Your Doctor May Not
Tell You About
How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life
By John R. Lee, M.D.
David Zava, Ph. D.
ISBN 0446615404 or 978-0446615402 or 9780446615402
This remarkably informative and hopeful book is
straight forward and well researched. It covers the causes,
prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Dr. Lee and his colleagues have gone to great
lengths to present meaningful, in depth perspectives on the most
important issues regarding breast cancer. They don't shy away from the
difficult questions of how money and politics have shaped medical
practice. All we have to do is look in the news these days to see that
we were fed mis-information about HRT, and cancer.
This book provides real hope – and real solutions – to each woman’s
breast cancer problem whether it be one of preventing cancer in the
first place, treating it, or preventing it from coming back.
The first part of the book covers the origin of
cancer, what doctors are typically taught about it, and what you need
to know that your doctor might not.
This book focuses on the use of natural progesterone
and diet to prevent or control breast cancer,
The first chapter discusses where breast cancer
comes from and why we can't prevent every single case – we can only
reduce the odds. It describes the process of cancer development
and how a cancer cell differs from a normal cell.
The vast amount of money pharmaceutical companies
put into medical schools means that all doctors are extensively trained
in the traditional methods of breast cancer treatment with radiation,
chemotherapy and drugs such as Tamoxifen.
Most of the risk factors for breast cancer, such as
age, geography, early pregnancy, diet, alcohol, exercise, oral
contraceptives and HRT are related in one way or another to estrogen
dominance. Doctors don’t learn much about preventive
medicine through the identification and control of these risk factors
in medical school. This book educates you about how to control
your risk factors so that you won’t need chemotherapy, radiation and
Part 2 provides details on estrogens, progesterone
and androgens in women's health.
Estrogens can be both good and bad for you. How
estrogens are balanced with progesterone, the relationship or estrogen
to the cells, the liver, the immune system, and what makes estriol a
superior, safer estrogen is thoroughly covered in this section.
Chapter 10 discusses how ‘male’ hormones such as
androstenedione, testosterone, DHT and DHEA are also important for
The last two chapters in this section are especially
important. They cover the problems of HRT, ERT, Tamoxifen and
Raloxifene. This shocking information is on page 179: "In case
you have any doubts as to the extent to which drug companies are
controlling physicians, did you know that pharmacies sell prescribing
information to drug companies? That's right. A drug company rep can
purchase a list of all the doctors who are filling prescriptions at a
particular pharmacy, and find out exactly what they're prescribing.
How's that for an invasion of privacy?" The reason you may have
problems with these prescription drugs is that the drug companies can
make sure they promote heavily to every doctor who prescribes hormones
for women, and can check up on them and keep promoting to make sure
they prescribe them for all their patients. This is why part 3 of
the book is so important. It tells you the things your doctor
needs to know about hormones but won’t hear from the drug companies.
Part 3 talks about how to prevent and cure breast
cancer by using inexpensive drugs and over the counter creams properly.
Detailed guidelines are given for using natural
progesterone in various circumstances: before menopause, after
menopause, with endometriosis, with fibrocystic breasts, to help with
PMS, prevent menstrual migraine, and for women who have had a
hysterectomy or ovariectomy or are using estrogen. The use of other
hormones is also covered.
A chapter on laboratory testing of hormone levels
via saliva explains why it is valuable and gives helpful instructions.
Nutritional information is given, including "Dos and
Don't's of the Anti-Cancer Diet," and the dietary role of soy, meats,
fats, carbohydrates and vegetables.
This third section also covers the effect of
environmental xenohormones (from pollution) and other toxins. It
discusses whether your liver in good shape and support can you give
your body to counteract the negative effect of all these poisons.
The book was written with great care for scientific
accuracy. Amazingly the authors understand the complex scientific
topics well enough to explain them clearly so they are understandable
by ordinary people. Drs. Lee, Zava and Hopkins have carefully
laid out the politics of breast cancer, the psychology of it, and the
The book is equal parts cautions and suggestions.
therapies are deservedly condemned and Drs. Lee and Zava provide plenty
of medical research – 63 pages of citations – to back up claims
that excessive estrogen is a major source of cancer-causing
irregularities. They then explain how to use natural progesterone cream
to balance the negative effects of estrogen to enjoy the benefits of
hormone replacement without the associated cancer risk.
The authors cover many other hormones – women’s
hormones are complicated because there are a lot of them – and explain
how androstenedione, estradiol, and cortisol are involved in everything
from insomnia and acne to fatigue and migraines.
Exercise recommendations are simple. These extend to
adolescents as well as adults and encourage pursuing a gentle exercise
program for women of all ages and in each stage of life.
0446615404 or 978-0446615402 or 9780446615402
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