Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD

While I am only 3/4 of the way throughThe Hormone Cure, I have learned so much already that I don’t want to wait until I am finished to encourage you to get a copy, because the contents are so important for midlife women and beyond. This is the best midlife self-help book I have read and I plan to give a copy to each of my daughters, because both will benefit, even though my older daughter is 49 and my younger daughter is 35. (Dr. Christiana Northrup’s The Wisdom of Menopause is my favorite menopause book and Dr. Sara refers to it often.)

The note below Dr. Sara’s name is: “A Harvard Physician’s scientifically proven method to optimize hormones at any age.” Thus, this book covers more than just menopause; it surveys a women’s entire hormonal system and provides suggestions and solutions to help women weather the ups and downs of the different stages of life after 35.

Since the book is around 450 pages, it is not something you will finish in a week. ¬†Each chapter is filled with important scientific and common-sense facts and information that need to be digested gradually. Written in lay terms, you don’t need a medical dictionary to understand it. Instead, view it as a great reference book that, once you have read it, you can always return to it to refresh your memory about a particular chapter or topic.

Part I is called Educate and Illumunate: Understanding the new Hormonal Landscape. This is the introductory section and includes a questionnaire and hormonal primer as well as a section on *peri-menopause. Part II is entitled Assess, Diagnose, Treat: From Imbalance to Ideal Hormonal Specimen. In this section Dr. Gottfried discusses in detail high and low cortisol, progesterone, androgens, and thyroid issues with a final section called Hormonal Nirvana. Part III is actually a lengthy Appendix that includes The Gottfried Protocol, a Glossary of Terms, Recommend Labs for Home Testing, The Gottfired Food Plan and other excellent reference sections.

*Here is a quote from the section on perimenopause: “We come fully into our power.” (p. 65) Dr. Sara’s tone is always positive.

This is a very complete book and I have highlighted several of the lists, summaries, and important sections that I want to share with my daughters. Just as Dr. Northrup waited until she was going through menopause before she wrote The Wisdom of Menopause, Dr. Gottfried had experienced hormonal issues herself and is at the midlife stage where these hormonal issues need to be addressed.

Finally, I like Dr. Sara’s style of writing; she writes as though she is having a conversation with you personally. While the book is lengthy and filled with a great deal of medical information, it is dissected into user-friendly sections that anyone can grasp. She laces her facts with humor, such as the page on progesterone imbalance, where she writes: “When you’ve got your progesterone at its proper level—not too little and not too much—you feel like Goldilocks in the just-right bed: sleepy at the right times, triumphant, and content.” (p. 149)

The soft-cover version published by Simon and Schuster is only $18, a perfect gift for the younger women in your family. They will be ever so grateful for your choice of this gift.

2 thoughts on “Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD

  1. sounds like it’s worthwhile reading especially so little is available to women who chose not to indulge in
    potentially dangerous hormones replacements.. Black Cohosh and Remifemin are one of the few available which may smooth the transition. Thanks for the book report.

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