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Natural Hormone Balance for Women: Look Younger, Feel Stronger, and Live Life with Exuberance Paperback – January 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743406664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743406666
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Natural Hormone Balance for Women, Beverly Hills obstetrician-gynecologist Uzzi Reiss makes it clear that he believes in hormone replacement therapy for women, but not the "chemicalized hormonal substitutes" usually prescribed. "I emphasize natural hormones that are precise replicas of your own hormones," he writes, which can increase energy and memory, decrease symptoms of menopause and PMS, improve skin and mood, and enhance sleep, sexuality, and well-being. But neither the widely used hormonal medications, such as estrogens derived from horse urine, nor the "natural" hormonal products derived from soy or yams replicate the hormones produced by a woman's body. Rather, he recommends a natural estrogen formula balanced with natural progesterone, both available through compounding pharmacies (with a doctor's prescription).

Dr. Reiss and talented cowriter Martin Zucker explain why, how, and when to use natural hormones. This is not a snappy, one-size-fits-all program--rather, you, with the involvement of your physician, learn how to analyze your needs and individualize your treatment for your own optimal hormonal balance. Reiss describes the benefits and uses of natural estrogen and progesterone, then discusses other natural hormones that might be helpful: testosterone, human growth hormone, DHEA, melatonin, and pregnenolone. This is a provocative book that's worth sharing with your doctor. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Jesse Lynn Hanley, M.D. Coauthor of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause As a physician who practices wellness-oriented health care, I predict that the book you are about to read will banish your confusion and fear....Uzzi Reiss is my gynecologist, and the gynecologist for many of my patients....This book is a translation of his experience with thousands of patients, and can help grandmothers, mothers, and daughters alike.

Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S.
Author of Before the Change and Super Nutrition for Menopause Natural Hormone Balance For Women is undoubtedly the single best book I have read on the subject to date, and I have read all of them.

Janet Zand, O.M.D.
Coauthor of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child With this book, women can finally gain insight into what is going on in their bodies, why they feel how they do, and what can make them feel better. I am looking forward to recommending it to patients, friends, and colleagues.

Leeza Gibbons Dr. Reiss has been my doctor for many years. As I evolve as a woman, he continues to have answers to the questions that matter the most. He has contributed to my physical, mental, and emotional health, and in this book, he shows how all three are connected and how as women we can take back control. For every woman who ever felt her body was out of control, this book is a must-read.

Hyla Cass, M.D.
Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.
Author of St. John's Wort: Nature's Blues Buster -- At last! The complex hormone issue made understandable. This program brings life-enhancing results through a dynamic combination of self-observation and physician partnership.

Lynda Obst
Film producer and author of Hello, He Lied Dr. Uzzi Reiss's revolutionary approach to women's health has changed my life for the better at a moment I feared the worst. His breakthrough research has emerged from this neglected field in the nick of time for my whole generation.

Paula Wagner
Cruise/Wagner Productions An intelligent book that talks straight about women's issues and enhances our understanding of how our complex systems work. This is empowerment!

Marsha Mason I wish this book had been available ten years ago. It would have saved me years of pain and anguish. I have been using natural hormone replacement for some years, and now I feel terrific and vital. Thank you, Dr. Reiss.

Victoria Principal Dr. Reiss's sensitivity and caring combined with his vast and courageous medical experience makes this a must-read for every woman over forty.

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This book was a life saver.
Leah Radulescu
Natural Hormone Balance for Women is one of the finest books ever written for women living with ovarian failure(menopause).
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The process is simple and the book is written in an easy to understand language.

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256 of 261 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. De Young VINE VOICE on July 21, 2005
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Dr Reiss obviously LOVES women...I have read over 25 menopause books and this is the BEST. It is written for all women to understand with great patience and caring. He has separated the hormones and clearly explains what each does and the symptoms of their imbalance. He includes contacts to locate a Dr in your area to help with the tests you will need to find out what you will need...not a "one size fits all" approach, but a customized just-for-you regimen of health to truly grow old gracefully....without the hot flashes, weight gain, fuzzy thinking, and loss of interest in your romantic life.

I would also recommend T.S. Wiley's book "Sex, Lies, and Menopause" which explains why we are seeing so much female cancer and how to protect yourself and your daughters from the problems our generation is experiencing.

Women who breeze thru menopause have had low estrogen levels all their lives, so the absence is not much of a shock. If you are contemplating a hysterectomy and your Dr does not do saliva hormone testing and have BIOIDENTICAL hormones ready for you to take afterwards, FIND a Dr thru the Women's International Pharmacy. You will avoid all the symptoms that are joked about....they are NO JOKE. These BIOIDENTICAL hormones DO NOT CAUSE CANCER!!!!!! They cause good sleep, weight loss, and finding yourself again.
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129 of 133 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2001
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I will add my voice of acclaim for this valuable book. I was looking for someone who could tell me what the symptoms were of too little estrogen, too little progesterone, too much progesterone, etc. and could not find that information anywhere on the internet. Lab tests are expensive, often inaccurate, and ultimately irrelevant if you have "normal" values but are still experiencing symptoms. Dr. Reiss explains in wonderful detail what various symptoms mean and what hormones to take, when and how, and where to get them. There are sections for women approaching menopause as well as in the middle of it and all the way through it. He shares a tremendous wealth of experience!
My first impression was that he was perhaps a "fringe" doctor, one of those who think they've solved some common problem but they can't get other doctors to listen to them. But the more I read, the more I became convinced that he really knows what he's talking about and has solid research studies to back up his opinions. And my doctor was the one who recommended his book. I'm sure his approach will become more and more mainstream in the next few years.
I have been recommending this book to all my perimenopausal and menopausal friends and they have been as excited by it as I am.
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126 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Jean C. Hofve on February 2, 2001
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This down-to-earth, practical guide is for women of *all* ages, not just those of us facing a health crisis or lifestage turning point. It is such a relief to know that many chronic, minor but nagging symptoms like insomnia, poor energy, water retention, forgetfulness, and that "morning fog" feeling are not imaginary, and even better, are fixable! This is truly a treasure trove of solid, useful information and easily understood guidelines. Finally, a doctor with common sense!
As an animal advocate, I am especially pleased to see the truth finally told about Premarin, a multi-billion dollar industry that exploits horses for profit, and sends tens of thousands of foals to slaughter every year. Plant-derived hormones are kind to animals, and earth-friendly, too!
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Oksana on July 21, 2008
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This book saved my life, that's how bad my hot flashes, insomnia, mood swing & fatige were... made worse by a woman internist who wanted to put me on high blood pressure medicine (my BP is normal) or a male gyn/ob who told me my symptoms were 'normal' and they'd be 'gone in 10 years' & then offered anti-depressants. Instead, I demanded bioidentical hormones, showed him the author's (board certified gyn) chapters on how to tell your MD what blood tests you need, then with the help of my compounding pharmacy, he was able to write a prescription for tri-est gel (which is covered by insurance) & progesterone caps and within 24 hours, my mood swings vanished, the hot flashes stopped, I was able to sleep, the mental fogginess went away & I was my happy self again. OTC DHEA (every AM) also helped. I've recommended this book to many women. Menopause is a hormone deficiency & there's no reason it shouldn't be treated as one... the problem is, US MDs don't study this in AMA run medical schools. Bioidientical hormones have been studied in Europe & Canada for decades & are being studied in Japan. Since Big Pharma controls/funds research in the US, and bioidenticals can't be patented, there's no research in US medical schools because there's no money to be made from it. As someone who was unable to tolerate Fosamax, my bone density scans showed a 3.3% increase in bone density after 3 months on bioidenticals, DHEA, liquid calcium & 1000 IU of vitamin D. The bone density specialist did a dance & asked me for the name of this book.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2001
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This is an amazing book. After going to God knows how many Doctor's and being prescribed Prozac and birth control pills (with horrible side effects!!) this book was a God send. It described all of the symptoms I have been having for the past several years which have only been getting worse and excellent information on how to treat them. I have finally found another Doctor who practices Natural Hormone REplacement and hopefully she will be more compassionate (now the hard part now is getting an appointment early enough). I would recommend all women who are constantly being told that all their tests are coming out "normal" therefore your misery is all in your head to please, please, please, read this book. It is a lifesaver!!
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