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Life Extension Magazine March 2010
Book Review

Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained

By Jonathan V. Wright, MD and Lane Lenard, PhD
Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained
Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained

A decade after Dr. Jonathan Wright introduced the concept of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with the book Natural Hormone Replacement for Women Over 45, in which he explored the benefits of true hormone replacement using bio-identical human hormones, Dr. Wright, along with Dr. Lane Lenard brings to print his newest offering: Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained.

In this follow-up book, Wright and Lane rely on their up-to-date clinical experience in order to highlight little-known scientific studies that form the foundation of support for the safety and benefits of BHRT. The book gets going debunking conventional bio-identical hormone thoughts and theories with the eye-catching title of its opening chapter: Don’t Let Your Doctor Give You Horse Urine!

This chapter refers to the use of conjugated equine estrogens (CEEs) in standard “estrogen therapy.” The use of this phrase rather than the more unpleasant one, horse urine, is not by accident, as the book states: “By carefully manipulating the language, the drug companies have convinced the vast majority of doctors, medical researchers, government regulators, media, and women themselves of an outright falsehood: that CEEs are ‘estrogen’ and that ‘estrogen’ is CEEs.” This redefining of terms has been a cornerstone of insidious patent medicine marketing for nearly a hundred years, and Stay Young blows the whistle on how careful wording has dumped billions of dollars into Big Pharma’s pockets.

Other chapters simply titled “Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle” and “Of Hormones & Drugs and Urine & Yams” act almost as an encyclopedia of everything women need to know about their bodies and hormones, while chapters later in the book answer questions about health and youth maintenance.

The final chapter of the book deals with the politics of bio-identical hormones and why the government is trying to take them away. In this startling climax, readers will get a feel for the real dangers behind government influence when it comes to medicine and what people can do to stay informed.

Suzanne Somers, who wrote the foreword for the book, perhaps says it best: “This is the real science not encumbered by pharmaceutical agendas. These doctors have gone out on a limb to bring the truth so that we can all feel better and live the joyous lives we were meant to enjoy.”

—Jon Finkel

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