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THE CHANGE – DIY Healthcare Resources


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  The binding is falling apart and the pages are loose because I have counted on mine for 30 years, but it is out of date.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?

Dr. Christiane Northrup has an e-newsletter and also  Facebook 

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19 Responses to “THE CHANGE – DIY Healthcare Resources”

  1. Melody | Deliberate Receiving Says:

    Hey Patricia,

    I love it when you share resources that help to empower people and look after their own health. I’ve heard of Dr. Northrup, but strangely don’t own her books. Huh. Guess I’d better add them to my list. :)

    Thanks for these suggestions!

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    patricia Reply:

    I just had to write this post because the last 3 folks I listened too were all about women’s health issues and then 3 people I just met were talking about this area too and my book group –

    Not one person had seen or knew of these resources…well one knew of Dr. Northrup and the Our Bodies Our Selves book…

    I just said I must let people know….Since President Clinton was in office we have a division of women’s healthcare in this country and everything does not need to be word or mouth….there are some very valuable tools available now and people are not be burned at the stake for the information either…
    Tho our current politics might suggest otherwise

  2. Joshua Says:

    Thank you for sharing this resources. We really need to take care of our health. Remember the phrase, Health is Wealth.
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    patricia Reply:

    I think all of my studies indicate that Health is Wealth and I have found that to be personally true. Ignorance is not bliss

    I will come over and check out your vision exercises…I have been doing that for years too and it is working, with the help of good food
    Thank you for coming by and commenting

  3. Liara Covert Says:

    Its reassuring to trust whatever you require is always accessible and presents with perfect timing. You only ever notice what you are ready for or open to explore. Timeless wisdom and useful books are always welcomed. Love how intimate topics that used to evoke discomfort or silence are more widely being read and shared.
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    patricia Reply:

    Thank you for coming by. I found myself surrounded by people wanting to know information about their bodies and I just thought I better share this resource on a wider level…

    I find it hard to be patient with folks and let them catch up to my curiosity. My family never talked about any of these things and yet that is how most folks learned how to care for themselves over the years…

  4. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia – Oh yes, that book is a treasure to this day. What got me thru menopause however was Susan Weed’s menopause naturally book. My office has 3 walls of bookshelves packed with alternative/holistic health books, cookbooks and anything that relates to health and wellness. I had to get three giant bookcase for a bedroom upstairs where all my “other” books live now. Kind of gluttonous since I do get a lot of info on line as well, but then this is what I “do” as a nutritional counselor, stay informed on everything.
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    patricia Reply:

    I start with these resources with I too have bookshelves full and I am always curious to learn more.

    I would call the 14 years of my instant perimenopause/ menopause experience HELL on earth and all around and within me…there were not resources enough…

    Then when I was coming out of the fire more resources started to come my way…. I know susan Weed’s book and all the hormone books… but I did ponder on many days if dying of Ovarian Cancer might have been a better way to go.

  5. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    I have been a HUGE fan of Dr. Christiane Northrup for years (and years!). Not only have I read her books, but I’ve had the opportunity to be in the audience when she gave a presentation — outstanding!

    patricia Reply:

    You are very lucky indeed

    When I had to give up my subscription to her newsletter she sent me a copy of her lecture on JOY….for free…I have listened to it over a 100 times….it truly lifts me up

    I wish she had been my Dr. for the Ovarian Cancer aftermath…I think life would have been very different

  6. Jannie Funster Says:

    Well, that’s really interesting and potentially very valuable about the Vick’s on the soles, and comfy socks for a cough. That will stay with me, and might come in very handy one day.

    I’m thinking I probably have a sugar allergy, which was reconfirmed last evening when I ate part of a brownie, and a lemon square. Skin all itchy. So… the Sugar Lady will have to get off processed sugar. And I certainly have cut way back over the past year, but still room for improvement. Palm sugar is supposed to be good, has the make-up of fruit sugars.

    Thanks for another wise sharing post!

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    Patricia Reply:

    I have been working on sugar elimination myself these days…and headaches are going away…

    Thank you for your good comments Jannie…Always wonderful to find you here
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  7. Terrill Welch Says:

    Patricia I remember reading Our Bodies Our Selves as a teenager and thinking it was the best resource a woman could ever have. However, I end up using very few resources related to my health. I do listen to my body often and will occasionally I do a deeper investigation if something puzzles me or causes some challenges. But mostly I am healthy and well – not even getting a cold or flu but every few years. This may be from lack of exposure and adequate rest though rather than anything else I might be doing.

    I suppose my main focus has been on holistic wellness rather than being healthy in my body alone. I decided long ago not to separate my body from the rest of my being.

    I have also decided that aging and dying are normal. This took awhile. It didn’t come easy. I decided that yes, my hair will go white, my hands will age, my joints will be sore and stiff sometimes and I shall commit to honouring this process as a rite of passage towards my own eventual death. I shall smile at a missing name or a forgotten birth date and go look them up. I shall focus on my wellness and the aspects of my being that are healthy because this is what is available to me today. If I am tired after a three hour hike with my camera or an afternoon painting, I will go to bed early or have a nap rather than whine to myself about getting old. Do you hear that self?
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    Patricia Reply:

    I am working on healing my body and I do not have health insurance any more….one of those folks canceled by our health care system…

    I need great resources like the ones I share here, because I need to take care of myself and I want to be as healthy as I can be…

    I too listen to my body and have a great repor
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  8. Patricia Says:

    I am working on giving up sugar except for whole fruits….I ate some processed food over the weekend…just a small serving but a huge headache was the response – as a matter of fact it made me look to see if sugar was in the ingredients and yes it was – the new and improved product now has sugar.

    I wish you well on your eating endeavors and think these books are so good for reference and understanding
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  9. Talon Says:

    I have two of those books and really appreciate them tremendously. It’s good to be knowledgeable about our bodies and all the inevitable changes. So good of you to share your wisdom, Patricia. Thank you.
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    Patricia Reply:

    I like to know what my body is trying to tell me…and treat it well. Without health ins. I need good resources and I like her positive outlook on life and living

    I will try to get other blogs soon – We have had on again Off again Internet server and email today…and then my google connections have been troubled too…
    Too much snow 17″ in one day in a city with rare appearances of snow…Quite the event…most everything shut down as did Seattle which only got 5″
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  10. Brittany Says:

    I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed these books and reference them often to other women! I love books that are filled with lots of great info so you end up sticky-noting them or taking a lot of notes. :)
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    Patricia Reply:

    I thank you for coming on by…I have worn out several copies of these books I think they are that good.

    Women’s health was not studied much until the Clinton Presidency years – Breast cancer was researched on men! So to have these resources helped women move out of the dark ages and I think Dr. Northrup is such a positive, joyous educator

    Happy driving! loved your post
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