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Patient advocate and writer Mary Shomon started her career as a communications consultant, and has since transformed her own health struggles into a mission to serve her fellow patients with thyroid, autoimmune, metabolic and weight loss challenges. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 1995. Since that time, she's been researching and writing about thyroid conditions, autoimmune disease, weight loss, metabolic problems, and the profound impact these issues have on our health.
In addition to being About.com's Thyroid Guide since 1997, and her work as a patient advocate, Mary has written a number of health books, guides and newsletters to help patients get the information they need to live well, communicate it effectively to doctors and practitioners, and move forward with conventional and alternative approaches. Mary's 2004 book "The Thyroid Diet" was a New York Times best-seller, an Amazon.com Top 10 Health book of 2004, and a semi-finalist in the Quills Awards.
Mary has written a number of health books, including The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss (HarperCollins, August 2004).
Living Well With Hypothyroidism, first published in 2000, became a best-seller with 20 printings. A new, 2nd edition was published by HarperCollins in 2005.
Other books include the 2004 Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia , and 2002's Living Well With Autoimmune Disease , both published by HarperCollins.
The Thyroid Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Success was first published in 2003, and an updated edition came out in 2005.
Sticking Out Our Necks is a bimonthly print newsletter that focuses on in-depth information for thyroid disease patients.
In her work as a patient advocate, Mary was featured on ABC World News Tonight. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's World, and hundreds of other TV, radio, magazine, and news outlets.
Books and Health Publications by Patient Advocate and Thyroid Guide Mary Shomon
Mary Shomon belongs to the Endocrine Society, the world's largest professional organization of endocrinologists in the world, known as the leading source of research and advancements in endocrinology and metabolism.
She is also one of the first patient members of the American Academy on Physician and Patient, a professional society dedicated to research and education in patient-doctor communication.
Mary Shomon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
From Mary Shomon:
We have as many as 30 million Americans with thyroid conditions, and the majority are not even diagnosed. Among those who know they have thyroid problems, the majority of us are still not feeling well. Clearly, something needs to be done to help patients get diagnosed more accurately and quickly, and once diagnosed, get the treatment we need so we can return to living well.
Unfortunately, too many of the so-called thyroid experts believe that diagnosing and managing thyroid disease is a matter of blood test levels. Many doctors dismiss thyroid disease as a mundane "take this pill and you'll be fine" disease, but patients know better. The truth is much more complex. "We're patients. . . not lab values!"
That has become my motto, and "battle cry," so to speak. We deserve to feel well.
Information, empowerment, and support is essential. Providing these necessary components is my focus for this Thyroid site, and in my patient-oriented books and resources for patients.
The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss
Find out more about Mary Shomon's 2004 New York Times bestseller.
Living Well With Hypothyroidism, Revised 2nd Edition
Information on Mary Shomon's best-selling book, first released in 2000, 2nd edition 2005.
Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
Information on this popular book, published in 2005, focusing on conventional and alternative help.
Living Well With Autoimmune Disease, Fertility/Pregnancy Guide, Newsletters
More information on Mary Shomon's other books, guides and newsletters.
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