The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance

Excerpts & Samples

By Raquel Martin

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Raquel Martin

Raquel Martin
Raquel Martin’s experience of her own serious health problems taught her that the beneficial effect of chiropracti care could be reinforced by means of nutritional and hormonal rebalancing. She has since dedicated herself to spreading information about the need for safe natural alter More...



With almost 100,000 copies sold in earlier editions, this revised edition provides the most up-to-date information on natural alternatives to synthetic hormone replacement therapy

A must-read for any woman taking synthetic hormones for infertility, birthcontrol, PMS, or menopause

• Includes the latest research on using natural progesterone to combat osteoporosis, endometriosis, heart disease, PMS, fibroids, and breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer

More and more women are seeking alternatives to synthetic hormones and their harmful side effects. Despite increasing awareness of the dangers of synthetic hormones, over-prescription of estrogen is still rampant, as is confusion among doctors and patients whether the benefits of conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) outweigh the risks.

This updated fourth edition offers the latest information on how botanical progesterone therapy, also known as natural HRT, can provide safe, natural relief for many of the problems women face from hormone deficiency, including PMS, fibromyalgia, depression, menstrual irregularity, miscarriages, uterine fibroids, and infertility. Botanical progesterone supplementation can be also extremely effective in relieving hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and even cancer. The authors sift through misinformation and contradictory studies, warning against corporate-sponsored research in a multi-billion dollar menopausal industry, and guide readers to natural alternatives. This fourth edition also includes new studies regarding the dangers of a diet rich in soy contributing to the onset of premature menopause, as well as thyroid disorders. The dangers of mammography and the importance of focusing on safer, more effective methods of cancer detection are also well documented.
"If you are a woman and do not read this book, you are very possibly denying yourself the most important information of your physical life. . . . A powerfully persuasive, well-written, and extensively documented case. . . . A must-read if you value your health."So Young

"Any woman who is considering synthetic hormone therapy or who wishes to get off of it owes herself the reading of this densely informative book. The simplicity and safety of the solution is almost shocking. One might ask why every suffering woman is not using botanical progesterone."
World Health News

"Books like The Estrogen Alternative are important: people have to become so knowledgeable that they don't let the health establishment get away with its systematic deceptions."
Raymond F. Peat, Ph.D.

"I was thrilled to read The Estrogen Alternative. . . . The writing style incorporates the research into a narrative that is easy for the layperson to read. The book is thorough, well-referenced, and prepares the reader to make educated choices about her homonal health."
Marcia Smith, N.D., Ph.D.

"This is an enlightening, easy-to-read book of vital interest to every woman. It assesses information not generally forthcoming from medical doctors and offers information that can help women decide how to manage the seriously important question of whether or not to take synthetic hormones. This book is a valuable tool if you are interested in maintaining your health naturally."
Catholic Women's NETWORK, March/April/May 2001

"The Estrogen Alternative is a book that women should be reading now to get ready for the changes in their lives."
Barbara Ardinger, SageWoman, Autumn 2002

"Produced in consultation with alternative health practitioners, this very important reference is a one-of-a-kind guide to very good health."
The Book Reader, Fall/Winter 2002-2003

"A very informative book, helping to give women back the power to make their own decisions without having to depend on a medical doctor."
Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf, December 2002

"It reads easily, explains clearly why natural progesterone should replace synthetic hormones, and has that added level of personal experience."
Irene Alleger, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, October 2002

"...insightful advice on diet, and appendixes that offer a wealth of information on everything from hormone application and infant soy milk formulas to preventative medicine....a worthwhile resource for doctors and patients."
Publishers Weekly, Dec. 6, 2004

"This is a terrific source book for women of any age. There is no padding here and it is packed with information. . . . Recommended for anyone interested in women's health and wellbeing."
Jennifer Hoskins, New Dawn, Sept-Oct 2005

"[Readers] seeking information on safe ways to ease symptoms of menopause and treat various female health problems will appreciate this thoroughly researched healthcare handbook for women."
New Age Retailer, Vol. 19, No. 7, Gift 2005

"The Estrogen Alternative is not just for women searching for relief from menopausal systems but for women of all ages seeking optimal health. . . . Through their thought-provoking and accessible text, Martin and Gerstung successfully assist women in making informed health decisions."
Edge Life, March 2007

"I really enjoyed this well-researched and informative book on hormone balance. The authors clearly present many of the complicated issues surrounding menopause. I would not hesitate to recommend this resource to my menopausal patients, as well as add it to my own reference library."
Robyn Barlow, ND, Lotus Guide, May-June 2007

"Raquel Martin and Judi Gerstung have performed a tremendous service to women, who need a book like The Estrogen Alternative to understand what is happening to their bodies during pre-, peri-, and postmenopause. It is a terrific resource for practitioners to recommend to their patients. I believe all women can greatly benefit from reading it."
John Hart, M.D.

"This book, in its third edition, is hailed as a must-read for women."
Frontier Perspectives, Fall 2002