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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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* 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.