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  • Hypothyroidism affects 40-50% in the US, 80% in Belgium, Mark Starr, MD

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    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 2:38 pm Email this article
    “In 1976... [Dr. Broda Barnes] estimated the incidence of hypothyroidism in America to be 40%,” Mark Starr, MD noted in his wonderful book Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic (p. 52).

    “He predicted the number would reach 50% by 1986.”

    “Dr. Jacques Hertoghe… estimated the incidence to be 80% [in his country of Belgium].”

    The incidence has been increasing.

    The reason for this is that it is an inherited condition.

    Dr. Starr notes that at the beginning of the 1800’s, 50% of Americans died when they young of infections.

    Low thyroid function increases the risk of infections.

    Dr. Broda Barnes said that 99% of children with recurring infections suffered from low thyroid function.

    Therefore, those with low thyroid function died off before they were able to have children and pass along this inherited condition.

    However, medicine found a way to save these children from dying, therefore, more people with hypothyroidism grow up and have children of their own, passing along this condition.

    So the incidence of hypothyroidism has increased from 10-20 percent of the population, to now being 40-50 percent, and maybe as high as 80 percent in some countries like Belgium.

    Desiccated Thyroid vs Synthetic Thyroid Hormones

    Type 2 Hypothyroidism : Blood levels of thyroid hormone and TSH are normal

    Dr. Starr also notes that that desiccated thyroid (Armour) is much more effective than synthetic thyroid hormones.

    Here is what he wrote on page 164.

    “A recent book by Sanford Siegal, DO, MD, entitled “Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat” lends additional credence to the thyroid epidemic.”

    “Dr. Siegal specialized in weight loss.”

    “He… asked if I would be… on his referral list… because I was one of only several hundred doctors who prescribed the medication.”

    “In over 40 years of practice, Dr. Siegal found in treating thousands of patients that desiccated thyroid (Armour) was much more effective than synthetic thyroid hormones.”

    “Dr. Zondek also reported the superior efficacy of desiccated thyroid over synthetic thyroid hormone in the treatment of the ‘obese form’ of hypothyroidism in his 1926 textbook, Diseases of the Endocrine Glands.”

    “He had not changed his opinion by the time the forth edition was published in 1944.”



    Type 1 vs Type 2 Hypothyroidism

    Type 2 Hypothyroidism : Blood levels of thyroid hormone and TSH are normal

    Type 2 hypothyroidism is different than Type 1 hypothyroidism, which is what most people are referring to when they say hypothyroidism.

    With Type 2 hypothyroidism, blood levels of thyroid hormone and TSH are normal, however the body is resistant to it.

    This is similar to the difference between Type 1 diabetes where the body fails to make enough insulin, and Type 2 diabetes, where the body makes enough insulin, but the body is resistant to it.


    Blood Tests Do Not Detect Type 2 Hypothyroidism

    Type 2 Hypothyroidism Cannot Be Detected with a Blood Test

    With Type 2 hypothyroidism, because blood levels of thyroid hormone and TSH are normal, it is cannot be detected by a standard blood test for thyroid function.

    “My research shows that many chronic illnesses including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, mental illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease, and the explosion of childhood illnesses are largely attributable to Type 2 hypothyroidism,” writes Dr. Starr.

    “Type 1 Hypothyroidism is defined as failure of the thyroid gland to produce sufficient amounts of necessary to maintain normal blood levels of those hormones and normal blood levels of the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).”

    “Type 2 Hypothyroidism is defined as [a] resistance to thyroid hormones at the cellular level.”

    “[In Type 2 hypothyroidism,] Normal amounts of thyroid hormones and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) are detected by the blood tests therefore, blood tests do not detect Type 2 hypothyroidism.”



    Quotes about Dr. Starrs book

    “I believe everyone needs to review Mark Starrs book.

    “He has a vital message to share about the many people who do not realize they have low thyroid, because standard thyroid tests do not show it.

    “Mark Starrs dedication to research, and his devoted study with the old masters, have made him an international expert on thyroid and iodine.”

    —Dr. Garry Gordon, Co-Founder of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)

    “This is an astonishing book revealing the cause and successful treatment for obesity, heart attacks, depression, diabetes, strokes, headaches, chronic fatigue and many more. His in-depth research and discussion of how environmental toxins can interfere with thyroid hormones is groundbreaking and enlightening for us all.”

    —Robban Sica, MD

    “This is the most significant compilation of medical research ever published in the area of hypothyroidism.

    “Over a century of irrefutable scientific evidence is presented in a concise and readable format for laypeople and doctors alike.”
    —Mark Starr, MD writing about his own book


    Contact Information

    Dr. Starr’s Contact Information

    Here is contact information for Dr. Starr.

    Mark Starr, MD
    21st Century Pain & Sports Medicine
    10565 N. Tatum Blvd Suite B-115
    Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
    (480) 607-6503
    (480) 607-6533 fax

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