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Hormones, those "minute quantities of chemicals that run throughout your bloodstream," can rule a woman's life. When hormones are perfectly balanced, a woman will feel "at her peak," mentally and physically. When they're out of balance, she may feel moody, lethargic, forgetful, uncomfortable or even sick. Hormone specialist and practicing OB/GYN Greene wrote the foreword for Suzanne Somers's bestselling book on bioidentical hormone replacement, The Sexy Years. He isn't against hormone therapy (if that's what it takes to achieve balance, "it should definitely be considered"), but he also believes hormonal imbalances can often be corrected by changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle habits or alternative approaches (e.g., mind-centering techniques, vitamins, herbs, etc.). His book is a solid mix of technical explanation and easy-to-follow advice, as he explains the hows and whys of hormones, and then offers copious suggestions for dealing with common problems, like skin aging, hot flashes, dizziness, mood swings, migraines, low libido and poor memory. Charts, sidebars, case studies and questionnaires will help readers get even more out of this helpful guide.
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“Finally a doctor who ‘gets it.’ This book is a must-read.” —Suzanne Somers

“Dr. Greene’s book tackles the complex interface between the brain and hormones and breaks down complicated subjects to the essential points. At the same time, this book is chock-full of pearls.” —David Ko, MD, chief of neurology, Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center

“At a time when women are thoroughly confused about hormone therapy, this book is a beacon of light on the subject.” —Pouru Bhiwandi, MD, FACOG, MSPH; adjunct professor of maternal and child health, University of North Carolina; international consultant in women’s health

“Every doctor who takes care of women, and women of every age, need this book.” —Ricki Pollycove, MD, MHS; fellow of the American College of Ob-Gyn

Perfect Balance is a remarkable achievement and a breakthrough in thinking and medical practice.” —David Feldman, MD, associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of California, San Francisco–Fresno

“This book is sure to be a guiding light for women everywhere.” —Dr. Jeanne Leventhal Alexander, founder and president of the Alexander Foundation for Women’s Health


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307336204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307336200
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend every woman read this book.
S. J
This book is packed full of well-documented research and it"s easy reading.
Olivia A.
I've read quite a few books on the subject of HRT and hormonal balance.
Pia R. Speck

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Masako on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've read just about every book there is out there on woman's health and hormone issues, and this one is truly the best. It gives the full story on everything from the controversial WHI study (yes, it was flawed!) to what to eat to help balance your hormones. Now I finally understand what I should be doing about my hot flashes (among other things.) The writing is not only clear and concise and easily understandable, but actually, if you can believe, a good read! Quite a feat for book this informative. Every woman should have this book in her library. I've made all my friends --and their daughters---promise to get it .
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ODProfessional on April 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever had questions about your hormones and want to learn the important role they have in helping you achieve your optimum health, this is the book to read!

Dr. Greene explains our complex hormonal system in a way that you do not have to be a practicing physician to understand. The book most likely includes many questions that you have always wanted to ask but never did. The answers are all here!

After reading the book, I have come away with a new appreciation of my own individual hormonal system and a commitment to do everything I can to achieve the perfect balance!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Olivia A. on August 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was intrigued to read this book after the forward Dr. Greene did for Suzanne Somers book, "The Sexy Years", and after what I learned he did for her, to balance her hormones following breast cancer.

"Perfect Balance" is great information for anyone, at any age, but it is most interesting to learn how hormones affect us constantly, and that if there is an imbalance, we can feel poorly or even start to suffer from various illnesses, or ultimately develop cancer. Dr. Greene outlines bio-mutegens in our environment to avoid, and he recommends healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle to naturally keep hormones in balance. This book is packed full of well-documented research and it"s easy reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pia R. Speck on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've read quite a few books on the subject of HRT and hormonal balance. Yet, Dr. Greene's book is by far the most comprehensive and best written of all those I've come across.

The material emcompasses not only information about menopausal issues, but information about the hormonal system of a female from the beginning of life. It is a book that must be read by every female who is curious about what makes her tick...and is willing to learn a lot about how to keep her health at an optimum.

I found the book fascinating, easy to read and a very very potent support tool when speaking to my health care providers about how I wanted my hormonal treatments to be designed. Really clear information about Estradiol, Estriol and Estrone. Which one of these estrogens is helpful and which ones are mainly waste product. And how to provide yourself with the appropriate amount of the more valuable estrogen in order to keep the brain healthy and cognitive functions at peak effectiveness. This is a book to give as a present to your female friends and their daughters. A book to have, to use, to share even with the male people in your lives. Particularly if you care enough about them to want them to know deeply about what makes you, as a female, work.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This work provides life-long strategies for maintaining hormonal health. For instance, metabolic hormones control caloric

management. The thyroid, INS and GH are the classic metabolic hormones. Regulating hormones refer to body temperature maintenance by Melatonin. Cortisol and epinephrim are stress hormones. Progesterone is the sex hormone.

Important glandular structures are explained. For instance, the Pituitary gland monitors the incoming signals in the blood. The Hypothalamus is the command center for hormonal messages. The Amygdala is the seat of all emotion. Adiponectin is the fat cell hormone which stabilizes glucose. The parietal lobe deals with pain sensations. The frontal lobe maintains executive functions.

The occipital lope regulates vision, The Hippocampus gathers data. The Py43-31 is the colon hormone released with food. Lower levels of testosterone lead to slower response of cerebellar regulatory balance and coordination. The difference between total testosterone and free testosterone is a pointer to identifying and treating hormonal problems. The author points toward certain vitamins to help stabilize hormones. i.e. Ca., Mg., non-fat milk,

yogurt, crab, salmon , avocado, kiwi, raisins and tofu. Estradol may be utilized to reduce arthritic pain.

This book has considerable advice regarding hormonal regulation and ongoing maintenance. Every health library should acquire at least one copy for the membership.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Lynn C. Wright on January 26, 2007
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This book was purchased to learn more about hormone balancing, particularly the use of bioidentical hormones as replacement therapy. Instead, I found it to be an endorsement of what we've been told for years and has done so much damage: estrogen supplementation recommended for most all our hormone-related ills. Not only that, Dr. Greene condones synthetic pharmaceutical hormone use as well as bioidentical options. It is well known the havoc they as a class of drugs has caused in women's bodies for decades. It is also well known that many women today actually suffer from estrogen dominance, yet this fact goes unstated. To make matters worse, hormone level testing to determine existing levels before supplementation, via blood or saliva, is never even mentioned. Progesterone as a balancing hormone is given hardly a nod by Dr. Greene, and that not a favorable one. I was shocked to read he not only thinks birth control pills are safe, but he endorses their use for other purposes than avoiding pregnancy. For example, Seasonale, an oral contraceptive that subjects women to 9 more weeks per year of synthetic hormonal exposure than conventional monthly birth control garners this comment from Dr. Greene, "Seasonale is another good alternative.... designed so that you have one menstrual cycle per season. This kind of menstrual regulation is totally safe and preferred by a great many women for its convenience and predictability." Meanwhile, the manufacturer's prescribing information states, "Like other birth control pills, SEASONALE® has serious risks, which can be life threatening, including blood clots, stroke, and heart attack and are increased if you smoke cigarettes.....Read more ›
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