YOUR OWN HEALTH MANAGER
Not Crazy, It's Your Hormones! The Hormone Diva's Workbook"
by Larrian Gillespie, copyright 2003
of all, thank you so much for your new book. Got it yesterday
and have read it cover to cover.Now I know why I, and many others,
think we are low in estrogen while other glands can be/are really
the "bad guys." "You're Not Crazy" is going to be my bible for
a while. Doctors, watch out! Here come some educated female patients."
of Contents | back cover
Introduction: Be Your Own Health Manager
To Negotiate With Your Doctor
your Medical Course
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you've ever been frustrated, insulted, patronized or made to feel
"hormone" is a dirty word, pull up a chair, because it's
time we became good friends. Let me just start by confirming "
you're not crazy " when you can't remember why you walked into
a room, or when your hair and skin took on the appearance of someone
whose been dragged through a hedge backwards. Hormones exert a powerful
effect on every part of our bodies. As a result, when they get out
of balance, we exhibit some not-so-subtle responses: sleep disturbance,
dryness, sore gums, joint pain or a swollen stomach.
in today's HMO time-managed atmosphere, physicians give non life-threatening
complaints low priority. If you're female and complain about hormone
problems, you're likely to stare into glazed eyeballs followed by
"just diet and exercise more" as your doctor scurries
out the door. While this advice is certainly important, it doesn't
necessarily result in giving you back the glow of a healthy, functioning
woman. But you're not doomed to accept the limitations of today's
medical system. With a hefty dollop of knowledge, a pinch of guidance
and a twist of determination, every woman can learn the secrets
to balancing her hormones.
book is designed to perform as your personal hormone manager, however,
it is NOT a complete bible of every hormone problem
known to women. The goal is to explain the most common hormonal
problems and how to determine which screening studies should be
performed to "rule out" a particular diagnosis. I'll begin by explaining
the important hormone systems in your body, then show you how to
investigate each one to see if it's functioning normally. I'll provide
you with a flow chart to document your test results and to record
your symptoms as they relate to your menstrual cycle, even in menopause.
Need help deciding if certain medications or lab tests are right
for your condition? Not to worry. I'll provide you with those answers
and the latest scientific articles to support my opinions. It always
helps to know you're not alone in this struggle to achieve better
health, so pour yourself a cup of tea and get a shot of sympathy
by reading "The Hormone Diva Speaks", a question and answer
section culled from my online discussion groups. And if you feel
like you're still all alone on that healthcare island, I'll give
you resources for obtaining diagnostic studies and medications.
more than ever, women need to participate in their healthcare choices
if they want to experience a fuller, healthier life. Technology
has given the consumer the ability to tap into the same resources
available to physicians, expanding their ability to monitor their
own health. No longer can women trust their doctor has
read the vast amount of medical research on hormone therapy and
is offering them the best options.
instinctively know what is going on with their bodies and deserve
advisors who will help serve as interpreters rather than dictators
of their health management. One treatment plan does
not suit all women, who have learned to be cautious about pharmaceutical
marketing to both physicians and the public. Its time to take
woman is a hormone diva, a goddess, endowed with the ability to
create life through the power of hormones. Unfortunately, when those
little suckers fly out of control, we can morph into head-spinning
demons. So, in order to figure out which ones would benefit from
a little gentle coaxing back in line, you need to understand the
Hormones must play well with others. They must be able to share,
not hog, receptors on cell membranes, and sometimes they need a
little "time out" in order to keep their excitement level
in control during your menstrual cycle. A tiny gland behind your
eyes, the hypothalamus, acts as the umpire directing all the action.
She rides on the back of the pituitary, your pitcher.
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started on Estrace a few weeks ago, and just received Cortef, Florinef
and Eltroxin last monday. I cannot tell you how much better i feel
in every way (except for still waking up during the night). I've
been very sick for the past 26 years, and many of my symptoms started
when I was 8 years old. I am now 57. . . After starting on these
new meds this week, for the first time I am feeling somewhat normal.
I have studied every medical book I could find for the past 20 years
and I have always known I needed what I am now doing, but more than
30 doctors have not listened to any of my symptoms or felt any of
my test results were bad enough to warrant treatment. . . The only
thing that all doctors have agreed on is to put me on antidepressants,
even though I kept feeling worse and getting sicker and sicker.
I feel I'm doing all the right things now. I guess I just wanted
to let everyone know that sometimes we have to take matters into
our own hands even if it is not the conventional way of doing things.
I got to the point where I was fed up and decided I had to have
a better life. It feels like I've received a miracle. I had no idea
I could get what I needed without my doctors. You are so wonderful
to give us this help. My mom died before my children were born.
Thank goodness I will be able to enjoy my little granddaughters
all because of YOU!" - Sandy