Thyroid School, Issue #15: Book Recommendations

By popular demand, I am going to share some books I find to be helpful support materials as you learn about your thyroid health. While books written by providers are not the equivalent to textbooks and peer-reviewed research, I do respect these credentialed and highly educated folks and the way they breakdown complex biochemistry and human physiology into more colloquial terms. The authors have scoured hundreds upon hundreds of peer-reviewed research, so you don’t have to! 

I appreciate these books for the detailed explanation of the disease process. However, take any “30 day fix” promises and exact supplement protocols with a grain of salt. Managing hypothyroidism (autoimmune or not) is a lifelong process. These books serve as valuable educational tools and not exact blueprints. Lastly, this is not an exhaustive list.

There are PLENTY of thyroid books out there, but I’ve personally read all of these and like that the authors are reputable, the information is researched, and it’s relatively simple to understand. 

Cheers to empowerment through education! 

1. “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms” by Dr. Datis KharrazianThe majority of my professional training in thyroid disease management is done under Dr. Kharrazian, so I may be a bit biased when it comes to choosing my favorite book. This one is well laid out, but can be a good introduction to lab testing, the different “types” of hypothyroidism, and is a good reference manual for common questions. 

2. “The Adrenal-Thyroid Revolution” by Dr. Aviva Romm.Understanding the connection between stress and thyroid health can sometimes fall on deaf ears, but Dr. Aviva Romm does a fantastic job explaining why this occurs and how managing stress is crucial for thyroid optimization.  

3. “The Thyroid Connection” by Dr. Amy Myers.Dr. Myers gives good insight into autoimmunity as she is most known for her approach to autoimmune disease management protocols. She has a few books that cover thyroid health in part, but this one is definitely the most focused on thyroid of all of her works.  

4. “The Root Cause” by Dr. Izabella Wentz I really like Dr. Wentz’s website as she has a well-researched and easy-to-understand blog. Many of her recommendations are backed by peer-reviewed journal articles. As a pharmacist by trade, she also reviews supplements and medications from a unique lens. 

5. “The Thyroid Solution” by Dr. Ridha AremDr. Arem highlights how important thyroid health is for mental health– and vice versa. He is an endocrinologist and true thyroid expert. Fun fact: his office is in Houston! 

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