NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book directly from the author.
This short (less than 100 pages--I read it in under an hour), simple book presents a very simple, straightforward premise: that there are a certain symptoms, particularly those which are indicative of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, which are caused by low progesterone levels. Author Doris King maintains that once she discovered her own hormone imbalance, she recovered from her own mental illness, which had included symptoms of both of the above disorders.
King presents only the treatment itself, not the specifics of the science behind it. She states that her information is based on the work of the late John Lee, M.D., a general practitioner who wrote several books on hormone balance. King offers three basics "rules" for taking progesterone which stem from Dr. Lee's research. To her credit, King does not recommend that you abandon traditional treatments and follow her recommendations. Rather, she suggests that you talk to you doctor and that you obtain proper testing (saliva or blood spot tests are recommended) to determine whether progesterone treatment is right for you. She also offers tips for finding doctors and pharmacies in your area who are familiar with progesterone treatment.
The problem is, most doctor's DON'T know about this treatment. King address the question of "If progesterone is so great, why hasn't my psychiatrist told me about it?" in her Questions & Answers section. Basically, her response is that psychiatrists don't know about progesterone because in medical school, they are taught to treat diseases and are not taught about the underlying causes. I feel that this answer is inadequate. I myself am a psychologist, not a medical professional, but I truly believe that if there were some treatment out there as potentially effective as King claims progesterone to be, there would be all kinds of research studies underway in an attempt to confirm this.
This is not to say that I am a complete disbeliever in the possibility that progesterone treatment might be useful, at least for some people in some cases. If you are someone who has symptoms of adrenal fatigue, which may be associated with low progesterone, then this book may be worth a read. Should you then decide to look further into progesterone treatment, please follow King's advice and speak with your doctor about whether this would be an appropriate choice for you.