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Product Details

  • Series: Living Well
  • Paperback: 587 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Revised edition edition (February 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060740957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060740955
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, She lives in Kensington, Maryland.

Customer Reviews

This book was helpful and very informative.
My primary care physician suggested I read another book on thyroid symptoms, and while I was buying it I found this book and bought it too.
Leslie Martin
This book helped me to understand that "its not all in my head" and I feel more confident in pushing my doctor for more assistance.
southern belle

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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful By SA on November 10, 2006
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For years my GP tried to treat my hypo thryroid condition. The list of weird problems I had was quite long. I found a taking a bit extra synthroid made me feel better, but she did not like that. I even got her to send me to the "best" endo in our area. But that was a mistake, the man could not even listen. At they end of the appointment I asked him what he does when someones T4 tests are "normal" and they still feel bad. He said it must be in my head and set me back to my GP. At the time my normal TSH was "5.1", when you read the book you will discover how "un-normal" this was.

I found the Thyroid foundation, a list of "favorite doctors", and this book from a web search. This was all 7 years ago. Through great treatment with Kenneth Blanchard (boston MA) I am now totally symptom free. I can honestly say he saved my life. This book, and Dr Blanchards, will give you all the inside information you need to understand why simple tests may not be enough. It will give you the real list of common symptoms (get ready to be upset). It will give you the power and knowledge you will need to manage your health. It describes the thyroid function and impacts. It discusses tests and treatment mangement. From what I have heard and experienced, you cannot rely on many Doctors to really understand this problem. They have been brainwashed by the makers of thyroid drugs to belive that just one little pill fixes everything. Thyroid problems are much more common than most people realize and the symptoms are often vague. As women age the percentage effected is higher. And if your thyroid was tested years ago, have it done again now. The "normal" range has been lowered! I know I only feel well if my TSH is about 0.9-1.0. This is an epedemic and we all need to be educated.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Trish on April 9, 2008
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It is sad but true that much in this book contains info your doctor probably never bothered to tell you, like how unreliable blood tests can be, how synthetic thyroid is NOT as good as natural and how soy and other goitrogens can wreck your health if you are hypothyroid. Someone who gave a negative review said you can find all this info online. Maybe so. But I wish I had had the book first, as I would have learned, a lot faster, many vital things I needed to know. I also have to recommend the [...] website called Stop The Thyroid Madness, and Source Naturals bovine thyroid glandulars. (Perhaps in addition to your prescription, just watch your temp and blood pressure. If your blood tests say you are fine and you feel awful, don't trust them for a minute. Find out about temperature and pulse tests, experiment and read up until you feel good. You don't have to suffer! You may need (over the counter) Isocort for your adrenals. The blood tests for adrenal function aren't perfected yet, and many people with thyroid problems have adrenal problems...Do you have vertical ridges on all your fingernails? Per the Chinese this can mean adrenal problems and a urine (not blood test) proved this to be true for me, anyway.
Also, if you do pretty much all that is in this book, you might look for a doctor who can check your hormonal, vitamin and mineral levels. Could be life changing. Your thyroid gland pretty much runs all your glands.
You need to do all you can to get it as healthy as possible.

And P.S. if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome related to hypothyroidism (or for all I know related to any problem this is what made all the difference for me:

My prayers were answered! I found out about a machine called a Sota Magnetic Pulser.
Read more ›
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Singlehowe on January 18, 2007
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This book is a comprehensive reference book to empower hypothyroid sufferers on their elusive search for wellness. Throughout the book, the author relates her own experience with hypothyroidism as she shares the research and treatment alternatives. I found particularly enlightening the chapters that explain thyroid testing laboratory values and the chapter on infertility, pregnancy, and breast-feeding.

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at age 14, and for over 20 years was treated by standard endocrinologists with T4-only medication based solely on lab values with no regard to my continuing symptoms. In recent years, I began to suffer increasingly debilitating effects of being undertreated. Armed with increased understanding of the disease, I am better equipped to advocate for myself in my doctor's office. This book should be required reading for those of us with hypothyroidism who desire the knowledge of treatment options for enhanced quality of life.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on January 27, 2010
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This review is of the 2000 edition from the library.

Living Well with Hypothyroidism is put together more like a college treatise on the subject and quickly becomes tedious. I kept losing interest and flipping to different sections. Too many quotes or referenced segments of other books and/or studies. Mary Shomon is certainly a positive champion of the Hypothyroid movement, and my intent is not to demean her work. However [as an analogy] if this book were about Art, it would be like reading information written by a fan of Art as opposed to being written by an Artist. The facts are there, but the depth and passion are missing. The author is not writing from direct experience and really only covers the broader aspects of a complex and remarkable subject.

[In my own research online, I particularly enjoyed all the info about Hypothyroidism from the "Stop the Thyroid Madness" website and forum. There, you can also find the best sources for dessicated thyroid now that Armour Thyroid has been ruined.]

I also just finished Dr Mark Starr's book, Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic. Stunning work! I give it 5 stars and the highest recommendation if you want a true in-depth look at this subject. His book covers studies done with 1,500 of his own patients over many years. It's enlivening to share in the excitement of his discoveries, as well as those made by other thyroid luminaries who preceded him in both the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr Starr is one of the actual pioneers on this issue. If you suffer from Hypothyroidism, you owe it to yourself to get the full scoop on this fascinating subject straight from the horse's mouth. The far-reaching implications that Hypothyroidism has on nearly every health malady from which we suffer will likely shock and amaze you.

Dr Starr's work also left me very eager to read Dr Broda Barnes book, Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness.
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More About the Author

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 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 Thyroid site -- formerly part of the New York Times, and now part of -- launching the site in early 1997, and managing the site and working as its sole researcher/writer since that time. That site,, along with my advocacy site, 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.