- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Healthy Life Library; 1 edition (September 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967873398
- ISBN-13: 978-0967873398
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hormone Harmony: How to Balance Insulin, Cortisol, Thyroid, Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone To Live Your Best Life 1st Edition
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Because of recent research and the controversy that surrounds the risks of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women, hormone imbalance has become a hot topic, but few straightforward, comprehensive guides have been written on the issue. Hormone Harmony fills that gap with an in-depth look at how hormones are deeply connected to nutrition, lifestyle, and supplements. Most importantly, it provides a road map for women seeking to create hormone balance, providing a checklist of symptoms for identifying imbalances.
The authors possess high-level credentials: Alicia Stanton, M.D., is a specialist in preventative medicine and hormone imbalance, and serves as chief medical officer of BodyLogicMD, a network of physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy. Co-author Vera Tweed, a veteran health writer, has written several books and is a contributing editor for Better Nutrition and other magazines.
What makes them both well-suited to pen such a comprehensive guide, though, isn't just their experience in the medical field, but their personal journeys with hormones. Each shares the story of a dramatic medical event and how these health setbacks brought them to examine bioidentical hormones more closely. Stanton's story begins with a heart-rending anecdote about waking up after back surgery, wondering if she'd live long enough to see her little son get his first grown-up haircut.
Hormone imbalance can be tricky to spot, they note, because the situation brings on multiple symptoms like sleep disturbance, weight gain, mood swings, and low energy. Although menopause is traditionally seen as the chief culprit for unbalanced hormone levels, Stanton and Tweed believe that imbalance can happen at any stage of life and can significantly impact a woman's quality of life.
With diligence and wonderfully clear writing, the pair detail how hormones work, explaining issues like cortisol triggers and insulin resistance. That same straightforward, informative tone allows them to discuss other subjects like carbohydrates, strength-training, and antibacterial products.
The authors posit that healthy lifestyle changes and bioidentical hormones can restore balance, and their descriptions of even this medical terminology are clear: "To get an idea of the difference between hormones that are bioidentical and those that are not, imagine a jigsaw puzzle," they write. "In a normal puzzle, the pieces will fit if you put them in the right places. That's how bioidentical hormones work in our bodies; they fit."
The book isn't about popping pills to feel healthy, though; the authors delve deep into crucial topics like diet improvement, physical exercise, toxins, supplements, and stress. Each of these areas has an effect on how the body produces hormones, and how those hormones interact. Although the work is primarily addressed to women, they include a chapter for men, with the same type of lucid, solid suggestions for health.
Both bioidentical hormones and lifestyle shifts are complex areas, making this easy-to-digest guide particularly invaluable. --Elizabeth Millard, ForeWord Clarion Reviews
About the Author
Dr. Alicia Stanton is one of the country's leading experts on hormone therapy. Dr. Stanton practices anti-aging and integrative medicine in Connecticut, serving the greater Hartford area. Dr. Stanton is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Diplomat of the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine and an Advanced Fellow in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Stanton's book, Hormone Harmony, has won several awards including the Indie Next Generation Award for 2010 and a Silver Medal in the 2011 Living Well Book Awards. Her next book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hormone Weight Loss, focuses on 7 Principles of Hormone Weight Loss. She has a special interest in hormone balance and its effects on men and women with regard to weight gain, energy levels, toxin exposures and stress. Her weekly radio show, Aging Without Limits, on WebTalkRadio.net addresses these issues and many others.
Dr. Stanton lectures internationally to physicians and lay persons and is regularly featured as an expert through television, radio and print media. Her philosophy focuses on anti-aging medicine and maintaining optimum health through nutrition, fitness and bioidentical hormone therapy.
She is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the American College for the Advancement of Medicine and the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is also a regularly featured speaker for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, PCCA, ZRT Laboratories and ADL Laboratories. Dr. Stanton graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine.
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Not to deal with the world's probably most widespread, and the world's propably strongest thyroid suppressant: fluoride, fluoride in tap water, fluoride pesticides, fluoride in food, fluoride in dental hygiene, fluoride in dental care, fluoride in clothing, fluoride in drugs for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, fluoride everywhere ... leads me to doubt dr. Stanton's expertise, because long term avoidance of fluoride in everyday life would improve hormonal balance in everyone, even without medical consultation.
For that matter, not only fluoride, but the whole group of "halogens" deserves special attention precisely because "the halogens", including fluoride as the most biologically active "halogen" - deserve their own, careful examination with a view on "halogens" devastating effect on the thyroid. But the nearest (and only) halogen-related dr. Stanton mentions in her book is chlorine-free household cleaners.
About iodine writes Dr. Stanton only that it is necessary for proper thyroid function and that one can ensure an adequate intake of iodine by using iodized table salt. It's really too cheap!
Dr. Stanton writes nothing about that fluoride replaces iodine in the thyroid hormones, reducing the effect og thyroid hormones, which means in the long term: hypothyroidism. Dr. Stanton also seems not to be aware that iodized salt has only a limited shelf life, and after a few months on the shelves in the store or on the kitchen table at home, most of the iodine will be gone. Dr. Stanton writes nothing about other methods to prevent iodine deficiency.
Thyroid hormones are the hormones involved in all body cells, including brain cells. Without proper levels of thyroid hormones will cerebellum shrink and people will develop debilitating ataxia. Without proper levels of thyroid hormones, also the effect of all other hormones will be disturbed. Thyroid hormones make us the people we are, because thyroid hormones are generally controlling hormones throughout the body and the mind.
When dr. Stanton in her book, written with the aim to treat or prevent endocrine disruption - not with a single word mentions fluoride - then disappears my confidence in Dr. Stanton and I can no longer recommend her book to anyone who really wants to help themselves.