Living Well With Hypothyroidism:

What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know

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Mary Shomon's bestselling book is in its second edition. Mary Shomon

Thyroid Expert Mary Shomon is author of the book Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know. The book was originally published in 2000, by HarperCollins, and an updated edition was reissued after 25 printings.

Living Well With Hypothyroidism was written for the as many as 59 million Americans suffering from the mysterious and frequently undiagnosed symptoms of hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid.

The book offers both information and motivation to help readers recognize the symptoms, get diagnosed, obtain the right treatments – both conventional and alternative -- and understand how to truly live well with hypothyroidism.

The updated second edition provides detailed information on the warning signs, symptoms, and risk factors for hypothyroidism, along with a checklist patients can bring to their doctor. She reviews and explains a wide range of treatments -- from conventional to integrative to holistic – and not only shares her own struggles, but the experiences and advice from thousands of patients and doctors she’s encountered.

The updated edition of Living Well With Hypothyroidism answers questions that often go unanswered and features:

  • Coverage of the major controversies over the latest testing, diagnosis and treatment methods, including the new TSH guidelines,
  • Other blood tests besides TSH, and alternative tests for thyroid disease, including saliva and urine
  • Information about thyroid drugs that the drug companies don’t want patients to know
  • An expanded 19-Page Risks/Symptoms Checklist
  • A special updated section on the diagnosis challenges and controversies, including finding and communicating with the right doctor, getting past refusals to test your thyroid, misdiagnosis, overreliance on the TSH test, the changing “normal” range, subclinical hypothyroidism, and more
  • A new section on treatment challenges and controversies, fully exploring the issue of optimal TSH levels, T3 treatment, T4/T3 balance, hormone resistance, natural thyroid, and adrenal problems.
  • Details on other current controversies, such as iodine, seaweed, soy, coconut oil, fluoride, perchlorate exposure, environmental estrogens, mercury, potassium iodide, and more.
  • A detailed chapter that introduces readers to the success factors in losing weight with hypothyroidism
  • Expanded sections on alternative, complementary, holistic and integrative approaches to hypothyroidism
  • A new chapter dedicated to “Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements for Hypothyroidism”
  • A detailed new chapter on “Infertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding,” including details on how to optimize hypothyroidism treatment to get pregnant, stay pregnant, ensure a healthy baby, and be able to breastfeed that baby after delivery
  • A greatly updated and expanded resources section, featuring books, websites, experts and other resources.  

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

PART I: SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT

CHAPTER 1: What is Hypothyroidism? 
CHAPTER 2: Are You at Risk for Hypothyroidism? 
CHAPTER 3: What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Hypothyroidism? 
CHAPTER 4: Hypothyroidism Diagnosis and Symptoms Checklist 

PART II: CONVENTIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS

CHAPTER 5: Thyroid Hormone Replacement 
CHAPTER 6: Alternative Medicine for Thyroid Disease 
CHAPTER 7: Alternatives: Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements 
CHAPTER 8: Alternatives: Mind and Body Approaches 

PART III: CHALLENGES AND CONTROVERSIES

CHAPTER 9: Diagnosis Challenges and Controversies 
CHAPTER 10: Treatment Challenges and Controversies 
CHAPTER 11: Other Controversies 

PART IV: SPECIAL CONCERNS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM

CHAPTER 12: Losing Weight Despite Hypothyroidism
CHAPTER 13: Depression and Hypothyroidism
CHAPTER 14: Fatigue and Other Continuing Concerns
CHAPTER 15: Infertility, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding
CHAPTER 16: Hypothyroidism in Infants and Children
CHAPTER 17: Hypothyroidism After Thyroid Cancer

PART V: LIVING WELL NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

CHAPTER 18: Living Well With Hypothyroidism: Creating Your Plan
CHAPTER 19: Looking Toward the Future

APPENDICES

Resources
Glossary
References

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