This book took me like a month to read. Of course stopping to read other books probably didn't help, lol. This book kind of reminded me of her other book that I read called Knockout. It has SO much information and your mind gets a little boggled. Its like a text book, you can only read a few chapters at a time, then take a break so you can soak in what you just learned.This book says that it's about the 8 steps to wellness, but really it kind of just seemed like another chance for her to get people to do bioidentical hormones.
The 8 steps are: 1.) Get Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (told ya), which basically from what I understood is that when your hormones go all wacky, like during menopause, you can just this other hormones that are identical to the ones that you lost. It makes sense and based on readers letters, it sounds like it works. And it also sounds like its pretty expensive.
Step 2.) Avoid Chemicals & Detoxify. Well that's a given.
Step 3.) Take Nutrition Seriously. Well, yeah. We all need to start eating 'real' foods. After hearing about all the chemicals that are in your foods, how could you not want to?
Step 4.) Create a healthy GI Track.
Step 5.) Avoid Pharmaceuticals Unless Absolutely Necessary. She's kind of anti drugs. This whole book talks about how drugs don't work and just mask the problem instead of fixing it. Makes sense. I'm seriously bothered by how the drug companies sell products that don't actually work just so they can make money.
Step 6.) Supplement Your Diet. Take supplements, but she and the doctor she spoke with stressed that the One-A-Day vitamins that I think most of us take are basically crap. Darn it, because that's usually what I take.
Step 7.) Exercise Regularly.
Step 8.) Get Proper Sleep. She talks about Melatonin a lot in this book and I have friends who say that it works. I tried it, it liquid form, and it did nothing for me. I might try it again in pill form to see if it works a little better.
Some notes that I took while reading: Drink 8 ounces of Pomegranate juice a day.
Premarin, Prempro, and Provera are VERY bad synthetic hormones that come from pregnant horse urine and it sounds like it doesn't even work. Ick, why would you want horse urine in you? MSG is bad, and the FDA only puts 99% of it in foods under a false name like natural flavoring otherwise if there is a 100% of it they have to actually say that its MSG and by now we all now that its deadly.
Diet soda is a no-no. They say that it can cause cancer, and if that is true, it worries me because my mom and other family members drink (or drank) it. One of my friends told me that it can make symptoms for MS super bad.
She also talks a lot about how birth control pills are bad, that they can mess up your hormones. She pretty much blames them for the reason why she got breast cancer.
Water, sea salt, good oils, and exercise keeps constipation away.
And breast message and nipple stimulation can prevent breast cancer.
All in all, it was a very interesting book. If you don't want to read the whole thing, at the end of each chapter where she spoke with a doctor, there's a little breakdown of the important things, so you could just read those and save some time.