WOMEN'S HEALTH "Any woman who is considering synthetic hormone therapy or who wishes to get off of it owes herself the reading of this book." World Health News "Women need a book like The Estrogen Alternative to understand what is happening to their bodies during pre-, peri-, and postmenopause. It is a terrific resource for practitioners to recommend to their patients." --John Hart, M.D. More and more women are trying to find alternatives to synthetic hormones and their harmful side effects. Yet despite the increasing awareness of the dangers of conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), over-prescription of estrogen is still rampant, as is confusion among doctors and patients whether the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks. This updated fourth edition of The Estrogen Alternative offers the latest information on how bioidentical progesterone therapy, also known as natural HRT, can provide safe, natural solutions for the numerous problems women face from hormone deficiency and imbalance including: thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, cancer (breast, uterine, ovarian), fibromyalgia, obesity, fibrocystic breasts, depression, menstrual irregularity, PMS, insomnia, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, miscarriages, infertility, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, cardiovascular and heart problems. The authors sift through the many layers of misinformation and contradictory studies, warning against corporate-sponsored research in a multi-billion dollar menopausal industry, and guide readers to natural alternatives. This fourth edition also includes new information regarding estrogen dominance as a cause of prostate cancer in men, the dangers of a diet rich in soy contributing to thyroid disorders and estrogen overload, unsaturated oils causing hormone imbalance, and the connection between birth control (pills, shots, implants) and infertility. The controversy over mammography and the importance of focusing on safer, more effective methods of cancer detection are also well documented. RAQUEL MARTIN'S other works include Preventing and Reversing Arthritis Naturally and Today's Health Alternative. JUDI GERSTUNG, D.C., is a chiropractic consultant and national speaker on hormonal and nutritional issues who specializes in environmental pollutants and their impact as endocrine disruptors.