I recently had an oophorectomy and my gynecologist and acupuncturist recommended I read this book before surgery. I had problems with ovarian cysts before, so I knew what to expect with this surgery. When I received this book and opened it automatically to page 217 - Ovarian Cysts, my heart stopped. Dr. Northrup was writing about me, my left ovary, stress, and creative block. I read the page 3 times to make sure I didn't write it myself. I recently purchased this book for a close friend who is having fertility problems. She cried because Dr. Northrup described her situation perfectly. As a senior editor of federal medical information, I HIGHLY recommend this book for yourself, relative, or friend. You see yourself on several pages, with each page presenting thoughtful, intelligent, and practical advice and guidelines on, not only western medicine, but holistic/alternative medicine. As a 12-year patient of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I recognized Dr. Northrup's acceptance and pursuit of the added value of other-than-western-medicine alternatives for health and balance in a hectic life. Dr. Northrup speaks with you, not at you. She offers qualified, sensible care treatments that we can and should practice everyday, most without added effort. If you do anything for yourself, purchase this book. You will cherish it because you deserve the information she shares.