Dr. Stephanie Faubion, a leading women’s health expert, addresses common questions, suggests healthy lifestyle changes, and explains treatment options for menopause symptoms. If you don’t know what to expect during the change, “The Menopause Solution” has a full explanation of what happens to your body. The book also includes updated information on over-the-counter medications, supplements, and hormone therapy.
Seems to be a good book - although I haven't finished reading it yet. I went one step further and contacted the author's medical practice in Houston, hoping I could learn about the treatment(s) he offers first hand but the services offered are prohibitively expensive for most of us. The office staff is extremely polite, helpful and informative. It was very disappointing to find that their fees are so high and their policy requires an extremely large payment in full in advance! At this point it appears as though I will have to complete the book and resort to self-help (attempt to implement what I am able to on my own).
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.
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.
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 would count this as a MUST read for every female. I am 74 years old, and many of the symptoms "spoke to me." I found a new Ob/Gyn who actually listened to me, and before I could question her to see if I would be a viable candidate for hormone replacement, she told me, "You have no hormones! There is no reason that you have to live your life the way you are. Hormone replacement will cure your dry vagina, and once that is "fixed," we'll see if you are still a candidate for the InTone instrument to deal with your incontinence. The replacement of estrogen with the compounded prescription that I am giving you may fix things so that you no longer have weak pelvic muscles, but if you still need the InTone instrument after you use the prescription, then I will provide you with the instrument." If I had not read this book (recommended by my daughter-in-law, I would never have known that getting old does not have to mean that you must live with the symptoms produced by lack of hormones after menopause. There are now options if you learn they are available.
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.
Dr. Tami Meraglia knows that the magic word here is testosterone. While there is ample discussion in the medical community about the effects of estrogen loss, few people are aware of the importance of sufficient testosterone levels in women. A healthy dosage helps women slim down, improves their mood, lowers the risk of cardiac disease, increases energy and libido, prevents osteoporosis, enhances skin tone and texture, and may even prevent cognitive decline—yet more than 90 percent of women over age forty-five suffer from low testosterone levels. In The Hormone Secret, Dr. Tami offers an evidence-based thirty-day plan to restore healthy levels of testosterone and balance the relative levels of other hormones, based on lifestyle modifications such as supplements and nutritional adjustments. She also offers her Mediterranean Diet–based meal plan and low-impact exercise ideas that will immediately boost your energy.
For instance, if you are someone who routinely gets PMS, pre-period acne, bloating, crankiness, etc., those are all symptoms of a hormone imbalance. When our bodies are working at 100% discomfort prior to and during your period should be almost non-existent. If you have really heavy periods, flows with a lot of clots, a really short or long cycle, or mid-cycle bleeding there is something a bit off. Your first course of action should be to go to the doctor. Get examined to be sure there isn’t another underlying cause for your symptoms. But most women will get “normal” test results or nothing found that is of concern, and you’ll be told your problems are just that, “normal”. Normal might be “normal” but that doesn’t mean it’s good. It doesn’t mean you have to live with those symptoms and problems, and I hope that through the experts I’m going to introduce you to in this post, you can find your solution.
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Dr. Epstein's book is the one I wish I'd read in school and (perhaps the first time anyone has ever said this) also made for excellent beach reading. I came away with knowledge that will allow me to cast a more suspiciously curious eye over the hormone "industry". Which is in part Epstein's main point--endocrinology is partially an industry of supreme marketing, and it always has been.
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.
There is a lot of good information here. Gives you, in detail, things to do. The best is that it doesn't start with medication. I hope that other doctor's read this so they can help others, instead of the old way which doesn't help at all. It also confirms that fact that what you eat as the biggest impact on your health. This is a manual more than just a book. It is something to use over and over, or to pass it on.
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.
“Testosterone has far less to do with aggression than most assume. Within the normal range, individual differences in testosterone levels don’t predict who will be aggressive. Moreover, the more an organism has been aggressive, the less testosterone is needed for further aggression. When testosterone does play a role, it’s facilitatory—testosterone does not 'invent' aggression. It makes us more sensitive to triggers of aggression. Also, rising testosterone levels foster aggression only during challenges to status. Finally, crucially, the rise in testosterone during a status challenge does not necessarily increase aggression; it increases whatever is needed to maintain status. In a world in which status is awarded for the best of our behaviors, testosterone would be the most prosocial hormone in existence.”
This is a new revolution in weight loss called "intermittent fasting." Studies have clearly shown that our body responds to the fasting by boosting growth hormone, the hormone that helps build muscle. It involves the avoidance of food intake for one day per week. Now this might seem to counter my viewpoint on cutting calories, but if done properly it will not cause muscle deterioration and can actually help greatly in the treatment of chronic pain and metabolic syndromes. During your cleanse day you should drink at least 4 liters of warm or cold herbal teas to support the cleansing process. I recommend a combination of herbs with anti-inflammatory and diuretic benefits such as ginger, lemon, blueberry, hibiscus, dandelion, green tea and parsley. You can consume one or two hard-boiled eggs in the morning or a serving of nuts in the afternoon if you feel overly hungry.
Food is information for your DNA and cells. Food tells your body what to do. Eating for hormone balance is now second nature to me. I follow my food code – my personal code for eating congruent with my values and bodily needs, while honoring the fact that I’m a recovering addict who always wants more. It keeps me on the path of hormonal balance and helps me fit into my skinny jeans. If you don’t eat this way, consider trying my food plan for a few days and see how you feel.
Sara Gottfried, MD is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book, Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years. Her previous New York Times bestsellers are The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet. After graduating from 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 slow down aging. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters.