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S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book? S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book?

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Unread 03-11-2004, 05:32 AM
S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book?

Just wondering if any of you have read this book and if so is it worth reading? I caught a glimpse of it in the store and decided I would ask the women who DEFINITELY know about this subject. Thanks again, Heidi
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Unread 03-22-2004, 10:19 PM
S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book?

I picked up this book yesterday and I'm already on Chapter 10. She's not had a hysterectomy and I haven't seem anything really concerning surgical menopause. But I think menopause is menopause no matter how it starts. Surgical just seems to happen all at once and not over a period of years. I'm finding it interesting. I'm not starting hormones until this summer so I'm in the process of gathering whatever info I can. The ladies in the Hormone Jungle message board have some messages concerning this book that's why I picked it up.
Unread 03-22-2004, 10:28 PM
S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book?

I saw that too. I guess, I will go ahead and pick up the book cause my hormones are all over right now and I am feeling kind of aggressive (like men) with the new T-pill. I started just days ago. Going to town tomorrow I will snag up a copy. Heidi
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Unread 03-27-2004, 09:42 PM
You Gotta Read This Book!!

To all the women who have Hormone surges, headaches, *****y moods and want smoothies instead of sex....Read this book!!!
Suzanne Somers "The Sexy Years" Discovering the Hormone Connection". It is an easy read and totally within reach for all of us. My appt is April 7th to see an Endochrinologist so I can have my own HRT's Compounded for me..my Bioidentical Hormones not yam cream, Prempro...something just for your body...
I will keep in touch and please keep on asking me. I will enclude you on my passage here!
Looking forward to more happy years with my soulmate...
email me too!
Unread 03-28-2004, 02:20 AM
S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book?

I picked up her book at the library last week and found it easy to read and it really opened my eyes about hormones. However, she talks a lot about getting hormones balanced enough to continue having periods all of the rest of your life. How is that possible for those of us who have had sah/bso's?
Unread 03-28-2004, 02:40 AM
S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book?

It's not... the book has done women a great service in that it's gotten the idea of bio-identical HRT's out in the public eye, but a lot of the recommendations in it aren't going to work for surgically menopausal women (those of us who are "ovary challenged" ).

It's important, too, to keep in mind that we are all different, and what works for one of us may not work for another. In addition, the author of the book is not a DR, and even if she were, she is not your personal DR who is familiar with your individual medical history.

Books like this one (and there are several other good ones out there, just check out our Books We Recommend forum) can help us understand well enough to have a conversation with our DR about our medical issues, but they are no substitute for a partnership with a caring, responsive physician.

Unread 03-28-2004, 08:43 AM
Wink - S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book? Book refer from samsam

Hello there az101....so good to get a reaction from this book!
I have felt for years that Doctors do not know it all....not that there ALL bad! I love my Dr. I have had a crush on him forever!
Doctors are only required to have 4 hours of studies on hormones...Endochrinologist study hormone,insulin/urologY. The true"secret Elixir" and "fountain of youth" for quality of life...keeping your marriage.
This is a Pharmacutial Company's control and push to further the dollar$$$ WHY? This is a major health issue for men and women...Better $$bling bling in the "antidepressant" Prozac,Paxil,Efexor...booze whatever we can get!

Bioindentical Hormones and individualized made by specilized
"compounding pharmacy".
Keep a LOG book Bloodwork and stress levels/ no stess... Learn to manage your own body rythms. Keep a log of feelings
Not replacing what you do not need....NOT prempro,premarian...there our a list of them that give you weight gain and thiroid problems.
How about the Andrea Yates thing? All these woman going wacko! Some woman at the age of 20 could need this treatment/insulin/hormonal imbalences.

Great Read...can not wait to feel better!!!! Please keep in touch I go in April 7 - 9 for bloodwork.
I will be a guinea pig and let you know what happens to me!
Much love
Unread 04-14-2004, 10:18 PM
Suz.Sumers Book-Has anyone read it?

Suzanne Summers has a new book out called 'The Sexy Years' and I wondered if anyone had read it and if so, what they thought?
I'm not a huge Suzanne Summers fan, partially due to the fact that I was a teen/early 20's when the 'thigh-master' came out and that was one joke too many.......So when someone recommended her book I took it with a grain of salt.
However, at the bookstore last week I picked it up and started reading parts and liked it, so I bought and read it last weekend.
Since, I contacted my regular physician and asked that he try to get me in to see an Endocrinologist to get on natural bio-identical HRT, which is what she recommends in the book.
She said it helped her libido, general well being, all signs of menopause, and lethargy, etc..
I went to Birmingham Alabama to the Kirklin Clinic, and the physician I saw was a JERK.
He not only made me feel ignorant for suggesting that I try something that Merck or Bristol-Myer Squibb didn't patent, (when I suggested taking natural bio-identical hrt) but he said that was pretty much allowing 'quack' health food store 'tree-savers' to make medicine that no one (the FDA ) was regulating and that if you needed hrt, you should go ahead and take premarin/prempro or estradiol........
I left without even letting him do my pap exam, I'm 2 years post ovary/uterine removal and was due a pap, but he was such a jerk I didn't stay.
I told him that my sex life had completely vanished after the hysterectomy and he told me that it was "all in my mind".
He told me that "It is folk-lore that women gain weight after a hysterectomy".... And it is all in our head the lethargy and feelings of lifelessness that we feel after ovary removal.
Gosh, and to think that I've convinced about 20,000 posters on this site to get all this in our heads.......
He gave me a lot to look forward to, by saying this is/was the way it is and get used to it.
He would not give me a testosterone rx because he said there was no proof that it helped for any length of time, and if it did enhance anything it wasn't likely to last, and it probably was more due to "altering our mind-set" than actually due to the testosterone.
I hope he goes impotent forever!
Unread 04-14-2004, 11:03 PM
S. Sommers new Bioidentical hormone book?

I have bought the book but not read it yet. This is what I've discovered about physicians and hormone therapy. My OB/GYN obviously doesn't specialize in that area. A year ago I went to him with problems and questions re: a non-existant libido. He did a blood test and said I had low testosterone, but that hormone levels vary daily. He said the only thing he could put me on was a hormone that contained estrogen and testosterone but it could cause uterine cancer and he would wait till after I had my TVH. That was the only choice he gave me. A friend turned me onto this MD that branched out into more holistic medicine the only problem is he's almost an hour away. He did blood work and told me he's never had a patient with a testosterone level as low as mine, talked with me for over an hour and called me in a compound hormone prescription (natural) it came from a mail order pharmacy. I had to see him every two-four weeks to keep an eye on the dose and what was working for me. Now I've learned there is a pharmacy in my area that does compound hormone creams and I called and asked them who the doctors are that they work with and they referred me to someone. The key is finding a doctor that takes this seriously.

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