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The New York Times bestselling guide to hormone
balance that helps women of all ages achieve increased energy,
resilience, vitality, and sensuality through science-based natural

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 accept that being a woman means
feeling overwhelmed or that popping pills is the new normal. In The
Hormone Cure
, she shares the unique hormone-balancing program that
she has used to help thousands of women reclaim wellness, verve, and
optimal health.

Combining natural therapies with rigorous
scientific testing and using an informative questionnaire to identify
the common causes of hormonal imbalance, Dr. Gottfried provides an
individualized plan in nonjudgmental and thoughtful language. Based on
ten years’ study of cutting-edge medical research as a specialist
in functional and integrative therapies, Dr. Gottfried’s
three-tiered treatment strategy includes:

•Supplements and
targeted lifestyle changes that address underlying deficiencies

•Herbal therapies that restore balance and optimize your
body’s natural function

hormones—most available without a prescription

Hormone Cure
is a groundbreaking book that demonstrates how
balancing your hormones can cure underlying health issues and result in
restored sleep, greater energy, improved mood, easy weight loss,
increased productivity, and many more benefits. Dr. Sara
Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure will transform your

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August 24, 2014

I feel like I got more info out of this book for about $15 than I got out 3 naturopaths for about $400! Consider buying it!
Personally, I love this book!

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.

December 8, 2018

Negligent Advice - Be Careful!
I read through this book, and all the various hormonal imbalances, and took the quiz. Based on the results I followed a few of the recommendations for low progesterone. One of which is to take the herb called Chasteberry (1,000mg/day), which the author recommends to restore hormone balance when progesterone is low. After 4 months I noticed a significant weight gain - an inch on the hips and thighs and a couple inches around the middle! What a disappointment! I run 3 times per week and do weight training 2 times per week so this should not have happened! BEWARE of CHASTEBERRY, and beware of the fact that the author doesn't tell you about side effects. I googled it after noticing the weight gain and found plenty of websites that caution you about it. Wish the author had. What woman would knowingly take anything that could cause weight gain!

September 11, 2018

Fixed my night hot flashes after a horrible experience with estrogen cream
This book was recommended to me by a friend of a friend. I've been in menopause for about a year and a half and the hot flashes all night long were really messing up my sleep. I was given an estrogen cream by my gyn and within three days it caused a rash all over my legs that lasted weeks. I had to stop taking it.

I'm so glad I gave this book a shot. She walks you through exactly what chapters to read and what chapters to skip based on your exact symptoms. What's even better is that she lays out steps as in what to try first, second, and third in that order. She doesn't jump right in to herbal stuff (which sometimes makes me uncomfortable). For my particular problem, step one started with basic combinations of vitamins to try. Who knew. Within a week or less I started sleeping through the night for the first time in months.

I'm the first of my friends to go through meno. I will share it with all of them as they join me!

May 23, 2014

Very Detailed
I really enjoyed this book. It has answered many questions I had about hormones. I would recommend it to any woman who is having mood, swings, sleep disturbances or depression. Chances are your hormones are out of balance.

February 1, 2019

A Shot in the Dark
I was more confused than informed. Given the complexity of hormones and symptoms and overlap of symptoms between condtions described, I didn't feel comfortable moving ahead with anything suggested. Summary: Buy a whole bunch of nutritional supplements...we'll even sell them to you for a magic cure.

While I don't doubt that hormone imbalances are a significant cause of ill health, but given the complexity of hormones, this book is more of a crap shoot than a cure. The risk of self-diagnosis should be considered.

July 3, 2016

Nothing new. Borrow it or buy used if you must.
Yes, there is some helpful information in this book that I will use. But not near enough useful information to justify a new book order of $15. I wish I had bought it used or got it at the library.

If you've never heard these ideas before, then I could see being impressed, but by now, most of the ideas in the book are either common sense or well established in functional/environmental or alternative medicine. Thus, I agree with the critics that there is no "Gottfried Protocol," since you'd get the same advice from many other physicians; this book seems to be focused way more on marketing and sales $$$ by creating a brand known as "Gottfried" than on conveying the substance of her message. I also found the tone of the book to be more alarming than reassuring or empowering.

May 21, 2018

Two Stars
Barely got through the first chapter; really pushes yoga. Sorry, just wasn't for me.

December 6, 2016

Although the information in the book is helpful, the ...
Although the information in the book is helpful, the author repeatedly promises helpful information on her website such as the ability to find a medical practitioner in your area. However, on her website is no such information. Rather, she has many over-priced products and it is clear that her book is simply a venue to try and get yet more money from consumers. Further, there is a website of hers that contains several very short negative comments from readers about the lack of fulfillment on such promises. I got on to post my own frustration but found that it was almost impossible to do so. Apparently, Gottfried or her staff modified the site so that each letter took about 30 seconds to post. Who has time for that?! It was very frustrating to feel I had found a solution and then had no way to move forward with it. Unfortunately, the opportunity to make a lot of money often overwhelms a doctor's concern for patients (or readers).

August 28, 2018

Smart and interesting
I don;t have a great deal of time to read about a personal journey although I definitely relate to this professional. I purchased a couple of her books, which I have been able to share with others. In hindsight, I wish I had not and just sent those same funds into purchasing her 10 day cleanse or something more direct. It is a good book but circuitous and wordy so you need to be patient.

July 7, 2017

Recommend, but leery of the marketing hype
My Dr. recommended I read this book. I highly recommend. It explains so much about the wonkiness of being a woman. I feel more educated about my body. Not going to sugarcoat- part of it is confusing, at times frustrating & comes down to the basics we already know --- food & exercise are at the root of it all --- but definitely worth the investment to read.

I have since researched her .com & a little out off by all of her products, apps & marketing -- but still feel her messaging in the book is good.

October 10, 2019

completely overlooks critical role of iodine (and other nutrients) in hormone health
This book completely overlooks iodine's critical role in hormone health, especially for women. As an MD, the author takes the usual party line of iodine deficiency not really being a problem ("because the table salt we use comes fortified with iodine" p 246). What is overlooked is the huge problem of bromine, chorine and fluoride displacing iodine in the body, aside from the fact that the amount of iodine you get from salt (if you even eat processed salt) is insufficient for good health and hormone function. Women not looking at this foundational nutritional deficiency will needlessly end up on bioidentical hormones that are just covering up the problem, not fixing it.

In addition to this oversight a lot of the supplement advice is just really outdated and/or basically useless. Overlooked are excellent nutrients for women's health like nattokinase's ability to dissolve fibroids and breast cysts and cure endometriosis (there is even a highly effective patented version of this natural enzyme as a supplement for this purpose, not mentioned in this book at all).

At the end of the day MDs are just woefully uneducated on holistic health. They didn't study it at all in school and their schedules are too busy to study it in any depth once they're out of school. Because medical schools are funded by the pharmaceutical industry, the principle "authority" MDs have is knowing what pharmaceutical to prescribe for a specific set of symptoms. The trend of MDs trying to be authorities in the area of natural medicine is tragically just ruining the effectiveness and power of it (and keeping you running back to your own MD, therefore keeping them in business). It's like expecting your car salesman to be an expert mechanic. It's just not what they do.

April 8, 2017

Really great book! Totally recommend this book to all of ...
Really great book! Totally recommend this book to all of my lady friends! You will learn so much about your body! It has really helped me and I am will continue to follow her great plan.

April 20, 2017

If I had the time and patience...
If I had the time and patience I wouldn't need the information I thought I'd find in this book. I expected more clear, concise direction than the verbose biopic I found.

August 5, 2019

Excellent, life-changing advice!
I don’t write reviews very often, but this book deserves one. The advice is seriously life-changing. I am 48 and pre-menopausal, with mood, weight and fatigue/insomnia symptoms that were affecting my quality of life. I had spent a small fortune on supplements that only made my symptoms worse. After skimming this book - it’s huge and long-winded and I didn’t read the entire thing - I tried 3 of the common supplements she recommends for anyone who thinks they may have any type of imbalance. Within only two weeks my mood has leveled out tremendously, and I am no longer eating everything in sight and gaining weight! I am sleeping better and feeling more rested. Turns out the supplements I was taking previous to reading this book were making things worse. The book does a great job explaining how hormone balance can affect so many aspects of life, and how to address those issues. I feel better than I have in years. Money well spent and I would recommend!

May 26, 2018

I really don’t feel like I got any more information than if I just ...
I really don’t feel like I got any more information than if I just google questions. Not really key information

February 25, 2014

I haven't read this book in full, but I'd like to point out something. I'm quoting the description on Google Books "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." From what I have read, this book trie...Full Review

October 9, 2018

Not practical for meat eaters
Book is biased to plant based foods. No thanks.

February 11, 2017

One Star
I received the book and the letters were so light I could not read it.

July 10, 2016

Very disappointed!
Poorly written book. Not easy to read. The print is pale and tiny. It does have some good but good information, however good luck finding it.
I read health care books all the time. I am not intimidated by them. What a disappointment.

August 1, 2019

The absence of hormones is the beginning of death...
Yes, this is absolutely true. Or worse, the absence of hormones is wanting to die. The doctors tell you "You don't want hormones because you will get breast cancer...". That's a top comment and one that gives you that sinking feeling that, in the absence of hormonal help, there is no reason to live anymore. Several years ago, before I was concerned with this issue, a woman in her eighties said to me "I just wouldn't live without my Prempro!"! I was very surprised, because it had come out in the news that Prempro could cause cancer. She laughingly said to my statement of concern, "There is no life worth living, or there are hormones...". She was firm in her opinion and didn't dwell on the dark side. She died two years ago at 93. I'm now seventy and I'm living the dark side. My doctor has voiced her view, "You don't want to worry about breast cancer...". Well?! I have worried about breast cancer my whole life! My dad's first wife died of it when I was 19, my mother in law died of it when she was 62, her sister died of it at 50, and sister number three is still alive at 100!! The hormone doctor I have seen over the years says the end of hormones is the beginning of death. Yeh, he's right. He's 85 and still comes in to his old office (that his son took over) every Monday. He is French and travels to Paris two or three times a year. He says everyone in Paris takes hormones throughout their lives. I took his hormones for about seven years, then I started a new doctor when he stopped traveling to my area where he was a "guest" doctor once a month. No hormones anymore after he stopped coming meant the beginning of death. I didn't notice at first, then it snow balled. I have weighed high 130's for twenty years. I now weigh 127. I'm 5'8". You're jealous, right?! The fat left and the skin hangs. It's awful. I don't wear sleeveless, my breast slosh around in my bra. The depression "change" made is real...I don't want to look at myself. I'm making an appointment to go in and see my French doctor, or his son, because this is NOT the way I want to live. I'm grumpy to my four and eight year old grandkids, and yesterday when I had them all day I separated them, made one go upstairs and one stay with me. Our walk was short because she wanted to wear her new skates and he wanted to run. I used to keep up with them, now we turn around and go back home after a block or two. I have anxiety, I don't want to go anywhere....Okay, just HOW DEPRESSED are you NOW?! No drugs means this is the normal......I always thought anxiety meant you were anxious. How bad could that be....?

February 25, 2018

some generalities about hormones and the body and a bit ...
some generalities about hormones and the body and a bit dated in the info but well done for its time

April 10, 2017

Four Stars
Informative book, but found it too repetitive and wordy.

September 21, 2016

I can see where this book would be super helpful for an older lady
I can see where this book would be super helpful for an older lady....I'm 33 and went off the pill and am having hormonal issues. Say issues I had before going on the pill. It is definayely full of useful. I enjoyed the quiz and being able to skip to the that aligns with your hormonal issue based of the quiz results.

August 2, 2018

Wishful thinking
Too wordy. Too hard to follow

July 16, 2019

As a self proclaimed wellness, fitness, and nutrition book nut I purchased this book to read on a long plane trip. Bad idea. It was so boring and hard to read. Very technical and yes i have a technical background so it was not hard to understand. Just not a page turner. No idea if the info was good or not since I couldn't get very far thru the book. Very text book like. Author seems like a nice intelligent lady on podcasts etc but she's should stick to patient care and forget about writing boring books.

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