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. Gerald Litwack obtained M.S. and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin Department of Biochemistry and remained there for a brief time as a Lecturer on Enzymes. Then he entered the Biochemical Institute of the Sorbonne as a Fellow of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. He next moved to Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and later as Associate Professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine. After four years he moved to the Temple University School of Medicine as Professor of Biochemistry and Deputy Director of the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, soon after, becoming the Laura H. Carnell Professor. Subsequently he was appointed chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the Jefferson Medical College as well as Vice Dean for Research and Deputy Director of the Jefferson Cancer Institute and Director of the Institute for Apoptosis. Following the move of his family, he became a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Biological Chemistry of the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and then became the Founding Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, becoming Professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine and Associate Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center as his final position. During his career he was a visiting scientist at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, Courtauld Institute of Biochemistry, London and the Wistar Institute. He was appointed Emeritus Professor and/or Chair at Rutgers University, Thomas Jefferson University and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He has published more than 300 scientific papers, authored three textbooks and edited more than sixty-five books. Currently he lives with his family and continues his authorship and editorial work in Los Angeles.

What exactly is going on when we're tetchy, spotty, fearful, tearful, or just plain awful? Hormones rule our internal world: they control our growth, our metabolism, weight, waterbalance, body clocks, fertility, muscle bulk, mood, speed of aging, whether we want sex or not (and whether we enjoy it), and even whom we fall in love with. Their effects may occur in seconds and be over in a flash, or emerge over months and last for years. In The Truth About Hormones, Vivienne Parry explains how exactly these mysteriously powerful chemicals affect our bodies and our behavior.

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.
Before becoming a mum to two children, Felecia, now aged 40, spent years working in a competitive and adrenaline-fuelled job. She then established an importing business before scaling back her responsibilities because of issues with her health. During Felecia’s consultation, she complained about feeling bloated, having zero energy and suffering brain fog overload. She was frustrated and perplexed because she was eating like a bird but gaining weight. See her story here:
Cortisol is also responsible for dumping sugar into the bloodstream (you need immediate energy for the fight-or-flight response). The trouble is that sugar makes our bodies produce insulin to deal with it. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas and released into the blood when glucose levels rise, such as following a meal. The insulin lowers the glucose level in the blood by transporting the glucose to the cells. When there is more glucose than the cells need at that moment, the insulin stores the excess sugar as fat. Over time the amount of insulin rises, which increases the desire and craving for more sugar in order to fill the insulin receptors. Sugar addiction has been compared to heroin addiction, due to these receptors shouting to be fed. This is one of the reasons stress causes you to gain weight and makes it almost impossible for you to lose weight. My 30-Day Plan will help you change this.

Another Great book ! This Lady MD knows how hormones increase health in hundreds of ways, throughout our bodies. I learned that about 65 years ago from my MD uncle, who kept my Dad alive and fully functional till age 97, with hormone shots twice a month. Get it and read it. She has the guts to go against the whole medical greed machine of the United States.
This is a new revolution in weight loss called "intermittent fasting." Studies have clearly shown that our body responds to the fasting by boosting growth hormone, the hormone that helps build muscle. It involves the avoidance of food intake for one day per week. Now this might seem to counter my viewpoint on cutting calories, but if done properly it will not cause muscle deterioration and can actually help greatly in the treatment of chronic pain and metabolic syndromes.  During your cleanse day you should drink at least 4 liters of warm or cold herbal teas to support the cleansing process. I recommend a combination of herbs with anti-inflammatory and diuretic benefits such as ginger, lemon, blueberry, hibiscus, dandelion, green tea and parsley.  You can consume one or two hard-boiled eggs in the morning or a serving of nuts in the afternoon if you feel overly hungry. 

Food is information for your DNA and cells. Food tells your body what to do. Eating for hormone balance is now second nature to me. I follow my food code – my personal code for eating congruent with my values and bodily needs, while honoring the fact that I’m a recovering addict who always wants more. It keeps me on the path of hormonal balance and helps me fit into my skinny jeans. If you don’t eat this way, consider trying my food plan for a few days and see how you feel.
For instance, if you are someone who routinely gets PMS, pre-period acne, bloating, crankiness, etc., those are all symptoms of a hormone imbalance. When our bodies are working at 100% discomfort prior to and during your period should be almost non-existent. If you have really heavy periods, flows with a lot of clots, a really short or long cycle, or mid-cycle bleeding there is something a bit off. Your first course of action should be to go to the doctor. Get examined to be sure there isn’t another underlying cause for your symptoms. But most women will get “normal” test results or nothing found that is of concern, and you’ll be told your problems are just that, “normal”. Normal might be “normal” but that doesn’t mean it’s good. It doesn’t mean you have to live with those symptoms and problems, and I hope that through the experts I’m going to introduce you to in this post, you can find your solution.
Meet Dr. Sara Gottfried: SARA GOTTFRIED, M.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure. After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a board-certified gynecologist who teaches natural hormone balancing in her novel online programs so that women can lose weight, detoxify, and feel great. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at

Estrone is broken down into three different components with varying functions: 2-hydroxyestrone, 4-hydroxyestrone, or 16-hydroxyestrone. The first, 2-hydroxyestrone, helps protect us from breast cancer. In contrast, 16-hydroxyestrone helps build bone, but it encourages multiplication of cells that can cause cancer. Higher than normal levels of 16-hydroxyestrone are found in women who have breast cancer. In addition, 4-hydroxyestrone has an association with cancer, too. Fortunately, you can actually guide estrone to be more protective. I’ll show you how in future chapters.

SO funny. And serious. But seriously funny. My favorite quote: "No one wants to tell the kids what happened to the remains of Charlotte the spider (of Charlotte's Web) after she spun her miraculous web to save Wilbur the pig, then had her babies and gracefully passed. In reality, Charlotte's cheerful, tiny offspring, which appear at the end of the story, would have devoured their mother's dead body as their first meal, as newly hatched spiders are known to do" (p. 194).
Progesterone is the valium that bathes the female mind and helps reduce anxiety. Remember, it is the peaceful hormone. When I had hormone trouble in my early forties, progesterone deficiency was my biggest issue. Progesterone is the culprit when women balancing work and home responsibilities experience increased frustration with the details of life, and need to exert more control to keep their cool. That’s what happened to me.

Currently on the path of great health after a total physical crash at the end of December. Through lifestyle changes, nutritional overhaul, supplements, and an attitude change I am starting to feel alive again. Still have a ways to go, but with the help of this empowering book and being told I look great, as if ii was reversing the aging process, I will continue to heal myself and regain balance. A must read for all women!

There is a lot of good information here. Gives you, in detail, things to do. The best is that it doesn't start with medication. I hope that other doctor's read this so they can help others, instead of the old way which doesn't help at all. It also confirms that fact that what you eat as the biggest impact on your health. This is a manual more than just a book. It is something to use over and over, or to pass it on.

Women=hormones. If your hormones are fried (and likely they are if you don't get enough sleep on a regular basis, have basic life stress, eat too much sugar/gluten/dairy, and have ever taken the pill) - then you are fried. Our bodies function based on the delicate interplay of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, thyroid, etc. and understanding how they all work, interact, and can so easily get out of whack is critical to feeling great. ...more
In personalized lifestyle medicine, sometimes one person’s superfood is another person’s poison. Such is the case with oxalates, which are found in high concentrations in many presumed health foods. Once I started testing, I realized that many of my patients were experiencing the downstream consequences of excess oxalate intake, usually in the form of green smoothies … [Read More...]
That’s why I often hear a familiar story when a new patient comes to my office. I always ask, “Why are you here?” The answer is usually: “I’m not really sick. But I don’t have the energy I used to.” Frequently, a primary-care physician has prescribed an antidepressant or sleeping pills. I point out that the symptoms of depression and insomnia are almost identical to those of hormone imbalance. “First, let’s check to see if you have any hormone deficiencies,” I add. “Maybe we can restore hormone balance without adding prescription drugs that have a long list of side effects.” I want to know why my patients are experiencing a problem, and address that first, rather than to simply treat symptoms.
For the millions of women who experience a variety of unpleasant and stressful symptoms related to perimenopause, this book offers a straightforward discussion, explaining which medical tests and treatments, including alternative therapy, women should consider. Jackson, who owns a medical practice dedicated to hormonal health in Oregon, finds that women either have no symptoms, mild symptoms that become more pronounced right before menopause, or significant symptoms that require treatment in order to continue their daily routines. She explains the relationship among estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, and their impact on depression, sex drive, weight and headaches. And she presents her information clearly, explaining bodily functions in a way that lay readers can understand. Jackson is quick to suggest alternatives to medication such as stress reduction exercises, change in diet and exercise, although she also discusses the variety of estrogen and other hormonal treatments available. Appendices listing recommended reading for specific problems, products, vitamin and herbal supplement resources and hormone-testing labs, in addition to a glossary, add further value to this instructive book.

As nutritional ketosis or “keto” grows in popularity, I see more women struggle with it. Certainly, there are some people who go on the ketogenic diet, see all the benefits of mental acuity and fat loss, and none of the problems. More men than women experience this level of keto success. Then there are the rest of us. My anecdotal observation in my medical office … [Read More...]
Maybe some new moms eat right, but I didn’t. I wanted to lose the baby weight and was tired and wasn’t cooking nutritious meals for myself. I didn’t have to cook for the baby, who was breast-feeding. All the pillars that are the foundation for an amazing house of health—sleep, nutrition, stress management, support, relationships, doing stuff for yourself—didn’t exist.
Lots of good information if you are researching and looking for alternatives, esp from mainstream medicine, which tend to avoid or ignore trying to treat the root causes at an individual base. Some info is repetitive here, but still worth the read if you want a good overview of what may be the cause of your personal imbalances and becoming your own advocate for your health. These subjects are still brushed off, under diagnosed and a common challenge for women in this age bracket.
Update: So, I've had less luck with the recommendations in this book than I would have liked. I've had to give up the yoga, which I enjoyed, because it badly aggravated an old back injury to the point where I've had to get physical therapy on it. The chaste berry extract didn't seem to help my PMS much either - though I haven't been able to find the exact tincture Gottfried recommends, either. Overall, I would say that this book is a good introduction to hormone imbalances, but I think you reall ...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!!
Unfortunately, many of us are too embarrassed or too used to the symptoms to even think about discussing or addressing them. Both women and men have spent too long believing that their hormonal symptoms are a liability or are psychosomatic to simply be ignored. Yet hormones are powerful chemical messengers in our body--they control everything from our reproductive functions to our mood, sleep, appearance and almost every other aspect of daily life. The very same hormones that are behind a whole host of health concerns (such as the ones listed above) are also influencing your ability to control your appetite, shed body fat and gain lean muscle. They dictate how successful we will be with a given weight-loss program; whether we will be able to drop unwanted £ds or continue on the diet merry-go-round to no avail. So many of us believe we can get healthy by losing weight. But it was my goal to teach you in The Hormone Diet that we must be healthy in order to lose weight.
Ultimately, the direct shared access and ability to consult on a patient-by-patient basis ensures the best possible practice. Dr. Turner ND is also happy to speak with you to review your case and to determine which of her associates is best suited to your health and wellness needs. And it is our clinic policy that, once you have become a patient of Clear Medicine, you can have a consult with her to review or provide a second opinion on your case at any time.
After looking for a long time, with little luck, into woman's hormone issues a friend recommended this book. It is exactly what I was looking for. It should be required reading for all doctors. I am very grateful to the writer because she provides hope along with valuable information regarding hormones followed up with practical answers/solutions. Worth the time and the money.
Helen L. Henry received her Ph.D. in 1970 from Washington University, St. Louis and did postdoctoral work in animal reproduction at Ohio State University. Following further postdoctoral work at University of California, Riverside, she joined the faculty and is currently Professor of Biochemistry. From 1990 to 1996 she served as Associate Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
As nutritional ketosis or “keto” grows in popularity, I see more women struggle with it. Certainly, there are some people who go on the ketogenic diet, see all the benefits of mental acuity and fat loss, and none of the problems. More men than women experience this level of keto success. Then there are the rest of us. My anecdotal observation in my medical office … [Read More...]