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Today’s Health Care Alternatives

Welcome to Today's Healthcare Alternatives, comprehensive information about Raquel Martin's books on natural hormone replacement therapy with yam-derived botanical progesterone, preventing and reversing arthritis naturally, and chiropractic care.


“For many years I have studied the beneficial effects of nutritional balance, and also neurological and hormonal balance. Although these 3 natural approaches may seem distinctive,  for me they have become a trilogy in my life as I found that they all worked synergistically in helping me to finally achieve overall homeostasis and increased energy I never thought possible, especially as I got older.” - Raquel Martin


Click on any of the three books above to learn more about preventing and reversing common health problems with natural health care alternatives. The book links provide more information about each book.



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About Us The Estrogen Alternative Preventing and Reversing Arthritis Naturally Today's Health Alternative

This Web site began as a gift from my daughter, Marie Martin

Editorial Reviews for Preventing and Reversing Arthritis Naturally: The Untold Story


"As an educator in the holistic health field who teaches 200-300 new students each year, I try to keep abreast of the vast number of new books that are constantly barraging the health arena. Every year my students ask me to recommend titles in various areas of holistic health and I need to know which select few in each field are the good ones. As both a Naturopath and Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist in private practice, I like to suggest books to my patients which are both informative, accurate, easy to read, and comprehensively cover their topic. Ever since I first discovered Raquel's book The Estrogen alternative , it has been my first choice for books to educate both students and patients on the topic of alternatives to prescription hormone replacement therapy. Well she's done it again. Her new book on natural therapies for arthritis is fantastic. Somehow, Raquel and her co-author, Dr. Karen Romano, have managed to supply the reader with a very useable amount of information in just about every single subject area related to arthritis. This book is an astounding encyclopedia of useable information and it succeeds in making every other book I have read on arthritis unnecessary. This one book has it all." ― David Getoff, Naturopath, Board certified clinical nutritionist and Educator, San Diego California


"Preventing & Reversing Arthritis Naturally: The Untold Story contains some practical information that can bring dramatic improvement to those suffering from arthritis. It is a 'user friendly' book that encourages and empowers the reader to find the cause of their joint disorders. The authors emphasize that in some cases there may be a need for a multi-disciplinary approach using natural therapies and not masking symptoms with pain killers and tranquilizers." ― John Hart, MD


"Preventing & Reversing Arthritis Naturally: The Untold Story by Raquel Martin and Dr. Karen Romano explain for us the basic ingredients necessary not only for good health in general, but specifically, for achieving freedom from arthritis.


In the fast-paced, and frequently artificial, lifestyles we live these days, most of us have lost or forgotten the peace, stamina and exuberance of truly healthy bodies and minds. Those 'vehicles of the spirit' have become congested, sluggish, and often painful.


Her fascinating description of nutrients, herbs phytonutrients), exercise, body therapies, stress management and sunlight is thorough, and well documented and referenced. But perhaps her most valuable contribution is the call for courage, personal responsibility and discipline; qualities innate in all of us, that must be nurtured and developed. Her personal experience and example attests to that, and these qualities combined with knowledge can lead any of us back naturally to our birthright of vibrant health. The concept of natural hormone replacement explained in this book is 'an idea whose time has come'. It is a vital path to improving health and well-being. Mrs. Martin and Dr. Romano also outlines strategies for making the most of our present medical-pharmaceutical-insurance-system and suggests ideas for compassionately making it better.


I enthusiastically recommend this book, not only for people with arthritis, but for anyone who wishes to explore new ways to achieve optimum health. I also recommend it to my colleagues who would like to learn more about nutrition, phytonutrients and alternative/complementary medicine." ― Ralph C. Lee, M.D.


Editorial Reviews for The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance


From Publishers Weekly


There's little doubt that women are seeking alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) without their doctors' help. Author Martin found herself in this position long before the Women's Health Initiative 2003 study informed millions that HRT was dangerous. She, along with Gerstung, a chiropractor specializing in osteoporosis, takes readers through her journey to a natural way of living that includes the use of botanical progesterone therapy, organic foods and supplements. The authors draw on lesser-known studies (which include convincing biochemical evidence) along with many anecdotal reports to support their premise that natural progesterone is what perimenopausal and menopausal women really need. They discuss progesterone deficiency as it relates to infertility, miscarriages, postpartum depression, fibromyalgia, PMS and more. Martin and Gerstung emphasize what they see as the huge influence of corporate pharmaceutical companies on physicians' decision making for prescriptions, urging women to "take an active role in our own process of getting better." They also present insightful advice on diet, and appendixes that offer a wealth of information on everything from hormone application and infant soy milk formulas to preventive medicine. The health-care profession may take issue with this book—many physicians have been trained to believe estrogen is the answer—but Martin and Gerstung's solid research and excellent presentation make it a worthwhile resource for doctors and patients.

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"If you are a woman and do not read this book, you are very possibly denying yourself the most important information of your physical life. . . . A powerfully persuasive, well-written, and extensively documented case. . . . A must-read if you value your health." ― So Young


"Any woman who is considering synthetic hormone therapy or who wishes to get off of it owes herself the reading of this densely informative book. The simplicity and safety of the solution is almost shocking. One might ask why every suffering woman is not using botanical progesterone." ― World Health News


"Books like The Estrogen Alternative are important: people have to become so knowledgeable that they don't let the health establishment get away with its systematic deceptions." ― Raymond F. Peat, Ph.D.


"I was thrilled to read The Estrogen Alternative. . . . The writing style incorporates the research into a narrative that is easy for the layperson to read. The book is thorough, well-referenced, and prepares the reader to make educated choices about her homonal health." ― Marcia Smith, N.D., Ph.D.


"This is an enlightening, easy-to-read book of vital interest to every woman. It assesses information not generally forthcoming from medical doctors and offers information that can help women decide how to manage the seriously important question of whether or not to take synthetic hormones. This book is a valuable tool if you are interested in maintaining your health naturally." ― Catholic Women's NETWORK, March/April/May 2001


"The Estrogen Alternative is a book that women should be reading now to get ready for the changes in their lives." ― Barbara Ardinger, SageWoman, Autumn 2002


"Produced in consultation with alternative health practitioners, this very important reference is a one-of-a-kind guide to very good health." ― The Book Reader, Fall/Winter 2002-2003


"A very informative book, helping to give women back the power to make their own decisions without having to depend on a medical doctor." ― Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf, December 2002


"It reads easily, explains clearly why natural progesterone should replace synthetic hormones, and has that added level of personal experience." ― Irene Alleger, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, October 2002


"...insightful advice on diet, and appendixes that offer a wealth of information on everything from hormone application and infant soy milk formulas to preventative medicine....a worthwhile resource for doctors and patients." ― Publishers Weekly, Dec. 6, 2004