By Dr. Mercola
Mary Shomon is one of the top leaders in the field of thyroid research. She is the extremely popular About.com thyroid guru, as well as my go-to person when I'm looking for thyroid-related information.
Already a New York Times bestselling author, Mary's latest book, The Menopause Thyroid Solution: Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems, deserves a place on every woman's bookshelf. It's a landmark study in the vital role your thyroid plays in helping you manage even your most difficult menopausal symptoms.
Are You Experiencing Menopause … or "Thyropause"?
If you're a woman in your 40's or 50's and are feeling fatigued, depressed, and are gaining weight, you're not alone. Forty million other women in the U.S. are suffering right along with you with what most assume are the symptoms of menopause.
But are your symptoms really menopause related?
Did you know the drop in reproductive hormones beginning at middle age (and sometimes much earlier) often triggers a reaction in your thyroid? Mary calls this thyroid slowdown "thyropause," and as she explains in her new book, the changes in your thyroid may actually be the cause of your symptoms.
If you're taking hormones for menopausal symptoms, natural or prescribed by a doctor, you may be taking unnecessary medication. What you may need to do instead is to investigate what's going on with your thyroid.
In The Menopause Thyroid Solution, Mary shows you how to distinguish between thyroid and menopause symptoms. She also helps you with food choices, medication options, supplements, and lifestyle changes you can make to alleviate symptoms, improve your metabolism and increase your energy level.
Connecting the Dots
The conventional approach to medicine is to treat each of your symptoms as completely independent from the others. The fact is, symptoms do not occur in a vacuum, but most traditional practitioners are just not interested in hearing about anything other than your most bothersome complaint.
This is especially counterproductive when considering the cause of your menopausal-type symptoms.
Your hormones are part of a network, your endocrine system. Yet if your problems seem to be hormone-related, the majority of allopathic MDs will treat you very specifically for either menopause, or thyroid problems.
This tunnel vision approach is unlikely to work for long, if at all, since there's a high probability your symptoms are both menopause and thyroid related.
What Mary does so beautifully in her new book is connect the dots for you, using a holistic approach that covers everything from determining the cause of your hormonal-based symptoms and understanding how they overlap, right through a wide range of steps you can take to heal yourself and dramatically improve the quality of your health and your life as you age.
Her book also explains the pros and cons of traditional, natural and bioidentical hormone treatments for estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, and cortisol imbalances. This information couldn't be timelier given the latest serious threat to the production of natural hormonal remedies.
Mary Shomon's latest effort is an empowering book which helps you take better care of your own health as you age, as well as arms you with the information you need to get the most out of visits to your doctor or other health care provider.
I highly recommend The Menopause Thyroid Solution to women of all ages, and especially those of you who are entering or are in perimenopause or menopause. To learn more about the book, visit menopausethyroid.com.