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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (November 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812967550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812967555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Posner, a researcher and Webmaster (she has worked with her husband, Gerald, on several books), here chronicles an unconventional journey into menopause. Informed by her physician at age 46 that she was "in full-blown menopause"--and that, in order to avoid osteoporosis and a reduced metabolism, she required immediate hormone replacement therapy--Posner hesitated. When her doctor arrogantly dismissed her concerns about the risks of estrogen replacement (her mother and two aunts had had breast cancer), Posner was inspired to use her formidable research skills to look for alternatives. What she found was enough information to design a program tailor-made to naturally eliminate the negative physical aspects of menopause: hot flashes, diminished bone density and thinning muscle tissue. In clear and vivid language, Posner describes how she successfully experimented with herbs, vitamins, diet and exercise until she found a hormone-free combination that counteracted all these symptoms. The program, she asserts, made her body both leaner and stronger, improved the condition of her hair and skin and restored her libido. After her last medical tests, even her estrogen-pushing physician acknowledged that she was in excellent shape and had lost no bone density. This is not a medical text--Posner is careful to caution women that this program may not be appropriate for everyone--but it is an interesting and inspiring account by a woman who decided to take responsibility for her body and her health.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Two women who have experienced menopause share their personal stories along with advice for others. Posner, who had a family history of breast cancer, decided to write a book about her trial-and-error experience with nonhormonal approaches to treating the symptoms of menopause. Wanting to avoid both natural and synthetic estrogens, she researched and mapped her own course of treatment, relying on exercise, diet, and massive amounts of supplements. Written more like a autobiography than a medical book, her story isn't really that interesting, and Posner throws out some options like acupuncture because she "just felt it was not the way I wanted to treat menopause." An optional purchase, recommended only where there is a great interest in first-person health narratives. Women who really want authoritative help deciding what they should do will find better information in Moore's book. Moore also mentions her personal experience and does, in fact, recommend some of the same therapies that Posner uses, but this is advice coming from a medical practitioner. As a physician in private practice, she advocates starting small, using the least toxic treatments for symptoms such as hot flashes, migraines, and osteoporosis. She is open to all types of treatments ranging from homeopathy to hormone replacement. A more balanced treatment of menopause that includes allopathic and alternative therapies, her book is recommended for public and consumer health libraries.
-Elizabeth Williams, Houston Acad. of Medicine-Texas Medical Ctr. Lib.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I'm a very independent, creative and sometimes rebellious Brit, living in America. I've been in fashion (sales to modeling to design) and the music industry (album covers and promotional tours). I dabble all too infrequently in mixed media art, my most recent experiments are with vibrant neon-colored pop digital lithographs that are based on vintage black and white photos.

I pay my mortgage, however, by writing. Random House published my book on how to naturally pass through menopause back in 2000 (you can see the rebel streak there, I went against the big money lobby of the established medical community by using my own experience to show it was possible to go through menopause without hormones).

Random House also published the updated paperback, No Hormones, No Fear,, in 2003. The Kindle version gives you all the updates, based on the Women's Health Initiative.

But don't be fooled into thinking I just write about women's health. In columns I did for a NY magazine I focused on aging and for a Miami magazine I did everything from personal celeb and business profiles to articles about architectural and political controversies, post 9/11 security and travel, exotic sports car reviews, wine collectors, even to the evolution of the celebrity entourage, just to mention a few.

My two columns in Ocean Drive - Cultural Chatter and then Health Watch - had a wide following.

When I am not doing my own books, besides chasing Vampires and solving cold cases, I work with my husband on his nonfiction books.

Follow me on Twitter @trishaposner, or subscribe to my personal page on Facebook at or Like My Health Watch Facebook page at

If you are not completely exhausted by now, you can also log on to, but it needs an update.

Thanks for checking in. I trust that you will find some of my work thought provoking and always interesting! xo

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It is a very easy read with alot of useful information.
Emily Miller RDH
It's all about honoring ourselves...take care of our bodies, and our bodies will take care of us.
Trisha Posner's book is like having a conversation with a dear friend.
Tigre Chesney

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Perlbinder on May 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The recent front page article in The New York Times questioning a major reason for hormone replacement therapy threw me into a panic yet again. A week later I read "This is Not Your Mother's Menopause." Trisha Posner's book was a god send for me as every passing day seems to bring another contradictory warning about breast cancer and hormones. Whether you are wondering if you should start HRT or go the natural route, or if you can't imagine being off hormones but can't deal with the uncertainty of being on and are rethinking or reassessing, this is one terrific book. A chapter called "the Vitamin and Herb Shop" was most informative. Homeopathy, an area I know nothing about, terrifies me almost as much as hormone replacement. Ms. Posner is very specific in her descriptions of the various herbs and vitamins that she uses, simplifying the task of planning an individual regime. This is a wonderful book, formidably researched yet full of charming personal anecdotes and very savvy girl talk. For those looking for a real alternative to HRT, read Trisha Posner's book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By namy goldstein on April 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read over a dozen books about menopause, including many I've liked including John Lee's book, and Susan Love, and Gail Sheehy, and I've learned a lot. But THIS IS LIKE NO OTHER BOOK ON MENOPAUSE I've ever seen. I got the book yesterday, started it last night expecting to read a chapter or two, and blew my night of sleep by being unable to put it down until I finished it (thank God it's small!)
I love the fact that instead of some celebrity or a doctor telling me what I should do with my body, this is by a regular woman who has been through the same thing I'm going through. There were plenty of moments when I just wanted to shout, "Yes, I've been through that." I love Posner's honesty in describing the problems we confront with menopause and the indecision she faced when it came to HRT. It's the same problem we all have - the conflicting studies and the worries about possible increased risks of breast cancer. We all resolve this in different ways depending on our tolerance for risk, but with her family history of breast cancer, she resolved it by embarking on this rather incredible research binge that resulted in her trying just about every natural remedy out there, ones we are all familiar with. And in the end she developed a program of supplements, a healthy diet, and exercise, that worked for her.
This personal account is so informative, because you get to see these natural cures not just in theory, but actually how they work with someone. When she stops taking her double dose of Vitamin E and Black Cohosh to see whether they really eliminated her hot flashes, there is a hysterical scene where she runs into a friend's kitchen over a Thanksgiving feast and sticks her head into a freezer. Sound familiar for any of us!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anne S. Charles on August 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've been around long enough that I can remember when women's health issuse weren't! Thanks to other women, prolonging our good health and successfully navigating menopause is getting easier. Now that the paramenopausal stage has been identified and is being written about in books like Posner's, "One Woman's Natural Journey..." we have more reliable information and we can choose to suffer less. Our partners can also welcome our enhanced sexual selves instead of also being expected to just accept our mood swings and physical tribulations. I'm working at enjoying my changes because books like this have allowed me to no longer be a victim to "the change". Posner's information on natural and herbal supplements can be coroborrated in various books and I have found a particular site, iHerb, that offers many links to these sources. I have also found iHerb to be a wonderful and cost effective source for my supplements. Check out their section on Women's Health and see what I mean.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Towler on January 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
According to Posner, reducing fat intake, running, and weight training are a really great way to lose weight and reduce menopausal symptoms. She expresses great suprise about this, which makes me think that she slept through the 1980s. Who wants to pay for yet another book that discusses this subject in great length without adding a single new thing?

I found the author's perspective rather difficult to take. She repeatedly makes reference to her wealth, yet make no reference to how expensive her herbal recommendations are. She repeatedly makes the point that men are attracted to her still, that everyone is shocked that she's old enough to be going through menopause, and that her husband is the most supportive man on earth, which, frankly, he seems a bit creepy in the book.

If you're not bothered by her narcissicm and ignorance of excercise and diet information popularized in the 70s & 80s, you might find value in her herbal recommendation, so long as you can afford the hundreds of dollars it will cost you each month.

Instead, I recommend: New Menopausal Years : The Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After reading lots of books on menopause (I'm in it!), this is completely different. Instead of just an advice book, it's a personal story of someone going through it and there were plenty of incidents that I could completely relate to. Her approach makes sense, and her program that works instead of hormones is completely fresh. Actually, I found this easy to read book very uplifting. It's the first time I've ever felt good about being in menopause. Way to go Girl!
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