Adequate estrogen levels are also essential for thinking and memory. Memory loss is a normal fact of life as the brain ages, but the loss is magnified when estrogen declines. A University of Rochester study published in 2013, in the journal Menopause, sheds light on the effect of menopause on cognitive functioning. Researchers followed 117 women, ages forty to sixty, in various stages of menopause and found that those who were in their first year of postmenopause experienced far greater cognitive decline and memory loss than those in perimenopause. Hormone loss was seen as the probable cause.
Dr. Turner ND has changed the way she works with her Naturopathic and Nutritionist team members within Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique, as each has direct access to her for case consultations, input, and suggestions via text, email and phone at most times. Dr. Turner ND’s past experience providing similar services for a nutrition and wellness franchise created the perfect platform for her to work in this capacity with her very own team.  Practitioners meet with Dr. Turner ND every Thursday for case and clinical education.
Hormone secretion is highly organized temporally, achieving optimal biological functioning and health. The master clock located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus coordinates the timing of circadian rhythms, including daily control of hormone secretion. In the brain, the SCN drives hormone secretion. In some instances, SCN neurons make direct synaptic connections with... [Show full abstract]
Brimming with fascinating anecdotes, illuminating new medical research, and humorous details, Aroused introduces the leading scientists who made life-changing discoveries about the hormone imbalances that ail us, as well as the charlatans who used those discoveries to peddle false remedies. Epstein exposes the humanity at the heart of hormone science with her rich cast of characters, including a 1920s doctor promoting vasectomies as a way to boost libido, a female medical student who discovered a pregnancy hormone in the 1940s, and a mother who collected pituitaries, a brain gland, from cadavers as a source of growth hormone to treat her son. Along the way, Epstein explores the functions of hormones such as leptin, oxytocin, estrogen, and testosterone, demystifying the science of endocrinology.
Seems to be a good book - although I haven't finished reading it yet. I went one step further and contacted the author's medical practice in Houston, hoping I could learn about the treatment(s) he offers first hand but the services offered are prohibitively expensive for most of us. The office staff is extremely polite, helpful and informative. It was very disappointing to find that their fees are so high and their policy requires an extremely large payment in full in advance! At this point it appears as though I will have to complete the book and resort to self-help (attempt to implement what I am able to on my own).

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
We live in a culture of partial truths when it comes to food and alcohol. We tend to exaggerate our assets and minimize our liabilities. I used to do it too. I would go out on a Friday night and feel like a rock star after a few drinks, and not be honest about the bad behaviors and experiences that followed: the munchies and overeating, the unkind comments that I made … [Read More...]
All three women had no idea their symptoms suggested the beginning of menopause. Neither they nor their primary-care physicians had made the connection, because they didn’t have hot flashes and night sweats. Many women (and some doctors) don’t associate exhaustion, irritability, brain fog, or unexplained weight gain and other menopausal symptoms with hormones. They conclude, “I’m cranky because my life is busy. I have small kids and I work. Of course I feel crappy, because I’m not sleeping. My work is stressful. I’m not losing weight, because I’m not working out.” Some of these women are divorced. Some juggle a career and the care of elderly parents. Or they’re stay-at-home moms, contending with stresses of their own. Whatever the individual scenario, they just accept “feeling off” as a consequence of external grievances—when it’s really about internal disequilibrium that can be fixed. And the sooner the better!
I am a bodybuilder and I bought this book to learn about how to get my hormones in a good place. Lifting weights has a huge impact on not just the muscles but also the hormone levels in the body and If you are not careful you can end up with adrenal fatigue (when your adrenal glands are worn out) I am very excited to see how using this diet works for me. It looks like it is based on good principles and should help with muscle gain, I will keep you posted

Did you know women walk more, eat less, socialize more, meet more men, dance more, and flirt more when they're ovulating? Or that PMS may have evolved to get rid of boyfriends with unfit sperm? Behind the "fickle" differences in what women find sexy about men, or what they like to wear, there's a hidden adaptive intelligence that has been shaped over eons. 

The book should be a mandatory read for every woman, and if you only read one of the books in this post make it this one. Alisa has a wealth of knowledge and shares it in a way that is easy to understand. She teaches you how to “live in the flo” so that you are working with your body to support it instead of always trying to fight against it. She has a free app called “MyFLO” (for Apple devices at least, I’m not sure about android) that helps you track your period, symptoms and offers advice and tips.
Anthony W. Norman received his A.B. from Oberlin College in 1959, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1961 and 1963, respectively, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Following postdoctoral work in Paul D. Boyer’s group at UCLA, in 1964 he joined the Department of Biochemistry at University of California, Riverside, as an Assistant Professor. From 1976 to 1981 he served as Chair of the department and currently holds a Presidential Chair and is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Norman has also been active for some 25 years in medical education on the UC-Riverside campus and at UCLA through participation in the UR/UCLA Program in Biomedical Sciences, of which he was Dean and Director from 1986 to 1991.
No matter how an imbalance manifests on the outside, the internal reality remains the same--any and all hormonal imbalance leads to difficulty losing weight and increased risk of obesity. Unfortunately, the most common imbalances cannot be solved by dieting alone. In fact, they can prevent successful fat loss, even when great diet and exercise plans are in place. If you have not been successful in the past, one or more of the following hormonal imbalances could be the culprit:
Circadian rhythms are generated by an endogenously organized timing system that drives daily rhythms in behavior, physiology and metabolism. In mammals, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus is the locus of a master circadian clock. The SCN is synchronized to environmental changes in the light:dark cycle by direct, monosynaptic innervation via the retino-hypothalamic tract. In... [Show full abstract]
Wow. This book is FULL of information. Takes you probably at least a 1/3 of way before you will get into the intty gritty of their "diet" that is much more a program to follow to get your body back into hormonal balance. Can see using this book in conjunction with a doctor/naturopath's advice more more effectively since the self-diagnosis part of their book is overwhelming and confusing a bit. Really like the fact they show it isn't just about eating that working on sleep, stress, etc is a huge ...more

The idea behind this book is not just intriguing, but probably true. Ordinary unguided diet and exercise may not help most people lose weight and regain a proper quality of health simply because their road to health is being blocked by hormonal imbalances. The author suggests that the process of healing should begin with a liver cleansing/detox, followed by entry into quite a restrictive diet, gradually adding back foods into the diet that are well tolerated by the individual patient. She provides extensive checklists intended to help the patient identify particular hormonal difficulties, and she provides suggestions that are plausible for dealing with each one. The greater span of the idea seems very good and probably effective for many people. As I see it, the whole thing is grossly impractical for most people. It is possible for anyone at all to start, if they are willing to buy her particular line of cleansing/detox products. Beyond that, the diet suggested is quite restrictive and may not be possible for everyone to implement, at least quickly. Part of the problem for many people is less time available to shop and prepare their food. So, knowing they should have a diet that requires more attention is not necessarily a practical help. Finally, although I should point out that I'm not the right sort of doctor to make medical pronouncements, I really think that the chemistry of the endocrine system is more intricate and trickier than her check lists foresee. The results are too easily confused, and the family of tissues which actually contribute to the hormone mix is larger---much larger---than our high school textbooks may have suggested. It seems to me much better to measure biochemically for imbalances than to infer it from the checklists (not very detailed check lists). That part seems a little off to me. If this program were to be undertaken in a retreat setting where someone else were doing the logistics of food preparation, and if actual hormonal testing were available, then I think this would probably work great---just wonderful results. It's a good idea. Not many people will be able to make it work from the book as written. Separately, I think the book could have been written a good deal better, but, then, I didn't write it---so I ought not complain about that.
When I first got my pager, I was so excited. Somebody was telling me that a patient was very sick, and there were all those issues to be dealt with. I turned to the nurse and said, “You’d better call a doctor.” She said, “You are the doctor.” At that moment, I realized the responsibility I had stepped into in this long white coat. Throughout my residency, I never got over the stress of being on call.
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.

DHEA is the raw ingredient of many hormones and an excellent indicator of your adrenal health. Because DHEA is a precursor to testosterone, replenishing it helps the body make more of its own natural testosterone. Studies show that the level of DHEA in your body also directly correlates with longevity. Perhaps one reason is that DHEA lowers total cholesterol and LDL (i.e., the “bad” cholesterol).

I am a bodybuilder and I bought this book to learn about how to get my hormones in a good place. Lifting weights has a huge impact on not just the muscles but also the hormone levels in the body and If you are not careful you can end up with adrenal fatigue (when your adrenal glands are worn out) I am very excited to see how using this diet works for me. It looks like it is based on good principles and should help with muscle gain, I will keep you posted
Dr. Sara, as she is known to many, previously published two New York Times and Amazon bestselling books, The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet. She is a Harvard- and MIT-educated physician, speaker, yoga teacher, and author. For the past 25 years, Dr. Sara has practiced functional medicine as a board-certified gynecologist. Her unique mission to change the conversation about women's health has galvanized a large community of empowered women. Dr. Sara lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. Learn more at

Randi Epstein has written a fun, fast-paced medical detective story about the discovery of hormones and what they do in the body. We learn how these chemical signals regulate growth, weight, gender and sexuality, even the bonding of mother and infant. We learn what happens when there is too much of them – think of the fat lady and giant that were once paraded around at the Circus – or too little – the salt craving and exhaustion of Addison’s Disease that afflicted John F Kennedy.
Conservative cardio workouts are also recommended – about four times a week for 30 minutes. The idea is not to overdo it, since excessive calories combined with overexercising only increase the negative effect on a thyroid hormone deficiency, which slows down metabolism. Interval training is recommended over long endurance training. So exercise gently, and gradually make strength training part of your routine, which will maintain the muscle that you are building.
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.
The good news is that you can turn this problem around in only twenty-one days. Based on leading scientific research, The Hormone Reset Diet is Dr. Gottfried's proven step-by-step plan designed to help women of all shapes and sizes, ages, and ethnicities lose weight and feel lighter and more energetic. In seven three-day bursts, you'll make specific dietary changes, eliminating metabolism-wrecking foods—meat and alcohol, sugar, fruit, caffeine, grain, dairy, and toxins—to repair your body and reset your hormones. At the end of twenty-one days, Dr. Gottfried shows you how to develop a new personalized food code that enables you to look and feel your best every single day. In addition, this highly practical guide explores the emotional issues that drive cravings, addictions, and habits, offering insights to quench incessant hunger and get your life back. With The Hormone Reset Diet, you can finally shed the weight, feel trim and sexy, restore your hormones and health, and rediscover the body you want.

Think about the average woman you know. Is she overworked? Short on time? Spread too thin? Zapped of energy? Frazzled and stressed? Missing her libido? Tired of feeling tired all the time? It’s no surprise that, being in this state day in and day out, most women reach for a quick fix diet, energy boost, or drugs that our doctors promise us will solve our problems.