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Hormone Harmony: How to Balance Insulin, Cortisol, Thyroid, Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone To Live Your Best Life Hardcover – Sep 30 2009


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Five Stars (out of Five)
 
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
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About the Author

Alicia Stanton, MD, is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, preventive medicine, and hormone balance. In addition to being in private practice near Hartford, Connecticut, she is an international physician educator and chief medical officer of Body Logic MD, a national network of physicians specializing in natural bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Stanton is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American Nutraceutical Association, and Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine; a faculty member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and the New York Chiropractic College; and was an associate professor at the University of Connecticut Medical School for five years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I regret that I bought this book. Jan. 18 2013
By Anina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Stanton seems to avoid the involvement of fluoride in her review of endocrine disruptors in our everyday lives.

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.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Not useful Feb. 8 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nice stories about how peoples lives and health improved after going to the doctor and being given hormones. But completely leaves out vital details such as before and after blood test levels, and dosage info.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Bioidentical Hormone Information May 2 2010
By Lela Baete Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read many books on natural or bioidentical hormone replacement. This book is well written and easy to understand. Alicia Stanton gets it. I have been going to Dr. Rubin from Bodylogic MD in Tampa Florida for over a year and he has truly helped me. Alicia Stanton is the Chief Medical Officer of Bodylogic MD and has some excellent information in this well written book.
Thank you
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mis-titled Sept. 28 2012
By Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Mostly contains information about nutrition and lifestyle. Very little useful info about hormones. No information about specific interpretation of lab test or symptoms. Generally, fairly useless of your looking for specific guidance other than to say contact a physician that specializes in bio-identical hormones.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Easy to read and easy to understand Sept. 6 2011
By Camille Strano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I rarely pick up a book and read it cover to cover, but I did with Hormone Harmony. There is a wealth of great information that is presented in a way that is easy to understand. I am not in the medical profession and was afraid these concepts would be difficult, but they were not. After reading this book and now realizing the importance of balanced hormones, I am now better able to listen to what my body is telling me and understand how to get myself back on track. I am looking forward to reading more from on this topic from this very informative author, Dr. Alicia Stanton.


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