[P.S. There is a revised 2103 edition available for $9.99 (as PDF, Kindle and Nook) from newvoice[dot]net ]
"Type 2" means all those thyroid problems for which there are no lab tests, which means they don't get diagnosed.
This book shows how much of poor health and all chronic pain is linked to often unsuspected low thyroid, including those involved with diabetes, heart problems, both bleeding (like gums, periods) & blood clots (including strokes) and some cancers. It is one of my two top reads for those who have (or suspect) low thyroid. 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) that affects between 40% and 60% of the population and2. there are no lab tests for most causes of low thyroid (mainstream doctors treat lab tests, not you, so you will be left in suffering and pain and, if you complain long enough, will be told it's all in your head - NO, it's in THEIR heads).
I've read hundreds of books on health including 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).
[later note: also recommending "Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed" by Steven F. Hotze, another good introduction]
The only negative for me is that it did not really agree with the warning in other excellent thyroid book about adrenal fatigue preventing recovery (the most practical of these 2 books, a how-to manual for both low thyroid and for adrenal issues - is 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, over more than 2 decades, I very gradually got worse and worse in health. I first read this as a published paper book years ago, when I was far less informed about low thyroid problems, although I had read most of the books available then. I gave it 5 stars then and would give it 10 now, if I could. [another later note: I have the paper copy of this book as well as this kindle version [later note: I also got the "revised 2013 edition" e-book] and make it a point to re-read the latest version when traveling. Every time I re-read it, I pick up something else relevant to my specific condition.]
Now - FINALLY - after over 20 years of low thyroid problems - undiagnosed and untreated by both generalist doctors and endo specialists - I consulted a Broda Barnes trained thyroid doctor and finally obtained a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. I still have a long way to go (mine is advanced, partly due to how long I have been left without treatment) but I am so much better now.
The author provides photos (some very old, unfortunately, but still informative) enabling anyone who studies them to identify low thyroid people at a glance. I can do that now - it's more obvious in those aged over 40 or 50 and in any room crowded with an older group, I can spot that over 80% exhibit what I call the "thyroid throat" - did you know there are NO fat cells in the throat? If your throat is swollen (example: double chin) or your neck has thickened, YOU HAVE LOW THYROID! I've been correct every single time that I have had the chance to follow up. Fortunately, you don't need to learn how to do this, there is a simple home self-test.
My other top pick is "Stop The Thyroid Madness" (STTM): I think this is the MOST important book and there is also a very helpful website with the same name; both are patient-empowering. The book is detailed and basically a practical manual for low thyroid and also adrenal insufficiency, which is common in low thyroid people.
Body temperature is crucial for evaluating your health. Both STTM website and book explain a quick and easy home test for identifying low thyroid in yourself, the FREE basal (at rest) temperature self-test, which is THE gold standard for low thyroid problems and - with your symptoms - means more than any lab test (although most conventional doctors, including endos, won't agree but then they're not trained to understand thyroid problems - go to the Broda Barnes foundation website and click on the "Educational Info" button on the left for how to get a list of these doctors in your state. The basal temperature home self-test will pick up conditions that current lab tests don't, such as thyroid resistance.
The stopthethyroidmadness website has excellent instructions for this self-test, as well as several for adrenal fatigue, which often goes hand-in-hand with low thyroid. The two most common health problems worldwide, they're rarely diagnosed or treated.