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Estrogen Matters

By: Avrum Bluming,Carol Tavris
Narrated by: Carol Tavris,Avrum Bluming
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A compelling defense of hormone replacement therapy, exposing the faulty science behind its fall from prominence and empowering women 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.

Now, 16 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 listen, Estrogen Matters sets the record straight on this beneficial treatment and provides an empowering path to wellness for women everywhere.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Avrum Bluming and Carol Tavris (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"This book is long overdue. Having spent over two decades advancing women's health, I was appalled by the Women's Health Initiative's efforts to sensationalize and distort their own findings to promote an anti-hormone-therapy agenda. Personally I have been taking HRT for over 25 years and have no intention of stopping. 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)

"For far too many years women and their doctors have been held in fear of prescribing estrogens - believing that they were dangerous because of a widely quoted study purporting to show that they were too damaging. Now it turns out that this seems to have been an example of 'fake' news. In a thorough, careful, and unbiased assessment of all the scientific evidence, Bluming and Tavris debunk this most widely quoted work and show that estrogens are not only not dangerous but beneficial for the vast majority of women suffering from post-menopausal symptoms, whether or not they have had breast cancer. This extremely valuable message deserves to be widely disseminated." (Lord Turnberg, former president of the Royal College of Physicians)

"This is such an important book, I want to do all I can to encourage every woman to read it. Groundbreaking and carefully researched, Estrogen Matters provides essential information about the many benefits of estrogen at menopause and even after a diagnosis of breast cancer. It reveals the misinterpretation of study results that led women (and their doctors) to have unwarranted concerns about estrogen use. The thoughtful information presented here will help women feel more comfortable taking estrogen, leading to healthier, longer lives for many." (Patricia T. Kelly, PhD, specialist in cancer risk assessment and author of Assessing Your True Risk of Breast Cancer)

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Compelling book all women in mid-life should read

As an internist and proponent of women's health, I was overjoyed when I started reading this book and realized how well Drs. Bluming and Tavris were able to tell the story of hormone therapy's ups and downs, how confused the medical community became when the Women's Health Initiative study was released, and how we can all re-examine the data and make sense of it. The messages in this book are clear, evidence-based and balanced. I hope this will help all medical professionals and patients realize the benefits of hormone replacement therapy for the vast majority of women.

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Vital News for Women Everywhere

Years ago, my obi/gyn doctor told me that studies conducted by the Women's Health Initiative were severely flawed, and she supported me in my desire to continue the programme of Hormone Replacement Therapy that I had begun at age 47. Thank you, Dr. Wendy! Thirty-three years later, my aged but healthy body follows wherever I lead. My bones are sound, my intellect is intact, my systems are humming along in good order. I might walk into a room and forget why I'm there, but a retracing of my steps eventually uncovers the misplaced purpose of my trip. I remain cancer free while friends around me, mostly female, have sickened and died. Cancer, the usual suspect, has reared its ugly head in each case, shadowed by one instance of dementia that is slowly claiming a lifelong friend in her nursing home room. Two other classmates, both female, have succumbed to Alzheimer's

Good genes and a healthy lifestyle are significant factors here, but I attribute my good fortune in large part to HRT. The list of benefits is lengthy and I have encouraged my daughter and granddaughter to follow in my footsteps.

The biggest mystery here: why does the WHI - a series of clinical studies sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health - continue to deplore the use of this miracle hormone? Money, the usual motivation for apparently perverse behaviour, seems not to be the reason. I am left with the assumption that one small vocal panel of participants, mostly men, cannot bear to be wrong. About women's bodies. The contradictory pronouncements and bald-faced inaccuracies alone point to a serious distortion of the findings.

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Recommended by my practitioner

I have been on estrogen therapy for 16 years After a total hysterectomy. I asked my nurse practitioner if I should go off the hormones. She strongly encouraged that I read this book. I am so glad I did. It helps me understand why I am on estrogen replacement and should remain on it. So many more benefits than risks. It also sheds light on the fallibility of scientific research. I so appreciate the detailed case and supporting evidence that the authors of this book use. It’s so unfortunate that there are respected doctors and scientists that continue to support the women’s health initiative which Used a very unhealthy population for their study. That’s just one of the flaws. It’s fascinating reading this book about how research is conducted and how Easily it can be skewed and flawed. Lots of cognitive dissonance with authors of the medical science literature.

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Very informative

As someone with a family history of cancer I’ve been told not to do HRT and have suffered but reading this book I have a whole new perspective on the facts.

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A GIFT TO WOMEN KIND!

I most certainly wished that I had read it this book years ago. It is an impressive, clearly reputable, analyzed data of proven scientific facts that rang true in my mind as a female with hormones. Too many years of health issues and dealing with medical professionals that proclaimed unproven, irrelevant propaganda and simply hypothesis regarding female hormones and health. It is very confusing being a consumer and patient to hear advice that does not make sense and does not help with women’s issues at hand. It is a blessing, a gift, to finally have deciphered medical evaluation and education regarding women’s general health, longevity, sleep, and bone health with regards to our hormonal make-up finally in my hands.

Thank you to the authors for this book, their words, their research, their commitment and their unfaltering continued support of peoples health.

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Facts Presented Clearly and Concisely

The authors present the facts and disprove the lies around estrogen therapy clearly and concisely. They show that the facts in favor are decisive. They also demonstrate along the way the harm that may result when people abuse science for their own ends, and the importance of following the reliable evidence wherever it leads, regardless of one’s biases. Highly recommended.

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Thank you

As a peri-menopausal woman, I've been on HRT for a year now. Estrogen has been holding its own until very recently. A few months ago my doctor said it had fallen off and recommended estrogen replacement. I hesitated. I wanted to do some research first. We've heard so many scary things. Turned to a group of woman online who recommended this book. It was awesome!! Not only did it provide outstanding considerations and input for me but also provided several sources of reference I then when and researched further. Thank you!!

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Important and informative

So helpful to have the research organized and presented -well read by one of the authors- a pleasure to learn all of their findings.

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Vitally important and eye-opening

I feel that the causal mysteries of my brain fog, concentration, mood, "osteopenia" and finally, breast cancer diagnosis has finally been illuminated through this book. My last two hormone panels have shown a clear decline (tanking in fact) of my hormones. I am only in my late 40s! I am so grateful for this information that I will absolutely be sharing with my medical team.

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great book

why is it the more you look into the world of health it clear, everything is controlled by money