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What You Must Know About Women's Hormones: Your Guide to Natural Hormone Treatments for Pms, Menopause, Osteoporis, Pcos, and More Paperback – Illustrated, 22 May 2009
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Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH, is a diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and director of the Master's Program in Medical Sciences, with a concentration in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, at the University of South Florida School of Medicine. An authority on the subjects of wellness and antiaging, Dr. Smith is also director of the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. Currently, she is the owner and director of the Center for Healthy Living, with locations in Michigan and Florida. Dr. Smith is also the best-selling author of What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More.
- Publisher : Square One Publishers; Illustrated edition (22 May 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0757003079
- ISBN-13 : 978-0757003073
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.6 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 235,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As far as I am concerned the information in the first sixty pages of this book should be shouted from the mountain tops and I am saddened that this book is not going to get the attention it deserves because of the "h" word. Actually when the word "hormone" used by a medical doctor or media what they refer is synthetic drugs which cause all kinds of diseases from cancer to dementia and have nothing to do with bio-identical hormones which are the exact replica of hormones in human body. The reason medical doctors prescribe synthetic drugs instead of natural hormones is because in the USA, a natural substance can't be patented not allowing drug companies to charge a lot of money.
As a lay person, my research of three years , which literally saved my life, revealed that a human body has hundred different hormones which function as messengers making it possible for brain to communicate and program each and every tissue in the human body. Without optimal level of these hormones, being healthy is out of the question. Human hormones work like a symphony and if one if out of tune, it affects the rest. Moreover most chronic disease is the result of deficiency in adrenal(cortisol) and thyroid hormones.
This book was written for lay people who have no background in medicine in a "concise, mostly bullet-style format, as opposed to long, literary prose." Part I of the book is titled "Hormones" and covers most important hormones in the human body, their functions, symptoms of the deficiency and excess of each hormone, the reason of the deficiency or the excess and how to have an optimum level of it. The second part, "Ailments and Problems", talks about common female problems such as cervical dysplasia, DES babies, heart disease, fibrocystic breast disease, endometriosis, fibroids, menopause, migraines, osteoporosis, perimenopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, postpartum depression, POF, POD, PMS, skin problems and vulvodynia. The third part, "Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)" compares synthetic hormones versus bio-identical hormones, hormonal testing methods, selective estrogen receptor modulators, birth control pills, nutrition and HRT. The conclusion section is followed by detailed summary of each part of the book, a list of resources, recommended readings, and forty-six pages of references which indicate how much research the author of this book did.
To anybody suffering from any chronic disease (Since men and women have the same hormones in their bodies in different amounts), I recommend reading the first part of this book and watching Dr. Frank Shallenberger's free educational videos on his website called "Managing Your Thyroid and Adrenal Glands. The Secret of Healing Chronic Disease" and "Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement". His new book, "Bursting With Energy", also is pretty good and is about slowing aging and preventing chronic disease.
My recommended list of readings:
"Testosterone Syndrome" by Dr Euguene Shippen for women and men over fifty.
"What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause" by Dr John Lee for women over thirty and "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause" for women over fifty years old.
"Your Thyroid and How to Keep it Healthy" by Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield. This is the best book written about thyroid disorders, their relation to other illnesses such as diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, bio-identical hormone replacement and much more.
I can finally have confidence in a doctor who's diagnosis isn't slanted by pharmaceutical industry and insurance company interests, but by cutting edge science. This book was recommended by my endocrinologist and it has given me enough information to make healthy and informed choices that have already lead me to a better quality of life. I want to have the energy to enjoy my retirement when it's time. I'm tired of hearing how I should accept low energy, low libido, loss of tone, memory, etc as normal parts of aging. It's a must read for every woman!