From Publishers Weekly
This excellent compendium on womens health is based on the integrative model of medicine popularized by Weil (8 Weeks to Optimum Health, etc.), emphasizing a combination of Western treatments with alternative therapies in a patient-centered approach. Gudet, director of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, and Spencer (The V Book), provide a guide to individualizing womens health decisions relating to fertility, menstruation and menopause. Drawing on numerous case histories, Gaudet highlights the importance of understanding ones personal health as a developing narrative and of creating the time and space to learn about oneself through conscious and unconscious methods. Among other tools, she recommends "dreamimagery," a technique that involves breathing and muscle relaxation and may spark images and bring unconscious thoughts to light. Through this technique, for example, "Paula" came to understand that she did not want to become pregnant again and "Kim" came to terms with her emotional ability to be a mother. Well organized and clearly written, Gaudets volume covers every aspect of female health from a person-centered point of view.
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"Tracy Gaudet has written a fabulous book about what it means to be Consciously Female. It’s loaded with consciousness-enhancing information guaranteed to make the experience of being female healthier and happier than ever before."
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
, and The Wisdom of Menopause
"Dr.Tracy Gaudet is the sort of doctor that every woman wants. Her unique approach to women's medicine blends the wide expertise of an integrative medicine physician with the deep insight and personal understanding only one woman can offer another. In Consciously Female,
she shows us how to untangle the net of mind, body, emotions and spirit and weave it into a fabric far stronger than we have ever dreamed. If you are a woman, you owe it to yourself to read this one."
—Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., bestselling author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
and My Grandfather's Blessings
"This book is about waking up, becoming conscious of not only our body but our mind and spirit as well. It is about using deep intuition along with rational discernment to make smart choices about our health. Let us be grateful for the blessings of scientific medicine, but let us also honor the holistic approach to health and healing that lie at the heart of Dr. Gaudet's elegant medical vision."
—Larry Dossey, MD, Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine,
and Healing Words