The Menopause Thyroid Solution: Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems

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From New York Times bestselling author and nationally recognized patient advocate Mary J. Shomon comes a groundbreaking guide to safely managing menopause through a better understanding of and better care for your thyroid.

If you're one of the forty million American women struggling through menopause, you probably know all about the symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, and depression. But what you may not know is that the drop in reproductive hormones frequently triggers a ...

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author and nationally recognized patient advocate Mary J. Shomon comes a groundbreaking guide to safely managing menopause through a better understanding of and better care for your thyroid.

If you're one of the forty million American women struggling through menopause, you probably know all about the symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, and depression. But what you may not know is that the drop in reproductive hormones frequently triggers a thyroid slowdown—a "thyropause"—that can be the main cause for those troublesome symptoms. In fact, you may not even need hormone therapy, wild yam and progesterone creams, or herbs like black cohosh for a symptom-free menopause. What you really need is to begin to pay attention to your thyroid.

In The Menopause Thyroid Solution, Mary J. Shomon will help you:

  • Recognize the symptoms of a thyroid problem versus those of menopause
  • Learn how to get your problems diagnosed and treated
  • Find out what and how to eat, what medications to consider, what supplements to take, and what lifestyle changes to make
  • Improve your metabolism and increase your energy
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Editorial Reviews

Doctor - John Lowe
"The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about autoimmune diseases from Mary Shomon, the woman who taught America about thyroid disease! Her book will enlighten you about how to diagnose, treat, and possibly even prevent, autoimmune disease in yourself or someone you love. Mary has my highest respect for her careful research and the way she presents both the conventional and the alternative aspects in a way that anyone can understand."
Elizabeth Lee Vliet
“If I could recommend only one book on thyroid problems for my patients, this would be it.”
Richard Shames
“At last, a book that helps people make sense of multiple mystifying symptoms, and offers a road map to proper diagnosis and the most effective treatments...a brilliant empowerment manual for finding the proper practitioners and moving forward in your life.”
Kenneth N. Woliner
“Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome confuse many doctors, and in turn they have difficulty giving good explanations to patients. Mary Shomon has been able to convert this ‘medicalese’ into simple talk that all patients can understand.”
Marie Savard
“I can think of few conditions more challenging to patients and the medical profession than fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Once again Mary Shomon has shed an incredible light on what really matters - everything from how to get an accurate diagnosis to finding the best treatment.”
Doctor - Joseph Mercola
"If you’re one of the millions afflicted with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, or think you may be, start changing your life for the better now by reading this crucial book. There are very real answers that will help you even more than you dare to hope, and Mary Shomon has done an absolutely masterful job of providing them to you here."
Carol Roberts
“The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about autoimmune diseases from Mary Shomon, the woman who taught America about thyroid disease! Her book will enlighten you about how to diagnose, treat, and possibly even prevent, autoimmune disease
Dr. John Lowe
“The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about autoimmune diseases from Mary Shomon, the woman who taught America about thyroid disease! Her book will enlighten you about how to diagnose, treat, and possibly even prevent, autoimmune disease in yourself or someone you love. Mary has my highest respect for her careful research and the way she presents both the conventional and the alternative aspects in a way that anyone can understand.”
Dr. Joseph Mercola
“If you’re one of the millions afflicted with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, or think you may be, start changing your life for the better now by reading this crucial book. There are very real answers that will help you even more than you dare to hope, and Mary Shomon has done an absolutely masterful job of providing them to you here.”
Alternative Medicine Magazine
“...inspirational for those afflicted with mysterious conditions...offers solid, practical advice for getting your health back on track.”
Los Angeles Times
“A first rate book”
American Autoimmune Related Disease Association
“A must read book.”
Los Angeles Times
“A first rate book”
Alternative Medicine Magazine
“...inspirational for those afflicted with mysterious conditions...offers solid, practical advice for getting your health back on track.”
American Autoimmune Related Disease Association
“A must read book.”
Library Journal

Few people realize that the thyroid gland plays a major role in the metabolic process. As women age, the thyroid slows down, causing symptoms often associated with menopause: mood swings, weight gain, exhaustion, and temperature changes. Most physicians assume that menopause is the culprit and do not test for thyroid deficiency. Shomon, a thyroid patient who has written several books (The Thyroid Diet; Living Well with Hypothyroidism), tells readers about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of thyroid disease. She includes information about choosing a physician, considering alternative therapies, and incorporating nutrition and exercise for good health. Although the long list of symptoms will make every reader think she has thyroid disease, more than 50 percent of women over the age of 60 are hypothyroid; many have no symptoms, so this should encourage them to think about discussing the possibility with their physicians. The information about foods that affect thyroid function and the proper way to take thyroid medication is very useful. VERDICT Patients looking for a good injection of self-empowerment will embrace Shomon's tone and approach, though this book appears to be somewhat of a repackaging of the author's previous works.—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L.


—Barbara M. Bibel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061582646
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 219,045
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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, www.thyroid-info.com. She lives in Kensington, Maryland.

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The Menopause Thyroid Solution
Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems

Chapter One

Menopause and Thyroid

After thirty, a body has a mind of its own. —Bette Midler


As a woman born in 1961, I'm lucky to be part of the generation of baby boomers who are likely to live well into our seventies or eighties. All of us want to get to that age feeling as healthy and energetic as possible. After all, we're the generation that has come up with the popular mantras "Fifty is the new forty," "Sixty is the new fifty," and so on.

So here we are, living longer than ever. For many of us, our forties and fifties are a time when we are hitting our professional stride, our children are growing up and leaving home, and we can turn our attention to taking care of ourselves.

Why is it that just when you're coming into your own, it seems as if your body is falling apart?

You start gaining weight and feeling bloated. You find it harder to remember things and nearly impossible to concentrate. You notice your cholesterol level is going up, even though you haven't changed your diet. Your moods shift quickly: sometimes you're anxious; other times you feel blue and depressed. You're exhausted, but at bedtime, you feel restless and find it hard to sleep. You feel hot, then cold—the temperature is never right. Every time you shampoo or run a brush through your hair, a handful of hair comes out. Periods? They're erratic and unpredictable, and when they do come, they're sometimes so heavy you can't even leave the house. And sex? What's that?

So you jump to what seems like a logicalconclusion: "Menopause!" (And if you don't assume it, your doctor will happily assume it for you.)

By menopause, I'm actually taking some liberties with the term and talking about the whole perimenopause-into-menopause transition, a process that can sometimes take as long as eight to ten years. Many -people use the terms menopause and perimenopause interchangeably to refer to the entire transition process. In this book, I actually do this too at times, even in the title, because, let's face it, we're more likely to connect hot flashes, night sweats, erratic periods, and such with the idea of menopause. But apparently, 90 percent of us go through four to eight years of fluctuating hormones, erratic periods, and then, finally, that last menstrual period. Officially, the entire process is known as perimenopause or, less commonly, "premenopause." Officially, menopause is confirmed when it's been a year since your last period. After that last period, it's "postmenopause."

If you say "I'm going through menopause," and you are still having periods, then you are actually going through perimenopause. If you've stopped having periods for at least a year, you are technically postmenopausal.

You may not realize that by the time you are one year past your last menstrual period (again, menopause) your symptoms usually have improved and often have disappeared. That's because it's not the lack of hormones that causes symptoms in most women. It's actually the up-and-down fluctuations in hormones, as well as imbalances in the ratio of hormones, that take place in the months and years before that last period that cause the most troublesome symptoms.

Anyway, back to the symptoms. You start feeling exhausted, gain weight, become overheated, lose your hair, develop a low sex drive, and notice assorted aches and pains, so you assume you're in menopause. And off you go, to try to deal with it all.

You may start drinking soy smoothies, munching on soy burgers and edamame, and popping every menopause-manipulating herb available, from black cohosh to dong quai to chasteberry. Or you smear yourself with wild yam cream. Or you end up taking out a second mortgage to pay for complicated, compounded bioidentical hormone regimens. Or you head to the doctor, who sends you off with Premarin or Prempro—the prescription conjugated estrogen drugs made from horse urine—then every time you take a pill, you're worried that you're increasing your risk for breast cancer or stroke.

And the saddest part of all? For some of you, none of this will help.

Why? Because it's missing the point.

You're forgetting what may be the most important hormone of all: thyroid hormone.

By age sixty, as many as half of all women have a slowdown in the thyroid, the master gland of metabolism and energy. And guess what the most common symptoms are? Fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety, menstrual irregularities, low sex drive, hair loss, and brain fog/memory problems.

So when you and your doctor assume that your symptoms are "hormonal," you may be partially right, but the critical hormone you're overlooking may be thyroid hormone.

The natural decline of estrogen and progesterone that occurs in women starting in our late thirties—and which is happening now to millions of American women—is one of the most common triggers of a thyroid slowdown. The shocker is that the millions of baby boomers who are in thyroid slowdown are not even diagnosed.

Instead, these women—and their doctors—are assuming they are menopausal. These women then spend thousands of dollars a year on appointments, pills, and potions to try to stave off menopausal symptoms and never get thyroid tests.

A near epidemic is being overlooked in this, an otherwise empowered, informed generation of women.

That's why we need a solution: The Menopause Thyroid Solution.

The Menopause Thyroid Solution
Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems
. Copyright (c) by Mary Shomon . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

1 Menopause and Thyroid: An Introduction 1

2 Could It Be Your Thyroid? 15

3 Could It Be Perimenopause or Menopause? 52

4 Diagnosing and Treating Thyroid Problems 83

5 Diagnosing and Treating Perimenopause/Menopause 135

6 Natural Approaches to Perimenopause/Menopause 177

7 Transforming Your Diet 216

8 Exercise 228

9 The Role of Mind, Body, and Spirit 269

10 Solving Persistent Symptoms 289

11 Creating Your Own Plan 323

Appendix A Resources 337

Appendix B Experts 355

Appendix C References 359

Index 371

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

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    In the Menopause Thyroid Solution Mary explains how the various endocrine systems overlap and influence each other. Women of all ages will benefit from the information and suggestions presented in this innovative book. Grounded in solid research and loaded with tips from some of the top experts in the field, Mary's latest book makes a perfect addition to any thyroid home library. Anyone with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or a family history of thyroid disease or menopausal complaints will benefit from this book.

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