Sick To Death,
Maggie Hadleigh-West
Danna Bowman
Thyroid Nation


Danna and Maggie talk about thyroid disease and the book that changed it all.



Last night, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Maggie Hadleigh-West, writer, producer and actor for the upcoming thyroid film, Sick to Death!

As we were talking, Maggie mentioned a book to me that had changed her and her view on thyroid disease, forever.  This medical text book refers to 17 TABLES that connect, explain and discuss many questions we, as sufferers have to many of the things associated with thyroid disease. Most of these things aren’t outwardly connected with our thyroid and it is frustrating. During our conversation, Maggie and I were talking about the fact that my mother had had triple bypass heart surgery AND has had hypothyroidism for many years. Is there a correlation, a connection? Table 11, says yes. Did the doctors consider this? She has been on Synthroid for over 30 years, with little adjustment in her dosage.  Surely, this wasn’t the case. It is too late to know for my mom, but not for the thousands of others to know beforehand. These tables offer some interesting things to consider and to ASK your doctor about…..I wish we had known then what we know now.

Sick to Death! believes that there is an enormous amount of useful medical information which has fallen into obscurity and is not being used by most modern medical practitioners. During the coming months and possibly years, we will be seeking to bring important information back to the forefront of the medical community and to thyroid patients through this website and advocacy campaigns that begin here or with partner organizations and individuals.

Thyroid disease patients are rarely treated clinically these days but rather as a test result. This practice leaves millions of people suffering. When I first saw the following 1990 medical text describing systemic symptoms of thyroid disease, I was dumbfounded because it read like the story of my life, but no one was listening.  Let’s make this information known! ~Maggie Hadleigh-West

Symptoms: A Medical Text Book

thyroid71Thyroid Disease: Endocrinology, Surgery, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiotherapy (1st Edition)
Editor: Stephen A. Falk, M.D., F.A.C.S. / Copyright 1990 Raven Press / Courtesy of Wolters Kluwer Rights and Permission

17 Tables: Describing Connections, Links and Interrelations to Thyroid Disease:

  1. Neurological symptoms and signs
  2. Muscle-skeletal symptoms and signs
  3. Psychiatric symptoms and signs
  4. Gastrointestinal symptoms and signs
  5. Gynecological symptoms and signs
  6. Pulmonary symptoms and signs
  7. Renal and urological symptoms and signs
  8. ENT symptoms and signs
  9. Hematological symptoms and signs
  10. Skin and hair symptoms and signs
  11. Cardiovascular symptoms and signs
  12. Congenital Hypothyroidism in the newborn (without goiter)
  13. Symptoms and signs of congenital hypothyroidism in the newborn
  14. Natural factors as cause of endemic goiter
  15. Drugs and other therapeutic measures that cause goiter and/or hypothyroidism
  16. Autoimmune disease that interrelate with chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis
  17. Other endocrine autoimmune diseases interrelating with chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis
    (full descriptions of each of the 17 tables, here)

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