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Product Details

  • Series: What to Do When the Doctor Says It's
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592330045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592330041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Milton Hammerly, M.D. is a board-certified family practitioner and Medical Director of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Catholic Health Initiatives' Centura Health facilities nationwide. He is author of four books in the Integrative Health Series: Diabetes, Depression, Menopause, and Fibromyalgia. He contribute regularly to professional journals and has taught at the Mind-Body Health Center in Aurora, Colorado. He lives in Denver.
Milton Hammerly, M.D. is a board-certified family practitioner and Medical Director of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Catholic Health Initiatives' Centura Health facilities nationwide. He is author of four books in the Integrative Health Series: Diabetes, Depression, Menopause, and Fibromyalgia. He contribute regularly to professional journals and has taught at the Mind-Body Health Center in Aurora, Colorado. He lives in Denver.

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Good luck, ladies.
cwms
The author claims that it is not understood why women with PCOS have higher miscarriage rates than healthy women.
PghYinzer
This book has helped me learn alot about PCOS and what effects it!!
JessicaG

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155 of 156 people found the following review helpful By PghYinzer on January 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have to say this was a good book because PCOS is a lousy and misunderstood disorder, and anything that helps get the word out about what it is and how to treat it is a GOOD BOOK. This book does cover the basics, such as how PCOS is thought to stem from insulin resistance and how diet, exercise, and certain medications can work to help relieve this puzzling and distressing syndrome. It also gives a very nice overview of alternative/complimentary/natural therapies.

There is probably nothing good to be said about this book that hasn't been said, so I will focus instead on the things that alarmed me. In no particular order:

1. The author claims that it is not understood why women with PCOS have higher miscarriage rates than healthy women. In fact, it is often the case that pregnant women with PCOS have low progesterone rates. It is imperative that a woman with PCOS have her progesterone levels tested should she become pregnant, and that she use supplementary progesterone under her doctor's care if need be. This is of course only one cause of miscarriage but is very common among women with PCOS (who have low progesterone as a general rule), it is easy to check, and has the potential to save a pregnancy. (I am editing this point to point out that many years and many fertility treatments later - I am no longer a believer in the progesterone theory. I think weak ovulations leads to low progesterone and therefore m/c. Supplementing with p4 does work sometimes but in most cases I think low p4 indicates an unhealthy pregnancy rather than something than can be fixed)

2. The author claims that after the first few weeks of pregnancy (actually once he says few and once he says 12) a woman should go off a metformin.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2003
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A great addition to the PCOS literature out there covering all the old ground but also adding in new and extremely helpful information about diet and self help techniques. It's beautifully written and clear and consistent throughout. As a PCOS sufferer myself I highly recommend it to other women with PCOS. Good to know that at long last this complex condition is being taken seriously and given the attention and respect it deserves.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2003
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This book is the first to embrace the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit for women with PCOS. It offers hope and help and suggests that being diagnosed with PCOS can in many cases be a good thing. PCOS offers a rare opportunity to see the future and change it through lifestyle changes and complementary therapies and medicines if needed. Looking through the window of PCOS this book offers an abundance of hope, knowing that the symptoms of today can be managed and complications of tomorrow, such as diabetes, heart disease, infertility, can be prevented. A solid performer I'd recommend this book to any women with PCOS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Brinkley VINE VOICE on May 9, 2010
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When I finished reading What to Do When the Doctor Says It's PCOS I felt much more informed about PCOS, what it means to have PCOS, the symptoms of PCOS, and what I can do to help the symptoms of PCOS, including weight gain. It helped me understand what is wrong with my body and I even learned a bit about how my thyroid interacts with my PCOS. I also learned that many people with PCOS can go on to become diabetic and what I can do to avoid this happening to me. I give this 5 stars because it is well written, laid out nicely, and very informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom2two on June 11, 2007
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This book is fine, if you have just been diagnosed with PCOS. In fact, if you've just been diagnosed, this is a complete introduction to the issues and solutions at hand.

If, however, you've known the basics of PCOS for some time now, this book is little help.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2004
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I was diagnosed with PCOS about 4 weeks ago after dealing with the awful symptoms for 9 years. I immediatly bought this book and loved it. It explains everything you need to know about PCOS; symptoms, treatments, and much more, if you have PCOS and feel the need to know everything there is to know about your condition you have to have this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By teaweed on January 26, 2008
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Considering that this was published in 2003 and written by a pair of non-specialists (a family practitioner as opposed to an endocrinologist and a how-to author who's written about topics from horses to decorating) it's a good overview of the topic. However the coverage of individual topics is superficial, the tone is dumbed down, and then there are a couple of flaws that really stick in my craw. The chapter covering how a normal period is supposed to work was one of the most reader-unfriendly descriptions I've ever read. It was disorganized, confusing and patronizing. Worse, the book harps in chapter after chapter about weight loss, implying shamelessly that obesity is a cause of PCOS and weight loss is a treatment for it. In this the authors repeat the prejuidice one sees so often against the fundamentally benign and normal variation of adipose tissue.
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I sure didn't know what to read when I was diagnosed. There are a wealth of articles online if you do some basic researching. But I wanted hard copies of information. You know, stuff I could dog ear and highlight. :) This is one of the better books, so I recommend it. Especially if you're new to the idea of PCOS and don't know where to start. Good luck, ladies.
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