Patient advocate and author Mary Shomon transformed her 1995 thyroid diagnosis into a mission to educate and empower others struggling with thyroid and hormonal conditions.
Mary has written a number of best-selling books on thyroid disease, hormones and weight loss, and is a nationally-known patient activist. In addition to her work here, Mary founded Thyroid-Info.com, is a co-star of the popular "Healthy Hormones" series on PBS, and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center.
Mary is a leading force on hormonal and thyroid health in social media, with her hundreds of thousands of community members at:
Time Magazine has said: "Mary Shomon provides a comprehensive service for sufferers of thyroid disease."
Mary's 2004 book -- revised and updated in 2012 -- "The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss," was a New York Times best-seller, an Amazon.com Top 10 Health book of 2004, and Quills Awards semi-finalist.
Mary is the author of many bestselling patient-oriented health books, including her most recent book, co-authored with Dana Trentini:
Your Healthy Pregnancy with Thyroid Disease -- focusing on overcoming thyroid-related infertility, and helping women with thyroid disease conceive, have a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period, and a healthy baby.
Other bestselling books by Mary Shomon include:
More information on all of Mary's thyroid and health-related books is available at www.thyroid-info.com.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Mary serves on the faculty of the holistic health Open Center, where she teaches various seminars on thyroid disease.
Mary also provides personalized, one-on-one thyroid/hormonal health/fertility-pregnancy coaching services by telephone, to help thyroid patients fast-forward up the learning curve, brainstorm questions, and map out plans for wellness and optimal health.
In her work as a patient advocate, Mary has been featured in the media, including ABC World News Tonight, CBS Radio, WebMD, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Time Magazine, Woman's World, First for Women, Alternative Medicine, the CBC, and hundreds of TV, radio, magazine, and news outlets in the U.S. and abroad.
As many as 60 million Americans have thyroid conditions, and most aren't diagnosed. Among those who know they have thyroid problems, the majority don't even feel well. Clearly, something needs to be done to help patients get diagnosed accurately and quickly, and once diagnosed, receive effective treatment.
Unfortunately, doctors tend to think of thyroid disease as a mundane, easy to diagnose, easy to treat, one-size-fits-all problem. Patients, however, recognize that the truth is far more complex, and that effective treatment requires innovation, and often includes not only conventional approaches, but nutritional and lifestyle changes.
Information, empowerment, and support is essential. Providing these necessary components is my focus for this site, my Thyroid-Info.com site, my Thyroid Support community and my patient-oriented books and resources for patients.
My motto and battle cry is clear: "We're patients. . . not lab values!" We deserve every chance to feel and live well!