- Paperback: 944 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Revised & updated edition (October 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553384104
- ISBN-13: 978-0553384109
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,950 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 – October 31, 2006
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Northrup explores the mind/body connection from a personal, entirely female perspective. She presents the facts about the female body, its strengths and illnesses, in a clear, intelligent and caring way. She teaches us to look deep inside ourselves and heal the emotional scars that contribute to physical problems. Finally, Northrup shows ways to change the attitudes that created those scars. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Holistic physician Northrup provides women with a practical and empowering guide, relating emotional and psychological conditions at work and home to health problems.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are looking purely for an objective scientific book on women's health then don't bother with this. There is a lot of scientific info but there's a lot of "non-science" as well. Read the lowest reviews first which fairly summarise the weaknesses of this text. I agree that this book comes across as flaky in places however it is a breakthrough work in terms of systematically exploring the integration of mind and body and the effect of this balance on health.
While I applaud the effort to make people realise how their mental state can impact their health, the other side of that sword is that women feel they are to blame for having the "wrong state of mind" which leads to poor health.
For instance in one story a woman became infertile because, in the author's opinion, she didn't feel her husband was the right person to have children with. If you're pragmatic you can hear this story, consider if it applies to you and discard it if it doesn't fit. But some women could develop a guilt complex over something that is upsetting on its own without the added blame.
Ultimately, the problem with this kind of thinking is that it leads to a vicious worry cycle: you worry that you might not have the right state of mind for good health... and then you worry that your worrying risks your health further! But to ignore this altogether also poses risk. Stress does cause disease and an integrated approach to health cannot exist without considering a person's state of mind.Read more ›
This is a very empowering, healing book for women that includes the hardcore clincal data & references, the stories of actual women, and the nutritional, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing. It accomplishes all of this in clear, easy to read laymen's terms. It helps to debunk a number of misconceptions that affect our approach to health.
This book is by and for women. This book treats women with respect and acknowledgement for what we instinctively know about our bodies and our health. Every woman should own a copy of this superb health reference source.
Dr. Northrup's appearances on PBS specials, Oprah, and others along with her leadership at the Women to Women health care center, and her past presidency of the American Holistic Medical Association, to name just a few, provide all the credibility anyone could ask for. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, as the name implies, is about and for WOMEN. It succeeds on every level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book about women's health...all women should have it in their arsenal. However, I wish it had more natural and herbal remedies for all the health issues discussed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Holistic Doc
A friend gave me the first edition of this book several years ago and I found it to be an invaluable resource. The information in this book is enlightening and so thorough. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I can't count the times I've tried asking a physician a question and always got a condescending reply or look that I was insane. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Evergreen
Love the information, Dr Northrup is intuitive and knows her stuff - I only wish I had gotten this book when it first was published. Read morePublished 11 months ago by KAR
When I actually listened to her ideas I thought she was ridiculous. I prefer Brene Brown.. She's much better.Published 12 months ago by Beverly Jamison
A wonderful, absolutely necessary book for every woman! I am so happy I read it now, before I ever thought of having children! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lera