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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