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It's My Ovaries, Stupid! (The Savvy Woman's Health Guide Series) [Paperback]

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First women's health book to deal with the environmental toxins and lifestyle habits that act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals causing profound damage to ovarian and thyroid hormones, leaving thousands of premenopausal women infertile and suffering from symptoms of hormone dysfunction previously associated with much older women. Devastating symptoms such as premature puberty, endometriosis, headaches, PCOS, obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia and more are all on the rise. Despite warnings from environmental scientists, healthcare simply isn't addressing these issues. From diet drinks, plastic food wrappers, phytoestrogens in food and supplements to common household pesticides and cleaning products, Dr. Vliet identifies these endocrine disruptors and provides a plan to combat them and lead a healthy life.

No woman can afford to ignore these issues. Publishers Weekly states, "...women who want to be more knowledgeable and assertive patients will find it indispensable." Patient raves, "After bouncing from doctor to doctor with symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and heart palpititations, Dr. Vliet correctly diagnosed my hormonal problems. She gave me my life back!"

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Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 5.83" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   1.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Her Place Press
ISBN  1933213035  
ISBN13  9781933213033  

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"A MUST READ FOR WOMEN"  Aug 3, 2008
This book should be required reading for all women and all MD's who treat women, esp. OB/GYNs. It systematically and easily explains the role of hormones ("ovaries") in virtually all areas of women's mental and physical health. In light of the virtual "banning" of HRT for post-menopausal women (including young women who have a hysterectomy) it is a true "must read" for all!!! I learned so much, and have begun receiving various hormones in pellet form which has improved my life SO MUCH! No more hot flashes!!! A much more even temperment!! And I could go on and on. This book really opened my eyes in a way that even my MD (female, family practice) found surprising!!!
This book could save your life or relationships  Jan 21, 2008
This book is an excellent, well organized combination of case studies and medical science. Dr. Vliet is Board Certified in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology, and has performed research investigating behavioral effects of hormones.

Information in this book has helped Florida Detox treat migraines, insomnia, anxiety, depression, interstitial cystitis, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia more effectively. Our opiate detox patients frequently arrive with estradiol, progesterone and testosterone deficiencies and almost all of our fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients are hypothyroid. Oral Bioidentical Progesterone has produced dramatic anxiety reductions in some of our patients, while bioidentical estradiol has produced dramatic decreases in insomnia and depression in others.

We have also been able to identify previously undiagnosed Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and agree with Dr. Vliet that PCOS is underdiagnosed. This book provides an excellent discussion of PCOS, enhanced with case histories.

It's My Ovaries, Stupid contains a profound discussion of the adverse impact of environmental contaminants, including insecticide, herbicide, poly chlorinated biphenyls, birth control pill residues and food additives. Vliet explains excess glutamate, used as a food additive, can damage the hypothalamus, which is unprotected by the blood-brain barrier. Glutamate can also decrease thyroid hormone and elevate cortisol levels, increasing obesity.

Vliet discusses published research revealing Finnish women with the highest Lindane pesticide levels in their breasts were ten times more likely to have breast cancer. A 1992 Connecticut study revealed women with breast cancer had 50 to 60 percent higher levels of PCB, DDT and DDE, in their breasts.

There has been extensive misleading media coverage of estrogen replacement therapy, since most coverage failed to distinguish between bioidentical estrogens and Premarin or other conjugated estrogens.
Premarin is not identical to human estrogen. Premarin contains approximately 40 percent estrone, while human estrogens are about 3 percent estrone. Estrone is many times more carcinogenic, than estradiol. Premarin also contains equilin, which is many times more carcinogenic, than estradiol, which is the most active human estrogen. Horse estrogens, also called conjugated estrogens or Premarin, were used in the highly publicized Womens Health Initiative study of 27,000 postmenopausal women.

"To date, the majority of medical studies also do not show a significant increase in risk of breast cancer in women who use birth control pills or women who take postmenopausal estrogen therapy alone, unless women are also drinking alcohol on a regular daily basis and are using Premarin" E
Elizabeth Vliet, MD, in Screaming to be Heard-Hormone Connections Women Suspect and Doctors still Ignore, p 378

Vliet's discussion of postpartum depression needs to be more widely read and comprehended, since treatment with bioidentical estradiol could eliminate most postpartum depression. If the media would interview Dr. Vliet, instead of puzzled "experts," typically interviewed, after tragic postpartum depression murder/suicides, the public could be informed that post partum depression is treatable.

Vliet also discusses numerous causes of premature ovarian hormone decline, including Lymes Disease, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, hypothyroidism, hyper and hypo adrenalism.

Steven Sponaugle
Research Director, Florida Detox
Very detailed and informative  Dec 26, 2007
The auther gives a very in-depth explanation of female hormones and their functions and how they can become unbalanced. She gives very specific and helpful advice about what hormones to check for certain symptoms, when to check them, what types of tests, what results mean, etc. It's clear she is on a mission to help women because there really is just a lack of study of female hormones in the medical community and it's obvious that many women can be helped with balanced hormone levels. I'm very glad I decided to get this book as I feel like I won't need to buy any others.
My Mother Loved this book  Jan 15, 2007
My mother just turned 50 and has been noticing some changes that she has atributed to hormones. My uncle, a doctor, recommended this book to help her understand what is going on.

Overall my mom really seems to like this book and i would recommend it to other pre-menopausal women.
A Response to a male review  Sep 2, 2006
I have yet to read the book, but I was reading over the reviews and I found it funny that a male was so ticked off that Dr. Vliet only spoke of female issues.
For one, you just appear ignorant for being upset about a disease that will never inflict a male (i.e. PCOS). Secondly men do not visit the doctors as regularily as females do and to try and discredit Dr. Vliet is nonsense!

Most males if they have an ailment will tough it out and figure it will correct itself. I've witnessed many men later on in life get so depressed about their health conditions b/c they were negligent of their own health.

So in conclusion to my rant you truly cannot have any say so over a matter that does not inflict your sex. Better inform yourself on your own health problems and do not think you know all. Men like you in the medical field is why women have to suffer as much as they do b/c they are so selfish, uneducated and narrow minded.

The truth be told everyone needs to keep a better check on their nutrional/mineral value on a daily basis so things do not become out of whack.

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