Recommendations on thyroid disease

About a year ago, I was a regular here on A.S.Thyroid. Since then, my health
has held up rather well, thank you.

My request is for some background material for someone whose wife ‘s :thyroid
is “dying out”. I suspect Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The man is my mailman and
his wife, soon to be ex-wife, is a old school chum of mine. What I desire is a
list of Internet pages that I can access for him. The poor man is in the
throes of a divorce he _doesnot want, his wife is turning away from him and
he is lost in the jungle of thyroid illnesses with no help other than library
books.

Given your friends’ situation, perhaps the best resource would be the book
“The Thyroid Solution” by Ridha Arem, M.D. Apart from its excellent
discussion of all aspects of thyroid disease, this book discusses at
length and in great detail the often-devastating effects of thyroid
disease upon relationships.

Here are some websites:

Thyroid Homepage: http://www.thyrolink.com [From Merck KgaA,
Darmstadt, Germany.]

EndocrineWeb.com: http://www.endocrineweb.com [The largest web site
for thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas disorders, including
diabetes and osteoporosis. The information is intended for the education
of patients and their families. Pages are added at least twice a week.]

The MAGIC Foundation for Children’s Growth: Thyroid Division:
http://www.magicfoundation.org/thyrmainp.html

Mary Shomon – About.Com Guide to Thyroid Disease:
http://thyroid.about.com/health/diseases/thyroid [Please note that this
site also contains links to and information about alternative and
complementary diagnoses and treatments which are not considered
mainstream by conventional medical practitioners. This site and its
editor/webmaster, however, are not funded, supported by, or subsidised
in any way by companies who manufacture thyroid hormone, thyroid
treatment, or thyroid diagnostic drugs or testing.]

National Graves’ Disease Foundation: http://www.ngdf.org
ThyCa: The Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association: http://www.thyca.org
Thyroid Federation International: http://www.thyroid-fed.org/home.html
Thyroid Foundation of America: http://www.tsh.org and
http://www.tfaweb.org/pub/tfa

Thyroid Foundation of Canada:
http://home.ican.net/~thyroid/Canada.html

The Thyroid Society for Education and Research:
http://www.the-thyroid-society.org

Quackwatch: http://familyinternet.com/quackwatch/index.html [Guide to
health fraud, quackery, and intelligent decisions, operated by Stephen
Barrett, M.D.]

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists: http://www.aace.com
American Thyroid Association: http://www.thyroid.org
The Endocrine Society: http://www.endo-society.org
The Endocrine Society of Australia:
http://www.med.monash.edu.au/affiliates/esa/ENDOC.HTM
International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders:
http://www.tulane.edu/~icec/icciddhome.htm

Thyroid Disease Manager: http://www.thyroidmanager.org [Contains the
revised version of the textbook “The Thyroid and its Diseases”, and
supplementary information. Directed at helping medical practitioners
care for their patients with thyroid problems. Developed by Leslie J. De
Groot, M.D., Georg Hennemann, M.D. and a group of thyroid experts.]

But what I really recommend is THE new book on thyroid disease:

* Ridha Arem: “The Thyroid Solution: A Mind-Body Program for Beating
Depression and Regaining Your Emotional and Physical Health” (Ballantine
Books, New York) 1999.

I struggled to get hold of it in Australia – I eventually had to order it
through Amazon.com. (Ridha Arem, M.D., is Associate Professor of
Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Baylor
College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also Chief of Endocrinology
and Metabolism at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston. He is the author
and editor of “Clinical Thyroidology”, and contributes to “Thyroid USA”,
the official newsletter of the American Foundation of Thyroid Patients.)

Dr. Arem has a good chapter on the effect thyroid disease has on
relationships – he says things I have not read before, but which I have
felt, and heard anecdotally.