed - it must be easier to realize a low thyroid involvement if you gain three stone in three months, as a friend of mine did. (Another one was that I have very thick head hair and every list of symptoms includes thinning hair - so please don't let this sort of thing put you off too. The truly knowledgeable writers comment that hair is actually more likely to become rough/coarse/wiry and that only about half of those with a low thyroid lose weight.
Also, if you are diabetic or TATT (tired all the time, even ME/CFS) or overweight (and can't lose it by dieting) or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, etc, etc, then you MUST read this book. If you have chronic health problems (and who doesn't, these days!) the information in this book may save your life in the long run and relieve pain in the shorter term.
P.P.S. Subsequent recommendations:
- The MUST-READ book on low thyroid is "Stop the Thyroid Madness", passionate and comprehensive, it explains that the most-used thyroid test is inaccurate and why synthetic thyroid does not work. The stopthethyroidmadness website has huge amounts of practical information and advice too.
- "Your Thyroid and How to Keep it Healthy: The Great Thyroid Scandal and How to Survive it" by one of the most experienced thyroid doctors.
- "Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It" by Brownstein can also be useful.
Broda Barnes trained doctors are the only ones who really understand thyroid issues. Some of them are successfully treating some cancers. Visit the Broda Barnes Foundation website to find out how to get a list of these doctors in your state.