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Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Healthby Christiane Northrup
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With such groundbreaking bestsellers as Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause, Dr. Christiane Northrup is one of today's most trusted and visionary medical experts. Now she presents her most profound and revolutionary approach to women's health.... Mother-Daughter Wisdom.
The mother-daughter relationship sets the stage for our state of health and well-being for our entire lives. Because our mothers are our first and most powerful female role models, our most deeply ingrained beliefs about ourselves as women come from them. And our behavior in relationships — with food, with our children, with our mates, and with ourselves — is a reflection of those beliefs. Once we understand our mother-daughter bonds, we can rebuild our own health, whatever our age, and create a lasting positive legacy for the next generation.
Mother-Daughter Wisdom introduces an entirely new map of female development, exploring the "five facets of feminine power," which range from the basics of physical self-care to the discovery of passion and purpose in life. This blueprint allows any woman — whether or not she has children — to repair the gaps in her own upbringing and create a better adult relationship with her mother. If she has her own daughter, it will help her be the mother she has always wanted to be.
Drawing on patient case histories and personal experiences, Dr. Northrup also presents findings at the cutting edge of medicine and psychology. Discover:
"The author of the bestselling The Wisdom of Menopause and a certified ob/gyn takes a more expansive look at women's health and how the mother-daughter relationship affects it in this opinionated handbook-cum-memoir. Northrup's philosophy that 'our bodies and our beliefs about them were formed in the soil of our mother's emotions, beliefs, and behaviors' may turn off some readers, while others may take issue with her comment that 'some men fear either they or their wives are inferior if they cannot have a son.' These theories aren't backed up as much by scientific evidence (although in the latter example, Northrup does cite a 1975 study) as by anecdotes from her life as a mother of two daughters and her experiences with her patients. The book's opening section ('the Foundation of Mother-Daughter Health,' i.e., pregnancy) mixes obvious health tips (e.g., don't drink alcohol while pregnant) with more informative ones (e.g., take prenatal vitamins such as beta carotene and folic acid). Northrup seems more comfortable when she moves on to discussing how a mother can most effectively take care of her daughter's emotional and physical health from the ages of three months to 21 years old, and her best and most heartfelt advice is on dealing with teenage daughters. She suggests moms not become their daughters' social directors, and that they hold daughters accountable. Nuggets like these are certainly valuable; it's unfortunate that they're buried in such a massive and uneven outlay of information. Agent, Ned Leavitt. (Mar.) Forecast: TV tie-ins could help this sell well; the book's publication is timed to coincide with a PBS special of the same name, and Northrup has appeared on Oprah." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this challenging work, the bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom explores the extraordinary bond between a mother and daughter, and explains how these bonds lead to the rebuilding of health for mothers and insure a healthy future for their daughters.
From the author of the extraordinary million-copy-plus bestseller "The Wisdom of Menopause" comes her most profound and revolutionary approach to women's health yet. To be published simultaneously with a nationwide PBS special.
About the Author
Christiane Northrup, M.D., is the bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause, and host of four previous public television specials. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with more than twenty-five years of clinical experience, she trained at Dartmouth Medical School and Tufts New England Medical Center. She is also past-president of the American Holistic Medical Association and has pioneered the partnership between conventional and complementary medicine. Her work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, among many other media appearances. She lives in Maine and is the mother of two adult daughters.
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