|STICKING OUT OUR NECKS | July 2005
Thyroid News for People Who Want to Live Well -- "We're Patients...Not Lab Values!"
from Patient Advocate Mary J. Shomon
Author of "Living Well With Hypothyroidism," "The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss," "Living Well With Autoimmune Disease," the "Thyroid Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Success," "Living Well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia," and coming soon, "Living Well With Graves' Disease & Hyperthyroidism"
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QUIZ: IS YOUR THYROID MAKING YOU FAT?
Could your thyroid be making you gain weight, or sabotaging even the best efforts to lose weight? Take my quiz, and find out whether or not you may be one of the millions of people who are struggling with extra pounds, thanks to an undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated thyroid condition.
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FEELING FAT, FUZZY, OR FRAZZLED? AN INTERVIEW WITH DRS. RICHARD AND KARILEE SHAMES ON THEIR NEW BOOK
More than 30 million people in the U.S. are facing a wide range of symptoms -- everything from weight gain, to fuzzy thinking and brain fog, to panic attacks and depression. So many practitioners and patients overlook the connections between these symptoms and the hormone-related metabolic problems underlying them. Now, Harvard-trained physician Richard Shames, MD, and his wife and co-author, holistic health expert Karilee Shames, PhD, RN, have released their new book Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? -- published this week by Hudson Street Press -- as a guide to restoring hormonal balance. I had an opportunity read an advance review copy of the book, and now that the book is being published, I'm pleased to bring you this online interview with the authors.
FEELING FAT, FUZZY, OR FRAZZLED? MY BOOK REVIEW
It's not always easy for thyroid patients -- and our practitioners -- to understand how interrelated our hormones can be, along with their critical impact on health. Specifically, when we have a thyroid condition, the relationship to adrenal problems and our reproductive system and hormones, is critical, but it's so rarely addressed. This makes Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames' new book, "Feeling Fat, Fuzzy or Frazzled?" particularly useful.
Using their unique "Endo-Type" categorization system, you use questionnaires and self-tests to determine which glands -- your thyroid, adrenals or reproductive glands -- are causing your primary imbalance. Then, the book helps you restore balance, help rebalance the glands, and ensure that all three types of hormones -- the 3 legs of the "stool" metaphor that the Shames use in the book -- are all equal, and therefore able to support you without tipping over.
The Shames recommend readers find a great practitioner and partner with him or her for your health care. And they dedicate an entire section of book to direct communications with practitioners -- letters you can copy and share with your practitioners or endocrinologists, and will hopefully help you get the care you need. Ideally, you'll find a great practitioner who can help you implement the program with the guidance of the Shames book. But if you need to follow a self-guided program, you will find the resources and information -- including options on where to order your own tests, and what supplements and nutrients you may need -- to pursue a self-care program. And another helpful option is that you can contact Dr. Richard Shames for a phone coaching session to help customize the program to meet your specific needs.
Short-term and longer-term approaches are offered, which is especially useful when you are talking about hormones. You'll have things you can do right away, along with longer-term goals and objectives that will help you maintain improvements in your health. Concept Summaries and Action Summaries at the end of each chapter help you focus your efforts on those practical actions that can have the greatest impact on your health.
Overall, Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames have achieved the near impossible - a clear, comprehensive, practical and integrated roadmap to restore and rebalance our hormones. I highly recommend the book!
If you want to pick up a copy of Fat, Fuzzy, Frazzled? hit your local bookstores, or surf right now over to Amazon.com, where they're giving you a 34% discount off the book's list price of $24.95,. So you can save $8.48 and pay only $16.47 plus shipping per copy. Here's a link to the book on Amazon.
NEW APPROACH TO THYROID SURGERY REDUCES INCISION SIZE
An incision about half the length used for traditional surgery works just as well in removing diseased thyroids, researchers have found. This minimally invasive approach is safe, likely speeds wound healing and has a superior cosmetic result, according to findings published in the June issue of Laryngoscope. Read more now.
THYROID CANCER SURVIVORS NEED MORE FREQUENT BLOOD TESTING FOR RECURRENCE
A blood test for thyroid cancer can detect persistent or recurrent disease even before doctors can find any trace of a tumor, according to a new study. The findings suggest that people treated for the disease should be examined regularly for early signs of recurrence. Find out more now.
BIPOLAR DISORDER LINKED TO THYROID DISEASE
New research findings presented at the Sixth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder have found an association between an abnormal thyroid condition and bipolar disorder, pointing to the possibility that a simple blood test could help identify those at risk. Learn more now.
LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM: 2005 REVISED SECOND EDITION PUBLISHED
If you haven't picked up a copy of the new, revised 2nd edition of 'Living Well With Hypothyroidism" you may be thinking it's the same book as the one published five years ago. But after 5 years, and 20 printings, it's really nearly a new book, with expanded coverage of the new TSH guidelines, alternative tests for thyroid disease, an expanded Risks/Symptoms Checklist, more information on supplements and herbs, details on current controversies such as iodine, seaweed, soy, coconut oil, fluoride, perchlorate exposure, environmental estrogens, mercury, potassium iodide, and more. You'll find the book's table of contents, a list of key thyroid experts featured, reviews, introductions to both the 2000 and 2005 editions online, and other information online at: http://www.thyroid-info.com/book.htm.
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HEART CONDITIONS LINKED TO HIDDEN THYROID PROBLEMS IN THE ELDERLY
In a large study conducted in the UK, researchers found a strong connection between atrial fibrillation and very mild, subclinical hyperthyroidism. The results of the Birmingham Elderly Thyroid Study (BETS) were presented at the British Endocrine Societies April 2005 meeting. The study, which looked at nearly 6000 people over 65 who had no history of thyroid problems, measured thyroid function, finding that 2.2% had some evidence of a mildly overactive thyroid condition, even though they had no symptoms. This situation is known as subclinical hyperthyroidism. Read more...
10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT A THYROID CONDITION
Did you know that there are some very easy-to-do things that may protect you and your family from developing a thyroid condition? With thyroid conditions on the rise, and more than 27 million Americans affected, anything we can do to reduce the risk may be essential to health. Find out about these important things you can do to keep you and your family safe. Find out more now.
THE STARLING REVIEW: AN OVERVIEW OF KEY ISSUES RELATED TO THYROID HORMONE AND HEALTH
The new Starling Review: Thyroid Hormone in Health and Disease, published in the May 2005 Journal of Endocrinology, presents an excellent summary of the knowledge regarding the relationship between thyroid hormone and four key areas of health:
Click here to download a free 2-page PDF report on the Starling Review.
THYROID TOP DOCTORS UPDATED -- HUNDREDS OF DOCS ADDED
The Thyroid Top Doctors Directory has just been updated this week. Hundreds of new doctors in states around the U.S. and countries around the world have been added. If you're looking for a doctor in your area, it's time to revisit the Directory. Also, note that some have been removed from the list. Doctors are removed because they retire, move, die, request to be removed, or when I receive enough patient concerns to outweigh the recommendations. So you may want to check and see if your doctor is on the list, off the list, or if there's another doctor you might want to make your partner in wellness!! Visit the Thyroid Top Doctors Directory now!
THYROID CANCER OR HARMLESS LUMP? GENES MIGHT TELL THE TALE
New research suggests that physicians can distinguish between a type of thyroid cancer and an identical-looking, non-cancerous thyroid condition by simply determining the activity of three genes. The findings could lead to a test that will prevent the needless loss of the thyroid gland in people with the noncancerous condition. Learn more now.
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UNDERSTANDING THE ARMOUR THYROID RECALL OF SPRING 2005: WHAT PATIENTS NEED TO KNOW
How much Armour Thyroid was actually involved in the Spring 2005 product recall? Are you likely to have any of the recalled Armour Thyroid? What else should patients know about the recall? I've had an opportunity to talk with company spokespeople, and recap the news regarding the Armour recall, what the news means for you if you take this thyroid drug, and what you can do. Get the information you need now.
STICKING OUT OUR NECKS: PRINT EDITION
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