HRT Solution (rev. edition): Optimizing Your Hormonal Potential [NOOK Book]


Now revised and updated, the comprehensive program for restoring vitality, sexuality, and health using natural hormones-just the ones each individual woman needs, and just the amount she needs.

The decision of whether or not to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause is perhaps more controversial-and more confusing-than ever before. The HRT Solution provides ...
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Now revised and updated, the comprehensive program for restoring vitality, sexuality, and health using natural hormones-just the ones each individual woman needs, and just the amount she needs.

The decision of whether or not to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause is perhaps more controversial-and more confusing-than ever before. The HRT Solution provides a balanced discussion of the issues and, most important, offers a choice that goes beyond "yes" or "no."

The authors explain the shortcomings of the conventional, "cookie-cutter" approach to HRT, which gives women standard-ized amounts of synthetic hormone substitutes or animal-derived hormone products. Instead, they recommend a program designed to meet each woman's particular needs. Their approach emphasizes the importance of testing and ongoing monitoring to determine precisely which hormones a woman may want to supplement. The solution lies in the prescription of individualized doses of custom-made natural hormones-exact matches for the ones a woman's body produces. The HRT Solution makes it possible for each woman to maintain a hormonal balance that is optimal for her body and her well-being, without the unpleasant side effects and potential for long-term health problems associated with conventional HRT.

"The authors introduce a revolutionary new approach to hor- mone management that combines simple but precise testing to monitor hormone levels with personalized doses of natural hormones."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101161418
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/13/2003
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,276,512
  • File size: 484 KB

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 1
Preface 9
1. Individualized Natural Hormone Replacement 17
Your Hormonal Profile: As Unique as Your Fingerprint
Responding to HRT
What's Right for You?
The Choice Is Yours
2. Hormones 101 24
What Are Hormones?
Your Body's Information Superhighway
How It Works
Hormone Production and Regulation
Checks and Balances
Supply and Demand
Bound and Free Hormones
3. The Rise and Fall of Your Sex Steroid Hormones 33
The Rise ...
... and the Fall
Sex Steroid Hormones: In a Class by Themselves
The Cast of Characters
The Estrogen-Progesterone Pas de Deux
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
Cortisol, DHEA, and the Effects of Stress
4. The Promise of HRT 52
What's Possible with HRT
The Hipbone's Connected to Your Hormones
Every Beat of Your Heart
Command Central: Your Brain
The Good News Outweighs the Bad, But ...
5. What About the Risks? 62
We've Come a Long Way: A Brief History of HRT
A Parallel Road: Natural Hormone Therapy
Patents and Profitability
What About the Breast Cancer Risk?
Play It Again--The Estrogen-Progesterone Pas de Deux
Evaluating the Data on HRT and Cancer
6. Changing the Status Quo 74
Out with the Old, in with the New
Understanding Replacement Hormones
Lock and Key
A Little Goes a Long Way
7. How Do I Know If HRT Is Right for Me? 83
Old, Outmoded Standards Have to Go
Your Spitting Image: Saliva Testing
Why Haven't I Heard About Saliva Testing?
Your Individual Hormonal Profile
Saliva Testing and Your Response to HRT
8. Pharmacy for the Twenty-First Century 98
Tablets, Patches, Creams, and More
Orals: Capsules and Tablets
Symptoms as a Hormonal Barometer
9. Protection for Your Bones 114
Important Pieces of the Picture
Bone Mineral Density Tests
Bone-Resorption Testing: An Investment Counselor for Your Bones
Deoxypyridinoline and HRT
Valerie's Story
Brenda's Story
Roxanne's Story
Comprehensive Bone Care
10. Your Lifestyle and Your Hormones 123
What's Stress Got to Do with It?
Enid: Active and Health-Conscious
Mary: Busy Single Mother
Louisa: High-Stress and Loving It
Pamela: Exhausted by Stress
The Effects of Exercise
The Impact of Diet
The Importance of Individuality
11. Putting It All Together 138
Lana's Story
Jane Ann's Story
Celeste's Story
Elly's Story
Randa's Story
Frieda's Story
12. Getting Started 149
Becoming an Active Participant
Working with Your Doctor
Asking for What You Want
Meeting Resistance
Understanding Your Medical Plan
The Importance of You
Epilogue: The Future of HRT 161
Appendix Letter of Medical Necessity 171
References 177
Glossary 189
Bibliography for Further Reading 199
Your Own Individualized Natural Hormone Replacement Program 202
Saliva Hormone Testing and Urine Bone-Loss Testing 204
Index 205
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