Guest Author - Colleen Forgus
One of the most disappointing things I hear from people dealing with thyroid disorders is the lack of understanding and adequate treatment they receive from their physicians. So many people continue to suffer from fatigue, weight issues, brain fog, heart palpitations and other symptoms of hypothyroidism despite taking various doses of thyroid medication and they cannot understand why the symptoms persist. Even more frustrating are people who know they are suffering from thyroid disorders, but blood tests continually indicate normal thyroid function, and therefore, doctors will not prescribe any medication at all. The most in-depth book I have read about understanding the big picture of all the subtleties of thyroid function is Hypothyroidism Type 2 by Mark Starr, M.D.
Dr. Starr trained as a physician specializing in pain management. Early in his career, he worked with several notable physicians involved in the treatment of pain. Despite following rigorous treatments for his own lower back pain associated with an early sports injury, he continued to suffer. He found that many of his patients were also not enjoying a full recovery from pain, despite intense treatments.
Dr. Starr suspected he suffered from hypothyroidism, which was hindering his recovery from the injury that caused his chronic pain, but all the traditional blood tests indicated a normal thyroid function. Dr. Starr continued to learn from many experienced experts in the field of thyroid health. As noted in Hypothyroidism Type 2, Dr. Starr’s most important conclusion is that type 2 hypothyroidism is either an inherited disease or develops as a result of exposure to environmental toxins. It is affecting an ever-increasing number of unsuspecting patients and is not detectible through blood tests. When Dr. Starr corrected his own hypothyroidism condition, his pain disappeared.
While the epidemic of type 2 hypothyroidism sufferers is increasing, it is causing tremendous medical issues in our population ranging from infertility, high cholesterol, diabetes, weight gain, pain and fatigue. Dr. Starr suggests doctors take the time to listen to their patients - rather than the current popular practice of simply relying on blood tests. I find this common sense approach to working with patients both respectful and exhilarating, but sadly, severely lacking in mainstream medicine. I continue to hear stories of people who “know” they are hypothyroid, but blood tests do not confirm their diagnosis. Unfortunately they continue to suffer from classic untreated hypothyroid symptoms and bounce around from one doctor to another, hoping to find relief.
In Hypothyroidism Type 2, Dr. Starr provides an in-depth history of many studies and treatments of early thyroid pioneers. The reader should not be discouraged by some of the information that may appear too clinical. He then outlines the classic symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, the damaging effects of environmental toxins, iodine and adrenal deficiency, and treatment recommendations. In my opinion, the most important piece of information contained in this very well researched book is the confirmation of what so many patients already know – blood tests are not always accurate and physicians need to listen to their patients symptoms with sincere interest and compassion.
Without question, Hypothyroidism Type 2 is a thorough and valuable book for any thyroid patient and more importantly, any physician treating thyroid patients. Dr. Starr should be commended for challenging conventional beliefs and taking a very in-depth approach to treating each patient as an individual. Overall, I highly recommend Hypothyroidism Type 2 and hope that it will help you find answers to your questions about thyroid health.
I purchased this book with my own money. The review was not solicited.
You can find more information about Dr. Starr at www.21centurymed.com
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