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Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing Hardcover – 1 Jun 1998

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  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553803271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553803273
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 5.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,068,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quite possibly every female over the age of 12 will find this huge book enlightening, pain saving, and perhaps even lifesaving. Think of it as a much more empowering and holistic Our Bodies, Ourselves. Northrup is a gynecologist who acknowledges the power of natural therapies and herbs, but also maintains that allopathic treatments, including surgery, are sometimes best. In Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom she covers the treatment of many physical concerns--among them PMS, menstrual cramps, breast cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, depression, childbirth, abortion, cystitis, and menopause--explaining how many of these physical problems have roots in emotional upsets. For example, a woman who is unhappy with her marriage may be infertile because deep down, she knows that her husband is not the right man to have children with; a teenager who has cramps may be having problems accepting society's expectations of her as a woman.

Some readers may be put off at first by Northrup's obviously unconventional ways of thinking. Her medical approach is decidedly feminist, blaming our "addictive" and patriarchal society for many of the health problems plaguing women. She clearly illustrates her ideas, however, by drawing upon two decades of experience from her medical practice and citing dozens of her patients' remarkable personal stories. Northrup also delineates the best way to go about tuning in to one's body and mind in order to start the healing process, a self-induced therapy of sorts. She also includes in the book a copy of the eye-opening health inventory she gives her clients. It includes unusual questions such as: "Are you bored with your life?" and: "Do you have enough friends or neighbours?"

This book will be of special benefit to women who are pregnant or entering menopause. Northrup is an unequivocal believer in natural births and her dialogue on the birthing process will remove the fears of even the most petrified mother-to-be. She criticises episiotomies (she should know; she's given birth without one) and supports midwifery. She also warns against the harmfulness of cesarean births and includes illustrations of acupressure points that help turn around a breech baby.

For women in perimenopause or menopause, Northrup will help turn this life phase into one of peace and personal growth instead of one of suffering. She was one of the first doctors to use natural progesterone to treat menopausal symptoms and this revised edition includes a clear primer on the latest in hormone replacement therapy and how to determine if it's right for you. Northrup also expounds upon the benefits of acupuncture and herbalism--as well as emotional self-analysis--for alleviating hot flashes and mood swings. --Erica Jorgensen, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I recommend this book to all women. ((Deepak Chopra))

Dr Chris Northrup's book is an outstanding collection of information and case histories that will benefit everyone who reads it. ((Bernie Segal- author of 'Life, Medicine and Miracles'))

If you can't have Dr Northrup for your doctor, read her book. ((Larry Dossey MD- author of 'Healing Breakthroughs'))

Quite possibly every female over the age of 12 will find this huge book enlightening, pain saving, and perhaps even lifesaving. Think of it as a much more empowering and holistic Our Bodies, Ourselves. Northrup is a gynecologist who acknowledges the powe (Some readers may be put off at first by Northrup's obviously unconventional ways of thinking. Her medical approach is decidedly feminist, blaming our "addictive" and patriarchal society for many of the health problems plaguing women. She clearly illustrat) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
A friend gave me this book for Christmas. It answers all the questions I have ever wanted to ask about my body and my health. I have also been able to relate aspects of it to my mother and my sister's lives. The book is packed with detailed information about every aspect of woman's health. But what makes it special is the wonderful soothing way in which Northrup writes. She explains just how much every feeling and emotion we hav affects our health. It was a wonderful eye-opener and made me understand so much more about why women respond to illness the way they do.
I also loved the sections on women and creativity.
A wonderful and wise book that you will want to read time and time again. Definitely a book for everyone I know.
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Dr. Christiane Northrup's book, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom has been my bible for feminine health for 15 years now. Like the bible, this is quite a hefty book full of very useful information and wisdom on the subject of women's health. The author is a practicing OB/Gyn (Obstetrician and Gynecologist) of over 25 years who believes that when it comes to healing we need to acknowledge the unity of our mind, body, spirit and emotions. There are three parts to this book. Part One: From External Control to Inner Guidance explains patriarchal myth in medicine which she also refers to as addiction then leads on to an explanation of the chakras with an extremely helpful chart on energy anatomy and how different mental and emotional issues affect different organs. I have had this page bookmarked for years as I refer to it often. She goes through the inner guidance and gives case histories of women who took charge of their healing by going through their family and/or personal histories and worked through their emotions using their own personal wisdom and intuition. Part2: The Anatomy of Women's Wisdom gives medical explanations on all sorts of female health issues and the workings of our feminine body parts and how to go about healing different issues such as fibroids, endometriosis, cysts etc. The healing methods are a wonderful intelligent combination of east meets west. Dr. Northrup is not against western medicine but believes in making use of many other alternatives which are available to us such as acupuncture, natural hormone replacement, diet and nutrition. Thanks to part two of this book, I was able to use her methods to shrink two fibroids I have from 4.5 cm each to 2 cm after being told by a doctor that fibroids don't shrink!Read more ›
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I have to confess, I have only so far read the sections which apply to my current situation. However, it has supplied me with more information on that particular subject matter than my G.P has in 5 visits!
She offers a range of treatments, recognising the alternative as well as the medical, and supports them with her patients' responses.
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By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2000
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This is the only book I've ever read which I can honestly say changed my life. I now view my body, my health and creativity with a completely new perspective. It made me look at my choice of career and at how I was living my life, making me realise my creative needs were not being met. It kicked off a chain of decisions which resulted in my becoming a fitness instructor (rather than a City-based IT specialist). There's a lot in the book about abuse, which I couldn't relate to, but five years after I read it I still dip into it frequently and am always touched when I do.
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I wish I had benn able to read this book 15 years ago; it would have saved me a lot of illness and unhappiness. Every teenage girl should have access to a copy, preferably also with a sympathetic trusted person with whom she can discuss issues arising.
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This book provides a wealth of information on the common problems women have, and the available medical solutions and interventions. The author is a very open-minded gynaecologist who has witnessed the amazing successes of alternative approaches too, and she shares many case-studies and suggestions for seeking help outside of the conventional health-services. She is not territorial, in that sense, and encourages women to get involved, make their own decisions and take responsibility for their health.

She presents scientific evidence to back up the information in the book, and talks about the possible causes of various health issues, including emotional causes, and how to explore those. The book is amazingly useful for someone faced with a health issue and decisions regarding medical interventions. It gives detailed information about the medical procedures themselves, many of which the author has performed, and also provides suggesions for dietary and other approaches which can be used in place of, or to complement, those. Whether the reader is pro or anti alternative-therapies, this is an excellent resource.

You don't have to have a health issue to enjoy this book, however. It is a really interesting and entertaining read, helping the reader to tap in to their own 'inner wisdom'.
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I purchased this book from Amazon late last year and I really don't regret it. This book is is a wonderful guide to women's health. I use it like a reference book now and I keep going back to it for more :o) I like the way Dr Northrup writes about herself, her patients and medical studies, and the way she expresses herself: it just seems to flow. This is one of my favourite books and I stongly recommend it.
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