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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1 edition (Aug. 5 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060524448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060524449
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Mary Shomon provides a comprehensive service for sufferers of thyroid disease.' TIME --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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, She lives in Kensington, Maryland.

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The thyroid is a small bowtie or butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck around the windpipe, behind and below your Adam's apple area. Read the first page
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I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism over 10 years ago and I wish I had a copy of this book then. The information in this book is invaluable. By trying certain suggestions I have alleviated almost all of my symptoms that left me with no energy and the best part is that I have been able to lose over 30lbs. I have more energy than ever before and can tell when my thyroid is acting up and needs to be checked. I would recommend this book to anyone who suffers from some form of thyroid disease.
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The book is in great quality. Already read the first two chapters, excited to complete the book. Thank you so much!
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Great book!
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446 of 461 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa057415c) out of 5 stars TheThyroid Diet Feb. 1 2005
By Nxxxx - Published on
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.
134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0813798) out of 5 stars Not a diet July 6 2007
By Sandra Pottorff - Published on
Format: Paperback
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..........
166 of 177 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa15c2aec) out of 5 stars First Time I've Been Able to Lose Weight in Years! April 19 2005
By Paula Desena - Published on
Format: Paperback
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...she knows how the thyroid affects weight, and she explains it, she interviewed doctors who also talk about leptin, and metabolism, and the impact of thyroid on blood sugar, timing of food, and the best thyroid medicines and such...all things I think are what helped me sort of break the "losing streak" I had at weight loss! I even had a blood sugar test I read about in the book, and the doctor says I could be headed for pre-diabetes, so I definitely am doing the right thing by losing weight!

There is definitely no magic diet cure -- wish there WAS!! -- with a thyroid problem or otherwise, but I feel like with Thyroid Diet, I at least have a fighting chance to figure out what foods, calorie levels, supplements, and other sorts of approaches might actually make a difference for me.

I really recommend this book. I got it January of 2005, and as of April, I'm already down 20 pounds!!!

Can't argue with success, right? ;-)
84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06a22d0) out of 5 stars Very Informative, Well Written, Easy to understand... Aug. 24 2004
By Leja - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa066c918) out of 5 stars Not the book I thought it was going to be.. Nov. 4 2009
By C. Dooley - Published on
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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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