Thyroid Problems and Thyroid Hormones

The Thyroid Patient's Manual

'The Thyroid Patient's Manual' is a practical, easy-to-read book, which provides an excellent resource for people who are trying to understand hypothyroidism.

It is aimed at patients who suspect they have low thyroid hormone levels, those who have just been diagnosed and are beginning treatment and those who are on thyroid treatment already, but are still feeling ill.

This book deals with all the main thyroid hormone treatment options, including T4 (Levothyroxine), NDT (natural desiccated thyroid), T3 (Liothyronine) and all combinations.

An easy-to-grasp series of steps is presented that includes information on thyroid and adrenal hormones, diagnosis of hypothyroidism and finding the right treatment.

It is a manual, so it is very specific about ideal levels for test results and levels that are a concern and should be discussed with your doctor.

All the common problems that can get in the way are discussed, along with their solutions. It is consistent with recent research studies on thyroid diagnosis and treatment.

The book is immensely practical, easy-to-read, yet absolutely full of essential information for the well-informed thyroid patient (much of which will be new to many thyroid patients). 

'The Thyroid Patient's Manual' gives you the tools needed to gain some control of your health, and be able to work productively with your doctor, so that you can recover your health as fast as possible.

Note: This book does not replace either of the previous two books ('Recovering with T3' and 'The CT3M Handbook'), which are vital to read for those trying to use the T3 thyroid hormone safely and successfully.

Recovering with T3: My Journey from Hypothyroidism to Good Health Using the T3 Thyroid Hormone

'Recovering with T3' is widely recognised as being the best guide for using the T3 thyroid hormone safely and effectively.

T3 (Liothyronine) is sometimes known by a brandname e.g. Cytomel, Cynomel, Thybon, Tertroxin, Liothyronin etc.
T3 is the synthetic version of the thyroid hormone triiodothyronine, which is the biologically active thyroid hormone, converted in the body from the relatively inactive T4 (Thyroxine).

In most countries, the standard treatment for hypothyroidism is T4 (Levothyroxine or Synthroid) or, perhaps, natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) or a mixture of T4/T3. However, some people never get well on these treatments, even though their lab tests appear ‘normal’. In the 'Recovering with T3' book, I explain why this is the case and why T3-Only treatment may be the solution.

In my own case T4, NDT and T4/T3 never made me well or improved my symptoms. I eventually got well using T3-Only therapy!
It took me several years to learn how to use T3 thyroid hormone replacement properly and safely.
This learning has gone into the book and is what makes it so special.

'Recovering with T3' is an invaluable resource if this is the route that you need to take. Thousands of thyroid patients have bought the book and have used it to regain their health, like I did. It explains everything you would need to know about T3, including a safe and effective protocol to arrive at a dosage that works for you and relieves your symptoms.

‘Recovering with T3’ also includes information about the optional protocol which I created in order to raise cortisol. A more detailed explanation of this method can be found in the companion book 'The CT3M Handbook'.  However, 'Recovering with T3' should always be read first.

The book has a foreword by Dr. John C. Lowe, who was  an amazing thyroid researcher and clinician for many years and one of the world's foremost experts on T3 and its use.

Recovering with T3' is essential reading for thyroid patients seeking background knowledge and very practical guidance on the use of the T3 thyroid hormone during their quest to recover from hypothyroidism.

The Updated Edition 2018 is a significant revision of the book, but the  original protocol for T3 use has not changed. The Updated Edition 2018 brings the book up to date with new research.

It is available from all Internet booksellers, including Amazon. If you intend to buy the book, please make sure it is the Updated Edition 2018 that you get.

The CT3M Handbook

'The CT3M Handbook' is a companion book to 'Recovering with T3'

It is always advisable to read 'Recovering with T3' before reading 'The CT3M Handbook'. 'Recovering with T3' contains the overall protocol for using T3. CT3M is a part of the protocol used to deal with low cortisol issues. 

This book describes how the author recovered from severe low cortisol issues by developing an innovative and simple approach called the Circadian T3 Method (CT3M), which supports the body as nature intended.

Thyroid patients often have symptoms associated with low cortisol. These can include: severe fatigue, low blood sugar, aches/pains, dizziness, poor response to thyroid hormones, anxiety, fluctuating body temperature, digestive upsets, allergies, nausea, low blood pressure - to name but a few.

Thyroid hormones will not work correctly if the adrenal glands do not produce an adequate level of cortisol. Consequently, unless any low cortisol issues are resolved, symptoms of hypothyroidism may continue to be present, even if thyroid hormone levels have been corrected. Symptoms of low cortisol appear to be at epidemic levels among thyroid patients. The author explains why hypocortisolism can often be present when a thyroid patient is taking thyroid medication.

The Circadian T3 Method (CT3M) is an approach to using T3, or natural desiccated thyroid medications, that mimics the natural rhythm of our thyroid hormones and helps to correct cortisol levels. CT3M has been used by thousands of thyroid patients since the author first introduced it in his first book 'Recovering with T3'. CT3M is providing thyroid patients and their doctors with a simple way to make the body work as it used to.

The Updated Edition 2018 of 'The CT3M Handbook' is a signficant revision of the book, although the original protocol for using it remains the same. It brings the book up to date with recent research and experience since it was first released.

All of Paul Robinson's books now form a valuable set of tools to help in the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism. 

Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic

Mark Starr's book is nothing less than SUPERB. Dr. Starr begins by assuming that his readers know very little about thyroid disease and slowly and systematically builds their knowledge as they read.
By the time you have completed the book you realise that the medical and pharmaceutical world have made some big mistakes from the days when desiccated natural thyroid was the only available treatment. Dr. Starr thoroughly explains hypothyroidism and how it can affect the body.

Stop The Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Thyroid Treatment

Janie Bowthorpe's book is informative, funny and easy to read. It clearly explains the numerous reasons why natural desiccated thyroid hormone replacement is likely to be superior over the standard synthetic T4 that most thyroid patients are given.

Solved: The Riddle of Illness

Solved: The Riddle of Illness is now in its fourth edition and has sold over 125,000 copies worldwide.

The Metabolic Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Dr. Lowe's book is the first book that I ever read that made me realise that:
I was not alone.
Other people also had problems like mine.
Other people also need T3 before they can become well again.
There were scientific and comprehensible reasons why I might need T3.

Dr. Lowe's book also covers a great many aspects of endocrinology that are not covered in other books that I personally found incredibly informative and helpful to me on my journey.

Your Guide to Metabolic Health

I found Dr. Honeyman-Lowe and Dr. Lowe's collaborative book to be of great use because it focuses on many topics that no other paperback thyroid book appeared to cover.
The topics that I found highly valuable included: a wholesome diet for thyroid patients, the appropriate use of coffee and caffeine, how exercise promotes health and stimulates metabolism and those chemical contaminants and toxins that should be avoided.

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