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Members of the Media
As an experienced spokesperson for patients, I can address the topics of thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases, patient empowerment, the Internet and health, for television, radio or print interviews. Members of the media can Email Me and please put "Media Request" in the subject line, or contact my publishing/publicity office at 1-888-810-9471.

Reader Questions
Please note that I get thousands of emails a week, and am unable to provide personal responses, advice, or customized research. If you still need to reach me, please email me. My mailing address is Mary Shomon, P.O. Box 565, Kensington, MD 20895-0565.

Phone Consultations
If you don't have the time or energy to surf for information, don't want to or can't read and research at the websites, can't read my books or participate on the forums, or you simply must have a chance to talk to a live person -- and soon -- I understand. I unfortunately can't offer detailed or customized advice or ideas by email, but I can help by doing a personal phone session with you. In a one-on-one telephone coaching consultation, we can brainstorm your thyroid questions, help understand lab test results, and I'll share ideas and resources with you on where to get more help so you can feel and live well. You are invited to set up a phone consultation -- usually, I can schedule your session in the next 48 hours! One important reminder -- since I'm NOT a doctor, I cannot offer specific medical advice, give you a diagnosis, or provide medical counsel. But I can and will listen, guide you to resources, experts, information sources and more that can help help you in your effort to live well and feel better! Find out more about phone consultations or book a consult now .

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Welcome! I'm Mary Shomon, and I'm a patient advocate, bestselling author, communications consultant, wife and mother who has transformed my 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.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in 1995, and now research and write about these conditions and their impact on health and weight. Since early 1997, I have served as founder and Guide for the award-winning Thyroid website, and as editor of my popular patient thyroid news report, Sticking Out Our Necks. My patient advocacy focus brings much-needed attention to underdiagnosed and often overlooked health issues. My desire to cut through medical jargon and deliver information to my fellow patients in a form they can understand resulted in my 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.

I am 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.

I am also author of Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism" (2005) Living Well With Autoimmune Disease"(2003) Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia," (2004) and the The Thyroid Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Success" (2005). My 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 form.

I have served as the Guide for the popular 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,, along with my advocacy site, are the Internet's most popular and visited sites dedicated to thyroid disease.

I've 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 my decade of consumer advocacy, I have never hesitated to take a stand on behalf of patients, and my independence from drug companies and medical/patient organizations that are funded by the pharmaceutical industry has allowed me to maintain an unbiased, truly patient-first advocacy effort.

My ability to communicate important health-related information reflects 20 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.

Before I began writing in the health area, I also published several humor books. I co-authored the humor book, Scratching the Net: Web Sites for Cats published by Andrews McMeel in 1998, and wrote the Washington, DC bestseller, The Single Woman's Guide to the Available Men of Washington, published in 1993.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

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