Truth about Hormone Replacement Therapy: How to Break Free from the Medical Myths of Menopause

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Just Say No to America's Number-One Drug
Menopause is not a disease. So why are millions of American women taking a drug for this natural body process?
The widespread popularity of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a triumph of marketing and advertising over science. Although HRT and estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) can help some women with certain menopause-related problems, the benefits have been oversold to women and their health care...
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Overview

Just Say No to America's Number-One Drug
Menopause is not a disease. So why are millions of American women taking a drug for this natural body process?
The widespread popularity of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a triumph of marketing and advertising over science. Although HRT and estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) can help some women with certain menopause-related problems, the benefits have been oversold to women and their health care providers. There is no scientifically valid evidence that estrogen prevents heart disease, colon cancer, or Alzheimer's. Nor is there any evidence that it keeps you looking younger, preserves your sex drive, or enhances your memory.
However, HRT does carry the risk of serious side effects, including certain cancers. Should you be taking such risky drugs to help you get through menopause? The Truth About Hormone Replacement Therapy, written by the National Women's Health Network, will help you decide. Inside, you'll discover:
·The risks of hormone replacement therapy
·How to talk to your doctor about HRT
·The truth about hormone therapy and osteoporosis
·Natural alternatives to relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms
·And much more
This sensible health guide gives you the tools you need to make an informed decision that's best for you and your body.
"A balanced review of the hazards and potential benefits of hormone therapy after menopause."
—Graham A. Colditz, M.D., professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School
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Well-known alternative-medicine practitioner and journalist Fugh-Berman leads the list of authors of this critique of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) provided by the National Women's Health Network. An updated version of the network's Taking Hormones and Women's Health: Choices, Risks and Benefits (1989), this book argues that the medical and pharmaceutical professions are responsible for the "medicalization" of menopause. The authors disagree with the widely promoted message that nearly all perimenopausal women should use HRT for cardiovascular and bone health or to modulate health problems associated with that stage of life; they argue that, except for a very small percentage of women, using alternative therapies is preferred. They also report on studies of HRT and provide a wealth of information. While their analytical and cautious approach is commendable, their words are often provocative e.g., they claim that the drug companies "play on women's fears," utilize "scare tactics," and "artfully persuade." Within the profusion of books on HRT on the market today, this one stands out not because of its advocacy of alternative treatments but because it is so vehement in its criticism of the medical and pharmaceutical establishments. Recommended for its practical suggestions and for encouraging evaluation of the issues. Linda M.G. Katz, MCP Hahnemann Univ. Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761534785
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/26/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Three thousand members strong, the National Women's Health Network, is a group of women physicians and other health care professionals and concerned women who advocate for women's health. Members include research scientists at some of the nation's top medical schools and women who are key players in government health organizations.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
About the Authors ix
Introduction xv
Part 1 Why This Book Is Needed 1
Chapter 1 Manufacturing Need, Manufacturing Knowledge 3
Chapter 2 Estrogen Forever? 23
Chapter 3 Menopause, Natural and Not 33
Chapter 4 The Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy 45
Chapter 5 Designer Estrogens: How Do We Calculate the Odds? 57
Part 2 What Remedies Relieve Perimenopausal and Menopausal Symptoms? 65
Chapter 6 Hormone Therapy for Relief of Menopausal Symptoms 67
Chapter 7 Phytoestrogens: Help for Some 73
Chapter 8 Herbs: A Mixed Bag 93
Chapter 9 "Natural" Hormones: Powerful Friends, Formidable Foes 115
Part 3 Will HRT Prevent Disease, Preserve Your Mind, and Keep You Young? 143
Chapter 10 Hormone Therapy and Osteoporosis 145
Chapter 11 Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease 177
Chapter 12 Does Hormone Therapy Preserve Mind, Mood, and Memory? 191
Chapter 13 Will Hormone Therapy Keep You Young? 203
Part 4 The Truth About Hormones 211
Chapter 14 The Studies 213
Chapter 15 When Is Hormone Therapy Appropriate? 223
Chapter 16 Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy 231
Appendix A How to Tell One Study From Another 259
Appendix B How to Talk to Your Health Care Provider 267
Notes 281
Index 322
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