Book Review of: Stop The Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution.. by Janie A. Bowthorpe, M.Ed

This book explains Hypothyroidism in an easy-to-understand way and covers why you may not be seeing any improvements since being put on T4 only medicine, e.g. Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothyroxine. Also covers how to read test results, information on safely switching to NDT, adrenals and how to talk to your doctor.

I’ll reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.

After following the Stop The Thyroid Madness  Facebook page, referring a lot to the ever-helpful website and reading the great reviews for the book on Amazon, I decided to go for it and order it. It would be the first book I’d ever bought concerning my underactive thyroid, and it is still my favourite. 12496470_10208769282176540_2142888036154968662_o.jpg

Overall, the book is written in a simple-to-understand way, which is great for those of us who aren’t medical professionals and ironically struggle to take in what we read, due to thyroid brain fog (a very common symptom).

You can really feel that Janie has written the book straight from the heart and with passion to help others gain the confidence and knowledge they need to help themselves get better.

It starts with an introduction to why Janie chose to write the book and each chapter, brilliantly written, gradually introduces us to more aspects that are well worth knowing, about having hypothyroidism. The first few chapters are written simply, with very basic information about having the condition and some history behind it and as it progresses, it gets that little bit more advanced, but without you really realising. She’s wrote it in such a way to slowly build your knowledge from that of a beginner’s to advanced, without much effort on your part.

The book itself covers why T4-only medicines do not have a high-success rate and why staying on them could be causing you to stay hypothyroid with ongoing symptoms. It also covers how to order/ask for the correct lab work you require as a hypo patient, how to safely make that switch to NDT and what exactly the fuss with NDT is. It has lots more useful information, including supplements and dietary info also.

In my Facebook support group, I recommend this book for all thyroid patients. New ones, ones on T4 only meds like Levothyroxine, ones on NDT, ones I suspect have adrenal issues.. If you have an underactive thyroid, or even suspect you do, this book is a must for all aspects of the condition. I refer back to it quite a bit, so much so that I can recite whole passages now! I often refer to it as my ‘thyroid bible’.

I have used its guidance and protocol for pretty much every aspect of trying to get myself better.

Because I want my blog to remain as transparent as possible, it’s important that you know I have used an affiliate link to the book in this post. This means I earn a tiny amount for each book purchased through Amazon from my blog. This doesn’t change what I think about the book, it just means that as well as sharing what I like, if I drive any traffic to Amazon through the hard work of my blog, the running costs of my site get supported. Thank you. 

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I run a Facebook group, called Thyroid Family: Hypothyroidism Advice & Support Group. This group is for underactive thyroid/hypothyroidism patients only, and not medical professionals or anyone else. If you have any questions on living with hypothyroidism, or want some support, help or advice, please join us. 

I also run a group for the spouses, partners and other halves of hypothyroid patients, called Hypothyroid Patients Other Halves – Support & Advice Group. This is for the other halves only and not patients. 

-Rachel

About Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), as well as having Adrenal Fatigue and experience with Depression and Anxiety Disorder, Rachel Hill blogs at theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com to help others, covering all aspects of what it’s like to have these conditions. Rachel is one of the many faces of thyroid disease and she’s passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice.
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