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Bioidentical Hormones versus Traditional Hormone Therapy

Posted Mar 02 2010 6:56am

I told you all last week that I’m currently reading a new book by Dr. Steven Hotze, entitled, Hormones, Health, and Happiness: A Natural Medical Formula for Rediscovering Youth with Bioidentical Hormones . I also said I plan to review the book.

I had hoped to finish it by now, but like so many other things in my life, I have good intentions and then circumstances beyond my control take me away from my task at hand.  But, I’m back to reading the book and hopefully will be able to finish it up soon.

I wanted to throw out some preliminary thoughts though, because as I read through the book, I cannot help but think about how confusing the choices can be for women who are in the throws of perimenopause.

I’ve said often that I’m not a one-size fits all girl and I never approach life that way. I firmly believe that what may work for one person could be a total disaster for someone else.  And so it is with the decision to choose between bioidentical hormones and traditional hormone therapy or maybe even nothing at all.  The choices are endless it seems, and with credible physicians on both side of the debate, it can be maddening trying to decide who and what to believe.

I posed some of my concerns and questions to Terri Coburn who works for Dr. Hotze and who also sent the book to me to read and review in the first place. Of course, Terri and Dr. Hotze are on the bioidentical side of the debate and so, as one might expect, this is also the side she would like me to fall on as well.  Understandable, but no less confusing and frustrating for me, I must confess.

I will tell you though, that I really like this book. It is extremely easy to read and “patient friendly” in that you do not feel overwhelmed with tedious medical information that requires you sit with a stack of medical dictionaries just to know what is being said.  For that fact alone I give it a serious thumbs up.

I will be doing a radio interview with Terri Coburn (or someone in their office) sometime in the next few weeks after I finish reading the book.  I will be bringing my questions to the interview and hopefully will be able to bring some answers back to you.

It has become very evident to me the past few months as I continue to blog about perimenopause that this is a serious and important topic.  And it’s one I want to understand so that I can offer good advice, suggestions and support to the many men and women that come to this blog looking for answers.

Who would have thought that a fifty-something year old woman who decided to blog about her own hot flashes and night sweats would end up taking this subject so seriously.  I just wanted a place to vent.  :)

I will have more to say on the book, Hormones, Health, and Happiness: A Natural Medical Formula for Rediscovering Youth with Bioidentical Hormones very soon.

On another note, I will also be doing a radio interview with Eileen Williams from Feisty Side of Fifty , March 3rd, 2010.  I will link to that interview when it’s done.  Won’t that be cool!

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