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Editorial Reviews


...amazing collection of useful, practical tools to help the 2/3 of overweight Americans finally regain control of their weight. -- Dr. Joseph Mercola of

At last, a magnificent breakthrough in the management of excess weight. -- Richard Shames MD & Karilee Halo Shames PhD, RN

Help and hope for millions who have despaired of ever losing weight and regaining their energy. -- Hyla Cass, MD, author of Natural Highs

Mary Shomon is an outstanding advocate for patient health, and you'll find her book to be outstanding as well! -- Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic

Mary Shomon offers practical and effective solutions that will help millions finally conquer their weight problems. -- Steve Langer, MD, Author

From the Author

As a child I was chubby, but at puberty, slimmed out into a perfect size 8. I went through my 20s as a slender woman of 5'6", eating whatever I wanted (but eating quite poorly), and never even thinking about exercise. When I developed autoimmune hypothyroidism, it was a shock to my metabolism, which had already slowly started to add pounds, along with troublesome thyroid symptoms. Months after I began thyroid hormone replacement, I was still struggling with weight gain that seemed impossible to stop, and on my wedding day, I walked down the aisle in a size 16 dress, despite frantic dieting and exercise. Trying to lose the weight was impossible. I even gained weight on 800 calories a day. It was only when I really delved into the issues of insulin resistance and the thyroid's effects on metabolism that I began to understand why it was so hard to lose weight, and how I might achieve this elusive goal. That's why I wrote The Thyroid share the results of! years of my own struggle and research to find out why, despite what doctors say, having an underactive thyroid can cause substantial and stubborn weight gain, and the specific ways you can lose it. Interestingly, as many as 10 million people have undiagnosed thyroid problems, and can't lose weight. The book is for them too, helping them identify the symptoms and risk factors, and outlining how they can get properly diagnosed and treated.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060524448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060524449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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446 of 461 people found the following review helpful By Nxxxx on February 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was extremely disappointed with this book. It is about how to know if you have hypo- thyroid, (why would you buy it if you didn't know) how to get doctors to give you the appropriate tests, and then how hard it is to loose weight if you are hypothyroid. I expected a book that described types of food or exercise that would be helpful for people who have hypothyroid. Instead, this author basically said,' Different diets work for different people, try Atkins, weight watchers, counting calories, whatever you think might work, and stick to whatever works for you'

Thanks for the tip! I never would have thought of that.

The bottom line is: Don't bother getting this book.
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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Pottorff on July 6, 2007
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This is not a diet, it is an overview of all the other stuff Shomon has out. It is a recommendation of how to manage your thyroid, if you haven't read anything or are just finding out about a thyroid problem, it has lots of information, but if you have had thyroid problems and know about them, it is the same stuff you've always heard. I didn't learn anything new, and it really isn't a was disappointed. No new answers for those of us who are being treated with medication. If weight is a problem, as I have with thyroid problems, this is not the answer..........
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165 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Paula Desena on April 19, 2005
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I really am glad I found Mary Shoman's "Thyroid Diet" book. I have been hypothyroid for a few years, and I never had a weight problem in the past. But the weight creeped up and by the time they diagnosed me, I had gained something like 40 pounds. (I never found out the final #, cause I wouldn't even look at the scale at my highest. UGH!) I felt awful, and I tried every single diet program out there, I did no-carb, I did low-fat, I did low-cal, and I just kept gaining weight, or I didn't lose anything.

It was ridiculous. My doctor said that my thyroid had nothing to do with anything, but I knew, I just KNEW that my thyroid had something to do with it, because, for goodness sake, I never had an extra pound on me until the thyroid problems started up and I started with hypothyroidism.

A friend of mine who is also hypothyroid told me that she had some success following some things she'd read from Mary Shoman at her website, and so I decided to get this book. It's been a real godsend, because for the first time in about 5 years, I've actually been consistently losing weight. First it was just a few pounds, really slow, but I LOST!!! I've started taking a couple of vitamins that she recommends, and I think that's helping too, but the overall diet is what's making the difference. I'm eating, but I finally feel like I'm eating the RIGHT things, and believe me, you can go spend 7 a week, or 20 a month, or 2000 a year at a local weight loss program, but if you don't lose weight and you tell them you have a thyroid problem, they're going to tell you you're not "doing the program right." And Shoman doesn't tell you that...
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Leja on August 24, 2004
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Mary Shomon has outdone herself again. In her EASY to understand book that covers the details of how we digest our food, to the MANY herbs and minerals that can help Thyroid disease sufferers lose weight and what are just a waste of time or potentially dangerous. She doesn't just focus on HYPO-thyroid patients, she discusses the whole spectrum of Thyroid Diseases, including Thyroid Cancer Patients. There are also Many many valuable resources listed in the back of her book as well.

Don't pass this book up, if you are suffering Thyroid Disease and cannot seem to lose weight this book will definitely give you hope and insight as to why.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By C. Dooley VINE VOICE on November 4, 2009
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This book is good for someone who is trying to figure out if they have a thyroid problem or not, but wasn't good for me - I have known I had thyroid issues for over 14 years now. I was really hoping for a book that would tell me what foods were good to eat and which ones to avoid for my Hypothyroidism. This book really didn't help me at all. A good majority of the book talks about how to discover whether you have a problem with your thyroid or if it is something else and how to talk to your doctor about it. The rest of the book does have eating recommendations, but they are based on a wide variety of other plans. For instance, the book mentions "experimenting" with different eating plans to find out what works best for you and she goes into giving you guidelines on low fat diet, low carb diet, low calorie diet, low sugar diet, etc. All this information I knew before purchasing this book.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
The author reviews classic tests for the thyroid; such as,

nodule evaluation by blood test, the radioactive thyroid scan

and the thyroid ultrasound. Classic manifestations of thyroid

cancer are discussed. i.e. neck lumps, voice changes, breathing

and swallowing difficulties and lymphatic node swelling.

The TSH test is an important thyroid test tool with a problematic

reference range in excess of 2.5mIU/L. Classic thyroid problems

are with T4 cell production, T4 to T3 cellular conversion

and cellular absorption for T3 cells with regard to weight loss.

Important thyroid treatment modalities are probiotic pearl, zinc,

selenium, L-tyrosine, guggul and Omega 3 fish oil.

Food caloric intake is an important formula parameter:

Food calories= basal metabolism + calories expended with activity

+ calories expended in digestion

Classically, too many carbs cause an adverse insulin reaction.

Therefore, the endocrine system experiences imbalances due to

diabetes and leptin resistance. Certain foods promote goiter

formation. These are broccoli, kale, millet, soy, brussel sprouts and mustard. A single muscle can take up to 50 calories per day

to maintain. Fluoride levels should be kept to below 4,5 mg/ day

for optimal thyroid functioning.

This volume provides good advice for persons having thyroid

issues either hyper or hypothyroidism, as well as metabolic

issues. The book is a good value for the price charged.
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