In the beginning of Mary’s book she explains that there are all kinds of people who have thyroid disease in the United States, but that there are also all kinds of doctors who are using outdated scales to judge thyroid disease and they’re often not performing complete tests.
The old thyroid range is 0.5-5.5 for TSH and the new range is 0.3-3.0 for TSH. That’s quite the difference. So people are being told that they do not have thyroid conditions because their levels fall in the old normal range, when, in fact, they are abnormal compared to the new range. People are sent home and told they’re too fat and lazy, when they’re hardly eating anything and may be exercising up a storm.
Mary goes on with her book. She gives eating guidelines, which is not a conventional diet per se, but gives a person an idea how much of so-and-so they should eat each day. She is careful to speak about carbohydrates and their effect on blood sugar levels. She is also careful to mention goiterogens, which are food that may promote the growth of goiters depending on how much you eat of them. The super food Kale is included in this list, FYI.
Mary then goes on to recommend vitamins and supplements that support thyroid function. She also recommends exercises. The last part of Mary’s book speaks of mind over matter and how sometimes having a positive mindset can help the whole thing.
What I liked
This is an informative book. If you didn’t know anything about thyroid disease this book would be a good place to start. If you’re already well-versed in health matters, a lot of this book is going to be a repeat. Mary takes the time to explain how some endocrinologists are just out of date with their testing methods. This is important information to know if you suspect you might have a thyroid disorder.
I like the fact that I think Mary has struggled as much with this disorder as anyone else might have. She’s informed about what she’s writing about.
What I didn’t like
This isn’t necessarily a diet book. This book gives you a guideline for a way of living, but it’s not a specific diet. It doesn’t say, “Eat X amount of this for four days, and then X amount of that for five days.” Mary recommends various diets and she explains why each might be good or bad, but she doesn’t create a diet herself. This could be seen as a good thing or as a bad thing. So is this book an actual diet book? No, it’s not. It’s more of a guideline book.
There are no meal examples.
Mary also doesn’t even begin to suggest the idea of treating your thyroid disorder naturally. She gives you tips for going to the doctor and getting a prescription, but nowhere does she say, “…but you could also try so-and-so instead of Synthroid.”
It’s a great start.
Do you think we should always take to heart what a doctor says?
Do you think we treat people with thyroid conditions unfairly?