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© 2018 by Robyn Koumourou

Cocoon Books Australia

Melbourne, Victoria

© Robyn Koumourou, 2018. No part of this site, may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without the permission of the copyright owner.

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Meet Robyn


Robyn Koumourou was a board member of the support organization Thyroid Australia from 2000 to 2006. She worked in the area of support and research, and also contributed in educational seminars on thyroid disease. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (hypothyroidism) at the age of 30, and since then has endeavoured to provide support, guidance and educational information to thyroid patients, their families and their doctors. Robyn lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

My Story


Unravelling the mystery behind my health problems...

Why I wrote this book:
Running on Empty

It is estimated that around 1 in 14 Australians suffer with a thyroid condition. Hypothyroidism is the most common disorder of the thyroid gland, and can occur at any age. Thousands of Australians suffer with unrelenting fatigue, weight gain, muscle weakness, recurrent infections, cold intolerance, hair loss, skin conditions and depression, and never consider a malfunctioning thyroid gland as a possible cause of their ill health. Often underlying thyroid disease is overlooked or misdiagnosed, and sometimes poorly investigated and inadequately treated. The classic signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism may be mistakenly attributed to depression, stress and anxiety, age, another condition or simply be seen as psychosomatic.


Dedicated to the people who suffer with thyroid conditions. May this book make some sense out of the madness that thyroid dysfunction can bring, and help you to take control of your condition and regain your life.


“An excellent overview of thyroid conditions and their management. Highly recommended.”

- Alun Stevens, MSc FIAA, President, Thyroid Australia Ltd


“This is highly recommended reading for anyone who has an underactive thyroid condition, thinks they might have or is currently being investigated for thyroid disease. Robyn Koumourou has made an extremely valuable contribution by explaining the thyroid gland and hypothyroidism in easy to understand, matter-of- fact language.”


   - Dr. Robert Hanner, MB. B.S., B.Med.Sc, B.Sc (Hons)

Diet, Nutrition and Exercise


A well balanced diet, adequate nutrition and regular exercise is a must for all human beings. The food we eat, the water we drink and the oxygen we breathe are the key ingredients to sustain life and keep our bodies and minds healthy. These elements become even more important for those who suffer with any chronic health condition, as they can also be the key in helping the body heal itself and restore normal function, and should be a part of any treatment protocol. more 

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