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To celebrate the re-release of “The Hormone Cure” and to show my gratitude for your unending support, I’m giving away Your Hormone Toolkit (my 39-page quickstart guide to hormone balance), plus my brand new Video Series + PDFs to help you quickly fix your adrenals, reverse food addiction and sugar cravings, and boost energy with proven supplements.
Insulin Excess: Insulin is an essential substance whose main function is to process sugar in the bloodstream and carry it into cells to be used as fuel or stored as fat. There are several reasons for excess insulin, but the main culprits are stress, consuming too much nutrient-poor carbohydrate (the type found in processed foods, sugary drinks and sodas, packaged low- fat foods and artificial sweeteners) insufficient protein intake, inadequate fat intake and deficient fiber consumption. Heart palpitations, sweating, poor concentration, weakness, anxiety, fogginess, fatigue, irritability or impaired thinking are common short-term side effects of high insulin. Unfortunately, our body typically responds to these unpleasant feelings by making us think we're hungry, which in turn causes us to reach for more high-sugar foods and drinks. We then end up in a vicious cycle of hormonal imbalance, a condition called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome, which only furthers weight gain and our risk of diabetes and heart disease.
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.

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.
As women grow older, many struggle to lose weight. Unlike men their age, women more often suffer from sleep problems, osteoporosis, and depression. Some even feel as though they age faster and less gracefully than their male counterparts. While there is ample discussion in the medical community about the effects of estrogen loss, more than ninety percent of women over age forty-five suffer from low testosterone levels. Dr. Tami Meraglia wants women to know that a healthy dose of testosterone can help you slim down, improve your moods, lower your risk for cardiac disease, increase energy and libido, prevent osteoporosis, enhance skin tone and texture, and possibly even prevent cognitive decline.
This book makes a very strong case for bioidentical hormone treatment with pellets. Bioidentical hormones are safer than regular hormones. And pellets are more effective than creams. After reading the book at the suggestion of my doctor, who also is a patient of Dr. Maupin, I decided to give it a try. At 56, I was tired of living with hot flashes and tired of feeling like a blob with no energy. Last September, I met with Dr. Maupin and had my 1st pellet treatment. The hot flashes stopped! And I have more energy, feel more vibrant and beautiful, my skin looks better and I'm finally able to lose those stubborn pounds! You can tell by reading the book that Dr. Maupin is wonderful, caring and passionate about her work and she's even more amazing in person! What a dynamo! Thankful my doctor recommended the book and the treatment! I feel like a new person - happier, more energetic, calmer and more peaceful AND no longer suffering with hot flashes! This really has been like a miracle for me! Read the book if you're looking to feel and look better too! Best wishes to you!!!
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.
I loved this book and found it to be very informative. I have read quite a few books on balancing hormones but found this one to be more complete as it addresses many different aspects of weight loss and hormone balancing, not just the use of bio-identical progesterone cream. It describes how hormones are affected by stress, depression and ageing, and offers natural and alternative homeopathic solutions, creams, and mind body techniques to bring hormones back into balance.
When women hit 40+, they often gain weight (particularly around the midsection), become more sluggish, and begin thinking they can’t possibly look and feel the way they did in their twenties or thirties. Instead, they start disrespecting their bodies and, in turn, make poor decisions (i.e., choosing cookies over kale; pouring one too many glasses of red wine at dinner, etc.) These poor decisions snowball into misfiring hormones and a broken metabolism.
Dr. Erika is world renowned for her expertise and leadership in the conventional use of bioidentical hormones for women and men; supplements; patient advocacy; integration of diet, exercise, and lifestyle; stress and relationship management; and spiritual growth in all patient care. She is a firm believer the doctor’s role of serving the patient and the crucial importance of patient-centric healthcare must be measured in excellent outcomes. She lives in New York City. 
I feel the diet is also very misleading. Dr. Gottfried gives you 7 resets that are supposed to last for 3 days each, but that's not exactly true. Reset 1 is meatless (estrogen reset); Reset 2 is sugar free (insulin); Reset 3 is fruitless (leptin); Reset 4 is caffeine free (cortisol); Reset 5 is Grain Free (thyroid); Reset 6 is dairy free (growth hormone); Reset 7 is toxin free (testosterone). The truth is you are eliminating red meat, alcohol, sugar, fruit, caffeine, grains, dairy and toxins for the entire 21 days. Take a look at the menu she gives you on day 1, the meatless menu:
As women grow older, many struggle to lose weight. Unlike men their age, women more often suffer from sleep problems, osteoporosis, and depression. Some even feel as though they age faster and less gracefully than their male counterparts. While there is ample discussion in the medical community about the effects of estrogen loss, more than ninety percent of women over age forty-five suffer from low testosterone levels. Dr. Tami Meraglia wants women to know that a healthy dose of testosterone can help you slim down, improve your moods, lower your risk for cardiac disease, increase energy and libido, prevent osteoporosis, enhance skin tone and texture, and possibly even prevent cognitive decline.
I know from clinical trials and from treating thousands of my own patients that progesterone levels are the earliest to decline—and they drop fast! You can have a low progesterone level as early as your late twenties. This is significant for two reasons. First, irritability, loss of enjoyment of life, and trouble sleeping are not due to stress, working hard, or getting older (though these do not help). They’re caused by hormone imbalance, such as low levels of progesterone, and are easily fixed.
This is an amazing read. It's pact full of information in a fun way that reads nicely and made me smile. I would recommend this book to young adults on up. As a female, I found this information to be very helpful and I wish that when doctors talked about birth control they explained what we where choosing for our body. I can not express how impactful the information on this book is. This will help me giggle over my daughters, especially with the preteen/ teen age. Don't worry I will also laugh about myself while eating some chocolate cake.... or ice-cream for breakfast!
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.
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
Think about what drew you to this book in the first place. Do you have trouble dragging yourself out of bed in the morning? Do you experience uncontrollable sugar cravings at 3 p.m.? Nagging PMS every month? Interrupted sleep patterns? Do you get stressed out just sitting in your office? Do you have difficulty coping with every task? Bloating after meals? Skin that has lost its luster or tone? Belly fat that just won't go away? The list can go on and on, and I am willing to bet that many of you experience some of these frustrations every day. Believe it or not, these aren't just factors that make you feel bad. They are impacting your ability to lose weight!
This isn't the definitive book about hormones, but a worthy introduction. Some topics should be checked from other perspectives. For example on ageing, you may wanna read also The Science of Orgasm,Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body,Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World (Popular Science) and Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life.
Supercharged Hormone Diet is easy to follow. The diet is convenient for your time and budget. You can eat out, and you can have one "cheat meal" during the week, in which you are allowed to eat the foods you do not regularly eat as part of the diet and also consume more carbohydrates and calories. This makes you happy, and boosts your metabolism, Turner says.
This phase incorporates some of those foods back into your diet while paying attention to how your body responds to them. However, the diet recommends an ongoing avoidance of “hormone-hindering” foods. These include high fructose corn syrup, fish with high mercury levels, non-organic meats, non-organic coffee, raisins, dates, and peanuts. The full list is in the book “The Hormone Diet.”
You will find many hormone issues, you may have wondered about for a long time or never knew existed. Is it true that semen makes you happy when swallowing it? Will nipple-twiddling of pregnant women really effect the onset of labour or remain just a fun thing to do? Is it an urban legend or scientific fact that women on the pill change the sex of fish in the Themes? Is it true that girlfriends can synchronize their menstruation? And other essential questions for the not-too-squeamish. Other issues include breast and prostate cancer, baldness, body hair, ageing and JFK's severe hormone syndrome. And everything you need to know about teenagers, of course. Such as that it would be a very good idea to change school hours for adolescents.
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.”
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.
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.
Millions of women suffer from the life-altering, often debilitating symptoms resulting from hormonal imbalances: stubborn weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, depression, insomnia, digestive issues, and more. The good news is that most of these conditions are reversible. Integrative hormone and nutrition expert Magdalena Wszelaki knows this first-hand. Developing hyperthyroidism and then Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue, and estrogen dominance propelled her to leave a high-pressured advertising career and develop a new way of eating that would repair and keep her hormones working smoothly. Now symptom free, Magdalena shares her practical, proven knowledge so other women may benefit.
EPSTEIN: We really are. And if you think, endocrinology is a pretty new field. I mean, in 1900, where - my grandma was born in 1900. I don't think of that as ancient history. The word hormone didn't exist. And to think that in 1970 when she was diagnosed with Addison's disease, a hormone issue, they went from by her birth not even having a word for this thing to 1970 they could measure her hormone defect down to a billionth of a gram. So we've made huge strides, but it's still a young field. We still have a lot more to go.
This book is a wonderful and engaging ride through the history of hormones. Epstein elucidates while she educates us on a subject that is far more fascinating that most of us may realize. We are all a little curious about how hormones work and the role they play – growth hormones, sex hormones etc. The author takes that little bit of curiosity and pulls you into a well-researched and lucid chapter on each topic. You leave each chapter feeling so much more enlightened and educated. For example, the chapter looking at the relationship between gender, sexual orientation and hormones is a real eye-opener. Epstein has done all the work for you in terms of her in-depth research and her lucid and engaging writing style. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride through the history of hormones. I highly recommend this book.
You kick-start the diet with a two-week detox designed to clear excess hormones such as estrogen and cortisol and reduce inflammation. During the initial four weeks, when you’re determining which foods you need to cut from your diet, Natasha Turner, a naturopathic doctor and founder of the Supercharged Hormone Diet recommends you take supplements. Taking supplements will improve the breakdown of hormones, increase your metabolism and reduce cravings. These include a probiotic, an herbal cleanse for the liver, a bowel cleanser with fiber and vitamin D3. The supplements are optional, however, and are not recommended for pregnant women.
This book is a wonderful and engaging ride through the history of hormones. Epstein elucidates while she educates us on a subject that is far more fascinating that most of us may realize. We are all a little curious about how hormones work and the role they play – growth hormones, sex hormones etc. The author takes that little bit of curiosity and pulls you into a well-researched and lucid chapter on each topic. You leave each chapter feeling so much more enlightened and educated. For example, the chapter looking at the relationship between gender, sexual orientation and hormones is a real eye-opener. Epstein has done all the work for you in terms of her in-depth research and her lucid and engaging writing style. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride through the history of hormones. I highly recommend this book.
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 www.becominghmc.com/about_us.
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.
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.
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.
“I was (an am) unsure about how I am related to my old self, or to myself from year to year. The hormonal profile of an individual determines much of the manifest personality. If you skew the endocrine system,you loose the pathways to the self. When endocrine patterns change it alters the way you think and feel. One shift in the pattern tends to trip another.”
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