Hypothyroid Mom’s Favorite Thyroid 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.

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.

The Book That Started It All

I lost my unborn baby needlessly to hypothyroidism.

At that time, I did not do my own research. I completely trusted my Ivey-league medical school trained New York City doctors to manage my hypothyroidism. I failed to be an advocate for myself and my child.

I will live with that regret the rest of my life.

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

The day I stumbled upon Mary Shomon’s book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You… That You Need to Know (Revised Edition) was a miracle. Following my miscarriage, my hypothyroidism symptoms worsened so dramatically that I struggled to stay awake to care for my young son. I felt like I had been dropped in a deep dark hole.

This book was my gut-wrenching ‘Aha!’ moment. I realized that I lost my child all because my doctors did not properly treat my hypothyroidism. I sobbed for days.

This is the book that started it all. I’m now living well with hypothyroidism.

Living Well with Hypothyroidism

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

The Book That Will Save Babies

The day I lay on a medical exam table on a cold winter day in early 2009 waiting for the D&C to remove my unborn baby from my body, I stared up at the ceiling tears streaming down my face. I vowed that moment to research all I could about thyroid disease in pregnancy and warn women everywhere.

Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease: A Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Wellness by Dana Trentini & Mary Shomon

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

There is currently NO universal thyroid screening in pregnancy despite mounting evidence that thyroid disease is a danger to mother and fetus in pregnancy. It’s time to stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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.

The day I signed the contract with Perseus Books/Da Capo Press along with my thyroid hero Mary Shomon my eyes were overflowing with tears that I could barely read the words. My book contract is filled with markings from my tears of sorrow and joy.

With 750 million thyroid sufferers, majority women, around the world, and over half undiagnosed, there is a good chance you know people that need this book to protect their babies. Please help us save babies by sharing news of our book.

If you’re not looking to become pregnant and a book like this is not of interest to you at this time, you can be of great help to our mission. If you’ll leave a comment for our book at Amazon to share your support for universal thyroid screening in pregnancy, we would be so thankful.Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease

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

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

Thyroid Healthy

On Kindle, Thyroid Healthy: Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine

Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?: A 3-Step Program to Restore Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance, Beat Hormone Havoc, and Feel Better Fast! by Richard Shames & Karilee H. Shames

Thanks to this book Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?: A 3-Step Program to: Restore Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance, Beat Hormone Havoc, and Feel Better Fast! I first learned how thyroid health is really a puzzle with many pieces. It explains how the hormonal system is a 3-legged stool involving the thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive hormones. Thanks to this book, my testing and treatment includes all the pieces of the puzzle and I’m feeling fantastic.

Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?

For Kindle fans, Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?: A 3-Step Program to: Restore Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance, Beat Hormone Havoc, and Feel Better Fast!

Stop The Thyroid Madness by Janie Bowthorpe

Janie Bowthorpe personally went from depths of nearly 20 years of T4 only hell to having the energy and stamina of a teenager thanks to natural desiccated thyroid and dosing not by TSH but according to the complete elimination of symptoms and the Free T3. I thankfully found myself a great doctor open to exploring the thyroid treatment options and looking beyond TSH to get me well again.

Stop The Thyroid Madness

Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed by Dr. Steven Hotze

In the book Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed Dr. Hotze reveals how commonly hypothyroidism is overlooked, misdiagnosed, and mistreated in women and men. Individuals with all the signs of low thyroid are often told their blood work is “normal”. Dr. Hotze explains why hypothyroidism cannot be determined by blood tests alone.

Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness

On Kindle, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed

Hypothyroidism Symptoms

Hypothyroidism can affect every part of the body. It can cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, headaches, constipation, chronic infections, skin problems, hair loss, chronic pain, menstrual issues, pregnancy complications, bipolar, anxiety, depression. It can also be a major factor in heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

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

Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic by Dr. Mark Starr

Dr.  Starr is a pain specialist. During his quest for the answer to his own chronic pain, as well as his patients’, he discovered that hormone problems, chiefly hypothyroidism, are not only responsible for chronic pain but also responsible for the majority of chronic illness in modern society. Unfortunately most doctors have not heard of type 2 hypothyroidism where blood tests are normal but the patient is still hypothyroid. This book Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic highlighted for me that we are more than just lab numbers.

I was particularly fascinated by Dr. Starr’s discovery that chronic pain and fibromyalgia were often linked to undiagnosed or insufficiently treated hypothyroidism in his patients. So many Hypothyroid Mom readers contact me about chronic pain.

Hypothyroidism Type 2

The Kindle Edition, Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic

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 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 excellent 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

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

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 flashlight 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 and You're Not Alone

On Kindle, You’re Not Crazy And You’re Not Alone

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness by Mickey Trescott

Research shows there is a clear connection between diet and autoimmune disease. In the book The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness, Mickey provides a resource for those looking to embark on the Autoimmune Protocol, a version of an ancestral diet that is focused both on removing potential food triggers as well as healing the gut. It includes 112 delicious recipes suitable for anyone at any phase of the Autoimmune Protocol–no grains, beans, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, or nightshades. Although this is quite the list of exclusions, she offers many simple delicious recipes.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

Thyroid Advocates I Love

Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, “Thyroid Sexy” Life by Gena Lee Nolin & Mary Shomon

Actress and model Gena Lee Nolin has gone public with her struggle with Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism. She is the first internationally-known celebrity to tackle worldwide thyroid awareness as a personal mission. Her Thyroid Sexy Facebook page ROCKS! When Gena teamed up with thyroid superstar Mary Shomon to write Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, “Thyroid Sexy” Life, I knew this was a book I had to read. What an honor to see Hypothyroid Mom mentioned in their book.

Beautiful Inside and Out

For Kindle fans, Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, ‘,Thyroid Sexy’, Life

Wow, Your Mom Really Is Crazy: A Complete Guide to Coping with Thyroid Disease: Stress, Weight Loss Tips, and More by Carol Gray

I love following fellow thyroid advocate Carol Gray (aka Crazy Thyroid Lady). When Carol moved to an upper-middle class neighborhood, she found that it wasn’t just her living space that was bigger; her physical and mental problems were also growing. Most people who suffer from autoimmune diseases are usually sick an average of ten years with various ailments before getting the correct diagnosis. Carol was no exception, and she struggled to maintain the façade of normality among the neighborhood’s stay-at-home moms, green lawns, and white-collar dads. In Wow, Your Mom Really Is Crazy: A Complete Guide to Coping with Thyroid Disease: Stress, Weight Loss Tips, and More, she recalls her struggles and shares stress-coping tips, nutritional advice, alternative therapies, and insights on dealing with friends and family who want to see evidence of an invisible disease.

Wow your mom really is crazy

The Kindle Edition, Wow, Your Mom Really Is Crazy: A Complete Guide to Coping with Thyroid Disease: Stress, Weight Loss Tips, and More

Weight Loss

Hands down the number one question I hear 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

I love following Dr. Mark Hyman, so of course when his new book came out I jumped to read it. According to Dr. Hyman, the key to losing weight and keeping it off is maintaining low insulin levels. The 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

The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss by Mary Shomon

The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss is a New York Times bestselling book that every person with hypothyroidism struggling to lose weight should read. The thyroid gland is a major player in regulating your metabolism, therefore optimal thyroid health is essential for weight loss.

The Thyroid Diet Revolution

On Kindle, The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss

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. 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! It’s definitely worth a try.

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

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.

Carrie’s book The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day is set to release this month on November 18, 2014. It is available for pre-order. I was fortunate to receive a copy and loved it. Books like this are what 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

The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser

Chris Kresser is a leading voice within the Paleo nutrition community. I’ve been a longtime fan and loved his book The Paleo Cure. Chris Kresser uses the Paleo diet as a baseline from which readers can tailor a program to fit their lifestyle, body type, and genetic blueprint.

The Paleo CureKindle Edition, The Paleo Cure

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 an excellent 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

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans offers delicious Asian-influenced recipes free of grains, legumes, and added sugar. Not only did I love the recipes but I laughed and laughed. This book made Paleo easy and fun for me.
Nom Nom Paleo

At the Kindle store, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

A Child Lost to Thyroid Cancer

This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, Wayne Earl & John Green

Meet the 16-year-old girl who passed away in 2010 of thyroid cancer and inspired the movie now playing in theaters The Fault In Our Stars.  On January 28, 2014, Esther Grace Earl became a published author—something she had always dreamed of! A portion of her journals, fiction, letters, and artwork were published in a beautiful memoir-style book called This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl. Her book touched me deeply.

Esther’s book is a New York Time Bestseller!

This Star Won't Go Out

Kindle Edition, This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

The Books I’m Reading Now

Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

Last year at age 43 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.

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 Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.

Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life From Thirty to Fifty by Dr. John Lee, Dr. Jesse Hanley & Virginia Hopkins

Our thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones require a fine balance in our bodies. I discovered this so clearly at that time in my life when I was losing my hair. Turned out for me that at age 43 I was in premenopause. I was under enormous stress at that time and before I knew it I was struggling not only with adrenal fatigue and thyroid imbalance but also estrogen dominance, too much estrogen relative to progesterone.

Several of my Hypothyroid Mom readers mentioned Dr. John’s Lee’s book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life From Thirty to Fifty. I decided to give it a read and I’m so happy that I did. I discovered the benefits of natural progesterone cream and it’s been a life saver for me (it has also saved my hair!).

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause

“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!

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby she lost to hypothyroidism. This is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Connect with Dana on Google+

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