The Hormone Decision
I purchased a new book recently, The Hormone Decision, by Tara Parker-Pope. Tara is a nationally recognized women’s health writer for both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She was also a contributor in the movie “Hot Flash Havoc: a movie of menopausal proportions,” which I viewed recently and blogged about here.
Unlike some of the physicians who contributed to the movie, Tara doesn’t have a medical agenda. That is, as a writer, like me, she’s mainly concerned with getting medical and health information to people as accurately as she can. I liked what she had to say in the film and decided to look her up – as I am apt to do – on the Internet.
I discovered she had written this book, and as I’m also apt to do when it comes to books, I bought it. I haven’t read it from cover to cover, and probably won’t. But, I have read a few chapters and pages here and there. I thought in light of the recent resurgence of estrogen therapy, that for those of you who, like me, find yourself bewildered trying to decide if estrogen is good for you or bad for you, this book might provide a little help and insight.
Because I haven’t read the book from cover to cover, I can’t and won’t say that I agree with everything she says in the book. However, the first chapter, titled appropriately enough, “Hormone Confusion: Making Sense of the Headlines” is worth the price of admission.
She also discusses the history of hormone therapy, and the constant swing back and forth among medical researchers, and hence, our physicians in their opinions of the safety of estrogen therapy. Again, important and appropriate information for those of us trying to make sense of all the confusion.
She spends a considerable amount of time discussing hormones in general, and the symptoms of menopause. It might be news to you, but my hunch is probably not. But, if you’re interested in reading more about the symptoms, it’s in there.
She closes the book by discussing the importance of personal decisions when it comes to hormone therapy – probably the most important message in the entire book if you ask me. I’ve said ad nauseum at this point, that I am not a one-size-fits-all kind of girl about anything, and certainly not when it comes to hormone replacement therapy.
I think all of us have unique needs which just cannot be addressed with a standardized dosage of anything. So, kudos to her for paying homage to this very important fact.
As usual, you can find the book on Amazon – probably pretty cheap if you’re a bargain hunter. I’m sure it likely comes in a Kindle edition as well.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.