Book Review

The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones

Michael E. Platt, M.D.
Clancy Lane Publishing

This new book has it all! From menopause to andropause, children to adults, breast cancer to prostate cancer, and much more. Most of the information in his book is not revolutionary, but the way in which he presents it is captivating. Dr. Platt is a physician who understands the importance of achieving hormone balance in relation to quality of life, aging, illness, weight management and optimum health. His book is easy to read and filled with remarkable real life patient histories and case studies documenting dramatic results from achieving a balance with bioidentical hormones. You will find information in this book on the benefits and rationale surrounding the use of progesterone that you won't find anywhere else. His explanations based on his clinical experience, knowledge about the mechanisms of action, and indications for the use of progesterone in women, men and children are brilliant.

This book is not written for doctors or pharmacists, but they will enjoy reading it if they appreciate the benefits of bioidentical hormones. His writing style is very candid and there are no references. I4s definitely written for the lay public, and i4s a book that you can recommend to all of your patients because it is so easy to understand and so hard to put down. Your patients will have no doubt about the benefits of bioidentical hormones in women and men after reading this book. Dr. Platt loves progesterone and he does an excellent job in explaining its indications, benefits, uses and dosing. He discusses the use of progesterone in women and men. This is the first book I have seen which discusses the use of progesterone in men as well as the relationship between estrogen dominance and prostate cancer. This is also the first book that I have seen which discusses the use of progesterone in children for ADD, ADHD and insulin resistance. Dr. Platt uses progesterone for numerous indications including weight loss, diabetes, insulin resistance, post-partum depression, infertility, ADD, ADHD, migraines, fibromyalgia, cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, osteoporosis, menopause, andropause and more. He also discusses the use of bioidentical estrogens, DHEA, testosterone, thyroid hormones and human growth hormone.

Weight loss is a huge market these days. Dr. Platt has an amazing approach to weight loss. He doesn’t promote any popular diet method, he simply educates his patients about diet and metabolism, how and what to eat, and the importance of hormone balance. He also does an excellent job in explaining how numerous popular medications on the market cause weight gain.

Dr. Platt is a minimalist when it comes to medications. His goal is to bring the body into hormonal balance and be on the lowest dose and least amount of medications and/or hormones necessary. His philosophy is simple: “Every system in the body is controlled by hormones. When hormones are out of balance, health problems occur.” “Bodies in hormonal balance can reach a level of optimum health in a natural manner.” This book will empower patients to seek hormone balance, gain control of their weight and get on the road to wellness in their lives.
Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  April 2006