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The Thyroid Guide
The Thyroid Guide is a comprehensive guide to most common thyroid disorders including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Graves disease, thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Beth Ann Ditkoff, M.D. and Paul Lo Gerfo, M.D. supply advice on finding an accurate diagnosis, finding a qualified physician, what tests and procedures to expect, medications and nutritional thyroid diet guidelines especially for thyroid health.
The Thyroid Guide begins by explaining what the thyroid is and what it does and how important it is to choose a physcian that is appropriate for handling thyroid disorders. There are sources listed to help you search for the right doctor for you in your area.
Chapter two addresses hypothyroidism which is when you have and underactive thyroid gland. Fatigue, weight gain, depression, constipation and always being cold are some of the underactive thyroid symptoms that may signal that you have this condition. The book goes on to explain the types of hypothyroidism, the causes and treatment options for underactive thyroid symptoms.
Chapter three discusses hyperthyroidism which is basically the opposite of hypothyroidism in that the thyroid is too active in this situation. This is characterized by nervousness, increased heart rate, insomnia, weight loss and always being warm.
Chapter four explores the top of thyroid nodules which is a lump in the thyroid. This is a fairly common condition that does not usually cause any symptoms. These are normally benign but should be biopsied to rule out cancer.
Chapter five of The Thyroid Guide addresses thyroid cancer specifically. Thyroid cancer is one of the more uncommon types of cancer but it is important to rule it out if there is any question because it is easily detected and highly treatable.
Chapter six provides you with helpful inforamtion if you should require surgery for a thyroid condition.
Chapters seven and eight of The Thyroid Guide go over specific situations involving thyroid issues during pregnancy and in infants and children.
Chapter nine covers ways to prevent and cope with thyroid conditions followed by details explaining traditional tests and medications used for thyroid conditions.
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Overall, this book is extremely informative but could be greatly enhanced by adding more alternative methods of maintaining and treating the thyroid and a more comprehensive thyroid diet.
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