Book Review: Stop the Thyroid Madness II 

by Janie A. Bowthorpe (Editor)

Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy

Janie Bowthorpe has become a force to be reckoned with. Her first book, "Stop the Thyroid Madness," chronicles her return to health after decades of dealing with misdiagnoses and misguided treatments. She describes herself as suddenly becoming more alive after finding out about desiccated whole thyroid and changing from l-thyroxine (T4) treatment only. Her book can be an inspiration to anyone who struggles with reduced energy levels or never feels quite well. Bowthorpe is also the author of a blog,, in which she shares the huge amount of thyroid information she has discovered herself and gathered from others who she engaged through social media. Her first book is still the top selling book about thyroid issues on Amazon.


Bowthorpe has taken another direction with her second book (published by Laughing Grape Publishing, Dolores CO, 2014). In this volume, she serves as the editor of a collection of chapters written by practitioners who have recognized the complexity of thyroid issues. These practitioners have made large changes in their approach to recognizing thyroid dysfunction and assisting their patients to truly turn their health around. 


The current standard for treating thyroid issues blessed by the society of endocrinologists is to only use one thyroid test, TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone, and then only to use one thyroid hormone, T4, to treat. After treatment, only the results of dropping serum TSH levels are used as a measure of success. Healthcare practitioners are taught that this standard prevails, while the fact that resolution of symptoms has

not happened is dismissed. 


Hormones and Chronic Lyme Disease

Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy 

As of 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are approximately 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease per year in the US, which is 10 times more than the number of cases officially reported. And there are potentially many more "victims" who have yet to discover that they have the disease because the symptoms can mimic other disorders, such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease.

An article entitled "Lyme, Neurotoxins and Hormonal Factors, an interview with Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH," which appeared in the July 2014 edition of the Townsend Letter, offers further insight into the complexity of diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Wayne Anderson, ND, and Dr. Robert Gitlin, DO, were the experts interviewed for the article.

Chronic Lyme disease patients experience a myriad of complications that make it difficult to diagnose, much less treat and restore the patient to wellness. Lyme disease patients are likely to be struggling with a whole host of problems beyond the infection from the Borrelia bacteria from the tick bite, including but not limited to co-infections such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, and Mycoplasma, along with assaults from mold toxins, petrochemicals, and heavy metals.

Adding to the complexity, some of the symptoms associated with the Borrelia infection are the same as symptoms caused by hormone imbalance. Dr. Gitlin finds that the vast majority of his Lyme disease patients are in a state of adrenal depletion, which needs to be addressed before addressing other hormone depletions.

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The Lyme Disease Merry-Go-Round - Hormones, the Immune System and Yeast

Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy

Pharmacist Corner

Patients with chronic Lyme disease have weakened immune systems which may allow intestinal yeast to overgrow.  Antibiotics, the mainstay of Lyme disease therapy, destroy the beneficial gut bacteria which keep yeast overgrowth in check. Yeast, in turn, depresses the immune system even further. It also binds up estrogen, making it unavailable to the cells that need it the most. Thus patients with Lyme disease may get sicker and sicker due to a compromised immune system, hormone imbalance and yeast overgrowth. 

A low sugar, low carbohydrate diet can kill off yeast while strengthening the immune system. Acidophilus and other anti-yeast supplements like aged garlic extract can help as well. (See our "A Connection with Yeast" newsletter.)  Practitioners who treat yeast with immunotherapy can be found at the American Academy of Environmental Medicine website.(

Marlene Kunold, a German practitioner who specializes in the treatment of Lyme disease, believes that healing may be incomplete until the adrenal and thyroid glands are adequately supported.  Researchers have found that the adrenal glands have a positive effect on immunity. And natural killer cells, part of the immune system's first line of defense, are more active when thyroid function is optimal. 


Dr William Hrushesky believes that estrogen dominance can decrease the activity of natural killer cells and other immune system components. Low estrogen levels can do the same thing.   Progesterone can help offset estrogen dominance but may cause yeast overgrowth in susceptible individuals. It is important that patients with Lyme disease have access to medical professionals with knowledge of hormones, the immune system and yeast. 



Joseph J. Burrascano Jr., M.D. Advanced Topics in Lyme Disease - Diagnostic Hints and TreatmentGuidelines for Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses. 16th ed. International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society; Oct 2008. 

Connie Strasheim. Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment: Thirteen Lyme-Literate Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies. South Lake Tahoe, CA: Biomed Publishing Group; 2009.


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In This Issue
Book Review: Stop the Thyroid Madness II
Hormones and Chronic Lyme Disease
The Lyme Disease Merry-Go-Round

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