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on 30 April 1997
The author, a medical doctor with 30 years of private practice experience, decided that he wasn't being very effective in helping his women patients deal with unpleasant premenopausal and menopausal symptoms. He began to research the research on hormone balance, HRT (hormone replacement therapy), and the way the medical and pharmaceutical industries deal with the "disease" of menopause and "female problems." What he discovered was that treating menopause as an "estrogen deficiency disease" was exactly wrong. In fact he argues that premenopausal and menopausal women are much more likely to be in a state of "estrogen excess" relative to levels of progesterone, which are often close to zero. Estrogen excess leads to weight gain, mood disorders, endometriosis, low sex drive, fybrocystic breasts, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Yet what the most doctors and drug companies offer to do is to increase estrogen levels with synthetic hormones made with pregnant mare's urine and synthetic progestins. While this may temporarily relieve certain symptoms like vaginal dryness and hot flashes, this HRT regime ultimately leads to worse side effects, including increased breast cancer risk, increased bone loss, increased overall cancer risk, and increased heart disease risk. Yet we are told that HRT is the only way to prevent osteoporosis and heart disease! John Lee explodes these myths and many more, including that any woman needs anhysterectomy unless she has cancer (yet over 600,000 are done in the US each year, meaning 600,000 potential new consumers of HRT!!)Over the years he has helped thousands of women restore their hormone balance and their lives with diet, exercise, and the use of natural progesterone (usually applied topically in a cream). He convincingly demonstrates that this regimen can increase bone density (even in women in their 70's and 80's!), reduce fibrocystic breast problems and the risk of breast and other cancers, reduce the risk of heart disease, increase feelings of well-being, sex drive and energy levels, reduce PMS, migraine headaches and unpleasant menopausal symptoms. He also systematically reveals the role of "xenoestrogens," the thousands of synthetic chemicals in the environment and our food supply which mimic our bodies' hormones and which increasingly create havoc with our systems.But don't just take my word for it. Please go out and read this book, then pass it along to other women you care about, including your teenage daughters and your mothers.
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on 30 December 1997
This book should be titled "What Every Woman Needs to Know About Hormones". The information contained in this book is not just for menopausal women! Dr. Lee very clearly explains how hormones work in our bodies, how hormone imbalance can be misdiagnosed, how environmental toxins are affecting our hormone balance, how we can reverse osteoporosis and minimize many of the symptoms associated with the onset of menopause, and why synthetic hormones don't work and are indeed dangerous. He also explores the economic and political issues that have led to the proliferation and use of synthetic hormones at the expense of our health and why this information is being kept from the general public. As a medical doctor with over 30 years of experience, he has done much research into this topic and he sites many case studies to corroborate the information he presents about the use of natural progesterone. The book is easy to read, is referenced, has an extensive glossary, recommended reading and resource lists, and is fully indexed. This is one of the most important books on women's health I have read in years and I am recommending it to every woman I know, no matter what their age! I have already bought copies for my two daughters, age 27 and 19.
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on 11 December 1998
This eye opening look at the current practice of gynecologists to distribute hormone replacement therapy like candy should be read by any woman experiencing menopause or in perimenopause (usually your 30's). The pharmaceutical companies are making billions from women who trust their doctors to know what's best for them without seeking out the truth of why American women have so much more trouble with menopause then anybody else.
Read this and make up your own mind. I have several friends who have used this therapy, including myself, and we have been delivered from night sweats, migraines, hot flashes, and mood swings.
Note that Dr. Lee has upgraded his recommendation on the TYPE of natural progesterone to use, so find his web site and educate yourself.
Thank you, Dr. Lee.
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on 10 August 1999
This book opened my eyes to the bias that American doctors have against using natural progesterone, and the authors taught me almost everything I now know about this subject; however, they left out one extremely important point. When a patient needs progesterone, her hormone levels must be professionally tested by using a revolutionary new type of blood test or salivary test. Then, their doctor can prescribe the correct amount of natural progesterone to use and also proceed to monitor her blood levels. Hormones are very powerful and should be used under the guidance of a medical doctor who is familiar with the proper protocol. Over the counter creams can be a quick fix, but they are presently unregulated. Would you prescribe a band-aid for someone who really needs stitches in order to heal their wound? The answer, of course, is, "No!". Yet, Dr. Lee and Virginia Hopkins neglect to mention anything about the necessity of being tested and having your hormone levels monitored by a trained professional.
As the above authors state, most women in the United states are oblivious to the importance of maintaining the correct level of progesterone all the way through their premenopausal, perimenopausal and menopausal cycles. However, for some reason Dr. Lee ignores the following extremely pertinent information: "The revolutionary discovery of radioimmunoassay blood tests changed the method of measuring female hormones, because blood samples could be used with greater accuracy. To the surprise of PMS workers, this method showed that low progesterone blood levels were not necessarily associated with PMS." (Dalton, Katharina,M.D.: "Once a Month", Publishers group West, 1700 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA, 94710. Copyright 1999, p.86)The receptors that carry the progesterone to the cells may not be doing their job. Then, no matter how much progesterone one takes, there will still be medical problems in the patient. A patient who follows Dr. Lee's advice and merely begins using a progesterone cream without knowing if she needs it or not could be ignoring a very real need for medical care.
Also, radioimmunoassays "are valuable in determining the absorption of natural progesterone administered by various methods. Volunteers are tested in their follicular phase, one month with no progesterone and a subsequent month with progesterone either by injection, vaginal or rectal suppository, orally or through the skin. These tests have revealed marked differences, with the best absorption being by intramuscular injection, good absorption vaginally and rectally, and poor absorption through the skin (creams)and orally.(Ibid.p.87)
Supplementing a lack of progesterone is not something that should be left in the hands of the over the counter companies that want to increase their sales of their OTC creams. The medical community, including doctors like Dr. Lee and his colleagues, needs to stress the importance of monitoring the process of supplementation with blood tests every 6 months---a process leading to correctly prescribed amounts of natural progesterone that will truly help a patient in need of professional care!
Unfortunately, this type of medical care is slow in coming in the United States, but it is very popular n Great Britain and Europe. Perhaps, Dr. Lee's next book will include guidelines and even a list of clinics that provide such excellent medical care. However, this book is sorely lacking in any information concerning medically supervised supplementation of natural progesterone in prescribed amounts in its most easily absorbable form: suppositories.
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on 7 February 2001
Lee explains the politics and economics of why natural progesterone is the Cinderella of hormone treatments, and goes on to explain how natural progesterone cream can help many women safely and immediately relieve symptoms through and after the menopause. It gives clear and simple advice, avoids unnecessary jargon, explains the interactive hormone system and progesterone's part in it. An ideal resource to arm you with knowledge and confidence to talk to your doctor, who probably knows far less about the subject than any lay person who has read the book. Given its effectiveness in preventing and treating osteoporosis, let alone returning libido, helping sleep, and a host of other benefits, it deserves to be widely read.
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on 14 June 1998
This is an interesting book with a different (and to some degree valid) point of view of hormones for women. My problem, however, is with the authors "facts" in some cases (i.e.: the authors point blank state that natural progesterone is free of side effects - as I and many other women can personally attest to, this is NOT the case; ANY hormones can potentially cause side effects given the person, timing, and whether the amount used are appropriate; and that "estrogen dominance" is generally responsible for all meno/pms symptoms). Although some of the information here is quite interesting, the authors seem to look upon natural progesterone as the "holy grail" for PMS and menopausal discomforts. Further study, however, may reveal that "estrogen dominance" is NOT responsible for every problem, nor is too little estrogen (which is unfortunately what many in the medical community believe). Both too much and too little estrogen can cause the same sort of symptoms and, in fact, you can be estrogen "dominant" at some point in your cycle, and estrogen "deficient" in another - especially during the perimenopausal years, fluctuations may be extreme. Although I think this book does bring up some good points (and natural progesterone is worth a try) it is too simplistic in it's faith in natural progesterone as the answer to every problem. Sometimes herbs or a combination of natural progesterone and natural estrogen might be a more appropriate answer. Look upon this book as a piece of information, but not the only one. Susan Love's "The Hormone Book" and Lonnie Barbach's "The Pause", Susun Weed's "Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way" (among others) also contain some good, differing information that a woman may wish to take into account when learning about hormones and possible treatments, and not take "What Your Doctor..." as the new gospel, especially reagrding the supposed long-term benefits of natural progester! one such as prevention of osteoporosis (benefits for which there is only anecdotal evidence). There is lots of information out there - get some more!
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on 19 March 2001
Having had several discussions with Dr.Lee and witnessed the benefits of his Progesterone treatment at first hand I can vouch for the integrity of his research and recommendations. I would say that most of the complimentary comments below are richly deserved. As to the comments by "transfigurare@msn.com from California , 10 August, 1999" Dr.Lee explains the limitations of blood testing, and why saliva testing is preferable. His books postdate Dr.K.Dalton. The subject is discussed authoritatively by a leading practitioner in "THE HRT SOLUTION", ... Unfortunately this book has one flaw, namely it's recommendation to administer progesterone aurally in capsules. This is inefficient and undesirable as explained comprehensively by Dr. Lee. Another book not to be missed, particularly by ladies of a certain age, is "PREVENTING and REVERSING OSTEOPOROSIS" by Dr.A.R.Gaby.
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on 25 February 1999
If any woman had a question about the beginning of menopause, this is the book. He discusses many symtoms of perimenopause doctors overlook.
I am a 37 year old woman, who started having symtoms my doctor treated as just separate things. John Lee's book cleared up many questions I had and helped me decide my coarse of treatment. I work in a pharmacy and see the many side effects of HRT. I decided to try Natural Progesterone Cream. It is great.
This book will help you decide if you are entering into perimanopause and some treatments you may want to try including diet, exercise, supplements and progesterone cream.
If in doubt, read this book.
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on 5 July 2001
I have not only read this book but I have also had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Dr Lee. And after 11 years of suffering the side effects of Provera, to finally have someone give me the answers to all the questions I've asked Doctors and Endocronologists over the years, was the best thing that has happened to me. Thank you Dr Lee for giving me back my life.
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on 17 June 1999
This book will bring to light answers to the questions you have regarding HRT (hormone replacement therapy), their dangers, and safe alternatives. It also covers, very thoroughly, how hormone balance (or lack of it) effects other health issues such as arthritis, allergies, the thyroid gland, migranes, breast cancer, cholesterol, P.M.S. and many, many other disorders. This book is for women of all ages who are experiencing hormone imbalance problems. Find a good physician and share it with him/her and feel better for life!
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