flowerToday I sing the praises of Oprah! Not because I always agree with her, but because she is unafraid to raise provocative issues that start a national conversation, causing people that otherwise might not, to pay attention, and to come out of the woodwork to give them a much-needed airing. A case in point is the Open Letter to Oprah that found its way to my email box this week. Oprah, who is smack dab in midlife, and, apparently perimenopausal, hosted a program that featured bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. And this is how I came to discover Virginia Hopkins, who is no small authority on the subject. It turns out that Virginia Hopkins co-authored several books with Dr. John Lee, M.D.

Since Dr. Lee died a few years ago, it’s been harder to find reliable updates on all things natural hormone-related. If you’re not familiar with Harvard trained Dr. Lee’s ground-breaking work: he pioneered the use of transdermal progesterone cream and bio-identical hormones in the early 1990s, and wrote about the dangers of HRT – (synthetic) hormone replacement therapy. Hundreds of studies since then, including the huge National Institute of Health’s Women’s Health Initiative, have since validated his stance on progesterone and conventional HRT. He coined the term ‘estrogen dominance’ which causes so many symptoms in women, and showed how transdermal progesterone can reverse osteoporosis. He’s also an authority on the change of males hormones with age.

Among many other books she’s authored on alternative health and nutrition, Virginia Hopkins co-authored Dr. Lee’s most ground-breaking works, includingWhat Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Perimenopause, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer, as well his last book, Hormone Balance Made Simple.

As her tagline suggests, her site is a valuable resource for “the science of alternative medicine” for perimenopausal and menopausal women. Stored there are updates on hormone related research, hormone test kits, and a plethora of information on topics of interest, including: menopausal insomnia, fibroids and estrogen dominance, how to change from HRT to bioidentical hormones, optimum diets and exercise, and symptoms of depression, vaginal dryness and the like as they relate to hormonal balance. You can also purchase the books named above, test kits and more.

More later, on this topic. I just wanted to share this find with you.

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