andropause from a menopause oriented presentation
Dr. Greene has the contempory in depth biochemical knowledge of hormonal sequencing in our human genders. Although his emphasis is on menopause, he adds great depth to previous writing done by Dr. Tan (Geriantologist) and subsequent done by Dr. Eugene Shippen (Internist) concerning the issue of Andropause. What all contributors cannot provide to the male gender is the contemporary studies done on humans of both genders concerning estradiole, testosterone and human growth hormone in terms of end of life bodily systems.
Best book on hormones
I have read several books on hormone replacement therapy, but this is the best by far. It is well written, easy to understand and I like that Greene gives dosage recommendations for specific symptoms. This is the only review I have ever bothered to write after reading quite a few books trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with me. I am now taking bio-identical hormones and although this is not a "cure all" it has certainly helped.
This is a well written book full of great information for women, as well as men regarding the hormones in our body and how they affect us. From fertility to menopause, Dr. Greene has laid out a comprehensive plan on eating, natural hormone replacement and exercise. He documents symptoms and case histories of out-of-balance hormones as well as the part they play in mental and brain functions. I would recommend every woman read this book.
Disturbing and dangerous
This book was purchased to learn more about hormone balancing, particularly the use of bioidentical hormones as replacement therapy. Instead, I found it to be an endorsement of what we've been told for years and has done so much damage: estrogen supplementation recommended for most all our hormone-related ills. Not only that, Dr. Greene condones synthetic pharmaceutical hormone use as well as bioidentical options. It is well known the havoc they as a class of drugs has caused in women's bodies for decades. It is also well known that many women today actually suffer from estrogen dominance, yet this fact goes unstated. To make matters worse, hormone level testing to determine existing levels before supplementation, via blood or saliva, is never even mentioned. Progesterone as a balancing hormone is given hardly a nod by Dr. Greene, and that not a favorable one. I was shocked to read he not only thinks birth control pills are safe, but he endorses their use for other purposes than avoiding pregnancy. For example, Seasonale, an oral contraceptive that subjects women to 9 more weeks per year of synthetic hormonal exposure than conventional monthly birth control garners this comment from Dr. Greene, "Seasonale is another good alternative.... designed so that you have one menstrual cycle per season. This kind of menstrual regulation is totally safe and preferred by a great many women for its convenience and predictability." Meanwhile, the manufacturer's prescribing information states, "Like other birth control pills, SEASONALE® has serious risks, which can be life threatening, including blood clots, stroke, and heart attack and are increased if you smoke cigarettes....." To make matters worse, Seasonale is listed under the heading, "Best Hormone Treatments" at the end of the section on sleep problems related to the menstrual cycle as well as after a discussion of cognitive decline. He keeps alive the theories that estrogen replacement protects against Alzheimer's, certain cancers, and many other age-related afflictions even though there is a growing body of evidence that says otherwise. Although he does discuss hormone balancing through numerous methods (diet, lifestyle, etc.), I would hardly call his program a "breakthrough". His advice in the book is slanted to the mainstream method of pharmaceutical "answers". I was very disturbed reading this book, and actually threw it away fearing another woman might read it and become assured that synthetic, patented estrogen compounds are safe and useful for many ailments. This book is dangerous.
Very Important Information....
I've read quite a few books on the subject of HRT and hormonal balance. Yet, Dr. Greene's book is by far the most comprehensive and best written of all those I've come across.
The material emcompasses not only information about menopausal issues, but information about the hormonal system of a female from the beginning of life. It is a book that must be read by every female who is curious about what makes her tick...and is willing to learn a lot about how to keep her health at an optimum.
I found the book fascinating, easy to read and a very very potent support tool when speaking to my health care providers about how I wanted my hormonal treatments to be designed. Really clear information about Estradiol, Estriol and Estrone. Which one of these estrogens is helpful and which ones are mainly waste product. And how to provide yourself with the appropriate amount of the more valuable estrogen in order to keep the brain healthy and cognitive functions at peak effectiveness. This is a book to give as a present to your female friends and their daughters. A book to have, to use, to share even with the male people in your lives. Particularly if you care enough about them to want them to know deeply about what makes you, as a female, work.