BY VIRGINIA HOPKINS
This is the last project that Dr. Lee and I worked on before he died. It was
possible to complete this book without his physical presence because much of
the information has already been said in print, either in our books or newsletters,
or on our website, not to mention in the thousands of letters and e-mails we
both answered over the years. Hormone Balance Made Simple is the first
time all of this information will be compiled into once source. It is just
what the cover implies—a simple, straightforward guide to using natural
Dr. Lee was a passionate advocate of using commonsense and simple, straightforward
solutions to create and maintain optimal health. We felt it was important to
write Hormone Balance Made Simple because so much of our mail is from
women who are aware of their hormonal imbalance and just want to get started
on a program before delving into the biochemistry of their mood swings and
the inner workings of their ovaries. They just want to know, in simple terms,
how to use supplemental natural hormones, and how to individualize their hormone
regimen for themselves. This book has those answers.
Women also frequently write because they’re using natural hormones but
don’t feel it’s helping, or their initial problems eventually return.
Asking a few simple questions usually reveals the cause: 1) they’re taking
too high a dose, 2) their timing is off, or 3) they have constant overwhelming
stress in their lives combined with poor eating and exercise habits. This book
will also address those issues.
This book is in no way a replacement for our other books, What Your Doctor
May Not Tell You About Menopause, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About
Premenopause, and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast
Cancer, which are wonderful, intelligent, useful classics that will
add greatly to every woman’s knowledge and understanding of her body.
You will want to refer to the other books for a complete understanding of
how and why Dr. Lee’s program works if you have a serious hormone-related
health problem such as endometriosis, PMS, infertility, breast cancer or
osteoporosis, in order to become educated about the underlying cause. If
you’re tired all the time and want to know how to support your adrenal
glands, then you’ll want details on how you can use diet, hormones
and other supplements to get back on your feet. If you suspect that what
you’re eating is derailing your hormone balance, then you’ll
want to know in detail how different types of foods can hurt or help. If
you’ve got osteoporosis, then you should be treating it on many levels,
from hormones and supplements to specific kinds of exercise. If you’ve
had breast cancer you’ll want to know more about what might have caused
it and how to prevent a recurrence. All of this detailed information can
be found in our other books, along with hundreds of supporting studies, research
and case histories.
Many women write because they want to use natural hormones with the guidance
of their doctor, but the doctor doesn’t have the necessary information.
I have yet to meet a medical doctor who actually sat down and read What
Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, who didn’t turn on
a dime and embrace Dr. Lee’s protocol—the concepts are literally
that obvious, both intuitively and factually.
It’s notable that since Dr. Lee first wrote his self-published book
for doctors back in 1993, hundreds of studies, including the huge and now-famous
National Institute of Health’s Women’s Health Initiative (WHI),
have thoroughly validated his stance on progesterone and conventional hormone
replacement therapy. Much of this new research can be found in the revised
and updated (2004) edition of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause.
However, if you just want the ABC’s of using natural hormones, then
this is the book for you.