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Sara Gottfried, M.D.
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Sara Gottfried, M.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet. After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a board-certified gynecologist who teaches natural hormone balancing in her novel online programs so that women can lose weight, detoxify, and feel great. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at

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Entries by Sara Gottfried, M.D.

It's Not You, It's Your Hormones: How Metabolic Mayhem Whips Up a Muffin Top (And 5 Foods that Reverse Belly Fat)

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Dr. Sara

Flush with anticipation about your office's big holiday party tonight, you load some essentials into your black leather clutch and reach for that new pair of skinny jeans you specifically purchased for the occasion.

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Why Plan B Gets an A: When It Comes to Birth Control, More Options Improve Reproductive Choices

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Dr. Sara

The Food & Drug Administration recently decided that all women, even those under 17 years of age, deserve unrestricted access to emergency contraceptives. The ability to buy the Plan B One-Step version...

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How the Air You Breathe Can Harm You, From Autism to Fatigue to Brain Fog (And 5 Ways to Detox Your Pollutants)

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 11:49 AM

Dr. Sara

I write a lot about food as information, hormones, self love, and about tweaking your lifestyle in a way that will directly benefit you. Whether it's to upgrade mood, or lose weight, or have...

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Natural Beauty: My Top 7 Favorites

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Dr. Sara

I believe that the best way to apply makeup is to make it look like you aren't wearing any. But I'm a bit of a naturalist. For the average adult, there are

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Just Breathe

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:46 PM

Dr. Sara

A Band-Aid... for Your Lungs

It's spring. Which means that along with flowers blooming and "beach body" resolutions looming, allergies are hitting. Hard.

As rates of asthma and allergies rise each year, so does...

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Sugar Cravings and a Sweetie Pie (Plus 7 Ways to Curb the Jungle Drums)

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 11:52 AM

Dr. Sara

Dr. Mark Hyman, will you be my boyfriend? (My husband says it's okay!)

Because you're just about the cutest, smartest man I've had the chance to talk sugar with. And not just sugar --...

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Cortisol: Turn Your 'Bad Boy' Hormone Into Goldilocks

(35) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 2:59 PM

Dr. Sara

You know the bad boy you dated in high school or college? You knew he was bad news, you even knew it would end badly, but you dated him anyway.

That's cortisol.


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The Horrors of Hair Loss

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 1:19 PM

Dr. Sara

When half my hair fell out after giving birth to each daughter, I was alarmed. I went to my doctor, and a curious thing occurred: I was roundly dismissed.

I'm a doctor who takes...

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Abstinence May Make the Bones Grow Stronger (or Can't a Girl Get a Drink Anymore?) Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 11:38 AM

Dr. SaraWhat's kinda got my female clinician's knickers in a twist about this study is the abstinence part. Here's what I'm thinking: If alcoholics, who presumably drank a lot, were able to show improved bone mineralization...

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Abstinence May Make the Bones Grow Stronger (or Can't a Girl Get a Drink Anymore?) Part 1

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 11:43 AM

Dr. SaraWhen it comes to your health, your hormones, and your mission, you know I'm looking out for you, right? I want to help you be as juicy, gorgeous, healthy and happy as you can be,...

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Cortisol Switcharoo (Part 3): How the Main Stress Hormone Robs You of Memory and Telomere Length

(11) Comments | Posted September 15, 2012 | 2:10 PM

"Cortisol switch" is when you flip from the cortisol love -- which is where cortisol is helping you be productive, helping you focus, helping you feel on top of the world and capable of anything, similar to...

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Why I Love Gretchen Rubin, and Highly Recommend her New Book, Happier at Home

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Sara Working Mom

"Abandon a project" will make me happier at home? Damn, it's true. I'm not a quitter but yet again, Gretchen Rubin changed my thinking and taught me five new things about connecting to my joie...

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Fifty Shades of Grey Might Be Your Best Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (Part 1: Why This Gynecologist Believes It's Good For You)

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 1:36 PM

If you don't feel much when your husband flashes his love lights, you just might need a dose of Fifty Shades. When you push your hot button, is the result less than toe-curling? If sex with...

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Zits? Preventing Acne the Dr. Sara Way

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Acne sucks, yet it is preventable. There is a crucial link between how your eat and your complexion.

When it comes to breakouts and zits, DO NOT go for the antibiotics and harsh chemicals that...

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Cortisol Switcharoo (Part 2): How the Main Stress Hormone Robs Your Brain of Happy Chemicals and Sleep

(38) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 8:45 AM

2012-06-19-SGphoto2012195.jpgToday I want to dish on my Achilles' heel, which is the wayward, dysregulated hormone called cortisol. I wrote last time about the "cortisol switch" (described in part one -- click here for the definition), and now let's talk about...

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Cortisol Switcharoo: How the Main Stress Hormone Makes You Fat and Angry

(13) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Have you heard of the "cortisol switch"?

The Good

Here's the scenario. When you're stressed, you feel the positive vibe of cortisol -- the rise of energy, the focus, the charge, the ascent. Cortisol is the main stress hormone made in your adrenal glands and it's designed to get you...

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Coffee Hijacks Your Thyroid: A Case of Good News/Bad News and Your Hormones

(12) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 11:46 AM

First the good news: There's a workaround.

Now the bad news: Coffee is working against you in more ways than one. You may think it's your ally, and the most recent New England Journal...

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Top 5 Hormone Superheroes: My 'Genius Bar'

(12) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 11:57 AM

Perhaps you've noticed that the level of discourse on hormones and how they drive what we're interested in... well, sucks. Women feel they either need to martyr their way through the years from 35 to 50-plus, or they consider taking hormones with tremendous fear and trepidation, as if they might...

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