This book taught me so much about my own hormonal system to the point where I was filled with a sense of pride and wonder. It taught me about the myth of synchronized cycles, female behavior during ovulation, specific types of female hormones, etc. It also taught me that birth control (specifically the pill) was created by men, and how unethical and dangerous it is to not to include females in any medicinal study. Doctor Haselton includes little segments of interesting information throughout the chapters, which is what she did for the myth of synchronized menstrual cycles.The book is written so that anyone can easily understand it, and the formatting is excellent.
New to this Edition: Hormones, 3rd Edition is organized with two introductory chapters followed by 15 chapters on selected topics of the molecular biology of the major endocrine systems operative in humans. Coverage, for the first time of the following hormones; ghrelin, oxyntomodulin, kisspeptin, adrenomedullin, FGF23, erythropoietin, VIP and extended coverage of NO. Coverage of the hypothalamus has been integrated with the anterior pituitary because of the intimate functional and relationship between the two. Consideration of the role of hormones in cancer has been integrated into the chapters on the relevant hormones. Each of these areas occupies a unique niche in our understanding of the biological world and is part of the universality of signaling systems and how they govern biological systems.
I avoid eating at restaurants as much as possible because of “Restaurant Syndrome” – the phenomenon of overeating in response to the convivial atmosphere, drinking alcohol and less inhibition, the yummy sights and smells, and large serving sizes – all of which contribute to a documented increased risk of blood sugar problems and weight gain. In fact, in a study of 99,000 men and women followed over 30 years, people who average two homemade meals per day have a 13% lower chance of diabetes than people who have fewer than six homemade meals per week.1 You lose weight over time, because out-of-home eating is associated with becoming overweight and obesity.2 When you dine with friends and are distracted, you eat as much as 35 percent more.3 Yes, it sucks. The carbs and industrial seed oils, gluten, dairy, and additives make it tough on the body to reduce inflammation, and it can show up in your skin and bathroom scale. So when I’m on the road, I take my food with me in a cute glass container when I need to eat outside my home.
"Gottfried, a beautiful Harvard Medical School graduate, board-certified gynecologist, and yoga teacher, looks like an advertisement for healthy living and convincingly pushes women to make lifestyle changes rather than immediately asking for conventional prescription drugs to treat problems such as depression. Most of her tips are solid and helpful...A valuable title."
Nitric oxide (NO) is an unusual chemical messenger. NO mediates blood vessel relaxation when produced by endothelial cells. When produced by macrophages, NO contributes to the cytotoxic function of these immune cells. NO also functions as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The effects on blood vessel tone and neuronal function form the basis... [Show full abstract]
In fact, Dr. Erika confirms without a doubt—there is no norm. The Intimacy Solution walks us through the “seasons” of our continuous sexual development, helping readers view sexuality through the lenses of biology, learned behaviors, personal truth, and culture. Moving beyond Masters and Johnson’s unilateral approach to sexuality, Dr. Erika takes a broad leap forward to explain and shine a light on the impact of the myriad factors such as our delicate hormone balance, life experiences and trauma, and societal expectations as they come together to affect our personal belief systems in what sex and intimacy are at various points in our lives. In The Intimacy Solution, Dr. Erika uncovers the mystery behind the driving forces of sexuality and their impact at every stage in our lives.
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.
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.

For the last twenty years, this Harvard-MIT educated physician has helped thousands of women address the root hormonal causes of what bothers them most: excess weight, lack of energy, aging, and illness. Going beyond her bestselling The Hormone Cure, this program is the next generation of her deep understanding of hormonal optimization for rapid weight loss.

I am completely impressed with The Hormone Diet. It is professionally written and the writing has personality. It is written by an ND – a Naturopathic Doctor. In the acknowledgements, the author says a MD – medical doctor – reviewed the book to offer their suggestions and opinions. Additionally, it is full of research, and it is structured in a way that is pleasing to read (the chapters are broken up with lots of subheadings and sections, and several diagrams and charts). It is a long book (480 ...more

This book helped make me feel like I was in control of my syptoms. I've been to doctors who just wanted to put me on anti-depressants. But this book helped me sort out my syptoms and decide on natural remedies to control things like night sweats and mood swings. I am 50, and there may come a day when I do have to resort to prescription medications, but for now I can manage it on my own.

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.


Hormones regulate our bodies and run our lives—when they’re in balance we feel great, look beautiful, are fertile and sexual, and enjoy every moment of our existence. When they’re out of balance, whether during adolescence, pregnancy, menopause, or from medication or surgically induced, it can lead to devastating conditions like infertility, postpartum depression, insomnia, weight gain, loss of libido, memory loss, and unnecessary tests and surgeries. 

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:
Menopause: According to projections by consumer reports in the Unites States, 25 million women will hit menopause within the next decade. Contrary to popular belief, menopause, which can begin as early as 40 years of age, is not just about estrogen decline. Supplies of other hormones such as progesterone, testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) also tend to dry up, right along with the skin, hair, eyes and libido. So many women come to my office intensely frustrated with the unwelcome changes in their body during this phase of life, especially an annoying thickening of the waistline. Other common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, headaches, heart palpitations, poor memory and concentration, urinary urgency or incontinence, vaginal dryness, changes in the appearance of skin and hair and emotional changes including depression, anxiety and irritability.
This book is great for those who are aware of their hormone imbalance, and would like to take a naturopathic approach to balancing hormones. I went to an endocrinologist, and found that my sex hormones are completely out of whack. I found myself suffering from hormonal acne, stress and weight gain despite my healthy lifestyle. The Hormone Diet, helped put everything into perspective for me. It provides great information about hormones and their functions, supplements necessary to achieve balance ...more
Dr. Henry was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Career Development Award in 1977. She received the Fuller Albright Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in 1984 and has served this Society as a member of the Council and several Scientific Program Committees. Dr. Henry has been a member of the NIH General Medicine B Study Section (1989-1993) and the National Science Foundation Panel on Integrative Biology (1994-1996). She has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Endocrinology, American Journal of Physiology, and the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. She is currently a member of the Endocrine Society, the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and the American Institute of Nutritional Sciences.
On the other hand, too much estrogen can be a major problem as well. Studies have shown that there is a link between excess estrogen and cancer. We also know that it is not just excess estrogen but an imbalanced excess estrogen that seems to be the cause. Which age group has the highest levels of estrogen? Teenagers. Yet breast cancer is virtually unheard of until later in life, because teenage girls have all their hormones in balance, including estrogen.
After the release of my first book, The Hormone Diet, I received hundreds of emails from people around the globe expressing exuberant relief that they finally found some answers. Many felt as if the book had been written directly for them, and they had at last discovered a solution to their nagging symptoms and hormonal hurdles. People were no longer sweeping their issues under the carpet, making excuses or hitting a wall with no discernible answers. It was exactly why I wrote the book in the first place- -to create a practical guidebook that explains the cause, the effect and the solution, so people can make informed decisions about their own health-- one step at a time. But a lot of readers also requested my three-step wellness plan to be more simply laid out. They wanted a more direct pathway to successful solutions--without the science. And so herein lies The Supercharged Hormone Diet 30-Day plan. I want better health to be accessible to everyone, and this plan is so clear anyone can do it.
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