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ALL TOO OFTEN WOMEN ARE TOLD that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part of being female. Or they’re led to believe that the answer can be found only at the bottom of a bottle of prescription pills. Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard-educated physician and nationally recognized, board-certified gynecologist, refuses to acce ...more
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Published March 12th 2013 by Scribner (first published March 5th 2013)
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Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jo Ilfeld
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge believer that a pill doesn't cure everything (and often not even that much) and Dr Gottfried backs up this intuition but with a huge wealth of actual data and recommendations. It's like the Getting Our Bodies Back for the new millenium. Women who aren't satisfied with the answers (or in most cases non-answers) they are getting from their doctors are looking for real ways to feel better, more energized, sexier, lose weight and even handle peri-menopause. And that's what Dr Gottfried gi ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, 2013
There is a lot of great information in this book, presented in an easy-going and empowering manner. I found it a helpful springing off point for conversations with my doctor, a naturopath.

I bought and read this on Kindle. While it was great for reading on the bus, I really wish I had purchased it in paper. It's really hard to flip around in the book, which I wanted to do, repeatedly. I had no ability to copy pages so that I could refer to advice for my condition or bring them to my doctor - they
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-nonfic
A great book for every woman to read: in order that she be healthier,live longer and with a better quality of life - and also to gift to her mom/sister/girlfriend - especially working women and moms!!
Kyria Sobrinho amtsfeld
May 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: health
Oh lordy where to start. This book can be summed up into : Meditate, eat well, test hormones and try to boost what you are low in first naturally and if that is not possible, opt for bioidentical ones-strechted over 400 pages of blaaa. Peppered with tales of her grandmother mud who was an inspiration to here because she drank lemon water and looked fierce without realizing her grannie sounds like just another over-privileged California health-nut.
Overall this book can be hardly described as revo
Ashley Thompson
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women over 20, not pregnant or breastfeeding
Finally, a doctor who addresses more than just treating the symptoms! Dr. Gottfried does an excellent job explaining various hormonal imbalances, why they occur, how they affect women, and provides practical solutions to fix them. She includes a comprehensive questionnaire to help you learn if you have a hormonal imbalance and what type (thyroid, high and/or low cortisol, low progesterone or estrogen, high androgens).

Her advice is more than just "try this or that, but seek out a doctor". She la
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To all my girlfriends:

If you are 35 or over, you need to read this book. I've read a lot about this sort of thing before, but she really nails it. She's a Harvard trained gynaecologist so she knows her stuff too (not that she learned any of this stuff at Harvard, which is the real problem as she readily discusses).

It contains valuable information for women who have to cope with changing hormone levels at the most stressful points of their lives.

The modern way of Western living is not doing us m
Sep 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really annoying and I am relieved to be done with it.

It should not have been this way. There was good information on hormones and I did learn from it. Also, I understand that it would be a relief for a woman experiencing hormonal disruptions to get reassurance from this book. It was recommended by someone who was feeling some differences. I just had a lot of problems with it.

The first thing that was really off-putting was the Gottfried's own fat-phobia, which is featured really pro
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're a woman, have a daughter, are married to a woman, plan to marry a woman, or have women friends, you should read this book. If you're a man with hormonal issues (adrenals, thyroid etc.) you would also benefit.

Written by a Harvard educated gynecologist who is also a yoga instructor, wife and mother, this book is the cutting edge of what is known about hormones. Everything is explained in terms that are easy to understand. I love that she utilizes lifestyle changes and herbal remedies (if
Mikala Hill
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this book not just for myself, but for others I love. It's so sad to me that we have been trained to believe that a pill is the answer for things, when these pills do nothing to repair the root problem: they simply turn off the body's "warning light." I should've gone to medical school. I should become a yoga instructor. I want the world to be a healthier and happier, more mindful place. ((Sigh)) I will share what I've learned with everyone who wants to hear it or doesn't read it for ...more
Anne Gruel
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, thorough discussion of what hormones are, what they do, and what happens when they are out of balance in the body. I've been working through hormone treatments and adjustments for years, but even with the help of a great naturopath and a knowledgeable primary care physician my understanding was incomplete. No more!

The most useful information in the book for me were the details of how to test your hormone levels. Some you can do yourself. If you are working with a health care professi
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an important book for women of all ages!

Women=hormones. If your hormones are fried (and likely they are if you don't get enough sleep on a regular basis, have basic life stress, eat too much sugar/gluten/dairy, and have ever taken the pill) - then you are fried. Our bodies function based on the delicate interplay of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, thyroid, etc. and understanding how they all work, interact, and can so easily get out of whack is critical to feeling great.
Danielle DeVane Wells
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book because the information was easy to understand and apply. It goes over everything you would need to know about how hormones are produced, their function, their relatedness to other hormones, what happens when hormones get out of balance, and what to do about hormone imbalance.

I think every female should read this book - I haven't read other books on this topic (coming soon!) so Im sure there are comparable books.

This book is easy to read not "heavy" reading at all. There's a
Nicole Daedone
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Sara Gottfried has demystified my own body for me. At once scientific and intuitive, her work pushes the edges of traditional medicine to integrate what women have known throughout the ages. The Hormone Cure is both accessible and substantive, with surprisingly simple but profound advice on each page. It's a book every woman should read.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and resourceful. Though I studied hormones many years ago, this book was a real eye opener. I borrowed a copy from a public library, but I've decided to get my own copy. Kindle edition is not recommended.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book saved my life. Seriously, the Gottfried Protocol works and I am more than thrilled that I've found some relief.
Beth Haynes
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: medical
A clear, understandable explanation of a very complicated subject: the interaction of multiple hormones throughout a woman's life. The author addresses the major categories of hormone imbalances which lead to PMS, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, infertility, loss of libido and a host of other symptoms common to modern womanhood.
Especially enlightening to me was her explanation of the hormonal contribution to the emotional experiences of women aged 35 to 50 who are typically trying to manage work, ch
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was helpful... and for a women's health book, I actually enjoyed reading it. However, I wish this book would have been a bit more practical and "how-to". There was a lot of science in this book, and I while I did skip a lot of it, I think some more meat in the how-to section would have been really helpful!!
Kelliann Gomez
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As someone with chronic illness, sometimes it seems like you're either being pumped full of pills between surgeries or being subjected to woo. There's seemingly no in-between sometimes.

This book is the in-between.

Everything is science-based. If there's no study specifically supporting her claims, Dr. Gottfried explains that. There is absolutely no woo in here.

Everything is simple with minimal side effects which are described in the book. I've been told that the best way to wrangle my crazy woman
Judi Kling
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's an easy to understand book, with very practical solutions to balancing hormones. Dr. Gottfried recommends lifestyle changes and supplements before attempting pharmaceutical solutions. I really like that approach. That said, it's difficult to self-diagnose using just her questionnaires. As she explains, if your root cause is low progesterone, it can cause excess estrogen in parts of your cycle. You could be treating high estrogen, when the root cause is low progesterone. Without testing, you ...more
jeni brasfield
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Gottfried offers excellent information on our hormones and exactly how they are supposed to work together. I had a thyroidectomy 16 years ago and have been battling hypothyroidism ever since. Now at 50, I have entered menopause. THE HORMONE CURE has served as a foundation for personal study. There is a comprehensive quiz with personalized results. She provides solid research and solutions that include the right type of exercise and supplements, both of which I have Incorporated into a health ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is great! Thank-you Dr. Gottfried for validating that I'm not CRAZY! The book is structured so you can go straight to the part you need, or you can read all the scientific details (or not!). I love her practical, science-based approach. This is a must-read for any woman living in today's modern world.
Amy Hoogervorst
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I’m keeping this one close at hand as a workbook for myself and a ready reference for my health coaching clients. Perfect for any woman who is ready to be their own best health advocate.
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for all women, Dr. Gottfried is brilliant, relatable and tells it like it is. Even women in their 20s can benefit from the wisdom here about how to listen to our bodies and address imbalances (stress, low sex drive, acne, etc) in a natural way without running straight to pills or prescriptions. What I love about this book is the way Gottfried absolves women of what many feel might be personal shortcomings or genetic life-sentences: Am I doomed to have low sex drive forever? Will I al ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
So between turning 40 and 42 (in a month and a bit) I feel like my whole mind and body has completely broken down. I can't keep a thought in my head for 2 minutes and my desire to exercise is constantly being derailed by injuries. This book was recommended to me by a couple of different people whose opinions I respect. It is pretty much telling me things I have been feeling before reading this, eat more whole foods, do more yoga, etc. But it is a nice affirmation of the changes I have been conte ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I finally feel like I may know what's going on in my crazy body! I now have talking points with my doctor and husband as well as some strategies to implement to help with all the chaos. for me, it will be a matter of balancing work and home and self-care- isn't that everyone's battle though. she made this so easy to understand and talk about. great book to learn more for those of us who are easily confused by medical jargon. I will share this resource with others who have been diagnos ...more
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Feels crazy to give this five stars. I don't do that often. I don't know if the book will pan out for others, hot flashes are gone after working through her Gottfried Protocol. Life has improved amazingly since reading and applying her recommendations. That's worth five stars to me!

She goes into detail to a level that won't interest some, but always gives you the option of skipping those sections. I plan to keep this book in mind whenever I experience the symptoms she called out in her
Jean Thompson Williams
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great info, so needed! Enjoyed Gottfried's writing style, fun and easy to understand. I like her approach with fixing the cause (usually stress related), looking to herbals and nutrients first and then, if and when needed, bio-identical hormones. Good layout so you can bop around to what you need or get more and read the deeper details. On target with hormone health and a great reference for all women!
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Currently on the path of great health after a total physical crash at the end of December. Through lifestyle changes, nutritional overhaul, supplements, and an attitude change I am starting to feel alive again. Still have a ways to go, but with the help of this empowering book and being told I look great, as if ii was reversing the aging process, I will continue to heal myself and regain balance. A must read for all women!
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Sara Gottfried, MD  is the  New York Times  bestselling author of The Hormone Cure  (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and  The Hormone Reset Diet (HarperOne, 2015).  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 progr ...more

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