What do acne, PMS, menstrual cramps, insomnia, migraines, mood swings, hot flashes, depression, weight gain, and loss of sex drive have in common? They're all symptoms of hormone imbalance that can affect women from adolescence through menopause, according
to Dr. Erika Schwartz in THE HORMONE SOLUTION--an excellent book that I recommend for both sexes.
I know it opened my eyes to many things; in particular, the fact that men can have many of these same symptoms . . . and actually go through something called andropause (or male menopause, if you want to think of it in those terms).
The good news is that that help is available; i.e., through the use of natural hormones derived from soy and yams . . . Dr. Schwartz stated prescribing these natural forms of estrogen and progesterone for herself and her patients, and the results have been nothing short
THE HORMONE SOLUTION takes a complex issue that has only recently been addressed by the medical community and addresses it in a simple, understandable book that could well be used as a guide for many readers and/or their loved ones . . . in addition, it is a work
that others may well want to discuss with their doctors.
There were several memorable passages; among them:
What I had not realized before was that all these hormone imbalances are connected and could be treated successfully with natural hormone supplementation. The more women of different ages and different symptoms came to see me, the more convinced I became of the continuum of hormone changes we are subjected to at all ages. Natural hormone treatment was invariably successful and had none of the side effects associated with other types of
medications. That was because natural hormones treated the root cause of the problems with substances closely resembling the missing or out-of-balance hormones our bodies make. There was no potentially harmful, synthetic substances in this hormone
Unfortunately, the medical profession has not been keen on addressing this obvious similarity to female menopause. Most doctors are men, and menopause does not have a pretty ring to it--it's about aging. And men are more afraid than women to address the inevitability of this process. Men pride themselves on the ability to father children into their eighties, so how could they be having the same problems as again women? (The truth,
by the way, is that men who father children naturally in their eighties are as rare as women who give birth in their fifties.)
All scientists agree: Hormones are the common thread that makes up the fabric of our lives. They define us as men and women when we're young, they keep us healthy or make us
sick, and yet the understanding we have of them is vague, contradictory, and inconsistent. . . . Unequivocally, the scientific community knows that hormone levels change every minute of
the day, so why get hung up on one or two changes: menopause and puberty? A small step for science, a giant step for women. Once you make that connection, once you identify the
continuum of hormone changes, menopause is a lot less scary, and its devastation just another mountain to scale.