Robin McGraw's "What's Age Got to Do with It?" Review

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BodyLogicMD Review:  Overall, Robin McGraw's book provides excellent basic information for anyone seeking ways to optimize their health. It reminds us to nurture ourselves and make our health a priority. Robin's personal stories allow us to relate to her and feel that we're getting the information from a good friend. Her experience with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy sounds exactly like an appointment with a BodyLogicMD affiliated doctor. Summary: Robin McGraw (wife of Dr. Phil McGraw) is 55 and loving it! In What's Age Got to Do with It McGraw discusses aging gracefully and is a "how to" book but, more importantly, a reminder to us to make our health a top priority. Robin's life changed drastically when she was in her 30's and her mother suddenly died. She realized that her mother had always put everyone else first and, in the end, when her mother didn't take care of herself, everyone suffered even more. She vowed to make her health a priority so that she would be the best wife, mother and friend possible. The chapters in Robin's book focus on fitness, nutrition, skin care, hormones, hair, makeup, fashion and faith. In her fitness chapter, she interviews personal trainer Robert Reames. He answers a number of questions including "Where should I start?", "What's a good beginner plan?" and "How can I measure my success?" The suggestions are fairly basic but offer good structure and are an excellent place to start. Robin discusses her own eating habits and walks us through her trials with sugar and confusion with diets. Currently, she supports a diet with minimal sugar, raw fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates (brown rice, whole grains) and Greek yogurt. She lists a 14 day food plan as a suggestion for those who want to follow her suggestions. Robin discussed bioidentical hormones and their impact on her life. She was originally offered a number of prescriptions including an anti-depressant by her original doctor. She became discouraged by that appointment and the suggestions of medications that would "cover up her symptoms". Robin never took those drugs. Instead, she found two doctors who specialized in bioidentical hormones and functional medicine. She described a much different appointment where the doctors took the time to listen and worked with her as a partner in her health. They took the time to explain how the hormones worked in her body and interacted with each other and the importance of nutrition, exercise, supplements and stress management. Robin also includes suggestions for potential patients to prepare for their appointments - what research to do, what questions to ask, etc. She has an "Answers from the Experts" section that answers questions such as "How do I know if my thyroid is off?", "What supplements can I take to help with menopause?" and "What are symptoms of unbalanced hormones?" This book serves as a good starting basis for personal health care.