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The Wisdom of Menopause

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Creating Physical and Emotional Health...

Dr. Christiane Northrup's #1 "New York Times" bestseller "The Wisdom of Menopause" has inspired more than a million women with a dramatically new vision of midlife--and will continue to do so for generations to come.

As Dr. Northrup has championed, the "change" is not simply a collection of physical symptoms to be "fixed," but a mind-body revolution that brings the greatest opportunity for growth since adolescence. The choices a woman makes now--from the quality of her relationships to the quality of her diet--have the power to secure vibrant health and well-being for the rest of her life.

Now completely revised, this groundbreaking classic draws on the current research and medical advances in women's health, and includes:

  • a new section on sex after 50--and how, if need be, you can rejuvenate your sex life
  • updated mammogram guidelines--and how thermography improves breast health
  • the latest on the glycemic index, optimal blood sugar levels, and ways to prevent diabetes
  • dietary guidelines revealing that hidden sugar--not dietary fat--is the main culprit in heart disease, cancer, and obesity
  • all you need to know about perimenopause and why it's critical to your well-being
  • a vital program for ensuring pelvic health during and after menopause
  • strategies to combat osteoporosis and strengthen bones for life

With this trusted resource, Dr. Christiane Northrup shows that women can make menopause a time of personal empowerment--emerging wiser, healthier, and stronger in both mind and body than ever before.

Through her bestselling books, groundbreaking PBS specials, and up-to-the-minute clinical knowledge, Dr. Christiane Northrup has earned a place as one of America's most trusted medical advisors.

Through her personal story and many fascinating case histories, Dr. Northrup shows:

  • How menopause jump-starts changes in the brain, issuing a dramatic wake-up call to body, mind, and emotions
  • How to ensure the long-term health of breasts, bones, and heart
  • How the body adjusts naturally to changing hormones
  • Why bestselling drugs like Premarin may not be the best choice
  • How to deal with metabolism shifts, weight gain, sexual problems, and appearance issues
  • How to negotiate the challenges of "the empty nest" and midlife marriage

And much more.

Dimensions: 9.15" x 6.15"
Details: Paperback, 768 pages
Author: Christiane Northrup

Testimonials

Menopause doesn't have to be a dreaded curse of aging during which we can look forward only to hot flashes and whacked-out hormonal mood swings. According to Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom), menopause often marks the beginning of a woman's most sexually passionate, creatively inspired, and professionally productive phase of life.

While this may sound like wishful thinking, Northrup backs up her good news with solid medical expertise. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, Northrup has specialized in using a mind-body approach to women's health for decades, which means she doesn't just write about hormones, but also examines how a woman's lifestyle, emotions, and beliefs are affected by menopause. With the right diet, attitude, and perhaps some supplements along the way, women can actually look forward to a resurgence of energy and a revolutionary opportunity for personal growth--one that rivals the hormonally driven period of adolescence in its scope and urgency, she claims. And yes, at just under 500 pages, The Wisdom of Menopause does explain how to have a positive and healthy menopause in concise detail. Northrup has indeed "written the book" on menopause.

It helps that Northrup has been through menopause herself (she vowed she wouldn't write a book on it until she was on the other side). Readers have the sense that they are gleaning advice from a knowledgeable holistic doctor as well as a sage aunt whose life was radically altered by the "change of life" (Northrup divorced at the onset of menopause). After she shares her personal story of "the change," Northrup delves into a significant discussion on how self-sacrifice catches up with women in midlife. Suddenly, hormones are directing women out of the caregiver role and into an inwardly focused assessment of life and its meaning, she explains. Resentments (not hormones) are what spur the notorious surges of anger, as women reexamine the agreements surrounding their relationships with colleagues, friends, and family members.

From here, Northrup guides readers into a thorough section on menopausal hormone changes--a discussion that is scientifically informative, yet entirely accessible. While acknowledging the need for hormone-replacement therapy and the tremendous relief it can provide (helping to alleviate insomnia, hot flashes, and depression), Northrup encourages women to avoid synthetic hormones and instead consider "bioidentical" hormones (such as estradiol, estrone, and estriol). She also devotes an entire chapter to foods and supplements that support hormonal balance. By the way, she says to skip the wild Mexican yam creams: "they certainly don't provide the documented benefits of progesterone." Be warned: some readers may find the advice in Wisdom of Menopause too alternative for their liking. For example, in her discussion on insomnia, one of Northrup's recommendations is to cover the mirror at night, following the ancient Asian design principles of feng shui. (Skeptics will find Northrup's medical assertions carefully cited and footnoted in the rear of her book.)

Northrup gives a solid and practical diet plan that supports hormonal balance while countering the weight gain that so frequently plagues menopausal women ("focus on portion size, not calories," "eat protein at every meal," and cut down on refined and high-carbohydrate foods). Readers can also expect a thorough mind-body discussion in subsequent chapters that cover breast health, bone loss, and cultivating midlife beauty, along with chapters titled "Sex and Menopause: Myths and Reality" and "Creating Pelvic Health and Power."

She concludes with a list of mail-order and online resources, such as retailers for bioidentical hormones, progesterone cream, Chinese herbs, soy products, weight-loss audiocassettes, lubricants, and Kegel weights. Northrup takes a truly comprehensive approach to all the effective treatments of menopausal symptoms so that women can make their own highly informed and wise choices."

—Amazon.com's Best of 2001

"Northrup (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom), cofounder of the Women to Women health-care center in Maine, offers a celebratory, "psychospiritual" approach in her comprehensive guide to menopausal health and well-being. Beginning with the premise that, though difficult, the "hormone-driven changes that affect the brain... give a woman a sharper eye for inequity... and a voice that insists on speaking up," Northrup details hormonal imbalances, mood swings, serious illnesses, treatment options and all the other symptoms, side effects and decisions women face in midlife. Middle-aged herself, Northrup writes from experience and, more important, from her professional expertise as a physician who has treated many women and researched menopause. While much of the health-care material here is available in other sources, Northrup's approach a description of symptoms, followed by both traditional and alternative treatment options along with some anecdotes is particularly useful. Occasionally she veers off into New Age jargon, but she is a firm believer in the relevance of tangential influences on physical health, including emotional and financial well-being. 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." Agent, Ned Leavitt. (Apr. 3) Forecast: Northrup is a bestselling author widely held in the same esteem as Gary Null and Deepak Chopra. Among the competitive field of books on menopause, hers stands out for its whole-woman approach, which will make it attractive not only to her core readership but also as a hand-selling favorite among booksellers."

—Publishers Weekly

About Christiane Northrup

Noted author and visionary Dr. Christiane Northrup asks us to ponder these questions because she finds that lasting health and wholeness are only possible when we discover and practice behaviors associated with true health and wholeness. Dr. Northrup believes that the time to listen to our body’s wisdom is now!

“Once you engage your own inner wisdom, you can change or improve your habits of thought, your emotions, and your behaviors . . . and create a more positive and joyful life experience right away,” Dr. Northrup says. “This process, when engaged in regularly, heals both your present and your future.”

Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health. Following a career as a practicing physician in obstetrics and gynecology for over 20 years, Dr. Northrup has now dedicated her lifework to helping women (and the men who love them) learn how to create health in their lives.

One can see that Dr. Northrup “walks her talk,” especially when she put her own personal truth on paper in 1994 in her first book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam). This groundbreaking reference of raw facts and intriguing case histories became a New York Timesbest seller, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 16 languages.

In 1998, Dr. Northrup continued to gain national recognition with her first two public television specials Women’s Bodies, Women’s Minds and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Choices. The success of these programs led to two more popular specials, which debuted in August of 1999: Your Diet, Your Health and The Wisdom of Menopause.

Two years later, Dr. Northrup wrote her second New York Times bestseller, The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change (Bantam). In this breakthrough book, she unearths new revelations about menopause, refutes the stereotypic definition as a frenzy of hot flashes and hormonal mood swings, and instead proves that it is a powerful , hormonally supported opportunity to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit on all levels. Over 1 million copies of this gutsy work have been translated into 15 languages.

In 2005, Dr. Northrup wrote a book that is very dear to her heart called Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Understanding the Crucial Link Between Mothers, Daughters, and Health (Bantam), which explores how the mother-daughter bond sets the stage for a woman’s health throughout her life cycle.

From the minute it hit the bookshelves, Mother-Daughter Wisdom began to receive accolades. It was nominated for the prestigious Quill Award, voted number one by the editors at Amazon.com in both the “Health, Mind & Body” and “Parenting & Families” categories, and recognized as one of the 50 Best Books of 2005. In the same year, Mother-Daughter Wisdom became a popular public television special. More than a quarter million copies of Mother-Daughter Wisdom have been sold in seven different languages.

Dr. Northrup continues to be a familiar face in the media. Her numerous empowering works have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, The View, Good Morning America, and the Rachel Ray Show.

In March, 2007, Dr. Northrup brought her cutting-edge ideas and groundbreaking guidance on the most commonly misunderstood female health issues to audiences nationwide with her latest public television special: Menopause and Beyond: New Wisdom for Women. This all-new show is based on Dr. Northrup’s long-anticipated revised edition of The Wisdom of Menopause—the book that women around the world have embraced, including Oprah Winfrey, who sought Dr. Northrup’s wise words when she turned 50 and faced “The Big M.”

Dr. Northrup has actually been busy revising two of her classic bestsellers—The Wisdom of Menopause and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. These most recent versions with new updated material are now available at bookstores everywhere.

Through her print newsletter, The Dr. Christiane Northrup Newsletter, and monthly e-letter, Women’s Health Wisdom, and her newly refurbished Web site, Dr. Northrup stays in touch with her many fans worldwide.

As a business owner, physician, former surgeon, mother, writer, and speaker, Dr. Northrup acknowledges our individual and collective capacity for growth, freedom, joy, and balance.

When she’s not traveling, Dr. Northrup loves devoting her leisure time to reading, going to the movies, getting together with her daughters, and playing with her adoring, longtime cats Francine and Buddy, in her picturesque home in Southern Maine.

She says, “When you move toward that which is most fulfilling and life-enhancing, healing follows regardless of what your health is like in that moment.”

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