The Hormone Decision
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:1/9/2007 - Rodale Books
By: Tara Parker-Pope
In the summer of 2002, researchers for the Womens Health Initiative abruptly ended their investigation of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), announcing that study participants who were taking hormones had a far higher rate of heart attack than those who were not taking them. As a result, millions of women at or past menopause were frightened away from the hormones they had come to rely on to combat hot flashes, to protect against thinning bones, and to help maintain their youth and vitality. Some doctors believe HRT offers protection against breast and gynecological cancers. Does the risk of HRT really outweigh its benefits? With the controversy continuing to swirl, Wall Street Journal columnist Tara Parker-Pope, one of the nations most highly regarded health reporters, set out to find the truth. In Hormone Decision she goes behind the headlines to expose how both the scientific community and the media have misreported research findingsand how the research itself is statistically flawed and scientifically suspect. She explores the hormone replacement products currently on the market, including bioidentical herbs that promise comparable benefits but much lower risk. Her book gives women a much-needed framework for interpreting research data, so they can decide whether or not HRT is right for them.