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Mark Starr
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March 4 2005
Dr. Starr has written a clear and understandable explanation of why so many people today are suffering from hypothyroidism, despite ‘normal’ blood tests that throw their doctors off the track. This book is a compilation of the overwhelming evidence that not only is the modern laboratory testing used to diagnose hypothyroidism completely inadequate, but also the current treatment for the illness is equally lacking efficacy.

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Dr. Starr is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine. He has studied with President Kennedy's famous pain specialist, Hans Kraus, M.D., and Lawrence S. Sonkin, Ph.D., renowned endocrinologist at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book. Sept. 5 2007
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I highly recommend this book. As a health coach and provider of health supporting alkalizing water filters and magnetic sleep pads 4optimal life, I am now recommending it to anyone with a low basal temperature or anyone else who has a chronic illness which doctors can't seem to help. I suggest that everyone take their basal temperature by placing a "glass" thermometer snugly in the armpit for 10 minutes before rising in the morning several days in a row and record. Temperature readings of 97.8 to 98.2 F. (36.6 to 36.8 C) are considered normal. Readings below 97.8 F are highly indicative of hypothyroidism. Menstruating women should take theirs on the second or third day after the menstrual flow starts. Dr. Star suggests most diabetics are hypothyroid. This is one of the important books to purchase if you are in questionable health, have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol and arteriosclerosis. I also recommend "Iodine, Why You Need it and Why You Can't Live Without It" by Dr. David Brownstein. Read the testimonials for Hypothyroidism Type 2 on the amazon.com website
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thyroid epidemic and treatment April 24 2013
By Kep
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Good information on the state of our health today and how treatment has varied over the centuries. His recommendation to use natural thyroid hormones vs. synthetic got me to switch and I must say I prefer using natural. I agree with this doctor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thyroid epidemic revealed.... PLEASE give this book to all your doctors!! Oct. 16 2006
By J. Akaha - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a family history of thyroid disease including both Hashimoto and Graves Disease. I took radioactive iodine for Graves disease 19 years ago, and have been on synthetic thyroid for many years. (Now supplemented with T3 dessicated thyroid hormone).

When my kids started experiencing severe medical problems we went to psychiatrists, endocrinologists and even a homeopath in search of answers. Their illnesses were described as non-specific depression, immune disorder, adrenal fatigue, etc.

I finally found a terrific internist who understood natural hormone balancing and who also shared Dr. Starr's belief that thyroid disorder has reached epidemic proportions, particularly among women. She immedietely started treating my daughter with thyroid hormone, but ignored thyroid disorder as a possible cause of my son's problems. It was this doctor who actually suggested that I read this book, and she gave a copy of this book to my son's psychiatrist as well. The psychiatrist had diagnosed my son with adrenal fatigue and was treating him with hydrocordisone and lexapro. He seemed to be improving, but he still was not ready to return to college this fall due to severe insomnia, inability to wake up, inability to deal with stress (adrenal fatigue) and fuzzy thinking.

Our last appointment was two days ago and the doctor had not only read the book, but had contacted Dr. Hertoghe in order to make sure that he knew exactly how to test patients. In a very short time was able to integrate all of Dr. Starr's ideas into his understanding of how our bodies work, and more importantly for us, saw my son's problems in a totally new way which I believe will be a breakthough in his long illness. Armed with this new knowledge, he was able to explain to us that my son's low basal temperature (it was 95.6 underarm mid afternoon and 3 degrees higher orally) was way too low for him to wake up in the morning. It had also been overlooked on earlier labs that his T3 was below range because his T4 was within range.

Clearly, we were very lucky to find an extraordinary doctor who isn't afraid to embrace new ideas. If everyone who reads this book gives this book to just one doctor, maybe we can make mainstream medicine take notice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will be mad as Hell (when you read this book)!! June 10 2006
By James T. Webber, MD - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Starr returns to the essence of medicine: Listening to what the patient has to say and looking at the patient and finding evidence to make the diagnosis. He pays great homage to the early pioneers in thyroidology, referencing their publications and insights, and provides photographs clearly showing the physical consequences when thyroid hormones, despite "normal" laboratory tests, are not working. At last, someone has stepped up to the plate and decried the medical profession's reliance, no, blind faith, in third-party medicine (blood, spit, urine lab tests). Skepticism helped medicine leap forward centuries ago. Dr. Staar's excellent book brings it on. After reading this book, you will know, you, or someone dear to you, will have some expression of hypothyroidism type 2 (thyroid hormone resistance syndrome). His book will empower you to seek, no, insist, on getting the proper treatment. Dr. Staar's assessment that this is an epidemic is true. This is a must-read for all healthcare professionals.
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3.0 out of 5 stars review of "Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic" Sept. 23 2009
By Edward R. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
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As anyone knows who has used endocrinologists, it is totally frustrating to be treated by a doctor who treats lab tests, rather than symptoms. Mark Starr is a doctor who treats symptoms, and who is willing to use thyroid-suppressive therapies to get rid of all symptoms, so this puts him ahead of the pack. His description of thyroid resistance and its genetic under-pinnings is really helpful.

However, I rate this book only 3 stars. I do this because Starr's account is incomplete. He completely fails to acknowledge the existence of rT3 (reverse T3, or DT3, the mirror image of LT3, which is the desirable left-hand form) and the use of the FT3/rT3 ratio as a diagnostic measure. As a survivor of celiac disease who understands how the deranged biochemistry of Celiac-Sprue can force the body into making excess rT3, I know why it is important for some patients to have combination T3+T4 therapy, or even T3-only therapy, which Starr does not do. I have closely followed the thought of John C. Lowe DC on the benefits of T3 therapy, as well as the thought of alternative practitioners like Kent Holtorf MD, who frequently uses time-release T3 on his patients. Starr appears to be unaware of the trends in treatment initiated by practitioners such as Lowe and Holtorf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on Target Aug. 2 2005
By shoey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have traveled from Florida to see Dr. Starr and will continue to do so because he is right on target with my diagnosis and treatment. His book shows how this problem is an epidemic and is being totally ignored. When blood tests actually do show a problem it is being ineffectively treated, which I can attest to. Now that I understand the issues I can better deal with my health problems that grow less and less each day. I've sent my mother and my sister to see Dr. Starr. His claim that this disease runs in families is true in my case as well. I'm the fourth generation with thyroid problems. I finally feel as if I have found a health practitioner that truly understands my problems.

If anyone has any doubt that hypothyroidism is not an epidemic, or you want to convince your doctor to listen to you, please run out and buy this book. It will make you understand the issues and the interactions with heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many others.
70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for anyone with chronic health problems! Oct. 9 2008
By D&D - Published on Amazon.com
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[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.
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