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"...a thorough and balanced book that will teach you how to get well now." -- Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, CFS/FMS researcher/practitioner and author of

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About the Author

Diagnosed with a thyroid disease in 1995, Mary J. Shomon has transformed her health challenges into a mission as an internationally known patient advocate. She is the founder and editor in chief of several thyroid, autoimmune, and nutrition newsletters, as well as the Internet’s most popular thyroid disease website, www.thyroid-info.com. She lives in Kensington, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Series: Living Well
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Stated First Edition edition (March 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060521252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060521257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Mary Shomon, and I'm a patient advocate, author, communications consultant, wife and mother. I've tried to transform my own struggle with thyroid disease into an advocacy campaign on behalf of patients with chronic diseases such as thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, hormone imbalances, and weight gain, among others.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in 1995, and now research and write about these conditions and their impact on health and weight. Since early 1997, I have served as founder and Guide for the award-winning About.com Thyroid website, and as editor of my popular patient thyroid news report, Sticking Out Our Necks.

In my patient advocacy role, I try yto bring much-needed attention to underdiagnosed and often overlooked health issues. My desire to cut through medical jargon and deliver information to my fellow patients in a form they can understand resulted in my first health-related book, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You . . . That You Need to Know, which was first published in 2000 by HarperCollins, and has gone to more than 20 printings before a 2nd Revised Edition was published in 2005. The book was a Prevention Book Club Selection, and Amazon Top-Selling health book, and its popularity launched a new series of consumer health books for publisher HarperCollins.

I am also author of the New York Times best-selling book The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss. (2004) "Thyroid Diet" was also a semi-finalist for the prestigious Quills Awards in 2005.

I am also author of Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism" (2005) Living Well With Autoimmune Disease"(2003) Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia," (2004), Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough (2005), The Menopause Thyroid Solution, The Thyroid Diet Revolution, and the Thyroid Guide to Hair Loss.

I have served as the Guide for the popular About.com Thyroid site -- formerly part of the New York Times, and now part of Ask.com -- launching the site in early 1997, and managing the site and working as its sole researcher/writer since that time. That site, Thyroid.about.com, along with my advocacy site Thyroid-info.com, are among the Internet's most popular and visited sites dedicated to thyroid disease.

I've been featured in hundreds of television, radio, newspaper, magazine and web interviews, including appearances on ABC World News Tonight and CBS Radio Networks, and interviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Health, Cooking Light, Elle Magazine, Woman's World, and the Los Angeles Times, to name just a few.

In my two decades of consumer advocacy, I have never hesitated to take a stand on behalf of patients, and my independence from drug companies and medical/patient organizations that are funded by the pharmaceutical industry has allowed me to maintain an unbiased, truly patient-first advocacy effort.

I am also co-star of the PBS television special, Healthy Hormones: Mind-Body Fitness, with fitness expert Teresa Tapp.

Customer Reviews

I run a support group for CFIDS and Fibromyalgia and this is the first book I recommend to people.
Elissa
I would suggest complementing this book with others, however, as it isn't an all-inclusive source of information on CFIDS.
Connie Strasheim
I knew this would be a good book before I purchased it, because I really liked it when I got it from the library.
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
I got my copy and sat down and read every word right away (not having a fibro-fog day today!), and had to come over here right now to write this. All I can say is, "WOW!" But I really wish I had this book 4 years ago when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It only took me 3 doctors over 2 years to get diagnosed...hah...I'm one of the lucky ones I guess. I wish I had this book, because the overview of symptoms would have already helped me cut to the chase and go right to a doctor who would figure this out more quickly. As it was, I went to my primary care doctor, and an infectious disease guy, and an orthopedics doctor, and even a chiropracter, before I finally saw a holistic doctor who specialized in fibromyalgia. Even then, I was so tired, and everything hurt really bad, and the last thing in the world I could stand was the idea of having to start surfing a hundred different web sites and books trying to figure out what I should be doing. Even though I had a good doctor, he didn't have much time to explain everything.
Mary Shoman did all the homework that I would like to have done when I was so sick, but when you're flat on your back on the couch and you can barely move, it's kind of hard to do much. She talks about regular drugs, vitamins, herbs, diet, alternative things you can do, and includes a list of experts from around the country who specialize in treating fibromyalgia and CFIDS. There's a long list of web sites -- I'm going to start checking them out as soon as I finish writing this review -- and suport groups even.
I've read a few of the books on fibromyalgia and they were pretty good, but this one really made sense to me. It doesn't tell me that one particular thing will cure me, but it goes through how I can find out what's going to work best for me.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jeffrey O. Katz on March 5, 2005
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This book is definitely worth reading for its broad coverage. It begins with an overview of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). Risk factors and symptoms are discussed, a checklist is presented, and the issues of diagnosis (including the need to rule out other conditions that present with similar symptoms) are addressed.

The author then turns her attention to aetiology and treatment options. As far as aetiology is concerned, all the usual suspects (and then some) are covered: infections (mycoplasma, chlamydia, borrelia burgdorferi [Lymes], herpesviruses [e.g., HHV-6], "stealth" viruses, candida albicans ["yeast'], even Q-fever), immune dysfunction (autoimmunity, Th1/Th2 imbalance, low NK levels), endocrine and HPA disorders (hypoadrenalism, hypothyroidism, "thyroid resistance", HGH [growth hormone] deficiency), CNS and ANS dysfunction, allergies and chemical sensitivities (food allergies, airborne allergens, neurotoxins, heavy metals, mercury), musculoskeletal factors (trigger points, post-traumatic FM) and sleep disorders.

Among the treatments discussed are antibiotics (ciprofloxacin [Cipro], erythromycin, acyclovir, fluconazole [Diflucan]) and botanicals (garlic, olive leaf extract, echinechia, caprylic acid) for infections, hormone supplementation (HGH, thyroid [Armour, Cytomel], adrenal [Cortef, prednisone]) for endocrine and HPA disorders, immune modulators and allergen avoidance or desensitization for problems involving the immune system, detoxification treatments (removal of dental amalgams, chelation), trigger-point massage for musculoskeletal problems, and the use of mineral and vitamin supplements (magnesium, B-12, and ascorbic acid, to mention the more important ones) for improving overall metabolic function.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Connie Strasheim on April 15, 2007
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This was the first book I read when I became ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Sept. 2004, and it provided me with eye-opening insights into my disorder as well as sobering, but realistic expectations of the difficulties involved in the healing process. Additionally, it outlines the dysfunctions involved in this disorder as well as how to treat and cope with these.

Overall, I found the book to be a rich and helpful source of information for anyone suffering from this condition.

I would suggest complementing this book with others, however, as it isn't an all-inclusive source of information on CFIDS. Additionally, research has taught me that CFIDS/Fibromyalgia aren't conditions in and of themselves, but often manifestations of other illnesses, including Lyme Disease. For treatment of either condition to be effective, possibilities of other illnesses should be investigated and ruled out.

Finally, this book, as most others dealing with CFIDS, did not deal much with past emotional trauma and how this can be stored in the body and manifest as physical illness. For anyone who suspects that this factor has played a role in the development of his/her illness, finding information that deals with this aspect of healing is absolutely vital for recovery.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2004
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Just finished reading the book and feel very charged up. The information provided is well organized and well reasoned and it makes sense! I'm actually believing again that it is possible to live well with fibromyalgia.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Teri Robert on May 1, 2004
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Although I have neither of these conditions, I know people who do. This book has given me great insight for which I'm grateful. Ms. Shomon has done it again -- written a book that makes sense and educates without being dry and boring. Thank you!
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