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The Estrogen Errors: Why Progesterone Is Better for Women's Health Hardcover – May 19, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0313353987 ISBN-10: 0313353980 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313353980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313353987
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Challenges a common, and potentially dangerous, U.S. medical practice, suggesting a proven and less-dangerous alternative

• Cites the latest research on this controversial issue

• Draws on patient vignettes and the personal experience of an eminent physician and researcher

• Reveals the influence of political and commercial factors on medical practice

"The Women's Health Initiative study in the 1990s upended the conventional wisdom concerning hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women. Medical writer Baxter (Simon Fraser U.) and Prior (medicine, U. of British Columbia) trace the history of the estrogen-deficiency disease paradigm of menopause. Instead of the myth that estrogen is a female hormone that needs replenishing, these self-identified feminists advocate consideration of the complexities of what is ‘normal' and the use of progesterone among options to ease menopausal symptoms. Appendices include further information about perimenopause, 'the forgotten transition,' and menopause management."


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"In this engaging book, Baxter (Simon Fraser Univ.) and Prior (Univ. of British Columbia) combine detailed

explanations of women's reproductive endocrinology and physiology with deconstructions of social, medical, and

cultural narratives about women's hormones. The result is an insightful survey of current and historical dogma,

scientific research, and medical practices in women's health. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."



"The book is well written, clearly laid out, and understandable to an educated reader. It points out what we now know are inconsistencies and outright errors in the previously widely accepted prescription of estrogen to normal women during their transition to menopause….I think the book offers a significant amount of information for both physicians "treating" and women approaching menopause, from both an estrogen and progesterone perspective. I'm really glad I read it….I appreciated the clarification of terminology, the effort to demedicalize a natural process, and the confidence to look outside the box at commonly accepted doctrine surrounding what has been happening to women since the beginning of human life."


British Columbia Medical Journal

"The Estrogen ErrorS≪/i> is an informative text written for providers and women that questions the hypothesis that estrogen is the deficient hormone during the perimenopause, and that this deficiency is responsible for the varied symptoms experienced by many woman during this transitional phase. Dr. Prior is an endocrinologist who clearly has studied and researched the topic thoroughly. "



"Estrogen ErrorS≪/i> is, quite simply, the truth! Dr. Jerilynn Prior has done women a huge service by uncovering the real truth about estrogen and the hidden secrets of progesterone! A must read for anyone concerned about women's health."


Jerilynn C Prior MD FRCPC
Professor of Endocrinology
University of British Columbia


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Ewart on February 25, 2010
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An alternative title to this book could be 'Don't Go to the Doctor's Office without Me'. You get the strong impression that, outside of baby-production, the physiology and health requirements of the human female are simply not taught to physicians. The co-author Jerilynn C. Prior, is a physician-researcher, professor of endocrinology and top authority on mid-life female transition from fertile to sterile. She tells of her up-battle to teach University of British Columbia medical students the mounting evidence that progesterone is equally as important as estrogen to bone health. The administration has asked her to drop replicated progesterone research from her week of teaching bone disease. She states they will have to fire her first.

Time after time Prior over-rides the disinterest and obstructing ignorance of her peer medical community. She choses the difficult, but higher, road of practicing evidence-based medicine, causing her to question the sketchy research on estrogen. This book is shot through with more science, intelligence and rational sense, in terms of women's health, than anything else available currently. This is true of all her publications and website [...]

'The Estrogen Errors' is expensive [...], however a portion goes to running the non-profit cemcor website. The book gives you the most current bio-medical science on women's bone, breast and heart health from Dr. Prior's researched and elite point of view. A major focus of the book is that span of life starting in the late 30s or early 40s which has only recently been identified and labeled as perimenopause. A significant cohort of women, but not all women, have from mild to extreme difficulty through what can be a decade (plus or minus) of transition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By girl squirrel on May 27, 2012
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Jerilynn Prior is a very bright researcher who is redefining the perimenopausal years. It takes a lot of courage to say what she has - not because her views are outrageous but because physicians can be brutal and vindictive when someone speaks outside the accepted dogma. The science writer Susan Baxter has re-addressed the medicalization of menopause and the conceptualization of being in "deficiency."

There are factual errors.

- women in the PEPI trial took Premarin alone or Premarin & Provera, but the writers did not mention that there was a group who took micronized progesterone and they did well. It's still a surprise that researchers were prescient enough in the early '90's to INCLUDE micronized progesterone at all.

- "those colonoscopies that Katie Couric wants us to have can nick the bowel and cause internal bleeding." True, however, it is cavalier and irresponsible to suggest a sigmoidoscopy, which is "flexible, shorter and safer" is an adequate tool to detect colonoscopy. In fact, no reputable physician in the US uses sigmoidoscopy any more as a screening tool for colonoscopy. Sigmoidoscopy examines only the very end of the colon and misses the polyps (cancerous or pre-cancerous) in the majority of the colon. Katie Couric helped public health efforts to prevent colon cancer - colonoscopy is one of the only ways to PREVENT cancer by removing precancerous polyps (as opposed to mammograms, which DETECT, not prevent, cancer).

- finally, the WHI. In 2002, the researchers concluded that hormone therapy caused an increase in breast cancer and heart disease. Then Baxter writes "after a brief flurry of negative news about estrogen, the excuses and the justifications began pouring in...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judith Norsigian on October 28, 2009
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It is fascinating to see how widespread beliefs about estrogen's role in the perimenopause have blocked the pursuit of much-needed research in this field. This book is filled with persuasive arguments that lead to a total re-evaluation of these "beliefs" that increasingly don't hold muster as we look more closely at the best available evidence. Dr. Prior's writings and her own research offer crucial insights for all those interested in women's health across the lifespan.
-Judy Norsigian, Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inkbat on December 25, 2010
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Terrific overview of women's health issues, not only hormones but also heart disease, osteoporosis and breast cancer and the role hormones (and bad information) play.
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