"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Book Review 9: The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones

I've written frequently about bio-identical hormones, how they differ from synthetic hormones, and how they can help anyone who is in need of hormones, in a way that synthetic hormones do not. Men in andropause, women in menopause, and individuals of all ages who suffer from symptoms that may be hormone-imbalance related (e.g., chronic stress) may benefit from bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones should form part of any intelligent and conscious aging plan of the modern individual.

Dr. Michael Platt, a board-certified internist, bio-identical hormone expert, is the author of the highly-praised The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones, How I Lost My: fatigue, hot flashes, ADHD, ADD, fibromyalgia, PMS, osteoporosis, weight, sexual dysfunction, anger, migraines… .
He defines bio-identical hormones (as do most clinicians and authors) as "Bio-identical hormones are molecularly identical to the hormones the body produces; they are readily recognizable to the body and can reproduce the same functions."

When asked why most doctors do not spend time on bio-identical hormones, and why they don't appear to be interested in learning about them, he answered: "Most doctors appear to be more comfortable with advice provided by drug companies. Since bio-identical hormones are natural and cannot be patented, drug companies have no interest in promoting them for health. As you may or may not be aware, almost everything doctors learn in medical school is based on research done by drug companies. Needless to say, there is no mention of bio-identical hormones. In spite of this, the popularity of Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy (BHT) will continue to grow due to patient demand and successful BHT outcomes with patients."

Read the entire interview on Reader Views with Dr. Platt here.

Wellness colleagues, other book reviewers, and patients in the U.S. and abroad laud Dr. Platt’s The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones for its “reader-friendly exploration” of how natural (non-synthetic) bio-identical hormones can have the power to heal many maladies often considered “incurable.” “This is the most important health book published this year, or any year for that matter. It’s an easy, fascinating, highly-informative, even life-changing read,” states Barbara Morris, compounding pharmacist and author of Put Old On Hold. The book is also considered an excellent primer for compounding pharmacists and others in the wellness community who work with bio-identical hormones.

Related Articles (from my blog):

Bio-identical Hormones

Conscious Aging

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