Book Review

What's Your Menopause Type?

Joseph Collins, ND
Prima Publishing;

In this book, Collins presents a new model for diagnosing women that includes the completion of a menopausal-type questionnaire and diagnostic testing. He also strongly advocates a partnership between professionals and patients. Although this technique may work for some, we have always been taught to treat the patient rather than the masses. The author has an interesting approach that merits reading. When a practitioner evaluates a patient’s hormone status, he or she must consider a variety of factors such as symptoms, family history, laboratory values, etc. This new classification system is another tool that facilitates patient evaluation. Types of menopause, if viewed as case studies instead of absolutes, may be of use to a practitioner in modulating a patient’s hormonal therapy and balance. The second half of the book is the most interesting and valuable part of the text. After Collins has defined the different types of menopause, he addresses self-care during menopause, nutrition, herbal remedies, glandular extracts, and hormone replacement therapy. The appendix is the most valuable portion of the book for healthcare providers. It contains very thorough and well-referenced sections on the estrogens (estrone, estradiol, estriol), progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone, cortisol, pregnenolone, androstenedione, melatonin, thyroid hormone, growth hormone, and insulin, as well as on the steroidogenic pathway. In those sections, the author discusses metabolism, mechanisms of action, dosing and more. Overall, this is a valuable resource for anyone researching menopause.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Nov/Dec 2000