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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING GUIDE TO PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES-FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED
Emphasizing the body's innate wisdom and ability to heal, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom covers the entire range of women's health-from the first menstrual period through menopause.
It includes updated information on pregnancy, labor, and birth, sexuality, nutrition, hormone replacement therapy, treating fibroids, avoiding hysterectomy, and maintaining breast and menstrual health. Fully revised and updated to include the very latest treatment innovations and research data, and reflecting today's woman's proactive involvement in her own health care, this important new edition will help women everywhere enjoy vibrant health with far fewer medical interventions.
Filled with dramatic case histories, 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.
This guide goes far beyond standard self-help books, assessing women's health within the context of their work, families and society. The author, a holistic physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, seeks to illuminate the basic conditions of women's lives that lead to their health problems. A founder of Women to Women, a clinic that practices within the context of conventional medicine, Northrup, in 17 years of caring for women, was led to take a holistic view of women's health. She cites dramatic and affecting cases of women healing from long-term illnesses, through alternative medical methods such as herbal medicine, dietary changes and relaxation techniques. The book begins with an exploration of how society influences the way in which women think about and care for their bodies. Part two provides a comprehensive description of women's anatomy and includes a list of conditions and concerns from fibroids to hysterectomy. The book's third portion discusses what type of guidance to look for in a health care provider: it is essential, Northrup says, to develop a working partnership with a health care team. Her work is based on the belief that the cultural context of a woman's life affects her mental and physical health. And so, women must learn that their wounding, if any--physical, psychological and spiritual--is part of a larger cultural wound. Northrup's book is as accessible as it is empowering.