If you’re a fan of natural herbal therapies, “New Menopausal Years” provides hundreds of remedies focused on menopause. The remedies cover menopause from start to finish. You’ll find complete descriptions of the most commonly used herbs, along with recipes for bone and heart health. The book also takes a more spiritual approach, using the voice of Grandmother Growth to guide you through your journey.

It's an easy to understand book, with very practical solutions to balancing hormones. Dr. Gottfried recommends lifestyle changes and supplements before attempting pharmaceutical solutions. I really like that approach. That said, it's difficult to self-diagnose using just her questionnaires. As she explains, if your root cause is low progesterone, it can cause excess estrogen in parts of your cycle. You could be treating high estrogen, when the root cause is low progesterone. Without testing, you ...more
This isn't the definitive book about hormones, but a worthy introduction. Some topics should be checked from other perspectives. For example on ageing, you may wanna read also The Science of Orgasm,Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body,Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World (Popular Science) and Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life.
Dr. Sara Gottfried refuses to accept the traditional medical thinking that feeling cranky, asexual, tapped out, and sleep-deprived is just part of being female and aging, and that prescription medication will fix all problems. Offering solutions in nonjudgmental and thoughtful language, Dr. Gottfried provides a novel plan based on solid scientific research. She believes you don’t find a cure at the bottom of a pill bottle. A specialist in functional and integrative therapies, Dr. Gottfried bases her three-step treatment strategy on 10 years’ study of cutting-edge techniques and ancient treatments validated by current medical research. The plan includes supplements and targeted lifestyle changes that address underlying deficiencies, herbal therapies, and bio-identical hormones - most available without a prescription.
Progesterone also affects menstruation, balances the effects of estrogen, is a natural diuretic, and helps normalize blood-sugar levels. It stimulates cells called osteoblasts, which make new bone. In our younger years, progesterone is the hormone of pregnancy. The same progesterone is focused on its function during pregnancy—“pro” meaning in favor of “gest,” as in gestation (pregnancy). Progesterone is produced by the ovaries, by the placenta during pregnancy, and by the adrenal glands. After the childbearing years, it is metabolized through the liver and must be produced solely by our poor, overworked adrenal glands (along with testosterone and certain other hormones).
ALL TOO OFTEN WOMEN ARE TOLD that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part of being female. Or they’re led to believe that the answer can be found only at the bottom of a bottle of prescription pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician and nationally recognized, board-certified gynecologist, refuses to acce ...more
I liked the stories, but I was kinda looking for it to be broken down differently, more linearly, I guess. I woulda preferred a history of the major hormones from the first conception they existed through to more modern times, like I've seen in other histories of science. I felt she jumped into the middle of the history of certain hormones much of the time to get the better story and hook readers when I wanted the boring bits that got us to the middle. It is fun read with a lot of resources for further research. Just not what I was looking for

I happened to see this lady on Dr. Oz, which I never watch since I work during the day. I have been looking to see why my sense of smell was still so strong and narrowed it down to hormones being off. That is why I got this book. Little did I know it would completely get my IBS under control like nothing, nothing ever has. Yes, it takes while to read it. Then, based off what you get for your scores, you have to create your own plan. But I got my numbers, ordered my supplements off Amazon, and within days I was feeling so much better. It has helped my inflammation, my anxiety, and my IBS. I am off all prescription pills I was on for all those. Not only that, but for the first time in years, I am not cold all the time. I still take my thyroid meds, and will just because it takes so long to find the right dose, but for years, I was cold all the time. Not any more. My metabolism is kicking in. As for losing weight, I really don't care if I do or not since I have gotten all the above. But, I have. Just by being able to deal with my IBS, I can actually get out and run like I used to. This book was life changing for me. If you really want to feel good and think your hormones have anything to do with it, buy this book! It helped my arthritis, my thyroid, my anxiety, and my IBS. If it would have helped only one of those, I would have praised it. Take the time to go through the book and rate yourself. If this could have been rated 100 stars, I would have rated it so. And it did help my sense of smell not be so overwhelming, leading to my IBS acting up.
This is a post I’ve had on my mind for quite a long time and it’s taken me an embarrassingly long time to get around to writing it. I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I have a hormone imbalance, largely due to having both an ovary and fallopian tube removed as a teen thanks to an ovarian cyst gone wild. At times of stress (like when I was in serious overtraining mode) it gets worse, and times when I’m keeping control of my stressors and doing all the things I know I should be doing, you wouldn’t even know I had an issue.
This is a book that every MD that treats women should read. It is research based, and provides a exceptional explanation of the interaction between allergies and hormonal imbalance. Since many MDs tend to write-off women's complaints, or are just too lazy to do the research to know and understand how to treat them, we need to develop a better understanding of our bodies, particularly those pre or post menopause. Dr. Hotze is a good writer and an exceptional doctor. He also makes a wonderful case for actually listening to his patients and not just basing everything on testing - which may not show the real medical issue. I think we have all had the experience of experiencing a set of ongoing symptoms, but because the blood test didn't show anything, the doctor writes you off and goes no further. This book is worth the read.
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Mary liked the idea and was willing to get her testosterone levels checked and treat her arms from the inside out. The results showed she had an active testosterone level of less than 1, when 2–5 is optimal for women. We discussed ways to boost her level. I suggested over-the-counter supplements and a topical testosterone-boosting cream. She was willing to take testosterone, but first she wanted to see if supplements worked. After sticking to her plan for four months, she was rewarded with firmer, tighter arms. Her elevated testosterone levels (without a prescription) increased the amount of muscle in her body relative to fat—and firmed the flab.
When it comes to metabolism, energy, immunity, memory, mood, and strength, who doesn’t need a boost now and then? The Hormone Boost is the first book to provide an extensive, scientific overview of the six hormones that influence weight loss. Although it is widely accepted that the thyroid hormones control weight loss efforts, Dr. Turner reveals how the impact of five other hormones—testosterone and DHEAs, adiponectin, growth hormone, adrenaline, and glucagon—are equally important when trying to lose weight.

Not everyone has lingering hormone issues after giving birth, but a large number of women do. For nearly a year, you are pregnant and your hormones are in suspended animation They don’t go through their normal rise and fall. After pregnancy our hormones rush out, and it’s like pulling out a plug. There’s nothing gentle about it, and it feels very abrupt. In some women, that crash in certain hormones (particularly progesterone, which drops after you give birth, sometimes causing dreadful PMS) leads to depression. It takes the body a while to “remember” and kind of grease the gears to return to its cycle.
For those of you that are already on the hormonal balancing journey, the new paperback version of my book has nearly 50 pages of brand new content, crafted in response to all the great follow-up questions I’ve received from readers. Throughout the book, you’ll find additional protocols, more on perimenopause and menopause, and even specifics on how to improve your hormonal situation naturally and safely after breast cancer.
If you are currently struggling with a problematic cycle, PMS issues or even adrenal fatigue I hope you will look into some of these books, or at the very least check out the authors who have written them as it’s likely you have a hormone imbalance. Most (if not all) have free resources on their websites to help you identify what your problems may be, and you might be surprised at how a few tweaks to your lifestyle can make such a huge difference in how you feel, and how your body works.
After knowing "something" wasn't right in my body, and with all blood work for normal panels and the thyroid test showing normal, my only recourse was checking the hormones. My Gyn Dr is very open minded and he actually believed me when I said something's not right. I am 55, very athletic, not overweight, can work circles around most 22 year olds, and when I suddenly put on 8 lbs and gained 2 inches in my waist in spite of rigorous exercise and a 1400 cal diet, he said let's check the testosterone. We did, and I had NONE, zero, "unable to calculate". He was surprised I hadn't put on more weight and didn't feel really bad. Had I not been fighting "it" I would probably have put on 20 lbs!! Reading this book really explained what's going on in my body and I start on pellets in 2 weeks. It will take me 6-8 months to get back to where I was, but knowing I CAN go back is very reassuring and makes the wait worth it. If you are having any of the "usual" postmenopausal problems, I highly recommend having the testosterone checked, even if it means changing doctors!!
"* 'Combining in-depth research with a good eye for a story, Parry does a grand job of steering between didacticism and sensationalism, while keeping the tone bright and breezy.' Daily Telegraph 'Fascinating. To find out more about hormone health, read this book.' She 'From understanding a teenager to discovering which diet adjustments may ease the aging process, this guide makes fascinating reading.' Good Book Guide"

Fortunately, between my own training and self-education, I’ve learned how I can manage my imbalance naturally without the aid of medications and other treatments. Many people are not that fortunate and require medications and treatments and while this post isn’t specifically for you, these books may still help you learn some new ways you can help take care of yourself in a way that promotes healthy hormone levels. This post is mostly for those who think they have an imbalance but haven’t been able to be diagnosed, and for those women who are tired of feeling “off” and not knowing what is wrong with them. Chances are regardless of what other issues you might be dealing with, wonky hormones are not helping the situation.
When it comes to weight loss, most people don’t think about hormones. But when you develop resistance to your seven major metabolic hormones—cortisol, thyroid, testosterone, growth hormone, leptin, insulin, and estrogen—your body adjusts by increasingly raising your hormone levels and ultimately slowing down your metabolism. And a slower metabolism leads to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The solution, Dr. Sara Gottfried contends, is to reset the efficiency of your hormones by repairing and growing new hormone receptors.
Cortisol is known as “the stress hormone,” and nature designed it for the needs of prehistoric man, who had to fight for survival on a daily basis. If a cave man saw a big, ferocious bear, his adrenal glands responded to the perception of stress by pumping cortisol into his system, pushing him to flee this life-threatening situation. However, cortisol is very inflammatory, and its secretion was supposed to last for about two minutes, provided he wasn’t eaten by the bear.

Estrogen excess can occur for many reasons. Birth-control pills, which contain synthetic estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone), can create estrogen imbalance by raising estrogen levels. Obesity can raise estrogen levels as well. In fact, weight gain is often the first sign of too much estrogen. Estrogen makes fat, which creates more estrogen, causing more fat.

Wow! Great book with tons of very important information on Women's Hormone Health and how that is affecting our body, mind and every day life, especially those near, in the midst of, or post menopausal. She gives very specific directions on how to balance your progesterone and estrogen levels, in order to help you heal and thrive from many ailments: Depression, Anxiety, Obesity, Dry Skin, thinning hair...and more.


After knowing "something" wasn't right in my body, and with all blood work for normal panels and the thyroid test showing normal, my only recourse was checking the hormones. My Gyn Dr is very open minded and he actually believed me when I said something's not right. I am 55, very athletic, not overweight, can work circles around most 22 year olds, and when I suddenly put on 8 lbs and gained 2 inches in my waist in spite of rigorous exercise and a 1400 cal diet, he said let's check the testosterone. We did, and I had NONE, zero, "unable to calculate". He was surprised I hadn't put on more weight and didn't feel really bad. Had I not been fighting "it" I would probably have put on 20 lbs!! Reading this book really explained what's going on in my body and I start on pellets in 2 weeks. It will take me 6-8 months to get back to where I was, but knowing I CAN go back is very reassuring and makes the wait worth it. If you are having any of the "usual" postmenopausal problems, I highly recommend having the testosterone checked, even if it means changing doctors!!
Perk up your ears and imagine sitting next to me as the curtain is about to rise on the opening night of a concert. The orchestra consists of strings, wind, and percussion sections, each tuning up with dissonant sounds. Initially, there is a kind of chaos as orchestra members practice and refine the parts they play in the performance that’s about to begin. Yet slowly the instruments begin to work together in harmony. They become a cohesive unit as the curtain goes up, and the performance transports you. In many ways, your hormones, which control the functions of organs and tissues in your body, are similar to a philharmonic. Hormones must balance and work in concert with one another to create optimal health. In perimenopause or menopause, too little or too much of one hormone causes an imbalance in others and can set off a chain reaction of dysfunction. This imbalance is common, because our hormones rarely decline at exactly the same rate and pace.
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This section is organized as a chart, showing 40 different hormone lab tests and their corresponding “normal” and “optimal” results for women. It’s a great resource for at-a-glance comparisons after you’ve had your levels tested. Readers can easily check their results against the data anytime, and the best part is that it’s all in one place—no more hunting down the info for each test separately.
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