The Estrogen Errors: Why Progesterone is Better for Women's Health

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Praeger Publishers, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 255 pages

In this revealing work, a medical writer and an internationally known physician team up to explain the controversy over prescribing estrogen for perimenopausal women in the United States and to detail why progesterone is actually a far more effective, and far less risk-ridden, approach. Citing longstanding and emerging research, patient vignettes, and personal experience, endocrinologist Jerilynn Prior and writer Susan Baxter explain how false beliefs about estrogen became entrenched in U.S. medicine and culture--and how and why business and politics have played a role in this erroneous thinking.

Like most women in Europe now, Prior's patients find progesterone the key to dealing with a lifecycle transition that, contrary to Western medicine, these authors do not see as a disease. Challenging medical orthodoxy, "The Estrogen Errors: Why Progesterone Is Better for Women's Health" presents arguments and evidence that women and their doctors, male and female, will find compelling and useful.

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Contents

Hormones and Health
79
The Estrogen Conspiracy by Jerilynn C Prior MD
177
Understanding and SurvivingThriving in Perimenopause
193
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About the author (2009)

SUSAN BAXTER is a medical writer and social scientist with more than 20 years experience writing on controversial medical topics. She teaches part-time at Simon Frazier University. Her articles have appeared in publications including Family Practice, Medical Post, HealthWatch, Lifeline, and Easy Living.

JERILYNN C. PRIOR, MD is Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, at the University of British Columbia. She is Founder and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research, and has authored research published in journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Prior is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Canada. As a clinician and researcher, she has treated thousands of women. Prior has been Visiting Lecturer across Canada and the United States at schools including the New York Academy of Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, and Albert Einstein Medical School. In 1985, Prior won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

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