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Along with the myth that low-fat diets and the use of margarine are the key to avoiding heart disease lies another myth: women need estrogen replacement to avoid the side-effects of menopause and to avoid osteoporosis. In this book review, Dr. John R. Lee M.D. gives a very clear explanation of the female hormone cycle and the vital, and often overlooked, importance of natural progesterone. After hearing a lecture by Dr. Ray Peat in 1978, Lee began recommending an over-the-counter, natural progesterone skin moisturizer to menopausal osteoporotic patients who were unable to use estrogen because of a history of uterine or breast cancer. Over the years Lee accumulated much data from these patients, including dual photon absorpilometry (DPA) tests which showed an actual increase in bone density, rather than simply delayed loss, which is the effect of estrogen replacement, ne rouna mat otner doctors, who would willingly use transdermal natural progesterone on wives and family members, were reluctant to recommend it to patients because it lacks the "official sanction" of the medical establishment. Because these doctors did not have a clear understanding of hormone physiology, they were unable to make independent, common sense decisions.