- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 2nd edition (October 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553384090
- ISBN-13: 978-0553384093
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
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The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change, Revised Edition Paperback – October 31, 2006
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"Northrup writes from experience and, more important, from her professional expertise as a physician who has treated many women and researched menopause. 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.'"—Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
Christiane Northrup, M.D., trained at Dartmouth Medical School and Tufts New England Medical Center before cofounding the Women to Women health care center in Yarmouth, Maine, which became a model for women's clinics nationwide. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, she is past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and an internationally recognized authority on women's health and healing.
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This books feels like a spiritual book when the author says that menopause rescues us and that clarity of vision and increasing intolerance for injustice and inequity that accompany the preimenopausal changes are a gift. On the same page the author tells us about fibroid tumors.
Throughout the book you learn of the authors personal life journey.
Learn how our brains actually begin to change at perimenopause. I found it interesting that the author indicates that our connection with intuition and wisdom ebbs and flows while we are getting our period, and that after menopause we have “direct constant current intuition and wisdom”.
Learn about the “reproductive” hormones; GnRH, FSH, Estrogena and Progeterone.
The author swings back to describing the spiritual aspect: premenopausal years = goals and behavior driven by society’s demands; and menopause years = goals and behavior driven by soul’s demands.
Learn how to embrace the message behind menopausal anger.
The author tells how specific emotional patterns are associated with specific illnesses in specific parts of the body. You’ll also learn how your thoughts & perceptions become biochemical realities in your body. Specifically how thoughts affect hormone levels at menopause. The author states that if you have a backlog of unprocessed emotions they are going to surface around the time of menopause.
She gets new-agie and talks about astrology and chakras.
In Chapter 3 she talks about the empty nest and finds balance in caring for ourselves and others. The author provides step-by-step instructions for breaking the chain of self-sacrifice. Get clear about money at midlife and learn about feng shui.
It’s not until Chapter 4 – page 105 that the author addresses hormonal changes in the body. Learn about the 3 types of menopause; 1) natural menopause; 2) premature menopause; and 3) artificial menopause. The author covers menopause and thyroid function as well as adrenal function. The author goes into detail about what to expect and how long it will last; hot flashes, night sweats, heat palpitations, migraine headaches, breast swelling and tenderness, heavy, irregular or erratic menstrual periods, fibroids, loss of sexual desire, vaginal dryness and/or painful intercourse, uninary symptoms, skin, bone loss, mood swings, insomnia and fuzzy thinking.
Chapter 5 covers hormone replacement. Learn about Premarin and bioidentical hormones. The book includes a 2 page chart “Selected Hormone Options” which details, product, route of administration, estrogen, progesterone and bioidentical or synthetic information.
Chapter 6 covers foods, supplements, herbal therapy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Chapter 7 is all about a menopause food plan to balance your hormones, which includes 5 steps to midlife weight control. This chapter also includes a perimenopause supplement program.
In Chapter 8 you’ll find everything you need to know, and then some, about fibroids and your bladder.
Chapter 9 covers sex, menopause and includes 9 steps to rekindling libido.
Chapter 10 covers sleep, depression, memory and includes 13 tips for better sleep and 6 conventional tips for treating depression. You’ll definitely want to read what the author has to say about estrogen and Alzheimer’s. There are 8 tips for maximizing midlife wisdom.
Chapter 11 you’ll learn all about your skin, free radicals and aging. This chapter includes 5 midlife skin care regimes. Learn all about exfoliants, antioxidants, skincare prescriptions, the right foods and supplements. Learn 6 natural treatments for acne, 3 acne medications and about Rosacea. I am not sure if I believe, “That studies have shown, for instance, that people prone to this disorder (Rosacea) are likely to be perfectionistic and have a strong need to please others”. She includes a mind-body approach to skin problems. This chapter also includes hair removal techniques as well as information about Alopecia Androgenica (hair loss). Learn about how to get your hair back and improve your health at the same time. You’ll find 11 tips recommended when consulting with a physician for cosmetic procedures. There is a program for preventing or treating varicose veins.
Learn all about osteoporosis, how bone is made, the ups and downs of bone over the life cycle and 18 signs that you may be at risk for osteoporosis. Learn about measuring bone density which include heal bone density, DEXA testing, skin thickness testing and urine test for bone breakdown products and 7 tips for bone-building program. You’ll find a 2 page chart of high-calcium foods and lean all about bone-building drugs. Learn about the importance of exercise and sunlight.
The chapter on breast includes 8 breast cancer risk factors, 5 step program for creating breast health through full emotional expression. Learn about the sugar-insulin connection, alcohol consumption, smoking, exercise and 6 tips for eating for breast health. Learn about the pros and cons of early detection of breast cancer screening. 5 tips for if you find a breast lump. The statistics on page 432 of 1,000 females born healthy and alive shows the break-down by age groups; how many will be alive, how many will get breast cancer, how many will die from it and how many will die from other causes. The author even addresses the breast cancer gene and should you be tested.
Learn 5 heart disease facts. The author indicates cardiovascular disease can occur when the flow of life is blocked. Learn about palpitations, the brain-heart connection, 9 cultural inheritance facts, 11 factors associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, age, depression, carbohydrates and sugar. The author goes into great detail about cardioprotective supplements which include magnesium, calcium, antioxidants such as coenzyme Q10, carotenoids, vitamin E, Toctrienols, Seleniu, Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPCs), L-Carnitine, Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) and vitamin C. Learn about foods for hearth health, sodium-potassium balance and asprin.
Surprisingly the author only offers 3 ½ pages to the importance of exercising.
The author goes through 7 facts, in detail, about estrogen replacement as a way to prevent heart disease.
Needless to say, this book offers a wealth of information.
After a week of griping, I settled in and decided to read some of it. I was hooked. Dr. Northrup has done a ton of research and she covers every possible angle of this transition. Now I'm not as overwhelmed. I am more prepared and this Meno-thing is not going to be the end of me.I have already dog- eared pages that I return to over and over. Dr. Northrup not only gives you the science, she brings a great deal of humanity and personal enlightenment. (I recently picked up a smaller book, written by a male doctor. The tone was harsh compared to Dr. Northrup's approach.)
Don't expect to read it cover-to- cover. Read the first part, definitely, then review the Table of Contents and take what applies to your situation. This is the most complete and empathetic information I've seen so far. It is a big book. It has to be, she has a lot to teach. She shares the good news that (SPOILERS) we'll come through the other side more bad-ass and self assured than we imagined.
So, yes, I need this manual and I'll recommend it to all my sisters beginning this journey.
covers everything, not just gynecological concerns! In addition to
describing the menopausal change and what to do about hormone
replacement, hot flashes, and insomnia, this book will tell you how to
keep your breasts and heart healthy, how to diet at midlife, and how
to keep your love life hot.
This is the third time I've bought this book. The Wisdom of Menopause
was first issued in 2001 and then reissued in 2006. Unlike a lot of
authors, when Dr. Northrup reissues a book she doesn't just change the
cover. She updates her books to include all the newest research and
medical choices you need to know about to be healthy in mind, body,
and spirit. This edition is no exception. She even explains how to get
through your midlife transition happier than you've ever been before.
The Wisdom of Menopause is HUGE. Each chapter is practically a book!
It quickly became my go-to reference book for health. This book is a
must-have for every woman's library! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!