Wisdom of Menopause The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health During the Change

ISBN-10: 055380121X

ISBN-13: 9780553801217

Edition: 2001

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Dr. Christiane Northrup has become one of American women's most trusted medical advisers. In Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, she broke entirely new ground by demonstrating that women's most common medical problems are often rooted in the basic conditions of their lives -- and that they can return to health by learning to listen to their bodies. She also integrated advanced medical techniques with the best natural remedies, offering readers specific guidance on choosing the right approach for themselves. Now, in The Wisdom of Menopause, Dr. Northrup once again challenges convention. "The change" is not simply a collection of physical problems to be "fixed" -- whether with hormones or herbs -- but a mind-body revolution that brings the greatest opportunity for growth since adolescence. This vitally important new book examines the connection between menopause and a woman's emotional and spiritual life. And it stresses how the choices a woman makes now -- from the quality of her relationships to the quality of her diet--either secure her health and well-being for the rest of her life, or put her future at risk. Dr. Northrup draws on her own life-changing experiences -- as well as on many intimate case histories--to explore the transformative power of these years. Readers will learn: * how menopause literally rewires the brain, triggering a shift of priorities from nesting and caretaking to personal growth and equality * how to listen for the wake-up calls inherent in women's cyclic nature, from PMS to SAD to menopausal symptoms * how the body adjusts naturally to changing hormones, and how to make personalized decisions about HRT and alternative supplements * how to rebalance metabolism shifts and prevent middle-age spread * how to deal with the myths and realities of sexual changes and appearance issues * how to prevent long-term health problems such as heart disease, hormone-related cancers, and memory loss Candid and reassuring, The Wisdom of Menopause elucidates the changes women should expect from ages 40 to 55, and shows how these changes can be wonderfully life-affirming. Instead of dreading menopause as a time of loss, women will hear the real message their bodies are sending -- that this is a time of personal empowerment and positive energy ... and a time for women to break free and thrive.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/6/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892

Christiane Northrup received a medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and went on to complete her residency at Tufts New England Medical Center Affiliated Hospitals, where she received a Teacher of the Year Award at Tufts Medical School. She is an obstetrician and gynecologist who is a foremost advocate of women's health and wellness. She has written several books including Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom.

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Journey Begins
Midlife: Redefining Creativity and Home
Why I'm Writing a Menopause Book Now
Blazing a New Trail
Menopause Puts Your Life Under a Microscope
"Not Me, My Marriage Is Fine"
The Childbearing Years: Balancing Personal and Professional Lives
Why Marriages Must Change at Midlife
My Personal Fibroid Story: The Final Chapter
Feeling the Joy of Co-creative Partnership
The Forces That Change the Goose Also Change the Gander
Real Menopause Hits
My Marriage Goes Bankrupt
Armadillo Medicine: The Power of Vulnerability
Celebrating the Past While Creating a New Future
The Brain Catches Fire at Menopause
Our Cultural Inheritance
Our Brains Catch Fire at Menopause
Learning to Recognize and Heed Our Wake-up Calls
Is It Me or Is It My Hormones? Debunking the Myth of Raging Hormones
The Multiple Roles of Your "Reproductive" Hormones
Embracing the Message Behind Our Menopausal Anger
Emotions, Hormones, and Your Health
How Our Midlife Brains and Bodies Are Set Up to Heal Our Past
Finding a Larger Meaning
Coming Home to Yourself: From Dependence to Healthy Autonomy
The Empty-Nest Syndrome
Boomerang Babies
Powerful Feelings, Powerful Healing
Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Others: Finding the Balance
Hitting Pay Dirt: Getting Clear About Money at Midlife
Coming Home to Yourself
Vocational Awakening at Midlife
A Road Map for Navigating Unknown Territory
This Can't Be Menopause, Can It? The Physical Foundation of the Change
What Is Happening in Your Body: Hormonal Changes
Perimenopause Is a Normal Process, Not a Disease
The Three Types of Menopause
Perimenopause and Hormonal Levels
Is There a Test I Can Take?
Menopause and Thyroid Function
Menopause and Adrenal Function
What to Expect in Your Transition
Hormone Replacement: An Individual Choice
A Brief History of Hormone Replacement
Bioidentical Hormones: Nature's Ideal Design
A Hormone Primer: Essential Information Every Woman Should Know
How to Decide Whether or Not to Take Hormones
A Dusting of Hormones
How Long Should You Stay on Hormones?
Foods and Supplements to Support the Change
Basic Principles of Herbal Therapy at Menopause
Menopausal Healing Foods
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Menopause
Start Somewhere
The Menopause Food Plan: A Program to Balance Your Hormones and Prevent Middle-Age Spread
Making Peace (Once Again) with My Weight
Five Steps to Midlife Weight Control
The Elements of Imbalance
The Hormone-Balancing Food Plan
Optimizing Midlife Digestion
The Final Frontier: Accepting Our Bodies
Creating Pelvic Health and Power
What Is Yours, What Is Mine, What Is Ours? Reclaiming Our Boundaries
Hormonal Imbalance: Fuel to the Fire
Menstrual Cramps and Pelvic Pain
Heavy Bleeding
Fibroids
An Empowered Approach to Surgery or Invasive Procedures
Strengthen Your Urinary Health and Pelvic Floor Muscles
Sex and Menopause: Myths and Reality
The Anatomy of Desire
Sexuality at Menopause: Our Cultural Inheritance
Menopause Is a Time to Redefine and Update Our Relationships
Hormone Levels Are Only One Part of Libido
Secondary Libidinal Support: Estrogen and Progesterone
Testosterone: The Hormone of Desire?
Aids to Lubrication
Telling the Truth
Nine Steps to Rekindling Libido
Nurturing Your Brain: Sleep, Depression, and Memory
Enhancing Midlife Sleep
Depression: An Opportunity for Growth
Memory Loss at Menopause: Is This Alzheimer's?
Estrogen and Alzheimer's
Non-hormonal Ways to Protect Your Brain
Maximizing Midlife Wisdom
From Rosebud to Rose Hip: Cultivating Midlife Beauty
Making Peace with Your Changing Skin
Preventing or Treating Wrinkles
Midlife Acne
Rosacea
Hair in the Wrong Places
When Good Skin Care Isn't Enough: Deciding on Cosmetic Procedures
Varicose Veins
Standing Tall for Life: Building Healthy Bones
Osteoporosis: The Scope of the Problem
We're Designed for Lifetime Sturdiness
How Healthy Bone Is Made
Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?
Measuring Bone Density
Bone-Building Program
What About Bone-Building Drugs?
Get Strong
The Sunlight-Bone Health Connection
Shore Up Your Earth Connection with Plant Medicine
Creating Breast Health
Our Cultural Inheritance: Nurturing and Self-Sacrifice
The Emotional Anatomy of Breast Cancer
Lifestyle and Breast Health
Eating for Breast Health
Breast Cancer Screening
Putting Breast Cancer Risk in Perspective
The Breast Cancer Gene: Should You Be Tested?
The Effect of HRT on Breast Health
Bioidentical Hormones and Cancer Risk
The Tamoxifen Dilemma
Living with Heart, Passion, and Joy: How to Listen to and Love Your Midlife Heart
The Heart Has Its Say at Menopause: My Personal Story
Cardiovascular Disease: When the Flow of Life Is Blocked
Palpitations: Your Heart's Wake-up Call
Gender Bias and Heart Disease: Our Cultural Inheritance
Arteriosclerosis: Reducing Your Risk
Carbohydrates, Sugar, and Heart Health: What Every Woman Should Know
Cardioprotective Supplements
Foods for Heart Health
What About Aspirin?
Get Moving!
Is Estrogen Replacement Necessary to Prevent Heart Disease?
How to Love and Respect Your Midlife Heart
The Heart-Opening Effect of Pets
Epilogue: The Calm After the Storm
Notes
Resources
Index
About the Author
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