This is one of the most important books on women’s hormones I have ever read. The reason it is so important, is the background of Dr Bluming – a cancer researcher on HRT for most of his life. His wife has had breast cancer, so he has a personal interest in the subject. He confirms all the things that I have been saying about the benefit of Estrogen to women and explains how safe it is to use in women who have had breast cancer. I have given Estrogen to women with a history of breast cancer many times, with a full explanation of the risks/benefits involved. A consent form must be signed that they have been fully informed and understand what they are doing.
I recommend all of you with an interest in menopause and whether to take HRT or not – to read this book. It is such major decision for women and their future well-being. I still get so many women being told by their doctors to stop the HRT (and often reprimanded by them as well) and when they do so go into a downward spiral. Their doctor may have a superficial knowledge of HRT, whereas I have been deeply engaged in studying women’s hormones for the last 25 years- who would you rather believe? My regular blogs and website are an effort to keep women UpToDate with the latest research. I bought my copy online from Booktopia.
A compelling defense of Hormone Replacement Therapy, exposing the faulty science behind its fall from prominence and empowering readers to make informed decisions about their health.
For years, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was hailed as a miracle. Study after study showed that HRT, if initiated at the onset of menopause, could ease symptoms ranging from hot flashes to memory loss; reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and some cancers; and even extend a woman’s overall life expectancy. But when a large study by the Women’s Health Initiative announced results showing an uptick in breast cancer among women taking HRT, the winds shifted abruptly, and HRT, officially deemed a carcinogen, was abandoned.
As it turns out, however, that study was seriously flawed. Now, sixteen years after HRT was left for dead, Dr. Bluming, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Tavris, a social psychologist, track its strange history and present a compelling case for its resurrection. They investigate what led the public—and much of the medical establishment—to accept the Women’s Health Initiative’s often exaggerated claims, while also providing a fuller picture of the science that supports HRT.
A sobering and revelatory read, Estrogen Matters sets the record straight on this beneficial treatment, and provides a path to wellness for women everywhere.
“I hope Estrogen Matters draws enough attention to counter the fears and misinformation about HRT that so many women, and their physicians, still hold.” ― Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, former President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research
“Well written, insightful, and hard hitting,Estrogen Matters successfully rebuts the billion-dollar, government-led study known as the Women’s Health Initiative, which claimed that hormones for post-menopausal women are harmful. That study was wrong. It turns out estrogens do matter for women’s health.” — Vincent T. DeVita Jr., MD, Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health and Yale Cancer Center
“If you’re one of the many menopausal women who avoid HRT to treat your symptoms because of all the scary headlines, this book is a must-read.” — Jennifer Ouellette, author of Me, Myself and Why
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About the Authors
AVRUM BLUMING, MD
Avrum Bluming received his MD from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He spent four years as a senior investigator for the National Cancer Institute and for two of those years was director of the Lymphoma Treatment Center in Kampala, Uganda. He organized the first study of lumpectomy for the treatment of breast cancer in Southern California in 1978, and for more than two decades he has been studying the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy administered to women with a history of breast cancer. Dr. Bluming has served as a clinical professor of medicine at USC and has been an invited speaker at the Royal College of Physicians in London and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He was elected to mastership in the American College of Physicians, an honor accorded to only five hundred of the over one hundred thousand board-certified internists in this country.
CAROL TAVRIS, PhD
Carol Tavris received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan. Her books include Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me), with Elliot Aronson; Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion, and The Mismeasure of Woman. She has written articles, op-eds, and book reviews on topics in psychological science for a wide array of publications — including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the TLS — and a column, “The Gadfly,” for Skeptic magazine. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and has received numerous awards for her efforts to promote gender equality, science, and skepticism.