Rouzier, a physician, and Constance, a freelance science writer, collaborate in this well-structured guide to the benefits of natural hormonal replacement therapy.
Hormonal therapy has been a hot topic now for some decades. Though it has found a foothold in research on menopause, its efficacy is still frequently called into question. Rouzier, a hormone replacement therapy partisan, does not try to hide this fact, as he seeks to counter the snake-oil remedies that prey upon the vulnerable and overly hopeful. He approaches the issue from two angles, arguing that preventive hormonal therapy can stem deterioration (but not restore what has been lost), and that specifically fashioned, bio-identical hormones are the only ones worth taking because they are fabricated to couple with an individual’s receptors. He covers in depth what is known about the roles of DHEA, pregnenolone, melatonin, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, and he examines the role of the thyroid and the healing potential of human growth hormones. He also provides an overview of how the endocrine system regulates the body’s temperature, reproduction, aging and immune system, explaining how the gradual lessening of hormonal output as one ages necessitates hormonal therapy. He is quick to point out common side effects, which can include acne, hirsutism, headache, disorientation, edema and carpal tunnel syndrome, and he notes that hormonal supplement intake must be tailored to individual needs. He also weighs in on non-patentable hormonal supplements, which are pushed by the pharmaceutical industry but may not always be in the patient’s best interest.
A solid work that piques the curiosity and encourages deeper investigation. Most admirably, it steers clear of vanity, and onto a course designed to promote a healthy, high-quality life.