- Series: Living Well (Collins)
- Paperback: 587 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Revised ed. edition (February 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060740957
- ISBN-13: 978-0060740955
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 275 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You. That You Need to Know (Revised Edition) Paperback – February 15, 2005
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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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With my weight skyrocketing (despite watching/cutting calories, making sure to exercise, etc), I've been getting more depressed (despite my strong support system of my boyfriend and family, both who reassure me that I am just fine) and turned to Amazon to maybe find a book to help me. I came across this and bought it, not sure if it would speak to me since I am not hypothyroid by blood test levels (thyroid cancer patients are initially run hyperthyroid to make sure the cancer does not come back). But I was frustrated at FEELING hypothyroid despite technically being hyper.
Turns out that this book actually DOES pertain to me. The author mentions right off the bat that not having a thyroid, even if running "hyper" by blood test, you are still considered hypo. Not all of the chapters in the book pertained to me, but I just skipped those and focused on the ones that did. There's even a chapter near the end just for people who have had thyroid cancer.
I really wish someone gave me this book right after my surgery. It was SO comforting to hear the stories of the author (and others) going through the same things that I am right now. When Shomon mentioned that she tried cutting calories/increasing exercise and still gained 1-2 lbs per week, I was so happy.....because it finally made me feel like I'm not alone. I love the chapter on weight loss tips and how Shomon states, straightforwardly, that weight loss for the hypothyroid person WILL be hard. We CANNOT compare ourselves to others or what our bodies did pre-hypothyroidism....because that's not how our bodies work anymore. She states that it's downright unfair that we have to deal with this, but it's not our fault...it's medical...and we have to work with it as best as we can. Persistence & patience are key. While at some level I knew all of this already, it was so comforting to hear it from her; it really helped me start to change the way I think.
After reading this book, I feel more empowered. I came to it for weight loss help, but now have a better understanding of my condition (even though, as a science teacher/general science nerd, I thought I already knew a lot!). There were some symptoms that I have that I didn't even realize were thyroid-related....and it's just so nice to know WHY my body is acting the way it is rather than wonder what's wrong with me.
This book is a definite must-read for anyone who finds themselves thyroid-less. I am thankful I picked it up!
* The author is a well-known patient advocate who clearly knows a lot about hypothyroidism.
* There is a lot of information in this book, some of which could be very helpful to new patients (as long as you read it with a bit of skepticism; see below).
* The science is a bit dated, and the author tends to talk in general terms about research but doesn't provide a lot of actual studies. There are very few if any citations.
* The writer's tone is antagonistic and somewhat condescending towards Western medical doctors in general. She seems to imply that a well-informed patient knows more than an endocrinologist, and honestly I don't believe that's usually the case. (Although I have met some docs that made me wonder. There is a range of competence in every profession).
* The section on symptoms includes a broad list of all the things that can be caused by hypothyroidism, but not much information on what are the common issues vs. which ones are more rare. If you don't read it with some skepticism, every problem you have ever had could have been caused by hypothyroidism. (Or might not, because it could legitimately be something else. If you are busy blaming your thyroid, you could miss something important like diabetes or heart disease).
* She seems to write from a perspective that everyone should be medicated for thyroid issues, even if the lab results don't say so. This can actually be dangerous because being hyperthyroid has its own side effects, including osteoporosis and heart issues.
* The sections on alternative medicine felt to me like she's pushing these as superior solutions, without citing any research about safety / efficacy. Personal anecdotes are helpful but they are not a substitute for legit research, in my mind anyway.
I'm not a medical practitioner so I don't think that I'm overly biased. I do, however, like my medical care to be based on research, and while I do use alternative medicine such as chiropractic, I wouldn't have my hypothyroidism treated by anyone other than a medical doctor.