Erika Schwartz, MD, is the leading authority on hormone supplementation in wellness and disease prevention. In The New Hormone Solution Dr. Erika shares her successful, proven program to help women (and men) of all ages prevent and eliminate the symptoms of hormone imbalance in an integrated and caring approach. Learn what hundreds of thousands of healthy men and women have learned from following Dr. Erika’s unique and caring programs.
So, if we now know this as the new formula for fat loss, then surely we need to start thinking about all the factors that upset our hormonal balance and, therefore, ultimately make us fat. But I'll tell you a secret before we get into a discussion of the eight most common fat-packing hormonal imbalances and the reasons why we are fat. This program fixes them all.
Outstanding book my wife is middle aged and worked out but she could figure out why she could not lose weight past a certain point. She bought both of Natasha's books and read them thoroughly. More importantly she systematically followed Natasha's plans. Over a few months her body is transforming. She has lost 15 lbs and is thrilled. She feels great physically and emotionally to finally have the results she wanted. and is now proud of her body again. Note no magic or quick fix. She works out 4 plus days a week and followed carefully Natasha's diagnostic steps and then diet change. But truly great to see that after years of frustration not understanding why she could not get benefits she has her answers... And her results.

At the time, I was a student and I assumed that the diet and exercise program I was following wasn't strict enough, long enough, or strenuous enough. Naturally I decided that I simply needed to do them both--harder. So, in desperation I added more cardio sessions and further reduced my food intake. The result? I gained another 5 £ds on top of the 20 I had already piled on. How could this be?

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.
"This book is an extraordinary textbook describing the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, and molecular biology of hormones... The book is written primarily for graduate students in biochemistry and first year medical students of endocrinology, but it will be invaluable to clinicians wishing to understand the pathogenesis of endocrine disorders as well as researchers in the field of endocrinology... [The book displays] uniform style and consistently high quality and clarity among chapters with no repetition of material... This second edition comes 11 years after the first edition and is as up-to-date as textbooks can get. I would recommend the use of this textbook in all medical school courses in endocrinology and it should at least be available on the bookshelves of all medical school libraries, clinicians, and researchers of hormones." --Roy E. Weiss, MD, PhD, University of Chicago Medical Center, for DOODY'S PUBLISHING REVIEWS

General Considerations of Hormones. Steroid Hormones: Chemistry, Biosynthesis, and Metabolism. Hypothalamic Releasing Hormones. Posterior Pituitary Hormones. Anterior Pituitary Hormones. Thyroid Hormones. Pancreatic Hormones: Insulin and Glucagon. Gastrointestinal Hormones. Calcium-Regulating Hormones: Vitamin D, Parathyroid Hormone, Calcitonin. Adrenal Corticoids. Hormones of the Adrenal Medulla. Androgens. Estrogens and Progestins. Hormones of Pregnancy and Lactation. Hormones Related to the Kidney and Cardiovascular System. Prostaglandins. Thymus Hormones. Pineal Hormones. Cell Growth Factors. Hormones and Cancer. Appendices.
Dr. Norman has been the recipient of awards that include a Fulbright Fellowship, 1970; Public Health Service Career Development Award, 1970; Mead Johnson Award, American Institute of Nutrition, 1977; Ernst Oppenheimer Award, Endocrine Society, 1977; Visiting Lecturer Australian Society of Endocrinology, 1978; Visiting Faculty Member, Mayo Clinic, 1981; Prix Andre.
Dr. Henry’s laboratory has made major contributions to the understanding of vitamin D metabolism, particularly regulation of the production of the active vitamin D hormone by the kidney. She pioneered the use of cell culture systems to study renal vitamin D metabolism. A related area of research focus is the regulation of gene expression in the kidney by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. In addition to peer-reviewed research articles, Dr. Henry has authored chapters for the books Vitamin D and Handbook of Physiology, as well as the chapter on “Vitamin D Metabolism” for this Encyclopedia.
I’m going to show you how to stimulate your body to manufacture and balance estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other hormones naturally—and to make the hormones you do have as productive as possible. My mission is to empower you to take charge, to do this on your own—safely and without a visit to the doctor—and to show you why testosterone is the missing link for optimal energy and wellness.
EPSTEIN: Yes. There was this huge optimism started in the 1920s when we figured out that insulin can help diabetics. So the thinking was, if we can change diabetes - which was a deadly disease - to a chronic illness, what else can we do? So originally the thought was, let's get growth hormone from cows just the way we got insulin from cows, and we'll give it to short kids. So the Balabans are just a remarkable couple, particularly Barbara Balaban, Jeff's mom. What happened was she went - in the 1960s - with her son. She had been told your son's too short. And she just - she's short. Her husband's short. They're not the kind of people that are just going to go out and do any sort of wacky treatment for no reason. But eventually someone said, you know, maybe you should see a doctor about this, a specialist. The specialist eventually said, your son needs growth hormone but we don't have growth hormone yet. This was the early 1960s. So if you want your son to get this treatment that we think he needs, you're going to have to collect pituitaries, which come from dead bodies, and then bring them back to us, and then we'll get the growth hormone out of it. So most people would just go home and cry and say this is impossible. And Barbara did that for about a day or two. And then she thought, you know what, her husband was a psychiatrist. He knew doctors. And through her own moxie and just drive, she became one of the world - one of the nation's largest collectors of pituitary glands, third only to the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration.
Stephanie is a typical high achieving young woman. Working at an advertising agency as a creative director, she’s often the first to arrive at the office. The job is demanding, but she enjoys pushing projects to the finishing line and is a self-described A-type personality. But it played havoc with her cortisol and insulin levels. Check out her story here:
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.
Vivienne Parry is a writer and broadcaster. Familiar as the presenter of many Radio 4 series on medicine, she writes a medical science column for The Times and is the science editor of Good Housekeeping magazine. She has been a presenter of Tomorrow’s World, a columnist for the News of the World, and a reporter for Panorama. The Truth About Hormones was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize in 2006.
Dr. Norman has been the recipient of awards that include a Fulbright Fellowship, 1970; Public Health Service Career Development Award, 1970; Mead Johnson Award, American Institute of Nutrition, 1977; Ernst Oppenheimer Award, Endocrine Society, 1977; Visiting Lecturer Australian Society of Endocrinology, 1978; Visiting Faculty Member, Mayo Clinic, 1981; Prix Andre.
"Gottfried takes a comprehensive look at the most common physical and emotional ailments affecting women and explains why a hormone imbalance may be at their root. Her premise is simple: when a woman’s hormones are in sync, she’s a powerhouse, but when they’re out of whack, they wreak havoc on her body and mind. The book is both fun and an informative read [and] Gottfried’s take on the female body is eye-opening and empowering."
This is an amazing read. It's pact full of information in a fun way that reads nicely and made me smile. I would recommend this book to young adults on up. As a female, I found this information to be very helpful and I wish that when doctors talked about birth control they explained what we where choosing for our body. I can not express how impactful the information on this book is. This will help me giggle over my daughters, especially with the preteen/ teen age. Don't worry I will also laugh about myself while eating some chocolate cake.... or ice-cream for breakfast!
androgen Dihydrotestosterone DHT multiple AR 5-DHT or DHT is a male reproductive hormone that targets the prostate gland, bulbourethral gland, seminal vesicles, penis and scrotum and promotes growth/mitosis/cell maturation and differentiation. Testosterone is converted to 5-DHT by 5alpha-reductase, usually with in the target tissues of 5-DHT because of the need for high concentrations of 5-dht to produce the physiological effects.
“Testosterone has far less to do with aggression than most assume. Within the normal range, individual differences in testosterone levels don’t predict who will be aggressive. Moreover, the more an organism has been aggressive, the less testosterone is needed for further aggression. When testosterone does play a role, it’s facilitatory—testosterone does not 'invent' aggression. It makes us more sensitive to triggers of aggression. Also, rising testosterone levels foster aggression only during challenges to status. Finally, crucially, the rise in testosterone during a status challenge does not necessarily increase aggression; it increases whatever is needed to maintain status. In a world in which status is awarded for the best of our behaviors, testosterone would be the most prosocial hormone in existence.” 

I know from clinical trials and from treating thousands of my own patients that progesterone levels are the earliest to decline—and they drop fast! You can have a low progesterone level as early as your late twenties. This is significant for two reasons. First, irritability, loss of enjoyment of life, and trouble sleeping are not due to stress, working hard, or getting older (though these do not help). They’re caused by hormone imbalance, such as low levels of progesterone, and are easily fixed.
I enjoyed reading Dr. Hotze's book: Hormones, Health, and Happiness. What a wealth of information when I needed it. I have been having many health issues discussed in the book, with no success at the doctors office. After reading the book, I located a doctor who runs his practice like the book. I am on the road to recovery using natural supplements recommended in the book. I think that natural supplements should be taught to all people working in the medical field. I am not against doctors, they are a wealth of knowledge. (I really like my doctor's) I believe that their knowledge should be extended to incorporate natural supplements,promote healthy diets, and exercise. Dr. Hotze book inspired me to make changes in my life.
Inflammation: Digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmune disease, arthritis, asthma, eczema, acne, abdominal fat, headaches, depression and sinus disorders are all associated with chronic inflammation, which has recently become recognized as the root cause of obesity and unhealthy aging. At the 2007 Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium at Harvard University, researchers revealed findings suggesting that inflammation and excess insulin are the major contributors to rising rates of type 2 diabetes and the overall fattening of North America.
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.