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Saving the Whole Woman: Natural Alternatives to Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Paperback – March 15, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Bridgeworks Inc. (March 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970144008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970144003
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After struggling with a surgically induced uterine prolapse for almost ten years, Christine Ann Kent determined to treat her condition without resorting to hysterectomy. Years of intensive research in the medical literature and extensive experimentation with her own condition resulted in the first edition of her groundbreaking book, Saving the Whole Woman. Completely rewritten in 2007, the 2nd edition remains the definitive book on the subject of natural alternatives to surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.

Her latest book Save Your Hips - Heal Hip Pain Naturally and Avoid Dangerous Orthopedic Surgery was published in 2013. It is the first comprehensive exposé of the hip surgery industry. Hundreds of thousands of highly complex and dangerous surgeries are being performed every year, the vast majority on women, not just on the elderly, but on teenagers and young athletes in their 20s and 30s.

These surgeries often fail and wind up requiring total hip replacement more than twenty-five percent of the time, according to studies. This means the young patient will be confined to a wheel chair in by age 40 or 50. The companion DVD provides a comprehensive series of exercises and stretches that can effectively reduce and eliminate hip pain and restore mobility.

She founded her company, Whole Woman Inc. in 2003 to publish the results of her research and work with women. At the Whole Woman Center in Albuquerque, NM USA, Christine works with women one-on-one and in small groups to learn the Whole Woman Posture, the natural female alignment of the lumbar spine that supports the proper placement of pelvic organs and hip alignment for a lifetime without surgery.

Christine holds bachelors degrees in both Nursing (BSN) from the University of New Mexico and Anthropology (BS) from Northern Arizona University. She lives in Albuquerque New Mexico, where she continues to research, write on her blog and forum and produce videos on women's health.

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
A few years ago, I discovered that I had a prolapsed uterus. My usual inclination is to try to find natural therapies or remedies that will support my body and restore health, resorting to medical solutions as a last resort. When I tried to get information on this subject, it was next to impossible. When prolapse is mentioned in a woman's health book, the information is scant, and usually suggests Kegel exercises (which were discouragingly useless for me) or surgical intervention.
So, when I found this book while surfing the net, it was a welcome relief. It is packed with information on pelvic organ prolapse that you will not find anywhere else. The data regarding the structure of the pelvic floor and its relationship to a healthy and well-functioning body should be required reading for any woman with a body. :-D
The first couple of chapters dealing with pelvic anatomy and the musculature of the pelvic floor are very meaty, and as such, not always an easy read. However, there are good diagrams throughout that help to clarify the text.
Thank you Christine Kent sharing this information. It certainly fills a need and is much appreciated.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Southern gal on June 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a retired RN and have a prolapse. This book, at first, seemed like 'the answer'. But the bottom line is that it is, at best, only a theory and an answer - not 'the' answer. The book is so totally single-minded and fails to acknowledge that for each individual, there may be varying solutions. It is the ultimate, "It's my way or the highway" and this is not healthy, physically or mentally, for many women suffering with the concerns of prolapse.

I must vote for more common sense and for questioning a theory shared by the author and her followers, without regard to the years of science and practice, which allow for other solutions.

I agree with the author on one main point: surgery should not be the first choice and surgery has a very poor track record of success for prolapse. However the author is totally biased against hysterectomy and it simply is not fair to terrify people about hysterectomy. Again, not my first choice, but hysterectomy is not the terrifying picture she presents. Everything in moderation would be helpful here. I speak from experience and from the many women I worked with and know, the fear she engenders is simply not justified, and in my humble opinion is a way of pushing her theory and her products and books.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By S. Merrill on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book was very good and shows you how to live with your condition and achieve improvements slowly by following dietary and exercise instructions.

Obviously, whatever your decision, surgical repair or holistic, will depend on the severity of your codition and is very personal. I decided on surgical repair for organ prolapse and have changed my diet and lifestyle to eating healthy, vegtables, fruits, no cheese, VERY little if any dairy products (an occasional whip cream on a "very" small slice of pumpkin pie, you get the picture, moderation!)eliminating the foods that MY body wouldn't eliminate properly to prevent rectocyle recurrance, etc.

My lifestyle change is not only physical but spiritual and taking better care of myself. I am very thankful, am empowered by my decision and moving forward.

My conditions: cystocyle, rectocyle, uterine prolapse and vaginal vault prolapse after three large babies. I had tried a Kegalmaster and other exercises for years to correct with very little result. Remember, that some of these conditions are hereditary, as mine was, and progression can be slowed, as the book suggests, but I felt I was beyond that point.

Sometimes the condition will show up early in life or later in life as mine did. I can tell you it is a very personal decision so please PRAY on it do your RESEARCH (google/yahoo)and INTERVIEW the BEST Gyno/Urological doctors in your area then weigh your options before deciding.

I had repair surgery late November (saving my uterus, nothing is wrong with it and I didn't by into that it should come out for future prevention) and am recoving nicely feeling very energetic and I know better than I should!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Wilson on June 7, 2009
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This book helped me reverse my prolapse. My doctor could not believe that I had done this with just some simple exercises and posture recommendations. I truly recommend this book over surgery!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Healthy One on June 22, 2009
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This book is amazing--only I would get the second edition which is more up to date (google it to get more details). It offers an amazing understanding of the body, and advice which is enabling countless women to live well with prolapse-and often even see vast improvements. This is a great companion to the DVD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SBTB SUPER FAN! on May 31, 2011
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I'm young (31) and had a prolapse after my first child. It can be a very scary and confusing thing to go through, and this book (and the author's dvd) has been extremely helpful for giving me the tools I needed to address my symptoms with pretty simple changes. That said, I think the tone of the book can be pretty alienating to some people, as it can come across as very strident and embraces a lot of "new age-y" practices of dance, etc that are fine and wonderful, but might seem a little hippie dippie to the average Jane. Don't let this deter you! I owe a lot to this book! It really helped me get through a difficult time with the prolapse, and after reading many, many books has been the best resource I've found.
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