In 1971, a wonderful book was published by The Boston Women’s Health Cooperative and it was called Our Bodies Our Selves. It was here that I first discovered Dr. Christiane Northrup, an OB-GYN . I scurried out to purchase my own copy. No regrets here.
I shared my copy with my Mother as she did not know all those things about her body either and she could study by herself the material and not talk about it as she was taught.
I gave the book as wedding shower gifts and graduation presents to all of my friends.
I purchased several updates along the way and in December of 2010, I gave each of my daughters a copy of the new and revised edition.
In the 90’s I purchased a copy of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and am aware that a new revised edition is being published January of 2012. My copy looks ragged and worn, because I refer to it so often. I am debating whether or not to purchase the new 2012 edition…I got a new copy in 2009 as my original was just worn out.
In the early 2000s Dr. Northrup wrote a book called The Wisdom of Menopause. This book was almost too late to be helpful to me and yet I find myself still opening it up and referencing and sharing my copy with at least 25 other women. I still like to keep it right by my reading chair and look at it at least monthly or when my current physician does not have time to share adequately with me about the medications or diagnosis being made. The book is much more reliable and accurate than any other resource I have found.
I also own an Herbal Pharmacy and Remedy Book, in which I can look up the assistance I need for earaches and nosebleeds and indigestion in the middle of the night in order to care in the moment. This has to be a personal choice because you have to find one YOU Trust.
This is the resource where I found putting VICK’s Ointment on the soles of your feet and then cozy socks will stop you coughing for the whole night. I have shared that advice a number of times in comments and on this blog. The binding is falling apart and the pages are loose because I have counted on mine for 30 years, but it is out of date.
I have referred 5 people since the start of this year to these books. Men need to know about these books and be supportive of women’s health initiatives. Folks are starting to understand that they have to know about their own bodies and what their bodies are saying, in order to get an appropriate diagnosis and assistance from their Physician or other health care provider.
I cannot imagine going through life without having these books nearby. With Women’s healthcare so on the line in the USA and being so attacked, I cannot imagine any woman not having a copy of these books by her side.
What is your body telling you? What are the resources you use? How do you listen? How do you know if the messages are deceptive?
The Internet is a good start point, and I have found that they are just not as good as any of these sources.
No one paid me to mention or review these books. The opinions stated here are my own and come from my use and research. These books have been invaluable to me in being my Do It Yourself (DIY) healthcare representative. I like knowing that my Physician and Naturopath have these books on their shelves too. How about you?
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