- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Laughing Grape Publishing (1 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985615443
- ISBN-13: 978-0985615444
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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I've read many other books on Hashimoto's / thyroid disease (From old material by Broda Barnes to John Lowes work to more current authors like Wentz, Robinson, Medical medium, Marc Ryan, Datis Kharrazian, etc.) so I have a wide knowledge base to compare to. (Full disclosure, I've communicated with some of these authors personally, including Bowthorpe, none have compensated me in any way for any reviews I've chose to leave).
Due to my own health issues and a close family member that has thyroid cancer and Hashimoto's, this has been an area of in depth study. I also run support groups where I observe massive amounts of real world experience from more than 80,000 patients.
I found this book one of the most useful resources I've encountered thus far, as it focused on real world experience vs strong opinions I've seen so many authors get into. What I've learned over the years is the strong opinions = mistakes. Many authors that focused on their opinions about things get a bit fixated on some subjects. Yes there are other authors that have done amazing work in areas, but I've also found that so many of those authors missed the boat on some things that I've found have kept patients sick. That's why I admire the work of Janie Bowthorpe so much, She has focused on SOLID clinical research AND years of REAL world experience. What does and does not happen / work for patients in the real world.
I personally like to research topics myself, as well as compare them to the real world experience I've observed. I see how Bowthorpe clearly did a lot of that. As is written in the summary about this book, I do see that she’s added numerous footnotes spread throughout the chapters (around 200 ballpark it appears) to back up what she added to this book. A few of the footnotes I noticed go to pages in the companion book to this one, the revised Stop the Thyroid Madness book which she updated. She even included a chapter where she does this short summary of each of additional interesting research. That may interest doctors, which we all know need to be educated better.
I was also impressed with the two chapters on gut health. She outlines several of those issues well, which is especially important to me, as I’ve have several gut issues I’ve been working on. So I got a few more tips from those chapters.
I also approve of what was clear in reading this book. Bowthorpe does get to the point about the topics, and I didn’t have to sludge my way through chatter when I might be having migraines that I can get. That was good.
She covers adrenals in one chapter well, because the attack on the thyroid can stress them. I saw that she also covered thyroid and treatment, and where needed, she sends the reader to the appropriate information in the companion Stop the Thyroid Madness book.
I liked how in Chapter 12 she explores why Hashi’s patients go awhile before they find out they have Hashi’s, and even quotes them and how long they went. I think that’s an issue that doctors need to be open to, because they do play a role in the length of time.
Another chapter is about real, stated frustrations Hashi’s patients have expressed, which was interesting. In another chapter, she goes over the foods that patients have stated have been problematic and the symptoms, plus summarizes ways to eat which will lower the risk of reactions to some foods, which pushes antibodies up.
And the best chapter is where Bowthorpe lists 95 short testimonies on how Hashi’s patients are lowering, or have already successfully lowered, their antibodies.
I’m not covering everything I read in this book, but I hope I got the message across in this review that it’s a very well-done book and worth having. Even if you read a few things you’ve read before, it’s been helpful to read it again in the way she writes about it. And there is plenty of information that you will not have read that way before, as she stayed true to patient reported experiences in this book after the information she starts out with.
So it’s solid. Yes, as mentioned above, Janie Bowthorpe is one of the authors in the thyroid world I know and communicate with, but that hasn’t changed that I’m impressed with this book, want others to know why I am, and why I see that it’s a book worth having.
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