NYC Thyroid Workshops for Patients to Focus on Weight Loss and Diet Frustrations, and Thyroid Disease Wellness Plans

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Best-selling author and thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon will be leading a series of interactive workshops on weight loss and optimal wellness for thyroid patients at New York City's Open Center on Friday July 30, 2010, and Saturday July 31, 2010. Shomon, who is the author of ten books on thyroid disease and hormonal health, including the New York Times bestseller, "The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss," has been on the faculty at the Open Center, New York's leading center of holistic learning, since 2006. Shomon's special guest presenter at both workshops will be holistic physician/gynecologist, health coach, and writer Rebecca Elia, MD, from the Bay Area of California, who will be sharing information on how to integrate holistic ideas and practices into your life for optimum thyroid health.

Thyroid patient advocate and bestselling author Mary Shomon will be leading thyroid workshops at New York's Open Center in July 2010

Thyroid patient advocate and bestselling author Mary Shomon will be leading thyroid workshops at New York's Open Center in July 2010

"My workshops at the Open Center are designed to help fast-forward thyroid patients up the learning curve, arm them with information they need, and help them put together a plan to be empowered, and proactive patients." -- Mary Shomon

Best-selling author and thyroid patient advocate Mary Shomon will be leading a series of interactive workshops for thyroid patients at New York City's Open Center on Friday July 30, 2010, and Saturday July 31, 2010.

Says Shomon, "My workshops at the Open Center are designed to help fast-forward thyroid patients up the learning curve, arm them with information they need, and help them put together a plan to be empowered, and proactive patients. These are essentials for those of us who want to lose weight, and feel well. "

Shomon, who is the author of ten books on thyroid disease and hormonal health, including the New York Times bestseller, "The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss," has been on the faculty at the Open Center, New York's Leading Center of Holistic Learning, since 2006.

Shomon's special guest presenter at both workshops will be holistic physician/gynecologist, health coach and writer Rebecca Elia, MD, from the Bay Area of California, who will be sharing information on how to integrate holistic ideas and practices into your life for optimum thyroid health.

Thyroid Diet Workshop Focuses on the Thyroid's Role in Weight Loss Challenges

The workshop titled "The Thyroid Diet for Weight Loss," will be held on Friday July 30, 2010, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The workshop is designed for people who may be struggling with weight loss challenges due to an undiagnosed, or insufficiently treated thyroid condition. An underactive thyroid or undertreated thyroid problem can make it difficult or impossible to lose weight -- or even cause unexpected weight gain -- in those who are following a healthy diet and exercise program. In this three-hour interactive seminar, the nation's leading thyroid patient advocate will explore three key steps to weight loss success:

1. How to find out if you have a thyroid problem -- knowing the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for an underactive thyroid, as well as which tests needed to get a reliable diagnosis.

2. How an underactive thyroid is treated, including alternative modalities most doctors simply don't discuss.

3. How to optimize thyroid treatment and counteract hormonal resistance syndromes -- including insulin, leptin, adrenal, and hypothalamic resistance -- that can sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Workshop participants will come away with a plan to effectively reach a healthier weight and get thyroid and hormonal resistance issues out of the way of health and weight loss success.

The Thyroid Diet workshop on July 30 is $35 for Open Center members, and $40 for nonmembers. Registration with the Open Center is by telephone at 212.219.2527 or online at: http://www.opencenter.org/the-thyroid-diet-for-weight-loss

Living with Thyroid Disease Workshop Helps Thyroid Patients Design a Personalized Wellness Plan

On Saturday July 31, 2010 the all-day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. interactive "Living with Thyroid Disease: Creating Your Wellness Plan" workshop will be held at the New York Open Center.

The workshop focuses on developing hands-on, practical tools and approaches to help thyroid patients feel and live well, despite an underactive or nonfunctional thyroid. By the end of the workshop, participants have mapped out a personalized plan for optimal wellness.

Most people with thyroid disease (whether it's Hashimoto's, nodules, Graves'/hyperthyroidism, or thyroid cancer) end up with an underactive or surgically removed thyroid and hypothyroidism, and wind up experiencing fatigue, depression, weight gain, hormonal problems and many other symptoms.

The "Living with Thyroid Disease" workshop will help participants identify the key things they can do to feel and live better with an underactive thyroid. The areas covered in the workshop will include:

  • optimizing thyroid treatment
  • understanding thyroid medications and hormone treatments, including bioidentical hormones
  • finding doctors for thyroid issues
  • managing thyroid-related fatigue and boosting energy
  • helpful supplements, herbs and nutrition
  • yoga breathing for metabolism and stress reduction
  • lifestyle changes and stress management
  • optimal exercise approaches
  • weight-loss and diet for thyroid patients
  • hair loss solutions
  • navigating fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding
  • managing perimenopause and menopause with thyroid disease

To make the experience even more effective, and help participants put together their personalized wellness action plan, workshop attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their recent blood test results for discussion, and a list of all the medications and supplements (with all the ingredients) they're taking.

The "Living with Thyroid Disease: Creating Your Wellness Plan" workshop is $120 for Open Center members, and $130 for nonmembers. In addition, the day of the workshop, participants will need to pay an additional $10 materials fee directly to Mary Shomon to cover the cost of the comprehensive workshop information materials package. Registration with the Open Center is by telephone at 212.219.2527 or online at:
http://www.opencenter.org/living-with-thyroid-disease-a-wellness-plan-2

Thyroid Workshop Information and Registration

All workshops are being held at :

The New York Open Center
22 E. 30th Street (between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue)
New York, NY 10016
Web: http://www.opencenter.org

Registration for the thyroid workshops is by telephone at 212.219.2527 or online at
http://www.opencenter.org/teachers/?teacher=30

Personalized Thyroid Coaching Sessions With Mary Shomon

A limited number of slots are available for 60 or 90 minute personalized, face-to-face thyroid coaching sessions with Mary Shomon on Thursday July 29, 2010 and Sunday August 1st in Manhattan. Interested thyroid patients can e-mail Mary Shomon at coaching@thyroid-info.com to set up a session.

About Mary Shomon

Mary Shomon is a thyroid patient advocate and author who, after her own diagnosis with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 1995, has transformed her journey with thyroid disease into an advocacy, empowerment and informational campaign on behalf of patients with chronic diseases such as thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances and metabolic challenges. Since early 1997, Shomon has served as Guide for the About.com Thyroid website at http://thyroid.about.com -- part of the New York Times Co. -- and as founder/editor of the popular patient thyroid newsletter, "Sticking Out Our Necks" and Thyroid-Info website at http://www.thyroid-info.com online. Shomon is also the founder of the Coalition for Better Thyroid Care, an international thyroid patient advocacy organization, located on the web at http://www.betterthyroidcare.org and at http://www.facebook.com/BetterThyroidCare on Facebook.

Shomon'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, the best-selling "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 went to more than 25 printings before a revised Second Edition of the popular book was published in 2005. "Living Well With Hypothyroidism" was a Prevention Book Club Selection, and Amazon.com top-selling health book, and its popularity launched a new series of consumer health books for publisher HarperCollins.

Shomon is also author of "The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss," which was on New York Times Bestseller list, was an Amazon.com Top 10 Health Books of the Year listing, and a semifinalist for the prestigious Quills Awards.

Shomon is also author of a number of other popular thyroid-related books, including "The Menopause Thyroid Solution," "The Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough," "Living Well With Graves' Disease and Hyperthyroidism," "Living Well With Autoimmune Disease" and "The Thyroid Guide to Hair Loss." Her books have been published in German, French, and UK editions, and an upcoming Spanish-language book on thyroid disease will be released in late 2010.

Shomon is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, and is a member of the Endocrine Society, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and the National Writer's Union. Shomon is also 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.

Since 1997, in her role as a thyroid patient advocate, Shomon has been featured in hundreds of television, radio, newspaper, magazine and web interviews worldwide, including appearances on ABC World News Tonight and CBS Radio Networks, WOR radio, and interviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, First for Women, Ladies Home Journal, Health, Cooking Light, Elle Magazine, Woman's World, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

In addition to her advocacy and writing, Shomon is also a health coach. Her information is available online at http://www.thyroid-info.com, http://www.thyroidcoaching.com, and at http://www.facebook.com/thyroidsupport on Facebook. Shomon can also be followed at http://www.twitter.com/thyroidmary / @thyroidmary on Twitter.

About Rebecca Elia, MD

A special guest presenter at both workshops will be Rebecca Elia, MD, a holistic physician from the Bay Area, who will be sharing information on how to integrate mind-body approaches into thyroid health and wellness.

For over twenty years, Dr. Rebecca Elia has worked with thousands of women in her office practice as a holistic gynecologist. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Northern California. She became Board Certified in 1993. Her passion to understand the connection between the multiple factors shaping an individual's life and health fueled her decision to become a physician. She now focuses her attention on personalized health coaching, teaching and speaking opportunities, and workshops, with a specialization in how imbalances in our mind-body-spirit affect our health.

Dr. Elia has worked in both large HMO systems and also in the private sector with renowned women's health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup.

Dr. Elia is a health coach, and is currently working on her first book, "Creating Feminine Health, Finding Balance in a Masculine World." She also maintains several popular blogs, and an email newsletter, "Creating Feminine Health Newsletter." Her information is available online at http://www.rebeccaelia.com and she can be followed at http://www.twitter.com/rebeccaelia / @rebeccaelia on Twitter.

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