Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment
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Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment

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With even more pages, a new chapter on foods and supplements, and additions throughout the entire book, this informative Second Edition of the ever-popular classic, "Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment", continues to break ground as the ONLY thyroid patient-to-patient book on the market. It addresses a 60+ year, internationa...more
Paperback, First Edition, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Laughing Grape Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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Fran
Stop the Thyroid Madness
Author: Janie A. Bowthorpe
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Misinformation is really hard to counteract when you don’t realize what you are being told is incorrect. Doctors have always been considered the be all and end all when it comes to patient care. Many people never question their doctors, research their medications or find out the side effects of what was prescribed. The story you are about to hear and the information that I will relate when reviewing this book will definitely...more
Tricia McKean
Mixed feelings about this book.
It was informative, no denying it. However, I'm not sure I was a fan of the author's tone. She was very abrasive, anti-doctor, and defensive. Given many patients' histories of not being listened to by doctors, I can understand how many years of misdiagnosis can lead to bitterness. However, it does not make for a very inviting tone in a book. My husband is a medical student so I was really put-off by Bowthorpe's portrait of doctors as uncaring, unfeeling egomaniacs....more
Lessons
I'm very sorry I wasted good money on this book. The *so-called* author believes that she is helping, but in reality, it seems more like a ploy for attention. There are much better books available on dessicated thyroid meds and I would hopefully suggest you keep looking.

It did, however, lead me to her website which sells T-shirts and caps and things that no one could possibly need or want. But here again, she has that *need* to be celebrated. There is info on this site which may prove to be hel...more
Jodi
The bottom line is that Thyroxine doesn't even remotely have the same effect and make you feel the same, as Armour Thyroid. Standard blood tests for thyroid levels are also woefully inaccurate.

(Although mine have always tested very low since I became ill, this isn't the case for many).

As the `Stop the thyroid madness' website explains,

"The theory was that T4 would convert to the T3 needed for the body. But in nearly ALL patients on T4 meds, the T4 does NOT convert into an adequate amount of T3,...more
Verna
This book was a revelation for me. I finally discovered a whole group of people just like me. It is the bible for a certain segment of the population who do not fit into the standard medical definition of hypothyroidism and the usual conventional treatment prescibed by doctors. After reading this book, I felt fully validated for the first time in all of my years of feeling sick with thyroid disease and not knowing what to do about it. There is a current battle raging about the use of t4 only tre...more
Karen
Mar 31, 2014 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone on thyroid medication
I bought this book because one of my clients has an active thyroid disorder. This book came highly recommended to sussing out what all the lab test mean, and which ones are the best to run.

Since thyroid disorders run in my family, I figure it wasn't bad information to have on hand.

This book is an excellent resource -- IF you are taking thyroid medication. That is what it is geared towards. If you know you have thyroid disorder, and your doctor has put you on medication, likely Synthroid, this is...more
Trudee Hunter
When I completed 11 months of rehab (at home under the efficient and professional guidance of www.pointofreturn.com) I thought most of my health problems would resolve themselves.

This was 'wishful thinking' at its finest. Getting free from prescription drugs unravelled the real reason I had suffered with chronic insomnia, hypertension and depression for twenty five years. HYPOTHROIDISM!I was simultaneously diagnosed with ADRENAL FATIGUE after learning how to get properly tested by reading, "Stop...more
Cody
I think that the book can be beneficial for some. She does have her biases, but presents a lot of good information. Much of it wasn't new to me and didn't apply, but in general a good review.

I was diagnosed with severe hyperthyroidism over 35years ago. They treated it with radioactive iodine and so I am now hypo. For over 20 years I was on Synthroid 210mcg. About 13 years ago I found a more open minded doctor and he switched me to a combination of synthetic thyroid and natural dessicated thyroi...more
Lynn Serafinn
This book (referred to by its fans as "STTM") was the first I ever read on the subject of hypothyroidism and its treatment (or MIS-treatment, which is the case for many patients). It is a book written by a patient and advocate for the holistic and natural treatment of hypothyroidism and adrenal issues. For its intention, I give it 5 stars. However, as a book, it sometimes felt more like a collection of blog posts in that it was extremely repetitive throughout. Also, the author's view of correct...more
Angelique Zolomij
If you have hypothyroid?hashimotos and are still experieincing depression, exhaustion & other symptoms you NEED this book because the Rx your Dr gives you at the urging of Big Pharma, may make our THS levels look good, but only dessicated thryoid will make your symptoms manageable. This book explains how to get to the good Dr.s, what tests you need to find co-ocurring conditions and how to obtain wellness for yourself. I am so grateful I found this book.
John Macgregor
One of the better primers on yet another thing Medicine gets wrong - treatment of hypothyroid conditions.

The author (a Texas housewife) did this research & wrote this book because no doctor could tell her how to fix her thyroid condition. So she did it herself - & this is the result.

Covers the basics of self-diagnosis & self-treatment - a safer & more conservative approach that risking your health with a doctor, it seems.

Poorly written & formatted, which is a bit distracting...more
Verna
This book was a revelation for me. I finally discovered a whole group of people just like me. It is the bible for a certain segment of the population who do not fit into the standard medical definition of hypothyroidism and the usual conventional treatment prescibed by doctors. After reading this book, I felt fully validated for the first time in all of my years of feeling sick with thyroid disease and not knowing what to do about it. There is a current battle raging about the use of t4 only tre...more
Slbarto
The group (FTPO on Facebook) and the blog posts helped educate me on thyroid - the interactions and how the systems are supposed to work together. Along with Paul Robinson's Recovering with T3, I was able to resolve my thyroid issues and discover my underlying issue which was the reason for my thyroid disorder.

The issue I have with this book is the tone. I believe it will turn many people off and puts doctors on the defensive. In reality, I believe entering into partnerships with our doctors is...more
Ashli
Good information amid a lot of anecdotes about thyroid diseases. Good book for someone recently diagnosed.
Adrienne
I highly recommend this book if you have any concerns about any thyroid issues. I give the content 5 stars. It has great, thorough information. That said, I give the whole book 3 stars because I thought the book itself was poorly organized. Apparently the book is not written for "beginners" but rather those who are on the madness train. It takes the author until chapter 12 to explain what T3 is and does after she has been talking about it for 11 chapters. She begins the book by explaining medica...more
Julia
This book is SUPER helpful if you have any of the issues covered. It can sound a little crazy sometimes but I think that's a function of it being written by patients who are tired of being ignored. It IS enough to make you feel a bit crazy. A great self-help read and good material to either take to your current doctor or to use to find a new doc.
Jlo
Sep 12, 2012 Jlo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends and family
Recommended to Jlo by: research on internet
Thank you for writing this book, and having a web page. This book is outstanding.Synthroid is a nightmare for us, but a gold mine for the pharmaceutical companies, and doctors. It's no wonder that lies & exaggerations were created for desiccated thyroid. Why would they want us healthier? Because it doesn't make dollar sense for them.
James
Great information on hypothyroidism and hashimoto's disease. Plenty of information on how to read lab tests and talk to your doctor. This book deals strictly with the medical side. For diet and nutrition considerations you will need to go elsewhere.
Amy
I think this book saved my life. If anyone is suffering from thyroid issues, you need to read this and follow the advice step by step. Sad but true, most doctors don't know very much about thyroid and/or autoimmune illnesses. This book takes you step by step back to being well.
Ruby
Mar 12, 2013 Ruby marked it as to-read
I think her website has been helpful to help me realize I still have lingering symptoms. Though she seems a bit abrasive. Maybe even tactless at describing some doctors as clueless. So I am hesitant and afraid to get the book to inform them. TBD...
Dharmanaut
I didn't like her ranting at the beginning (though I don't disagree with it). There are much better books out there on the subject.
Maureen13
Best book on the subject around.....they really know what your going through
Susan
Great info on dealing with thyroid issues and seeking treatment.
Joann
wonderful book for anyone suffering from a thyroid problem!
Nichele Garber
Awesome book! So much wonderful, eye opening information!
Mirela
Aug 19, 2010 Mirela marked it as to-read
Here is an e-mail I received from my doctor about this book:

"I received a gift, from a patient, of a book about thyroid dysfunction and its treatment. It was written not by a physician or specialist but by a woman who suffered from hypothyroidism and took it upon herself to learn from other patients suffering from this disorder. She was angry and critical of the bulk of physicians who treat the disorder because she felt most physicians are wrong and that we were taught incorrectly.

The message of...more
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