Controversial women’s health author to speak

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 20, 2002

Nationally-known author Dr. John R. Lee will discuss menopause and breast cancer issues, Friday, July 5.

Dr. Lee will speak to the public, beginning 6:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 205 Fountain St., Albert Lea. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. they may be purchased at The Constant Reader bookstore and Wintergreen Food Co-op, both in Albert Lea, or Leo’s Hardware Hank, Hayward.

Proceeds will be donated to women’s health causes.

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Dr. Lee has written two books: &uot;What Your Doctor may not Tell You About Menopause&uot; and &uot;What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer.&uot;

Lee wrote the breast cancer book with Dr. David Zava, Ph.D, and Virginia Hopkins.

Drs. Lee and Zava claim to have created a breakthrough hormone-balance program that could help save lives.

Each year more than 40,000 women in the U.S. die of breast cancer, leading Lee to assert that conventional methods of treatment aren’t working.

Drs. Lee and Zava say environmental exposure to chemical estrogens, such as those found in pesticides and U.S. meats, as well as excess synthetic estrogens prescribed through birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy, are the most likely sources for the increase in breast cancer.

The imbalance of the hormone progesterone and diets lacking in cruciferous vegetables, antioxidants and other important nutrients, plus what Lee calls &uot;unsettling truths about mammograms and radiation therapy,&uot; are other possible reasons for the increases.

Now, Drs. Lee and Zava have created a controversy on the possible dangers of conventional therapies.

Lee is considered an internationally renowned expert in natural hormonal replacement therapy.

A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Minnesota Medical School, he teaches lay audiences and medical professionals about hormone balance and health.

Zava is director of ZRT Laboratory at Portland, Ore. He is a biochemist with extensive experience in breast cancer research. Hopkins is a medical writer specializing in women’s health and nutrition.

For more information about Dr. Lee’s appearance July 5, call Sara Aeikens at 373-8757.