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Comprehensive in scope except for one very important point
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.