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The Estrogen Alternative
A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance

by Raquel Martin and Judi Gerstung, D.C.

      A Book Designed for Decision Making

At Last! Hormones Understood!

So, is there anyone here who is perimenopausal who is interested in reading about it? We may be even less inclined to when we're "of that age." There are so many conflicting theories going around! And do we need to be reminded?

Here's the answer. Even women who have discovered Dr. Christine Northrup (she's on the Web and has a must-read newsletter; I have followed her advice for women's health for years!) will appreciate The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance by Raquel Martin and Judi Gerstung, D.C.

The proof is apparent as early as the Table of Contents. Part II is titled "Opening Up a New World of Hope and Healing." Get that? Hope. A very important word to those of us looking for better health and, well, relief.

I like the smart part of this book coupled with the inspiration. We aren't just looking at natural hormone replacement here; we're looking at remedies "from God's Garden." Readers will get much more from this than a plan for their bodies and confidence that they are choosing correctly for themselves; they'll feel good about doing it.

James Jamieson, Pharmacologist, makes the point in his foreword that Martin is a layperson and that this is positive, rather than negative. Who better than a woman who has been through the trials we are faced with without a formal medical degree to assess the information available? She has come at this just as any one of us has and has come out the other side understanding our concerns and our confusion. She and Gerstung have designed a book that is helpful, and she has managed this by using excellent research, by getting the necessary medical input and by adding a dash of optimism, to give us what we need.

The Book

Healing Arts Press
November 2004
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NOTE: Rating 5 of 5

The Reviewer

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed 2006
NOTE: Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't -the 2004 winner of USA Book News' Best Professional Book of the Year- and a recently published chapbook of poetry titled Tracings.
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