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The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind Mood

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A Yale-trained, board-certified family physician with a specialty in women's health and obstetrics delivers a proven 28-day program to heal the overwhelmed, overloaded systems, and prevent and reverse the myriad of symptoms affecting the vast majority of women today.

Weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune conditions—for years, health practition
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by HarperOne (first published 2017)
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Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Might be helpful but not revolutionary

I honestly don't know why I keep buying books like this. I guess I keep hoping to find something new to help me feel better, and I was hopeful about this one because the author is a Yale educated MD. That said, I didn't find much that was new here, and certainly not revolutionary. Here's what I did find in her plan:

* Questionnaires. There are always questionnaires. These feel like they have a pretty low threshold for needing her plan. Most are 10 to 15 ques
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My daughter, who is a certified clinical herbalist, was studying under Dr. Romm at the time my husband was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. She recommended this book immediately along with an herbal protocol. I did the 4 week protocol along with him and I feel amazing!!!! He still has a few symptoms but for the most part...he feels GREAT!! He even lost 21.5 pounds!
Christopher Lawson
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
You Have More Control Over Your Health Than You Think!

The author began investigating autoimmune problems when she saw how many patients came to her with at least one autoimmune condition. Dr. Romm discovered that many patients were continually overwhelmed--triggering the "Survival Overdrive Syndrome," or SOS. This mode stimulates the immune system, and allows us to cope with hazards. The SOS response is great for short term emergencies, but not for long term health.

The doctor developed a plan fo
Jennifer Barr
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is well researched and well written, easy to follow, and very adaptable for different types of people with different types of diets. This isn't one of those "fit yourself into one of three types" and then follow the rules kind of books. There is a lot of room for customization based on individual needs or problems. I almost didn't buy this book after reading one reviewer comparing the diet to whole 30. I've lived whole 30 for an extended period of time, and this is very different. This diet ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The first part of this book provided the solid science and peer-reviewed research associated with the various causes of thyroid issues. The second part jumped off the deep end and insisted on "organic this and non-GMO that" and provided a "solution" with no scientific backing or support. Unfortunate. The first part of the book is useful for informing and arming the reader about the symptoms and causes of women's health issues. The second half is crap. Reducing one's stressors and limiting contac ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-books, healthy
On the one hand, I think there’s a lot of good information in here. On the other hand the advice is sort of like — you’re tired and burned out, now take a lot of supplements and cook all your food and you’ll feel better. Maybe all health books are this way, but I think I could have used a more organized structure or more pictures of the meals so I could have really understood what she’s suggesting. I don’t entirely doubt it’s easy once you’re doing it, I’m just not certain I can get from here to ...more
Ann Boots
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The recommendations in this book have helped reduce symptoms of my adrenal fatigue. The reason I'm giving this book three stars instead of four is because the charts in this book are nearly impossible to read on my kindle device. I was able to read it on my desktop. I highly recommend this to anyone suffering from Adrenal fatigue and Thyroid issues.
Thought I'd see if there was anything new on this front. Nope.

As usual, there's an intro that basically says "Everyone else is wrong, but I know more than they do" and tries to get all warm and fuzzy to establish trust. The usual supposed case studies that are included to make you go "Oh! Just like me!" And there's the usual assurances that this can all be fixed if you just do exactly what the book says. Basic self-help (and now medical condition) book formula. Then there is a questionnaire so
Helen Richards
Originally from the library, I liked it so much, I bought the book. This is a great book that explains adrenal fatigue and how everything is connected. It is very easy to read; it is broken down into a 4 week plan that involves eating plans and 'recharge' plan that is broken down so easily I know I can stick to it. I especially like how she talks about making time for yourself and each day gives you something different you can do for yourself that only takes 15 minutes; whether it is a gratitude ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, ebook, 2017
I actually finished this a few weeks ago. The centerpiece is a strict restriction diet, and no hint of awareness that things like eating disorders exist, or the actual effects of dieting. So that's nice. Also if you take the quizzes literally everyone will need "treatment" and so I question their utility and specificity.

That being said, yes thyroid disease is real, no, it's not in your head, and I think the book does well to emphasize that. I also believe that this protocol has worked for some f
Dani Ger
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I appreciated a doctor finally acknowledging that people can have adrenal problems without having an Addison's diagnosis. I also appreciated the helpful guidance about what can be done about it as well. The symptom questionnaires seemed spot on for what I deal with having adrenal fatigue. The recommendations also checked with other reading I have done on the subject.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting information, although her solution to the syndrome she is calling "SOS" involves lots and lots of supplements. Complicated to work through on your own; probably better as an adjunct to working with a good MD or Naturopath. Nonetheless, the main thrust of her argument is that you CAN get better, you can feel good again, and you are empowered to make improvements to your health.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Worth the read even if you don't have any issues with your thyroid. The food detox and reintroductions for just being healthier is worth the read. It breaks it down and how to slowly reintroduce foods that may cause you issues; whether you knew it or not. It includes many recipes as well.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very informative book outlining how various types of stressors impact the body and can cause autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto's. It teaches how various symptoms are all inter-related and repairable with just one solution...a load off the shoulders if you haven't been able to figure out what to tackle first, or how. I'm thinking the all-nighters in architecture school and the long hours at work did me no favors. Yikes. Unfortunately, you learn late into the book that you may not be able t ...more
Jean-philippe Millard
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a man with both low adrenal function and non-autoimmune hypothyroidism I found this book to be immensely helpful. The author is an MD, herbalist and midwife giving her a truly integrative approach to medicine. I have a BS is Integrative healthcare which helped with my understanding of many of the medical concepts but the material is presented in a way that makes the information easy to understand. The author dives into the underlying causes of adrenal and thryoid malfunctioning which is large ...more
Kim Osterholzer
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: midwifery
I finished this excellent book the very week it was released and, as a midwife myself, filled with hope for my own clients and readers, I’ve already shared it countless times.

Women in American society seem to be suffering an ever-increasing myriad of distressing symptoms that are markedly disrupting their lives. These symptoms range from exhaustion to difficulty controlling weight, from errant hormones to clouded comprehension and concentration, from moods askew to impaired immunity to aching,
Sara Gutierrez Atsalakis
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book for anyone starting their journey to heal adrenal/thyroid issues. If you are not new to this topic information might seem repetitive to other natural approach books. Otherwise good info that's lays out a base plan for improving conditions. Also she provides lists of all the protocols she recommends including supplements at the books website. My only issue is she provides a good overview of all the supplements she might use and there is a lot so for someone new might seem overwhelming ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not going to be easy to follow but I am sick of how I feel so going to try it and feel ready to make change. Basically she recommends Mediterranean diet for life and I feel like that is something I can do since it doesn’t cut out any food groups other than processed foods. I don’t eat much dairy as is either and I love feta cheese so I am fine with that too. I have not had sodas for five days now and now sugar either. I learned a lot from this book and wish I had read it years ago. I should have ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Here is it! This is the book I‘ve been looking for. Using easy to understand explanations of body systems, the author produces a very well-laid out and actionable plan to help me reclaim the edge I’ve been missing in my health journey.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
The diet plan is way to challenging
Laurie Villarreal
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is great and Aviva’s approach works. I highly recommend it!

Working in health and wellness, and as someone who’s struggled with hypothyroidism, adrenal issues and autoimmunity, I’d highly recommend this book to clients, friends, anyone.

I love this book as a reference and I refer back to it’s helpful charts and information quite often when questions pop up for myself and others about testing and supplementation.

What I think is most important about this book is that she helps the reade
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
How I wish we had more doctors like Dr Romm in the UK, those that actually LISTEN to their patients and who realise that although (and I do recognise) they do many years of study and training ,patients know their own bodies. If they tell you something isn't right, even though the tests all say normal, then further investigation is required. Sadly , in reality, you have no chance.
Dr Romm's book is good, unfortunately it is mainly aimed at women living in the USA,fair enough as the doctor has to
Rachel Meyers
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Having been through thyroid and adrenal issues, having a 9 year break and then having a flare up recently, I've learned a lot about myself, my personality, and how the processes in the body are all connected.

While I feel like naturopathic doctors are doing a lot to open our eyes to self healing and regeneration of our bodies in natural ways, I also feel like with that comes some (or a lot) of fear-mongering in terms of chemicals, infections and toxins. For people with my type of perso
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It's been a couple months since I finish this book. I really enjoyed the beginning section where she explains the relationships between stress and hormones and health. There were a few claims I felt were not research-based. They may have been research base but the wording in the book made it sound like they were just coming out of nowhere. Then about halfway through the book she started recommending supplements, and I admit I kind of shut down. It just goes against my personal philosophy to take ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This seems helpful-ish, but sometimes that's worse than not being helpful at all. About 45% of the book is just explaining what the symptoms are of hormonal/digestive problem, which really only told me details I've known about myself for years. Obviously I see why Romm would dedicate the introduction to explaining how you would recognize the problems she's about to advise you on, but I don't think spending nearly half the book just telling readers what's wrong with them accomplishes much. For th ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Huh...I'm surprised this received decent reviews. My first though was, "is a Dr. degree all it takes to get published?" This book appears to have not had the benefit of an editor. It is poorly written and the information in the second portion is incomplete. Ms. Romm tells you what she thinks the problem is, then divides the remedy up into three portions and gives the "what not to eat" selections but then on the first two portions there is no "what to eat". She simply has you refer to the third p ...more
Nicole Ediss
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women struggling with undiagnosed symptoms.
Amazing!! If you are a woman and have been suffering from mysterious symptoms or your doctor hasn't diagnosed you with anything, but you still know something is wrong...please get this book! There are questionnaires, vitamin suggestions, weekly planners for food, and exercise and practical daily hacks to help you fix whatever issues you may have.

If you're always tired, can't sleep, have emotional issues, anxiety, weird pains, low sex drive, stubborn excess weight or thinning hair, THIS BOOK WIL
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dont-own-read
As always, Aviva Romm offers an uncomplicated path to restoring health by relying on both medical research and midwifery wisdom- the best of both worlds in my opinion.

Through this book I learned that certain things I was experiencing were actually symptoms of a deeper issue, what the types of food were, and how to pay attention to my body’s reaction to different foods.

In addition to her book, the website offers helpful print-outs to make it easy.

I would recommend to anyone looking to heal the
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I already have a lot of respect for Romm, and I wonder if this book was made a bit more gimmicky (only 4 weeks to feeling great!) Because of her editors and/or publishers. Herbs and lifestyle changes are not just for 4 weeks like this book touts. And if you make it more than halfway through, she admits, that it really isn't just for 4 weeks and many people require months before they feel better. Wish it was more up front. 4 stars because the recipes are simpler and better put together than many ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a good, clear first-steps guide to helping people newly diagnosed with autoimmune (and especially Hashimoto's) disease. It seems to be a well boiled-down book compared to several others like it. It's also not as annoying in terms of voice (meaning this one's not annoying at all--I don't want long sob stories, I just want help to get better). Other books are more comprehensive, especially about supplements, but they can also be too technical (and very difficult to follow for people still ...more
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