Happy Hormone Cottage CEO Lyn Hogrefe has written Own Your Journey to Optimal Hormone Balance, a book about her journey to wellness through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) (New Leaf Press, April 2014). Hogrefe is a speaker, educator and blogger on women’s hormone health.
Lyn Hogrefe, chief executive officer of Happy Hormone Cottage, has written her first book, Own Your Journey to Optimal Hormone Balance (New Leaf Press, April, 2014). It is now available on the Happy Hormone Cottage website, in all its office locations, and on Amazon.com.
Hogrefe is chief executive officer of Happy Hormone Cottage, headquartered in Kettering, Ohio, which helps women obtain information and education on natural hormone balance. It offers a step-by-step process to help women “get tested, get treated and get better” through hormone replacement therapy with bioidentical hormones.
Hogrefe is no stranger to conflict.She fought to find the best treatment available to attain natural hormonal balance after a radical hysterectomy and now she is a warrior for women’s wellness.
Book signings are in the works in the Cleveland and Columbus areas this summer, as well as in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. Times and dates for book signings will be posted on the Happy Hormone Cottage events pages details are finalized, along with a list of local book stores where the book will be sold.
Four years in the making, the 200-page Own Your Journey outlines Hogrefe’s personal journey to wellness through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). She is a speaker, educator and blogger on women’s hormone health, as well as head of Happy Hormone Cottage.
“There is a huge disconnect between listening to our bodies and the information we get from the traditional medical community,” said Hogrefe. “At Happy Hormone Cottage, we’re into functional medicine, which is a very patient-centered approach. We believe in addressing the person as a whole, not just treating a woman’s isolated symptoms.”
Hogrefe said she believes drug companies are critical of biodientical hormone treatments because pharmaceutical companies would rather sell individual drugs to treat women’s menopausal symptoms than support a holistic approach to women’s wellness.
Treating the whole woman successfully stops the need for separate drugs to treat symptoms like sleeplessness, weight gain, hot flashes, depression, anxiety, fatigue and a drop in libido that are associated with perimenopause and menopause, she added.
“What you fear you try to get rid of,” said Hogrefe. “And we see this in Big Pharma today. Women have a right to treatment that is customized. Bioidentical hormones work. I’m blogging and writing to tell women the truth, because they might not get it from their doctors.”
Research bears her opinions out. Drs. Ericka Schwartz, Kent Holtorf and David Brownstein, founding directors of the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative, took the U.S. medical establishment to task in a 2009 Wall Street Journal opinion piece for “kowtowing to drug companies.” The doctors said the medical community needed to “start serving women’s best interests—and that involves widely prescribing bioidentical hormones.”
“There are 25 years of research with hundreds of studies in the U.S. and Europe that demonstrate bioidentical hormones, estradiol and micronized progesterone, are equally or more effective than synthetics—and safer,” said the doctors in the op-ed piece. “Yet mainstream medicine has buried its head in the sand and refused to
take these studies seriously.”
A book signing is scheduled for Monday, May 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Yankee Trace Golf Club in Centerville, Ohio. The signing is in conjunction with the “Beauty Bash” fundraiser for Crayons to Classroom. Admission is $27 and cost of the book is $19.95 presale online or $24.95 in bookstores.
Happy Hormone Cottage has helped more than 4,500 women in the Midwest achieve hormone balance and better health through bioidentical hormones. These are compounded, personalized prescriptions of hormone creams (biestrogen, progesterone and testosterone) created for each woman based on her hormonal needs. Prescriptions are mixed at the Piqua Consulting and Compounding Lab in Piqua, Ohio.
The average customer age of a Happy Hormone Cottage client is 48 years old.
“We’re seeing the tide changing already,” said Hogrefe. “We’re forty-five hundred women later and the climate is changing from one of trepidation and fear to one of power. You can now shop for a doctor to validate you.”
Hogrefe formed HHC Consulting in December to help educate doctors and medical staff on how to work with women patients to get them diagnosed and treated with bioidentical hormones. Happy Hormone Cottage is also a part of the Forever Health network, a national registry associated with BHRT advocate Suzanne Somers that links women seeking natural hormone balance with local doctors and treatment centers.
Happy Hormone Cottage offices are located in Dayton (Kettering), Ohio; Cincinnati (Mason), Ohio; Centerville, Ohio; Vandalia, Ohio; and Crestview Hills, Ky.
Additional book signing dates and locations will be offered this spring and summer.