Hormone Replacement: The Real Truth


As women approach menopause, they are innundated with conflicting opinions from doctors, friends, and the media about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). After weighing the pros and cons of HRT, they may feel like they'll never find a plan that truly fits their individual needs. In HORMONE REPLACEMENT, Dr. Sanda Cabot takes the myth out of HRT and provides the safe and natural options women have been looking for. Drawing on her 25 years of experience helping women through menopause, Dr. Cabot leads readers to ...

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As women approach menopause, they are innundated with conflicting opinions from doctors, friends, and the media about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). After weighing the pros and cons of HRT, they may feel like they'll never find a plan that truly fits their individual needs. In HORMONE REPLACEMENT, Dr. Sanda Cabot takes the myth out of HRT and provides the safe and natural options women have been looking for. Drawing on her 25 years of experience helping women through menopause, Dr. Cabot leads readers to effective solutions for such challenges as tackling weight excess, preventing heart disease, slowing down the aging process, and reducing depression and anxiety. HORMONE REPLACEMENT eliminates the fear and confusion surrounding the process and provides the life-saving answers women need to reclaim their lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967398310
  • Publisher: SCB International, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Cabot is the medical and executive director of the Australian National Health Advisory Service. She graduated with honors in medicine and surgery from the University of Adelaide in South Australia in 1975. As part of her extracurricular medical training, she studied herbal medicine and nutritional medicine. Dr. Cabot began her medical career in 1980 as an obstetrician-gynecologist and practiced in Sydney Australia. During the mid 1980s she spent considerable time working as a volunteer doctor at the Leyman hospital, which was the largest missionary hospital in India. Her first book, titled Women's Health, was an authoritative holistic health guide. Subsequently she wrote several more groundbreaking books including The Liver Cleansing Diet, which has sold well over two million copies worldwide. She has written twenty-two other health titles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 10
Chapter 1
The History of HRT--from the past to the present 14
Changing Attitudes 18
Women want choices 19
The modern day controversy about hormones 21
The real issues concerning every woman 24
Chapter 2
Menopause 29
The Peri-menopause 30
What causes menopause? 30
Do we have a test for menopause? 30
Symptoms of menopause 33
How long does menopause last? 35
What are the myths surrounding menopause? 36
What tests should I have during menopause? 39
Menopause examination checklist 39
Chapter 3
Hormonal Imbalances 41
Estrogen dominance 41
Summary of treatment for hormonal imbalances 42
How are hormones made in our glands? 44
Table of hormonal imbalances 45
What can I do if I have too many male hormones? 47
Chapter 4
Testing for Hormonal Imbalances 49
When can hormone tests be useful? 49
Table - Blood tests and their normal ranges 50
Testing hormones in the saliva 52
Interpretation of salivary hormone tests 55
Chapter 5
The Ins and Outs of Natural HRT 56
The difference between natural and synthetic HRT 56
What are the latest ways of taking hormones? 58
Natural estrogen 61
Triest and Biest 62
Natural Progesterone 64
The difference between HRT troches and creams 67
When would I use troches instead of creams? 69
Case History 70
What are the typical doses used in natural HRT? 71
Hormone patches 72
Chapter 6
What are the Super Hormones? 74
DHEA-an anti-ageing hormone 74
Can the hormone Melatonin help me? 76
Melatonin and lifespan 78
Side effects of Melatonin 78
Chapter 7
Can hormones help my sex life? 80
Factors that impair your sex life 80
Testosterone 81
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) 83
Blood tests to evaluate libido 84
Androgen deficiency 84
Hormones to enhance libido and sexual pleasure 86
Hormone Cream Recipe to increase your sex drive 88
Your partner's sex drive 90
Blood tests for a male with poor libido 90
Doses of HRT for men 91
Case History 92
Chapter 8
Weight control during and after menopause 93
Causes of unwanted weight gain 93
Syndrome X 94
Heart disease in women 95
How do we overcome Syndrome X? 96
Protein--Good sources 97
Carbohydrates 97
Healthy fats 99
High protein snack ideas 101
Slimming supplements to help insulin 103
2-day detox and weight loss program 104
Case Histories 105
Recipes high in Phyto-estrogens and Protein 110
Chapter 9
Body Types and HRT 120
Chapter 10
Menopause and your appearance 125
What can I do about hair loss? 125
Polycystic ovarian syndrome 125
Thyroid problems 126
Nutritional medicine for hair loss 128
Can estrogen improve my skin? 129
Other techniques to improve your skin 129
Chapter 11
Special Circumstances at menopause 131
After hysterectomy or removal of the ovaries 131
Hormone Implants 132
Case History 133
Breast Cancer 134
Risk factors for breast cancer 135
Tamoxifen 137
Nutritional strategies for breast cancer 137
Breast cancer and HRT 138
Urinary and bladder problems 140
Pelvic floor exercises 141
Chapter 12
How to deal with side effects from HRT 142
Minimizing side effects from HRT 142
Solutions to side effects from HRT 143
Bleeding and HRT 144
Case Histories 146
Chapter 13
How can I reduce my risk of osteoporosis? 148
Test for Osteoporosis - DEXA 149
Osteoporosis risk score chart 150
Exercises to increase bone density 151
Mineral supplements 151
Vitamin D 152
Drugs for Osteoporosis 152
Osteoporosis and tooth loss 154
Calcium value of foods - chart 155
Chapter 14
Depression and anxiety during menopause 159
Causes of depression 159
HRT and moods 160
Natural therapies for depression 160
Anxiety 161
Anti-depressant drugs 161
Causes of depression 162
Menopause and memory 163
Natural therapies to improve memory 164
Improve your sleep 165
Chapter 15
How can I reduce the pain of Fibromyalgia? 167
Causes of Fibromyalgia 167
Natural therapies for Fibromyalgia 168
Natural HRT for Fibromyalgia 169
Chapter 16
Premature Menopause 171
Causes of premature menopause 171
Diagnosis of premature menopause 172
Symptoms of premature menopause 172
Psychological issues of premature menopause 173
Treatment of premature menopause 174
Case History 176
Chapter 17
HRT--should I take it? 178
Low risk menopausal woman 178
High risk menopausal woman 179
Chapter 18
Nutritional and Herbal Medicine for Menopause 181
Phyto-estrogens 181
Health benefits of Phyto-estrogens 183
Soy products--are they beneficial? 183
Increase your dietary intake of Phyto-estrogens 185
Nutritional medicine for menopause 186
Natural menopause kit 188
Herbal and Natural remedies for menopause 190
Chapter 19
Relief of the Symptoms of menopause 193
Menopausal Symptom Relief Chart 193
Hot Flashes 193
Vaginal Dryness 193
Poor Memory 193
Insomnia and anxiety 194
Depression 194
Fibromyalgia 194
Hair Loss 194
Wrinkles 194
Poor Libido 195
Weight Gain 195
Osteoporosis 196
Chapter 20
Prescription Hormones--Natural & Synthetic 197
Table of hormones and their effects 197
Estrogens--natural and synthetic 197
New generation hormones 198
Estro-progestins 198
Natural progesterone 200
Natural testosterone 201
Natural DHEA 202
Natural Pregnenolone 202
Synthetic progesterone (progestogens) 203
Anti male hormones 204
Conversion from synthetic to natural HRT 205
Brands of prescription hormones 206
For Female Menopause Estrogens 206
Patches 206
Tablets 206
Gels 206
Creams 206
Troches 207
Implants 207
Injections 207
Nasal spray 207
Vaginal ring 207
Anti male hormones 207
Natural progesterone 207
Synthetic progesterone (progestogens) 208
Brands of prescription hormones 208
For Male Menopause Testosterone 208
Patches 208
Tablets 208
Injections 208
Implants 208
American Compounding Pharmacies 214
Resources for menopausal women 214
References 215
Glossary 218
Supplement - Fitness and exercise 224
Reference values of hormone levels in saliva samples 236
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