Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: Book Review

Hey, hey there. I can’t tell you how many of my friends in their 40’s are experiencing thyroid issues. Yes, it is a hormonal crazymaking thing. No it isn’t  just women. Yes, some people need surgery for it. No, not everyone needs surgery- the good news according to this book is that you can heal thy-self.

The book: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, Hardcover 384 pages.
Author: Aviva Romm
Publisher: Expected publication: January 31, 2017 by HarperOne
Purchase: Amazon, available January 31, 2017, preorder: $17.77

I received this book from Edelweiss in return for honest feedback on the book. Affiliate links in this post.

Now- I must give you a caveat- I have a major problem with books that claim that real diseases can be cured and avoided with diet or self care alone. That seems to me a little patient-shaming ie. it puts the onus on the person with the problem- hey, you have cancer? You must have done something to get it- smoke? of course you have it. Do you eat terribly? Then of course you have diabetes- this kind of blaming thing drives me nuts. I think jumping on a bandwagon of self-cure is dangerous, so I am treading lightly here folks- That said… Let’s move on to my take on this book which outlines some helpful possibilities for hormonal imbalance relief.

Let me start with giving you some info. about the author:

Aviva Romm. She is an M.D. as in board certified family physician- so I like that- she is also an herbalist, midwife, and overall expert in lots of women’s health issues. Right away, I am interested in what she has to say, because she is so well versed and balanced in all areas of her practice- approaching cures from both a medical and also alternative point of view. I can get behind this. Plus she is really well known in her field, having been recognized by Yale earning its Internal Medicine Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Community Service. She was instrumental in creating Yale’s first integrative medicine curriculum and is now a member of the Yale Integrative Medicine Program’s Advisory Board- plus you may know her already from her work with Mark Hyman and Dr. Oz.  So okay-  she’s got the chops.

Her book, the Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, is

a “proven 4-week program to rescue your metabolism, hormones, mind & mood.”

It is outlined as follows:

Part 1: The S.O.S. principle or the root behind all your problems is Survival Overdrive Syndrome, or basically stress in all areas of our lives: environmental, physical, mental, and others.

Part 2: The Solution, outlined in phases:

Reboot Your diet- specific to thyroid issues, so it’s not all what you think!
Reframe How to start sleeping more and stop being so hard on yourself!
Repair Some strategies for getting back to balance.
Recharge What tests to get at the doctor & other questions you need answered.
Replenish A sustainable plan for moving forward.

Each of these topics is addressed in full, as in the underlying issues and how to change them. A full sample menu is provided with each phase, along with supplements recommended. She has medication recommendations for people who need a doctor’s care. After these are covered at length, then the rest of the book has some recipes to put into action, and a plan to work with an integrated physician (someone who combines medicine with alternative approaches).

She includes several inspiring quotes throughout the book, and introducing each chapter, but I just kind of love her introductory Epigraph: When sleeping women wake, mountains move.–Chinese ProverbWhen sleeping women wake, mountains move.

So true. I think empowering ourselves with all options to health is a smart one. We are our own best advocates kind of idea, yes?

My take:

I think I just may put into action this plan of hers. It was worth a read for sure, and I found it informative, and not too preachy.

I particularly found very informative that if you are training for a marathon, adrenal depletion often occurs from the incredible stress on your body. Restoring your body after an event, with a plan like this may be beneficial for these symptoms.

How do you know if you need this book? If you have more energy at night then in the morning, have headaches, rapid heart beat, breakouts of excema or psoriasis, have “foggy” brain, new onset of IBS, new anxiety or depression for no reason, can shake weight no matter the amount of exercise or diet restrictions. These are common adrenal fatigue symptoms. They may be symptoms of a more serious problem, but if you consult your doctor and check out as healthy…this book may offer you a lifeline. In that case, I would highly recommend it.

If you want to try to exhaust all possibilities to relieve symptoms of adrenal-like fatigue, slow metabolism, or otherwise, without medicine…If you have already seen a doctor, and you have borderline adrenal and hormonal imbalance that can possibly be helped with diet and lifestyle changes…If you are open to looking at all methods both medicinal and alternative to health…then this is a book for you. Got it? Great. I am not a doctor. This is just a book review! Aviva Romm also has some social to check out if you are interested: Facebook, Twitter, Website

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10 thoughts on “Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: Book Review

  1. Wendy Klik

    No doubt that taking care of yourself, eating properly, getting enough rest, finding relaxation, exercise, etc….makes you feel better and even if you need help from medicine, these things certainly can’t hurt.

  2. luciepalka

    Something else to add to the list of things that happen once you hit forty (like your eyesight getting worse). I’d be interested in reading more about adrenal fatigue after a marathon. Ever since my 2 big goal races this summer I’ve been in a slump. Iron was part of it. I”m wondering if adrenal fatigue could be part of it too.I just might have to read this book.

    1. Post author

      Lucie, I think for moms especially, overdoing and overstressing their lives is commonplace. If we do it too often and for too long, that is when it gets bad, I think. I really like the practical approach of this book- it makes so much sense.

  3. Farrah

    Hooray for another family physician who’s interested in integrative medicine + community service! :D! This sounds like a great book!

  4. mommynificent

    This is a great review – very balanced. I found a lot of help on this subject in the Trim Healthy Mama book, but this one looks like it’s also worth a look. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week!

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