Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Understanding the Crucial Link Between Mothers, Daughters, and Health

 
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With such groundbreaking bestsellers as Women¡¯s Bodies, Women¡¯s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause, Dr. Christiane Northrup is one of today¡¯s most trusted and visionary medical experts. Now she presents her most profound and revolutionary approach to women¡¯s health. . . .

The mother-daughter relationship sets the stage for our state of health and well-being for our entire lives. Because our mothers are our first and most powerful female role models, our most deeply ingrained beliefs about ourselves as women come from them. And our behavior in relationships¡ªwith food, with our children, with our mates, and with ourselves¡ªis a reflection of those beliefs. Once we understand our mother-daughter bonds, we can rebuild our own health, whatever our age, and create a lasting positive legacy for the next generation.

Mother-Daughter Wisdom introduces an entirely new map of female development, exploring the ¡°five facets of feminine power,¡± which range from the basics of physical self-care to the discovery of passion and purpose in life. This blueprint allows any woman¡ªwhether or not she has children¡ª¨Cto repair the gaps in her own upbringing and create a better adult relationship with her mother. If she has her own daughter, it will help her be the mother she has always wanted to be.

Drawing on patient case histories and personal experiences, Dr. Northrup also presents findings at the cutting edge of medicine and psychology. Discover:

?How to lay the nutritional foundation to prevent eating disorders and adult diseases
?The truth about the immunization controversy¨Cand the true meaning of immunity
?How we can change our genetic health legacy
?Why financial literacy is essential to women¡¯s health
?How to foster healthy sexuality and future ¡°love maps¡± in our daughters
?How to balance independence with caring, and individual growth with family ties

Written with warmth, enthusiasm, and rare intelligence, Mother-Daughter Wisdom is an indispensable book destined to change lives and become essential reading for all women.

It's a rare book that delivers so completely on such a broad promise. Mother-Daughter Wisdom is written to connect the dots between a number of separate parts: logical and emotional morality, physical and mental health, friends and family, and in an overarching sense, the relationship between being a woman's daughter and raising a daughter of your own.

Because of the scope of information presented, it can be tricky to pick up the book and look for quick guidance on a particular topic such as adolescent weight issues or childhood asthma; more use, and more pleasure, will be found if you add it to your permanent reference shelf to look through in stages. Author Dr. Christiane Northup (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom) seamlessly blends personal stories with clear research in a way that creates a compelling read from start to finish, even if the specific topic isn't necessarily one that concerns you. Information is a welcome mix of old school medical advice and new school nutrition and stress relief. In Northup's world, whole foods and loving communication can play just as important roles as antibiotics.

The book is categorized somewhat loosely by age, beginning with pregnancy and labor, and continuing through infancy, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Each section is quite specifically tuned to relating to daughters: Mothers of sons will get some use out of sections on breastfeeding, vaccinations and the like, but emotional concerns and physical recommendations are tailor-made for women and girls, right down to the resource guide that ends the book. By itself, that resource guide is an excellent starting point for further reading, both online and in print. When added to the whole, it is just one more reason you'll reach for the book on a regular basis. Jill Lightner

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Applying the unique holistic approach that made Women¡¯s Bodies, Women¡¯s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause such transforming forces in the lives of millions of readers, Dr. Northrup has created an uplifting, enlightening, entirely new map of female development. Mother-Daughter Wisdom blends soulful truths with groundbreaking clinical discoveries to help women of all ages thoroughly rebuild their health. Whether coming to terms with a painful memory, letting go of harmful beliefs about themselves, or celebrating the love that is passed down from mother to daughter, generation after generation, readers of this book will come to see this intimate bond in a completely new light. Dr. Northrup has provided Amazon.com customers with exclusive discussion topics and questions, intended to enrich your reading of this important and inspiring book. Download Amazon.com exclusive content now.

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Customer Reviews:

  • Mother-Daughter
    Looks deep into the souls of mothers and daughters and imparts wisdom for both....more info
  • Wow! Awesome Book! Mothers of Daughters: Get This Book!
    First off, this book makes a great gift to anyone you know who has a daughter regardless of age. It makes a great baby shower gift, also.

    I just want to start by saying, I first saw this book and I skimmed through it, but didn't buy it. I was very skeptical. I am a well read individual and I was thinking: "I don't need another lame self help book by some would be expert that sits on my shelf that I never read. My daughter's five: there is a bunch of birth, pregnancy stuff in the book. I am past those stages and don't need a book that covers stuff I don't need."

    However, I ended up going back and getting the book. I am SO glad I did.

    Now I am here to say: this book is amazing. Reading the book made me want to read all of her books. I took so many notes and have already started using some of what she wrote.

    For those of you who consider yourself Moms who care about being good Moms, this book is a great compass for how to raise your daughters well. It doesn't matter whether your child is young, not born yet, a teenager, or full grown or if you are a Grandmother; you will be glad you read this book. I am so glad Christine Northrup wrote this book: she has fabulous ideas and covers just about every topic imaginable.

    She has a great resource section, and incredible reference section (her book is well researched) and honestly, there are not any books like this one on the market.

    I love how she weaves spiritual ideas with psychological ideas and how she covers all possible topics on how to raise your daughter with a well rounded well being.

    Moreover, this book gets you thinking about how you were raised, gets you thinking about how you parent yourself and makes you think hard about how the woman you are is the role model for the woman your daughter is going to become.

    This book is one of the *best* parenting books I have read. I can not recommend it highly enough. It's brilliant. I loved the seven areas of self esteem, how to handle sexuality in the media, how to handle sexuality,and the section on teaching your daughter inner wisdom is unequalled and something every daughter should learn at an early age as soon as possible.

    This book also validated choices I have made regarding her upbringing. This book helps any mother lay down a foundation for a great mother-daughter lifetime relationship as well as helps a mother improve her relationship with her self.

    I know I am going to refer back to this book over and over as my daughter grows.

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  • not for adult daughters and mothers

    After hearing Christiane on PBS I really thought the c d package would be directed at developing a friendship with your mother after reaching adulthood. Why they act the way they do, how to see their words and actions through their eyes, understanding them and letting the pain they cause drop away. But this c d is directed at mothers with girls still living at home. How to raise them so they have self pride, integrity and can handle finances. Only the first tape talked about mothers and daughters over 35. It was a waste of my money.
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  • An awesome lesson for all women to learn
    I couldn't wait to get the book after seeing Dr. Northrup and her talk on PBS. I read the book twice to get as much info as i could and I am sure that I'll be reading it a few more times. As an expectant mother I am eager to learn as much as possible about the role and responsibility of motherhood, especially things that I didn't learn as a daughter. I don't fault my mother but we have both grown through the simple changes of thought that come from this book. I also highly recommend the PBS talk to take time to grow individually as both mother and daughter. A great read and a wise approach to motherhoood and daughterhood....more info
  • Daughter Insight and Young Women Too
    I enjoyed reading the book as it is special to our family. We have been dealing with eating problems with our teen daughters for over two years. The medical insight and sound advice Dr. Northrup has offered has helped us better understand our outlook on the situation as well as the challenge itself. Some of the more focused words of wisdom for practical use are folded into the lines and messages of each area. I wished those were listed in a group after each chapter or even in the beginning. They are little nuggets that parents need to read and that daughters, even if they consider themsleves young women, need to hear. When parents are faced with daily confrontation on so many levels, and still have other kids in the house to deal with too, stress is simply over whelming. I can tell the twins to read certain pages and ask their response and blame anything they want to argue about on the book instead of us as the parents, especially me, the mom. It helps me not to be the constant scapegoat. We have a long road ahead but this book certianly has been timely in our lives. I have read many books and am a book junkie. With so many years between our twins and the rest of the kids, I am always looking for anwers and support to my decision to give up my career and make my family and raising my kids the thrust of my life. I would also like to suggest another book that helps with the younger kids, Mommy CEO, by family/health expert, Jodie Lynn, it has saved face many times in our household. I owe plenty to both authors in helping me keep my sanity intact especially when I need to role model for the younger children. It's not easy but raising responsible kids isn't a slacker job. ...more info
  • A new approach to female relationships
    I asked for this book because I thought it would give advice on how to raise daughters--it does--and more. Dr. Northrup begins by explaining how mothers and daughters are connected through the generations, and how we can only create a healthy relationship with our daughter when we heal our relationship with our mother. As we heal ourselves, we heal all the women who have gone on before us. This is only a sample of some of the insight she offers into our relationships as women. I'll admit I was surprised by the holistic approach she takes, but am glad she offers that insight, as I'm only vaguely familiar with some of the ideas/theories and believe I have more to grow in that area.

    Rather than a book geared towards raising children (I've read my share--and I thought that's what this book would be) I would categorize this book as a self-help book geared toward strengthening and creating a healthy relationship with your mother and daughter. Very pleased with everything I've read....more info
  • phenominal book
    I am new to Dr. Northrup having caught the accompanying TV special to this book on cable. She is a fantastic speaker, and the book is equally compelling. I find myself treating it like a textbook and underlining/starring things I want to return to and never forget, the insights are so amazing. There is a slight new-agey-ness to it (she talks about Chinese medicine, chakras, etc.) which bothered me a little at first, but I trusted her credibility as an M.D. as well. The more I read the more I realize, why do we discredit the wisdom of other cultures with thousands of years more experience than ours (China, India, Native Americans)? there is probably something of value in them as well so I trust Dr. Northrup's judgment. She and her daughters seem very happy and well-adjusted so that's a good sign. This book is definitely a must-read for all women, and I'm considering buying copies for my sisters and mother....more info
  • de-coding mothers and daughters - it is possible!
    I loved this book because of its clarity and insight. I am a huge fan of Dr. Nothrup. With all due respect, her book seems like a a natural companion to a book I co-authored two years ago. It's called "You Have To Say I'm Pretty, You're My Daughter." The subtitle is: "How to help your daughter learn to love her body and herself." The authors are Stephanie Pierson and Phyllis Cohen. Simon & Schuster is the publisher. Mothers and daughters do have such a complex, profound connection - I learned this more from my daughter than from my mother. And I learned from experience how confusing this can be when your daughter is an adolescent. I applaud Dr. Northrup's new book and Mary Pipher's "Reviving Ophelia" - they are two brilliant books in an area where it is difficult to find credible up-to-date information, good advice, keen insight and a lucid personal voice. I would love if readers who admire Dr. Northrup and Mary Pipher (as well as Dr. Northrup and Dr. Pipher!) would read my book, which I think adds yet another dimension. I hope that this won't be seen as a plug for my book but as my own passionate desire to educate and enlighten mothers and daughters. ...more info
  • every woman can find understanding with this book
    Every woman will be able to find some understanding in this book, whether it be with their own mother or their daughters. The heart,mind and body are all addressed here and I have actually referred back to it as a reference book for different stages of development. I felt so strongly about it that I have given many as gifts and also donated one to my Library.Dr. Northrup delivers with this one!!...more info
  • Very disappointing...
    Maybe I had trouble with this because I am not a mother. Since it seems that most of the viewpoints are coming from the mother's perspective and not the daughter's. However, I also had trouble with the house analogy. I mean, really. A house representing our life's journey? I don't get it.

    I found this book to be very self-serving to Dr. Northrup. She seems to want to push only her ideas, opinions and way of thinking. What irks me more than anything is that she is not a psychologist, but she tries to pass herself off as one. She may very well be a good obstetrician, and she should stick to that.

    I think that if I want to explore my relationship with my mother, I'll just ask her....more info
  • Read it and Pass it on
    After the loss of my Mother I bought and read this book guided to it from originally watching Dr. Northrup on the PBS show. I read it slowly over months because it reminded me of so many memories and feelings that rushed through my mind during this very sad time in my life. I found I needed to think about what I read, process it and then go back to read more. I found this book extremely helpful in putting thoughts and memories in order. I found it opened up feelings I would otherwise not take time to process and more importantly the forgiving and understanding this book helped me process about my own mother and how I measured up in my opinion of being a mother myself.I was able to think about what I did right and wrong but more importantly learned how we all do our very best. This book brought me peace about my own Mother and within myself as a mom of adult children. I recommend this book hightly and will pass it on to important people in my life. ...more info
  • Very disappointed
    I have to say that I was very disappointed in this book. My mother and I both enjoyed seeing Dr. Northrup on television and rushed out to buy the book.

    Yes, there are some interesting points; but you had to dig through a lot of tedious and redundant information to get to these nuggets. I would NOT recommend this book to others.

    I also found the book to be frustratingly close minded. For instance, while she goes to great lengths to explain how there is a "spectrum" of motherhood - how we don't all fit into the same mold, she then hammers her own point of view as the only correct way. From breastfeeding, cosleeping, immunization and diet= she only presents her POV, ignoring all the research that suggests alternatives that are just as healthy or better suited for some women and their families.

    As for my mother, after struggling to get through the book for more than two months, she finally gave up. It just wasn't worth skimming page after page to get one or two pieces of useful information....more info
  • Cliches, platitudes and old chestnuts
    As mother of two teenagers, I had high hopes for this book, but I almost gagged on the number of trite sayings this author can cram into a paragraph. You will find "great" insights like: mothers are very important in an infant's life, two year olds are announcing their independence, and it's important to keep channels of communication open with your daughter even when things aren't going smoothly. And I paid how much money to learn THAT??

    If you have had your eyes and ears open for any length of time, you will find nothing new in this book. It is all hype and marketing with no substance. And wisdom? That's the biggest hype of all.

    Save your money and just go talk to your daughter....more info
  • Female Health Manual
    Best book ever written on female health. If you have a daughter, get two copies of this book. One for you and one for her; encourage her to read it and keep it handy in her life. After reading it, I got copies for my daughter-in-law, and my nieces. ...more info
  • Mother-Daughter Wisdom
    I just got my book and have started reading it. Its great. I had seen Christiane Northrup on tv and she is great. She makes you think...."why didn't I think of that-its so simple"
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  • Start your healing with your Mom now
    This is a rich, generous, heavy book so I am only half-way through and I'm sure I read 400 pgs. Yet Dr. Northrup divides the chapters so meaningfully it flies by. I am underlining all the way (one of my signs it's a keeper book). She is teaching me things about birth and health that I have not heard before and I am a voracious reader on the subject. Some of it is too scientific for me but that's ok -- she's a good, conversational writer. The deepest gift she gives is our opportunity to understand our birth through our mother, what our mother might have gone through and what we went through as innocent new beings. I have already called Mom and told her "Hey, mom you did this and that right! You were a great mother." I recommend any of her work(I have one of her other books and have heard her speak on public television numerous times -- great speaker). This is a book about forgiveness. If you can understand the delicate process of bringing in a child, and the relationship between a mother and daughter, you can begin to search for healing no matter what kind of relationship you had with your mother. ...more info
  • Redundant and self-absorbed
    The ideas were interesting but guilt-invoking. On the positive, the diet tips for omega-3s etc. to treat mild depression was helpful. However, I quit reading it about half way through once I realized everything I do is wrong: from giving my toddlers juice to allowing them to watch TV. I have heard all of this before and sometimes it simply is not practical to do everything perfectly. It is okay if your kids have a little sugar now and then and it's okay if they drive you crazy...it's even okay if you tell them they drive you crazy sometimes.

    Lathrup takes the mommy guilt a step further by telling you that you are not only ruining your kids, but also the legacy of every future generation. I don't need to purchase a book to be told I am not perfect. And, just like every other parenting book, the author probably was not stuck at home dealing with the day-to-day mundane challenges of motherhood considering she is writing books and practicing medicine. I'm sure she left explicit instructions for her nanny. ...more info
  • every woman can find understanding with this book
    Every woman will be able to find some understanding in this book, whether it be with their own mother or their daughters. The heart,mind and body are all addressed here and I have actually referred back to it as a reference book for different stages of development. I felt so strongly about it that I have given many as gifts and also donated one to my Library.Dr. Northrup delivers with this one!!...more info
  • Wonderful and comforting
    As always, Ms Northrup has written a wonderfully fulfilling and heart warming book! She helps us to look at our lives and those of our mothers and grandmothers in a new and comforting way. Your mind and soul will be eased of its pain and conflicts with past memories and/or experiences. It will help you to heal yourself and forgive both yourself and the women that came before you that left an impact on you and your life. I highly recommend this wonderful book for you, your mom and daughters!...more info
  • A Book for All Mothers and Daughters
    I read this book as both the mother of a daughter and as a daughter. It offers a great perspective to both. This book is filled with gentle wisdom, insightful knowledge, and thoughtful challenges. Dr. Northrup is not afraid to answer the tough questions, occasionally questioning traditional practices in medicine. She thoughtfully discusses controversial subjects, such as vaccinating your child, discussing a mother's fears about such issues. I enjoyed her philosophical insights; she gave me much to think about! Dr. Northrup is one doctor you wish were in your HMO!...more info
  • Interesting!
    My sister in law suggested I read this, and it was really interesting! I learned a lot more than I thought I would. I would suggest this for any woman!...more info
  • A literary girlfriend for moms and their daughters!
    With its practical, sound advice from pregnancy to womanhood, this book is a must-have. A valuable insight into feminine relationships and health issues that may need to be confronted, especially with the proliferation of eating disorders among young women. I'm proud to add it to my shelf along with Dr. Spock!...more info
  • Good Book but...
    This is an important book for every Mother and Daughter.
    The only thing wrong is I find Christiane Northrup's books are not organized very well. It can be very frustrating if you are trying to read about something specific.
    I have enjoyed watching/listening to her speak on "Oprah" a lot more than reading her books. ...more info
  • Very subtle yet can make you shed a tear or two
    This book was primarily written for women but I enjoyed the heck out of it. I wished my mother would have known some of these things so that we didn;t grow up so disfuctionally. I sent a copy to my sister and bought the CD (which I havent listend to but trust they are as good as the book) to my mother. EVERY MOTHER MUST READ!!!! So you stop the cycle of messing up how you bring up your kids....more info
  • Dissappointing
    I have so enjoyed Christians & Mona Lisa's tapes on Intuitive Healing, I thought that this would be just as good. After listening to 2 of the CD's I switched them off, they were so full of negative stuff, that someone having a baby for the first time, would be so fearful of the process. I know when having my own first child, I stopped reading the information, simply becasue we are "wired" to think the worst, instead of what we need to think "It's OK"...more info
  • AMAZING BOOK
    This book is amazing. If you have a daughter or not this is a must read! ...more info
  • Dr. Northrup walks her talk!
    I always look to see if an author stands in their truth. If they walk their talk. Dr. Christiane Northrup does. I have read all of her books, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause and now Mother-Daughter Wisdom. They all embody her path to well-being and her knowledge on the subject of women's health. In her book Mother-Daughter Wisdom, she shares her own life experiences from raising two daughters and her expertise as a medical doctor and relates them to health and wellness. I find this book to be a great tool and guide to help mothers raise empowered daughters and a model for a healthy mother-daughter relationship. I have three grown daugthers and would have loved to have had this book when they were growing up. I found out through much trial and error how to raise empowered daughters. Dr. Northrup is a pioneer in our time venturing into these unchartered waters of how mothers and daughters can have a balanced and loving relationship. She addresses the many challenges in our society today facing girls and gives suggestions on how to deal with them in a positive way. She talks about mothers caring and nurturing themselves in order to care for their daughter. This book is also a reference book as Dr. Northrup covers from birth to adulthood for the many stages in a mother and daughter's life. Mothers, men, and women without children, would benefit by reading this book to connect with their own legacy with their mother or if raising a daughter.
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  • great news for moms and daughters
    I have read many of Christianne Northrups books and have always been surprized and educated by what she writes. I was not dissappointed with Mother-Daughter Wisdom. The medical info is priceless, but the mother/daughter insights are more than informative. It releases you from some of the Mother guilt and makes you so aware of the hooks. It is enlightning to both Mother and Daughter. The poem on the last page is worth the price of the book, not to mention all the resources included in the book. I purchased one for each of my daughters,one for a good friend who has sent one to each of her daughters. It is a great book....more info
  • I'm a big fan of Ms. Northrup's work
    I love the Tribal Programming thing in the other one.
    I exaggerate not, every mother on the planet should own two of these books. She is such a genuinely delightful lady and quite obviouly very talented and wise. This book is simply priceless for a mother and daughter, and if you have more than one daughter, I'd say that this book is essential.

    Jane Stevens
    Tao Cycle Therapy: Natural Happiness via Self Directed Cure for Chronic Anxiety & Depression [Updated 2008 3nd Edition]
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  • Too many pages, too much nonsense
    Blah Blah BLah.
    I saw this woman speak on PBS. She was very interesting. rushed to get the book.
    Man what a lot of Blah Blah Blah. This book is huge with too many stories. Do i have enough time to devote to this book? NO
    Would love a condensed version.
    Do you have no life and enough time to listen to her babble, get the book then. Otherwise i would advise just watching a video....more info
  • Start your healing with your Mom now
    This is a rich, generous, heavy book so I am only half-way through and I'm sure I read 400 pgs. Yet Dr. Northrup divides the chapters so meaningfully it flies by. I am underlining all the way (one of my signs it's a keeper book). She is teaching me things about birth and health that I have not heard before and I am a voracious reader on the subject. Some of it is too scientific for me but that's ok -- she's a good, conversational writer. The deepest gift she gives is our opportunity to understand our birth through our mother, what our mother might have gone through and what we went through as innocent new beings. I have already called Mom and told her "Hey, mom you did this and that right! You were a great mother." I recommend any of her work(I have one of her other books and have heard her speak on public television numerous times -- great speaker). This is a book about forgiveness. If you can understand the delicate process of bringing in a child, and the relationship between a mother and daughter, you can begin to search for healing no matter what kind of relationship you had with your mother. ...more info
  • Too many pages, too much nonsense
    Blah Blah BLah.
    I saw this woman speak on PBS. She was very interesting. rushed to get the book.
    Man what a lot of Blah Blah Blah. This book is huge with too many stories. Do i have enough time to devote to this book? NO
    Would love a condensed version.
    Do you have no life and enough time to listen to her babble, get the book then. Otherwise i would advise just watching a video....more info

 

 
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