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Hypothyroidism, Health and Happiness by Dr. Steven Hotze Book Feature – Win Prizes



Have you ever thought to yourself, “I think I might have a thyroid problem. I’m tired all the time, no matter how much I exercise, I can’t seem to lose weight, my hair’s falling out, and overall I just feel blah.” If so, it is essential that you explore the very real possibility that indeed, you do have hypothyroidism. In Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness, Dr. Steven Hotze reveals how commonly hypothyroidism is overlooked, misdiagnosed, and mistreated in women and men, and gives you just the information you need to prepare yourself to obtain help.

 Too often, individuals with all the signs of low thyroid are prevented from accessing the simple, inexpensive and effective treatment for hypothyroidism. Instead, they are told their blood work is “normal.” Find out why they owe it to themselves to believe what their bodies are telling them, rather than the results of their blood tests.

 Dr. Hotze has been on a mission to get this message into the hands of women and men, particularly those in midlife, for more than 20 years. The answers you will find in this book about the signs, symptoms and treatment of low thyroid conditions are no longer a part of the conventional medical approach to hypothyroidism.

 Inside, you will learn:

 The historical basis for identifying and treating hypothyroidism

Underlying causes of hypothyroidism

Clinical signs and symptoms that may mean you have hypothyroidism

The little-used thyroid blood test that identifies thyroid disorders in spite of a “normal” TSH

Other individuals just like you who are now healthy, well, and thriving Simple at-home test you can do as a starting point towards discovering if you have low thyroid And more Dr. Hotze has a saying, “If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, then you owe it to yourself to take charge of your health and get your life back.” By arming yourself with the information in this book you can take the first step towards restoring your health, transforming your life and improving your world.

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Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Physician’s Preference and Hotze Pharmacy. His goal is to change the way women and men are treated in midlife through the use of bioidentical hormone therapy. His 8-Point Treatment Regimen has helped thousands of individuals to get on a path of health and wellness and enjoy a better quality of life in an environment of extraordinary hospitality and guest service.

 Dr. Hotze is the author of the book, “Hormones, Health, and Happiness”. In it he describes his journey from using pharmaceutical drugs to actively listening to his patients and treating the root cause of their symptoms through natural approaches. “For an acute illness, such as strep throat or a sinus infection, the drug approach may be appropriate. However, few patients with chronic ailments ever really get well by taking drugs.

How can they? Chronic illness and disease are not caused by deficiencies of prescription drugs.”

Suzanne Somers dedicated an entire chapter to Dr. Hotze in her New York Times best seller, “Breakthrough”. “This Texan doctor is going to steal your heart,” writes Somers. “He has so much energy he can’t wait to get to his office each day. He has built up a practice that is the envy of doctors everywhere.

Dr. Hotze has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows across the nation, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates, and CBS’ The Morning Show. He is also a regular guest on the KHOU Channel 11 morning program, Great Day Houston.

Dr. Hotze is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and is former president of the Pan American Allergy Society.

 You can listen to Dr. Hotze and his colleagues on his radio program, “Health and Wellness Solutions”, which airs Monday-Thursday on KSEV 700 AM in Houston from 12-1 p.m. CST, or online on this website. – See more at:

Pump Up Your Book and Dr. Steven Hotze are teaming up to give you a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD and a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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  • This giveaway begins February 3 and ends April 30.
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Good luck everyone!


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New Book for Review: The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery by Dr. Frederick Lukash

Teenage Plastic SurgeryFrederick Lukash, M.D., is touring in June with his nonfiction book, The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery. The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery, by Dr. Frederick N. Lukash, is the only complete guide to this ever-expanding phenomenon. Written by the American Society of Plastic Surgery‘s acknowledged expert and official media spokesperson on pediatric and adolescent plastic surgery, this book answers those tough questions parents of potential teenage plastic surgery candidates have: Will surgery increase their child’s self-esteem and help them fit in better? Or is it a dangerously easy solution to deeper issues? When is surgery right, and when is it not? Interviewed in The New York Times and featured on Discovery Health among many other media outlets, Lukash guides families through every step of the process, from finding the perfect-fit doctor and applying for medical insurance to surgery and finally to recovery and a changed life. A virtual, free consultation with a renowned expert in the field, the book doesn’t just offer easy solutions to teen’s body-image problems but helps parents understand the emotional, psychological and social dilemmas involved. Complete with action plans, real-life stories and pictures, The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery offers advice on what can, can’t and shouldn’t be done—and on how to spot the doctors who will exploit a teen’s fragile sense of self-esteem as well as his or her parent’s pocketbook. Most important, Lukash provides a useful red light/yellow light/green light guide for considering teen plastic surgery.

Book Excerpt:

In 2008 alone close to 300,000 teens underwent aesthetic plastic surgery.

Those numbers are rising, and for every teen that underwent plastic surgery, ten more are online right now researching the procedure they’ve been thinking about during every gym session, sleepover party or prom. Teenage plastic surgery is becoming mainstream—but is this a good thing?

Most of these teens aren’t dreaming about looking like Barbie or Ken, or a teen singer or actor. They are just dreaming about fitting in. As a NY plastic surgeon with over twenty years of successful practice, what I know for sure is that in spite of all that may be said, fitting in physically does matter. This is why we shower, brush our teeth, comb our hair and choose our wardrobe. This is why gyms are crowded and the diet industry is booming.

In many ways, how we look is linked intimately to how we feel. And the emotions of how we look and feel are not dictated by age. Just because you are young does not mean that you feel great about your appearance or as the French so aptly put it, feel “good” in your own skin.

Adults most often seek rejuvenating procedures in an effort to find the Fountain of Youth. Plastic surgery for teens, however, is most often appropriate for teens that yearn to feel “normal” – and certainly not stand out. Existing under the bell curve of average is a perfect fit for teens. Anything out of the norm – breasts too big or too small, causes distress. Ears that stick out stigmatize. Noses that are considered too big overwhelm a kid’s self-esteem. When teens fit in they feel good in their own skin. Looks become the background to the rest of their living. When they do not fit in it becomes all-consuming and takes over time better spent in the process of maturing.

Take the example of Scott, aged 15, who suffered from the physical and psychological stress of having male “breasts” or gynecomastia.

“I want to share my feelings about my ‘breasts’. I wasn’t confident at all. I felt that people were staring at me. All I would wear was black to hide this ‘horrible defect’. When I found out that something could be done I was very excited. The doctor made me feel comfortable about what I had and how it could be fixed.

The surgery was easy and the recovery time at home was a mere week. I was incredibly pleased with the results. I can barely see any scarring. Now I wear any color I want and am much more confident. I can go around not feeling like everyone is staring at me. I can live my life!” [Scott]

246 pages

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If you would like to review The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery, email us by clicking here or email Dorothy Thompson at Deadline for inquiries end May 25 or until the tour is filled. Thank you!

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Lose the Diet: Transform Your Body by Connecting with Your Soul by Kathy Balland

Lose the DietLose the Diet: Transform Your Body by Connecting with Your Soul
Author: Kathy Balland
Publisher: Blissful Publications, LLC


The cover of Kathy Balland’s book, Lose the Diet, says ‘Transform your body by connecting with your soul – right there the title is intriguing. As writer on a site called Spirituality Guide, this view for a weight loss book raised interest before I turned the first page.

The premise is fairly straightforward – a spiritually astute person might be able to determine much of the contents just from the cover. Balland proposes that dealing with our body is less a matter of finding the right things to remove from our diet and more about getting in touch with our inner selves and finding the reasons for our weight problems.

The idea is more a connection of two currently popular fields than a radical new field – Balland has managed to link together the burgeoning weight loss fads with a New Age growth paradigm – I think it works.

A minor quibble I had was the need for editing – a number of times in reading the book I had to stop and re-read sentences to try to understand just what is being said – the lack of a comma, or a strange juxtaposition of words, would catch at my attention and detract from the flow of the book.

What I would’ve liked to see in the book is more references listed. There are studies and findings quoted without source notes – while I do know some of the sources for the information she is talking about, I know a lot of people who will dismiss much of it as New Age quackery, simply because there is no source referenced. In our world, many are fixated on the authority of the white coats.

But for those who do need such backing for the premises behind the book, they could check out ‘The Genie in Your Genes’ by Dawson Church – much of what Balland is suggesting as the best way to address our lives and problems will be seen there.

I think the hardest part for anyone who wants to lose weight will be, in reading Balland’s book, simply getting out of the diet mindset, where everything is about what goes in the mouth. She has done a good job of covering the aspects of a life change that will, if followed, bring about not just a change in weight, but also an increase in satisfaction with life and a deeper appreciation of one’s Self, which can only be a good thing in any life.

I think Kathy Balland has produced a book worth the read, and perhaps worth applying even for those who have issues other than weight. It is an easy read with logical chapters that leads the reader through a consistent process – certainly a step up from the diets she is telling us to chuck out.

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Dear God Let Me Lose Fat Amen!

Dear God Let Me Lose Fat Amen?
Authors: J.R. Paine and Dr. S.N. Gupta, Ph.D.
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Reviewed by:  Cheryl C. Malandrinos



Are you seeking for a way to better understand the nutritional value of foods? Do you know the difference between nutritional calories, killer calories, and fat calories? Are you tired of the roller coaster of gaining weight, losing weight, gaining weight…?

If you said yes to any of the above, you’ll want to check out Dear God Let Me Lose Fat Amen! by J.R. Paine and Dr. S.N. Gupta. In this book the authors have managed to squeeze a monsterous amount of information into only 50 pages and those 50 pages could make all the difference in your eating habits.

Paine and Gupta discuss how obesity and being overweight are not beauty issues, but “life and limb” issues. They provide anatomical information on the stomach and show the reader what her body does with the food she eats. You’ll find out more about protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, “friendly” and “unfriendly” fats, water, salt, and sugar.

This book teaches you how to gain or lose a pound of fat a day, provides helpful weight control formulas and dieting information. The last several pages include motivational material that can be used to keep you from overeating and encourage you to exercise.

When this book came in the mail it’s small size made me think this might be one of those quick weight loss programs, but Dear God Let Me Lose Fat Amen! is a truly remarkable approach to weight loss because it not only provides you the information you need to make smart choices about your diet, it also provides the motivation to stick with your new lifestyle and it encourages the reader to speak with her doctor and nutrition professionals. And while I don’t see me posting all the pinups around my house, I know that the “Foods to Eat and Love” chart–which groups healthy goods into five categories–will be stuck to my refrigerator and encourage me to make healthier selections when putting together my grocery list.

My only disappointment is that the editing is sloppy. I found numerous typographical errors–four of them on the first page of the book.

Speaking as someone who struggles to maintain her weight, not to lose it, I see Dear God Let Me Lose Fat Amen! as being the answer to a lot of people’s prayers as society moves toward healthy living.

If you are at all interested in what you put into your body and how your body uses it, then buy this book!


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