The Complete Thyroid Book by Kenneth B. Ain and Sara Rosenthal

 

 

Kenneth B. Ain was interested in medicine The Complete Thyroid Bookand biology through his high school years.  He volunteered at the Mutter Museum at the Philadelphia College of Physician and worked in the summers at the medical labs. Dr. Ain’s third year of medical school, he was under the wings of a new endocrinologist where he learned about endocrinology and thyroid. Later, he specialized in treating patients with dysfunctional thyroid and become the founder and directed the Thyroid Oncology Program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.  Dr. Ain together with his wife, Sara Rosenthal, a bioethics and sociologist, wrote “The Complete Thyroid Book” for the purpose to provide people with information about thyroid disease and how to treat it.

“The Complete Thyroid Book,” provides a broader understanding of the thyroid gland.  It describes essential information on dysfunctional thyroid, recommendations for thyroid testing, how test results can vary for normal functioning lab results, and resources for healthy lifestyle.  Some doctors diagnose someone with a thyroid disease. However, they do not directly mention the patient the importance and effectiveness to treat their thyroid. Dir. Ain asked an audience of physicians questions about thyroid symptoms like tiredness, overweight, constipation, and dry skin.  A large group raised their hands.  According to Dr. Ain, “ the proper laboratory test acts as an honest broker providing evidence for making the correct diagnosis.” (Ain and Rosenthal,13). The authors do an outstanding job of simplifying information covering the anatomy of the thyroid gland, various forms of thyroid hormone, and review of different types of thyroid problems.  The book educates you how Hypothyroidism is thyroid condition where your thyroid gland is not or is over-producing thyroid hormones. It discusses issues preexisting thyroid disease towards infants at birth and women with pregnancy and menopause. According to the authors, “since thyroid disorders affect women so much more frequently, particularly as they age, balancing thyroid hormone replacement with the surrounding traditional estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement is challenging.” (196).Image result for quote on knowledge

 

“The Complete Thyroid Book” can be helpful for especially those who are new patients diagnosis with dysfunctional thyroid and invest in the time to researching how to normalize dysfunctional thyroid and how to live well after being treated. The authors’ purpose to this book is for patients who have been misinformed about thyroid disease or have been taking incorrect treatments and medications. According to Dr. Ain and Dr. Rosenthal, “ critical knowledge enables you to understand what underlies diseases or dysfunctions of the thyroid.” (3) I encourage readers to be self-educate by reading this book and getting a better understanding why it’s important to be aware of the red flags and not functioning normally.

 

 

 

Work Cited

Ain, Kenneth B. and Rosenthal, M. Sara.  The Complete Thyroid Book. McGraw-Hill                      Professional. 2011. Electronic Book.

The Road to Sanity


My week begins working 40hrs a week, getting home to cook for my son and me, doing mother’s duty, three times a week to the gym, and come back to study for my online classes for about 2hrs or until I fall asleep.  The weekend, I work a 4hr. Part-Time job, do house cleaning and attend Sunday church, not to include the time I spend doing things with my son as I am a single parent.  Can I be exhausted and dragging my feet at the end of the day or can it be I’m overloading myself? Oh Yes.  However, how does it feel when your fatigue, exhausted, have difficulty sleeping, and unable to concentrate (brain fog) is doubled knowing that there is no one to count on and you have to it.

Some people find out when they feel out of place or not normal, that’s when you have to figure out what’s going on.  Recently, I am becoming more aware of my thyroid conditions and the good news is that information of thyroid helps to bring much needed awareness to Hypothyroidism.

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The causes of hypothyroidism can be understated or not specific; it does not give you a clear signal for the thyroid problem.  Approximately 60 percent of people with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.

 

Most common symptoms for hypothyroidism checklist:

____ Gaining weight inappropriately

____ Unable to lose weight with diet/exercise

____ Constipated, sometimes severely

____ Feeling cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters.

____ Fatigued, exhausted, run down, sluggish, and restless

____ Skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick

____ Swelling around the face area

____ Joint pains on hands and feet

____ Irregular menstrual cycles

____ Moods change frequently and feelings of worthlessness, depressed

____ I have difficulty concentrating and can’t  to remember things

____ Losing interest in normal regular activities

____ Hair is falling out and nails dry and breaking

____ Snoring more loudly

____ Shortness of breath

____ Eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches

If the thyroid is left untreated, symptoms can worsen and lead to life-threatening problems.  The best way to find out if you have a thyroid condition, it’s recommendable to go to an endocrinologist.  An endocrinologist specializes in diagnosing disease related to the glands. Most common condition are diabetes, thyroid disease, and metabolic disorders.

Bloodwork is useful in the diagnosis of thyroid problems. You are
going to have to be diligent and informative of what test and results mean.  Following lab tests you can make sure that your doctor requests are: Thyroid Panel, TSH, Free T4 and Free T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO), Thyroglobulin (TgAb), Iron/Ferritin, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Homocysteine, Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium, Hemoglobin AIC, and Cholesterol Panel.  Once you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, your doctor will then be able to properly start you with thyroid replacement hormone and the right dosage. Most common thyroid replacement medications are Synthroid (generic Levothyroxine) is a synthetic drug produce thyroid hormone that contains T4 that your body has to change into T3 which can take up to 10 days, and  Nature-Thyroid (generic Armour-Thyroid) is a natural medication made from desiccated thyroid of pigs with contains both T3 and T4.  In some cases, it takes the time to show effects once starting on thyroid replacement medication, for other it takes them a period of 6 months.

 

 

 

Work Cited

 

Myers, Amy. The Thyroid Connection. Little, Brown and Company Hachette Book Group, Inc. September 16.

Ain, Kenneth B. and Rosenthal, M. Sara.  The Complete Thyroid Book. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2011. Electronic Book

 

 

 

 

The Thyroid Connection:Why You Feel Tired, Brain-Fogged, and Overweight — and How to Get Your Life Back by Amy Myers, MD

     Dr. Amy Myers was born in Louisiana and raised in a well healthy lifestyle home where her meals were organic foods. During her second year of medical school, she was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease (toxic diffuse goiter). She went through another path and worked with a doctor of Chinese medicine. Dr. Myer received her Doctorate in Medicine and worked her way for five years in emergency medicine.  She has helped many people recover from thyroid condition based on her program.  Dr. Myer is a prominent leader in Functional Medicine. She has authored numerous books, which include, “The Autoimmune Solution,” and “35 Recipes to Heal your Gut”. Also, she was announced as New York Times best seller author. She is a host of the upcoming summit “The Myers Way: Thyroid Connection Solution,” a free online summit and her latest TV show “28 Metabolism Makeover”. Dr. Myers currently has her office “Austin UltraHealth” in Austin, Texas, specializing IN Naturopathic/Holistic, and Nutritional Health.

“The Thyroid Connection” is a comprehensive map to direct you to understand thyroid condition. Dr. Myer simplifies the thyroid’s function and identifies the root of the symptoms causing you not to live an ordinary life. She gives a blueprint on how to reduce toxins, inflammations, controls stress by holistic medicine (natural healing) with meals, exercise, and natural supplements.  Dr. Myers uses her general skills to help people with thyroid condition take control of their life. Dr. Myers aims to provide a lot of holistic resources and medical advice. It takes readers to take charge by educating themselves about their thyroid and necessary changes to their natural diet plan and lifestyle.

Readers who are suffering from thyroid symptoms may have a better understanding and comprehension of issues that can cause thyroid disease.  The book educates on all spectrums of thyroid diseases, such as Hashimoto Disease, Grave’s Disease, Hyperthyroidism, and Hypothyroidism. Dr. Myers has firsthand knowledge of thyroid condition herself, and as a medical professional, she knows what people with the condition goes through when someone is suffering from the disease. Thyroid epidemic affects about 20 million American and counting, and yet the medication giving does not adequately address the symptoms.  Dr. Myer teaches you how to work with your doctor, for instance, what blood tests to ask for, what they mean and do, how to research on available medications for thyroid hormone. She includes foods and some recipes for stress reduction, inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, and sufficient sleep.

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“The Thyroid Connection” is divided into five books.  Dr. Myers’ firsthand thyroid issue and with her knowledge helped thousands of people find many ways to take control of their lifestyle and achieve the best health. When I read Dr. Myer’s book, I began having a different perspective on how important it is to take control of myself mentally, psychological, and physically with this thyroid problem and focus that what I had to do to take my normal life.  There a quote by Susan Del Gatto says “If you choose not to deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue, and it will select the path of least resistance.”

Work Cited

Myers, Amy. The Thyroid Connection. Little, Brown and Company Hachette Book Group, Inc. September 16.