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The estrogen alternative : a guide to natural hormonal balance

by Martin, Raquel, 1935-

Format: Print Book 2005
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With almost 100,000 copies sold in earlier editions, this revised edition provides the most up-to-date information on natural alternatives to synthetic hormone replacement therapy

A must-read for any woman taking synthetic hormones for infertility, birthcontrol, PMS, or menopause

* Includes the latest research on using natural progesterone to combat osteoporosis, endometriosis, heart disease, PMS, fibroids, and breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer

More and more women are seeking alternatives to synthetic hormones and their harmful side effects. Despite increasing awareness of the dangers of synthetic hormones, over-prescription of estrogen is still rampant, as is confusion among doctors and patients whether the benefits of conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) outweigh the risks.

This updated fourth edition offers the latest information on how botanical progesterone therapy, also known as natural HRT, can provide safe, natural relief for many of the problems women face from hormone deficiency, including PMS, fibromyalgia, depression, menstrual irregularity, miscarriages, uterine fibroids, and infertility. Botanical progesterone supplementation can be also extremely effective in relieving hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and even cancer. The authors sift through misinformation and contradictory studies, warning against corporate-sponsored research in a multi-billion dollar menopausal industry, and guide readers to natural alternatives. This fourth edition also includes new studies regarding the dangers of a diet rich in soy contributing to the onset of premature menopause, as well as thyroid disorders. The dangers of mammography and the importance of focusing on safer, more effective methods of cancer detection are also well documented.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "There's little doubt that women are seeking alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) without their doctors' help. Author Martin found herself in this position long before the Women's Health Initiative 2003 study informed millions that HRT was dangerous. She, along with Gerstung, a chiropractor specializing in osteoporosis, takes readers through her journey to a natural way of living that includes the use of botanical progesterone therapy, organic foods and supplements. The authors draw on lesser-known studies (which include convincing biochemical evidence) along with many anecdotal reports to support their premise that natural progesterone is what perimenopausal and menopausal women really need. They discuss progesterone deficiency as it relates to infertility, miscarriages, postpartum depression, fibromyalgia, PMS and more. Martin and Gerstung emphasize what they see as the huge influence of corporate pharmaceutical companies on physicians' decision making for prescriptions, urging women to "take an active role in our own process of getting better." They also present insightful advice on diet, and appendixes that offer a wealth of information on everything from hormone application and infant soy milk formulas to preventive medicine. The health-care profession may take issue with this book-many physicians have been trained to believe estrogen is the answer-but Martin and Gerstung's solid research and excellent presentation make it a worthwhile resource for doctors and patients. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Progesterone -- Therapeutic use.
Generative organs, Female -- Diseases -- Alternative treatment.
Menopause -- Complications -- Alternative treatment.
Plant hormones -- Therapeutic use.
Generative organs, Female -- Diseases -- Hormone therapy.
Publisher Rochester, Vt. :Healing Arts Press,2005
Edition 4th ed.
Contributors Gerstung, Judi.
Language English
Description xx, 330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1594770336
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