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About the Unspeakable "H" Word, Hormones
on July 2, 2013
I bought this book after seeing Dr. Pamela Smith on a television show talking about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and finding out she was an expert in this field. Her knowledge was impressive while watching her and I was even more impressed after reading her book since I have gotten more than learning about the hormones.
As far as I am concerned the information in the first sixty pages of this book should be shouted from the mountain tops and I am saddened that this book is not going to get the attention it deserves because of the "h" word. Actually when the word "hormone" used by a medical doctor or media what they refer is synthetic drugs which cause all kinds of diseases from cancer to dementia and have nothing to do with bio-identical hormones which are the exact replica of hormones in human body. The reason medical doctors prescribe synthetic drugs instead of natural hormones is because in the USA, a natural substance can't be patented not allowing drug companies to charge a lot of money.
As a lay person, my research of three years , which literally saved my life, revealed that a human body has hundred different hormones which function as messengers making it possible for brain to communicate and program each and every tissue in the human body. Without optimal level of these hormones, being healthy is out of the question. Human hormones work like a symphony and if one if out of tune, it affects the rest. Moreover most chronic disease is the result of deficiency in adrenal(cortisol) and thyroid hormones.
This book was written for lay people who have no background in medicine in a "concise, mostly bullet-style format, as opposed to long, literary prose." Part I of the book is titled "Hormones" and covers most important hormones in the human body, their functions, symptoms of the deficiency and excess of each hormone, the reason of the deficiency or the excess and how to have an optimum level of it. The second part, "Ailments and Problems", talks about common female problems such as cervical dysplasia, DES babies, heart disease, fibrocystic breast disease, endometriosis, fibroids, menopause, migraines, osteoporosis, perimenopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, postpartum depression, POF, POD, PMS, skin problems and vulvodynia. The third part, "Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)" compares synthetic hormones versus bio-identical hormones, hormonal testing methods, selective estrogen receptor modulators, birth control pills, nutrition and HRT. The conclusion section is followed by detailed summary of each part of the book, a list of resources, recommended readings, and forty-six pages of references which indicate how much research the author of this book did.
To anybody suffering from any chronic disease (Since men and women have the same hormones in their bodies in different amounts), I recommend reading the first part of this book and watching Dr. Frank Shallenberger's free educational videos on his website called "Managing Your Thyroid and Adrenal Glands. The Secret of Healing Chronic Disease" and "Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement". His new book, "Bursting With Energy", also is pretty good and is about slowing aging and preventing chronic disease.
My recommended list of readings:
"Testosterone Syndrome" by Dr Euguene Shippen for women and men over fifty.
"What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause" by Dr John Lee for women over thirty and "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause" for women over fifty years old.
"Your Thyroid and How to Keep it Healthy" by Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield. This is the best book written about thyroid disorders, their relation to other illnesses such as diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, bio-identical hormone replacement and much more.