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Międzynarodowy bestseller – biblia kobiecego zdrowia „Ciało kobiety, mądrość kobiety” dr Christiane Northrup to ekscytująca podróż przez kobiecość w wymiarze fizycznym i duchowym. Książka, która na zawsze zmieni twoje życie, sprawiając, że inaczej spojrzysz na swoje ciało i zrozumiesz zachodzące w nim procesy, a także poczujesz przepływającą przez ciebie energię oraz odmien Międzynarodowy bestseller – biblia kobiecego zdrowia „Ciało kobiety, mądrość kobiety” dr Christiane Northrup to ekscytująca podróż przez kobiecość w wymiarze fizycznym i duchowym. Książka, która na zawsze zmieni twoje życie, sprawiając, że inaczej spojrzysz na swoje ciało i zrozumiesz zachodzące w nim procesy, a także poczujesz przepływającą przez ciebie energię oraz odmienisz swoje relacje z samą sobą i ze swoim otoczeniem. Jesteś całością: ty, twoje ciało, twój duch. Poznaj siebie i zadbaj o swoje zdrowie. Zastanów się nad tym, jak traktowane jest kobiece ciało. Odsłaniane, gdy ktoś szuka w nim biznesowych korzyści i zasłaniane z oburzeniem, gdy spełnia swoje naturalne funkcje. Doświadczające procesów, które brzydzą i wiążą się z tabu i poddawane niekończącym się zabiegom, by lepiej wpisywać się w kulturowe normy. Z narządami, które w naszym języku czasem nawet trudno nazwać nie medycznie, nie protekcjonalnie i nie wulgarnie. Zdolne do budowania nowego życia i ośmieszane jako niedoskonałe i słabe. Sprawiające dyskomfort i będące źródłem największej przyjemności. Zawsze poddawane kontroli i na cenzurowanym. Problematyczne – a może raczej nierozumiane? Przed stereotypami, normami opartymi na kruchych podstawach i wierzeniami przeczącymi logice nie zdołała się uchronić nawet medycyna. Kobiece problemy fizyczne i psychologiczne często są bagatelizowane, choć szybka reakcja na niepokojące objawy może uratować życie. Przekonanie, że to naturalne, że kobiety cierpią, a ich ciała są słabe i niewydolne, jest niebezpiecznym mitem, bo pociąga za sobą niedostateczną dbałość o zdrowie fizyczne i psychiczne. To cały zestaw problemów, z którymi w różnych momentach życia mierzy się każda kobieta. Dr Christiane Northrup, amerykańska ginekolożka i badaczka kobiecości, obala te mity, opierając się na swojej wieloletniej praktyce lekarskiej. W efekcie powstał podręcznik dla każdej kobiety – przewodnik po jej organizmie: jego częściach, zachodzących w nim procesach (seksualności, menstruacji, menopauzie, ciąży, porodzie), chorobach i ich źródłach, ukazujący niezwykłą moc i ogromną siłę kobiecego ciała i kobiecości, która nie musi się wiązać z dyskomfortem i bólem. To jednak tylko wierzchołek góry lodowej. Dr Northrup ma do każdej kobiety prośbę: pamiętaj, że jesteś całością. Składasz się z ciała, ducha i umysłu, które nie są od siebie oddzielone. Tak jak fizyczny dyskomfort wpływa na twój stan psychiczny, tak to, że źle się czujesz z samą sobą, że nie lubisz swojego ciała, nie traktujesz go z miłością, nie słuchasz go – odbija się jak w lustrze w twoim stanie zdrowia. Autorka zachęca do wsłuchania się w siebie i zrozumienia własnego ciała – najważniejszej rzeczy, jaką posiadamy. Każda kobieta powinna wziąć sprawę w swoje ręce: poznać siebie jak najlepiej; zrozumieć procesy zachodzące w organizmie i w głowie; wsłuchać się w siebie. Twoje ciało, umysł i duch razem składają się na zdrową osobę. By ciało było zdrowe, trzeba zaufać swoim uczuciom i intuicji, która podpowiada nam, co jest dla nas dobre, a co nam szkodzi. Dr Christiane Northrup dostarcza rzetelną wiedzę na temat kobiecej anatomii i najczęstszych chorób i przypadłości. Prezentuje metody leczenia zarówno w duchu konwencjonalnej medycyny, jak i metod alternatywnych wspomagających terapię, podkreślając, że psychiczne nastawienie i dążenie do harmonii wewnątrz siebie i w relacjach ze światem to jedno z najlepszych lekarstw. Jej zdaniem choroba to przede wszystkim sygnał, za pomocą którego ciało chce nam coś powiedzieć: poprosić o lepszą dbałość o jego stan, zmobilizować do przewartościowania życia, zachęcić do introspekcji i lepszego poznania siebie; zażegnania konfliktu, często nieuświadomionego, który wyniszcza od środka. „Ciało kobiety, mądrość kobiety” to lektura potrzebna każdej z nas – wyposaży cię w wiedzę na temat twojego ciała i ułatwi ci zmianę nastawienia do swojej fizyczności, byś mogła się z samą sobą zaprzyjaźnić, zaakceptować siebie i otoczyć się jak najlepszą troską – bo na nią zasługujesz.


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Międzynarodowy bestseller – biblia kobiecego zdrowia „Ciało kobiety, mądrość kobiety” dr Christiane Northrup to ekscytująca podróż przez kobiecość w wymiarze fizycznym i duchowym. Książka, która na zawsze zmieni twoje życie, sprawiając, że inaczej spojrzysz na swoje ciało i zrozumiesz zachodzące w nim procesy, a także poczujesz przepływającą przez ciebie energię oraz odmien Międzynarodowy bestseller – biblia kobiecego zdrowia „Ciało kobiety, mądrość kobiety” dr Christiane Northrup to ekscytująca podróż przez kobiecość w wymiarze fizycznym i duchowym. Książka, która na zawsze zmieni twoje życie, sprawiając, że inaczej spojrzysz na swoje ciało i zrozumiesz zachodzące w nim procesy, a także poczujesz przepływającą przez ciebie energię oraz odmienisz swoje relacje z samą sobą i ze swoim otoczeniem. Jesteś całością: ty, twoje ciało, twój duch. Poznaj siebie i zadbaj o swoje zdrowie. Zastanów się nad tym, jak traktowane jest kobiece ciało. Odsłaniane, gdy ktoś szuka w nim biznesowych korzyści i zasłaniane z oburzeniem, gdy spełnia swoje naturalne funkcje. Doświadczające procesów, które brzydzą i wiążą się z tabu i poddawane niekończącym się zabiegom, by lepiej wpisywać się w kulturowe normy. Z narządami, które w naszym języku czasem nawet trudno nazwać nie medycznie, nie protekcjonalnie i nie wulgarnie. Zdolne do budowania nowego życia i ośmieszane jako niedoskonałe i słabe. Sprawiające dyskomfort i będące źródłem największej przyjemności. Zawsze poddawane kontroli i na cenzurowanym. Problematyczne – a może raczej nierozumiane? Przed stereotypami, normami opartymi na kruchych podstawach i wierzeniami przeczącymi logice nie zdołała się uchronić nawet medycyna. Kobiece problemy fizyczne i psychologiczne często są bagatelizowane, choć szybka reakcja na niepokojące objawy może uratować życie. Przekonanie, że to naturalne, że kobiety cierpią, a ich ciała są słabe i niewydolne, jest niebezpiecznym mitem, bo pociąga za sobą niedostateczną dbałość o zdrowie fizyczne i psychiczne. To cały zestaw problemów, z którymi w różnych momentach życia mierzy się każda kobieta. Dr Christiane Northrup, amerykańska ginekolożka i badaczka kobiecości, obala te mity, opierając się na swojej wieloletniej praktyce lekarskiej. W efekcie powstał podręcznik dla każdej kobiety – przewodnik po jej organizmie: jego częściach, zachodzących w nim procesach (seksualności, menstruacji, menopauzie, ciąży, porodzie), chorobach i ich źródłach, ukazujący niezwykłą moc i ogromną siłę kobiecego ciała i kobiecości, która nie musi się wiązać z dyskomfortem i bólem. To jednak tylko wierzchołek góry lodowej. Dr Northrup ma do każdej kobiety prośbę: pamiętaj, że jesteś całością. Składasz się z ciała, ducha i umysłu, które nie są od siebie oddzielone. Tak jak fizyczny dyskomfort wpływa na twój stan psychiczny, tak to, że źle się czujesz z samą sobą, że nie lubisz swojego ciała, nie traktujesz go z miłością, nie słuchasz go – odbija się jak w lustrze w twoim stanie zdrowia. Autorka zachęca do wsłuchania się w siebie i zrozumienia własnego ciała – najważniejszej rzeczy, jaką posiadamy. Każda kobieta powinna wziąć sprawę w swoje ręce: poznać siebie jak najlepiej; zrozumieć procesy zachodzące w organizmie i w głowie; wsłuchać się w siebie. Twoje ciało, umysł i duch razem składają się na zdrową osobę. By ciało było zdrowe, trzeba zaufać swoim uczuciom i intuicji, która podpowiada nam, co jest dla nas dobre, a co nam szkodzi. Dr Christiane Northrup dostarcza rzetelną wiedzę na temat kobiecej anatomii i najczęstszych chorób i przypadłości. Prezentuje metody leczenia zarówno w duchu konwencjonalnej medycyny, jak i metod alternatywnych wspomagających terapię, podkreślając, że psychiczne nastawienie i dążenie do harmonii wewnątrz siebie i w relacjach ze światem to jedno z najlepszych lekarstw. Jej zdaniem choroba to przede wszystkim sygnał, za pomocą którego ciało chce nam coś powiedzieć: poprosić o lepszą dbałość o jego stan, zmobilizować do przewartościowania życia, zachęcić do introspekcji i lepszego poznania siebie; zażegnania konfliktu, często nieuświadomionego, który wyniszcza od środka. „Ciało kobiety, mądrość kobiety” to lektura potrzebna każdej z nas – wyposaży cię w wiedzę na temat twojego ciała i ułatwi ci zmianę nastawienia do swojej fizyczności, byś mogła się z samą sobą zaprzyjaźnić, zaakceptować siebie i otoczyć się jak najlepszą troską – bo na nią zasługujesz.

30 review for Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing

  1. 4 out of 5

    lola

    This book is so OK in many ways--she has me nodding "yes, yes, yes" about working on your attitude to improve your health and everyday well-being all the way up until she starts talking about how like, you can give yourself cancer if you regret not having children or whatnot. Sort of like when Louise Hay writes in You Can Heal Your Life about doing therapy with overweight people and then just busts out with, "I explain that they are fat because they don't love themselves." For a better explanati This book is so OK in many ways--she has me nodding "yes, yes, yes" about working on your attitude to improve your health and everyday well-being all the way up until she starts talking about how like, you can give yourself cancer if you regret not having children or whatnot. Sort of like when Louise Hay writes in You Can Heal Your Life about doing therapy with overweight people and then just busts out with, "I explain that they are fat because they don't love themselves." For a better explanation, please see Jezebel.com: Is Oprah's women's health advisor a misogynist? Right, so I gave myself chlamdyia because I was angry at myself for procrasting a test or breaking up with an old boyfriend or some shit. Next time I get a yeast infection I'm going to treat it by stuffing one of those "Hang in there!" posters and a restaurant gift certificate up my cunt.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    May 2008: My initial opinion of the book was overwhelmingly positive, though I do feel I need to "caution" prospective readers because it certainly will not be for everyone. I focused on the women's health aspects, ignoring the chapters on pregnancy and menopause as neither applied to me. Dr. Northrop couples traditional "Western medicine" and by-the-book discussions of female anatomy and biologial functions with a holistic, soulful approach to understanding why our bodies work the way they do, May 2008: My initial opinion of the book was overwhelmingly positive, though I do feel I need to "caution" prospective readers because it certainly will not be for everyone. I focused on the women's health aspects, ignoring the chapters on pregnancy and menopause as neither applied to me. Dr. Northrop couples traditional "Western medicine" and by-the-book discussions of female anatomy and biologial functions with a holistic, soulful approach to understanding why our bodies work the way they do, the way society and emotional footprints influence women's perceptions of themselves and, subsequently, the way our bodies react to their woman-ness. I find that this approach fits nicely with my own perceptions of understanding our bodies and maintaining health in that I appreciate such non-Western aspects as chakra energy and the benefits of acupuncture, but also realize when Western medicine may provide assistance. Also, I do believe emotional and external influences do have an impact on how we feel and that this can sometimes manifest in physical symptoms. With that said, I think sometimes Dr. Northrop takes the ideas a bit too far--it seems that many times she suggests that some sort of emotional/relationship unrest is the underlying cause of physical problems. This could certainly be upsetting to, say, a very loving and committed couple who experience fertility issues. However, taken with a grain of salt, I think Dr. Northrop's messages should be heard and I've found benefit from the book already. February 2012: I returned to do a light brush-up with the information after several years and found myself caught by the "Abortion" segment since the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood issue has been in the news lately. Although I generally avoid the subject since I have my own very firm convictions about it, I couldn't help but sneak a peak here. I wish I hadn't. I was deeply troubled at what Dr. Northrup had to say about the subject. While I certainly do not want to attack her personal beliefs, I was surprised that she conveyed them in this medical book. Dr. Northrup believes in reincarnation. Now, I have no trouble with this but here she mentions that the aborted soul will come back another time when the parents are ready (or, assuming the mother never gets pregnant again, I guess the little soul would go to another woman's uterus?) which seems to make the choice about having an abortion much easier. Now, she does not believe in abortion as a casual birth control method and she admits her anger when performing a fourth abortion on a women who is simply careless and that she wishes we lived in a world where abortions are not necessary (and believes in a grieving process for terminated pregnancies). However, she does feel it is perhaps best to have an abortion if the mother feels the pregnancy is "not right" (she is not singling out cases of rape and incest here, but even for married couples who feel that it is not the right time for them, etc.) In one example, she told of a woman who felt that her pregnancy was "wrong" and talked to her baby asking it to leave, but it stayed. Finally, she called the abortion clinic and later that day she had a miscarriage, to the mother's great relief. The idea that there IS a soul inside the growing fetus, but that it can be aborted without blame, is one I have never encountered before. Perhaps it is not unique to Dr. Northrup, but, again, I found it a troubling inclusion in a medical book. Moreover, she says that the damage done by carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term is perhaps so great that abortion is the more compassionate choice as the child would otherwise likely live out his/her life in misery. As the wife of a happy and well-adjusted man who was adopted (and sister-in-law to his two equally well-adjusted adopted siblings), I find Northrup's ideas deeply disturbing and offensive and I feel sorry for adopted women who read this section of the book. Certainly I do not deny that a pregnancy in which the child is wanted well before conception and loved throughout the pregnancy and into its young life is the most preferred. But to claim that when a pregnancy feels "not right" it is often best to abort is deeply troubling to me. Adoption can be a very important way to bring a family together, even if it is not with the birth parents. Also, I have friends who did not plan to conceive, and wrestled with the idea of having an abortion, but chose to keep the baby and are wonderfully loving parents. Of course, I'm sure there are those who had unwanted children and did lead miserable lives, but I felt there was not enough balance presented in this book and feel sad that adopted children might read this and think there is something inherently damaged about their spirits. I do still feel there is some value in other aspects of Northrup's book and feel that her heart is in the right place in wanting to help women live healthy and happy lives, but the abortion segment really turned me off to her "wisdom" on pregnancy and childbirth, and I'm afraid it will do the same for many others. Moreover, I remain troubled by the idea that women's health problems are all based on underlying psychological problems, especially in the case of infertile women (see the one-star Amazon reviews for their feelings about the book if you fall into this category to see if reading the book would be troubling for you). I might suggest Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health as a more neutral and helpful book in regards to reproductive health. ************************************************************* I've always tried to be a "healthy person" -- eat right (well, most of the time, haha!), avoid artificial junk, take care of my allergies, etc. It's dawned on me, however, that I really have not taken a significant or sufficient look at being a healthy WOMAN. There's a lot more I can learn and understand about specifically female aspects of health, and I like the sound of this book's approach in that it is a blend of Western medicine, holistic approaches, and some spiritual aspects. Now, to find out if it delivers! (And, yikes! it's a really long book!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andee Marley

    "Women are rising like yeast all over the planet" -Sonia Johnson I reserve my usage of 5 stars for outstanding books such as this. I enthusiastically believe every girl and woman need this information, although I do believe we are already experiencing a shift in our society. The times, they are a changing! I look forward to sharing these new traditions and rituals with my daughter. Let me conclude with a little Tupac: "...And since we all came from a woman Got our name from a woman and our game fr "Women are rising like yeast all over the planet" -Sonia Johnson I reserve my usage of 5 stars for outstanding books such as this. I enthusiastically believe every girl and woman need this information, although I do believe we are already experiencing a shift in our society. The times, they are a changing! I look forward to sharing these new traditions and rituals with my daughter. Let me conclude with a little Tupac: "...And since we all came from a woman Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it's time to kill for our women Time to heal our women, be real to our women And if we don't we'll have a race of babies That will hate the ladies, that make the babies And since a man can't make one He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one So will the real men get up I know you're fed up ladies, but you gotta keep your head up"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Donatelli

    I received this book as a gift from my ex-girlfriend after I told her it had passed my "first sentence, first paragraph test" while I was poring through her bookshelf one night, and its quality remained steady throughout. As a hypochondriac, I think I needed to read this book about women's health issues in order to learn the power of listening to ourselves and our cells without losing myself in worries over the various maladies described (I could learn about self-healing without having to palpat I received this book as a gift from my ex-girlfriend after I told her it had passed my "first sentence, first paragraph test" while I was poring through her bookshelf one night, and its quality remained steady throughout. As a hypochondriac, I think I needed to read this book about women's health issues in order to learn the power of listening to ourselves and our cells without losing myself in worries over the various maladies described (I could learn about self-healing without having to palpate myself for signs of a telltale fibroid). With a little tweaking, this book could have been called "People's Bodies, People's Wisdom," but I completely understand why it was woman-centric instead. I bring up that point if only because despite being a man I was able to glean a tremendous amount of information about myself from this book. In my opinion, WBWW should be required reading for high schoolers -- male and female. If you ask me, the earlier and more credibly these ideas can be given to people, the better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Wells

    Every woman should read this book and every man should buy the women in his life this book. Empowering women worldwide with knowledge about their own bodies in the most practical of terms, this book covers a broad range of women's health issues with the balanced yet practical wisdom of mind-body wellness. I recommend this book to all my friends and it has been a permanent addition to my favorite books collection. This book was a foundational book for me and gave me greater understanding into bot Every woman should read this book and every man should buy the women in his life this book. Empowering women worldwide with knowledge about their own bodies in the most practical of terms, this book covers a broad range of women's health issues with the balanced yet practical wisdom of mind-body wellness. I recommend this book to all my friends and it has been a permanent addition to my favorite books collection. This book was a foundational book for me and gave me greater understanding into both my body and mind. Christine is a wonderful teacher, mentor and true healer.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Rizzo

    I have a lot of issues with this book. The author suggests that all illness is affected by our emotional state, but goes on to say that hope and self esteem are more important than antibiotics, immunization, clean water & diet in health determinants & death rates. She goes much too far down the rabbit hole of “vibrational energy” & suggests that even water has feelings and emotions. Once she started quoting Deepak Chopra as an “authority” on consciousness & medicine, I knew I wasn’t going to get on I have a lot of issues with this book. The author suggests that all illness is affected by our emotional state, but goes on to say that hope and self esteem are more important than antibiotics, immunization, clean water & diet in health determinants & death rates. She goes much too far down the rabbit hole of “vibrational energy” & suggests that even water has feelings and emotions. Once she started quoting Deepak Chopra as an “authority” on consciousness & medicine, I knew I wasn’t going to get on board with this book. The author also talks of the power of prayer to heal at a distance instantly, citing ONE source, & yet I know of no peer-reviewed evidence of this nature despite having read many scientific analyses. The author is even naive enough to suggest that we could cure ALS by learning to “love our parts”. This is absurd. I haphazardly skimmed over entire sections because the nonsense was just too much to comprehend. That’s not to say this book is a complete wash. There are some valuable tidbits & spiritual life lessons, particularly regarding getting in touch with our inner lives & emotions. There are beautiful concepts of feeling into pain & not hiding or stifling it, allowing the body to process things properly. However, a lot of correlation is used to imply causation. Which may be fine for her, but not those seeking both connectedness & truth. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. In the end, the book relies too much on unproven science, & attempts to cover too much ground. The nature of the topics are too complex to handle in one book. There is not nearly enough depth or research, although she does offer many other good resources.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LizG

    Every women should read this book, period. It's jam packed with info not just on health, but on understanding, respecting and honouring the amazing knowledge and strength women have when they connect with what their bodies are telling them. For me the most powerful underlying idea that many of the systems of our culture are defaulted to a linear/masculine way of thinking, which leaves women feeling like they don't fit. If we can acknowledge this and disengage from trying to fit, it's possible to Every women should read this book, period. It's jam packed with info not just on health, but on understanding, respecting and honouring the amazing knowledge and strength women have when they connect with what their bodies are telling them. For me the most powerful underlying idea that many of the systems of our culture are defaulted to a linear/masculine way of thinking, which leaves women feeling like they don't fit. If we can acknowledge this and disengage from trying to fit, it's possible to discover a whole other way of being, one that fits just fine. And, I learned amazing things about the female body.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Na'ama Yehuda

    Wonderful, demystifying, normalizing book about what many women did not have the opportunity or place to learn or know (and what many doctors--and research that was done only on men, to avoid the effects of 'hormonal fluctuations' on the result--could not tell us women about our own bodies). Love it. It is through that book that I realized why Aleve works for menstrual cramps for me while Advil and Motrin did not. It helped me understand other things, and it helped strengthen my relationship wit Wonderful, demystifying, normalizing book about what many women did not have the opportunity or place to learn or know (and what many doctors--and research that was done only on men, to avoid the effects of 'hormonal fluctuations' on the result--could not tell us women about our own bodies). Love it. It is through that book that I realized why Aleve works for menstrual cramps for me while Advil and Motrin did not. It helped me understand other things, and it helped strengthen my relationship with this amazing vessel that carries me daily. We women are blessed with a very fine tuned miracle maker body. Christiane Northrup points a light onto the many things that make it so, and how to make living in a female body more fluid, more gracious, more fun, and more fully understood. Love it. If you are a woman, you gotta read it. If you are a man, you REALLY have to read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma Scott

    A wonderful reference for women (like me) who know there are emotional connections/ramifications to our physical health, and want advice that addresses them with hard medical science too. (Causation, not just symptoms). Highly recommend for those also inclined.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Marquez,

    What more can I say? This book is life changing!! If you are a woman of any age, pick up this book and read it NOW. You will thank me later. :-)

  11. 4 out of 5

    missy jean

    pamy and julie...i finally read it! joe's mom actually had it on her bookshelf so i read it over the four days that we were in illinois. you were right: i loved it. i want to get a copy for myself and read it with a highlighter, because there were so many comforting parts (especially the parts about birth and nursing) that really spoke to some of the feelings i've had since the baby was born. what a great book... pamy and julie...i finally read it! joe's mom actually had it on her bookshelf so i read it over the four days that we were in illinois. you were right: i loved it. i want to get a copy for myself and read it with a highlighter, because there were so many comforting parts (especially the parts about birth and nursing) that really spoke to some of the feelings i've had since the baby was born. what a great book...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bárbara Antunes

    All young girls and women should read this!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lora

    I read most of this several years ago and recently pulled it back off the shelf for reference to present cares and woes. I have to say my initial response of enthusiasm for the book is still...mostly...there. It is a good reference for womens health issues and the many emotional and spiritual underlying causes of such physical manifestations. On the other hand, it crosses the line in its hostility to the entire idea of a patriarchal society. I always wonder if any aspect of our society is wrong I read most of this several years ago and recently pulled it back off the shelf for reference to present cares and woes. I have to say my initial response of enthusiasm for the book is still...mostly...there. It is a good reference for womens health issues and the many emotional and spiritual underlying causes of such physical manifestations. On the other hand, it crosses the line in its hostility to the entire idea of a patriarchal society. I always wonder if any aspect of our society is wrong in and of itself, or only wrong in the assumptions and the methos of application that we witness. Don't get me wrong, the history of the world has been a long endurance lesson for females. But so, I suspect, has it been for everyone. That aside, the examination of our addictive culture really made a lot of sense as Northrup opened up rotted old ideas and shed plenty of light on the ways women suffer in their lives, their own behaviors, and their bodies. There is lots here to give a woman tools to reconstruct her inner worold, and then move out into her outside world. It's just too bad that Northrup seems heavy on the 'dump-that-jerk' stories and light on the 'let's-work-it-out' stories. Maybe that's just the way i remember it, I'm not re-reading the entire thing. I also remember a very strong feeling of sharing in the personal stories and gaining strength for changes in my health, plus real options from more than one source of medical learning, and practical ways to make a start. So, overall: a fresh approach to a woman's life that is holistic rather than throwing pills at her and telling her she's being uncooperative; but as with all books, there are parts where you can take it or leave it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    steph

    I've been reading this book in spurts off and off since like May I believe. And since the year is almost up, I figured I should add it to my GR pile before I forget. This book has good and not so good parts. The good parts is that the author really stresses the importance of getting to know your body and how so many people are quick to turn to medicine and things that manipulate your body before even understanding how their body works. I like also how she stresses that everything influences you I've been reading this book in spurts off and off since like May I believe. And since the year is almost up, I figured I should add it to my GR pile before I forget. This book has good and not so good parts. The good parts is that the author really stresses the importance of getting to know your body and how so many people are quick to turn to medicine and things that manipulate your body before even understanding how their body works. I like also how she stresses that everything influences you -your stress, your emotions, your lifestyle, etc. It works in tangent with your body so in order to be your best functioning self, you must take care of all aspects of you. I liked that and I think that is important to understand. Also I liked that the chapters are split by body type/need so it makes for easy reference when your need a certain thing clarified but don't want to go through the whole book again. However the bad parts is that this author has a tendency to override or blame the patricharal society for all of our modern day issues and really stresses returning to the Goddess of old mindset which is not for me. So pretty much I say this is a good book full of good information about females and their bodies but not all of it may pertain to each individual reader. So take what works for you and ignore the rest.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    My therapist recommended this book to me and I was very surprised when it arrived and was about 900 pages. I have not read it completely as at the moment I have no use for the chapters on pregnancy and menopause, though I do plan to read the pregnancy chapters soon and will add to this review. I would have given the book 5 stars but there were a few things that I didn't really like. This book is very interesting, the author is a gynecologist but talks about a lot of things I would assume traditio My therapist recommended this book to me and I was very surprised when it arrived and was about 900 pages. I have not read it completely as at the moment I have no use for the chapters on pregnancy and menopause, though I do plan to read the pregnancy chapters soon and will add to this review. I would have given the book 5 stars but there were a few things that I didn't really like. This book is very interesting, the author is a gynecologist but talks about a lot of things I would assume traditional Western gynecologists don't speak to their patients about, such as how our menstrual cycles alone with the lunar cycle and a great deal of Eastern medical ideas. My therapist recommended it mainly because I have gynecological issues and the books talks a lot about accepting our cycles as a normal part of our female lives. It also contains a great deal of useful information on everything from the various parts of your cycle, gynecological problems, PMS, hormone imbalances and everything else in between. There is a great deal of information on female sexuality and anatomy as well. Overall, I think this is a great book and almost a reference manual that every women should at least read, if not own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    I LOVE this book! I keep it by my bed and look things up frequently. I'm a healthy person but I find it comforting to have answers to questions I may encounter right at my fingertips. Originally, I was recommended this book when I was experiencing multiple frequent ovarian cysts rupturing (incredibly painful), and the doctors I was going to had very little advice or answers for me. This book explained more about what was happening in my body than the doctors could. The cause ended up being (as f I LOVE this book! I keep it by my bed and look things up frequently. I'm a healthy person but I find it comforting to have answers to questions I may encounter right at my fingertips. Originally, I was recommended this book when I was experiencing multiple frequent ovarian cysts rupturing (incredibly painful), and the doctors I was going to had very little advice or answers for me. This book explained more about what was happening in my body than the doctors could. The cause ended up being (as far as I can tell), birth control that I simply cannot take. Since then, I have used this book for countless little and big questions I've had including pregnancy. I would recommend this book to any woman or man that wants to be informed about women's' bodies and health.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This is an excellent book to have on hand at home as a reference manual. I think it would be a great book for teaching young girls about their body. The topics covered in the book are: women's anatomy (uterus, ovaries, breasts, vagina), menstrual cycle, pregnancy & birth, fertility, motherhood, menopause, healthy eating, exercising, medical care, flourishing and healing. The book is over 900 pages so it's not really meant for a complete "read through" like I did. I think one might read parts as t This is an excellent book to have on hand at home as a reference manual. I think it would be a great book for teaching young girls about their body. The topics covered in the book are: women's anatomy (uterus, ovaries, breasts, vagina), menstrual cycle, pregnancy & birth, fertility, motherhood, menopause, healthy eating, exercising, medical care, flourishing and healing. The book is over 900 pages so it's not really meant for a complete "read through" like I did. I think one might read parts as they need it or want to learn more. It's very comprehensive and has lots of recommendations for further reading in specific topics. But it's not written so clinically that you can't understand it. I could totally read this in a room full of children and still be able to follow and concentrate.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Recco

    This is an amazing book. A friend recommended this book to me when I mentioned that I was having issues with my health. I expected this book to have a lot of information about that, but really didn't expect to find such a weath of information on women's wellness -- from stress to diet and exercise, to attitudes... I learned that there is so much more to health than simply dealing with illnesses. Illnesses are nothing more than our body's way of telling us to re-evaluate our attitudes and habits, This is an amazing book. A friend recommended this book to me when I mentioned that I was having issues with my health. I expected this book to have a lot of information about that, but really didn't expect to find such a weath of information on women's wellness -- from stress to diet and exercise, to attitudes... I learned that there is so much more to health than simply dealing with illnesses. Illnesses are nothing more than our body's way of telling us to re-evaluate our attitudes and habits, and to find balance in our everyday lives.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angie Libert

    I have dismissed Dr. Northrup for years because of her MD title. I falsely assumed that an MD would not speak truth. Well, just like all prejudices, I discovered I was wrong! :) This lady is fabulously insightful and knowledgeable. She has meshed her MD knowledge with Eastern medicine into a truly beneficial wealth of knowledge about women and their bodies. I am looking forward to reading more of her material!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    This is one I will be reading through for ages to come. I skip around and read what applies to me at that time in my life. Not for everyone, as the author gives a more holistic approach when healing the mind, body, and soul.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly D.

    This is a tome of knowledge on women's bodies and health conditions that blends Western science with spiritual/energetic knowledge and practices. This is a tome of knowledge on women's bodies and health conditions that blends Western science with spiritual/energetic knowledge and practices.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Exceptional book, taking medical, holistic, cultural, and spiritual studies to connect women's health issues to their lifestyles, giving insights on how to cleanse the associated health problems and behaviors from our beings. Tuning into feminine intuition, Northrup helps pinpoint weak areas,giving advice to change those around.Filled with specific diets, medicinal advice, alternative therapies, and plenty of women's own stories, this book can be an empowering tool for any woman who has ever tho Exceptional book, taking medical, holistic, cultural, and spiritual studies to connect women's health issues to their lifestyles, giving insights on how to cleanse the associated health problems and behaviors from our beings. Tuning into feminine intuition, Northrup helps pinpoint weak areas,giving advice to change those around.Filled with specific diets, medicinal advice, alternative therapies, and plenty of women's own stories, this book can be an empowering tool for any woman who has ever thought "is this normal?", or wondered what her body was trying to tell her. While I did not agree with some of Northrup's assertions, particularly that women have always been held back by men, society, and religious institutions so that we must reclaim our identities (and some of the African stuff just didn't resonate with me), I am happy with the freedom that she gives to women who have felt chained down. You have to remember that this is a book by a somewhat feminist author, fighting her way into a male-dominated profession, where she sacrificed much of her time with family to prove something. This is a book about and for women; it wouldn't serve her purpose to include insights on how the role of men has changed over past generations and how they are also having to re-examine their roles and identities, and how working together we might find the perfect balance in our relationships.It seems that in most of her personal stories, the women she helps end up changing their health habits--and their husbands. While this is advisable in abusive relationships, I find it interesting that Northrup in her own story (around page 800) moves through her own issues, describing how she and her husband had to adjust their relationship to meet both of their needs, working intensely to keep this relationship that was so valuable to her. Instead of saving this for last, I wish she would have expounded on this earlier, modeling one more healthy behavior that can help heal women and their partners significantly. Perhaps in the next book. Still, with all the incredible information and insights, and my lack of medical expertise, this book will remain on my shelf as an ongoing resource for years to come.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    Absolutely incredible

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I finally got through this monster of a book. It probably isn't normally a book you read straight through, but instead only the sections pertinent to you currently. However, I have this problem of having to read every word from start to finish. Maybe I wouldn't feel this compulsion if I owned it instead of checking it out at the library. I actually would consider buying it and having it around as a reference book, as soon as I can afford buying books just for kicks! I liked a lot of the author's I finally got through this monster of a book. It probably isn't normally a book you read straight through, but instead only the sections pertinent to you currently. However, I have this problem of having to read every word from start to finish. Maybe I wouldn't feel this compulsion if I owned it instead of checking it out at the library. I actually would consider buying it and having it around as a reference book, as soon as I can afford buying books just for kicks! I liked a lot of the author's ideas about emotional health affecting physical health and I subscribe to these beliefs to an extent. However, there were a few areas where I felt the author was a little extreme and I was uncomfortable with her ideas. On the whole, there is a lot of great information about taking care of our bodies, especially in section three. I told my mom to read the first and third sections and then just read what she wanted out of the second. I would give this advice to anyone about to start this book. Anyway, it has definitely made me think a little differently; I'm having a hard time looking at dairy products like I used to!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suzan Lemont

    I read (the relevant parts of) this book when I was having trouble conceiving my second child, and those parts were really useful and I think contributed to my eventual success in conceiving and birthing another child. But I have been hearing that the newer version includes some very "woo-woo" ideas, or what may seem like dabbling in mystical/unscientific areas. Though I have no objection at all to considering energetic reasons for health issues/blockages, etc. I can see why many people would ei I read (the relevant parts of) this book when I was having trouble conceiving my second child, and those parts were really useful and I think contributed to my eventual success in conceiving and birthing another child. But I have been hearing that the newer version includes some very "woo-woo" ideas, or what may seem like dabbling in mystical/unscientific areas. Though I have no objection at all to considering energetic reasons for health issues/blockages, etc. I can see why many people would either feel uncomfortable with them as presented, or just don't buy into the idea that you "give yourself" cancer or that you are ill because it's your own fault (and I'm one of those that does not subscribe to this view - even if I recognize that our thoughts and beliefs and traumas can have a profound influence on our health). I remember it as having lots to offer though, and am thinking maybe i should get a copy for my daughters. My own copy has disappeared somewhere along the way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Esin

    This book came in highly recommended but it was a disappointment. I must warn anyone else about the non-scientific and very anectodal nature of "proofs", the fatphobia and the anti-vaxer attitude with no ground. The second star is for getting me to think more on celebrating womanhood and my relationship with my mother/family and possible health affects. Yet, you can be sure that in every chapter there is one or more stories about rape, incest or childhood abuse. The writer tells us to control ou This book came in highly recommended but it was a disappointment. I must warn anyone else about the non-scientific and very anectodal nature of "proofs", the fatphobia and the anti-vaxer attitude with no ground. The second star is for getting me to think more on celebrating womanhood and my relationship with my mother/family and possible health affects. Yet, you can be sure that in every chapter there is one or more stories about rape, incest or childhood abuse. The writer tells us to control our eating and pretty much everything in our lives (based on non-convincing evidence) while telling us to "let go". It was a waste of money for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ink Drinker

    I don’t know when they last updated Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom but the 1998 version (updated from 1989) is archaic. At the time, I’m sure having a book openly talk about the challenges in the female body was helpful. In 2020, it’s comes off as dismissive and at times like mansplaining. It’s well documented that an increase in hormones can cause a variety of ailments with your digestive system as well as mental health, which this book denies.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    No I didn't read the whole book in a day but I have read it before so just revisited a few chapters. So I don't necessarily agree with Northrup about everything in this book but the essence of it is important: look after all aspects of your body, and love yourself first and foremost. Also a good reminder to get regular health checks and pay attention to what your body is telling you. No I didn't read the whole book in a day but I have read it before so just revisited a few chapters. So I don't necessarily agree with Northrup about everything in this book but the essence of it is important: look after all aspects of your body, and love yourself first and foremost. Also a good reminder to get regular health checks and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Read the 2020 version. Good themes of listening to your body, discoving mind-body connections, and getting help from doctors and therapists if needed. But too demanding, victim-blamey, and woo for me. The message feels opressive rather than freeing. All the romanticizing of "ancient" Chinese healing and shamaistic rituals was appropriation. Read the 2020 version. Good themes of listening to your body, discoving mind-body connections, and getting help from doctors and therapists if needed. But too demanding, victim-blamey, and woo for me. The message feels opressive rather than freeing. All the romanticizing of "ancient" Chinese healing and shamaistic rituals was appropriation.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Best

    The "This is You" book for women. This book is rich with information, and with ideas that don't see the light of day in traditional medicine. Not sure if I buy all of it, but it is certainly thought-provoking! The "This is You" book for women. This book is rich with information, and with ideas that don't see the light of day in traditional medicine. Not sure if I buy all of it, but it is certainly thought-provoking!

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