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Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement – A Book Review

Posted Jan 28 2010 10:00pm

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Okay, ladies.  I’m back with my book review for Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained by Dr. Jonathan V. Wright & Lane Lenard, PhD. with a foreword by Suzanne Somers.

First of all, I want to give kudos to Suzanne Somers.  Yeah, I know, we all remember her as the ditzy blonde, Chrissie on Three’s Company all those years ago and maybe some of you even remember her Thigh Master days.  Cheesy, I know.

But you have to give the girl props for bringing A LOT of attention to bio-identical hormones. I know she’s not the first person nor even the pioneer, but she has put a face on bio-identicals and for that, she deserves credit in my opinion.

In Suzanne’s foreword, she reminds us once again that knowledge is power.  I couldn’t agree more. I have beat the drum since I’ve been blogging about women’s issues, on how important it is to have good information and knowledge to make informed decisions.

I will give my opinions at times, but at the end of the day, I’m a firm believer in each woman deciding for herself what works and making those choices confidently.  With the science and information found in Dr. Wright’s book, Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, women can get more knowledge and information that can enable to do just that.

In the book, Dr. Wright lays out the case for bio-iodentical hormones with over 40 years of research, in which he cites his sources and medical case studies.  As as medical doctor, Dr. Wright’s work is based in real medical science and research and not bogus junk-science, as those who are opposed to bio-identicals would have you to believe.

In his preface, Dr. Wright begins with the debate of hormones produced from horse urine versus hormones produced from more biologically compatible sources for humans.  Though the bio-identical hormone debate is new to us, the entire subject of bio-identicals and being able to produce them is not.

In fact, the ancient Chinese were mimicking and producing bio-identical human hormones as far back as the years 1025 to 1833 AD.  A fact that I found particularly interesting and intriguing.

Though the book is full of medical research and plenty of sources cited to back up his claims, I think you will still be able to find this book easy to read as a lay person.

Personally, though I appreciate all of the sources and research being cited, I’m more of an “okay, so what can I do about it” kind of reader.

Dr. Wright synthesizes the information and distills it down to something that is more palatable and easier to take in, for those of you who may be like me.

Dr. Wright discusses the common symptoms of menopause that so many of us complain about, such as mood swings, vaginal dryness, loss of libido and those dreaded night sweats,  in excellent detail and also introduces exactly how and why bio-identicals can help. Again, nothing like being able to connect the dots between estrogen and our symptoms.

No discussion on bio-identical hormones would be complete though without pointing out the political wrangling that is currently going on within the medical community with  the pharmaceutical companies (who do not want to release their monetary grip on the situation) and the FDA, who often present difficulties and roadblocks for those who would like to see change in how menopause and perimenopause symptoms are treated.

I am sure there are good-willed and well-intentioned physicians who have genuine and real questions about bio-identical hormones and therefore, are not eager to jump on the bandwagon just yet.

I can certainly appreciate their concerns and understand why they would want to continue to debate. In fact, I personally think it’s a good idea.  However, the pharmaceutical companies have a much different agenda, based in profit concerns rather than a concern for the health and well-being of women.

Dr. Wright devotes an entire chapter to the politics and debate of bio-identical hormones which I found to be excellent and useful so that we, the consumers and patients, can “know the score” so to speak, who the players are in the debate and what they are seeking to gain.

There is a chapter detailing the different forms of bio-identicals (suppositories, creams, etc.), how they are compounded and where you can find compounding pharmacists and pharmacies. There is also a chapter on why men can benefit from hormone therapy as well.

There are many wonderful books on the market today on bio-identical hormones and I know that it can at times be overwhelming and confusing.  But, in looking over Dr. Wright’s book I can say that it seems to be another good one you can add to your library.

I am not here to promote one book or another, but to inform you of those that I run across that I think might be useful.  Stay Young & Sexy is certainly another one of those books.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, (and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you do )you can find it at  Amazon.com or you can go directly to their website and purchase it there as well.



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