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Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism
What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know

From Patient Advocate Mary Shomon
New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Thyroid Diet and Living Well With Hypothyroidism

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"Shomon excels at comprehensiveness, covering all the decisions
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September 27, 2005
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Published by: HarperCollins/Collins
Pub Date: September 27, 2005
448 pages
ISBN #: 0060730196
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As many as 3 million people in the United States suffer from Gravesí disease and hyperthyroidism, an over-functioning of the thyroid gland. George and Barbara Bush were diagnosed with Gravesí disease during the Gulf War and Olympic Sprinter Gail Devers was diagnosed during the 2000 Summer Olympics. However, for the millions of people who suffer from Gravesí disease or hyperthyroidism, the process of assessing the symptoms, getting diagnosed and sorting through the myriad of treatments is a daunting task. Now with her new book, LIVING WELL WITH GRAVESí DISEASE AND HYPERTHYROIDISM: What Your Doctor Doesnít Tell You...That You Need to Know, New York Times bestselling author and thyroid patient advocate Mary J. Shomon presents readers with a comprehensive resource that spans from diagnosis to treatment to life after treatment.

Hyperthyroidism is caused by an overproduction of the thyroid hormone, which controls the bodyís metabolism, and Gravesí disease is an autoimmune disease that triggers hyperthyroidism. In LIVING WELL, Shomon explains the history and science behind the disease and then presents her readers with checklists of risks, signs and factors, combined with honest case studies and testimonials. Many of the explanations of the often difficult-to-understand symptoms include a personal patient anecdote; Shomon shares the story of one woman whose friends convinced her that she had anorexia before she was properly diagnosed with Gravesí disease.

After helping readers to examine symptoms and verify a diagnosis, Shomon draws on an extensive network of experts to discuss treatment options. Understanding that treatment is ultimately a personal choice; Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism lists various routes a patient can follow, including the pros and cons of each:
  • A Complete Alternative/Holistic/Nutritional Approach
  • An Integrative (Conventional Plus Alternative) Approach
  • Antithyroid Drug Approach
  • Radioactive Iodine Treatment
  • Surgical Approach
LIVING WELL WITH GRAVESí DISEASE AND HYPERTHYROIDISM closes with inspirational success stories and ideas on how to live well in the future. Mary J. Shomonís sound and practical advice complemented with her sensitivity to patientsí needs makes this book an unparalleled educational resource. She touches upon every method of diagnosis and treatment that even a general practitioner may neglect to mention. This book is a much needed comprehensive approach for patients to take control of their thyroid condition.


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