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Includes information on
The expert guide to
the latest thyroid treatments
taking control of your condition
Tell if you have a thyroid
Understand and manage
your thyroid condition
treatments on offer
Don’t get pushed around by the little gland in your neck. Whether you
Deal with your condition
suffer from an underactive or overactive thyroid, nodules, or a goitre,
Thyroid For Dummies
has all the jargon-free information you need to get to grips with the problem and expert advice on how to get your
Get the right diet and
condition under control.
Alan L. Rubin, MD
has over thirty years’ experience treating thyroid
conditions and is the co-author of
Diabetes For Dummies.
conditions in children and
is the co-author of
Arthritis For Dummies,
a health writer and
broadcaster, and a former Health Journalist of the Year.
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Thyroid For Dummies®
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About the Authors
Dr Sarah Brewer
qualified as a doctor in 1983 from Cambridge University.
She was a full-time GP for five years and now works in nutritional medicine and sexual health. Sarah is currently completing an MSc in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey, Guildford.
Although her first love is medicine, her major passion is writing. Sarah writes widely on all aspects of health and has written over 40 popular self-help books. She is a regular contributor to a number of newspapers and women’s magazines, and appears regularly on TV and radio. She was voted Health Journalist of the Year 2002.
Alan L. Rubin, MD,
is one of the US’s foremost experts on the thyroid gland in health and disease. He is a member of the Endocrine Society and has been in private practice specialising in thyroid disease and diabetes for over 30
years. Dr. Rubin was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC Medical Center in San Francisco for 20 years. He has spoken about the thyroid to professional medical audiences and non-medical audiences around the world. He is a consultant to many pharmaceutical companies and companies that make thyroid products.
Dr. Rubin has written extensively on the thyroid gland as well as diabetes mellitus. As a result, he has been on numerous radio and television programs, talking about the cause, the prevention, and the treatment of conditions of the thyroid. He is also the best-selling author of
Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies
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This book is dedicated to my wife, Enid, who was there for every page. She smilingly let me do my work, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, and missed many an opportunity to go out to dinner or a movie so that I could produce this book for you. If you have a fraction of the support in your life that she has given me, you are a lucky person, indeed.
The great publisher and midwife, Kathy Nebenhaus, deserves enormous appreciation for helping me to deliver yet another bright-eyed baby. Her optimism and her enthusiasm actually made this book possible.
Her assistant, Natasha Graf, played a huge role in ironing out the inevitable problems that arise when book-publishing and medicine meet.
My editor, Joan Friedman, did a magnificent job turning my sometimes-incomprehensible prose into words that you can understand. She also conducted a whole orchestra of other editors who contributed to the book, including Robert Annis, Christy Beck, Mary Fales, Alison Jefferson, and Greg Pearson.