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Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science Paperback – March 22, 2011
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In her first full-length effort, Welch offers women a comprehensive overview of Oriental Medicine. She suggests that the root of problems faced by modern women can be found in an imbalance between sex hormones and stress hormones that results in women "of all ages" experiencing problems ranging from "painful periods, mood swings, fatigue, and insomnia to...uterine fibroids, hot flashes, heart disease and osteoporosis." Welch, a licensed massage therapist who holds a certificate from the state of New Mexico to practice Oriental Medicine and a national certificate to practice acupuncture, wisely offers a disclaimer: "this book should not be taken or construed as medical diagnosis or treatment." She breaks down hormones (the "ambassadors of Yin and Yang"), discusses serious health issues, from breast risks to dementia, and offers methods for restoring hormonal balance. While these primarily include a diet based in organic whole grains, beans, green vegetables, and soy, meditation and exercise, and the reduction of stress inducers (some of her advice will strike readers as familiar), when taken as a whole, the advice is sound. A welcome eastern addition to the women's health discussion. (Mar.)
Bookviews, February 2011
“Make a note to pick up a copy of this interesting book.”
“A welcome eastern addition to the women's health discussion.”
Tucson Citizen, 5/12/11
“Bringing clarity to the complexities of body chemistry, this well-crafted book will help women discover the rewards and rejuvenation that come with a balanced life.”
“A thought-provoking look into the ways our bodies are driven, and, often, run into the ground…If you are tired of being sick, and sick of being tired this is a read in which you will find the beginnings of simple, holistic, and lasting relief.”
Yoga International, January 2011
“Dr. Welch brings a clear voice to the often confusing and conflicting body of information surrounding hormones and women’s health…A user-friendly guide that skillfully blends Eastern therapies with Western health concerns.”
“Her writing style is readable and user-friendly. Medical terms are explained. She includes easy recipes for improving diet. Issues concerning menstruation, birth control, breast and heart health, fertility, and aging are answered and Welch addresses how Eastern versus Western medicine deals with each issue. Especially helpful is Welch’s analysis of Eastern spiritual practices and meditation.”
Top customer reviews
Knowledge is power and this book is full of fantastic information, some of which I have already learned through years of investigation and research but much of it I had not. And I consider myself more informed than most women I personally know. This book is helpful for both women in their childbearing years as well as those near or in menopause. It's also very helpful in understanding more about the thyroid. I had mine tested recently and realized that, while my doctor says I'm in the "normal" range, I am in fact, not...not if I want to have a child that is (and I do). And I look like the picture of health from the outside, so I would have never thought to investigate more deeply into my thyroid and other hormone imbalances if it were not for this book.
Every woman should have this in her personal library and lend it or buy it for their female friends & loved ones. I also strongly suggest reading Taking Control of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (get the actual book, not the Kindle version...you'll reference it a lot and will want to flip back and forth). I'd also suggest "The Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough" by Mary J. Shomon, but I didn't get that book until I finished this book (and TCOYF). All three books complement each other and give a greater picture of, as a woman, how to really take control of your health and know how your female body works, despite what doctors tell (or many times, don't tell) you. At the end of the day, we are all responsible for taking care of our own health and should absorb as much information as we can so we are better armed with knowledge and the power to help choose the right protocol of care for ourselves.
> This book not only reinforced my faith in taking charge of our healing, but brought to light that it is OK to SLOW down and not fear looking weak or 'on task' at all times.
> This book has helped me to regain confidence in myself as the Self. I now understand the need for my yin to be nourished.
It will touch the hearts of many women.