Reviews for I'm Too Young for This! : The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause

Booklist Reviews 2013 September #1
With 24 books published under her name, many of them best-sellers, popular television actor Somers boasts an impressive group of fans and a reputation for being an effective "health pioneer." Her latest promotes the 66-year-old's belief in the power of bioidentical hormones, a subject that will undoubtedly appeal to her avid readers but not to her mainstream critics, though she does include a foreword by Prudence Hall, a medical doctor who happens to be Somers' own gynecologist. She also quotes from Hall throughout the book, including remarks on the subject of oxytocin, "the ‘cuddle' hormone that we associate with pregnancy" that makes women "feel more orgasmic." Somers advises perimenopausal women to consider using oxytocin as a supplement because, among other things, "it makes you want to have a lot of sex." Sommers veers into advertising when she tells readers about a "special offer" for female-hormone blood testing at "ultra-low prices" from a company called Life Extension, which, she notes, also sells "most of the nutrients, remedies, and recommended tests suggested within the pages of this book." And she includes letters from "women like you," including her daughter-in-law, talking about how much bioidentical-hormone replacement changed their lives. Not for skeptics. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 August #1

In her latest book, actress and prolific author Somers (Sexy Forever) tackles the prickly topic of perimenopause. Targeting women as young as 35, the actress and author reviews the hormonal changes that happen throughout their lifetimes and discusses perimenopause as a natural stage, that if identified and treated properly, does not have to wreak havoc on women's lives. Writing in a friendly tone and sharing her physical and mental struggle with changing hormones, she examines symptoms many women experience in menopause, jokingly calling them the "7 Dwarves of Menopause" ("Itchy," "Bitchy," "Sleepy," "Sweaty," "Bloated," "Forgetful," and "All Dried Up"), and explains why similar premenopausal symptoms may be occurring for women in their 30s and 40s. Somers openly acknowledges that she was attacked in the media for writing about fighting aging through bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT), but continues to espouse its benefits here. The book focuses on wellness in general and emphasizes a common-sense approach to health as the first line of defense in controlling hormonal changes: a balanced diet and supplements, regular exercise and sleep regimes, and control of stress. Whether or not readers support her claims that BHRT works and is safe, they will come away more informed about hormones, knowing that perimenopausal symptoms are real and treatable. (Oct.)

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