- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; New edition edition (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743406664
- ISBN-13: 978-0743406666
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 148 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jesse Lynn Hanley, M.D. Coauthor of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause As a physician who practices wellness-oriented health care, I predict that the book you are about to read will banish your confusion and fear....Uzzi Reiss is my gynecologist, and the gynecologist for many of my patients....This book is a translation of his experience with thousands of patients, and can help grandmothers, mothers, and daughters alike.
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Author of Before the Change and Super Nutrition for Menopause Natural Hormone Balance For Women is undoubtedly the single best book I have read on the subject to date, and I have read all of them.
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Coauthor of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child With this book, women can finally gain insight into what is going on in their bodies, why they feel how they do, and what can make them feel better. I am looking forward to recommending it to patients, friends, and colleagues.
Leeza Gibbons Dr. Reiss has been my doctor for many years. As I evolve as a woman, he continues to have answers to the questions that matter the most. He has contributed to my physical, mental, and emotional health, and in this book, he shows how all three are connected and how as women we can take back control. For every woman who ever felt her body was out of control, this book is a must-read.
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Author of St. John's Wort: Nature's Blues Buster -- At last! The complex hormone issue made understandable. This program brings life-enhancing results through a dynamic combination of self-observation and physician partnership.
Film producer and author of Hello, He Lied Dr. Uzzi Reiss's revolutionary approach to women's health has changed my life for the better at a moment I feared the worst. His breakthrough research has emerged from this neglected field in the nick of time for my whole generation.
Cruise/Wagner Productions An intelligent book that talks straight about women's issues and enhances our understanding of how our complex systems work. This is empowerment!
Marsha Mason I wish this book had been available ten years ago. It would have saved me years of pain and anguish. I have been using natural hormone replacement for some years, and now I feel terrific and vital. Thank you, Dr. Reiss.
Victoria Principal Dr. Reiss's sensitivity and caring combined with his vast and courageous medical experience makes this a must-read for every woman over forty.
About the Author
Dr. Uzzi Reiss is an internationally recognized thought-leader on the subject of safe hormone replacement, including on the use of estrogen to treat breast cancer, and a champion for women’s voices in the management of their own healthcare. Over his long career, Dr. Reiss has remained at the forefront of medical innovation, beginning with his research on the role of prostaglandins in the cessation of pre-mature labor, and in private practice, as a pioneer in the safe use of bio-identical hormones to treat cancer, PMS, infertility, menopause, and other hormone-related conditions in thousands of patients. He speaks widely to physicians and academics throughout the world, attesting to how these approaches have bettered the wellbeing and lives of the thousands of women whom he has treated. He is the author of Natural Hormone Balance for Women, The Natural Superwoman, How to Make a Pregnant Woman Happy, and How to Make a New Mother Happy. Married since 1972, Dr. Reiss is the father of three grown children and grandparent to five. He lives in Los Angeles.
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(1) he gives very specific suggested starting doses and formulations for bioidentical hormones (they are compounded, so come in different strengths and different routes of administration) so that even if your own doctor is not familiar with bioidentical hormone replacement (as few doctors are) this book will tell him/her exactly where to start as well as the rationale behind it.
(2) he lays out a protocol for what order to introduce different hormones if a woman needs to replace several different ones, including a gradual, well-spaced introduction of each one so that the woman can tell which hormones are causing which effects and adjust accordingly. For example he explains and discusses estrogen (estradiol, estriol, estrone), progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, HGH and more.
(3) throughout the book, he stresses that, while labs and various ongoing checkup tests are important, the ultimate guide for treatment is the woman listening to her own body and its responses to different treatment approaches (imagine that-- a doctor who believes a woman can be an expert on her own body!)
He covers bioidentical hormone replacement needs over a woman's lifespan-- some women have hormonal imbalance issues beginning as teenagers, some women have premature ovarian failure as early as their 20s, many women are plunged into premature menopause by hysterectomy (even without oopherectomy, ovarian die-off is frequent after hysterectomy), then as a woman ages she encounters first perimenopause and then menopause. The treatment approach differs somewhat in each case, and he covers the various different scenarios.
Finally, he addresses controversies about bioidentical hormones and alleviates misunderstandings about potential harm from replacing them.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is particularly discouraged by pharmaceutical companies. They cannot patent bioidentical hormones (molecular structures same as the hormones naturally found in the body), thus cannot profit from them, thus discourage them, thus most doctors are prejudiced against bioidentical hormones and almost completely ignorant about them. Instead, pharmaceutical companies have tinkered with the original molecular structures of the body's hormones, ending up with chemicals that are not normally found in the body at all. These are then patentable and profitable. These have also been shown to cause all kinds of problems for women. The other main approach by pharmaceutical companies is to concentrate the urine of pregnant mares (Premarin) and market that to women with hormonal deficiencies. As you may guess, mare estrogens, while "natural" to mares, are molecularly different than human estrogens, not to mention the poor mares being kept in small enclosures and deliberately dehydrated in order to concentrate their urine. It is true that a few of the hormones pharmaceutical companies sell are bioidentical, and a step in the right direction. The advantage of compounded bioidentical hormones, though, is that dosages and routes can be custom-made where pharmaceutical hormones are in pre-set dosages and routes of administration.
Dr. Reiss works in Hollywood, and I am guessing has contributed to how young many of the female celebrities appear even in their 50s, 60s, 70s. Much more important than appearing younger, however, is the tremendous gains in quality of life that come from bioidentical hormone replacement.
Note: His Superwoman book wasn't nearly as good as this one.