Mary Shomon is a thyroid patient advocate, author, communications consultant, wife and mother who has transformed her own struggle with thyroid disease into an advocacy campaign on behalf of patients with chronic diseases such as thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, among others.
Mary was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in 1995, and now researches and writes about thyroid, autoimmune and hormonal conditions and their impact on health, hormones, and weight. Since early 1997, Mary has served as founder and Guide for the award-winning About.com Thyroid website, as webmaster of her popular Thyroid-Info site, and as editor of the popular patient thyroid newsletter, Sticking Out Our Necks.
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Mary's desire to cut through medical jargon and deliver information to her fellow patients in a form they can understand resulted in her first health-related book, Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know, which was first published in 2000 by HarperCollins, and has been a best-seller, going to more than 20 printings before a 2nd Revised Edition was published in 2005. The book was a Prevention Book Club Selection, and Amazon Top-Selling health book, and its popularity launched a new series of consumer health books for publisher HarperCollins.
Mary is also author of the New York Times best-selling book The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss (2004). Thyroid Diet was also a semi-finalist for the prestigious Quills Awards in 2005.
In addition to her latest 2009 release Menopause Thyroid Solution, Mary is also author of Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough, Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism", Living Well With Autoimmune Disease, Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, and The Thyroid Guide to Hair Loss.
Mary's newsletter for thyroid patients, "Sticking Out Our Necks," was founded in 1997, and has become a popular resource for patients in both its email and print forms.
Time Magazine has said: "Mary Shomon provides a comprehensive service for sufferers of thyroid disease."
Mary is active in Health 2.0 and social networking, including:
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Mary has served as the Guide for the popular About.com Thyroid site -- now part of the New York Times Company -- launching the site in early 1997, and managing the site and working as its sole researcher/writer since that time. That site, Thyroid.about.com, along with her advocacy site Thyroid-Info.com, are the Internet's most popular and visited sites dedicated to thyroid disease.
Mary also maintains the popular Thyroid Top Doctors Directory.
Mary has been featured in hundreds of television, radio, newspaper, magazine and web interviews, including appearances on ABC World News Tonight and CBS Radio Networks, and interviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Health, Cooking Light, Elle Magazine, Woman's World, and the Los Angeles Times, to name just a few.
In more than a decade of consumer and health advocacy, Mary has never hesitated to take a stand on behalf of patients, and her independence from drug companies and medical/patient organizations that are funded by the pharmaceutical industry has allowed her to maintain an unbiased, truly patient-first advocacy effort.
Mary's ability to communicate important health-related information reflects 25 years of experience designing social marketing, grassroots outreach, consumer marketing and public information campaigns while working in the social outreach, advertising and public relations industry -- designing campaigns for clients as diverse as furniture retailer IKEA, the World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mary serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center, a nationally known holistic health educational center located in New York City, where she teaches various seminars on thyroid disease.
Mary belongs to the Endocrine Society, and is one of the first patient members of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, a professional society dedicated to research and education in patient-doctor communications. Mary is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.