The Miracle of Natural Hormones, 3rd edition
By David Brownstein, MD
Published by Medical Alternatives Press
Michigan 48323 USA
Paperback, ISBN 0-9660882-0-4
232 pp. $15.00
The Miracle of Natural Hormones, 3rd Edition is a must-read for patients
and practitioners alike who are interested in natural hormones. Dr.
David Brownstein has published a wonderful synopsis of the benefits
of natural hormones. He draws on over 10 years' experience with
using natural hormones to treat a variety of illnesses including thyroid
disorders, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disorders,
menopausal symptoms and arthritis. The 3rd edition of this book has
been revised and updated and contains two new chapters explaining why
synthetic hormones have failed and why natural hormones should be the
treatment of choice as well as new information about detoxification.
Chapter 1 gives the reader an overview of natural hormones and describes why
conventional medicine has ignored their use. Dr. Brownstein makes the case
that many chronic illnesses may have a hormonal imbalance as the underlying
cause of the illness. He believes that it is impossible to achieve your optimal
health and to treat chronic illness without balancing the hormonal system.
Dr. Brownstein feels it is much more efficacious to use the natural hormones
in combinations rather than using them individually. In addition, he recommends
using small physiologic doses of natural hormones, not large pharmacologic
The next chapter, titled "The Failure of Conventional HRT: The Women's
Health Study Initiative" gives an in-depth analysis of why it is so
important to use natural hormones as compared to synthetic hormones. Dr.
the women's health study, which made headlines across the country. He
aptly points out the negative results of the women's health study including
the increased risk of breast cancer, coronary artery disease, stroke and
deep vein thrombosis.
Hypothyroidism is covered in Chapter 3. Dr. Brownstein points out the limitations
of relying solely on blood tests to diagnose hypothyroidism. Taking into
account the patient's symptoms, the physical signs, the basal body temperatures
as well as the blood tests is a more comprehensive way to diagnose a hypothyroid
condition. He also takes issue with the commonly used synthetic thyroid medications,
such as Synthroid or Levothroid. Dr. Brownstein feels that natural desiccated
thyroid hormone is more effective. Numerous case histories are illustrated
in this chapter including:
- Fatigue and chronic fatigue immune dysfunction
- Headaches and migraine headaches
- Poor recovery from infections
- Poor response to Levothyroxine (Synthroid
- Seizure disorders
Dr. Brownstein finishes this excellent chapter by discussing the
physiology of the thyroid gland. He shows how a T4 conversion block
and thyroid hormone
resistance may be the reasons why the conventional blood tests miss many
cases of hypothyroidism. Nutritional support and dosing of natural
are reviewed as well. This chapter alone makes this book worthwhile.
Chapter 4 provides an introduction to the adrenal hormones. Dr. Brownstein
writes, "There is a close interaction between the adrenal glands
and the thyroid gland. If there is inadequate production in one gland,
be serious consequences for the other gland." He feels it is absolutely
necessary to properly balance the entire hormonal system, not relying on
DHEA is covered in Chapter 5. The benefits and indications for DHEA are
covered here. Again, many case studies are included which illustrate the
of DHEA in treating:
- Ulcerative Colitis
As with the other chapters, Dr. Brownstein gives nutritional recommendations
and dosing guidelines.
Natural Progesterone is discussed in Chapter 6. Dr. Brownstein makes it
clear that Provera, the synthetic version of natural progesterone, is a
drug and should never be used for any condition. Case studies illustrate
the effectiveness of natural progesterone in treating:
Natural progesterone is not only for women. Dr. Brownstein believes
that natural progesterone is also a large part of hormone balancing
Natural estrogens are the subject of Chapter 7. Dr. Brownstein
describes the controversies and pitfalls with using estrogens (natural
In treating osteoporosis, he feels it is very beneficial to use
a combination of natural hormones, including natural testosterone,
DHEA, and natural
progesterone along with dietary and lifestyle improvements.
One of the most interesting parts of this book to me was the information
about Natural Testosterone (Chapter 8). Dr. Brownstein's case studies
point out the benefits of using natural testosterone as part of
an overall hormone-balancing
regimen to treat a wide variety of illnesses including:
The case studies
He also makes
make sense in that an enlarged prostate gland usually occurs in older men,
testosterone levels are very low. Dr. Brownstein gives his recommendations
of proper dosing for men and women as well as proper nutritional
Melatonin is covered next (Chapter 9). Melatonin may be appropriate
for treating insomnia, cancer and jet lag. In addition, Dr. Brownstein
can aid in a detoxification regimen, as it is a powerful antioxidant.
is effective at treating hypoadrenal states. Perhaps the most
of this chapter was the validation of using natural hydrocortisone
in animals. Dr. Brownstein describes how a veterinarian, Dr.
animals for adrenal malfunction with small amounts of hydrocortisone.
Dr. Brownstein and Dr. Plechner's therapy have mirrored one another,
validation for the other. As Dr. Brownstein writes, "There is no better
way to validate a therapy than to have it confirmed in an animal model." As
a physician, I would have to agree, this information is indeed
compelling and cannot be ignored.
Chapter 13 covers detoxification. Dr. Brownstein gives specific
recommendations on how much and what type of water to drink,
heavy metal detoxification,
improving diet, sweating and flushing the liver. This section
is to the point and very
easy to read.
The Miracle of Natural Hormones 3rd
Edition is a wonderful update
and revision of Dr. Brownstein's previous book. I have found
it a wonderful resource
for both my patients and myself. I cannot recommend this book
enough to all in search of their optimum health.