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

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,847 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
When it was first published in 1994, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom quickly became an international bestseller, and for the past fifteen years it has remained the veritable bible of women’s health. Now, in this revised and updated edition, world-renowned and much-beloved women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup shares with us the latest developments and advances that ...more
Paperback, Revised, 960 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Bantam (first published 1994)
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Dec 03, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women interested in understanding their bodies more in both a physical and emotional sense
Shelves: non-fiction
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, ...more
Jun 14, 2009 lola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Andrea Marley
Feb 01, 2015 Andrea Marley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Pamela Wells
Mar 15, 2010 Pamela Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 15, 2009 LizG rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca Recco
Aug 24, 2009 Rebecca Recco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
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 ...more
missy jean
Aug 31, 2007 missy jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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...
Nov 24, 2009 Kristie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Ani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted this to be a great encyclopedic reference for health problems, but I barely made it through the first two chapters. Her idea of citations, references, and studies that are even vaguely usable are very shaky to me. By the time I read that she updated her book to say that following a Paleo diet was the only way to real nutritional health, I was pretty down. No doctor should be recommending a fad diet -- even one that does seem to be based on getting plenty to eat**. I haven't read ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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 ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Lora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Willow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, health
I LOVE this book! I keep it by my bed and look things up in it frequently. I'm a healthy person and I just find it comforting to have answers to any questions I may encounter right at my fingertips. Originally, I was recommended this book when I was experiencing frequent, multiple 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 did. The cause ended ...more
Aug 05, 2008 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting. She has an interesting perspective on things. I gained insight from certain ideas. However it gave me a weird vibe. I also thought it a bit of a stretch attributing menstrual cramps and such to sexual abuse or some emotional issue. I don't think there has to be some devastating tragedy happen to you to get cramps. Sometimes it is a matter of a nutritional deficiency. I don't want to be too critical because I didn't read it very close and I certainly didn't read the whole th ...more
Blakeley Taylor
Sep 01, 2015 Blakeley Taylor rated it really liked it
There have been multiple times where I have mentioned this book. Personally, I think it is a great start to learning about Women's Health. A few semesters ago, I took a Women's Health and this was one of the few books we used. For any women who wants a kickstart to understand more about Women's Health, this is a great book to start with.

Some of the topics that are in this book are a little touchy and sensitive, so read it knowing that your opinions may be a little different. This is more a medi
Angie Libert
Oct 09, 2015 Angie Libert rated it it was amazing
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!
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!
Adrienne Carmack
As a newly practicing urologist, having just finished my residency--in which the focus is on how to perform surgeries and make diagnoses--I could see that in the real world, there was a huge need for a more holistic approach to truly enable patients to heal. When I discovered this book and saw that Dr. Northrup espoused exactly the approach I was cultivating for my own patients, I cried! Not only does she give spot-on information for physical healing, but she makes sure to stress the all-too-oft ...more
Polina Blair
Jan 06, 2013 Polina Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. This is the best book about women's Heath I read.
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
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
Sep 11, 2011 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Žensko tijelo, ženska mudrost je divna knjiga koju preporučam svim ljudima otvorena uma, svakoj ženi i svim muškarcima koji vole svoje žene. :-)

Dr. Northrup je cijenjena američka ginekologinja koja radi u klinici Žene ženama te u pogledu zdravstvenog stanja svake žene naglašava neraskidivu vezu tijela i duha odnosno vezu duševnog stanja i tjelesnog zdravlja, a na temelju njezinog bogatog iskustva iz prakse možemo i sami zaključiti da je jedno s drugim čvrsto uzročno posljedično povezano. Naveden
Feb 02, 2010 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2007 Beth is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Women!
This book is an amazing reference for any woman to have on the shelf. I pick it up every so often to explore a certain topic (i.e., "breasts"!) or because I have a question or concern, and always end up reading way more than I expected. What I love is Dr. Northrup's philosophy that the mind and body are connected, and every explanation delves much deeper than just the physical. It really makes me start thinking about the reasons I feel the way I do about "female" issues - like how society affect ...more
Northrup was a new, young doctor. Afraid of peer resentment, she reluctantly took maternity leave and then got back to work while ignoring and medicating an angry breast. Her symptoms eventually caused permanent damage. This caused her to reflect on her self image and philosophy of medicine.

She made her own medical practice and decided to take context social, personal or otherwise needs to be taken into consideration when analyzing how to approach a symptom. She frequently cites a few writers I
Apr 15, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the way Dr. Northrup combines institutional medicine with alternative medicine with spiritual and emotional awareness. I've always known and often thought about the ways that emotional/spiritual health was absolutely linked to physical health, but this was the first book I've read that explicitly spelled out parts of that connection. I felt conflicted about the way the information is presented, though: the undifferentiated mixture of reviews of research and anecdotal evidence and ...more
Feb 09, 2011 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Okay, I didn't finish this. With the exception of the first few chapters, it's really more of a reference. I like the author's perspective on holistic health and the narratives she uses to illustrate how the emotional affects the physical, but there was a moment with a viking where she lost me.

I am also reading Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined Americaright now, and it made me view some of this info in a different light. The logic and culture of the h
Katie Curlee Hamblen
May 26, 2014 Katie Curlee Hamblen rated it really liked it
There's a lot of good information here. I am very familiar with alternative health practices, and the concept of chakras being blocked and this manifesting as physical health issues. I imagine many would read this book and find it a bit too New Age-y, but in truth, there is indeed a lot of "women's wisdom" that I think has been lost to us. Even if you do not agree with everything the author has to say-and I do not, necessarily-I think this book is great for setting you on a path of greater self- ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the 2nd edition of this book and really likes it. There were a lot of great medical details I just don't get when I visit my doctor!

I can't comment on other editions as I know the book does change quite a bit, and I haven't read those.

I also agree with other reviewers that you née to be careful while dealing with the emotional aspects of disease that you don't get new trauma by self blame, etc. just realize that your boy could be trying to get your attention about emotional issues that a
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