Book Review

Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk by 90%

Dr. Edward J. Conley
Vitality Press, Inc.

This is the latest and greatest book on natural hormone replacement therapy. . . A must have!

In his latest book, Dr. Conley explains the studies and statistics on hormone replacement therapy with an emphasis on bioidentical hormones. This book is professionally written, referenced and appeals to the healthcare professional and, although not your typical lay literature, it is easily comprehensible for the educated lay public. The chapter on estriol is my favorite. In fact, it is written and referenced so well that I would feel comfortable using it as a reference for a prescribing physician or provider. Dr. Conley does an excellent job of summarizing the published medical literature on estriol with regard to the effects on the uterus, bones, vagina, bladder, skin, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood clots and menopausal symptoms. He also discusses estrogen metabolism and introduces the Estrogen Metabolites Index (EMI), which defines breast cancer risks. Other chapters include information on breast cancer in general, the other types of estrogen, phytoestrogens, black cohosh, progesterone, vitamin E, indole-3-carbinol, diindolymethane, curcumin, teas, melatonin, B12, folate, selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMS), diet and detoxification. The chapter on progesterone beautifully explains the breast protective mechanism of action. Conley also addresses concerns about the use of progesterone following the publication of the results of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Study3 in July 2002 and explains the difference between progestins and progesterone. Unlike similar references, this book is up-to-date and addresses many of the concerns that have arisen since the completion of WHI. In this book Conley supports and recommends compounding pharmacists. Conley is also the author of the best-selling book and PBS special America Exhausted.7 He is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Michigan State University (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and an international lecturer, researcher and clinician.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Jul/Aug 2004