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Hormone Replacement Therapy-Yes or No;

How to Make an Informed Decision about Estrogen, Progesterone and Other Strategies for Dealing with PMS, Menopause and Osteoporosis

By Betty Kamen, PhD

This highly readable and well-researched book presents a large volume of information concerning PMS, menopause and osteoporosis. In the words of Dr. Kamen, her book is designed to suggest ways "for you to decide on personal action in those areas."

She has several strong opinions which are clearly stated:

* Transdermal natural progesterone is beneficial.

* Estrogen therapy (particularly oral forms) is unnecessary in most cases and likely to be harmful.

* Diet is extremely important, including the addition of certain food supplements and hormone-regulating herbs.

The author's strong background in nutrition is apparent in three major chapters entitled "What about Calcium Supplements," "Food as Self-Medication" and "Supplements for Health." Recommendations include minimizing coffee, soda and meat consumption, reducing phosphorus intake and avoiding harmful food packaging. Food tables are provided which list calcium and phosphorus contents for a wide array of food items along with some data on silicon and boron contents of specific fruits and vegetables. Her chapters on bones and sex hormones are full of helpful facts. There is also an interesting chapter on thyroid and stress connections.

This comprehensive book seems most suitable for open-minded readers looking for an in-depth examination of the issues surrounding hormone replacement therapy options.

 

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