Knowing that so many doctors don't really care about the menopause or at best know little more about it than to prescribe HRT (which is now known to potentially kill you) I felt the need to read about it because unfortunately the natural doctor I chose immediately came up with.... yes... HRT! She didn't even care to ask me about my family's cancer history.... (my mother died of breast cancer). There are many books on this subject around and from the reviews one not always knows which are the best ones so I decided to go for a few of the cheapest. This is the first one I read so far and although there are some old-fashioned concepts I don't agree with there is also great information, especially the chapter on supplements which is very interesting. I also appreciated the positive view on the menopause of Shari Lieberman, so different from the way doctors in Switzerland view it. Here they label you as old (even though at 54 I still look quite young) and try to convince you to just learn to live with whatever complaints you have. My view is the opposite.... No one will stay young forever but if we can grow old gracefully and feeling great the better! I believe in correcting little problems rather than letting them grow into big ones and then need drastic solutions! The chapter on Attitude and Emotions during the menopause is also very interesting and informing. This book is well rounded because it takes the emotional side into account as well as the physical side, diet, supplements and natural HRT. The author gives a lot of information about hormones and their role in a woman's body. Most of all she talks not only about scientific research, which often means very little as many of it is not well set up but also about years of experience in treating women.
Things I can't agree with are her fear of saturated fats but then this book was published in 2000, things are changing now. Saturated fats are not at all a problem to your health (read Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You). Her concept of Good and Bad Cholesterol is also outdated. All cholesterol is needed and lowering it too much can lead to serious problems! She also fills pages with useless bits of information like telling you what she talked about in the past chapters and what will come later which I find rather irritating. There are a few repetitions which are not really necessary. Other than that and a few typos it is a well written book. As far as soy products go I need to read more on the subject but I don't think that they are a good idea, not unfermented soy. She advises eating flaxseeds, so did an acupuncturist I visited, but they forget to warm people about phytates which seem to leach some needed minerals out of the body, although research now seems to point out they might be good in prevented osteoporosis. Very confusing! She doesn't seem to know about the theory that actually a diet based on the right fats and protein, low on carbohydrates (she advises the contrary) might be a good thing (read Trick And Treat - how 'healthy eating' is making us ill). People getting fat because they eat fat.... I don't think so..... fat can even help people lose fat! Again.... read Trick and Treat or any other book on the subject! She is not much on seeds and nuts but I thought that they were quite healthy.... again confusing but she points out the dangers of Hydrogenated fats which are a real problem in our diet! She advises eating fat fish, like salmon and especially farmed fish without taking into account that most farmed fish nowadays doesn't seem to be good for consumption (read Great Food Gamble!). And no, after all protein doesn't seem to cause cardiovascular disease or be bad for the kidneys.
The bits about the servings were a bit unnecessary, she goes on and on about it but I can hardly believe people will remember all that or even need it! Eating should also be fun, not only about what and how much! After all what is a serving exactly? It seems like the modern politically correct crap no one knows what it is about! And after all we are all different, different weights, ages, sex, hights.... we can't all eat the same!
Exercise is very necessary nowadays and she calls attention for its draw backs which I know all too well. I have just had an operation on a tendon on my left arm which I ruptured while exercising in the swimming pool. After 5 weeks I am still in a lot of pain meaning.... the risks are very real, although I always tried to be sensible and was by no means a fanatic!
I went to a new doctor yesterday and I took this book with me in case I needed to clarify some matters. He didn't like the fact that I am getting information from books but then... I didn't like him so I won't be seeing him again and have already interviewed a new one on the phone whom I will be seeing next week (now I don't bother to go for an appointment anymore without knowing more about the doctor otherwise it is a waste of time and money). I will be reviewing the other books I bought as soon as I have read them but this one is a good starting point! Be positive.... We are all getting older, not just us women in the menopause but we have a lot to give and we can still be gorgeous women for many years! When I visit my new doctor the first thing I will mention is that calling me old is not an option! If he does I am out of there!