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Estrogen : how and why it can save your life
Romoff, Adam.
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New York : Golden Books, [1999]

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viii, 183 pages ; 22 cm
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RG186 .R65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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It's time to get the facts straight: Estrogen doesn't take lives, it saves them. In a "must-read" book bound to generate controversy with the force of its argument, Dr. Adam Romoff explores the most current scientific research available, revealing that the correlation between estrogen and breast cancer is negligible. In chapters that cover the effects of estrogen on the heart, the bones, the breasts, and the brain, as well as on quality of life issues, Dr. Romoff explains how taking estrogen actually reduces the risks of getting heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease by 50 percent or more -- while it enhances a woman's sex life, memory, and mood.

Estrogen: How and Why It Can Save Your Life dispels the myths and states the facts about estrogen: what it is, how and why it works, how it can be administered, and what the true risk factors are for a small percentage of the population. In an articulate and passionate voice, Dr. Romoff provides readers with clear and powerful answers to a critical life question -- ensuring that women can take control of their own health.

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Ina Yalof is a professional medical writer and author. She lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

Obstetrician-gynecologist Romoff believes in the benefits of estrogen for women who fear breast cancer, the problems that often accompany menopause, and the dangers of osteoporosis. The authors of many current books on estrogen have axes to grind, and so does Romoff. Warning against "designer" estrogens such as Evista, he argues forcefully for sticking with good, old-fashioned estrogen. He is convinced that estrogen protects against breast cancer and that the lives it saves far outweigh the lives it may cost by causing uterine cancer. He even believes that estrogen can be helpful with Alzheimer's. As for what he is against, those things are apathy, media-induced anxiety, and direct advertising of prescription drugs to patients rather than fellow physicians. He cites and summarizes scientific and medical reports, but the field is in flux, and much remains to be definitely established. At least for now, though, his book will educate interested readers. --William Beatty

Library Journal Review

Romoff, an obstetrician/gynecologist practicing in New York, argues persuasively that almost all postmenopausal women should receive hormone replacement therapy (HRT). To make his case, he cites studies showing that many women would be saved from heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease by taking estrogen. He further argues that the risk of breast and uterine cancer has been greatly exaggerated and that in any case the benefits of HRT greatly outweigh these risks. He does, however, include a list of the commonly accepted reasons for not taking estrogen, among them criticisms of Tamoxifen and Evista. Strongly advocating the use of HRT for both life extension and quality-of-life improvement, this is a nice counterpoint to Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book (LJ 3/1/97) and Miriam Stoppard's Natural Menopause (DK, 1998), which are less enthusiastic about HRT. Recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.‘Elizabeth A. Williams, Houston Acad. of Medicine-Texas Medical Ctr. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.