Author: Mary J. Shomon ISBN number: 0060938196 List price: $14.95 (US dollars) Published by: HarperCollins, HarperResource Buy the Book: At local bookstores everywhere Online: at Amazon.com
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"Living Well with Autoimmune Disease should not only prove inspirational for those afflicted with these mysterious conditions, but also offers solid, practical advice for getting your health back on track."
~ Alternative Medicine Magazine, November-December 2002 issue
"...those with autoimmune illnesses are being shortchanged by the medical establishment. Since those who suffer from one are more vulnerable to other autoimmune disorders (not to mention that they may have a genetic predisposition toward a disorder), this informative self-help manual is badly needed. Drawing on extensive research, as well as doctor-patient anecdotes, Shomon’s guide is designed to empower patients to participate in their own care..." ~ Publisher's Weekly
"It offers to help the reader gain greater insight into the environmental, genetic, hereditary, nutritional, and mind-body factors that make millions of people more or less susceptible to autoimmune disease – and it does it in an upbeat, trust-your-instincts way. ...will be a well-thumbed resource book for the autoimmune disease patient and his/her family." ~ American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)
"Mary Shomon is more knowledgeable and has provided patients with more timely and comprehensive information about these conditions than most physicians..."
~ Marie Savard, MD, author of How to Save Your Own Life and The Savard Health Record
"Living Well with Autoimmune Disease helps readers pinpoint symptoms, find the right practitioner, and learn cutting-edge approaches to reduce symptoms and reverse their disease." ~ Joan Price, Amazon.com
"Mary Shomon is an exceptionally skilled journalist who writes from the perspective of someone having lived through an autoimmune disease...The book is a major shortcut to a wealth of information. If you have an autoimmune disease, it can save you months of time." ~ Dr. Joseph Mercola, Author, The No-Grain Diet
"Patients who are struggling to get diagnosed with or understand their autoimmune conditions will find Mary Shomon's book an extremely useful, essential resource..." ~ Stephen E. Langer, MD, author of Solved: The Riddle of Illness, and Solved: The Riddle of Weight Loss
"Mary Shomon is a leader in understanding the information patients need when it comes to autoimmune and thyroid disorders...her books should be required reading..." ~ Larrian Gillespie, MD, author of You Don't Have to Live with Cystitis, The Goddess Diet, The Menopause Diet, and The Gladiator Diet
"...helps people make sense of multiple mystifying symptoms...offers a road map to proper diagnosis...a brilliant empowerment manual..."
~ Richard Shames, MD and Karilee Shames, PhD, RN, HNC, authors of Thyroid
"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..." ~ Carol Roberts, MD, Director, Wellness Works holistic health center, and radio host, WMNF-FM, Tampa Bay, FL
"...a much needed book [that] gives hope to those who suffer from chronic illnesses....I would highly recommend this book to my patients."
~ David Brownstein, MD, author of The Miracle of Natural Hormones, and Overcoming Arthritis
THE 2ND IN A BESTSELLING SERIES THAT EMPOWERS MILLIONS OF UNDIAGNOSED AND UNDERTREATED SUFFERING FROM THESE MISUNDERSTOOD CONDITIONS.
Living Well With Autoimmune Disease is a complete guide to understanding the mysterious and often difficult-to-pinpoint autoimmune disorders-- and finding the conventional and alternative keys to diagnosis, treatment, recovery...and even prevention or cure. An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from symptoms -- everything from fatigue to joint pains to depression, to numb hands and feet, to heart palpitations -- signs that the immune system has turned upon itself, causing autoimmune conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and irritiable bowel disease. All too frequently, these symptoms are overlooked or misdiagnosed for years!
Once diagnosed, while doctors may prescribe pain relievers, hormones, or immunosuppressants to treat the symptoms, but when a patient asks about the cause, the life-long health implications, or how to heal such conditions, doctors simply shrug their shoulders.
Living Well With Autoimmune Disease is the first book that to recognize that these conditions are closely related, not standalone, and frequently stem from toxic exposures and underlying dysfunctions that may be treatable using nutritional and alternative approaches to complement traditional treatments.
The book features:
Many first-person accounts from autoimmune disease patients
Recommendations and treatment suggestions from some of the nation's leading practitioners
A detailed Risk Factors and Symptoms Checklist that you can take to your practitioner to aid in diagnosis
Information on the latest innovative conventional and alternative treatments for autoimmune conditions
The optimal diet to prevent, heal -- and sometimes even, cure -- autoimmune disease
A detailed Resources section featuring patient support groups, hotlines, websites, practitioners and more to help you in your effort to live well
A look at the future of autoimmune disease diagnosis and treatment
Living Well with Autoimmune Disease will get you started today on the road to feeling better and living well.
LIVING WELL WITH AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE: TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I: UNDERSTANDING AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Immune System and Autoimmune Disease
Chapter 3: Autoimmune Disease Causes and Risk Factors
Spondyloarthropathies: Reiter's Syndrome and Ankylosing Spondylitis
Chapter 10: Neuromuscular Conditions
Guillain Barré Syndrome
Chapter 11: Other Autoimmune Issues
PART III: HOLISTIC APPROACHES
Chapter 12: Herbal & Alternative Medicine for Autoimmune Disease
Chapter 13: Dietary and Health Approaches
Chapter 14: Attitude, Lifestyle, Mind, Body and Spirit
PART IV: AUTO REPAIR – CREATING YOUR PLAN
Chapter 15: Autoimmune Risk Factors and Symptoms Checklist
Chapter 16: Finding and Working With the Right Practitioner
Chapter 17: Putting Together Your Autoimmune Repair Plan
Autoimmune Disease Information Resources
Autoimmune Disease Experts
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, MARY SHOMON
Mary Shomon, author of Living Well With Autoimmune Disease: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You. . . That You Need to Know is a bestselling health writer and patient advocate who believes in empowering patients with both conventional and alternative information, resources and self-care tactics that help get a proper diagnosis and life-changing treatment.
Living Well With Autoimmune Disease is Mary Shomon's second book in an ongoing HarperCollins series of books. The first in the series, Living Well With Hypothyroidism, is a bestseller in its 17th printing. The book was an Amazon.com Top 40 health bestseller in both 2000 and 2001, and was a Prevention Book Club selection. The Los Angeles Times called Living Well With Hypothyroidism a "first-rate book... [that] challenges patients and their doctors to look deeper and try harder to resolve the complicated symptoms of hypothyroidism." Amazon.com said: "Shomon knows of what she speaks...In Living Well, she offers an extensively researched guide to this complex condition...with her down-to- earth, patient-centered approach..."