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On this page you will find books that we recommend that pertain to the situations we face at this time of our lives.

Are you looking for something that will help the man in your life understand what this is all about? Check out our "Men's Page"!
 

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This Is Not Your Mother's Menopause:
One Woman's Natural Journey Through Change
  by Trisha Posner

Excerpt from the cover of the book:
    ... Posner reveals how she developed a personal program to counter naturally the annoying symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes and headaches, as well as the more serious problems, like depression and loss of sexual desire. Ultimately, her unique regimen -- built around exercise, diet, and nutritional and herbal supplements -- not only eliminated her symptoms but significantly improved her health and quality of life.
    Trisha Posner's journey is a powerful reminder that women must be informed consumers about menopause, and proves that this passage affords a gateway to physical, spiritual, and emotional growth. Candid, at times irreverent and humorous, but ultimately empowering, This Is Not Your Mother's Menopause reveals how one modern woman took control of her health and her life with inspiring results.
 

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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause
  by John R. Lee and Virginia Hopkins

Excerpt from the cover of the book:
    Premenopausal symptoms, endometriosis, weight gain, low sex drive, fibrocystic breasts, heart disease, and osteoporosis - most women will experience these and other hormone-related problems. And today, millions of women concerned about aging must decide whether or not to undergo synthetic hormone replacement therapy - and suffer its side effects and increased risks of cancer.
   ... Dr. Lee brings you lifesaving facts that even your doctor may not know about Premarin, Provera, and other HRT drugs; gives you an easy-to-follow nonprescription "Hormone Balance" program; and tells you how to stay energized, strong, sexually vigorous, and free from "female problems" before menopause, during the menopausal years, and beyond.
 

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The Wisdom of Menopause:
Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change
  by Christiane Northrup
 
Excerpt from the cover of the book:
   ... "The change" is not simply a collection of physical problems to be "fixed" -- whether with hormones or herbs -- but a mind-body revolution that brings the greatest opportunity for growth since adolescence. This vitally important new book examines the connection between menopause and a woman's emotional and spiritual life. And it stresses how the choices a woman makes now -- from the quality of her relationships to the quality of her diet -- either secure her health and well-being for the rest of her life, or put her future at risk.
   Candid and reassuring, The Wisdom of Menopause elucidates the changes women should expect from ages 40 to 55, and shows how these changes can be wonderfully life-affirming. Instead of dreading menopause as a time of loss, women will hear the real message their bodies are sending -- that this is a time of personal empowerment and positive energy ... and a time for women to break free and thrive.
 

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You're Not Crazy It's Your Hormones:  The Hormone Diva's Workbook
  by Larrian M. Gillespie, MD
 
Publishers remarks:
This book will take you step by step through a complete hormonal workup. With a hefty dollop of knowledge, a pinch of guidance and a twist of determination, every woman can learn the secrets to balancing her hormones.
 
 
 
 

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Living Well with Menopause:
What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You... That You Need to Know
  by: Carolyn Chambers Clark
 
From the Publisher: 
   For thirty years, board-certified holistic practitioner, master's-prepared nurse, and doctorally prepared educator Carolyn Chambers Clark has been helping women navigate the challenges of menopause. Now she can help you with her breakthrough guide that addresses the full range of medical, alternative, and complementary self-care strategies, with easy-to-follow guidelines for avoiding the pitfalls of menopause.
   Having been through this natural process herself, and having counseled countless other menopausal women, Clark is a compassionate voice clearly addressing the risks and possible benefits of hormone therapies, offering easy-to-understand advice, and providing the most comprehensive menopause program available.
 

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Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell
  by Debra Waterhouse. MPH, RD
 
Excerpt from the cover of the book:
   ... paves the way for many women as they combat mid-life weight gain. With her revolutionary program, women aged thirty-five to fifty-five will learn techniques to maintain an optimistic outlooks which exercises are best and why; how to eat your favorite foods and still lose weight; and how to succeed through self-care and stress management.
   Written with Waterhouse's signature clarity, compassion, and humor, this book is the ultimate solution for the millions of women battling with their weight through menopause
 

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The Menopause Diet: Lose Weight and Boost Your Energy
  by Larrian Gillespie
 
Excerpt from the cover of the book:
   ... the first book to deal with the #1 complaint of women entering menopause, providing scientific proof that women must eat differently from men if they want to lose weight and keep it off.
   ... The Menopause Diet guides women in making choices about hormone replacement therapy and nutritional support so they can be the healthiest women ever.
 
 
 
Other books by Dr. Gillespie:

You're Not Crazy It's Your Hormones The Hormone Diva's Workbook 
The Menopause Diet Mini Meal Cookbook
The Goddess Diet
The Menopause Diet Daily Journal
The Gladiator Diet: How to Preserve Peak Health, Sexual Energy and a Strong Body at Any Age

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Menopause Guidebook:
Helping Women Make Informed Healthcare Decisions through Perimenopause and Beyond
 
Published in April 2001by the North American Menopause Society, the 'Menopause Guidebook' is the most complete and current discussion of the subject available anywhere. In its 60 pages is information on perimenopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms and long-term effects of estrogen loss, and a wide variety of therapies to enhance health.
 
You may view this book in its entirety on-line or order this book for a nominal fee at this link: http://www.menopause.org/edumaterials/guidebook/guidebook.html

 

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The Hormone Connection:
Revolutionary Discoveries Linking Hormones and Women's Health Problems
  by Gale Maleskey, Mary Kittel, Mary S. Kittel, and the Prevention Health Books for Women Staff
  Presented by the Prevention Health Books for Women
 
An in-depth guide to the fundamental connection between women's hormones & women's health. 

 


 

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Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife
  by Donna Henes

From the Publisher:
   From one of the leading spiritual practitioners writing and working today, a landmark book that celebrates a new mythic model for the middle years of a woman's life-the Queen! 
   Millions of women are now entering or in the midst of midlife. With unprecedented freedom, education, longevity, and wealth, they hold positions of unheard of responsibility and stature. No longer Maidens, nor Mothers, and not yet old Crones, the question arises: Where do these dynamic, accomplished middle-aged women fit into the traditional description of the three stages of womanhood? 
   In The Queen of My Self, Donna Henes proposes a completely original paradigm - that of the midlife Queen, a woman in her prime who has achieved wisdom, mastery, and self-esteem - that reflects more accurately the realities and needs of women today. Henes draws on history, mythology, and literature, her own life experience, as well as stories from women in many different societies, situations and stations to provide upbeat, practical, and ceremonial inspiration for all women who want to enjoy the fruits of an influential, passionate, and powerful maturity.

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Double Menopause:
What to Do when Both You and Your Mate Have Hormonal Changes Together
  by Nancy Cetel
 
Excerpt from the cover of the book:
Until now, there has been no authoritative guide for midlife couples on how to deal with the common physical and psychological changes occurring in both women and men as a result of waning sex hormones. Now Dr. Nancy Cetel shows how andropause, the hormonal transition occurring in men between the ages of forty and sixty-five, has physical and emotional similarities to menopause in women. Dr. Cetel identifies the signs and symptoms of menopause and andropause, and shows how they often undermine stable relationships. She cuts through the myths concerning midlife sexuality and describes fun, practical techniques for resolving marital conflicts and reigniting midlife love hormones.

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Bring It On! Women Embracing Midlife
  by Christine Carter Schaap

Publishers Comments:
   Bring It On! Women Embracing Midlife takes a fresh, upbeat approach to the transition women make at midlife, guiding you on the path to living a productive life with passion and purpose - no matter what your age! Author Christine Carter Schaap prepares you for the changes and unique challenges you face as a midlife woman and helps you make positive, life-changing choices for flourishing during the second half of life. Filled with real-life stories to motivate and inspire you, Bring It On! lays the groundwork for living an authentic, fulfilling and abundant life. "Powerful and practical...it can really change your life!"

 

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The Hormone of Desire: The Truth about Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause
  by Dr. Susan Rako

From the Publisher: (In part...)
.... Dr. Susan Rako has brought her groundbreaking message about the miraculous benefits of testosterone - the female hormone - to women and physicians around the world...
.... Dr. Rako is at the forefront of the research into testosterone replacement therapy, educating women and their doctors about the essential role testosterone plays in a woman's sexual and physical well-being.
.... Millions of women experience a traumatic loss of sexual desire during menopause. Dr. Rako's breakthrough research has brought to light the fact that the female body produces significant amounts of testosterone that are crucial to the healthy functioning of every woman's libido - linking decreased testosterone levels at the onset of menopause to diminished sex drive - as well as to the health of her bones and heart.

 

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Before the Change : Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause
  by Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S.

From the Publisher:
    With this essential do-it-yourself program, you can say good-bye to hormone havoc and sail through your perimenopause, the period of about ten years leading up to menopause, by understanding and controlling its symptoms.

 

 

Before the Change . . .
• clearly explains the symptoms of perimenopause and offers a self-diagnosis quiz
• details safe and natural alternatives to hormone therapy, including healing vitamins, minerals, herbs, and natural hormones
• gives you a powerful "Changing Diet," with tips and recipes for foods that prevent and alleviate symptoms

This breakthrough book details a gentle incremental program for understanding your own changes and offers a wide range of options for taking care of yourself. By following the author's proven techniques for controlling the symptoms of perimenopause, you can continue to feel great through this vital phase of your life.

 

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The 30-Day Natural Hormone Plan:
Look and Feel Young Again - Without Synthetic HRT
  by Erika Schwartz

From the Publisher:
    The 30-Day Natural Hormone Plan shows you how to balance your hormones so you feel great and look good ... no matter what your age. It includes the supervised use of natural hormones, supplements, vitamins, diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. You'll feel so good on The 30-Day Natural Hormone Plan you'll wonder why you ever considered synthetic HRT in the first place!

 

 

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Feelin' Hot? A Humorous, Informative and Truthful Look at Menopause
  by Rebecca J. Hulem

From the Book jacket:
   What happened to my sex drive?
   Should I take hormones?
   Why am I gaining weight?
Rebecca Hulem's insightful book provides answers to these burning questions and many more. Rebecca is an RN, RNP and Certified Menopause Clinician. She unravels the myths and mystery of menopause, simply and directly answering the questions your doctor never has time for.


 

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The Midlife Bible: A Woman's Survival Guide (Paperback)
  by Dr. Michael P. Goodman
  With cartoons by Dee Adams of minniepauz.com

Exerpt from the cover of the book:
   "Dr. Goodman has done every midlife woman a favor in writing this book. His honest, comprehensive look at hte health caere options available will save you time, energy and money. All of that and it's actually an enjoyable read! Dr. Goodman writes with a baby boomer's sensibility that is hones, funny and informative. You'll wish he was your doctor and want to hnag out with him at the same time!"
--Nancy Alspaugh & Marilyin Kentz: authors of "Not Your Mother's Midlife: A Ten Step Guide to Fearless Aging"

 

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Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements
  Phyllis A. Balch and James F. Balch

Exerpt from the cover of the book:
  ... now in its third edition ... (This book) draws on that respected resource to present authoritative information about some three hundred fifty of the most important supplements available today in a handy, pocket-sized format. Revised and expanded ... it covers how these supplements work, how to use them, and what to look for when choosing supplement products. Here is a straightforward, easy-to-understand guide to vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals, herbs, and more.

 

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Menopause Made Easy: How to Make the Right Decisions for the Rest of Your Life
  Carolle Jean-Murat

From the Publisher:
    Menopause information can be confusing: Is menopause just a transitional stage of a woman's life, or a time of increased risk of disease that needs intervention?....
    Today's woman must educate herself about menopause and the risks and rewards of taking HRT, nutritional supplements, and homeopathic therapies.....
    With humor, candor, and plain nontechnical language (the doctor) addresses many concerns, including:
• What happens to my body during the perimenopausal, menoopausal, and postmenopausal years?
• How do I determine my risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer?
• What is the difference between natural and synthetic hormones?
• What should I know about alternative treatments such as herbs, acupuncture, and stress reduction?
• How do I reevaluate my risks as I age?

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The Power of Perimenopause: A Woman's Guide to Physical and Emotional Health During the Transitional Decade
  by Stephanie Bender

Excerpt from the cover of the book:
    The perimenopausal years can start as early as age thirty-five and last for up to ten years. This transitional period in a woman's live has often been misdiagnosed or ignored. Now the author, an expert in women's hormonal health, sounds a wake-up call for the confusing years before menopause, which require special emotional, dietary, and health guidance.
    This book explains how symptoms such as irregular cycles, night sweats and insomnia, decreased libido, memory lapses, and mood swings can be traced to fluctuating hormones. It gives detailed recommendations on how to use both conventional and alternative approaches to lessen symptoms, including the most up-to-date research and new treatments. Perimenopause is a time when women can reconsider their beliefs and priorities with newfound wisdom - perhaps discarding outmoded images of female beauty and examining their relationsips with lovers and family on a deeper level.
 

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Menopause And The Mind :
  By Claire Warga, Ph.D.

Excerpt from the cover of the book:
   Are you between the ages of 35 and 60 and having trouble remembering your best friend's phone number? If this sounds familiar to you, take heart: Claire Warga's help and advice are on the way.
   In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Warga, a neuropsychologist, identifies the "mind misconnect" syndrome that causes unsettling events during perimenopause and menopause, noting that they are not signs of imminent madness but a natural part of aging.

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Here is a link to a rather lenghty, but catagorized, list of books that also pertain to our favorite subject!        
Dr. N's Book List