The terms "thyroid disease" and "Mary Shomon" are nearly synonymous in the English-speaking world, as Mary Shomon is well-known in the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, and around the world as New York Times bestselling author, and a global thyroid and hormonal health activists.
Mary was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism in 1995, and transformed her own struggle to gain control over her health, have a healthy pregnancy, and understand her condition into an advocacy and educational mission that now makes her a leading voice in health advocacy.
Mary Shomon has been a regular online presence for thyroid information and awareness since 1995, when she was a regular participant in the Usenet newsgroup alt.support.thyroid. She created Frequently Asked Questions lists, and became a regular voice in that support group, until she launched one of the original health sites at The Mining Co., which would later be purchased by the New York Times and renamed About.com, now Verywell.com. Mary was the site’s sole researcher/writer until 2018.
Mary is the thyroid and hormonal health patient expert for HealthCentral, and her articles reach millions of people a year, a world-wide audience hungry for thyroid and hormonal health information.
Mary also runs an email newsletter founded in 1997, Sticking Out Our Necks, which has 100,000+ email subscribers.
When it comes to thyroid, Mary Shomon is a key force on Facebook with her:
Thyroid Support Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/thyroidsupport
Thyroid Diet support page - http://www.facebook.com/thyroiddiet
Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA/Type 1.5 Diabetes) - https://www.facebook.com/LADAType-15-Diabetes-400562187021868/
Mary is the creator of several free online educational programs/webinars, including the Levothyroxine Deep Dive - www.mary-shomon.com/dive -- and the Natural Thyroid Guide - www.naturalthyroidguide.com. Mary is also the creator of the popular Thyroid Tuneup program, www.mary-shomon.com/thyroidtuneup
Mary is also regularly featured as part of dozens of webinars and online seminars, focusing on topics including fertility, nutrition, weight loss, autoimmunity, thyroid disease, and other health issues, including:
David Brownstein, MD and Suzy Cohen’s “Thyroid Summit.” Mary was chosen as one of the first-day kickoff speakers for the event, which reached more than 100,000 viewers.
Integrative Nutritionist Marc David’s Nutrition Summit
Mary Shomon has done more than 50 television appearances and interviews regarding thyroid awareness issues – including ABC World News Tonight, among others.
August of 2011 was the launch of a special 1-hour PBS television program, titled Healthy Hormones Brain-Body Fitness. The program features exercise physiologist Teresa Tapp, and Mary Shomon, explaining the role of movement in hormone balance, and how thyroid and hormones affect metabolism, energy, and focus. The program was a rating and fundraising success for PBS and ran for several years with more than 4,000 airings on PBS affiliates around the country. A second popular PBS program, Vibrant for Life, was released in spring of 2016.
Mary is a consulting producer – and is a featured interview — for the Guggenheim-funded documentary, “Sick2Death” – about undiagnosed hypothyroidism, the difficulties of diagnosis, and limitations of treatments.
Mary was the host of her own weekly radio show: “Your Health Workshop,” featuring a number of guests, including authors, physicians, and health experts.
Regarding radio, Mary has a strong relationship with hundreds of health-specific radio shows including the People’s Pharmacy (syndicated public radio show), Dr. Ron Hoffman on WOR in New York, Joanie Greggains on KGO San Francisco, and other popular national and syndicated radio programs related to health.
Mary has participated in dozens of radio media tours and has done 300+ radio interviews regarding health and wellness.
Mary Shomon has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspaper articles, including Time, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, First for Women, Elle, The Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other outlets.
In a feature article about Mary’s work, Elle Magazine’s Joe Hooper said, “Mary Shomon is rattling the cages of the thyroid mandarins.”
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 “Living Well With…” series of consumer health books for publisher HarperCollins.
Mary is also the 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, and an Amazon.com Top 10 Health Book of 2004. A revised, expanded edition of the bestseller, Thyroid Diet Revolution, was published in 2012.
Mary is also author of a number of many other books, including The Hair Loss Master Plan (co-authored with Brent Hardgrave), Beautiful Inside and Out (2013) (co-authored with former Baywatch cast member Gena Nolin), Menopause Thyroid Solution (2009), Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough, (2006) Living Well With Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism (2005), Living Well With Autoimmune Disease (2003), Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (2004).
More information on Mary Shomon's books is featured at www.mary-shomon.com/books
Mary Shomon’s ability to communicate important health-related information reflects 35+ 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 has a degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and was 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 the mother of two – grad student Julia and high-schooler Danny.