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Book Review: The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, M.D.

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Conventional medicine doesn't really get women. But Sara Gottfried, M.D., a Harvard-trained medical doctor specializing in women's health, certainly does. With the experience of many decades of private practice treating thousands of patients and a depth and breadth of knowledge uncommon in today's health care, she offers us real solutions that transform women's lives by getting their hormones back on track. In her New York Times best-selling book, The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally With the Gottfried Protocol, she speaks to women of all ages who know that how we feel, think, live and love is connected to our hormones. Dr. Sara agrees.

This brilliant book is based on the Gottfried Protocol, which provides individualized programs rooted in science and natural medicine. The Gottfried Protocol teaches women what they need to do step by step to balance their hormones. It is not uncommon to find that underlying health issues resolve as well.

The information in this book may also be of value to women going through the cancer journey, which often includes dramatic changes to hormones, sex drive, mood, sleep, bone health, weight and ability to think straight, manage emotions and cope with stress. The recommendations in The Hormone Cure, while not specifically designed for cancer patients or cancer survivors, provides a deep understanding of how disruption of hormonal balance, often sudden, can profoundly alter women's health and wellbeing above and beyond the cancer itself and the cancer treatment side effects.

Changes in hormones for cancer patients may be due to increased and ongoing stress, medically-induced menopause, suppression of normal menstruation, surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus, and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and hormone therapy. These women suffer hot flashes, sleep disruption, nerve pain, loss of interest in sex, lowered libido, depression, fatigue, irritability, joint pain, weight gain, loss of bone and muscle as well as pain during sexual activity, to name a few of the more common symptoms. Isn't it enough to just have to deal with the stress and trauma of cancer and the cancer treatments?

After cancer treatment, many women live with long-term side effects, many of which are due to hormonal changes and imbalances. For cancer survivors, safe and natural approaches are vital. Cancer survivors should always consult their health care providers before embarking upon any programs that might increase the risk of cancer recurrence, including natural and medically-prescribed hormone treatments, nutritional and herbal supplements and changes to diet and lifestyle.

According to Dr. Sara, hormones are not the enemy, they are the solution. Getting your hormones back on track is a major component of lifelong health and wellbeing. If you are tired of feeling cranky, moody, lethargic, disinterested in sex, sleep-deprived and unable to lose weight, open this book. You will see yourself in one of the profiles.

Want to get your mojo back? Follow Dr. Sara's guidelines and you will find your way back to balance, feel alive and sexy, lean and svelte, able to get a good nights sleep and ready to rock your world. And then look out, 'cause here we come! Juicy and on fire!

Read a free excerpt:The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol

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