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The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol Paperback – March 11, 2014

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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. To make her points, she cites studies. Otherwise, she is careful to insert “in my opinion.” For example, she does not like the form of progesterone sold as Provera, because she believes it causes “terrible mood problems” and “removes sex drive in both men and women.” Occasionally, she words her sentences too casually: “Estrogen is actually a group of sex hormones responsible for keeping women juicy, joyous, and jonesin’ for sex.” Goodness. And some of her advice may seem too hard to live by. Still, most of her tips are solid and helpful: break a larger goal into smaller ones, eat like your great-grandparents, cut out white foods, and move more. A glossary of terms and several appendixes should help anyone who wants to understand hormones and the female body. A valuable title for any middle-aged woman. --Karen Springen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“The Hormone Cure is a breakthrough hormone guide—entertaining, persuasive, hilarious. I’ve not seen this content anywhere! Get to the root of your issues: low energy, fatigue, low sex drive, anxiety, weight gain. This book is gold.” (Marci Shimoff, author of Love for No Reason)

“The Hormone Cure is the playbook for your mojo, your mind, and your bootie. With every chapter I thought, "So THAT's how that works." I wanted to call every girlfriend and give them the goods on how to glow...now and always” (Danielle LaPorte, author of The Fire Starter Sessions)

“Never before have I read a book and shouted, ‘Oh my God, that’s ME!’ Managing hormones is the most important issue of women my age. I don’t just want to read Sara Gottfried, I want her to be my doctor, my friend, and my sister. (Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road and Bad Mother)

“This wonderful book transforms how we approach women’s health issues, and will help you understand how to achieve hormonal equilibrium if you suffer from fatigue, depression and other endocrine-based neuropsychiatric symptoms.” (Jay Lombard, DO, author of Balance your Brain, Balance your Life)

“Dr. Sara is smart, she’s hip, and yet she’s pure Harvard! Learn how to make your hormones hum. Run, don’t walk, to buy this book—for yourself and your friends. The life you save may be your own.” (Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health)

“A magnificent book! Every woman needs to read it, and every doctor.” (Louann Brizendine, MD, Author, The Female Brain and The Male Brain)

“Don’t accept the hormonal hell of being tired, stressed, fat, never in the mood for sex. Dr. Gottfried gives you an effective, easy-to-follow plan to balance your hormones and become lean and energetic. Stop settling, reclaim your sexy!” (JJ Virgin, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy)

“Occasionally a book comes along that’s perfect for its time-on topic, written with authority. Such is the book by Sara Gottfried, MD. It is a definitive integration of safe and effective approaches to the management of menopause.” (Jeffrey Bland, PhD, author of The 20 Day Rejuvenation Diet Program)

"Gottfried takes a comprehensive look at the most common physical and emotional ailments affecting women and explains why a hormone imbalance may be at their root. Her premise is simple: when a woman’s hormones are in sync, she’s a powerhouse, but when they’re out of whack, they wreak havoc on her body and mind. The book is both fun and an informative read [and] Gottfried’s take on the female body is eye-opening and empowering." (Spirituality and Health)

"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." (Booklist)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451666950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451666953
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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292 of 312 people found the following review helpful By A Jones on March 26, 2013
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Although long winded and repetitive, there is useful information in this book. However, the appendix has all the dosage info for supplements and is totally illegible on the kindle. Get the book.
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317 of 352 people found the following review helpful By J. Ilfeld on March 12, 2013
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Ok as we age, things change and yes I know that's normal - but sometimes it's hard to accept. After the birth of my 3rd kid, I could never really lose the "baby weight." I feel like I tried everything and got to the point where I was practically WANTING my thyroid to be abnormal so I could hopefully take a medicine and lose weight. Unfortunately - that's not really how it works. Even more unfortunately, when most of us go to our doctor's to complain about this sort of standstill (or worse - gaining weight), our Drs are sympathetic (After all they hear it all the time) but have no answers beyond the standard, "eat less, exercise more" advice.

Enter Dr. Sara Gottfried. In the hormone cure, she lays out the reasons why all these things we thought were just normal aging are really signs that our hormone levels are off-balance. And I don't mean menopause off-balance. I mean normal 30s, 40s not even peri-menopause off-balance. Dr Sara validates the fact that things can be off-balance in our body but that doesn't mean that our doctors will catch it, or actually even think to test it.

What this Harvard trained Gynecologist does is explain all the hormones at work in your body (cortisol, thyroid, testosterone, etc) and how you optimally need them to work together to feel your best. Honestly I'd heard of all of them but how no idea how they really worked in my body. She includes easy tests to take (if you don't want to pay lab fees) in her book or what tests to have ordered at labs if you want to be sure. Then she walks you through, step-by-step, what these results ACTUALLY mean. What a real normal is (not the dr's tables looking for REALLY abnormal) and if you are slightly off - how to correct it to feel your best.
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135 of 149 people found the following review helpful By AJP on May 20, 2014
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I was honestly very disappointed in this book and didn't finish it. The questionnaires at the beginning of the book that are designed to help you identify which hormones are out of balance can be quite unhelpful in pinpointing imbalances. For example, if one is suffering from insomnia/disrupted sleep, depression, anxiety, brain-fog/poor memory, it could due to either low or high estrogen. There are similar examples relating to other hormones, (cortisol, for example). I find it incredulous that a Harvard-trained physician (which she mentions ad nauseum) would promote a diagnostic tool that has such basic flaws. If I can't use the information to pinpoint my problem, the book can't provide me with much guidance and is basically useless to me. It's likely more beneficial to women with symptoms that clearly point to a given hormonal imbalance, but if it's being promoted as a "cure," the strategy promoted should work for at least almost all combinations of symptoms. Or, at the very least, explain how to proceed when the questionnaire results in conflicting results. Gottfried explains how to handle multiple imbalances, but the same symptoms shouldn't point to both high and low levels of the same hormone.

Another thing that bothered me about this book is that many of her recommended cures are not financially realistic for the average woman. One would have to be quite wealthy to afford many of the things she recommends.

Bottom line: don't waste your money!
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366 of 416 people found the following review helpful By Lexi on March 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Forget the confusing organization and the long winded passages and the "I'm your girlfriend who loves top 40 music" vibe the author is trying to cultivate.

What she really wants you to do is pay for more of her (poorly organized and grossly overpriced) programs. Join her detoxes, take online classes, pay for a monthly newsletter (it's all regurgitated info from the book anyways) and pay for access to old webinars and speeches. It's a lofty goal to help women improve their health and hormone balance is a genuine issue but this woman leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. The website alone will set off alarms in any sane person's head - clearly this is someone who subscribes to the pyramid scheme marketing club.

Want to know what the book says? Stress less, eat healthy, get some vitamins and find an exercise regimen that works for you. And don't buy the freaking kindle or audio book. They're riddled with issues.
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181 of 203 people found the following review helpful By SuzBau on January 24, 2014
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Not as medically scientific as I expected. There was nothing new or helpful - eliminate sugar, eliminate caffeine, fresh fruits and vegetables, etc.
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244 of 276 people found the following review helpful By Gina J. on January 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't even finish this book. And I had to unsubscribe from Sara Gottfried's newsletter. She's a doctor trying to be a celebrity and it's just awful. I believe that her want to market herself is much greater than her want to advance women's health.

What astounds me is that this book isn't even that helpful -- the suggestions are quite basic -- but she's dubbed them "The Gottfried Protocol." Please. Sara, you haven't brought anything new to light, you've just repackaged some common sense and previously-researched information and marketed them as your "protocol." The book was so wrought with arrogance and self-aggrandizing blabber, it was insulting.
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