Overcoming Thyroid Disorders Paperback – Apr 2002
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As a practitioner of functional medicine he uses western allopathic medicine as well as alternative approaches and encourages natural remedies to help the thyroid before prescribing hormones.. He digs and tries to find the root cause of the symptoms. He acknowledges that labs don't tell the whole story. He will not rely 100% on lab results as he looks at the patient's overall symptoms, personal and family history. He will use naturally desiccated thyroid hormones such as Amour or Nature-throid, if he feels the need. He offers a theory on the root cause of Hashimoto's disease pointing to a deficiency of iodine and antioxidants. Currently mainstream medicine does not know the root cause for Hashimoto's. He points out, how can you adequately treat a condition when you don't know what is causing it.
Dr. Brownstein is a very big advocate of taking iodine in the form of Lugol or Iodoral(a mixture of iodine and iodide) for thyroid and many other disorders. This use of Iodine is very controversial as allopathic medicine believes that high dose supplementation of iodine may cause hypothyroidism, and may worsen Hashimoto's symptoms. Dr. Brownstein firmly stands behind his approach and backs it up with case histories and research done by Dr. Guy Abraham and others.
The book also talks about Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Coagulation disorders, diet, detoxing and other issues that may affect or look like a thyroid issue.
This is not a self help book but rather an overview to his holistic approach on treating thyroid disorders or what appears to be one. I recommend this book for anyone (patient or practitioner) wishing to learn alternative treatment approaches to conventional allopathic medicine. Dr. Brownstein maintains a website called [...]. where you may learn more about the many conditions he has successfully treated. To learn more on the use of Iodine, see Dr. Brownstein's book, "Iodine, "Why you need it. Why you can't Live Without It". Also see Dr. Guy Abraham's website at [...] where many of his research papers are available.