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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (January 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757313906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757313905
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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About the Author

C.W. Randolph, Jr., M.D., is an internationally renowned expert in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement. He is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who also practiced as a compounding pharmacist. He is the co-founder of The Natural Hormone Institute of America, a Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and a member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. He is the coauthor of From Belly Fat to Belly Flat.

Genie James is nationally acknowledged as a change agent for improved women's health. She serves as the executive director of Women Evolving, LLC, an organization that educates women to use their choice, their voice, and financial power to enhance their healthcare while positively impacting our nation's health care. She is the coauthor of From Belly Fat to Belly Flat.

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Part 1

Women Taking Control:
Dismissing Marketing Hype, Demanding Medical Science

My guess is that you picked up this book because, over the last several years, you have experienced changes in your body, mind, and moods that disturb you. You have struggled with weight gain, depression, foggy thinking, or low sex drive and possibly suffered through hot flashes, night sweats, irregular bleeding, vaginal dryness, or changes in breast tissue. You believe that somehow your age and hormones (or lack thereof) are in collusion, and if you don't do something, you are doomed to be increasingly fat, snippy, sexless, and senile. You would consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but over the last several years you've read in the newspaper or heard on television that those once-popular drugs have been linked to an increased risk of breast and uterine cancers, heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Your question is: do I have another option?

The answer is a resounding 'Yes!' Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective alternative for treating symptoms of hormone imbalance. Even better, BHRT goes beyond the symptoms to replace hormone deficiencies and biochemically resolve the problem at a cellular level.

In chapter 1, you will read the history behind the launch and promotion of pharmaceutically manufactured synthetic hormones, promoted despite the early evidence of their health dangers. You will learn how corrupt pharmaceutical industry practices have kept synthetic hormones on the market, despite mounting medical evidence linking these drugs to lethal health concerns. Then, in chapter 2, you'll learn about bio-identical hormones: what they are, how they are made, why they can't be patented and—most eye-opening—why you (and your doctor) may not have heard of them before now.

1
Decades of Desperate Women Dangerously Duped

For decades, pharmaceutically manufactured synthetic hormone replacement therapies have been touted as the female fountain of youth. 'Take this pill and you can maintain your youthful good looks, increase your sexual energy, and keep a positive outlook for life,' doctors and advertisements told women. To boot, doctors were convinced that synthetic hormones could help aging women keep their hearts, bones, and brains healthy. But in recent years an unrelenting stream of medical evidence has indicted synthetic hormone replacement therapy as an evil of its own, raising a woman's risk of heart disease, breast and uterine cancers, blood clotting and strokes, and Alzheimer's disease.

When the health risks associated with synthetic hormones first became public knowledge, millions of women on these drugs (such as the commonly prescribed Premarin or Prempro) were horrified. Their doctors were surprised and confused. Not so the medical experts employed by the pharmaceutical giants manufacturing these dangerous drugs. They had been aware of medical research evidencing the carcinogenic properties of synthetic estrogen since the early 1940s.

The Auschwitz Connection
Some of the first scientific experiments with synthetic hormones were conducted at Auschwitz.1 The lead researcher was Adolph Friedrich Johann Butenandt, a biochemist (sponsored by the Schering pharmaceutical company) who won a Nobel Prize in 1939 for isolating sex hormones. According to previously sealed files of Nazi-era science, Butenandt's work included the introduction of three synthetic hormone products: Progynon, a synthetic estrogen; Proluton, a synthetic progesterone, or progestin; and Testoviron, the synthetic male hormone. In sponsoring Butenandt's research, Schering's marketing goal was to identify a way of using synthetic hormones as a form of birth control.

Excerpts from primary source documents obtained from archives in England and Germany describe the sterilization experiments. Women in Auschwitz were unknowingly fed daily doses of synthetic estrogen in their rutabaga soup. The goal of these experiments was to sterilize non-Aryans. Though unable to reproduce, the Jews would still be able to work as slave laborers for the 'superior' Aryan race.

In 1972, Dr. Jean Jofen presented to the Fifth World Congress of Jewish Studies a paper titled 'Long-Range Effects of Medical Experiments in Concentration Camps: The Effect of Administration of Estrogen to the Mother on the Intelligence of the Offspring.' Jofen reported that, after testing hundreds of children of Holocaust survivors, the Auschwitz contingent had the lowest IQ range. Dr. Jofen postulated that the synthetic hormone experiments were responsible.3

The DES Story
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was a synthetic hormone drug first synthesized in 1938 by Sir Charles Dodd. It was the first synthetic hormone product that was cheap to manufacture and effective to take by mouth. Originally marketed as a 'synthetic compound capable of producing the feminization effect similar to that of naturally occurring estrogen,' DES was commonly prescribed during pregnancy to prevent miscarriages or premature deliveries.

In the United States, an estimated 5 to 10 million people were exposed to DES from 1938 to 1971, including pregnant women prescribed DES and their children. Nine out of every ten daughters of women who took DES had deformed reproductive systems or other abnormalities. Half would never be able to conceive or bear children. One in seven DES daughters contracted a rare and often lethal form of cancer called adenocarcinoma. This malignancy affects glandular tissue that forms only in those women whose mothers took DES during their first months of pregnancy. DES was also linked to a relatively rare form of testicular cancer in sons.4

In 1971, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised physicians to stop prescribing DES. While DES was the first synthetic hormone product to be named a human carcinogen, unfortunately, it wouldn't be the last.

A Huge Cover-Up
The HRT cover-up is much bigger than most people think. For over forty years, women and their physicians have been getting bad information from the pharmaceutical industry, while the federal government has done little to intervene.

Synthetic hormones are chemically altered hormones synthesized in a laboratory to have a different molecular structure than the hormones produced by the ovaries or testes. Why wouldn't the pharmaceutical companies synthesize a hormone with exactly the same molecular structure as the ones produced by the body? Because you can't patent a molecular structure that occurs in nature. By altering the molecular structure of the hormones, the pharmaceutical manufacturer can have exclusive ownership of both the chemical formula and the revenue generated by its synthetic hormone product until its patent expires.

©2009. C.W. Randolph, Jr., M.D., and Genie James, M.M.Sc. All rights reserved. Reprinted from From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


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An easy read, even though there is a lot of technical medical information contained in the book.
Donna Kaluzniak
I bought this book on a recommendation from my nutritionist and found a lot of really great information in this.
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I have read a dozen or so books dealing with hormones and the debilitating imbalances that sometimes occur.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2009
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Finally, a book that explains hormonal imbalances in a clear, concise manner. I have read a dozen or so books dealing with hormones and the debilitating imbalances that sometimes occur. Dr. Randolph has done a remarkable job (along with his wife and co-author, Ms. James)explaining the basics of hormones, their roles in our bodies, and the symptons of imbalance. More importantly, he offers REAL treatment that includes dietary changes, stress management, supplements and bioidentical hormones (No synthetic hormones for this Doc). Thank you Dr. Randolph for a brilliant resource for women who yearn for the knowledge you give!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By an apt word on July 27, 2009
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Dr. Randolph formulates his own bio-identical creams and sells them under his own name. He is concerned that doctors today prescribe synthetic hormone replacements--usually estrogens--which may exacerbate the problem most pre and post menopausal women have: namely, the condition of being estrogen dominant. The typical presenting problems of this population of women include swelling breasts or breast tenderness, urine retention, bloating, emotional volatility, weight gain, sleeping problems, and hot flashes--all of which are considered to be problems related to diminished levels of estrogen. But the estrogen link to breast cancer and cardiac problems convinced Randolph that the problem was unopposed estrogen. Women were also suffering from progesterone (the "feel good" hormone) deficiency. Merely prescribing estrogen replacements increased the level of unopposed estrogen in a women's body and made her more vulnerable to more serious health problems down the road.
Randolph recommends women take a saliva test and then have a hormonal preparation custom-made to their body chemistry. The bio-identical he compares to the lock and key--a synthetic hormone will not fit well into the receptor sites of the body, whereas the bio-identical fits in as a key in to the lock.
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Recommended by my doctor. Concise, easy to understand explanations with examples of real situations. I feel less crazy now and will be getting bioidentical hormone testing soon. Written by a man, however, his wife gets credit for work on this and his experiences led him down this road. Read the forward/intro for his story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vida Taina on August 9, 2013
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I am a nurse who worked briefly with this author/doctor and I can say that he is truly an approachable and very knowledgable man. I have been trying to get in to see him at his office, but my insurance, unfortunately does not support a visit to this office. I would have to be self-pay.
I started reading this book, and have not finished reading it as of yet, but it is a very easy read so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doula Karen on November 17, 2010
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The title of this book hits it on the button! It was recommended to my by my doctor several years ago and I followed through with the treatment concepts. Have been on bioidentical hormones for 3 years now, and I cannot adequately describe the difference it has made for me, energy-wise, emotionally, physically, even mentally! Every woman could benefit by reading this book AND passing it along to her significant other, who needs to understand what's going on and be supportive. Highly recommend!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Zirkle on December 28, 2009
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For years I have thought my hormones needed to be tested, but couldn't get my Doctor to agree...then I found a doctor who told me to read this book and it has changed my life.

So many things were explained to me in this book and I finally felt like I wasn't alone in what I was feeling and going through. And it was explained in a way that was easy to understand. I read the entire book in one evening...I couldn't stop reading...

I will be getting more copies of this book to give to my female friends...
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Step by step approach to the problems and solutions explained with case studies. Comparative narration to help understand and appreciate the approach
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By melissa walling on February 4, 2014
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I felt this was a good book for a person going through surgical menopause. would also recommend hormone balance made simple by dr. John Lee. these books are good but not everything in them applies to every woman. each woman is different in their needs but if looking for information and a general idea then you should read these. Understanding your body and how it works is a step in the right direction in achieving relief.
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