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Recovering with T3: My Journey from Hypothyroidism to Good Health Using the T3 Thyroid Hormone Paperback – Nov 30 2011


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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Elephant in the Room Books (Nov. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957099304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957099302
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.7 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By char on March 14 2012
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I'm hypothyroid and have been sick for over 20 years. This book has literally changed my quality of life.The information in this book is vital in the recovery to many people who are medicated but never feel well.Also check John.C Lowe for T3 treatment one of the leaders in this field.
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Many patients for many years have been self treating or experimenting with their own bodies to bring their sacred health back into balance. Many of these patients suffer from thyroid related problems and especially nutritional imbalances and lack of exercise. This surely holds true for citizens of the UK. With their medical professionals lacking education in these areas, the population has increasingly suffered from improper diagnosing and incorrect treatment of thyroid-ism.

In his book, this author has written about his own struggles with this disease and offers up his theory on using the T3 thyroid hormone on its own, without the use of T4. Many medical professionals are weary of doing this, prescribing T3 alone, so he's done his own research to find a balance within himself and to improve his overall life. It's a good basic read on how T3 acts in the body and how it can be used to promote a lifetime of good health and empowerment to stay healthy.

Much of the book examines his own personal discoveries and his willingness to keep moving forward; to find the answers which will give him back his life. He's hopeful that this knowledge will benefit those who cannot seem to improve on T3/T4 medications alone. Many doctors in the UK won't even consider this program so he's also hopeful that his personal story and his studies will change their outlook; that they will delve deeper into understanding the proper uses of T3. I find the book very helpful in this regard and hope that those who need extra information on this subject will read it and begin to apply some of the ideas in their own practices.

There are several incorrect statements in the book regarding vitamin supplements, etc.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Help with Understanding Thyroid Disease Jan. 3 2012
By BCWatchdog - Published on Amazon.com
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Paul Robinson has written an extremely helpful, well-researched and documented book on thyroid disease. While the book is about his success in using T3 therapy, it is also a book that anyone with thyroid issues would find insightful.

Like Paul, I have Hashimoto's. Like Paul, I spent too many years on ineffective thyroid supplementation which did not improve my level of health or sense of well-being. Like Paul, my doctors were only concerned with the results of my blood tests -- not with how I felt. Like Paul, I finally found (through a somewhat enlightened physician) T3 therapy which made life worth living again. Paul's struggles, both in his personal life and career, mirror mine. And, I feel certain, having spent innumerable hours on the internet reading about thyroid disease victims who have been improperly treated, there are thousands and thousands of others like us worldwide. For them, this book is a lifeline to leading a life worth living. In addition, for those physicians with an `enquiring mind', Paul's book will assist them not only in learning more about thyroid disease and treatment, but in helping to `do no harm' - the Hipprocratic oath that too many have forgotten or ignored.

However, even if you are not a thyroid disease sufferer who needs T3 only supplementation, I would strongly recommend this book for all the information it provides, in particular, the identification of other health issues, both major and minor, that can affect T4 conversion and, resultantly, cause thyroid hormone supplementation not to work. Fortunately, for the reader, Paul, in spite of poor health, was able to persevere, in a logical and systematic manner, toward finding out what worked for him. Thank goodness for his attention to detail and recordkeeping as it has paid dividends, not only for him, but for the rest of us who have wrestled with these issues.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
An Essential Read for ANYONE Suffering from Hypothyroidism Jan. 21 2012
By Brian Hinson - Published on Amazon.com
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I must start out by stressing that this book is wondeful for anyone suffering from hypothyroidism, regardless of whether they want or need to try t3 only therapy. I personally use t4/t3 treatment, yet still found much useful information in this book, particularly on t3 dosing, and how t3 interacts with cortisol.

The book does a great job of explaining how thyroid hormones work, both t4 and t3, and what may have gone wrong when t4 only (or t4/t3 therapy) fails to return a person to optimal health. To date, I've not yet seen a book that has truly addressed this.

Unfortunately, most thyroid books fail to explain exactly how thyroid hormones work in your body and, more importantly, why the particular form of thyroid hormone you are taking may not be working for you as hoped. Worse, most thyroid books seem to be premised on the view that everyone will recover on t4 therapy or t4/t3 therapy, which is just not true. Paul manages to fully explain everything a hypothyroid patient needs to know, especially those that fail to truly recover on t4 only therapy, yet this book is very easy to read and comprehend.

Perhaps even more importantly, this book is very detailed in dosing -- in other words, how to make t3 work for you. This was actually the main attraction of this book for me. Although the dosing is for t3 only users, I think many of the principles can be applied to t4/t3 therapy. I have never seen any thyroid book that gave much detail on how to find your correct dose of meds. Patients need to have access to this kind of information. It would be nice to think we could rely on our doctors for this information, but as Paul's experiences make clear, most patients need to rely on themsleves -- and then find a doctor who is willing to be open-minded and listen. Doctors know so little about t3 (as the author aptly points out) that finding one to prescribe it for you certainly doesn't guarantee that he or she will be able to tell you how to use in a manner that restores your health. Patients need help with how to determine a correct dosage, and this book definitely fills the bill on that account.

I also found the concept of dosing t3 in a manner to achieve normal cortisol levels very significant and fascinating. I agree that the adrenals may not be able to work properly if they do not have the proper thyroid hormone, or enough of the proper thyroid hormones at the right times. I dislike the use of the term "adrenal fatigue" as it implies the adrenals are somehow "exhausted," not simply that they are working improperly due to lack of proper thyroid hormone. However, I didn't find this to detract from the book at all as the author makes it quite clear that those suffering with true Adrenal Insufficiency or Addison's will not recover adrenal function with his methods. I do worry the use of this term will discredit the book with doctors, but perhaps they can overlook this as well.

I don't agree with everything in this book, but I don't expect one person to know everything. I also emphasize that what I think to be errors are insignficant to the big pciture and do not detract from all the wonderul information contained in the book, information that is backed up by science and citations as well as personal experience.

I do feel a need to point out the errors, though. One thing that caught my eye is the assertion that t4 medication has not had to meet FDA regulation. It's true that t4 medications were grandfathered in for a long time, perhaps at the time the author wrote his statements, however, they have since been forced to undergo FDA regulations some time ago due to concerns over product consistency.

I also think the author's experiences with such greatly fluctuating TSH results while on t3 only therpay is not due to being on t3 or the timing of labs, but is more likely due to having a very bad case of Hashi's. In my experience, and those of others I know, a suppressed TSH does not jump up over range simply because of what time of day you are getting your labs done. TSH generally remains significantly suppressesed on t3 therpay (or even t4/t3 therapy)until you stop taking your medication. I personally would be converned about such fluctuating TSH results while on suppressive doses of meds and would consider looking into methods to lower the autoimmune attack, such as going gluten free, which is known to lower Hashi attacks.

I also don't think that a ft4 of .3 while on t3 only means the thyroid gland has necessarily undergone more destruction due to Hashi's. I don't have hahi's and yet my ft4 fell to .2 to .4 depending on how much t3 I took. I understand why the author came to these conclusions, even though I don't agree with them.

But again, I want to make clear that these minor statement or conclusions that I personally believe to be erroneous do not take away from this book at all or it ability to greatly help many people. I highly recommend this book to anyone with hypothyroidism and certainly everyone who has found t4 to leave them less than fully recovered. I applaud the author for taking the time to share his experiences and research and hope it will further continued research and use of t3 as a treatment for hypothyroid patients worldwide.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
TAKING YOUR LIFE IN YOUR OWN HANDS.... Dec 15 2011
By ~Kiwi~ - Published on Amazon.com
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Many patients for many years have been self treating or experimenting with their own bodies to bring their sacred health back into balance. Many of these patients suffer from thyroid related problems and especially nutritional imbalances and lack of exercise. This surely holds true for citizens of the UK. With their medical professionals lacking education in these areas, the population has increasingly suffered from improper diagnosing and incorrect treatment of thyroid-ism.

In his book, this author has written about his own struggles with this disease and offers up his theory on using the T3 thyroid hormone on its own, without the use of T4. Many medical professionals are weary of doing this, prescribing T3 alone, so he's done his own research to find a balance within himself and to improve his overall life. It's a good basic read on how T3 acts in the body and how it can be used to promote a lifetime of good health and empowerment to stay healthy.

Much of the book examines his own personal discoveries and his willingness to keep moving forward; to find the answers which will give him back his life. He's hopeful that this knowledge will benefit those who cannot seem to improve on T3/T4 medications alone. Many doctors in the UK won't even consider this program so he's also hopeful that his personal story and his studies will change their outlook; that they will delve deeper into understanding the proper uses of T3. I find the book very helpful in this regard and hope that those who need extra information on this subject will read it and begin to apply some of the ideas in their own practices.

There are several incorrect statements in the book regarding vitamin supplements, etc. and the editing could have been much better, but overlooking these small problems, I find this to be a wonderful attempt at giving the world a useful bit of information which will give people a chance to live a healthier, happier life.

It helps to be reminded in all healing situations that healing is a natural function of the body, in collaboration with the mind and spirit. Disease or a failure to heal, signals a dysfunction in one or all systems. It could reduce health problems if we learn to give our body-mind-soul all the natural advantages needed to promote self-healing. We are all humble healers with a noble mission to keep our bodies in the best condition possible. It is natural for us to search and search until we find those answers.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Paul really knows how T3 works Feb. 9 2012
By Snows of Yesteryear - Published on Amazon.com
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Paul Robinson's book is extremely helpful for hypothyroid patients who find T4 treatment (Synthroid, Levothyroxine) unhelpful or even worse than no treatment. He provides in-depth information to help understand why T4 may not be helpful, why standard TSH and even Free T3 and T4 tests may not provide dosage guidance, and how to optimize your treatment with T3. I have been using T3 for 2 months now with mixed results, and Paul's suggestions as to dosage, timing, and supplements are right on and have helped me improve my response to T3 instead of guessing what the problem was. I am feeling better, losing weight (slowly which is good), eating more with a good appetite, and sleeping much better. I still have to improve my adrenals and I think it will be a slow process but I am glad to have some guidance.

When I started on 50 mcg of T4 15 months ago, I believed I was going to improve my health. Low thyroid is a cause of high LDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight gain, and fatigue as well as a host of other symptoms. I hoped to help these problems and improve my long term health. I had been feeling well, losing 1 lb per month steadily on a low carb diet, with good blood glucose results and good energy. But my LDL was still high and I worried about the long-term consequences of low thyroid function on my heart.

I did not expect to gain 10 lbs back in 3 months, to have much lower energy, to have hair falling out, and to have muscle pain that led to a frozen shoulder. I increased my exercise to an hour a day of strenuous bicycling and logged everything that I ate (avg of 1200 calories per day). I increased my dose of T4 (from my doctor) to 100 mcg per day with no change. I did not lose one pound in three months. My conclusion was that T4 did not work, and my doctor changed my dose to a natural thyroid product that included T3. I saw minor improvements for a couple of weeks which then disappeared. I went to 120 mcg of natural thyroid (2 grains). Still no improvement.

I stopped the T4 and switched to T3. I felt somewhat better but not much. I eventually discovered that I needed iron for the T3 to work, and after than I was able to find a consistent dose that was effective. Within a week of starting iron supplementation, my frozen shoulder resolved completely. My sister went through a similar process, but found that she needed selenium.

I am including my history because I believe many people suffer from hypothyroid symptoms that are not relieved by medication and need to learn how to improve their health. As Paul says, we are each responsible for our own health and you must learn what works for you. The medical system is geared to treat those who respond optimally to therapy; it does not have answers for those of us whose issues are non-standard.

You will not find any help in this book for weight loss. But if your thyroid therapy isn't working, this book will guide you with what lab tests you need, and how to work with your doctor to find out why. At this point I don't even care if I lose weight - I just want to feel well, have less pain, and enjoy my life more.

One year later: Progress continues. I feel better and better, continuing the same dosage of T3 and supplements. So much has changed: My fast-twich muscle fibers have returned, and I can again take stairs two at a time on a run. I thought that had changed forever. The spring in my jogging step is back. I sleep though the night. I eat carbs again and don't gain weight (unless I overdo the desserts). I feel like I did in my 30s. I am more cheerful, have energy to spare, and get so much more done. The extra few inches around my waist don't matter to me. I feel like I have been given my life back.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read for Anyone Struggling with Hashimotos!! Jan. 20 2012
By Janice Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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This book by Paul Robinson was written for people like me, who have thyroid issues, see doctors, take meds and still have all of the symptoms that keep us feeling unwell both physically and emotionally. I am a 60 year old retired teacher and have had thyroid problems for many years. I've been on medications that work for a very short time and then all the symptoms would come back. I switched to a naturopathic doctor about a year ago and we have been trying herbs, acupuncture, creams, you name it. My tested levels fell within normal ranges but I still felt horrible. Last week I joined a FB discussion group called Hashimotos 411. I wanted to hear from other people and find out what they were doing to feel better. What I found were lots of people strugglIng to regain their health and get their lives back, like me.

Last week, I read a post there about this particular book which came out in November. In reading the book, the author documents his success in his personal challenge to improve his health. The book includes details, reflections, suggestions and protocols that gave Paul Robinson recovery from Hashimotos and his life back. Not to be misleading, this is NOT about a cure. There is no "cure" for Hashimotos. But by using T3 in a different way, he had recovered his feeling of health. When I read it, it all made perfect sense. So I decided to try it. I already had the rx because I take T3 and I decided to implement the things he did that applied to my condition and symptoms.

Within 2 days, yes, I said 2 days...I felt like myself! It worked!! It's like someone turned a switch on and my life came back. It's now been 5 days and the aches and pains are gone, my body temp is up to normal! It been years since I felt this good! I am amazed and grateful to Paul for taking the time to write the book and bring hope and light to those in the dark and sometimes lonely place of Hashimotos. The book covers everything you need to know. If you still don't feel well after doing what the doctors tell you, this book is a must read! It can change your life...it did mine!


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