Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing

 
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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 neighbors?"

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 criticizes 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

A groundbreaking book on women's physical and emotional well-being, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom has become a classic, with more than 270,000 copies in print in the four years since its initial publication. Now it has been completely revised, offering the most up-to-date information available on women's health issues.

Christiane Northrup's vision of mind-body wellness has received an extraordinary response from women all over the world. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom powerfully demonstrates that when women change the basic conditions of their lives that lead to health problems, they heal faster, more completely, and with far fewer medical interventions.

Now Dr. Northrup brings us vital new information about the best techniques of Western medicine and the best alternative therapies, showing how to incorporate both into a complementary whole. She guides readers through the entire range of women's health problems, and offers strikingly new, positive perspectives on normal processes, such as menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. This edition includes:

• An all-new nutrition chapter emphasizing individual dietary needs and body chemistry

• New information on improving fertility after age 35—and how to cut the risk of C-section by 50 percent

• A completely updated program for menopause, including how to decide whether natural hormone replacement is right for you

• Holistic ways to prepare and heal faster if surgery is necessary

• Plus dozens of new natural treatments and a wealth of hard-to-find health care resources

Filled with dramatic case histories from the famed Women to Women health care center, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom is contemporary medicine at its best, combining new technologies with natural remedies and the miraculous healing powers within the body itself.

Customer Reviews:

  • Every woman should read this!
    Five years ago, I picked up "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" at the library as a book on tape. I was astounded by Dr. Northrup's intuitive insight into a women's mind and I connected to her work very much. She explained some things that I had always wondered about and exposed me to some new concepts which now, some 5 years later, I more truly understand as they reflect changes in my own health, body, and mind. Since reading this book, I have done much more research on women's health, especially menopause, and this is hands-down the best book on the subject. ...more info
  • new perspective on health in this book opened up new doors for me
    This book is the most valuable one I have purchased in years. I was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and traditional western medicine said they could do nothing for me. My open-minded OBGYN recommended this book to help me see the mind-body connection of health, and give me other healing options. After reading this book, I feel a new hope. I realized that the sexual abuse of my past was having an adverse affect on my health in more ways than one, and no doctor had ever thought to ask me before. My disease is now in remission, I am pursuing acupuncture for other health issues, and I feel a renewed sense of pride in my female body. This is a must-read for every woman!...more info
  • Fabulous!
    This is a well-rounded approach to women's physical health, and the mental-spiritual connection that ties it all together. This isn't just a doctor's remedy book, this tells us the power that we hold within ourselves, to visualize a better, whole being....more info
  • Look beyond the physical
    This is a fascinating book, that makes so much sense. the power of our thoughts and emotions on the body has been known for a long time by the masters of yoga. This book, takes it even further and looks at the female reproductive system and its functioning from a holistic perspective and that is exciting...more info
  • A Wonderful Addition to the Well Woman Library
    I bought this book after hearing the author speak on TV. I was a bit skeptical that a medical doctor would really present this broad subject with a personal and more than medical view. I was wrong - this book has been a long read, taking bits and pieces as I ahve time and thinking on them. I wish I ahd this book before I had a hysterectomy. In a time when people are finally beginning to ask questions adn actually expect their doctors to give an answer to them that is real, serious and personal - this book proved to be a light of hope for our medical profession. I am personally more in line with the wholistic person view and using nature as much as possible, as well as the mind body spirit connection - so it appears is this author - a real doctor! I wish she were closer.

    I recommend this easy to understand book for those who want to know more about their own bodies and their own mind, body connection. She presents both the medical side - simplified to easy to understand terms - along with the more emotional and what some might call more New Age view of womens bodies, but none the less a real aspect that modern medicine and many people are tuaght to ignore or deny. Stop it! It isn't a curse!

    I even gave a copy to my sister for her birthday as well as a few friends.

    I recommend it and her other books as well - even if you don't feel they offer you anything - they will open your mind to a different more open way of thinking :) ...more info
  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
    This book should be mandatory for all girls and women to read. The information is so valuable. I have recommended it to all of my friends and the ones who purchased it are very grateful. If you're a woman and you have questions about the many changes we go through, get this book!...more info
  • Lost this almost immediately
    It arrived, and then I didn't know what I did with it. Very sad....more info
  • A Woman's Bible
    I highly recommend Dr. Northrup's book "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" - it is a wealth of knowledge for women who want to take charge of their lives in mind, body, and spirit. I can sum it up in three words - A Woman's Bible - a must have!...more info
  • Dr Northrup Book
    Wonderful, useful information. I have used this book for years and buy every updated version. Dr. Northrup provides an encyclopedia of information on women's issues....more info
  • Necessary perspective
    I understand why people may be offended by her theories about different "female" conditions and the connection to a patriarchal society however, I think that western society is missing a big part of the puzzle when it comes to health, and that is the mind/body connection. It is largly ignored by western medicine and I applaude the author for going above and beyond what is expected. Sometimes even if the theory seems bizarre or unexpected, or even isn't understood, it can be a pathway to new and different roads to healing which can only help.
    Personally, I believe Ms. Northrup to be an enlightned soul who speaks the truth. ...more info
  • Wisdom achieved!
    Probably the best book around about women's health! Very highly recommended. First, I received it as a gift, and I have since bought this book as a gift for my sister and sister-in-law! The book includes ample information regarding conventional medicince, but it also explores alternative medicine as well as nutrition. Discusses psychological and physiological issues that affect the body. A must-buy guide to receiving the true wisdom that the body deserves!...more info
  • A MUST READ FOR ALL WMEN!
    NO matter who you are - professional or not professional - you should read this book by Dr. Northrup! You should use the wisdom and knowledge gained from this book to, not only help yourself be healthy, but to raise your children in a healthy lifestyle!
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  • Excellent book
    This is a book that will force you to think about life. You do not have to agree with everythig that she says. Ask yourself the question. find the answer that is right for you. I am a male, and I've gained tremendously from this book....more info
  • Every woman should read this.
    A beautiful and clear account of how illnesses that affect women contain messages which when understood can lead to personal transformation. There are many accounts of women who have rediscovered their vibrancy and vitality. There is a section which very practically and sensibly guides you through the process. It allows you to believe in being truly healed and not just patched up. It makes you feel alive, not just live. As a woman and a doctor,I was touched and inspired....more info
  • Couldn't they afford an editor? 905 pages?????
    I'm sorry if this has been mentioned in other reviews. I don't have time to read them all.

    But this book is too big to hold and read! It's just unwieldy. And it's very cheap stock, almost like newsprint. Even upon the first light reading, the inner binding gave way. Disappointing!

    I'll keep it on the shelf, for reference, but I won't read it through.

    I have enjoyed Northrup's books in the past -- and her newsletters as well -- but I feel like she's overstepping her bounds. I'm all for the study of chakras, metaphysics, etc.--sticking to straight allopathic medicine will kill you, IMHO -- and she used to give the whole smorgasbord. But now, when she doesn't have all the medical facts, she throws in a psychological/patriarchal explanation. As I mentioned in a comment to Adelie's review, the result is blaming the the victim and not offering real tools for healing. Dangerous.

    Gina Pera...more info
  • A "Must Read" for all Women
    I've had this book since it was first published and still refer to it regularly. Dr. Northrup has decided that maybe Western medicine doesn't have all the answers and she is right. This is the Woman's Body Owner's Manual....more info
  • In reply to "missbossy's" review this book is amazing!
    I disagree that this book is not a purely medical reference book. It is divided by chapter in reference to parts of the body and does not include anything but medical information in it. There is extensive medical and technical descriptions of physiology, hormone interaction, etc. as well as less exact things such as chakras and emotions. The problem for some readers is that it is not all WESTERN medical information. -- but that is the gem about it! The point the author is trying to make is that Western medicine does not traditionally encompass the emotional which IS medical. And there you have it. Just think of the old adage of your complaint or your fear is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Our mindset can direct us.

    The anecdote about the woman who does not become pregnant because she decided on a sub-consious level that her mate was not the right candidate was not accurately represented by Missbossy's review in my opinion. I believe the intent of the author is to show the deep wisdom of women's bodies and how for this particular woman, she just had not (yet) connected with her inner wisdom. Northrup gives several recommendations for bridging this gap (such as therapy and "deep thinking" or meditation also in conjunction with heat pads and caster oil on the lower abdomen, among many other approaches).

    Also what Missbossy forgets is that Northrup continually makes the point that medical/biological manisfestations in bodies that trouble us are warning signs of a deeper dynamic our body detects, and that if we listen soon enough, these warning signs may be healed. Northrup hypothesizes that when the deeper underlying emotional problem is resolved these symptoms have for some women disappeared. A person who reads that the infertile women is to blame, or that every infertile woman is just with the wrong partner, is unfortunately simply projecting her narrow view. Northrup even talks at length about women and their propensity to carry the emotions, stress, and expectations of others, and how this must be mediated. We may continue to be loving supporters to others but to do so to the extreme is destructive, and to the extreme is exactly what a person who has the consistent inclination to feel guilty does. "Blame" is a word the critics have introduced and unfortunately grossly understates -- to its detriment -- the content of this wonderful, enlightening book.

    I understand that Northrup interprets that the body of the infertile woman has detected something deeply wrong with her relationship to draw the consiousness to it. However, Northrup constantly repeats that these things can often be resolved if we listen to our bodies. The overall message is to examine what the body is trying to tell us and work it out. The solution for this woman may in fact be to change partners, or that she needs to resolve deeply-seeded feelings of insecurity with the partner before proceeding to have a baby. The big point is that it is for that particular woman to figure out what's right for her.

    You must also remember that few things in medical science are ever 100% certain. Northrup gives the reader the tools to help sort through all the possibilities. She gives a splendidly thorough description of the body and its structure and where and how affliction may arise. She prepares the reader to become her own doctor to a certain extent, while still offering the support and explanations of Western medicine. This is a refreshing perspective for a book that is not about alternative medicine. Rarely do we see a Western health book empowering the female reader to use her own knowledge to aid in her diagnosis and maintenace of health. I think this book is a must read for every woman!...more info
  • Self-Help That Makes You Miserable
    Christiane Northrop embraces the idea that sickness has its roots in emotional causes: cysts, tumors, cancer, PMS, etc. according to her, may be the manifestations of anger, ambivalence, lonliness, etc. The problem with this sort of ideaology, is that it negates a whole body of scientific data which would suggest otherwise, and puts the onus of illness and recovery SOLELY on the patient.
    Our environment is polluted beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined. THIS is causing illness. Our modern lifestyles, sitting in traffic, taxes, etc. cause STRESS. Our hospitals are loaded with children battling cancer. Cancer rates in children are up 500-percent since the 1960's. What is her explanation for that - are these children subconsciously creating their own miseries? What an appalling thought.
    Obviously, we need to eat well and exercise and have joy in our lives. But this will not prevent us from dying! We all die from something - it's the inevitable consequence of being a living creature on this planet. It might be cancer, it might be a heart attack, it might be a drunk driver, who knows?

    Most annoying is her assertion that PMS is basically unfulfillment and anger that surfaces once a month. Women are supposed to root out the "real" cause of their suffering. At the same time, she acknowleges that a woman's progesterone plummets just before her period - which many doctors, including the pioneer of PMS (Dalton) have identified as the leading cause of premenstrual depression and irritability.
    I could go on and on. This book made me feel very disheartened and anxious. Too much naval-gazing is a bad thing: maybe we have too much time on our hands. While millions starve to death, we're supposed to make friends with our mitochondrial DNA. It's enough to make you pass out. ...more info
  • Very informative
    I would recommend that every woman read this book. In the past I do not think women have received enough education or communication to fully understand the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of our bodies. This book gives good basic explainations but then goes on to talk about care and prevention and helps a woman come from a place of power and knowledge....more info
  • Her "Nutrition" Advice Made Me Furious and Physically Sick
    Alright, first of all, I have read dozens of books on nutrition and weight, etc., many of which were inspiring and very helpful. I highly doubt that many women in 2006 lack general nutrition knowledge, but if they do, it can be found easily online or in the library. Dr. Northrup's advice was ludicrous. 30 grams of carbs per day? I was encouraged when she began by citing Geneen Roth, but things deteriorated from there until I wanted to throw the book out the window. If anyone is looking for a mind-body approach to food, please, PLEASE do not read Dr. Northrup's chapter on "nutrition." Instead, I would recommend Fed Up by Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, Eating Mindfully by Dr. Susan Albers, any book by Geneen Roth, or even How Much Does Your Soul weigh, by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey. These books adress eating mindfully, allowing yourself to enjoy the foods you love while paying attention to your body's responses. Dr. Northrup's "nutrition" chapter is just another externally driven, trendy, but ultimately ineffective attempt to control weight and promote health (She calls herself a "sugar addict" and if you want information about that, read something like sugar busters (until you figure out that ALL diets will never work long-term). Anyway, I think she's a nut, and I wish that consumers were more perceptive and less desperate and likely to grasp at straws like Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. ...more info
  • Women's Bodies, Freudian Wisdom
    This woman is Freud with a shwancy haircut (did Freud have hair?) Every problem, every itch, every bump is because of a repressed emotion. According to Dr. Northrup,a womsn can fall sick because of:
    1) She dyed her hair green by accident, and didnt take the time off to grieve about it.
    2) She forgot to tell her husbands how much she hated him.
    3) She fears the unknown and hence get constipated, and hence experienced hairloss, and hence developed breastcancer, and hence...

    Okay, you get the picture...more info
  • better than a dictionary
    I use this all the time...the section w/info on Chakras are quite interesting..this is what makes you "tick". BUY THIS....more info
  • A Treasure!
    This book is a great resource for all women. It has so much information and wisdom within its pages. I liked it so much that I just bought 3 more copies to give as gifts. I recommend it for anyone who is looking for answers about their health, life and place as a woman in this modern world....more info
  • Good read but be cautious
    I do like this book for a good advice on a diet and lifestyle changes. I was interested in a lot of ideas MD Northrop provides.
    I do get disturbed with some things she write, like "Though a woman may have been terrified or abused as a child, this early abuse will not adversely affect her or her body UNLESS she starts to believe that she was entitled to a different life." Isn't it that simple? Don't believe and be healthy. The absence of awareness is the basis for health? What about body memories?
    Yes, dear MD Northrup, when you describe you minor personal troublels, like having migraines because you were overachiever, your husband coming late for dinner, in your personal POV they are valid reasons to be personally upset.
    But what about a woman who has been abused? In your opinion, she should forgive her abusers, don't mention abuse and live happily ever after?
    Isn't it "don't talk about it" rule so common in abusive families?
    Isn't it your personal importance that stop your compassion cold turkey when facing a woman with troubled history?
    If you don't ever mention it, it would not be a problem, it never happenned, right? Who, MD Northrup, provided you with information
    that "incest and other human right abuses have been the norm for the last 5 thousand years (p.72)."
    Why in a doctor mind, incest and human right violations become the norm?
    How is this supported?
    It make me wonder about your personal history after reading plenty of statements like this.
    Did you read Judith Herman? Or anthropologists research on this subject? Incestual relationships were and are prohibited in most cultures, because they are damaging to offspring of the species. Are you defending perpetrators here? Righteous fathers raping their own daughters? Are you creating a valid clientele base for yourself? So you can teach them to relax and never think about abuse, because, "you were not entitled to the different life." Because in your logic, these women were in no position to be treated decently.
    I would agree, the less intuitive healers are mentioned, the better it is.
    I do believe your advice is valid on most of the mentioned issues, I even recommended this book to most of my girlfriends after reading some paragraphs from the book. But your stance on abuse issues made be cautious of you.
    Louise Hay explain forgiveness quite differently when you do. There is probably a reason for this, although your book is heavily infuenced by Louise Hay ideas.



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  • Female: bodies, psyche and in society
    Women's Body, Women's Wisdom definitely is a must in your library. I personally think every woman and her partner should read this book. Save yourself years of trying to understand the female body, female psyche and the female in society. Extremely well-written, direct and immeasurably invaluable!...more info
  • Every Woman's Bible
    I wish I had this book long ago, but better late than not! I have recommended it to every woman I know & anyone with daughters....more info
  • great book for all women
    my sister gave me a copy as a gift and I then bought a copy for each of my daughters. Every woman should read this book--actually every man who lives with a woman or girl should read this book....more info
  • fantastic
    This book is fantastic, not only for a first time read but as a useful resource as you pass through different stages of life; pregnancy, birth, illness or menopause, Dr Chris covers it all. Her courage in combining what she has learned through years of study and training in the medical field, with what she knows instinctively through her heart and intuition, is a blessing to all women. Whilst I have read many books involving the body mind connection and the intriguing beauty of the mind, this book still had the power to change my life in ways I hadn't considered. I couldn't help but discuss what i was learning through the book with friends and family of varying ages, who went out and got their own copy too...if you feel instinctively like this book has something in store for you, go for it, it could change your life too :)...more info
  • Northrup, Move Over!
    Because there are REAL women's literary health guides out there. I personally suggest Our Bodies, Ourselves from the Boston Women's Health Collective. Instead of shoving unfounded, bias, and conservative information down your throat like Northrup does, it clearly explains issues pertaining to any woman of any age or background. I have extreme remorse for any woman turning to this book for tolerance and understanding concerning our bodies, minds or choices (especially the choice to have an abortion). I feel like work does nothing but spread harmful, untrue information instead of the facts. Northrup's "wisdom" is best kept inside her head. ...more info
  • Junk for the firewood basket
    A few years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS after a long struggle to figure out what seems to cause several unrelated symptoms. I read a lot of books on PCOS, and used this books as a reference. While there are great medical explanations in here on some issues....the section of PCOS was insulting at best.
    There is very little devoted to a topic that affects SOO SOO SOO many women. And without seeming to know much about it herself Northrup seems to cousel women on it being a mental disorder, likely caused by insecurities deep within the mind. What a dangerous message to women....that seems to imply you must have been a victim of abuse, or deep rooted insecurity- when PCOS has nothing to do with that at all. If you don't know what you are talking about you just should not write about it- PERIOD! While she may cover many other topics -I stopped reading there. I was severly disappointed, and frankly could not stomach anymore psycho-babble that sums up a true medical issue into nothing other than insecure feelings....What a QUACK!!!...more info
  • not great
    I wish I bought the book. For all the talking on the CD's there are only a few bits that are helpful. It's different parts of different lectures, it's not the reading of the book....more info
  • A Woman's Guide: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Metaphysical.
    You Can Heal Your Life, The Movie, Expanded Version: 90-minute DVD, plus 4 hours of additional interviews and an Interactive Affirmations Tool!

    I discovered Christiane Northrup, M.D. on the DVD and book "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louis Hay. Dr. Northrup both inspired me in the movie and in the bonus material. She has the credentials to speak authoritively. She is a Board Certified obstetrician and gynecologist with more than 25 years of clinical and medical teaching experience. She writes in this book of the Whole Woman: the physical, spiritual and metaphysical. She is in great company with Louis Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer and other great spiritual teachers and pioneers. This massive volune of over 900 pages covers all the concerns of women and includes special areas as "The Female Energy System" including the "Matter/energy continuum", "Earth Energy" and the "Chakras". She makes the connection with each of the 7 chakras to the corresponding organ systems in the female body. This is straight talk about womanhood in all the stages of life. Some may want to read straight through but is also great as a woman's reference. Alturnative healing ideas abound. Read it together with your husband and the both of you will find a new appreciation of that divine woman within.
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  • a woman first
    Dr. Northrup is amazingly wise, open, honest and intelligent. I am very grateful to have found her....more info
  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
    Dr. Northrup's book is very informative and helpful. I am dealing with menopause and found information in her book that really was supportive and positive. She is such a spiritual person. I bought this book for my sister and it will be on my gift list for many of my other women friends....more info
  • A blessing to women who wish to heal
    >> In Brief <<
    Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (WBWW) is, in my experience, a truly revolutionary book for women of all ages. It's also a great read for men that have an authentic interest in the well-being of women.
    I've been recommending this book to women I care about for some years now, and the feedback is always massively positive.

    >> More detail <<
    I first found an old copy of this book at a house I stayed at in England. I flicked through it and read a few parts in detail. My impression in that short time? "Gosh... What an amazing book... every women with a genuine interest in their well-being has to read this!
    When I returned home (New Zealand) I bought WBWW and read it more thoroughly. In my experience, Dr Northrup brings forth a beautiful and deeply valuable blend of modern medical knowledge as an experienced Doctor, and very insightful knowledge of how human health is a product of our internal (mental/emotional) relationship to life. She obviously has a lot of experience in the field of health and healing from both traditional and alternative perspectives. For me, this has given the subject matter of WBWW a very grounded, pragmatic, and useful place to work from. It's not a book of theory on "new age health". Rather I can see that Northrup has distilled this knowledge through real-life experience with patients and also with her own journey into true health and healing.

    >> What will it do for you? <<
    For me (as a male, a healer, and a health consultant that has worked with women's health issues for many years) I can see that this book will give to those women who read it with an open-mind a very empowering perspective on their health, their body, their innate feminine wisdom, and their capacity to be beautiful, empowered, healthy women. It's the sort of book that has the potential to restore a significant perspective that our society of men and women have lost. A perspective and a quality of knowing and self-connection that is so essential to experiencing true health and happiness.

    I know that those female friends of mine who have read this book have found it to be an incredibly empowering experience. I feel that regaining your power as a person (and in this case as a women) is vital to having a healthy, creative, life-giving experience of who and what you are. Dr Northrup has obviously spent many years helping women do just that.

    To women I meet in person who are interested in their health, and those utilising my health programmes, I always say this book is a must read. Hence I must make the same recommendation here in this review.

    >> Not for everyone <<
    It's apparent from a number of the reviews here on Amazon that some women found this book quite shocking and hard to handle.
    I had actually never considered that WBWW would evoke such a strong negative reaction. Yet I can certainly appreciate where they are coming from.

    So I wish to add to this review that those who are currently closed to the more subtle and less "main-stream" elements of health and healing may find this book challenging and a bit much to accept. I do not recommend you buy and read this book if you are not at least open to the possibility that we each (men and women) create our health from within. You don't have to understand HOW that takes place (reading this book will help you with that), but at least being open to it is probably important if you wish to receive the many gems and insights in the pages of WBWW. If you strongly adhere to the Newtonian model of the body as a machine then this book is NOT FOR YOU.

    If, on the other hand, you intuitively feel and know that there must be more to health and healing (and woman's wisdom) than what society (with it's entirely "disease management" based approach to health) has tried to feed you all your life, then please let the information in the subject matter of WBWW gently sink into your heart and mind... I know you will not regret it.

    This book is NOT the be-all-and-end-of of books on health. What book would be? But in the context of what the author has set out to achieve, namely helping women with "Creating physical and emotional health and healing" WBWW is a beautiful journey to be explored in one form or another by all women seeking health.

    I wish you all the best of health,

    Jonathan Evatt...more info
  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
    Dr Northrup has given all women a gift of knowledge. This book is something EVERY young woman should read. It explains our bodies, our cycles, our wisdom in a way that will change your life. It is a MUST HAVE ON YOUR SHELF kind of book for attaining knowledge and referring back to time and time again....more info
  • Helpful, insightful book
    I am really enjoying this book. It's been great in terms of helping me to re-think the way I feel about my body as a woman and it offers some wonderful advice on how I might be able to help my daughter do the same. If you're experiencing hormonal issues, mood swings, and other things you like to make peace with and/or gain more control over, this book offers some very helpful advice....more info
  • A blessing both intellectually and emotionally....
    This book is a masterful combination of skilled, scientific knoweledge of the physical body and the holistic approach to health. Many of the topics were things I'd read about or heard of before and tossed aside as a little too far-fetched, but Northtrup's articulate explanations and solid research helped me to understand them in a thorough way, so that I could get an intellectual grasp on them (I have two master's degrees and am a Geminii, so if I can't get an intellectual grasp on an idea, it just doesn't fly with me.)

    Those who think Northrup blames all physical illness on our emotions or personal histories are clearly missing her point, which is that we must look at health in a holistic (whole-body) way, and that illness often has a COMPONENT of emotionality or a RELATIONSHIP to past life experiences. As many organs of our physical bodies have the capacity to create emotions (which is why you may get very sad when you have a stomach ache... your stomach is "making" you sad by creating the same chemical compounds your brain makes when something sad happens to you), it only makes sense that there must be a relationship between physical and emotional health.

    This book truly changed the way I looked at health, the medical establishment, and my own body. I heartily, heartily recommend it!...more info
  • Good Information
    Some good information from Dr. Northrup but some of it has been said before too many times. I would recommend Saudra Pelletier's "Awake at the Wheel" to inspire you for work/life balance as well. Saddle Up Your Own White Horse: 5 Principles Every Woman Needs to Know...more info
  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing

    I didn't find much new in this book but found the information
    correct. It is good for answers to your health questions....more info
  • Muy sabio
    Christiane Northrup es una mujer muy especial y lo demuestra en este libro. La manera como presenta y explica absolutamente todo es muy claro. Para aquellos que deseen una interpretaci¨®n y/o explicaci¨®n de todo lo referente a la mujer m¨¢s all¨¢ de 'lo standard'

    Ella es ginec¨®logo pero ha aprendido a desarrollar su parte espiritual y lo combina y lo aplica en este libro.

    Este libro es adecuado para mujeres de cualquier edad.

    Lo recomiendo ampliamente!...more info
  • Fantastic book!
    This should be given to all young women when they graduate high school. (Not before, because it's long and smart and you need a full grown brain to get the most out of it.) It is both inspiring and truly useful in everyday life. I love it!...more info
  • Never Too Old to Learn
    This book contains LOTS of important information for women. It is well written and very readable. Don't be put off by the length or the many medical terms. There are many good ideas about nutrition and living well in your own body. Can be somewhat repetitive. ...more info
  • Good but take some of it in stride.
    Christiane's book contains helpful information, but some of it may leave you feeling like you brought on your illness yourself, and that you can control your healing. While we do play a big role in our health, there are certain things that we can't take full responsibility for (like our DNA). We are not God. However, this book is very educational and can be used in combining a holistic with a traditional medical approach to healing. Mary Singer Wick, author of "My Heart's Desire: A Journey Toward Finding Extravagant Love". ...more info
  • My go-to book for women's health
    I love this book and recommend it to every woman friend I know. Through experience both in her OB/GYN practice and in her own life, Dr. Northrup details every aspect of women's health you can think of, from ovarian cysts to breast pain to birth and labor to menopause. When I first read the book, I found myself a little amused and even surprised by her unconventional approach to the mind-body connection (e.g. she almost always sees a link between ovarian problems and lack of creativity in her patients' lives). Over time, though, I found myself amazed by her insights and wisdom, and I learned a great deal about my own body, how my past affects my present health, and how to work towards overall total health. I found this book empowering and refer to it so often that it's sitting in a stack of bedside books. If you like Toni Weschler and Randine Lewis, this book is for you....more info

 

 
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