The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change Paperback – Oct 31 2006
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"Northrup writes from experience and, more important, from her professional expertise as a physician who has treated many women and researched menopause. The specific medical advice on sleep, diet, breast health and the empowerment motif will bring insight, comfort and confidence to women embarked on 'the change.'"—Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
Christiane Northrup, M.D., trained at Dartmouth Medical School and Tufts New England Medical Center before cofounding the Women to Women health care center in Yarmouth, Maine, which became a model for women's clinics nationwide. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, she is past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and an internationally recognized authority on women's health and healing.
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The depression was my body telling me "change". Unfortunately, as humans, we are resistent to change, but it will make menopause a lot easier for those that do. Change is not the same for everyone.
She has been quick to update her book with newer treatments & research.
The tarot cards "issue" is just her experience. She does not promote it anywhere else in the book. I found that this experience shows that she is not the traditional doctor that has blindfolds on.
Menopause has become a dirty word to women in the 2nd part of their lives. It is hardly mentioned, just like menstruation was when we were younger. We need to get our heads out of the sand & realize that times are changing & so are we & change doesn't have to be bad.
However, I find the combination of science and pseudoscience presented to be off-putting, to say the least. The author states that astrology and metaphysics play a major role in her thought processes, and these themes are repeated over and over. She is particularly enamored with the idea of intuitive healing and "the body's wisdom" (endless references to her friend/colleague Mona Lisa Schulz) and consults tarot cards as part of her self-diagnosis. When a person of science makes use of completely unproven quack techniques, there is a disconnect that I have trouble getting past. There are also endless suggestions of herbal supplements to combat physical or mental difficulties, and if a person were to follow this advice she would be downing handfuls of pills a day and could probably just flush her money down the toilet and save her body the trouble of processing it all. Many (most?) of the herbal remedies she promotes have no proven value, or have been thoroughly dis-proven by now (glucosamine for joint problems, gingko biloba for memory, etc. etc.)
The book is worth a read, for sure, but do it with a skeptical mind or risk being hood-winked. When you are in physical or emotional pain it is possible to be easily sucked into believing the implausible.
See also "Fluctuating Life" and "Quest For a Dream - A Life Committed to Progress" All great books with different subject matter.
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Are you a female? Then you should own this book. period. end of discussion. There is so much valuable info here that it should be a manual for women of most any age. Read morePublished 19 months ago by V. Evans
this book is amazing. It has helped me tremendously and I value it. Definitely a book to keep as a reference.Published on March 2 2014 by Susanne
Everyone in menopause and peri-menopause should read this book. Lots of information that you need to know but won't hear from your regular doctor. Very eye opening information.Published on Jan. 1 2012 by Louise