I read the book pretty much cover to cover in two days. Hope!! It basically tells you there are doctors out there that will work with YOU and not just hand out a one size fits all remedy. It's hormone therapy, the natural bioidentical way. There are interviews with a variety of specialists, including Suzanne Somers personal doctor, Dr. Schwarzbein, an endocrinologist in Santa Barbara, California.
I tried to get in to Dr. Schwarzbein but she just recently is not taking any new patients. I guess she has been swamped with requests since the book came out. I do know that the wait used to be about five months and the cost for tests and visits very high. She believes in a lot of monitoring and testing, and I wondered how she would ever be able to follow up with you because of her patient load, traveling and teaching schedule. I'm sure Suzanne can get in whenever she wants, but don't know about other people. Add that to the fact that she believes you have to get your period back to do it right. Yep, you heard me right! Yikes! Would I really want to do that? I guess it wouldn't be so bad now but would I want to have it at 80 or 90?? On the other hand, if you felt good would it really matter? The interview with her does make it sound like that's the only way you should do it....really makes you wonder. No matter, can't get in.
So I was back to the same problem. No one to go to. Most people must read this book and realize that it sounds great but if you can't find someone who knows how to prescribe and follow up then you're back to square one and even more frustrated than before.
I started doing some more research online, mainly on doctors' opinions of the book. A lot of them agreed with the bioidentical hormones, but had differing opinions on the way to do it. For example, do you test with blood tests or saliva tests? Do you take pills or creams? Everyone says something different so how do you know?
I went for my annual Pap smear and talked to my gynecologist. She doesn't work with bioidentical hormones but was now able to recommend someone who does. She is an RN and CNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner) and has been working with hormones for years. I have made an appointment. Maybe I have finally found an answer! Will keep you posted.