It is estimated that one in twenty people has a thyroid problem, with the majority of sufferers being women. To make matters worse, many who are affected by thyroid dysfunction are unaware that they have a problem and typically go undiagnosed for years. In the meantime, they experience a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain or loss, forgetfulness, sleepless nights, irritability, and more. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Written by best-selling author Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, What You Must Know About Thyroid Disorders & What to Do About Them, Second Edition, enables readers to identify common thyroid problems and seek the treatment they need.
Written in easy-to-understand language, this updated edition begins by explaining how important the thyroid is in regulating the body’s metabolism, which, in turn, plays a vital role in controlling the functions of the heart, brain, liver, lungs, kidneys, and intestines. The book then goes on to discuss the most common thyroid-related disorders and symptoms, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, autoimmune dysfunction, celiac disease, thyroid cancer, mood swings, and excess weight gain. Each discussion features an overview of the disorder that can help readers to determine if they may be suffering from the problem. It then explains the disorder’s cause, common symptoms, and diagnostic tests, as well as both conventional and alternative treatment approaches. A handy resource section is also included to point the way to further support.
So many health problems are related to thyroid dysfunction, and so many individuals suffer needlessly—even though help is available. What You Must Know About Thyroid Disorders & What to Do About Them, Second Edition, allows readers to take the first important step on the road to diagnosis, effective treatment, and wellness.
Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH, MS, is a diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and past co-director of the Master's Program in Medical Sciences, with a concentration in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, at the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. An authority on the subjects of wellness and functional medicine, she is also the founder of the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. Dr. Smith is the best-selling author of ten books, including What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & So Much More; What You Must Know About Women's Hormones; and What You Must Know About Memory Loss.