Hypothyroid Mom’s Favorite Books

Hypothyroid Mom's Favorite Thyroid Books

If you’ve ever reached rock bottom with hypothyroidism 

where you can’t keep your eyes open and function each day,

you already know there are no words that will ever come close to describing it.

I am a bookworm. I have been all my life. When I was a little girl my mother was always telling me to go outside and play, while I hid in my room to read my books. At night when the lights were out, I would read with a flashlight under the covers.

Now I am a woman with my head forever buried in books. I always have a book in my purse wherever I go.

So when I reached my lowest point with hypothyroidism and worried I would never get back up, how did I climb out of that dark hole?

How did I finally get to this point where I feel great despite hypothyroidism?

Books, of course.

Thyroid Treatment

The mainstream medicine protocol for testing and treating hypothyroidism focuses on TSH and Levothyroxine drugs like Synthroid. While this approach may work for some patients, it fails for many of us. We are all individual in terms of which treatment works best for us. Do your research.

Thyroid Healthy, Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine by Suzy Cohen

I love this book Thyroid Healthy, Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine. Suzy Cohen has appeared on Good Morning America Health, The Dr. Oz Show, The 700 Club, The View and The Doctors. Thank you to Suzy for mentioning Hypothyroid Mom in her book.

Thyroid Healthy

Despite all the advancement in technology, I am still old school with my books. I love the feel of the pages in my hands. However for those who love to read their books on Kindle, Thyroid Healthy: Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine

Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness by Dr. Broda O. Barnes and Lawrence Galton

Dr. Broda Barnes was a thyroid pioneer. Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness provides a comprehensive look at how low thyroid affects the entire body. It offers detailed case histories of patients, often thought hopeless, whose problems were discovered to be related to hypothyroidism. When I read this book, my jaw dropped. I felt like he was describing me and my lifetime of symptoms!

Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness

From Hypothyroid to Healthy by Helle Sydendal

A Danish journalist with a fast track career suddenly found herself turning into a person she barely recognized. In her book From Hypothyroid to Healthy, Helle Sydendal shares how she got her life back through successful thyroid diagnosis and treatment. She includes my story in her great book.

From Hypothyroid to Healthy

Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know by Mary Shomon

The very first book I ever read about hypothyroidism, and I’m so thankful that I did, is Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know.

Living well with hypothyroidism

On Kindle, Living Well with Hypothyroidism

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, yet thyroid antibodies are not routinely tested. Be an advocate for yourself and insist on thyroid antibody testing.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Dr. Izabella Wentz

Hashimoto’s is more than just hypothyroidism. It is a thyroid autoimmune condition where the body mistakenly attacks its own thyroid gland. There are many potential triggers underlying Hashimoto’s that should be tested and treated including blood sugar imbalance, food sensitivities especially to gluten, adrenal issues, nutrient deficiencies, leaky gut, inflammation, heavy metal toxicity, and chronic infections. With this New York Times bestselling book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause every person will have the information they need to take charge of their Hashimoto’s.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back by Dr. Izabella Wentz

If you’ve already read Dr. Wentz’s first book then her second book Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back is a must-read. It released on March 28, 2017 and within 9 days it became a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Hashimoto's Protocol

On Kindle, Hashimoto’s Protocol

Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal by Dr. Datis Kharrazian 

This is the first book I ever read on Hashimoto’s. It was the first time I read about the importance of eliminating gluten from the diet and many of the other triggers for Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? when My Lab Tests Are Normal: a Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism provided me with a foundation to understand the autoimmune condition at play in Hashimoto’s.

Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal

The Kindle Edition, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal

The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases by Dr. Amy Myers

Dr. Amy Myers never wants anyone to go through what she had to go through with Graves’ disease. She shares her approach to autoimmune diseases including Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in her New York Times bestseller The Autoimmune Solution.

The Autoimmune Solution

How to Heal Hashimoto’s: An Integrative Road Map to Remission by Marc Ryan, L.Ac.

How to Heal Hashimoto’s: An Integrative Road Map to Remission by Licensed Acupuncturist Marc Ryan (a Hashimoto’s thriver himself) is the first book of its kind to incorporate the ancient healing practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the healing of autoimmune thyroid disease.

How to heal Hashimoto's

You’re Not Crazy And You’re Not Alone: Losing the Victim, Finding Your Sense of Humor, and Learning to Love Yourself Through Hashimoto’s by Stacey Robbins

You’re Not Crazy And You’re Not Alone: Losing the Victim, Finding Your Sense of Humor, and Learning to Love Yourself Through Hashimoto’s shines a light on the emotional, physical, and spiritual journey within women with this autoimmune disease. With honesty and humor, Stacey tells stories that inspire readers to look at this autoimmune disease differently–and to consider loving themselves as part of their treatment too.

You're Not Crazy & You're Not Alone

Stress, So Much Stress

A few years ago I had a sudden onset of hair loss. Looking at the balding areas at my temples and over my ears was so devastating to me that I set out on a mission to win back my hair. In the article 10 Things That Stopped My Hair Loss, I write about how I was going through a great deal of stress at the time of my hair loss and that adrenal testing was one key factor to regaining my hair. I’ve experienced first hand how stress can wreak havoc on our thyroid health.

Adrenal Thyroid Revolution by Dr. Aviva Romm

The body relies on the adrenal glands located on top of each kidney to manage stressful situations. Our thyroid and adrenals are so intricately connected. Saliva testing for my cortisol levels revealed that I was struggling with adrenal fatigue. I recently finished reading a fabulous book by Dr. James Wilson and not only has it helped my hair loss but my energy levels have been improving day by day. Are you being treated for hypothyroidism, but you still don’t feel well? The adrenals are an important piece of the thyroid puzzle you should read about in the book by Yale-trained physician Dr. Aviva Romm, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood.

Adrenal Thyroid Revolution

Perimenopause & Menopause

Our thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones play an intricate dance. When one is off, it can throw the others off too. Peri-menopause and menopause can be particularly challenging for those of us with thyroid disease. Perimenopause can actually start ten years before menopause. Dr. John Lee’s books What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Perimenopause and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause have helped me navigate through the rocky waters of perimenopause and I’m happy to say I’m feeling fabulous at age 47 (even better in fact than I ever felt at 30!).

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause

Weight Loss

Hands down the number one question I receive from Hypothyroid Mom readers is how to lose weight.

The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast by Dr. Mark Hyman

According to Dr. Hyman, the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author, the key to losing weight and keeping it off is maintaining low insulin levels. The Blood Sugar Solution 10-day Detox Diet offers practical tools including meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists, as well as step-by-step, easy-to-follow advice on green living, supplements, medication, exercise, and more. Not only did participants in Dr. Hyman’s program lose weight, they also “experienced a 62 percent improvement in medical issues including irritable bowel, acid reflux, fatigue, migraines, anxiety, joint pain, rashes and hives”.

10-Day Detox Diet

Kindle Edition, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast

Mental Health

There have been a few times that I have put my head down on my desk after reading a message from one of my Hypothyroid Mom readers struggling with severe mental health issues. These stories have literally been engraved in my mind for how they upset me so. In every case, their thyroid had not been fully evaluated despite all the research linking thyroid disease to mental illnesses.

A Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives by Dr. Kelly Brogan

Manhattan psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan poses this question: How much of what we are calling psychiatric pathology is in fact thyroid disorder? If you are struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or bipolar, which book do I recommend you read? Hands down it’s this New York Times Bestseller A Mind of Your Own: The Truth about Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives.

A Mind of Your Own

PCOS

Every single woman with PCOS, or showing signs of PCOS, should have a full thyroid evaluation. Yes I said every single woman.

8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS: A Proven Program to Resent Your Hormones, Repair Your Metabolism, and Restore Your Fertility by Dr. Fiona McCulloch

When one of my family members was struggling with symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and struggling to conceive, I recommended she see Naturopath Dr. Fiona McCulloch. Dr. McCulloch has PCOS herself and works with many women with PCOS (interestingly she has discovered that many of her PCOS patients have suboptimal thyroid hormone levels). Thanks to Fiona, my family member has given birth to her baby and I know that Fiona’s book 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS: A Proven Program to Reset Your Hormones, Repair Your Metabolism, and Restore Your Fertility is a must-read for every woman with PCOS.

8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS

Gluten-Free & Paleo

What’s with all the gluten-free?

The topic of gluten came up so frequently in my reading that I just wondered how important a factor it really was in hypothyroidism. I grew up with an Italian mom who makes the best pasta in the world, so you can imagine the challenge I had going gluten-free. It was not easy for me, however when I started personally noticing the benefits of gluten-free on my symptoms including maintaining my weight, I became a believer. Now since starting Hypothyroid Mom, I’ve heard from so many readers raving not just about gluten-free but also the Paleo diet for their hypothyroidism symptoms. I’ve heard from readers with Hashimoto’s disease who have actually cut their thyroid antibodies in half and some have completely reversed their thyroid antibodies to normal by dietary changes (and lost weight too)! It’s definitely worth a try.

The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day by Carrie Vitt

When Carrie Vitt was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, she was put on an elimination diet to cleanse her system that removed gluten and grains. Failing to find recipes that followed her strict diet guidelines and still were delicious, she began experimenting in her own kitchen. Through organic, unprocessed foods Carrie has reversed Hashimoto’s disease, chronic migraines, IBS and eczema.

Books like The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day have helped me discover that going gluten-free is not as challenging as I originally expected.

The Grain-Free Family Table

Kindle Edition, The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is thriving with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis thanks to food, Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook.

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle is a great resource for those new to the Paleo diet or struggling to integrate it into their everyday lives. It is packed with over 120 easy recipes. There are even meal plans designed specifically to support hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, and Graves’ disease.
Practical Paleo

Kindle Edition, Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum

The day I lay on a medical exam table in early 2009 waiting for a medical procedure known as a D&C to remove my unborn baby from my body, I stared up at the ceiling tears streaming down my face. I had needlessly miscarried my child all because my doctors had no clue how to treat a pregnant woman with hypothyroidism. I vowed that moment to research all I could about thyroid disease in pregnancy and warn women everywhere.

Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease by Dana Trentini (that’s me!) and Mary Shomon

My vow was fulfilled the day my book Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease: A Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Wellness released June 2016 from Perseus Books/Da Capo Press with my co-author Mary Shomon.

I can’t go back and change what happened to my child no matter how much I long to do so, but what I can do is save babies in memory of my child.

We interviewed leading experts on hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease, thyroid nodules, goiter, thyroid cancer, gynecology, obstetrics, infertility, and more, to create the first book of its kind. Part 3 of our book provides comprehensive checklists including testing, treatment, dietary changes, and supplements, so that you will know more than even your doctor about making babies with thyroid disease.

Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!