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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  7,597 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom powerfully demonstrates that when women change the basic conditions of their lives that lead to health problems, they heal faster, more completely, and with far fewer medical interventions. Now Dr. Northrup brings us vital new information about the best techniques of Western medicine and the best alternative therapies, showing how to incorpor ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Hay House, Inc. (first published 1994)
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Dec 03, 2013 Kathryn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 ...more
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
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
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
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
missy ward-lambert
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...
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
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.
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
I love this book. This is the best book about women's Heath I read.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Debby Eubank
This book was of huge impact in my life and was the first book that came forth on how our emotional bodies are in direct correlation to our health. It also spoke to me from a women's perspective to validate our experiences, existence, and emotions in the sea of others suggesting otherwise. Hugely empowering book for women and I highly recommend this book for any women who is struggling with health issues. Our biology is in our tissues and it starts with our emotions. This book was instrumental i ...more
This book was only $2.99 on iBooks and being that it's almost 1400 pages filled with great, useful information pertaining to women's health I thought I'd want it in print but it's actually really handy to have right on my phone/tablet. Ladies, go to iBooks and buy this, every woman should have this book!
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I thought this was an interesting book. Fascinating on many levels. I didn't purchase it, I borrowed it from the library. However, I think it would be a good reference book to have in your health library. It's really not one I would just sit down and read cover to cover, but it is one I would refer back to over and over again.

Northrup talks a lot about the mind/body connection and I also appreciate her approach that western medicine should go hand in hand with holistic/natural healing. That is
Jul 16, 2012 Jessica is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature Young Adults and Adults
Recommended to Jessica by: Mentor
At first sight this book could be a bit intimidating because of the size and also because it's been written and contributed to by M.D.'s and psychologists. So far, this has been a great book. It's easy to 'skim' over the medical lingo, but still find a deep connection with the mental and spiritual advice accompanying the medical stuff. For young women struggling with self-image and self-confidence this is a great text. It's also really good for those working to heal from different forms of bodil ...more
If you're a woman, buy this book! Then read it! It's packed full of information about your heatlth: your body, your mind, and the connections between the two. It's written in the form of an encyclopedia, in that it has chapters devoted to various segments of women's various systems and their health in general, so you can use it as a reference item. But it is also very interesting if you read it as a typical book; I read it from cover to cover. Christine Northrup is a women's doctor, a woman, a d ...more
First- this is a very long book. Don't expect to read it in a couple of days! Dr. Northrup is very much a believer in the body-mind-spirit continuum and the law of attraction. She has fascinating insight into women's bodies, our processes, our power. A lot of this book I couldn't quite buy into 100%, but it was fascinating and made me think. I am sure that I will read parts of it again and again. I think every woman should read this book, as it provides insight into many things, and definitely r ...more
Sarah Jane
Dec 16, 2008 Sarah Jane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the ladies
Shelves: haveread, favorites
This book damn near changed my life. Dr. Northrup has an incredible/unique take on every element of women's health. She will keep you engaged and interested until you reach the very end (and this book is like 800 pages long!) Though it's targeted at upper-middle class women who have access to money, health care, and time-the concepts behind it are mostly accessible. For the most part I was incredibly moved that a more main-stream women's health book linked women's health to patriarchy and capita ...more
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