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The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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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
“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)
“A cogent, hilarious, wise explanation about why women feel the way they do at different times in their cycles—and sensible advice, too. Dr. Gottfried is Dr. Weil and Dr. Northrups’s love child—part of the new conversation about hormones.” (Adair Lara, author of Naked, Drunk, and Writing)
“Gottfried is a rare breed of physician who can discuss both progesterone replacement and the power of chanting. Her engaging and well-researched book offers women an excellent resource for the wild ride from peri to menopause.” (Daphne Miller, MD, author of The Jungle Effect: Healthiest Diets from Around the World)
“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)
“If I could recommend just one book to women about hormones and perimenopause, The Hormone Cure would be it. Dr. Sara Gottfried is a genius, compassionate and wise, not to mention a first-class writer. Read this book!” (Jonny Bowden, Nutritionist and author of Living Low Carb)
“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)
“Thoughtful, poignant and devilishly irreverent, The Hormone Cure is the book you need for lasting health from head to toe. Dr. Sara turns your hormones into allies that create the life you want to live. Women, get this book!” (Jamie Dougherty, Integrative Health Coach and Official Nutritionist/ Wellness Coach for Clif Bar)
“How many years did I suffer in hormone hell? If I only I had Sara's wisdom sooner. This book is going to help save the world—because too many women's gifts are smothered by hormone imbalances, preventing us from doing our great work.” (Jennifer Louden, author of The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year)
“Dr. Sara is bridging the chasm between the woman who wants to take action to feel better and the encapsulated medical body of knowledge. Dr. Sara hunts the core issues women are wrestling with and answers the essential question: 'What the hell is wrong with me & what can I do about it?' I am making this book required reading.” (Ana T. Forrest, Founder of Forrest Yoga and author of Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body a)
"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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I love it so much I started a facebook support group to help me move through the protocol and have 80+ ladies in it within 24 hours!
I feel like I got more info out of this book for about $15 than I got out 3 naturopaths for about $400!
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.
It covers 7 hormones issues: 1) High Cortisol, 2) Low Cortisol, 3) Low Progesterone and Progesterone Resistance, 4) Excess Estrogen, 5) Low Estrogen, 6) Excess Androgens, and, 7) Low Thyroid. She also dedicates a chapter to common combinations.
She also gives a section to choosing supplements which I can really appreciate.
I ended up getting the Kindle version with audio companion and plan on getting the physical book as well (see below for more on format).
Things have been off for me for a while and I’m only in my mid 30’s.
This may be TMI but I have excess facial hair after having a hormonal IUD (Mirena) removed in December, I’m moody/irritable/angry/negative a lot, my stomach is bloated, I cannot lose weight despite eating all natural foods, I’m having trouble sleeping and feeling fatigued even if I do sleep, I’m stressed out and cannot handle it well, my sex life is non-existent and that’s killing me, was having sugar craving after each meal, low blood pressure, excessive body odor, strange bouts of nausea & vomiting, etc.
One naturopath said I have adrenal problems and should take a supplement that I could only get at her office and she said I was estrogen dominate. Another naturopath wanted to take progesterone cream which I was very hesitant to do and I’m glad I waiting and did more research and I’m glad I found this book.
According to the questionnaire in the book, all my hormones are out of whack and it’s possible my adrenals and thyroid are the worst or at least contributing to the other imbalances. I’m looking forward to trying the “Targeted Lifestyle changes and naturaceuticals” as the first step from the Gottfried Protocol.
You can take the questionnaire for free from the book’s website. I think you just have to enter your email address. This should help people know if the book might be worth it. For someone like me with more than 5 symptoms in each category, I think it’s worth it.
I really like that the first step is things you can do (yoga, massage, meditation, acupuncture, exercise, etc) and things you can eat (prunes, pomegranate, and grapefruit juice) and supplements (Vitamin C, Licorice, Vitamin B5, Fish oil, etc). All of these things I can easily do without too much trouble.
In fact, I have been doing some of them already like avoid sugar/caffeine/alcohol, take fish oil (fermented cod liver oil), and am probably getting enough vitamin A & D from that.
In addition, I already started to implement some info from the Step 1’s. I have increased my vitamin c intake by 2/3rds, I’m eating 100 grams of prunes a day, and I’m taking licorice supplements. I hope to include more of the items over the next few weeks.
I’m going to give it a try for 6 weeks and see if I see any improvements.
I love the advice she gives regarding Step 2 “herbs/botanicals”. This was so helpful to me. “How to approach herbal remedies: Consult first (start with lifestyle changes first then talk to doctor), One herb at a time (for 6-12 weeks at a time), record any adverse effects, and for adults only.
I’m still looking for a good practitioner in the area. I’m new to this area and having a hard time finding the right fit. I’m going to use the website to research more practitioners in the area.
I love that Dr. Sara provides a lot of scientific info and also lets the readers know they can skip the science part of they want. I listened to the whole thing instead of skipping though. I like to know the science stuff. She explains this in the “How to use this book” as streamlined or comprehensive approach. I chose the latter.
Some of the reviews seem so odd to me. Some people say there’s nothing new here. However, I found a lot of great new info in this book. I didn’t find the language too “doctor” or over my head at all. I didn’t find it long-winded or repetitive at all. I didn’t find the book’s organization confusing and I didn’t have any problems with the friendly tone of the author. I have no problem with her having an email list and other resources. I would be surprised if she didn’t. The info in the book goes far beyond “stress less, eat healthy, get some vitamins, and find exercise routine”. She actually talks about scientific studies that explain different exercises (30 minutes 4 days a week and not over doing it). I didn’t find the author narcissistic at all. I also didn’t feel like she was trying to be a “celebrity”
I see comments saying don’t buy the kindle version. It didn’t bother me at all. I loved having a digital version that I could search through. The audio companion seemed to be for a different version though because the spoken word didn’t always match the written word. Most of the time, it didn’t matter. I only noticed a few time were it might be problematic.