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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone (What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About...) [Kindle Edition]

John R. Lee , Virginia Hopkins
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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Arguing that giving estrogen replacement therapy to women after menopause is medically the wrong thing to do, Lee suggests that natural progesterone can prevent most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause, including osteoporosis and weight gain.


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Women considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause symptoms and health benefits should read this controversial, provocative book first. "Advertising and research dollars are spent trying to convince women that estrogen will cure everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's," writes John R. Lee, M.D., "but there is scant evidence for any of these claims and reams of evidence that synthetic estrogens are highly toxic and carcinogenic." Lee has studied the research and concludes that estrogen is not the magic bullet for protection against heart disease and osteoporosis, nor does it retard aging. Natural progesterone, instead, puts postmenopausal women's hormones in balance, says Lee. He cites study after study that indicates that natural progesterone, obtained in cream form, delivers what the usual HRT only promises.

"Menopause as a disease has been largely fabricated by physicians and the pharmaceutical industry," says this leader of a "quiet but powerful revolution" regarding HRT. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause covers the benefits of natural progesterone, the history and politics of the medical and drug establishment, the biochemistry and dynamics of hormones and how they get out of balance, and how to prevent hormone imbalance and stay healthy. Lee empowers you to ask hard questions of your doctor. Highly recommended. --Joan Price


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127 of 127 people found the following review helpful
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The author, a medical doctor with 30 years of private practice experience, decided that he wasn't being very effective in helping his women patients deal with unpleasant premenopausal and menopausal symptoms. He began to research the research on hormone balance, HRT (hormone replacement therapy), and the way the medical and pharmaceutical industries deal with the "disease" of menopause and "female problems." What he discovered was that treating menopause as an "estrogen deficiency disease" was exactly wrong. In fact he argues that premenopausal and menopausal women are much more likely to be in a state of "estrogen excess" relative to levels of progesterone, which are often close to zero. Estrogen excess leads to weight gain, mood disorders, endometriosis, low sex drive, fybrocystic breasts, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Yet what the most doctors and drug companies offer to do is to increase estrogen levels with synthetic hormones made with pregnant mare's urine and synthetic progestins. While this may temporarily relieve certain symptoms like vaginal dryness and hot flashes, this HRT regime ultimately leads to worse side effects, including increased breast cancer risk, increased bone loss, increased overall cancer risk, and increased heart disease risk. Yet we are told that HRT is the only way to prevent osteoporosis and heart disease! John Lee explodes these myths and many more, including that any woman needs anhysterectomy unless she has cancer (yet over 600,000 are done in the US each year, meaning 600,000 potential new consumers of HRT!!)Over the years he has helped thousands of women restore their hormone balance and their lives with diet, exercise, and the use of natural progesterone (usually applied topically in a cream). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for every woman, no matter her age! December 29, 1997
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This book should be titled "What Every Woman Needs to Know About Hormones". The information contained in this book is not just for menopausal women! Dr. Lee very clearly explains how hormones work in our bodies, how hormone imbalance can be misdiagnosed, how environmental toxins are affecting our hormone balance, how we can reverse osteoporosis and minimize many of the symptoms associated with the onset of menopause, and why synthetic hormones don't work and are indeed dangerous. He also explores the economic and political issues that have led to the proliferation and use of synthetic hormones at the expense of our health and why this information is being kept from the general public. As a medical doctor with over 30 years of experience, he has done much research into this topic and he sites many case studies to corroborate the information he presents about the use of natural progesterone. The book is easy to read, is referenced, has an extensive glossary, recommended reading and resource lists, and is fully indexed. This is one of the most important books on women's health I have read in years and I am recommending it to every woman I know, no matter what their age! I have already bought copies for my two daughters, age 27 and 19.
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DR. LEE'S BOOK IS A GODSEND July 10, 2001
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In eight years I became "hot natured," gained 20 pounds, began to search for words and for the most part walked around in a fog. Chores I once accomplished with ease required great effort and I became impatient when I could not find things. Even more disabling-my occasional headaches increased to up to thirteen a month and became migraines. Since I'd just turned 51 a friend suggested it might be hormones and recommended I get a hormone saliva test. While I was waiting for the test results another friend gave me some progesterone cream. The results were almost immediate. The frequency and intensity of the migraines decreased, my mental fog lifted, I felt more relaxed and I had more energy. In short-I was my old self again. My hormone saliva test confirmed my suspicions-my estrogen and testosterone levels were normal but my progesterone level was near zero. That's when I found Dr. John R. Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause." I was shocked to learn that most menopausal women of western industrial countries have estrogen dominance (they've become deficient in progesterone) because they've been exposed to more estrogen substances in their meat, detergents, pesticides, herbicides, auto pollution and plastic household utensils. The combination of environmental pollutants, lack of exercise, cultural attitude and a diet rich in animal fat, sugar, refined starches and processed food leads to Western women's estrogen levels to be twice as high as women in the Far East and in third-world-countries whose passage through menopause is mostly symptom free. To correct the progesterone deficiency Dr. Lee recommends natural progesterone made from Mexican wild yams or soy products as they can easily be used and eliminated by the body and have no known side effects. Read more ›
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
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This book opened my eyes to the bias that American doctors have against using natural progesterone, and the authors taught me almost everything I now know about this subject; however, they left out one extremely important point. When a patient needs progesterone, her hormone levels must be professionally tested by using a revolutionary new type of blood test or salivary test. Then, their doctor can prescribe the correct amount of natural progesterone to use and also proceed to monitor her blood levels. Hormones are very powerful and should be used under the guidance of a medical doctor who is familiar with the proper protocol. Over the counter creams can be a quick fix, but they are presently unregulated. Would you prescribe a band-aid for someone who really needs stitches in order to heal their wound? The answer, of course, is, "No!". Yet, Dr. Lee and Virginia Hopkins neglect to mention anything about the necessity of being tested and having your hormone levels monitored by a trained professional.
As the above authors state, most women in the United states are oblivious to the importance of maintaining the correct level of progesterone all the way through their premenopausal, perimenopausal and menopausal cycles. However, for some reason Dr. Lee ignores the following extremely pertinent information: "The revolutionary discovery of radioimmunoassay blood tests changed the method of measuring female hormones, because blood samples could be used with greater accuracy. To the surprise of PMS workers, this method showed that low progesterone blood levels were not necessarily associated with PMS." (Dalton, Katharina,M.D.: "Once a Month", Publishers group West, 1700 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA, 94710. Copyright 1999, p.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like the book a lot and I think it's quite ...
I like the book a lot and I think it's quite helpful, but i also think it's a little too long and could be better organized. Read more
Published 3 days ago by tamiwhammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
This book was a real eye-opener for me. I am recommending it to all of my friends, menopausal or not.
Published 25 days ago by M. A. Pfeiffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to read, good info
Published 1 month ago by Mother of four
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Published 1 month ago by Eric Ayala
5.0 out of 5 stars If your a woman over 50 you should read this book.
Every woman should read this book. I have passed it on to another post menopausal friend and it has opened her eyes too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lorna Cam
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid information that I've vetted by comparing to ...
Good, solid information that I've vetted by comparing to study abstracts I've been checking out. The strategy he outlines is working for me, so far, and THAT's a VERY good thing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by COHikerGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great supplement to other John R. Lee books.
Published 2 months ago by FLRNrs
5.0 out of 5 stars Menopause
This is the best book I ever. It not only explained and answered what was happening to me, it gave me hope and answers and solutions to what I call my Menopains.
Published 2 months ago by knowitallwantabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book On Any Questions About Menopause
My dad used to tell my mom, when she would talk about menopause, that actually her "minnows were pausing" (he was an avid fisherman on the local lakes and our family went... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Camerony
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
I absolutely recommend this book to all women, regardless of age. This book explains in great detail the workings of Women's bodies and addresses various types issues. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MPAK
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