Synopses & Reviews
It's sometimes called a hidden epidemic: One in ten Americans--more than twenty million people--has a thyroid disorder. At any given time, millions of people have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder and experience a chronic mental anguish that almost certainly arises from the very same source. This health crisis flourishes in the shadows of the medical community because many primary-care doctors still don't recognize the importance of the thyroid in mind-body health. In fact, when they do diagnose a thyroid disorder, they treat it as a simple physical problem rather than what it really is: a complex blow to the body and mind--and an increasingly common cause of clinical depression, weight gain, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, memory loss, anxiety, and other disorders. It's time to treat the source and not the symptom!
The Thyroid Solution is the first mind-body approach to identifying and curing thyroid imbalances. Written by a medical pioneer and leading authority in the field of thyroid research, this groundbreaking book offers Dr. Ridha Arem's practical program for maintaining thyroid health through diet, exercise, and stress control--and through his revolutionary medical plan, which combines two types of hormone treatments with astounding results. Inside you'll discover
- The thyroid basics--what it is, where it is, what it does
- How thyroid hormones affect the brain and alter mood, emotions, and behavior
- The difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and why both conditions are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed
- What tests to ask your doctor to give you--and what they mean
- The facts your physician may not know about your thyroid, depression, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome
- The vital connection between stress and thyroid imbalance
- The benefits of antioxidants and essential fatty-acid foods and supplements
- How to recognize and cure the deep and lingering effects of a thyroid imbalance
- How thyroid hormone can work as an antidepressant when your thyroid gland is normal and conventional antidepressants have failed
Filled with remarkable and dramatic patient histories and interviews that document the dramatic results of Dr. Arem's bold new treatments, The Thyroid Solution now gives you and your doctor the tools you need to live a life with peace of mind . . . and body.
Includes bibliographical references p. (353-372) and index.
About the Author
Dr. Ridha Arem is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston. In addition to teaching medical students and physicians-in-training, he regularly speaks to primary-care physicians and specialists at various educational programs. Dr. Arem is a nationally recognized thyroid specialist. For the past ten years he has been the author and editor of Clinical Thyroidology, a well respected widely read periodical publication for physicians on thyroid disorders. He also contributes to Thyroid USA, the official newsletter of the American Foundation of Thyroid Patients, and participates in patient education programs.
Table of Contents
pt. 1.Emerging mind-thyroid connection: how a tiny endocrine gland intimately affects your mood, emotions, and behavior --ch. 1.Thyroid imbalance: a hidden epidemic --ch. 2.Stress and thyroid imbalance: which comes first? --ch. 3.Hypothyroidism: when the thyroid is underactive --ch. 4.Hyperthyroidism: when the thyroid is overactive --ch. 5.Thyroid imbalance, depression, anxiety, and mood swings --ch. 6.Medicine from the body: thyroid hormone as an antidepressant --pt. 2.No, you are not making it up: common emotional and physical interactions --ch. 7.Weight, appetite, and metabolism: the thyroid's actions --ch. 8.Hormones of desire: the thyroid and your sex life --ch. 9."You've changed": when the thyroid and relationships collide --ch. 10.Overlapping symptoms and syndromes: fatigue, chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, and fibromyalgia --pt. 3.Women's thyroid problems: your symptoms are not all in your head --ch. 11.Premenstrual syndrome and menopause: tuning the cycles --ch. 12.Infertility and miscarriage: is your thyroid a factor? --ch. 13.Postpartum depression: the hormonal link --pt. 4.Diagnosing and treating common thyroid disorders: the journey to wellness --ch. 14.What you need to know about thyroid tests --ch. 15.Treating the imbalance --ch. 16.Curing the lingering effects of thyroid imbalance --ch. 17.New T4/T3 protocol: "It made me feel better all over" --ch. 18.Living a thyroid-friendly life: healthful choices day by day --ch. 19.Living with thyroid eye disease --ch. 20.Thyroid cnancer: curable but anguishing --ch. 21.Eight steps for the future: how to promote a better understanding of thyroid, mind, and mood.