Book Review

Yes or No? How To Make an Informed Decision about Estrogen, Progesterone and Other Strategies for Dealing with PMS, Menopause and Osteoporosis

Betty Kamen, PhD
Nutrition Encounter

Well referenced; for patients and health-care providers

This book is packed full of facts and information about HRT, PMS, menopause and osteoporosis. It contains easily comprehensible charts, tables and figures to help the reader understand the difficult biochemical processes occurring in a woman’s body from day to day. The author has dedicated the book to John R. Lee, MD. With that in mind, her view of progesterone and stance on the use of over-the-counter progesterone cream is understandable. (Lee publicly and avidly promotes the use of unregulated, inferior, over-the-counter forms of progesterone creams.) She is another author who would benefit from knowing a compounding pharmacist. Yet, still, it is a good book. It is written like no other, jumping from fact to fact; but it is easy to read and contains valid points and interesting information. Kamen references every fact with substantial medical citations from reputable medical journals. This book has a little bit of everything; it is oddly written, but worth reading. While it is not for all patients, it can be useful for women who are searching for more information.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Sep/Oct 1999