Books About Wellness


Kay, Gwen. Dying to Be Beautiful: The Fight for Safe Cosmetics (2005). The unregulated mass production of cosmetics in the early 20th century gave rise to grassroots political activism for reform. The result was the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938.

Lee, John R. Dr. John Lee’s Hormone Balance Made Simple (2006); Hormone Balance for Men: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Prostate Health and Natural Hormone Supplementation (2003). The latter was the first book to give information about natural progesterone cream and its benefits for men. There are many other books by Dr. Lee.

Lyman, Howard F. and Merzer, Glen. Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth From the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat (1998). An insider’s view, with a comment on rendering plants and cosmetics.

Martin, Raquel and Gerstung, Judi. The Estrogen Alternative: Natural Hormone Therapy
With Botanical Progesterone
(2000). Like Dr. Lee’s books, this one breaks ground in educating women about health choices today.

Mulvey, Kate, and Richards, Melissa. Decades of Beauty: The Changing Images of
Women, 1890s – 1990s
(1998). A pictorial pleasure.

Peiss, Kathy Lee. Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture (1998). Looking
at the history of the cosmetic industry in the U.S., the author reveals the underside of beauty and the price women have paid over the centuries.

Seaman, Barbara. The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth (2d ed., 2009). This author appeared before a congressional committee
and the result was federal legislation requiring drug manufacturers to place informational inserts in every prescription drug package.

Sellman, Sherrill. Hormone Heresy: What Women MUST Know About Their Hormones (2000). All about the untold hormone story, including a chapter titled “The Pill—A
Bitter Pill to Swallow.”

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