For the first time in history, millions of women have the opportunity to grow old as vigorous, vitally engaged, and productive people. Advances in health care and medical knowledge now offer a solid foundation for those who want to reduce their health risks and improve their quality of life. Wise use of estrogen can lower a woman's risk of colon cancer, osteoporosis, hip fractures, heart disease, and dementia, yet fewer than 17 percent of American women for whom hormone supplements are appropriate actually take them. Bioidentical hormones are created from plant molecules identical to those found in the human body. These new hormones provide women with another resource to meet the needs of aging-saftey when used intelligently. The Pocket Idiot's Guide(tm) to Bioidentical Hormones provides the evidence on what is safe and what is not and presents a wide range of options for supplementing hormones, within an easy-to-answer discussion of Hormone Replacement Therapy in general. Completely objective, the book answers all the questions and coverage includes: The case for hormones-bioidentical or otherwise The safety issue-which hormones work and which may be harmful Bioidentical hormones-beneficial effects on the heart, bones, and brain Creating an individualized health plan-which hormones, in what combination-how much and how often
Ricki Pollycove, M.D., MS, is a board-certified OB/GYN, practicing gynecology and specializing in menopause, women's wellness, breast health, disease prevention, infertility, and integrative medicine for women. She is co- author, with Rick and Jan Hanson, of the integrative health book, "Mother Nature: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind and Intimate Relationships." She has served as chief of gynecology at California Pacific Medical Center hospital and is a clinical faculty member of UCSF School of Medicine, teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has taught at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH, is coauthor of 10 books on health and medicine. She holds a public health degree from UC Berkeley and is founder and director of The Writers' Group, a co-op that provides writing and project development for authors. Ms. Faass also serves as a health coach and is founder of MyPrivateHealthCoach.com.