I definitely agree with that sentiment. People should make dietary(including cleanses) and lifestyle changes first, follow the Iodine protocol and only when these have been exhausted, look at something like bio-identical hormone supplementation. I was just bringing it up more to get feedback and as a potential option for some people if previous things aren't providing their optimal health.
Also, i think unfortunately the reality is that most of us have to make some compromises with our health relative to an "ideal" of what we eat and where we live and the type of work we do and so on. For instance reading starr's book i wondered if his(broda barnes) hypothyroid heart disease hypothesis didn't fit my dad perfectly; his father (my grandfather) died of his 5th heart attack in his 50's in spite of being thin and a nonsmoker. My dad has struggled with high blood pressure and high cholesterol since he was in college. This is in spite of being an athlete in college, always thin, and eating well, even going mostly vegetarian about 10 years ago(still eats some fish) and doing a juicing cleanse(dr youngs)ect. and he does yoga and power walking regularly with my mom, yet he still has high cholesterol and high blood pressure and since he did really try a fair amount of dietary changes and even gave dr youngs cleanse a chance, he fell back on the authority of modern medicine and their status quo cholesterol treatments. Now while it would be nice if i could get him to try even more detailed cleanses and dietary changes, the reality is we're lucky that he's even gone this far and he simply is not interested in more advanced dietary changes and cleanses... anyway my point is perhaps the dessicated thyroid would be better than his plethora cardiologist prescribed prescriptions.
btw, is it worth it to get broda barnes hypothyroid book if I've read starr's book?