ALL TOO OFTEN WOMEN ARE TOLD that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part of being female. Or they’re led to believe that the answer can be found only at the bottom of a bottle of prescription pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician and nationally recognized, board-certified gynecologist, refuses to acce ...more
If there’s a woman who’s satisfied with her weight and body firmness as she gets older, I haven’t met her. Yet testosterone can make an enormous and surprising difference in both. Take Mary, a thirty-nine-year-old stay-at-home mom and the wife of a construction manager. Her kids were in school, which left her time to enjoy going to the gym and playing tennis. Despite this active lifestyle and a slim body, Mary came to see me about how she could tighten her arms. She was fit, but unhappy that no matter how hard she worked on her arms she couldn’t firm them up. “I’ve stopped wearing sleeveless tops and dresses,” she told me. “I need laser treatment.”
The newly revised and updated Hormones, Second Edition provides a comprehensive treatment of human hormones, viewed in light of modern theories of hormone action and in the context of current understanding of subcellular and cellular architecture and classical organ physiology. Each chapter presents a physiological description of the hormone system under consideration, followed by a listing of the mode-of-action of the hormone. This book includes significant advances in the molecular biology of receptors, hormones, and studies of hormone action that have transpired over the past five years. The text updates the material on enzymes related to steroid metabolism and new hormone systems, as well as providing a new chapter on hormones and cancer.
Dawn M. Cutillo has been in the health field for over 23 years, working specifically with hormone balancing for over 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and currently owns and operates The Rejuvenation Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her focus with her clients is on hormone health, detoxification, and weight loss. As the owner of Infinity Health LLC, her national consulting company, she provides weight loss franchises and doctors with education and supplements to aid their clients/patients in balancing hormones and relieving many "subclinical" health issues. She facilitated a small breast cancer study and was published internationally for her unique protocol for stress management. To read her full biography, please visit
While I'm not a big advocate of hormone therapy, Nisha Jackson has a very intrigueing view on this type of therapy and why it would benefit women going through Perimenopause. She gives concise reasons on why our bodies react the way they do during this time in our lives. The book was very interesting and eye-opening. Alot of what she says makes sense. She also gives you tools needed to get through this time.
Dawn M. Cutillo has been in the health field for over 23 years, working specifically with hormone balancing for over 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and currently owns and operates The Rejuvenation Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her focus with her clients is on hormone health, detoxification, and weight loss. As the owner of Infinity Health LLC, her national consulting company, she provides weight loss franchises and doctors with education and supplements to aid their clients/patients in balancing hormones and relieving many "subclinical" health issues. She facilitated a small breast cancer study and was published internationally for her unique protocol for stress management. To read her full biography, please visit
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...]
Although it may seem like strange advice, chase your evening meal containing your starchy carb with a small amount of tomato juice.  It’s the natural acidic quality of this tasty drink that offers us weight-loss benefits. Drinking something acidic after your meal is also known to reduce the glycemic load (or blood sugar impact), which then blunts the increase of insulin and leads to less sugar being stored as fat.
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.
The reason I chose this book here was it was written by a female doctor, who had hopefully experienced what I had in terms of food and hormones. I had hoped she had done as much research as was necessary to not just offhandedly quote people who are not in the medical profession or conducted studies as authorities. Unfortunately, some of the people mentioned are chiropractors, health mentors, and others...not that it is a problem at all, if you have the scientific data to back it up.
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.
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When you think that all diets already exist, Valerie Childs came with a great and innovative alternative, explaining the hormones present in our body and how they interact with the food we ingest. The recipes are great and very well-documented with the exact amounts. I recommend this as a diet alternative to lose weight and balance your ingest of food.

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:

Just recently, I saw three different patients who felt desperate and didn’t know what was wrong with them. One, a single high-school English teacher, was experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) for the very first time at the age of thirty-nine. She complained of cramps, headaches, and other symptoms, and she felt bewildered by this new turn of events. Another patient, forty-two years old, felt guilty about how often she kept “losing her cool,” after priding herself on being a patient, calm wife and mother. “This isn’t me,” she insisted. The third woman, forty-five, a successful business executive, was experiencing profound fatigue for no plausible reason. “I used to be a ball of energy. I don’t understand what’s happened to me,” she said.
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.
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.
Low Testosterone: Testosterone enhances libido, bone density, muscle mass, strength, motivation, memory, fat burning and skin tone in both men and women. An increase of body fat and loss of muscle may happen, even with dieting and exercise, when testosterone is low. Testosterone levels tend to taper off with aging, obesity and stress, but today men are experiencing testosterone decline much earlier in life. This is quite an alarming finding, considering low testosterone has been linked to depression, obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease and even death. Dr. Mitchell Harman, an endocrinologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, blames the proliferation of endocrine-suppressing estrogen-like com£ds used in pesticides and other farming chemicals for the downward trend in male testosterone levels. Phthalates, commonly found in cosmetics, soaps and most plastics, are another known cause of testosterone suppression.

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.
My intense efforts failed because they only served to make my hormonal imbalance, the true underlying cause of my weight gain, worse. Unbeknownst to me, I had a deficiency of thyroid hormone going on in the background. The imbalance only grew worse because the physical stress associated with excessive caloric restriction and overexercising actually increased the negative impact on my thyroid hormone deficiency and further slowed my metabolism. After this, three things quickly became very clear to me. First, weight loss is by no means only about calories in versus calories out--hormonal balance needed to be added to the equation. Second, hormones are very powerful substances that influence many aspects of our health and well-being. And third, the level of one hormone impacts another, which established the need to think "big picture" when it comes to weight loss.
Hypothyroidism: Without enough thyroid hormone, every system in the body slows down. Those who suffer from hypothyroidism feel tired, tend to sleep a lot, experience constipation and typically experience weight gain. Extremely dry skin, hair loss, slower mental processes, brittle hair, splitting nails, diminished ability to sweat during exercise, infertility, poor memory, depression, decreased libido, feeling cold or an inability to lose weight are also symptoms to watch for. If you suspect you have a thyroid condition, make sure your doctor assesses you and your full range of symptoms, not just your blood work. Even levels of TSH (an indicator of thyroid function) within the normal range have been proven to accelerate weight gain and to interfere with a healthy metabolic rate in both men and women.
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 will spotlight testosterone exclusively in the next chapter because of this hormone’s enormous significance for women—and its lack of attention from the medical community. Women have been afraid of testosterone supplementation for good reason. Years ago, the side effects of testosterone-replacement hormones were sometimes frightening, including growth of hair on the face, acne, bad temper, and other problems. We now know that these effects were due to high doses given to women. Today, the medical community agrees that women should receive only a fraction of the amount given to men.
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.
"* 'Combining in-depth research with a good eye for a story, Parry does a grand job of steering between didacticism and sensationalism, while keeping the tone bright and breezy.' Daily Telegraph 'Fascinating. To find out more about hormone health, read this book.' She 'From understanding a teenager to discovering which diet adjustments may ease the aging process, this guide makes fascinating reading.' Good Book Guide"
I'm reading this book not just for myself, but for others I love. It's so sad to me that we have been trained to believe that a pill is the answer for things, when these pills do nothing to repair the root problem: they simply turn off the body's "warning light." I should've gone to medical school. I should become a yoga instructor. I want the world to be a healthier and happier, more mindful place. ((Sigh)) I will share what I've learned with everyone who wants to hear it or doesn't read it for ...more
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.

Articles and insights on prevention, patient advocacy, hormone balance and health care news. My goal is to help you gain insight into healthcare issues from a balanced and balancing perspective. I hope to provide you with confidence and information we all need to make the right decisions for us and our families. There is no special interest in this blog, just good will and wisdom I gained from my decades of practice. Enjoy!
It's an easy to understand book, with very practical solutions to balancing hormones. Dr. Gottfried recommends lifestyle changes and supplements before attempting pharmaceutical solutions. I really like that approach. That said, it's difficult to self-diagnose using just her questionnaires. As she explains, if your root cause is low progesterone, it can cause excess estrogen in parts of your cycle. You could be treating high estrogen, when the root cause is low progesterone. Without testing, you ...more
So between turning 40 and 42 (in a month and a bit) I feel like my whole mind and body has completely broken down. I can't keep a thought in my head for 2 minutes and my desire to exercise is constantly being derailed by injuries. This book was recommended to me by a couple of different people whose opinions I respect. It is pretty much telling me things I have been feeling before reading this, eat more whole foods, do more yoga, etc. But it is a nice affirmation of the changes I have been conte ...more
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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.
Estrogen, which is also present in men (although at a much lower level), has a big job to do for women. For example, estrogen regulates female sexual characteristics. In puberty, this hormone is responsible for the growth of curvaceous hips and full breasts. Estrogen also builds the uterine lining during the first part of a woman’s menstrual cycle, in preparation for possible pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur, this lining is sloughed off as a period.
When these hormones misfire, your body adjusts by changing their levels, a fluctuation that ultimately slows down the metabolism, causing you to store fat every time you eat instead of using it as fuel to energize you. When your metabolism is broken, you get fatter no matter what you do—especially after age forty—and can eventually develop insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia.
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]
I had seen a Facebook (FB) post by the Food Babe regarding it as I had been doing some research into estrogen dominance and progesterone cream. I was hesitant to buy the book, based off of some of the reviews here on Amazon (see below for money on negative reviews), so I posted in several FB groups related to hormones and overwhelmingly women recommended the book.