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PCOS: Woman's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, by Colette Harris, Adam Carey

PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

by Colette Harris, Adam Carey

Purchase at:  Amazon.com 

Format: Paperback, 192pp. 
ISBN: 0722539754
Publisher: Thorsons 
Pub. Date: September 2000

Description from Amazon.com

Amazon.com Review

Given that polycystic ovary syndrome is still shrouded in much uncertainty, it's a real shame that PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not a better book.

Coauthor Colette Harris, a British health magazine writer, was moved to write this book after her own successful battle with PCOS, a genetic hormonal imbalance that produces small ovarian cysts, acne, excess body hair, weight gain, mood swings, and infertility and raises the risk for miscarriage, diabetes, and heart disease. Her briefly told story is inspiring--how one woman surprised her doctor by managing this incurable disease using a combination of a vegan diet, herbs and nutritional supplements, filtered water, and exercise.

Unfortunately, even with the tales of other women dealing with PCOS woven throughout, Harris's insider perspective is not enough to carry the book. For women confused about their seemingly unrelated symptoms, PCOS may provide some comfort in relaying that their collection of symptoms not only has a name but a supportive patient community. Even so, apart from the theoretical discussions of what causes PCOS--the medical community is still debating this issue since not every woman with polycystic ovaries exhibits symptoms or even the same collection of symptoms--there's little here that couldn't be gleaned from dozens of other better-written wellness books. Indeed, most of Harris's recommendations for managing PCOS are so general--eat a healthy diet, manage your weight, try homeopathy, exercise, reduce stress--they could be (and in many cases are) the foundation for any number of wellness programs. Plus, authors Harris and gynecologist-nutritionist Adam Carey are given to straying so far off topic in some sections--note the discussion of why conventional farming practices deplete foods of nutrients--one wonders how (and when) they'll find their way back. In the end, this book just feels like a magazine article that's been stretched far beyond its scope to meet a publisher's page quota. --Norine Dworkin

The Publisher

The Publisher , August 15, 2000 
A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 

"This is an extremely important book for the millions of women who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Not only does it explain in layman's terms what is the cause, but also provides a pro-active action plan to overcome this syndrome. I recommend it highly." -- Barry Sears, Ph.D., author of "The Zone"

Can't lose weight? Tired all the time?

You could be one of the millions of women who suffer from an as yet little-known hormonal condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). An estimated one in 10 women suffer from PCOS, which can cause weight gain, depression, excess body hair, acne, breast pain, dizziness, exhaustion, and mood swings. In addition, women with PCOS can experience fertility problems and run a higher risk of developing diabetes.

PCOS often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are like those of PMS. Written by a sufferer and her nutritionist, this book is packed with essential advice for women on how to deal with PCOS, including:

· What causes PCOS · An easy to follow Four-Point Plan to Wellness · Practical advice on combining prescription and complementary medicine for the best results · Strategies for boosting self-esteem · Inspirational real life stories · An A-Z of symptoms

PCOS can dramatically impact health, relationships, and self-image. This book is a must-read for the millions of women experiencing an uphill battle for diagnosis and help.

COLETTE HARRIS is a health journalist and was diagnosed with PCOS three years ago. She follows this lifestyle plan to happy, healthy, and positive. DR. ADAM CAREY is a gynecologist and nutritionist, who runs the Center for Nutritional Medicine and has special interests in PCOS, preconceptual nutrition, and healthy living.

Description from BarnesandNoble.com

From the Publisher

Although one in ten women in the UK suffer from polycistic ovary syndrome (PCOS), with a myriad of symptoms and the problem that many doctors do not recognise this condition—sufferers often experience an uphill battle for diagnosis and help.

This is the first book to tackle the issue of PCOS. Written by a sufferer, this book offers essential advice on dealing with this gynecological disorder which can effect everything from weight to infertility and therefore impacts on a woman's sense of self.

The book will look at how PCOS effects the body, but above all it will offer an essential self help plan for dealing with the condition. PCOS will include a 4-point wellness plan, an A-Z of symptoms and associated remedies and a section on self-esteem and rebuilding your life.

As well as the common symptoms of weight gain, excess body hair, acne, breast pain, dizziness, chronic fatigue and hair loss, sufferers from PCOS can experience associated health risks including a higher risk of miscarriage, heart disease, diabetes but infertility is still their largest worry.

Colette Harris has put together a valuable self-help regime—which looks at both conventional and complementary medicine. The 4-step plan will focus on diet, exercise, supplementation and relaxation.

From Library Journal

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), otherwise known as Stein Levanthal Syndrome, was first diagnosed in 1935. This condition, which often goes undetected, includes such symptoms as infertility, weight gain, chronic fatigue, acne, excess body hair, and irregular periods. Together with her gynecologist, health journalist Harris describes her experiences and the way she successfully deals with PCOS by following a four-point management plan. The four points are detoxification, nutritional supplementation, exercise, and stress management, alternative methods that should be used in conjunction with standard medical practices. Written with a British twist (the authors discuss kgs. instead of lbs.), the book might lose readers with its medical jargon. A list of resources fails to note important U.S. organizations such as Resolve and the National Institute of World Health and Human Development. Nevertheless, this is a valuable purchase because there are virtually no consumer books on this subject. Recommended for women's health collections in public and academic libraries.--Lisa A. Errico-Cox, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
 


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