Patient advocate and author Mary Shomon transformed her 1995 thyroid diagnosis into a mission to educate and empower others struggling with thyroid and hormonal conditions.
Mary has written a number of best-selling books on thyroid disease, hormones and weight loss, and is a nationally-known patient activist. In addition to her work with About.com, Mary founded Thyroid-Info.com and has published the popular Sticking Out Our Necks thyroid newsletter since 1997.
Thyroid Social NetworkingMary is active in Health 2.0 / social networking:
Time Magazine has said: "Mary Shomon provides a comprehensive service for sufferers of thyroid disease."
Mary is the author of many patient-oriented health books and educational materials, including The Menopause Thyroid Solution: Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough: Overcoming Sexual and Hormonal Problems at Every Age, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know, The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss, Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism, Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, and Living Well With Autoimmune Disease, all published by HarperCollins. She is also author of the Thyroid Guide to Hair Loss. More information on all of Mary's thyroid and health-related books is available at www.thyroid-info.com.
Best-Selling Thyroid Book:
Mary's 2004 book -- revised and updated in 2012 -- "The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss," was a New York Times best-seller, an Amazon.com Top 10 Health book of 2004, and Quills Awards semi-finalist.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Mary also provides extensive thyroid/health coaching services.
Mary belongs to the Endocrine Society, and is one of the first patient members of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, a professional society dedicated to research and education in patient-doctor communications. Mary is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Mary Shomon in the Media:
In her work as a patient advocate, Mary has been featured in the media, including ABC World News Tonight, CBS Radio, WebMD, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Time Magazine, Woman's World, First for Women, Alternative Medicine, the CBC, and hundreds of TV, radio, magazine, and news outlets in the U.S. and abroad.
By Mary Shomon:
As many as 60 million Americans have thyroid conditions, and most aren't diagnosed. Among those who know they have thyroid problems, the majority don't even feel well. Clearly, something needs to be done to help patients get diagnosed accurately and quickly, and once diagnosed, receive effective treatment.
Unfortunately, doctors tend to think of thyroid disease as a mundane, easy to diagnose, easy to treat, one-size-fits-all problem. Patients, however, recognize that the truth is far more complex, and that effective treatment requires innovation, and often includes not only conventional approaches, but nutritional and lifestyle changes.
Information, empowerment, and support is essential. Providing these necessary components is my focus for this site, my Thyroid-Info.com site, my Thyroid Support community and my patient-oriented books and resources for patients.
My motto and battle cry is clear: "We're patients. . . not lab values!" We deserve every chance to feel and live well!
- The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss
New York Times best-seller that offers effective guidelines on weight loss for thyroid patients.
- Living Well With Hypothyroidism, Revised 2nd Edition
Best-selling book on conventional and alternative hypothyroidism diagnosis and thyroid treatment.
- The Menopause Thyroid Solution: Balancing Hormones After 40
Helps women over 40 tackle weight gain, fatigue, low sex drive, and brain fog.
- Living Well With Hypothyroidism, Graves, Thyroid Newsletters, More...
More information on Mary Shomon's books, guides and newsletters is available at her website.