The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Nov 22, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 330 pages
With almost 100,000 copies sold in earlier editions, this revised edition provides the most up-to-date information on natural alternatives to synthetic hormone replacement therapy

A must-read for any woman taking synthetic hormones for infertility, birthcontrol, PMS, or menopause

• Includes the latest research on using natural progesterone to combat osteoporosis, endometriosis, heart disease, PMS, fibroids, and breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer

More and more women are seeking alternatives to synthetic hormones and their harmful side effects. Despite increasing awareness of the dangers of synthetic hormones, over-prescription of estrogen is still rampant, as is confusion among doctors and patients whether the benefits of conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) outweigh the risks.

This updated fourth edition offers the latest information on how botanical progesterone therapy, also known as natural HRT, can provide safe, natural relief for many of the problems women face from hormone deficiency, including PMS, fibromyalgia, depression, menstrual irregularity, miscarriages, uterine fibroids, and infertility. Botanical progesterone supplementation can be also extremely effective in relieving hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and even cancer. The authors sift through misinformation and contradictory studies, warning against corporate-sponsored research in a multi-billion dollar menopausal industry, and guide readers to natural alternatives. This fourth edition also includes new studies regarding the dangers of a diet rich in soy contributing to the onset of premature menopause, as well as thyroid disorders. The dangers of mammography and the importance of focusing on safer, more effective methods of cancer detection are also well documented.

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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

A great resouce book for alternatives to estrogen replacement. There is more than one option! I would recommend taking this book with you to the doctor for informed decision making. Read full review

This is a MUST READ for every woman

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I think this book has vital information for the health of all women. You dont have to be going through menopause to benefit from this book. There is information in here about foods that I have never ... Read full review


Sick and Tired of Being Tired and Sick
The Myth of Estrogen Deficiency Versus the Reality of Progesterone Deficiency
Opening Up a New World of Hope and Healing
The Seasons of a Womans Life
Can We Circumvent Osteoporosis?
The Risk of Cancer
Making Assertive Lifestyle Changes
Hormonal Support from Our Foods
Synthetic Compounds A Sampling by Chemical or Brand Name
Natural Formulas for Infants
Resources for Cancer Patients
Resources for Preventive Medicine
Clinical Studies and Research Reports
Sources of Natural Progesterone

Planning a Personal Approach
Ways and Means of Hormone Application

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About the author (2004)

Raquel Martin's other works include Preventing and Reversing Arthritis Naturally and Today's Health Alternative. Judi Gerstung, D.C., is a chiropractic consultant and national speaker on hormonal and nutritional issues who specializes in environmental pollutants and their impact as endocrine disruptors.

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