NEWLY REVISED AND UPDATED!
The breakthrough book on natural progesterone.
by John R. Lee, M.D. and Virginia Hopkins
Warner Books 2004 (439 Pages)
Here's where to find the Table of Contents for this original and classic book (extensively updated and revised in 2004), on natural progesterone by John R. Lee M.D., the pioneer in the use of natural hormones. Includes detailed and current information on using natural hormones, as well as diet and exercise, to treat menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, and osteoporosis.
TABLE OF CONTENTSForeword
PART I: THE INNER WORKINGS OF HORMONE BALANCE
Chapter 1 The Crux of the Matter: Menopausal Politics and Women’s Hormone Cycles
What Is Menopause?
The Rise and Fall of Hormones During the Menstrual Cycle
Chapter 2 The Dance of the Steroids
The Cast of Major Players
Choreographing the Dance
The Journey Along the Steroid Hormone Pathway
The Dance of the Steroids
Four Movements: The Flow of Steroids in Our Bodies
Chapter 3 The History of Hormone Replacement Therapy and the Estrogen Myth
Menopause Becomes a Disease
The Truth Behind the Hoopla
Perpetuating the Estrogen Myth
The HRT Chickens Come Home to Roost
Chapter 4 What Is Estrogen?
How and Where Estrogens Are Made and Used in the
Estrogen and Cell Division
How Estrogen Affects a Woman’s Body
The Estrogen Dominance Syndrome
The Myth of Estrogen in Hormone Replacement Therapy
What Are Normal Estrogen Levels?
Chapter 5 Hormone Balance, Xenobiotics, and Future Generations
Turning on the Hormone Switch
The Canary in the Coal Mine?
The Impact on Future Generations
Safe Living in a Sea of Estrogens
Pesticides and Plastics
Cleaning Up Your House
Cleaning Up Your Office
Xenoestrogens and Future Generations
If You Want to Know More
Chapter 6 What Is Natural Progesterone?
The Discovery and Use of Progesterone
Exactly What Is Progesterone?
Comparing the Synergistic Effects of Estrogen and Progesterone
The Cycle of Progesterone Production
Progesterone and Procreation
How Progesterone Affects the Body
Progesterone and Steroid Synthesis
Progesterone and the Brain
Progesterone and Sex Drive
Progesterone in Men
Chapter 7 The Dramatic Difference between Progesterone and Progestins
The Difference between Synthetic Drugs and Natural Compounds
What Is a Progestin?
Progesterone and Progestins: What’s the Difference?
Progestins Gave Birth to the Sexual Revolution
Chapter 8 Sex Hormones and the Brain
The Basics of Brain Communication
How the Inner and Outer Brains Regulate the Body
Estrogen and the Brain
Progesterone and the Brain
Progesterone and Fetal Brain Development
Progesterone and Brain Injuries
Progesterone and the Elderly
Progesterone and Libido
Progesterone and Sleep Patterns
Chapter 9 What are Androgens?
Chapter 10 Hormone Balance and the Menstrual Cycle
The Rise and Fall of Hormone Levels
PART II: HORMONE BALANCE AND ILLNESS
Chapter 11 Progesterone and Menopause Symptoms
The Mystery of Menopause
A Brief Look at Premenopause
Falling Estrogen and Progesterone, Rising GnRH, and Hot Flashes
Menopause and Estrogen
Androgens and Menopause
What Can Be Done for Menopausal Symptoms?
Chapter 12 Hormone Balance and the Adrenal and Thyroid Glands
Premenopause and Stress
Possible Symptoms in Premenopausal Women with Estrogen Dominance
The Adrenal Glands
The Adrenal Cortex
The Role of DHEA
Nutritional Adrenal Support
How Cortisol Levels Affect Thyroid Function
Hormone Balance and Aging
Progesterone and Thyroid Hormone
Chapter 13 Hormone Balance, Nutrition and Osteoporosis
Debunking the Osteoporosis Myths
What Is Osteoporosis?
A Bit About How Bones Are Built
Osteoporosis and Estrogen
Osteoporosis and Progesterone
A Progesterone Cream and Bone Density Study
Other Osteoporosis Treatments
The Phosphonates (Fosamax, etc.)
Keeping Your Bones Strong
Testosterone, Minerals, Vitamins, Exercise
How Bones Are Depleted
Excess Protein, Diuretics, Antibiotics, Fluoride, Metabolic Acidosis, Alcohol, Hyperthyroidism, Cortisone, Asthma inhalers, Depo Provera
What Your Doctor May Not Know About Bone Density Measurement
What Does Bone Density Really Mean
Use Height as a Baseline
Techniques for Measuring Bone Mineral Density
Chapter 14 Women and Cardiovascular Disease
Estrogen and Heart Disease
Progesterone and Heart Disease
Only Half of Heart Attack Deaths in Women are Caused by Blocked Arteries
Insulin and Heart Disease
Slowing the Glucose Train
What about Cholesterol?
High Blood Pressure
C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
Nutrition and Lifestyle
What About Aspirin?
Strokes and Hormone Balance
What Increases Stroke Risk
What Decreases Stroke Risk
Chapter 15 Hormone Balance and Cancer
Reestablishing Cellular Communication
How Cancer Develops
Estrogen Stimulates Cell Growth
The Cancer-Protective Benefits of Progesterone
Hormone Receptors in Breast Cancer
What About Mammograms?
Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors Endometrial Cancer
Why Your Doctor May Be Poorly Informed
Transcultural Factors in Breast and Uterine Cancer
Chapter 16 Getting Off Conventional HRT and Onto Natural Hormones
Questions and Answers About Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Chapter 17 Natural Hormone Balance and Pelvic Disorders
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Ovarian Cysts and Mittelschmerz
Staying Naturally Healthy
Chapter 18 Hormone Balance and Other Common Health Problems
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid)
Skin Problems (Acne, Seborrhea, Rosacea, Psoriasis, and Keratoses)
High Blood Pressure
Urinary Tract Problems
Gallbladder Disease and Bile Flow
PART III: CREATING AND MAINTAINING HORMONE BALANCE
Chapter 19 How to Use Progesterone Supplementation
Types of Progesterone Supplementation
Testing Your Hormone Levels
Not All Wild Yam Extract Is Progesterone
How and When to Use Natural Progesterone
Possible Side Effects of Progesterone
Dosage Recommendations for Natural Progesterone
How to Get the Most Out of Your Progesterone Cream
When During the Month to Use Progesterone Cream
Guidelines for Menopause, Premenopause, Hysterectomy, etc.
Using Progesterone If You Have Migraines
If I’m Menopausal and Take Progesterone, Will My Periods Start Again?
Where to Find Natural Progesterone Cream
Chapter 20 How to Use Estrogen, DHEA, Pregnenolone, the Corticosteroids, Testosterone and Androstenedione
Chapter 21 Nutrition for Healthy Hormones
Excess Calories, Not Just Excess Fat
Good Fats and Bad Fats
Whole Foods are Best
Eat Organic Foods Whenever Possible
Is Vegetarianism Protective?
Opt for Free Range Meat, Eggs and Poultry
Are Dairy Foods Right for You?
Eat Your Phytochemicals
Drink Plenty of Clean Water
Take Your Multivitamins/Minerals
Get Some Exercise
How Are Your Adrenal Glands Working?
Taking Care of the Large Intestine: Probiotics
Special Foods for Hormone Balance
Herbs for Hormone Balance
Chapter 22 Commonly Asked Questions about Using Natural Progesterone
Glossary Recommended ReadingRESOURCES