Janie A. Bowthorpe

Patient Leader

Hello to all my thyroid friends worldwide! Who would've guessed that I'd be where I am today!! For twenty very-miserable years, I had continual problems which only kept getting worse--all the while my doctors said "You're normal" thyroid-wise since the TSH lab test said so, and since I was on Synthroid and later Levoxyl--the "gold standard" of thyroid treatment. So there were years of testing--often painful tests--to find answers about this "strange" malady I had. And there were no answers. I was resigned to applying for Social Security Disability. A low, low moment in my life. But the answer was to come when I said PHOOEY to it all, and took a look back at the one and only issue which I KNEW was wrong with me: my thyroid. I did research over and over (my computer was smoking!), found out about Natural Desiccated Thyroid (What the heck is that, I remember thinking!)...and had nothing else to lose but try it. And lo and behold, the sun broke above the horizon, the angels sang a glorious Hallelujah chorus, and my life began a complete turnaround. You can read all about it here: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/my-story And from then on, I began a mission to NOT let other thyroid patients go through what I did!! It began with the creation of the Natural Thyroid Hormones group on Yahoo (which still exists and is the largest and best group on Yahoo), where boy oh boy, did thyroid patients join and share. I also created the NTH Europe group, the NTH Adrenals group (different ownership today), and the NTH Parents of Hypo Children group. And by 2005, I knew it was time to get the word out farther than Yahoo groups could. That beget the website http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com in Dec. 2005--the original patient-to-patient website dedicated solely to our experiences and wisdom (STTM). The first Stop the Thyroid Madness book came out in 2008, and today, you have the revised version of that very detailed and important book, plus the STTM Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/StoptheThyroidMadness and many other STTM-related chat groups and websites. Today, the compilation of patient experiences and wisdom from STTM, as well as the respect towards and notoriety of STTM, has inspired the creation of many other thyroid groups and personalities on the internet (some who use STTM information but don't tell you where it came from. lol!!) 2013 saw the creation of the For Thyroid Patients Only (FTPO) groups on Facebook, run by knowledgeable thyroid patients who appreciate the wisdom of patients before them and want to share it with you! Group topics include Adrenals, Without a Thyroid, Gut Health and Gluten, T3-only, and of course, a main thyroid group. They also have a Canadian, Australian and Spanish Speakers group. They are listed under #2 here: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/talk-to-others And I know that because of all the work I have put into the STOP THE THYROID MADNESS movement, lives have changed worldwide, and other lives are continuing to change. Sweet happy revenge. :) Yes, I am really humbled, as I am just a thyroid patient like yourself who simply did NOT want to see others suffer the way I did. But I am also proud of what I've accomplished to help change lives. It all feels very good, my thyroid friends. And as long as the Good Lord allows me, there will be more to come!

Nominations

Best in Show: Community or Forum Best in Show: Facebook Best Kept Secret Health Activist Hero

Winner

Unsung Hero

After years of mistreatment and a lack of knowledge i have got my health back to which i owe a great thanks to Janie Alexander of Stop the Thyroid Madness  — Linda

Janie Alexander Bowthorpe has worked tirelessly over the past 20 plus years to help thyroid patients achieve optimal treatment and health. She has written books, run Groups on Yahoo and Facebook, and runs the website www.stopthethyroidmadness.com. Before I came across Janie's book and Facebook groups, I was bedridden and disabled at age 39 due to poor thyroid treatment. Through the knowledge I learned from Stop the Thyroid Madness, I have made amazing recovery over the past year, and am no longer disabled, but a fully functioning, employed full-time member of society once again! Janie has spent countless hours dedicated to helping others get well again, and deserves to be recognized as a Health Activist Hero!  — Dawn

Janie Alexander Bowthorpe has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to help those with thyroid disease overcome the obstacles to good care, and has enabled so many to regain their health through her Book Stop the Thyroid Madness, the website www.Stopthethyroidmadness.com, and various patient-centered education groups on both Yahoo and Facebook.  — Dawn

I have been ill for 37 years. I recently discovered for myself, by ordering the relevant tests, that I have both thyroid and adrenal problems. Janie's website and book have given me knowledge and empowered me to take control and finally get treatment.  — Carol

Without Janie Bowthorpe's research, book, website and facebook groups, thousands of thyroid patients would be in the dark about thyroid care, thus at the mercy of their unknowing doctors who provide sub-standard care. By compiling patient research, she has taught so many of us the ins and outs of every aspect of thyroid health so that we can participate fully in our own thyroid care. I can't thank her enough for all she's done to help me and other people to feel well.  — Terry

Janie runs the best organization that connects thyroid patients who are being under- and mis-treated by their doctors and provides them with information and support to advocate for their own health. She is really making a name for STTM  — Nancie

Janie works tirelessly to improve thyroid patients' lives. After over 25 years of struggle with poor thyroid treatment, I discovered Janie's books and website (Stop the Thyroid Madness) and Facebook groups and these have all made an amazing difference to my life and health. Janie really cares and works to collect and put out information and shared patient experiences to help people like me who have been pretty much left to our own devices by doctors who are stuck using the standard medical approach.  — Elaine

Janie has been very active in educating thyroid patients and health care practitioners. She believes that thyroid care should be patient-oriented. She believes that practitioners should treat by symptoms, instead of the current mode of over-reliance on partial lab results.  — Tina

Because Janie has done so much to raise awareness of the terrible injustice that is going on with thyroid illnesses. She is fighting for better diagnosis and treatment of thyroid illnesses for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who are being let down by the medical establishment. She is a genuine hero to sick people like me, and I will be forever grateful to her.  — Susanna

She educates people with Thyroid issues and understands how they feel.  — Donna

Promoting thyroid awareness and alternative treatment protocols to traditional T4 treatment.  — Michelle

For providing invaluable information and support on a daily basis for so many men and women who are suffering and get so little help from the medical community.  — Melanie

She has suffered her entire life. Through this suffering she has learned a great deal and has reached out to many others through her books, support forums and her great website to help people who suffer with thyroid and adrenal diseases to become well and live normal and productive lives.  — Izzy

Without Janie I would be without knowledge of what is wrong with me. Although I am not better she brings so much insight into the community of sufferers of our horrible disease. She has pushed through her own suffering to bring hope to others. Go Janie :)  — dawn jones

Janie is constantly staying up-to-date on all changes that are thyroid related. She passes on information that is tried-and-true, based on patient experience and wisdom. She tirelessly promotes the most current changes through her book, website, and business pages. Janie is a true warrior in the battle to change current diagnostic criteria for hypothyroidism, therapeutic dosages of thyroid medications based on symptoms, and uncovering the truth about the ill effects of T4-only medications,  — Wendy

Were it not for Janie Bowthorpe's tireless efforts I'd still be sick and tired and not know why, nor know what to do about it!!! After reading so many other so called 'experts' in the field of thyroid health and only feeling more confused I'm grateful to have found Janie Bowthorpe's research in the form of her book 'Stop the Thyroid Madness', her website and Facebook pages. Janie Bowthorpe's contribution deserves a medal because unlike most other authors and 'experts' Janie Bowthorpe is the first in her field to actually listen, heed and document patient experience and also back that up with sound scientific research!!! In this way, Janie Bowthorpe is a people's champion! Because of this she has found out what truly works and what doesn't!! In short, Janie Bowthorpe is able to blend both patient experience and empirical data in a way that spells out real problems and real solutions.  — Lael

She has started a thyroid and adrenal revolution and people are finally able to figure out how to properly treat their health issues because of her knowledge and willingness to help others.  — Tracy

Finding Janie and the information on thyroid and adrenal issues she has put out there has literally saved my life. i found her online groups and book (which was easy to read, even with my terrible brain fog), and started to understand not only why I wasn't getting better, but how to get there. I'm so thankful for the work she's done to help others.  — Tricia

I was sick for well over a decade. Janie's book inspired me to fight for a proper diagnosis and treatment so I could get my life back.  — Sharon

Because her knowledge and kindness is helping thousands of people worldwide get the correct thyroid treatment .

Thyroid Disease is increasing every year. Her book and her continued involvement has changed so many people's lives..... including mine..!  — Cory

Janie Bowthorpe has saved the lives of thousands of people with everything she has done for people suffering silently with thyroid disease. We were depressed now Janie has made us strong, given us a voice so that we do NOT sit back and become sicker. Janie has researched 24/7, has published information that in fact other celebrities have also republished her information. I shudder to think where I would be if I had not found Janie and her webpage and facebook group on the internet.  — Nicola

Sharing her personal experiences has changed the lives of thousands of people  — Mary

Through Janie's Stop the thyroid madness book & groups, her daily advice to people has helped turn my health around considerably, she knows more about thyroid disease than most Dr's I've seen. She has spent so much of her own time helping other's she should be acknowledge for doing so.  — Julie

I can not thank Janie enough. After having close to perfect health I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and it was accidently found. My surgery was a nightmare, my follow ups even worse. I have found there is only a handful of Intergrative GPs, Natropaths and Applied Kinesiologists in Melbourne Australia who understand thyroid issues and the health issues associated with this. b12, iron, Vit D etc etc and most importantly CORTISOL. Her book, website and forums have gotten me back slowly to my previous health. I have been treated so poorly by endocrinologsts/specialists who I find only specialize in being uneducated, under trained, pathetic and useless..... So with the harm they have caused me it is taking me almost 2 years to get my health back. Thank god for Janie and NDT.... VOTE JANIE!!!!!!! Her research, her guidance, her support, her knowledge has been unbelievable. I wish for her to run thyroid lectures around the world and treat these so called endos/specialists.  — Mendy

Her dedication to and work towards better medical treatment for patients with thyroid conditions.  — Erin

Her research and activism regarding thyroid health has changed my life. Without her, many of us would still be struggling with subpar treatment and terrible quality of life. She has been an incredible advocate for thyroid illness and cancer patients, and her outstanding work deserves recognition.  — Jill

For her untiring efforts to provide good, helpful information to thyroid patients that they are not getting from their doctors.  — Judy

It is because of Janie Bowthorpe that my health is finally getting sorted out. Janie is a true humanitarian and is helping so many people with their thyroid problems, from going through her own experiences, she is now sharing with the world how to heal. Because of Janie's website I knew which tests to ask for and how to read them, I also discovered that I was Anemic and going through Adrenal fatigue after reading Janie's book.  — Carol

Janie Bowthorpe has spent many years helping patients with thyroid disorders find their way back to health. Her book, "Stop The Thyroid Madness," along with its accompanying web site, provides important information to patients that can help them figure out how to interpret their labs, what questions to ask their doctors, what supplements to take, and more. And the Stop The Thyroid Madness Facebook pages (now identified with the acronym "FTPO" (for Thyroid Patients Only), have more than 10,000 patients who log on regularly to ask questions, share information, provide encouragement and support, and help patients find critical information to reclaim their health. Janie works tirelessly in her efforts to help thyroid patients. She is a true Hero.  — Lisa

She is restoring the lives of people with Hypothyroid and Adrenal Fatigue problems by providing outstanding research and information! She advocates for people.  — Kara

Janie Bowthorpe helps so many of us in so many ways. She is supportive, honest, loving and wise beyond her years. She is encouraging for all people with thyroid disorders and spends countless hours to share information online. She makes a huge difference!!  — Selah

Janie gives clear, strong evidence-based support for treating thyroid and adrenal problems that our GPs and specialists will not consider. I spent desperate years suffering without proper medical support. Janie's book, website and personal help on Facebook has given me back my life. Her work together with Paul Robinson's further discoveries of using medication in consort with your circadian rhythms together with her common-sense information pages help me help myself in a safe and measured way, now with the support of private doctors; but none of this would be possible without the information and determination of Janie. Thanks Janie!  — Rosemary

Her book "Stop the thyroid madness" help me to find my cure of my hypothyroidism and low adrenal.  — Laura

This woman and her website and book Stop the Thyroid Madness has literally saved my life!  — suzie

She simply is amazing!  — Lisandra

She has changed the lives of many hypothyroid people and children.  — Leslie

Janie has been instrumental in changing lives when it comes to thyroid disease. Some in the medical community fail us and she steps up to educate this community with her work. She teaches us how to stand up for ourselves, and advocates for better care.  — Jill

Janie is my Health Activist Hero because she works tirelessly for the rights of thyroid patients who are seeking help with their health needs. Thyroid disease affects so many health concerns and without Janie we would not have an advocate. Thank you Janie for all you do!

She has helped me and thousands of others in getting the right treatment for thyroid disease and other ailments that can accompany it.  — Janie

Janie is helping thousands of people with thyroid and adrenal issues regain optimal health! Her books and coaching support give priceless, health information that usually cannot be found through MDs and endocrinologists. She had definitely been a hero in my journey and I'm very grateful!!!

Janie has exceeded in helping thousands of patients like myself to take affirmative action in dealing with chronic health conditions such as Thyroid problems and Adrenal Fatigue. Doctors use outdated blood tests which are not indicative of Thyroid and Adrenal issues and therefore keep many trapped in confusion, getting sicker and sicker. Janie's vast knowledge and experience in these areas gave me confidence to follow her protocols and heal after being very sick for 25 years. I tell everyone I suspect may have similar issues to read her book or website. She is passionate about helping people and she thoroughly deserves any recognition that comes her way.  — Trudee

Just about the time my endocrinologist had me believing none of the things I was experiencing were related to my thyroid disease I discovered Janie and her book, Stop the Thyroid Madness. Through her hard work and dedication I discovered that not only were most of the symptoms I was feeling related to my thyroid disease, but there were so many more people out there just like me and I was not crazy. Her book helped me become an advocate for my self and I ended up finding a Dr. who worked with me in finding solutions to my issues. I would like to recognize and thank Janie for her ongoing support while dealing with her own personal health issues. She's inspiring.  — Kerry

Janie tirelessly works to advocate for treatment of thyroid disease with natural desiccated thyroid. I went from barely functioning to living a full active life after following her steps to wellness  — Kelly

Providing a platform for sharing Experience, strength & hope from patient to patient  — Dara

this woman saved my life.... I visited 3 different doctors and it wasn't until I read this book & used the website that I got the correct information. I have my life back again.  — Xylinda

Janie Bowthorpe is instrumental in teaching others how to understand their illnesses, get the proper tests, how to supplement their diagnoses, get well and be their own best advocate in getting proper treatment for their conditions.  — Donna

Her website has save my life and made my quaility of life so much better. I probably wouldnt be writing this today if it wasnt for her.  — Chelsy

Because of her tireless effort to help others who struggle for years trying to get their health back. She is truly an inspiration to all.!!!

Janie A. Bowthorpe

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