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Pamela M. Smith, R.D., is the author of several bestselling books, including Eat Well, Live Well; food for Life; and The Energy Edge.A sought-after national expert on women's health, she is also a leader in the wellness movement and a popular speaker and media guest.Pam's daily radio tips for Living Well are broadcast across North America and in seven foreign countries.Through her work with nationally famous sports figures such as Shaquille O'Neal and sports organizations such as the Orlando Magic, the WNBA, and the PGA, Pam Smith has earned a place as one of America's most trusted nutritionists.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Surprising! And excellent! Nov. 20 2005
By faience - Published on
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I sympathize with another reviewer who was not expecting a Christian book when she bought this. I was unsure about it myself. But it turned out to be so medically excellent that I'd hate for readers to reject it on that account alone.

The amount of space devoted to spiritual advice is very small. Most chapters deal with their subject alone ("Phytoestrogens," "Soothing the angry gut," "Skin Hair and Bones," "Menstrual Migraines" etc.). Even the chapter on Stress mentions God only briefly at the end, and its info on the relationship between stress hormones and female hormones was enlightening. Part 5, "The Power for Change," talks a bit more about God, but even there, the emotional emphasis is on embracing change and connecting with others. Christianity is only part of a chapter that, in turn, is only 9 pages anyway. References to the helpfulness of prayer are sprinkled throughout the book, but sparsely, and many of those reference the Hebrew Bible.

I completely support any readers who want no Christian slant in such a book. This one just isn't for you. But many non-Christian readers might not mind Smith's light touch. She believes that a spiritual center can be immensely beneficial during stress and change, and there's a lot to be said in favor of that. Though Smith might be horrified by my saying this, a reader can easily substitute her personal spirituality, Buddhism, the Tao, anything, for Smith's.

Smith is NO lightweight when it comes to medicine and nutrition. She never talks down to the reader or oversimplifies. I thought I was already pretty knowledgeable, but was surprised by how much biology and physiology I learned. It's very up-to-date as of my writing this review, and covers HRT studies that have recently made the news. Boxes in the margins organize and emphasize important points and information.

Coverage of nutrition is thorough and intelligent, not only about what to eat, but also the importance of timing. There's a nice recipe section for those who like to cook, and terrific general food advice that lets those of us with a cooking-aversion put together a good simple eating plan for balancing blood sugar, energy, mood, and weight.

The only weak point, to me, was the insomnia chapter. It was the standard advice about making the bedroom dark and cool enough, not using it for work or other stress activities, winding down, avoiding spicy foods, etc. etc. Heard it all before! Then again, I'm not finding any better advice anywhere else, and these are sound principles, just a bit wimpy in coping with a perimenopause insomnia. Smith's blood-sugar balancing diet can help these nighttime problems.

Great book for Christian women, still great for non-Christians who buy it knowingly, and can take the many benefits it offers, cafeteria-style!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book with great information Sept. 13 2008
By deannaot - Published on
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This book has great information for understanding changes during perimenopause. It covers the wide range of symptoms women go through very well, and the information is scientifically based. It is a great balance of sound nutritional information, not too far on the holistic side, but full of natural solutions to various symptoms--great nutritional information! It is the best perimenopause book I have read. I definitely recommend it, and I have heard Pam Smith speak in person, and I agree with her advice.
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Finally! Answers to my ???'s ! Oct. 10 2010
By pmsmom - Published on
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So thankful a friend recommended this book to me! For a few years I felt I was alone; no body could answer my questions about my moods, body, etc. Pamela helped me make sense of it all (I am not through the book yet). I look forward to finishing it and applying her 'plan'. I especially love that she is a Christian, I feel I can trust her. She gives me reliable information that she has studied and seen the results I am looking for. This is a breath of fresh air and a life preserver for someone that felt as if she were drowning in a sea of peri-menopause! Now I can be more patient with myself and don't feel so out of control, I am filled with HOPE!
Not for me. Feb. 21 2013
By A Catholic Mom - Published on
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I bought this book, hoping for more tips for myself, but it didn't work out for me. I am a Christian, so that is not my argument with the book. I just don't feel like she is talking to me. I probably should have read more of the other reviews. My problems aren't covered here.
Fast shipping May 5 2009
By C. Gonzalez - Published on
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This book is excellent and very informative, and was shipped promptly, exactly in the great condition it was advertised. I would not hesitate to do business with this seller again and recommend them to others.