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In the first edition of this important bestselling book, praised by Newsday as “the bible for a whole generation of menopausal women,” renowned physician and pioneering women’s health advocate Dr. Susan Love warned about the potential dangers of the long-term prescription of hormone replacement therapy. Her insightful words of caution have been backed up by the stunning re In the first edition of this important bestselling book, praised by Newsday as “the bible for a whole generation of menopausal women,” renowned physician and pioneering women’s health advocate Dr. Susan Love warned about the potential dangers of the long-term prescription of hormone replacement therapy. Her insightful words of caution have been backed up by the stunning results of the recent studies on hormone replacement. In this revised edition, Dr. Love offers a remarkably clear set of guidelines as to what the studies have shown about the risks regarding heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and other conditions, and what effect hormone therapy has on osteoporosis. She offers definitive expert advice about whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy and, if so, for how long, as well as how to taper off hormones; and she introduces the alternative methods for treating the symptoms of menopause. Dr. Love stresses that menopause is not a disease that needs to be cured—it is a natural life stage, and every woman ought to choose her own mix of options for coping with symptoms. A questionnaire about your own health history and life preferences helps you develop a program that will best fit your unique needs. With clarity and compassion, she walks you through every option for both the short and the long term, including: • lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, and stress management) • alternative therapies (including herbs and homeopathic remedies) • available medications other than hormones


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In the first edition of this important bestselling book, praised by Newsday as “the bible for a whole generation of menopausal women,” renowned physician and pioneering women’s health advocate Dr. Susan Love warned about the potential dangers of the long-term prescription of hormone replacement therapy. Her insightful words of caution have been backed up by the stunning re In the first edition of this important bestselling book, praised by Newsday as “the bible for a whole generation of menopausal women,” renowned physician and pioneering women’s health advocate Dr. Susan Love warned about the potential dangers of the long-term prescription of hormone replacement therapy. Her insightful words of caution have been backed up by the stunning results of the recent studies on hormone replacement. In this revised edition, Dr. Love offers a remarkably clear set of guidelines as to what the studies have shown about the risks regarding heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and other conditions, and what effect hormone therapy has on osteoporosis. She offers definitive expert advice about whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy and, if so, for how long, as well as how to taper off hormones; and she introduces the alternative methods for treating the symptoms of menopause. Dr. Love stresses that menopause is not a disease that needs to be cured—it is a natural life stage, and every woman ought to choose her own mix of options for coping with symptoms. A questionnaire about your own health history and life preferences helps you develop a program that will best fit your unique needs. With clarity and compassion, she walks you through every option for both the short and the long term, including: • lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, and stress management) • alternative therapies (including herbs and homeopathic remedies) • available medications other than hormones

50 review for Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices All the facts about the new hormone replacement therapy studies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathrynn

    Excellent resource book that needs to be updated because more studies have come out--and the author refers to anticipating the analysis in 2006 from a Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study that was going on during the time this book was written. I found the book to be well laid out, some humor, and very frank to all sides of HRT. I liked that! The author used a "tell like it is" approach and didn't try to sway--in any way. She presented the facts and encouraged women to be more informed of their Excellent resource book that needs to be updated because more studies have come out--and the author refers to anticipating the analysis in 2006 from a Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study that was going on during the time this book was written. I found the book to be well laid out, some humor, and very frank to all sides of HRT. I liked that! The author used a "tell like it is" approach and didn't try to sway--in any way. She presented the facts and encouraged women to be more informed of their options and take responsibility of their health, if they so desired. For some, she says, it is perfectly fine to go to the doctor, get prescriptions for various pills and move along. If that's what works for you, go for it. For others, we want to know why we "need" this or that. Some women do not "need" anything to help ease the transition between perimenopause and menopause, others feel so lost they need help. The author stresses--many times--the importance of only taking HRTs for 3 to 5 years. None of the HRT methods were designed for long-term use and THAT isn't natural. The body continues to produce estrogen after menopause and will regulate itself after things settle down. Taking HRTs (FDA approved, herbal or bioidentical) is a personal choice and only an individual can decide what is best for them. Chapter 15 gets down to the nitty gritty of HRTs. I liked that the author lumped herbs, FDA approved, and bioidentical (none FDA approved) HRTs all in the DRUG chapter. They are all drugs. She breaks down each method and what can be used to treat particular symptoms. She is clear that at the time of this writing we need more data on the bioidentical HRTs. She is also clear that we have data--numerous--on FDA approved HRTs and we do know that while they help one thing they harm something else. Fact. The author explains how we still don't fully understand how our bodies react to hormones. For a hormone to work it needs a receptor to get into the cell. This receptor acts like a lock and the hormone is the key that fits it and opens the door. What we learned is that not all women react the same to the same key. And--OMGoodness--some hormones fit a receptor without opening the lock--they block it and stop the hormone from getting in. On page 286, the author explains Tamoxifen which is used to treat breast cancer. Tamoxifen does work to block estrogen to the breast, acts like estrogen for the uterus, bones and liver, BUT it also CAUSES uterine cancer. Fact. RU486 blocks progesterone to the uterus. That's how some FDA approved HRTs are being labeled as SELECTIVE Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs). What may help with one or more part of our bodies, may actually harm another and the medical community is not sure why. We have learned that the receptor in the uterus is different from the receptor in the breast. Fact. Hence taking a one size fits all estrogen pill may not be the best choice for all. Premarin (FDA approved estrogen): - The pharmaceutical companies label it as "natural." It's natural for a pregnant horse, but not natural for human female. BIG difference. - The pharmaceutical companies take this "natural" hormone and remix it with other man-made products to put it in pill form that has to be a much higher dose of estrogen than what our bodies need, but because we take the pill form the liver will process out (hopefully) a lot of it and then (in theory) release only what our bodies need. (But one one body needs, someone else may not? This is a one-size fits all approach) - Can it damage the liver. Yes. Fact. - Page 290, most of the studies on estrogen have been on Premarin, BUT Premarin and women with hysterectomies. OMGoodness! - What has been learned about Premarin is: (all facts) a) decreases bone loss and fractures b) reduces hot flashes c) helps women sleep d) increases the risk for breast cancer e) definitely increases the risk of endometrial cancer and heart disease Ouch! - Page 291, Premarin consists of three major components: 1. estrone sulfate (the majority of the product is this--about 50/60%) - This hormone is found in both humans and horses. 2. equilin sulfate (20/30%) - found in horses only 3. alpha dihydroequilin sulfate (15%) - found in horses only We know the levels of equilin estrogens in Premarin are many times higher than our bodies' need, but the pharmaceutical companies have not released information on it's affects. They tested it and continue testing it, but have kept the information to themselves. We do know, they are continuing to figure out how to lower the dosage. **We only "need" the smallest amount that will work for us.** Some women are different and the one-size fits all approach needs to STOP. Premarin mfgs are attempting to offer various dosages... If that doesn't get your attention, let me share something that got me all bent out of shape about Premarin. - Page 291, Premarin comes from pregnant horses that are kept in small stalls where they are deprived water (because we need them to pee in higher concentrated levels), have bags hooked to them to catch their urine, cannot lie down, do not get exercised and often given the bare minimum to sustain life until they are no longer useful then sold off to slaughter. Also, their foals, if mares, are then used for the same purpose. No. Thank. You. While the final verdict may be out for the long-term bioidential hormones and it's affects the more length of time that goes by we are learning they are: a) Safer b) More natural to our bodies c) Individualized d) Not harming a living creature to get it If having options that are not FDA approved when what is FDA approved has proven to be so harmful, then I'm not too thrilled with the FDA and it's approval means little to This Reader. I'm glad I read this book and will refer back to it for it's data and numerous sources in the rather extensive appendix.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shirin

    Yup--it's time to read it. A girl going through puberty and a mom going through menopause at the same time in the same house! Contrary to the hype, it's not bad at all. We have a lot in common--"mirror images", as Susan Love says. I have now finished reading parts and skimming other parts of this book. There is enough biological information to satisfy most lay people. I really like that Dr. Love discusses the whole range of options in preventing and treating the symptoms of menopause--lifestyle c Yup--it's time to read it. A girl going through puberty and a mom going through menopause at the same time in the same house! Contrary to the hype, it's not bad at all. We have a lot in common--"mirror images", as Susan Love says. I have now finished reading parts and skimming other parts of this book. There is enough biological information to satisfy most lay people. I really like that Dr. Love discusses the whole range of options in preventing and treating the symptoms of menopause--lifestyle choices, natural remedies, meditation, massage, homeopathic medications, Chinese and Indian medicine, and traditional western medicine. There is a rating scale for getting a rough estimate of your risk for things like breast cancer, osteoporosis, etc.--I'm pretty confused by this scale. You get risk points for exercising! I'm sure there is an explanation for this, but I haven't taken the time to look it up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a reference book--lots to learn. I'd be willing to loan it out! This is a reference book--lots to learn. I'd be willing to loan it out!

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