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Taking Back the Month: A Personalized Solution for Managing PMS and Enhancing Paperback – August 6, 2002

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Forget the joking stereotypes--PMS is serious business that can greatly benefit from serious treatment. Taking Back the Month is a detailed health-care guide that helps you carefully track symptoms; by following the recommendations and questionnaires, you'll discover exactly which of your aches, pains, and mood swings are attributable to PMS and which might require additional diagnostic aid. Sure, you may be irritable on some days, but are you sure those days consistently fall within the PMS time frame?

Lengthy chapters focus on treating your symptoms with simple, natural solutions. Adding protein and exercise, avoiding sugar binges and alcohol, and training yourself with relaxation techniques can bring impressive results with far fewer negative side effects than prescription medications. Still, authors Diana Taylor and Stacey Colino do thoroughly address using antidepressants, herbs, and nutritional supplements, while cautioning readers that some remedies are still being researched or require a consultation with a physician. A detailed chapter titled "Putting the Pieces Together" helps you simply use what you've learned to design the best possible program that will make your Dr. Jekyll/Ms. Hyde transformation a thing of the past. --Jill Lightner

About the Author

Diana Taylor, R.N., Ph.D., is a nurse practitioner, a researcher, and an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Family Health Care Nursing, the first women's health training program in California. She is the co-author of Menstruation: Health & Illness.

Stacey Colino is an award-winning writer specializing in women's health and psychology. Her work has appeared in dozens of national magazines, as well as numberous health and diet books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399527907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399527906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a menopausal mother with a pubescent daughter. Both of us are free of hormonal troubles, thanks largely to the advice of this terrific book. It is so full of facts and figures, from both regular and alternative medicine. It covers every possible scenario. I can't imagine anyone that couldn't find a solution for their specific needs. This book is easy to use because each chapter relates to your specific interest, or you can read it cover to cover, which I suggest, since it has great advice on living a successful, healthful, stress free life. I particularly like how, at the end of a chapter, you're given ways to assess your condition and "to do" lists that help solve specific problems. It's written in an easy to understand conversational style. I've given it to both my sisters and many of my friends.
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Taylor and Colino have written an excellent research-based guide to managing PMS. I have used the examples and guides found in the book to teach women in the clinical setting, and I have used it to teach nurse practitioner students about options for PMS management. I particularly like the straight forward suggestions that target healthy lifestyle choices. Women who follow the diet, exercise, and stress management guidelines that effectively manage symptoms of PMS have the added benefit of knowing they are contributing to their overall health. Thank you for this wonderful contribution to women's health.
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Not only does Taking Back the Month dispel the mysteries and wives tales surrounding the subject of PMS, but more importantly it delivers the tools to take control, rather than to surrender control, over your body and well being.
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This book is varied in its structure. Between the hard science and personable vignettes, it contains a lot of different information that would be beneficial to a wide range of readers. Although written a decade ago, many of the resources are still relevant. Especially helpful was the authors' treatment of underlying illnesses such as epilepsy, PTSD, and thyroid conditions--all of which can affect PMS symptoms. The section on herbs was equally informative, and fairly advanced for its time! No matter your ailment, this comprehensive guide will help you begin your journey toward greater health. Because it does provide such a vast overview, it might be most helpful as an introductory book to discover the cause of discomfort related to the PMS. All in all, I highly recommend!
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