I love, love, love this book. Although it was written by a doctor, the style of writing was easy to follow and understand by any lay person. I am a 44 year old woman who has been experiencing difficulties with my body every since I turned 40. I thought, "well it's down hill from now." However, I didn't believe it was necessary to live like I was dying. I visited one doctor to the next seeking help. Each doctor told me the same thing. "your facing premenopause and that's just the way it is." After searching on the internet and finding this book, I have finally found something that makes since. I followed the advice given and thanks be to God, I am feeling much better and young again. I feel like I am living instead of dying a slow death to old age.
One of the most informative books I’ve read on hormonal imbalances and the countless problems that ensue. There are many quizzes to determine which imbalance(s) are likely, and the proper steps to correct the imbalance(s). Most of it does deal with diet, exercise and supplements, but they are catered to the specific issues that need to be corrected. And the author gives a good explanation on the importance of detoxing before attempting to lose weight. Overall, I think the solutions given are man ...more
Developing personal self-confidence, choosing the right doctor for you, walking out on the wrong ones with impunity and making the right choices will add up to great health care with you at the center. Follow the plan and the facts and change your life and that of your loved ones. Life is to be enjoyed not feared. This book will put enjoyment back into your life and remove the fear and intimidation from your healthcare.
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.
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.
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...]
Progesterone plays a role in embryo implantation, too. People think miscarriages and an inability to conceive are very mysterious and complicated. In medical school, I was taught that the most common reason for miscarriages is chromosomal abnormalities, and that it’s nature’s way of taking care of business. In fact, it turns out that miscarriages are usually caused by progesterone deficiency. When progesterone is prescribed, women are able to get pregnant and stay pregnant. It’s also reassuring to know that progesterone is safe to take when you’re trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy. Women who wait until their thirties to get pregnant may be surprised to learn they may have a progesterone deficiency.
Combining natural therapies with rigorous scientific testing and using an informative questionnaire to identify the common causes of hormonal imbalance, Dr. Gottfried provides an individualized plan in nonjudgmental and thoughtful language. Based on ten years’ study of cutting-edge medical research as a specialist in functional and integrative therapies, Dr. Gottfried’s three-tiered treatment strategy includes:
I only really have two complaints about the book: One, his explanation of iodine-deficiency in hypothyroidism. Like much of the medical community, he holds to the belief that you only have iodine-deficiency if you have a goiter, otherwise that isn't the cause of your problem. But a goiter is at the extreme range of iodine deficiency, and there is a lot of room for dysfunction before then. Other medical experts say that your thyroid alone needs 3mg consistently to be fully saturated and functional. There is no way you are getting that much in the standard American diet, even with iodized salt. Not even remotely. Contrast that with Japanese people who get about 13 mg a day! Iodine is not to be feared and treated like a trace mineral. It is absolutely vital to the whole body, not just the thyroid.
Developing personal self-confidence, choosing the right doctor for you, walking out on the wrong ones with impunity and making the right choices will add up to great health care with you at the center. Follow the plan and the facts and change your life and that of your loved ones. Life is to be enjoyed not feared. This book will put enjoyment back into your life and remove the fear and intimidation from your healthcare.

Since hormones control our appetite and stimulate metabolism, achieving and maintaining hormonal balance plays an essential role in achieving lasting fat loss. Yes, diet and exercise are important. But the lasting solution must also include sleeping well, conquering inflammation, detoxification, optimizing digestion, limiting stress and introducing supplements or natural (bio-identical) hormone replacement. All of these factors influence our hormonal activity--and, ultimately, our weight-loss success--in truly dramatic ways.
Insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. It is the ONLY hormone that is always telling your body to store energy as fat. See page 7 for more information on insulin excess. Not too high, not too low. Excess insulin (Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome) usually arising as a result of poor diet, lack of exercise, excess alcohol consumption, stress or sleep deprivation. Great sleep and stress management; detoxification; hormonally balanced nutrition and supplements; exercise (particularly strength training); additional recommendations in Chapter 11, pages 190-93 if you need targeted help for excess insulin.
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.

This four-week plan encompasses nutritional and lifestyle changes to help get your life - and your hormones - back on track. Each day of the plan features tailored advice and a nourishing recipe to help your body 'reset' so that you once again feel energised and fighting fit. Michele also provides tips on how to make positive, lasting changes to your lifestyle that will stay with you long after the four weeks are over.

The Hormone Boost is chock-full of tips and positive research findings and features daily progress tracking aids and a weekly workout plan that emphasizes strength training. The book also includes advice about supplements for accelerating fat loss, improving sleep, digestion, and skin appearance, as well as building strong muscles and bones. You will find inspiration in the success stories from Dr. Turner’s clinical practice and TV belly-fat makeovers.
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.
What we've been taught about dieting is all wrong. Weight loss isn't about restricting calories and willpower. It's about hormones: the chemical molecules that govern nearly all aspects of your body fat, from how much you store and where it's stored, to cravings, appetite, gut bacteria, and even addictive eating patterns. Being overweight is the result of major hormonal misfires involving seven metabolic hormones—estrogen, insulin, leptin, cortisol, thyroid, growth hormone, and testosterone—each of which is affected by the foods you consume every day.
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.
This book was very informitive on explaining how hormones effect our bodies in many ways and how we can have hormonal imbalances without even really realizing it. It talkes about all different kinds and talks about how we can tell if we have some kind of imbalance. It also talks about a plan that will help you get back in order with your hormones. However I found this plan to be a bit crazy, wanting you to go buy PH strips, fancy scales, and even get a blood test. It was just a bit nuts, then it cuts out sooo much food out of the beginning of the plan. Even dairy which I love my greek yogurt lol. This book is a good book, and for someone who is willing to follow such a big plan that requires a lot of commitment then it would probably do wonders. just be aware the plan it talks about it exstensive.
Earlier this year in January (2012) I suffered from incurable, painful headaches and no pill could cure them or make them feel better. I had a horrible headache every single day in January. I also began to have intense hot flashes and could not sleep at all. I was physically exhausted and miserable because I was in so much pain. I knew my problem was hormonal and so I did what every American does with a computer, I googled it.
Dr. Norman's biomedical research career has focused on the mechanism of action of the vitamin D family of steroids. His chief contributions to these areas of cellular and molecular endocrinology have played a pivotal role in defining the boundaries of this research domain via discoveries that have opened new areas of investigation. The first of these was the discovery in 1968, and chemical characterization in 1971, of the hormonally active form of vitamin D, 1a,25(OH)2-vitamin D3. Subsequent achievements include the discovery and characterization of the nuclear receptor for 1a,25(OH)2D3, the clinical evaluation of 1a,25(OH)2D3 in renal osteodystrophy, articulation of the concept of the vitamin D endocrine system, the importance of 1a,25(OH)2D3 to insulin secretion and the discovery of a new rapid, nongenomic, signal transduction process for 1a,25(OH)2D3.
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.
I have read this book twice now and have it all highlighted and marked up. When I'm starting to feel bad and unhealthy, this is the go to book to get back on track with my health and feeling good again. The recipes in this book are easy and actually pretty good. You will learn so much about how all the different hormones work together in your body.
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!
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.
After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and high cholesterol several years ago I've struggled to find a balance. When I started having hot flashes and increased fatigue, I went to Nisha Jackson's Southern Oregon clinic. It was there that I first glanced at "The Hormone Survival Guide for Perimenopause: Balance Your Hormones Naturally". The book offered what I thought was a common sense approach to women's health and positiive suggestions for how to feel good. Soon afterwards I ordered the book from Amazon and had my hormones tested.
On top of all the testosterone advantages I’ve already mentioned, study after study shows that testosterone is literally a lifeline for women who undergo hysterectomy. One particular research article published in 2000, in the Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine, sums up the ordeal patients face. The author states that estrogen is not enough after hysterectomy, because many women also suffer undiagnosed testosterone deficiency. Symptoms of that deficiency, such as loss of libido, sexual pleasure, and a sense of well-being, go untreated. Adding testosterone to estrogen supplementation also helps prevent osteoporosis and may protect the heart.
Home saliva test kits, from a reputable company like ZRT Labs, are an accurate and ideal way to check hormone levels, as blood serum levels are not always dependable. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns. If you are a woman, your gynecologist or obstetrician may be a good person to help. Having your blood hormones checked is often a good idea. Bio-identical hormone supplementation is a natural way to help ease symptoms of menopause-induced imbalanced hormones.

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 www.SaraGottfriedMD.com.

I like to look at the studies, see who paid for them and try to choose a middle ground. And as a side note, Dr. Greger takes proceeds from book sales for his nonprofit organization. His nonprofit employs a team of researchers to constantly stay up on all the food-related studies out there. He also does not speak with a lot of bias about particular diets being what works, as the paleo is stated more than once in Dr. Gottfried's book.
Tami Meraglia, MD, known as “Dr. Tami” to her patients and fans, is double board certified in integrative and natural medicine and aesthetic medicine. She is the medical director of the Vitality Medical Clinic in Seattle, Washington and serves on the advisory board of Douglas Labs, one of the largest medical grade nutraceutical companies in the United States, where she contributes to research and education.
Erika Schwartz, MD is the leading authority on hormone supplementation in wellness and disease prevention. In The Hormone Solution, Dr. Erika shares her successful, proven program to help women of all ages prevent, reduce, or even eliminate the symptoms of hormone imbalance naturally. To date more than 100,000 people have read and successfully followed DrErika’s programs.

We used to think that developing Alzheimer’s disease was inevitable, but that is no longer the case. Personalized lifestyle medicine has been shown in a case series led by UCLA professor Dale Bredesen, M.D. to reverse Alzheimer’s disease. But there is one important fact that is often overlooked: the disease shows up, progresses, and is treated differently in women … [Read More...]