- Paperback: 944 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 2nd Revised edition (March 2, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553379534
- ISBN-13: 978-0553379532
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 458 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing Paperback – March 2, 1998
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Quite possibly every female over the age of 12 will find this huge book enlightening, pain saving, and perhaps even lifesaving. Think of it as a much more empowering and holistic Our Bodies, Ourselves. Northrup is a gynecologist who acknowledges the power of natural therapies and herbs, but also maintains that allopathic treatments, including surgery, are sometimes best. In Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, she covers the treatment of many physical concerns--among them PMS, menstrual cramps, breast cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, depression, childbirth, abortion, cystitis, and menopause--explaining how many of these physical problems have roots in emotional upsets. For example, a woman who is unhappy with her marriage may be infertile because deep down, she knows that her husband is not the right man to have children with; a teenager who has cramps may be having problems accepting society's expectations of her as a woman.
Some readers may be put off at first by Northrup's obviously unconventional ways of thinking. Her medical approach is decidedly feminist, blaming our "addictive" and patriarchal society for many of the health problems plaguing women. She clearly illustrates her ideas, however, by drawing upon two decades of experience from her medical practice and citing dozens of her patients' remarkable personal stories. Northrup also delineates the best way to go about tuning in to one's body and mind in order to start the healing process, a self-induced therapy of sorts. She also includes in the book a copy of the eye-opening health inventory she gives her clients. It includes unusual questions such as "Are you bored with your life?" and "Do you have enough friends or neighbors?"
This book will be of special benefit to women who are pregnant or entering menopause. Northrup is an unequivocal believer in natural births and her dialogue on the birthing process will remove the fears of even the most petrified mother-to-be. She criticizes episiotomies (she should know; she's given birth without one) and supports midwifery. She also warns against the harmfulness of cesarean births and includes illustrations of acupressure points that help turn around a breech baby.
For women in perimenopause or menopause, Northrup will help turn this life phase into one of peace and personal growth instead of one of suffering. She was one of the first doctors to use natural progesterone to treat menopausal symptoms, and this revised edition includes a clear primer on the latest in hormone replacement therapy and how to determine if it's right for you. Northrup also expounds upon the benefits of acupuncture and herbalism--as well as emotional self-analysis--for alleviating hot flashes and mood swings. --Erica Jorgensen
"I recommend Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom to all women and also to all men who want to understand and nourish the women in their lives."—Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind
"A masterpiece for every woman who has an interest in her body, her mind and her soul."—Caroline Myss, Ph.D., author of Anatomy of the Spirit
"Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom is a gateway to the deepest understanding of health and well-being."—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and A Woman's Book of Life
"This book demonstrates the reemergence of the feminine in healing, a force that has kept the inner pulse of healing beating for centuries. If you can't have Dr. Northrup for your doctor, read her book."—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Meaning & Medicine
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This is a brand new, newly researched and very updated version of an important book. I'm sorry that Amazon didn't list the updates from the back of the book first on the main product page. Here they are:
* new material on sexuality--and how to have a more fulfilling sex life
* the spiritual and scientific principles behind healing from terminal illnesses, and how you can utilize these principles for your own health and the health of others
* vital information about how to truly dissolve PMS and ease menstrual cramps
* extraordinary facts on Vitamin D--and why it is crucial for breast, cardiovascular, and immune system health
* the importance of the preconception diet and how to greatly decrease your risk of birth defects
* how to birth naturally, despite the current induction and C-section epidemic
* all you need to know about thyroid function, including proper blood tests
* life-saving facts about cellular inflammation--the root cause of all chronic degenerative diseases--and how to prevent this condition
* the essentials on the "fountain of youth molecule"--and how to enhance your levels of it for vibrant health
It is also important to look at the dates on the reviews when considering them. Many of them are 10 or more years old. Not only has the over 900 pages of information been significantly updated, but attitudes towards its content have changed dramatically since it was first published.
Back in 1994 when the first edition was published, the idea that the mind could control the body was something contemplated mostly by "New Agers" and anthropologists studying Amazonian tribes. Ten years earlier Louise Hay's, "You Can Heal Your Life" had introduced the idea with a non-scientific book based mainly on personal experience. The 90's opened the door further when medical doctors like Deepak Chopra and Bernie Siegel, aided by medical researcher and journalist Norman Cousins, began to talk about the clinical evidence for a mind/body connection and how it could be manipulated. They had some incredible stories to tell, but it wasn't until Dr. Northrup came along that a board certified OB/GYN started to connect the psychological, spiritual and medical dots that led to health or ill-health for women.
Our Bodies Ourselves, first published in the early 1970's had been the first book to openly insist that women take control of their bodies, but it was still more a manual for working "with" a largely authoritarian and at times misogynistic medical community. Later editions become more focused on the culture of younger women. Dr. Northrup's book is perhaps the graduate course for OBO, fusing cradle to grave medical advice for women with support for dealing with the impact of culture, self-worth issues and spiritual beliefs on a woman's health. It provides guidance in creating positive, health affirming outcomes rather than viewing the female body from the medical model of diseases waiting to happen.
Take a look at the table of contents available in the "Look Inside" guide. While a large portion of the book is dedicated to discussing issues affecting a woman's body from the menstrual cycle through menopause, the rest of the book focuses largely on wellness, including affirmations designed to "protect and serve" the body rather than "cut and control" it. This makes the book not only a valuable reference manual for those times when things go wrong, but an encyclopedia of protective spiritual wisdom from someone who is an expert on both women's bodies and their spirits. In many ways this book is still ahead of its time, which makes it a good buy for the present and the future.
As an artist and former professional card reader of many years, I liked her system from the get go. In the first few pages of her small but informative book, she grasped a concept that I tried to get across to my clients for years. Our present and future reality is created by our thoughts and the lessons we have chosen to learn. Yes, this is the same message as "The Secret" puts forth but in reality it is not an easy one to live. You have to understand how your energy is being used before you can change it. Tarot can show what is coming your way in the near future, but if you don't grasp the deeper meaning then all you see are alternate versions of the same plot playing out again and again. Insights into events are what change your life, not harping on the events and outcomes themselves. Dr. Northrup provides a system that addresses both the spiritual needs and the stages of the creative process needed to process them. You won't find actual events described here but you will find a wealth of spiritual and energetic insight.
Her cards are divided into five major areas on feeling:
Fertility and Creativity - Acknowledging your basic creative energy and channeling it.
Partnership- Working with your creative energy in the presence of others.
Nurturance/Self-care- Taking care of and rebuilding your creative energy
Self-Expression - Having your unique energy recognized in the world.
Enlightened Heart and Mind- Balancing the intellect and emotion.
Each area also has ten stages represented by cards with the same name but a different focus: Imagine/Allow, Prepare, Flexibility with Structure, Hierarchy vs. Partnership, Perfection vs. Imperfection, Risk vs. Safety, Active vs. Passive, Channel clearly, Regroup, Complete and move on. This resonated strongly with me as an artist because it is basically the same steps I go through when creating a painting. Why not use it in energetic creations as well?
The first reading I did was the four card reading on Life Purpose. Card one which represented the past was Risk Vs Safety from the Nurturance/Self Care section. It spoke of learning to receive rather than always giving. This resonated strongly since the last cycle in my life had been one of continual giving without benefit of much return. I had come to realize that this was a pattern created in childhood that was exhausting me. Card two was about the present. This card was from the Self-Expression group, the card was Regroup. Given the first card this made a great deal of sense because I am working on changing the way in which I share energy with others. Card three is about the future. It was from the group Partnership. The card was Channeling Clearly. Again this was a direct hit. As noted in the first card, many of my life issues involved dealing with people who had nothing to give. It was now time to clearly envision what I wanted from the people I allowed into my life. This also had reference to my partnership with my artwork as that too was in need of fine tuning. The final card, "what your inner guidance wants me to know," showed that I was essentially on track. It was from Fertility/Creativity. That card was again Channel Clearly. The issue of asking clearly for what I want has been a lifelong task. It was good to know that the rest of my reading showed that I was headed in the right direction.
I did several other readings on relationship with others and found the cards to be good indicators of what I was learning from or teaching to someone else. Who was learning what from whom seemed to be indicated by the level of the card. For instance a person I knew who was very concerned by what others think about her might pick a card from level 2 in partnership. Looking at that card I felt that I was a good bit higher up the scale and was probably the teacher. When I looked at my card it showed that I was learning a different skill from this person, one they were stronger in.
The cards themselves are extremely well-made with a good finish. The gold foil edges make them look very rich but the illustrations, while very beautiful, don't make much sense until AFTER you read the description. While this can be a deal breaker for me, I found that reading the advice was very valuable even without an intuitive "feed" coming from the images. The backs of the cards are also a very beautiful arrangement of blue angel wings arranged in a circular pattern that has a fractel feel to it.
Please note that if you have come to this page and see this product advertised for $60, the price on the box is $15.95 and I paid around $12 here at amazon. I am not sure what the problem is with one of the web pages but there are apparently two linked to this product. Here is a trick I learned. If you access the page with the $60 dollar price tag, click on the "search another edition" button beneath the place where a picture should be. This will bring you to the lower priced item.