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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone

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Arguing that giving estrogen replacement therapy to women after menopause is medically the wrong thing to do, Lee suggests that natural progesterone can prevent most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause, including osteoporosis and weight gain.
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Published February 1st 2004 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1996)
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May 01, 2009 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women 35 on up
Shelves: health-wellness
I'm still reading this book, but so far I'm impressed by the common-sense holistic approach Dr. Lee takes when it comes to treating women who are experiencing change of life and hormonal issues associated with menopause.

I've been having some dermatological problems for about 1 1/2 years, during which time I've been to a nurse practitioner, family practice primary care physician and numerous visits to a dermatologist. I began to suspect my problems were hormonal when the powerful medications, oin
If you are over 30 years old, this book is a complete must-read! Don't let the title of this book fool's not just about's about hormone balance. John R. Lee hits on the perimenopause through the way-after-onset of menopause years. He talks about how synthetic hormones, phytoestrogens and xenoestrogens are putting our bodies out of balance thus causing us to go into an estrogen-dominant state. He is a huge advocate of using natural progesterone to correct the estrogen-domi ...more
Mary Picard
Big news to me - natural progesterone (bio-identical to human) increases bone mass, even in elderly women!!! Estrogen only helps stop bone mass loss for a limited period, but not long-term.

I bought this revised edition (2003) having first dipped into this book years ago. Now facing many of the health issues discussed, and getting very mainstream advice from my own doctors (artificial hormones and/or surgery) I returned to it to get new strategies for ma
I read this years before menopause. Very helpful to me: with pms, premenopause and many other uncomfortable, if not unbearable, symptoms of an imbalance of hormones. Helpful, unlike all other advice I received from doctors and other health providers at the time. (I do not like using synthetic hormones, which were often casually prescribed to me.)

Lee's writing in this book has a somewhat defensive, emotional tone to it, which does not suit a scientific approach. But the title itself tells us it i
Excellent and very informative book. As a woman unexpectedly going into surgical menopause because of a hysterectomy, it helped me plan for the future and understand the possibilities of what I should do in the future. Until this past year, I did not understand menopause or how hormones may affect me.
Don't let the title fool you. This book should be read by every women. If your feeling blah and don't know why - this book might have the answers.
AMAZING AMAZING BOOK and AUTHOR! EVERY WOMAN EXPERIENCING HORMONAL ISSUES SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. I would also recommend The Hormone Cure by Dr. Gottfried which is a little more current with dietary supplements and diet. Balancing of hormones is complicated and most MD's do not bother to really understand the intricacies of hormonal balancing. If you are taking hormones based on blood work and NOT salivary testing read these books. You can take control of your life and your body.
This is a must read for any woman over 40. Younger women can read it to get the ADVANCED info on menopause but they may not need it for a while. There is a lot of info in this book that will give you lots to ponder, especially about HRT. Some of it is too technical, so that was scanned, but most of it had some really good, solid info that, if nothing else, will give arm you with questions for your own doctor. I have put into practice some of Dr. Lee's suggestions and am finding positive results ...more
Clearly it has excellent information in it (backed by studies, clinical experience, etc.) including information about pre-menopause, infertility, breast cancer, etc. I learned a lot from reading this book and it has been helpful for my own life. I felt like he did repeat things a few times throughout the book but I did not mind it because I am not an expert on biology so the extra information helped it sink in better for me. Others might find it annoying. Overall the book has excellent informati ...more
This book was recommended to me when I was beginning to have symptoms from menopause. Dr Lee, who has since passed away, had written an understandable and infinitely usable book. I followed his recommendations, found a naturopathic medical doctor and began taking natural progesterone. This made a real difference to my health and general well being. I am now 70 and still taking the hormone daily. I highly recommend this book to all of my women friends who are approaching menopause.
I read this borrowed book from a friend five years into menopause. I was largely uninformed about what was happening to my body and this book laid out the whole process in a scientific and holistic way. Menopause is considered a disease in Western cultures and is not much of a factor in agrarian or Third World countries. This is due to more natural diets and active lifestyles.

Natural progesterone in a cream is what I will take for healthy bones and other benefits going forward.
So I know the title has "menopause" in it, but honestly, every woman should read this regardless of whether or not they're menopausal. I learned more about my hormones and their role/function in this book than I have any other way (esp progesterone). This is an invaluable resource and definitely worth purchasing. I've been using progesterone cream for nearly two months now and I cannot emphasize enough how much it has helped!
Good information...a quick read!
Pat Boldys
This book is not just about menopause, but about achieving hormone balance mainly by using
natural progesterone cream. It really is a must read for anyone over 30! Dr. Lee busts the
myth that we all need more estrogen..this supposed need for more estrogen has been put forth by
the pharmaceutical companies all in the name of money. Shameful.
According to my doctor I've been in perimenopause for 15 years, so I decided to buy this book (on Menopause) instead of a similarly titled book by Dr. Lee about perimenopause. The content of both books seems the same up to a point. The info presented is easy to understand and the appendix provides resources.
MAYBE I'll try reading it further down the road. I'm in my thirties and thought it would be a good read but it goes into too much detail. I just wanted to know the symptoms of menapause and how to cope w/ it and medications that work. I now know that natural medication is best.
Debbie Wells
Mar 05, 2007 Debbie Wells rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any woman in any phase of menopause....pre, peri or menopause itself
This book changed my life completely. I had been going through the rigors and trauma of hormone imbalance and the confusion swirled around me until I read this book. Treat yourself to this one for won't be sorry!

Every woman on the planet must read this book, regardless of what stage of life you are in! The knowledge you will gain on how your hormones work and how the environment works against you is phenomenal!
Ok, maybe I shouldn't have made this public, but it really is a good book about healthy lifestyles; what we need to watch out for in our diets; and it dovetails nicely with the Makers Diet...
This is an interesting book about how progesterone plays into menopause. It also talks about the imbalance we can experience from to much or to little progesterone or testosterone.
Stephanie Hicks
Really interesting, but heavy on the science. Mainly for women going through menopause obviously, but interesting info on how our hormones get out of whack and can be balanced.
Jun 21, 2008 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
This book is an important read to learn about the corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and how it affects all of us in more ways than you would think
Denise Messenger
John Lee has a whole series of book which are excellent in helping women understand their bodies and what happens in the process of aging.
Mostly BS. The advice, not at all helpful.
Borrowed this from a friend. I didn't read it from cover to cover, but I did find some of the chapters and information helpful.
Don't let the title fool you its not so much about menopause but about hormone balance and for anyone over 30
good information - if you are struggling with hormone balance, it is an alternative worth looking into.
Very helpful. After years of following this advice, I have significantly improved my comfort and health.
Catherine  Mustread
Look for something newer than this '96 edition, but was helpful to me at the time.
A must read book if you are interested in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
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