Book Review – Thyrozone®: Real Thyroid Solutions for Better Health & Better Living
Amy Tung, ND
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According to the American Thyroid Association, nearly 20 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism. This number, however, could be closer to 60 million depending on interpretation of TSH levels. The prevalence of hyperthyroidism and Grave’s disease has been estimated at close to 3 to 4 million in the United States alone. The thyroid epidemic is only growing, and adequate knowledge and understanding of this important endocrine gland is vital for doctors and patients alike.
Husband and wife, physician team, have created a wonderful book that helps physician and patient better understand the growing thyroid epidemic
Dr John Robinson and Dr Cristina Romero-Bosch are a husband and wife team that have created a wonderful book that helps physician and patient better understand the growing thyroid epidemic; the book also details how they have successfully treated it with their “ThryoZone® System.” They explain in detail the interplay of the thyroid gland and the other hormones in the body, using a functional interpretation of thyroid laboratory values and a comprehensive view of metabolism and the body.
Divided into 2 Parts: Section 1 Reviews thyroid gland and Section 2 Discusses diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients
The book, Thyrozone: Real Thyroid Solutions for Better Health & Better Living, is divided into 2 parts: Section 1 reviews the thyroid gland and introduces the ThyroZone® System; and Section 2 discusses the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients used by Drs Robinson and Romero-Bosch in their clinic.
The program is further divided into 6 steps:
- Step 1: Basic Thyroid Screening Questionnaire. This thorough clinical questionnaire is based on research-validated questions that can reveal symptoms related to hypothyroidism.
- Step 2: Determining Goiter. When goiter is present, it is graded through the World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Goiter, on a scale of 0-2.
- Step 3: Confirming the Diagnosis: Low or High Thyroid. Zulewski’s clinical score for hypothyroidism can be used to determine hypothyroidism (a score greater than 5) or euthryoid (a score between 0 and 2). In cases of suspected hyperthyroidism, Wayne’s hyperthyroid index would be utilized.
- Step 4: Functional Analysis of Blood Work. By looking specifically at optimal ranges (as opposed to simply standard laboratory ranges) of TSH, Total T3, Free T3, Total T4, Free T4, Reverse T3, Anti-TPO, and Anti-TG, we can further confirm thyroid dysfunction including specific patterns.
- Step 5: Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) & Reflex Testing. This is accomplished using additional physical exam testing to further confirm and monitor thyroid health.
- Step 6: Other Clinic Diagnostic Tools. Other testing, including thyroid ultrasound, thyroid biopsy, thyroid thermography, and electrocardiogram (ECG), are used to monitor the health of the patient throughout the treatment.
- Step 7: Common Diet Factors in Thyroid Disease. Dietary factors are considered, such as lectins, gluten, the importance of the traditional ancestral diet, the elimination of goitrogens, limiting soy intake, and the top nutraceuticals and herbs for thyroid health.
- Step 8: Common Thyroid Environmental Toxins and Endocrine Disruptors. This step involves identifying and eliminating any possible endocrine disruptor in foods or the environment.
- Step 9: Comprehensive Diagnosis: Bringing it Together. By gathering all the information discussed thus far, proper treatment and monitoring of a patient’s progress can be accomplished.
Only 18% of the thyroid hormones in the body are found in the blood, whereas 75% can be found in the muscles, skin, and brain tissues. This is why understanding the physical signs and symptoms of the body is crucial to understanding the action of the thyroid gland. Treatment using natural desiccated thyroid is discussed in depth, as well as other thyroid medication options. The authors also address underlying stress and adrenal issues, as well as imbalances in sex hormones, insulin, and growth hormone.
Authors also address underlying stress and adrenal issues, as well as additional hormonal imbalances
From a functional medicine and naturopathic medicine perspective, this book provides clear insight into how to properly identify, treat, and monitor your thyroid patients and give them a better quality of life. I highly recommend this book for any physician who treats thyroid patients in his or her practice. It has become an invaluable tool in my practice, and I refer to it often.
Just the Facts
- Title: Thyrozone: Real Thyroid Solutions for Better Health and Better Living
- Author: John A. Robinson, NMD, & Christina Romero-Bosch, NMD
- Publisher: Wheatmark
- Available from: wheatmark.com
- Pages: 128
- Style: Soft Cover
- Copyright: 2017
- MSRP: $19.95