Additional Resources - Books

The following are books ZRT recommends for continued learning related to hormonal, cardiometabolic, and Vitamin D health.

Featured Hormone Health Books

Sex Drive Solution

The Sex Drive Solution for Women: Dr. Jen's Power Plan to Fire Up Your Libido
Jennifer Landa, MD and Virginia Hopkins

Dr. Jen doesn't only talk about weight management, renewed energy and sexual vitality for women over 40 - she is a living, breathing example that all of that and more are possible. The Sex Drive Solution is a wealth of information not only from an expert doctor, but a woman, a wife, a mother who has walked a mile in your shoes.  Sex Drive Solution offers women of all ages the chance to learn what is happening to their bodies, why sex isn't over after 40 and how to reinvent their love lives in every stage of life. Using her expertise as an OB/GYN and now a pioneer in bioidentical hormone therapy, Dr. Jen shares real life stories of patients who have re-ignited their sex-lives and experienced complete wellness transformations with renewed energy and zest for life! Applying The Sex Drive Solutions, women can stop dreaming and start living sexier and happier than they ever believed possible.

Be The Change

Be The Change: Transforming Health Care From the Inside Out
Jane Murray, MD

Be the Change voices a quest for a reborn and re-humanized health care system - one that honors the values of individuality and healing relationships along with the life-saving technologies we have at our disposal. A new kind of truly healing hospital should be in our future, as well as a new kind of medical school to educate doctors in a way that incorporates effective complementary therapies and includes a more diverse team of healing professionals; and a new kind of payment system from which we expect a high degree of personal responsibility from every party, and offers a high degree of autonomy in return. Be the Change is a must-read for every American who wants to be healthier and receive optimal care in a truly functioning health care system, instead of continuing to flounder in our current system based on illness.

Fit Into Your Genes

Fit Into Your Genes
Dr. Jason Schwartz
 
Fit into Your Genes is a must have weight management book. Be one of the first to understand your weight issues by applying the easy to follow concepts that Dr. Jason Schwartz shares in this one of a kind book. It explodes with truth. Fit into Your Genes needs to be on your book shelf so that you can refer to the keys or the four essential aspects, or pillars. Why are these pillars so critical? These essential pillars can help you build a solid, lasting, healthy lifestyle. Plus they can solve the perplexing weight issues so many people struggle to overcome.

Hormone Synergy

Hormone Synergy
Kathryn Retzler, ND

HormoneSynergy is a map that will guide you to the realm of hormone balance and optimal aging. Inside you'll discover:
How aging happens; what hormones are and what they do, including the major hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, thyroid hormone, and insulin; symptoms that occur when hormones fall out of balance; hormone and other optimal aging tests; and much more. Dr. Kathryn Retzler an authority on natural medicine and hormone balance. She draws on both conventional and alternative therapies and believes that people benefit most from a blend of all available treatments, focused on individual needs. She understands the role balanced hormones and neurotransmitters play in all areas of health and recommends natural therapies, lifestyle changes and bioidentical hormones to address the underlying causes of hormone imbalance and restore health and vitality.

Aged To Perfection

Aged to Perfection
Dr. Roger Garcia

Certified anti-aging specialist Dr. Roger Garcia has spent his career developing what all doctors want for their patients: the route to a future of vibrant health and longevity. He explains important breakthroughs in age-delaying treatment, including naturally safe, bioidentical hormones, optimal nutrition, effective exercise, healthy relationships and powerful attitudes. The foundation for Dr. Garcia's approach is using bioidentical hormones, which are safe, plant-based supplements that are molecularly identical to human hormones, to restore what age and environmental or lifestyle factors have destroyed. Dr. Garcia shows how they help to steadily rebalance the body, healing its intricate systems and turning back our biological clock for more vibrant, youthful vitality. Wealth without health is meaningless. Age well. Age to perfection.

Mr. Mean

Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome
Jed Diamond, PhD

Jed Diamond strips away the 'shield of armor,' revealing the naked truth about men's vulnerabilities at mid-life. This is the 'go to guide' every woman must have to save herself, understand and support her mate, and strengthen their marriage. Men will absolutely benefit from this treasure trove of solid information as well.

Hormone Harmony Hormone Harmony
Alicia Stanton, MD and Vera Tweed

Hormone Harmony addresses millions of women who are struggling with hormone imbalance, an epidemic that is disrupting countless lives during menopause and much earlier in life a widely unrecognized fact. It demystifies the subject of natural or bioidentical hormones and debunks the myth that menopause is the primary trigger of midlife symptoms such as constant fatigue, lack of zest, sleep difficulties, mood swings, weight gain, loss of sex drive, forgetfulness, fuzzy thinking, and even hot flashes.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause
John R Lee, MD (Warner Books)

This is the classic on natural hormones, and natural progesterone in particular, that every woman should have on her bookshelf. Dr. John Lee covers everything from the politics of menopause to the biochemistry of hormone balance, as well as gives wonderfully down-to-earth advice about diet and exercise. There is an extensive chapter on osteoporosis, help for women with tired adrenals, and detailed instructions on how to use natural progesterone cream. This is a book you will go back to over and over again as a guide and reference.

 	  What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause (Age 30 to 50)
John R Lee, MD (Warner Books)

No, PMS is not all in your head! And neither are cramps, irregular periods, PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, fatigue and weight gain! Dr. Jesse Hanley joins Dr. Lee and Virginia Hopkins to take the mystery out of hormone imbalances that can disrupt a woman’s life in her thirties and forties. Many case histories make this book an easy read, and detailed instructions are provided on how to use progesterone cream, herbs, supplements, diet, exercise and stress management to achieve hormone balance.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer
John R Lee, MD and David Zava, PhD (Warner Books) 

Dr. David Zava brings his expertise in breast cancer research to this amazing book, co-authored with the great John R. Lee, M.D. There is no other book on the market that details the underlying mechanisms of breast cancer in a way that is so thorough and accurate yet readable and useful. Did you know that high cortisol or low thyroid can contribute to breast cancer? That changes in diet can change how your body processes estrogen? That natural progesterone balances excess estrogen and may protect you from cell changes that create breast cancer? The authors also tackle tough issues such as why synthetic HRT causes breast cancer, whether mammograms are safe and effective, and whether breast cancer drugs may do more harm than good.

Hormone Balance For Men

Hormone Balance For Men: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Prostate Health and Natural Hormone Supplementation
John R Lee, MD

This booklet provides answers to those who have read Dr. Lee’s previous works and wished for the same kind of information about hormone balance for men. It explores the various hormones men make and how they work. Did you realize that men can have estrogen dominance? You can find out about it in one of the sections about prostate problems. Some of the other topics covered are hormonal imbalances, prostate cancer, PSA count, natural hormone supplements, and current research.

Dr. John Lee's Hormone Balance Made Simple

Dr. John Lee's Hormone Balance Made Simple - The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing and More
John R Lee, MD and Virginia Hopkins (Warner Books)

This is the go-to guidebook for women who want quick answers to hormone imbalance and an easy, step-by-step reference guide to using natural hormones. There is a hormone balance test, a handy chart for tracking symptoms, and an extensive list of symptoms and their possible causes. In simple language, you will find out the how, when, and why of hormone testing. You’ll also learn how to rebalance hormones naturally through lifestyle changes and appropriate supplementation with bioidentical hormones.

   

More Hormone Health Books

From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well

From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well
C W Randolph, Jr, MD and Genie James, MMSc (The Natural Hormone Institute of America)

In the midst of troubling reports about the dangers of using synthetic hormones, this book helps women and men to understand how their bodies can be treated effectively by using human-identical hormones. Co-authored by trained pharmacist and Board Certified gynecologist, Dr. Randolph, and Genie James, a 20-year veteran of health system business development, the book builds a solid foundation of clinical evidence to support the safety and efficacy of treating patients with human-identical hormones vs. synthetic hormone replacement therapies. From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well contains case study examples of women and men at various ages who initially sought out Dr. Randolph’s help because they were suffering from symptoms of hormone imbalance due to PMS, perimenopause, menopause, and hysterectomy. The book offers safe and effective treatment options for such symptoms as weight gain, depression, osteoporosis, mood swings, premature aging, breast health, hot flashes, low sex drive, fluid retention, and fatigue. Besides providing insight into women’s hormonal issues, Dr. Randolph also explains andropause in men — the male equivalent to menopause — and provides treatment options. By telling his patients’ stories and detailing their individual treatment regimens, Dr. Randolph dispels the idea of a “one-size-fits-all” approach to hormone replacement therapy.

Awakening Athena

Awakening Athena
Kenna Stephenson, MD (Health Mind and Heart Institute)

Kenna Stephenson, a family medicine physician, researcher, wife, and mother of two, shows that to succeed at home and at work, women must first nurture their own physical and emotional needs. By exploring 60 case studies from her practice, Kenna demonstrates how women of all ages can overcome physical and emotional challenges. She provides practical, affordable suggestions that women of any age, profession, or economic status can use to bring balance to their lives. Readers will appreciate Dr. Stephenson’s empathy and understanding of the issues, along with her simple and effective recommendations for achieving a more balanced lifestyle through use of bioidentical hormones; stress reduction; and the mind/body connection with yoga, Bio-Touch, cinematherapy, bibliotherapy, dreamwork, and more.

Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness

Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness
Suzanne Somers (Crown Publishers division of Random House)

In researching Breakthrough—the seventeenth of her best-selling books—Suzanne Somers interviewed twenty cutting-edge doctors in the field of anti-aging medicine. She describes their latest treatments and techniques for combating the effects of aging and for increasing longevity. Her book covers remedies and preventative treatment plans that involve better nutrition, hormone balance through use of bioidentical hormones, and nutritional supplementation. She also describes how exposure to processed chemicals in foods and the use of pharmaceuticals are slowly damaging our bodies and accelerating the aging process.

Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones

Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones
Suzanne Somers (Random House)

In her #1 New York Times bestseller, Suzanne Somers brings together prominent, Western-trained experts in anti-aging and integrated medicine to present a medically validated approach to reversing the aging process. In Ageless, Ms. Somers tells how bioidentical hormone replacement and lifestyle changes can help both women and men alike to lose weight; regain their youthful physiques; and restore heath, energy, and sexuality.

The Sexy Years

The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection: The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men
Suzanne Somers and Robert A Greene (Random House)

Suzanne Somers describes her own experiences with menopause and the reasons she believes most women should take bioidentical hormones during this stage of life. She describes how estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone work together to keep people healthy and active. Ms. Somers provides interviews with a variety of physicians who specialize in natural hormones, sexual dysfunction and menopause; as well as with women in various stages of menopause. Ms. Somers also discusses her breast cancer surgery, along with her choice to follow up her surgery with the use of bioidentical hormones rather than with standard follow-up treatments. This book provides a challenge to those who wish to discuss these treatment options with their doctors, and offers natural alternatives to standard synthetic hormone replacement.

What's Age Got to Do With It?

What's Age Got to Do With It?
Robin McGraw (Thomas Nelson)

Lovely wife of television talkshow host, Dr. Phil, Robin McGraw shares her secrets about how she remains vibrant, energetic, and healthy after 55. She recounts a time in her thirties when her mother suddenly died after a life of sacrifice where she always placed her family’s needs above her own. Consequently, her mother failed to recognize the warning signs that her health was failing. This traumatic experience taught Robin that there was just one way to be the best wife, mother, and woman that she could be for the longest time possible--she needed to take care of herself as if her life depended upon it. Robin recommends that all women do the same and that they throw away any beliefs they carry that it is selfish to take care of themselves. She urges that if you cannot take care of yourself for you, then you should do it for your family. Because her mother put everyone else first, she and her family lost out on many healthy, happy years of togetherness. Robin urges women to join her in living their lives in passionate, happy, and healthy ways.

Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?

Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?: A 3-Step Program to Restore Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance, Beat Hormone Havoc, and Feel Better Fast!
Richard L Shames and Karilee Shames (Penguin Group)

For the estimated 33 million Americans who feel sluggish, spacey, and stressed out daily, this book addresses the delicate balance between thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive glands — a life-altering balance that can make the day-to-day difference between feeling awful and feeling good. Long-term, if left undiagnosed or improperly treated, this imbalance can cause heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, infertility, and severe menopause. Married physician/nurse team, Richard and Karilee Shames, offer readers an innovative program to identify their particular hormone-related metabolic disorder; a “5-day jumpstart program” to help alleviate weight gain, low energy, or frayed nerves fast; and a long-term plan to achieve optimal health.

Thyroid Mind Power

Thyroid Mind Power: The Proven Cure for Hormone-Related Depression, Anxiety and Memory Loss
Richard L Shames, Karilee Shames and Georgjana Grace Shames, LAc (Rodale Books)

One in ten Americans has some degree of thyroid imbalance, and even mild imbalances can cause mental and emotional symptoms. This groundbreaking book pinpoints the connection between thyroid imbalance and conditions such as depression, anxiety, irritability, and more, offering hope for millions who are suffering from improper diagnosis and medication. The authors of the best-selling Thyroid Power, Richard Shames, MD, and his wife, Karilee, a holistic nurse, have been treating patients with this program for over 25 years. Their program shows readers how to:

  • Uncover a hidden cause for mental symptoms
  • Discover the best treatments for each Mind type, such as moody, edgy, foggy, or sleepy
  • Obtain the most effective cure, with recommendations for common prescription drugs (not antidepressants), natural remedies, vitamins, and supplements
Thyroid Power

Thyroid Power: Ten Steps to Total Health
Richard L Shames and Karilee Shames (HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.)

If left undiagnosed and untreated, low thyroid is an energy-sapping illness with diverse symptoms that make diagnosis difficult, including "waking up tired," unexplained aches and pains, mental sluggishness, overweight despite light eating, low sex drive, infertility, allergies, and more. Thyroid Power explains why a person may have low thyroid even if their blood tests are "normal", describes those most likely to suffer from low thyroid, explains ways in which thyroid masquerades as other illnesses and/or makes any illness worse, and lists ways in which our modern lives contribute to the problem, from environmental toxins to stress. Thyroid Power provides 10 steps to harness the thyroid gland's power for health and well-being. Husband/wife physician/nurse team, Richard and Karilee Shames, explain how to get an accurate, cost-effective diagnosis; how to discover the optimal dosage, brand, or mix of medications; and how to adopt a lifestyle that maximizes thyroid health, including the right foods, supplements, and holistic methods. The book also includes Karilee's personal account of dealing with low thyroid.

The Thyroid Diet The Thyroid Diet
Mary J Shomon (HarperCollins)

More than 25 million Americans are packing on the pounds due to a malfunctioning thyroid gland that slows down their metabolism. The Thyroid Diet will help many previously unsuccessful dieters to get diagnosed and properly prescribed thyroid treatment, thereby boosting their chances for successfully losing weight. For patients still plagued with weight problems despite optimal treatment, The Thyroid Diet identifies the many frustrating obstacles to weight loss, and offers conventional and alternative help. Discussing optimal dietary changes, thyroid-damaging foods to avoid, and metabolism-supporting herbs and supplements, the book contains several different eating plans, food lists, and a set of delicious and healthy gourmet recipes. With handy worksheets to use for weight-loss tracking and a special resource section featuring Web sites, books, and support groups, this book offers vital help.

The Thyroid Solution The Thyroid Solution
Ridha Arem, MD (Ballantine Books)

In The Thyroid Solution, medical pioneer and leading authority in the field of thyroid research, Dr. Ridha Arem, has written a comprehensive book about thyroid imbalance — a disorder that often goes unrecognized. Arem explains the connection between stress and thyroid imbalance, describing what happens when the thyroid is underactive and when it is overactive. He goes into detail about how thyroid imbalance affects wide areas of life: weight and metabolism, sex life, and emotions, with a separate section on women’s thyroid issues. The last section of the book includes chapters on diagnosis and treatment, and living with thyroid or thyroid-connected disease. Case histories are included thoughout, making this already readable book even more so.

DHEA: A Practical Guide

DHEA: A Practical Guide
Ray Sahelian, MD (Avery Publishing Group)

Dr. Sahelian discusses the benefits and limitations of DHEA — an over-the-counter hormone that is produced in the body by the adrenal glands. He goes past the hype, addressing the safety of the hormone, and describes the way it affects the body — particularly the brain, the heart, and the immune system. Incorporating stories from DHEA users, he addresses appropriate DHEA levels, how those levels change with age, and practical aspects of taking DHEA supplements.

Adrenal Logic: Outsmarting Stress

Adrenal Logic: Outsmarting Stress
Lena Edwards, MD 

Dr. Lena Edwards dispels past and emerging myths surrounding the effects of chronic stress and adrenal fatigue.  Dr. Lena Edwards explains the link between hormones, stress levels and the development of disease – a health connection that has been recognized for decades but remains poorly understood. Adrenalogic is an incredible book packed with real-life case studies, eye-catching graphics and up-to-date facts on the connection between stress, abnormal cortisol production and pervasive modern maladies like cancer, heart disease, depression, allergies, insomnia, reproductive disorders and premature aging.
Dr. Edwards explains that, while low cortisol states do indeed exist and contribute to disease, the concept of “adrenal fatigue” undermines and misrepresents the true underlying process. Readers of Adrenalogic will gain the opportunity to “step behind the curtain” and discover the intricate relationship between mind and body while Dr. Edwards carefully explains the steps needed to regain health and balance, providing insight on how to outsmart stress and to make it work for you.

Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome
James L Wilson, ND, DC, PhD (Smart Publications)

More than 80 percent of North Americans suffer from stress-related adrenal fatigue ― a deficiency in adrenal gland functioning that can result in debilitating symptoms such as chronic fatigue, increased susceptibility to illness, lowered sex drive, lethargy, and weight gain. Although many people realize that stress is a problem in their lives, few understand the ways that stress negatively impacts their bodies and minds, much less what to do about it. Dr. James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatique draws on his 24 years of clinical experience and research to explain how stress affects your health and what you can do to help yourself. The book contains a comprehensive diagnostic questionnaire and simple self-tests to determine if you have adrenal fatigue and, if so, how severe it is. The book’s cartoons, illustrations, charts, and fascinating case studies from Dr. Wilson's files enhance interest. From beginning to end, Adrenal Fatigue takes you step-by-step through everything you need to know to overcome the negative effects of stress, as well as how to treat the condition through lifestyle and dietary changes.

The Cortisol Connection The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health - and What You Can Do About It
Shawn Talbott, PhD (Hunter House)

Dr. Talbott explains the connection between this hormone and stress, and how they lead to an increase in many common health problems including obesity, depression, suppressed immune system, osteoporosis, and hypertension. As people find themselves under more or less constant stress in our modern world, chronically high levels of cortisol produce harmful if not dangerous effects. Talbott includes recommendations for exercise and diet that can help control stress hormone levels.

The Miracle of Natural Hormones

The Miracle of Natural Hormones
David Brownstein, MD (Medical Alternatives Press)

In The Miracle of Natural Hormones, Dr. David Brownstein, describes the importance of balancing hormones to achieve optimal health. He explains why bioidentical, natural hormones are the body’s best option for treating such conditions as menopause, hypothyroidism, heart disease and more. He describes use of DHEA; Human Growth Hormone; Pregnenolone; and as well as natural Estrogen, Hydrocortisonne, Testosterone, and Thyroid hormones. And he details a holistic approach to hormone health that can improve energy, help overcome chronic illness, and help you achieve optimal health. The book also describes a five-step program for detoxifying the body.

Are Your Hormones Making You Sick?

Are Your Hormones Making You Sick?
Eldred Taylor MD and Ava Bell-Taylor, MD (Physicians Natural Medicine, Inc.)

Along with other books written about women’s hormonal problems, this book recommends the use of objective and accurate testing of hormone levels before prescribing treatment. Husband/wife physician team, Eldred and Ava Bell Taylor, provide much-needed information that allows patients and doctors to understand the value of salivary testing. The Taylors stress that salivary testing is a must for every woman who intends to supplement with natural hormones and is concerned about breast cancer, osteoporosis, infertility, menopause, fibroids, and PMS.

What You Must Know About Women's Hormones

What You Must Know About Women's Hormones
Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH 

Hormonal imbalances can occur at any age—before, during, or after menopause—and for a variety of reasons. While most hormonerelated problems are associated with menopause, fluctuating hormonal levels can also cause a variety of other conditions, and for some women, the effects can be truly debilitating. What You Must Know About Women’s Hormones is a clear guide to the treatment of hormonal irregularities without the health risks associated with standard hormone replacement therapy.  This book is divided into three parts. Part I describes the body’s own hormones, looking at their functions and the problems that can occur if these hormones are not at optimal levels. Part II focuses on the most common problems that arise from hormonal imbalances, such as PMS, hot flashes, and endometriosis. Lastly, Part III details hormone replacement therapy, focusing on the difference between natural and synthetic hormone treatments. Whether you are looking for help with menopausal symptoms or you simply want to enjoy vibrant health, What You Must Know About Women’s Hormones can make a profound difference in your life.

The Testosterone Syndrome

The Testosterone Syndrome
Eugene Shippen, MD and William Fryer (M. Evans & Company, Inc.)

Shippen and Fryer have put together a comprehensible picture of the role that testosterone plays in the human body, and relationship of testosterone to the other hormones, particularly estrogen. There is a chapter on male sexuality and one on the prostate gland. The reader will learn about “male menopause,” how it can be dealt with, and how testosterone affects women. A useful book for anyone who is considering testosterone therapy, or who just wants to learn more about this hormone.

Estrogen's Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause

Estrogen's Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause
Jerilynn Prior, MD (CeMCOR)

This fascinating novel by a leading researcher and clinician in women’s hormonal health issues, Dr. Jerilynn Prior, takes the reader through a series of fictional stories of women going through the menopausal transition. Each has a different set of life circumstances, and each is impacted in a different way by the hormonal changes that occur. The stories are presented as a series of dialogues with their expert doctor, Dr. Mandrona, who gives them practical solutions as they steer a course through their hormonal challenges, which includes helping them avoid unnecessary hysterectomies. Dr. Mandrona closely resembles (and possesses the same expertise) as Dr. Prior herself. Jerilynn Prior, MD, is a Professor of Endocrinology at the University of British Columbia and the founder of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (www.cemcor.ubc.ca).

The Secret Pleasures of Menopause

The Secret Pleasures of Menopause
Christiane Northrup, MD (Bantam Books)

Dr. Christiane Northrup tells perimenopausal and menopausal women that life has just begun for them in her groundbreaking book, The Pleasures of Menopause. She describes how this often-dreaded time of life can be just the beginning of the most exciting, fulfilling, and pleasurable time of a woman’s life. She dispels myths that menopause decreases libido and sexual satisfaction and puts women over 50 in better touch with helpful information about menopausal pleasures that are their birthright.

The Wisdom of Menopause

The Wisdom of Menopause
Christiane Northrup, MD (Bantam Books)

Dr. Christiane Northrup continues the mind-body approach to women's health she uses in her previous books. Menopause does not have to be a miserable time of hot flashes and wild mood swings. It often marks the beginning of a woman's most satisfying phase of life — sexually, creatively, and professionally. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, Northrup has the credentials to speak with authority, as well as with experience, and shares with the reader her personal story of having gone through menopause herself. Her book goes into the hormonal changes and what they do to the body, and explains how to have a positive and healthy menopause. Also included are discussions about diet, attitude, breast health, bone loss, emotions, dietary supplements, bio-identical hormones, insomnia, and more.

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
Christiane Northrup, MD (Bantam Books)

Dr. Christiane Northrup covers the power of natural therapies and herbs, including the use of natural progesterone to treat menopausal symptoms, along with traditional allopathic medical treatments including surgery. Dr. Northrup is both a gynecologist and an M.D. who believes in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. While the book addresses the physical issues — childbirth, menstrual cramps, breast cancer, menopause, fibroids, endometriosis, etc. — it does not stop there. Northrup explains how such physical issues can be connected to the emotions and stressors in daily life, and how the patient can begin to perceive and heal those connections.

Drugs That Don't Work and Natural Therapies That Do!

Drugs That Don't Work and Natural Therapies That Do!
David Brownstein, MD (Medical Alternatives Press)

Dr. David Brownstein describes the reasons why drugs such as synthetic hormones, antidepressants, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and antacids cause so many adverse effects. It also shows how drugs work in the body and provides safe and effective natural alternatives to drugs including use of bioidentical hormones, diet modifications, vitamins, among others.

The 24-Hour Pharmacist The 24-Hour Pharmacist
Suzy Cohen, RPh

This ground-breaking resource helps you find natural, alternative cures (that are free from drug-induced side effects) for dozens of health issues such as depression, anxiety, snoring, heart disease, high cholesterol, weight problems, hot flashes, fatique, PMS, endometrious, urinry tract infections, toenail fungus, immune system disorders, heartburn, and more.

Natural Treatments for Chronic Fatique Syndrome Natural Treatments for Chronic Fatique Syndrome
Daivati Bharadvaj, ND (Praeger Publishers)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, once called “the yuppie flu”, is a very real, sometimes controversial and difficult-to-treat condition. With symptoms like persistent fatigue, unrestful sleep, short-term memory loss, sore throat, and muscle pain, CFS can be debilitating. In this book, written by Daivati Bharadvaj ND, a licensed Naturopathic Physician in Portland Oregon, the syndrome and its treatments are explored. She delves into the scientific background of the condition and explains how Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, Ayurveda, botanical medicines, and homeopathy can help on their own or together with allopathic medicine to effectively treat CFS.

Outsmart Your Cancer

Outsmart Your Cancer
Tanya Harter Pierce (Thoughtworks Publishing)

Traditional medical treatments for cancer — surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation — are not always the only options. This easy-to-read book looks at other choices, explaining the scientific foundation for alternative approaches. Pierce lays out the mainstream medical approach to treating cancer today, and details a number of non-toxic alternative treatments that take advantage of the characteristics that are unique to cancer cells. She addresses recovery issues, and provides guidelines for evaluating and choosing a treatment.

   

CardioMetabolic Health Books

Atlas of CardioMetabolic Risk

Atlas of CardioMetabolic Risk
William T Cefalu, MD and Christopher P Cannon, MD (CRC)

This concise, visual primer provides an in-depth look at all aspects of cardiometabolic risk. Written primarily as a source for clinicians, the book thoroughly describes all elements of this disorder, including scientific studies, diagnosis, treatment, and other clinical information. The book also describes current strategies for patient assessment and treatment for those at risk for cardiometabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. For those wishing to learn more about cardiometabolic risk from an in-depth, technical perspective, this atlas is for you.

From Belly Fat to Belly Flat From Belly Fat to Belly Flat
C W Randolph, Jr, MD and Genie James, MMSc (The Natural Hormone Institute of America)

Weight-loss research shows that, unless we change our eating and exercise habits, those of us between the ages of 35 and 55 will add between one and two pounds around the abdomen each year. Dr. C.W. Randolph, one of the nation's leading physicians on hormone health, and Genie James, Executive Director of the Hormone Institute of America, explain why belly fat tends to increase in those over thirty. They also reveal a three-step Belly Flat Plan proven to create a healthier body and a tight, sexy stomach for the rest of your life. The book recommends a 30-day nutritional plan (including menus and recipes, designed to guard against or reverse estrogen dominance), a daily supplement regimen, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Also included are tips on how to prevent stress from sabotaging weight loss success. A personal hormone symptom journal and diet diary are also included to help you stay honest and on track.

Fight Fat After Forty

Fight Fat After Forty: The Revolutionary Three-Pronged Approach That Will Break Your Stress-Fat Cycle and Make You Healthy, Fit, and Trim For Life
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH (Penguin Books)

Written by scientist and clinician, Dr. Pamela Peeke, who studies the link between stress and fat at the National Institutes of Health, Fight Fat After Forty examines how chronic, long-term stress leads to destructive eating behavior, particularly in women over forty. Peeke tells how to evolve from a diet POW (prisoner of weight) and a victim of “toxic stress” to a mentally and physically powerful, stress-resilient woman. Using her three templates centered on stress-resilient nutrition, stress-resilient physical activity, and stress-resilient regrouping, as well as identifying your own, personal stress profile, you can tailor Peeke’s program to your individual needs. Following Peeke’s optimal plan will relieve your stress/eating cycle, relieve stress, reduce body fat, and benefit your overall health.

Arthritis Relief!: Breakthroughs in Natural Healing Arthritis Relief!: Breakthroughs in Natural Healing
Deborah L Wilcox (Rhodes and Easton)

Nutritionist and lifestyle management consultant, Deborah Wilcox, recommends safe and effective, natural techniques to relieve pain and heal joints plagued by arthritis. She advocates drug-free methods for relieving this degenerative disease such as the use of powerful supplements to heal cartilage, pain-controlling healing foods, and natural anti-inflammatory agents.

   

 Vitamin Health Books

The Vitamin D Cure

The Vitamin D Cure
James E Dowd, MD and Diane Stafford (John Wiley & Sons)

In The Vitamin D Cure, leading rheumatologist and researcher, James E. Dowd, and and medical author Diane Stafford describe the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency because most of us do not get enough sun exposure to produce adequate levels of Vitamin D. To make matters worse, our diets are often overloaded with salt, cheese, and grains, and we do not eat enough vegetables. All these factors interact to increase our likelihood of developing diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and cardiometabolic syndrome, among others. The authors describe how to determine what your specific Vitamin D needs are, and include a plan to bring you to optimal Vitamin D levels. They also explain the connection between Vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients. The book also includes case histories, recipes, recommended exercise, and more.

Vitamin D: Antidote to Winter and the Darkness Vitamin D: Antidote to Winter and the Darkness
Michael D Merrill, MD, MS (Lulu.com)

As Dr. Michael D. Merrill says, ”Staying out of the sun makes you sick.” In his book about Vitamin D deficiency, Dr. Merrill makes it his mission to tell the world about an overlooked health issue: insufficient Vitamin D is causing us all kinds of trouble and pain. He describes how we do not get enough sun for our bodies to manufacture the Vitamin D we need. He also presents intriguing evidence indicating that lack of Vitamin D is involved in a wide variety of ailments.

The Vitamin D Revolution

The Vitamin D Revolution: How the Power of This Amazing Vitamin Can Change Your Life
Soram Khalsa, MD

Recent, groundbreaking medical research has made a connection between Vitamin D deficiency and 17 types of cancers, including breast, colon, and prostate. Illnesses such as influenza, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and coronary heart disease have also been connected to a lack of this vitamin. Until not too long ago, not getting enough Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) was only associated with rickets, the childhood bone disease. Now, Soram Khalsa, M.D., sheds new light on the power of this long-forgotten vitamin. He reveals how to recognize signs of Vitamin D deficiency, which has reached epidemic proportions in North America, and then shares insights from his Beverly Hills medical practice, where he normalizes his own patients’ Vitamin D levels for their optimal health.

What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More

What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More
Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH (Healthy Living Books)

Almost 75 percent of health and longevity is based on lifestyle, environment, and nutrition. Yet even if you follow a healthful diet, you probably don’t get all the nutrients you need to prevent disease. In What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More, Dr. Pamela Smith explains how you can maintain health through the use of nutrients. Part One of this easy-to-use guide discusses the individual nutrients necessary for good health. Part Two offers personalized nutritional programs for people with a wide variety of health concerns. People without prior medical problems can look to Part Three for their supplementation plans. Whether you want to maintain goodhealth or you are trying to overcome a medical condition, What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More, can help you make the best choices for the health and well-being of you and your family.

   
 

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