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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, 906 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Bantam (first published 1994)
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Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: project_apoc
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
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Andee Marley
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"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 rated it it was amazing
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
Daniel Donatelli
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Na'ama Yehuda
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Emma Scott
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Olivia Marquez,
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. :-)
Samantha Rizzo
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
missy jean
Aug 31, 2007 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... ...more
Bárbara Antunes
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
All young girls and women should read this!
Jan 13, 2013 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
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
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
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 ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca Recco
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
Nov 24, 2009 is currently reading it
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.
A must read for every woman!
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2008 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
Suzan Lemont
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Suzan by: Pamala Lewis
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 ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
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Feb 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
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.
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! ...more
Polina Blair
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. This is the best book about women's Heath I read. ...more
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