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...]
Perk up your ears and imagine sitting next to me as the curtain is about to rise on the opening night of a concert. The orchestra consists of strings, wind, and percussion sections, each tuning up with dissonant sounds. Initially, there is a kind of chaos as orchestra members practice and refine the parts they play in the performance that’s about to begin. Yet slowly the instruments begin to work together in harmony. They become a cohesive unit as the curtain goes up, and the performance transports you. In many ways, your hormones, which control the functions of organs and tissues in your body, are similar to a philharmonic. Hormones must balance and work in concert with one another to create optimal health. In perimenopause or menopause, too little or too much of one hormone causes an imbalance in others and can set off a chain reaction of dysfunction. This imbalance is common, because our hormones rarely decline at exactly the same rate and pace.
This book focuses on hormones, and on how they are produced in very diverse regions of the body in humans and animals. Hormones exhibiting the same synthesis pathways are not only found in vertebrates, but also in insects, shellfish, spiders, mollusks, and they were present evenat the time of metazoan diversification. The book discusses the different classes of hormones: protein/peptides hormones, steroids and juvenile hormones and hormones like catecholamines, thyroid hormones and melatonin. It also discusses the different types of hormone receptors, the majority of which are heptahelical G-protein coupled receptors or nuclear receptors. Particular attention is paid to the organs where hormones are synthesized, with specifics on production and release, while a dedicated chapter details hormonal regulation in systems ranging from the very simple to the highly complex. The remarkable kinetics of hormone production is also shown, and the book is rounded out by chapters on the evolution of the endocrine system, the genetics of endocrine diseases and doping.
I'm so glad I gave this book a shot. She walks you through exactly what chapters to read and what chapters to skip based on your exact symptoms. What's even better is that she lays out steps as in what to try first, second, and third in that order. She doesn't jump right in to herbal stuff (which sometimes makes me uncomfortable). For my particular problem, step one started with basic combinations of vitamins to try. Who knew. Within a week or less I started sleeping through the night for the first time in months.
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What do sleep, sex, insulin, mood and hunger have in common? Well, they're all controlled by hormones. But just a century ago, the power of our chemical messengers was barely understood. A new book by Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein called "Aroused" tells the stories of the scientists who work to explore and explain our hormones. Dr. Epstein joins us now from our New York bureau. Welcome to the program.

Written by a Naturopathic Doctor, this book is such an excellent resource for learning about the hormones in our body and what happens when they are out of balance. I found it extremely fascinating and helpful to get the background and explanations on which hormones will pack on weight and which ones will help to lose weight and the things we can do to have optimal health.


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 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.
Summary AninterestingissuerelatestothefactthatmanyhormonesonthemarkettodayarenotregulatedbytheFoodandDrugAdministration(FDA)therebymakingthepurityofthesehormonesquestionableandthedosesvariable.Onemightwonderwhysomehomonesaretermed‘dietarysupplements’andarenotregulatedbytheFDA,whileothersarestrictlyregulatedandsoldonlywithprescrip-tionsfrommedicaldoctors.Dietarysupplementsareproductsintendedfordigestionasasupplementtothediet.Theseincludevitamins,minerals,herbsandmanyotherplant-derivedsubstances.Theseagentsmaynotbesoldastreatmentsorcures,butmaybesoldasdietarysupplements.Althoughtermeddietarysupplements,thesefoodadditivescanbeidenticaltohormonesknowntocirculateinthebody.FurtherinformationonthistopicisavailablefromtheFDA.Thefocusoftheprecedingdiscussionhasbeenonthehormonalsystemsthathavebeenwellcharacterized.Whilesome evidence of the interactions among hormonalsystemshasbeenpresented,thisisacomplextopiclyingatthebordersofourknowledge.Recently,therehavebeennumerousreportsadvocatingtheuseofhormonaltreat-mentsfordisordersrangingfromreducedsexdrive(e.g.DHEA)tojetlag(e.g.melatonin).Thenewsmediabroadcasts‘miracle’curespromotingtheuseofhormonestoenhanceimmunefunction,slowdowntheageingprocessandincreasesexdrive.Becausehormonesarecapableoftravellinginthebloodtositesalloverthebody,theseagentscanhaveabroadimpactthroughoutthebody;thus,itisimpossibletofocushormoneadministrationsolelyontheproblem(e.g.jetlag)oneistryingtocombat.Someaspectsofresearchonhormonaltreatmentsare‘immature’:often,long-termsideeffectsofthesesub-stanceshavenotbeenevaluated.Medicaldoctorswhoadvocatetheuseofhormones,suchasmelatonin,maycitethefactthatextremelyhighdosesofmelatoninwillnotkilllaboratoryanimals.Certainly,one’scriteriafortreatmentshouldnotsimplybewhetherornotadministrationofthedrugwill leadto death;thus, one should resist thetemptationtousehormonesunnecessarilyuntillong-termclinicalstudiesareconductedtodeterminewhetheranyunforeseensideeffectsresultfromtheiruse.Inadditiontounanticipatedlong-termsideeffects,onehormonalsystemtypicallyinteractswithotherhormonalsystems;forexample,hormonesoftheimmunesystem,calledcytokines,interactwithnumerousotherhormones,includinggonadalsteroids,glucocorticoids,prolactinandthyroidhormone.Thus,alteringonehormoneconcentra-tiontypicallyhasfar-rangingeffectsonnumerousotherhormonalsystems.Unforeseensideeffectsofself-treat-mentwithhormonescanbearesult.Theknowledgeofhowhormonesaffectthebody,fromtheprecedingsections,togetherwiththesecautionarynoteswillhopefullyprovideatheoreticalframeworkwithinwhichthereadercanevaluateongoingresearchinbehaviouralendocrinology.
General Considerations of Hormones. Steroid Hormones: Chemistry, Biosynthesis, and Metabolism. Hypothalamic Releasing Hormones. Posterior Pituitary Hormones. Anterior Pituitary Hormones. Thyroid Hormones. Pancreatic Hormones: Insulin and Glucagon. Gastrointestinal Hormones. Calcium-Regulating Hormones: Vitamin D, Parathyroid Hormone, Calcitonin. Adrenal Corticoids. Hormones of the Adrenal Medulla. Androgens. Estrogens and Progestins. Hormones of Pregnancy and Lactation. Hormones Related to the Kidney and Cardiovascular System. Prostaglandins. Thymus Hormones. Pineal Hormones. Cell Growth Factors. Hormones and Cancer. Appendices.
Toxic Estrogen: Researchers have now identified excess estrogen to be as great a risk factor for obesity--in both sexes--as poor eating habits and lack of exercise. There are two ways to accumulate excess estrogen in the body: we either produce too much of it on our own or acquire it from our environment or diet. We are constantly exposed to estrogen-like com£ds in foods that contain toxic pesticides, herbicides and growth hormones. A premenopausal woman with estrogen dominance will likely have PMS, too much body fat around the hips and difficulty losing weight. Menopausal women and, yes, men too, may experience low libido, memory loss, poor motivation, depression, loss of muscle mass and increased belly fat.
Update: So, I've had less luck with the recommendations in this book than I would have liked. I've had to give up the yoga, which I enjoyed, because it badly aggravated an old back injury to the point where I've had to get physical therapy on it. The chaste berry extract didn't seem to help my PMS much either - though I haven't been able to find the exact tincture Gottfried recommends, either. Overall, I would say that this book is a good introduction to hormone imbalances, but I think you reall ...more
When it comes to metabolism, energy, immunity, memory, mood, and strength, who doesn’t need a boost now and then? The Hormone Boost is the first book to provide an extensive, scientific overview of the six hormones that influence weight loss. Although it is widely accepted that the thyroid hormones control weight loss efforts, Dr. Turner reveals how the impact of five other hormones—testosterone and DHEAs, adiponectin, growth hormone, adrenaline, and glucagon—are equally important when trying to lose weight.
OBESITY IS A GROWING health concern in the United States and abroad. Recent surveys indicate that approxi- mately 30% of Americans are obese (body mass index 30), with the prevalence of obesity having increased by approx- imately 60% over the last several decades (1). Obesity is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality from a variety of health concerns including diabetes,... [Show full abstract]
Mary liked the idea and was willing to get her testosterone levels checked and treat her arms from the inside out. The results showed she had an active testosterone level of less than 1, when 2–5 is optimal for women. We discussed ways to boost her level. I suggested over-the-counter supplements and a topical testosterone-boosting cream. She was willing to take testosterone, but first she wanted to see if supplements worked. After sticking to her plan for four months, she was rewarded with firmer, tighter arms. Her elevated testosterone levels (without a prescription) increased the amount of muscle in her body relative to fat—and firmed the flab.

In Dr. Turner’s previous bestselling books, she taught you how to identify and solve hormonal imbalances. In The Hormone Boost, she focuses on optimizing what’s right and includes a revolutionary plan that has been proven effective for everyone, not just those experiencing symptoms of hormone disruption. With more than 60 recipes and a simple Pick-4 guide to creating meals, smoothies, and salads, the book makes getting the right balance of carbs, fat, and protein easy.
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.
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