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Power Surge's Favorite Menopause Books

Some of Power Surge's Favorite Menopause Books


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Transcripts of these guest physicians/authors, nutritionists, psychiatrists, diet and fitness experts, medical journalists, women's health advocates can be found in the Power Surge Library.

There are many excellent books on menopause, women's health and other midlife issues in the Power Surge Bookstore. There are also books geared toward men in understanding their partners menopause. I would also recommend you check out the Schedule of Guests where you'll find links to their chats and books. This is a condensed list of Power Surge's favorite books.

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"The Silent Passage: Menopause"
Gail Sheehy.  NY: Random House  
NY: Pocket Books,  revised 1998.

Another impressive book in the long and best-selling genre of "Passages" books by Power Surge guest Utilizing case studies, Gail Sheehy's NY Times best-seller, "Silent Passage" was probably the "first book to look at menopause in a non-clinical way. A very readable, non-medical flavor and tone. A "must read" for every woman in, or embarking upon the "fabulous fifties," and menopause, a passage once silent, but today an open discussion in groups such
as Power Surge.

Read Gail Sheehy's transcript

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Dr. Susan Love's The Hormone Book:
Making Informed Choices About Menopause.
 
Susan M. Love, M.D., with Karen
Lindsey. NY: Random House, 1998.  

Dr. Susan Love calls Power Surge, "The first, best and most informative menopause site." Excellent information by the renowned breast surgeon, Dr. Susan Love, to help women "make informed choices about menopause."  A former Power Surge guest, there's not a question she won't tackle, and you can bet your bottom dollar she'll provide the  real facts about hormone replacement therapy, heart disease scares, osteoporosis, etc.  Dr. Love believes that, for
most women, the increase in breast cancer risk associated with taking hormones makes it worthwhile to explore natural methods unless one's quality of life is so diminished by menopause - then to take HRT only to get through the most difficult time.  

Read and listen to one of Dr. Susan Love's last transcripts

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The Pause:
Positive Approaches to Menopause
 
Lonnie Barbach, PhD.  
NY: Dutton Books, Revised & Updated edition 1995.

A must-read first book on menopause from sexologist, and Power Surge guest, Lonnie Barbach, who offers a life-and sanity-saving guide for making the "third third" of life the most productive and fulfilling.  One of the special perks is the chapter for men to help them cope and understand. An open and frank discussion. It's a fact of life that women in their 40s and 50s go through menopause, and their significant others are going to be impacted as
well. Open discourse is important between partners, and Lonnie Barbach goes a long way to educating women, and the men who love them, about depression, rage, hot flashes, stress, sexuality, and hormones in a candid and very readable way.

Read one of Lonnie Barbach's transcripts

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Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom:
Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing

Christiane Northrup, M.D.  
NY: Bantam, revised 1998

Dr. Christiane Northrup, has written an amazingly informative, inspirational and insightful book, which paves the way for women to understand the connection between emotional suffering and physical illness. Former Power Surge guest, Dr. Northrup says, "Women everywhere are birthing a new vision of women's health and wellness, and of identity. Central to this vision is that we trust what we know in our bones, that our bodies are our allies, and that
they will always point in the direction we need to go next."  This book is the very embodiment of "owning your body."

Read Dr. Christiane Northrup's transcript

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The Hormone Solution: Naturally Alleviate Symptoms Hormone Imbalance From Adolescence Through Menopause  
Erika Schwartz, M.D.
NY: Warner Books, 2002

Written by a hormone specialist who used conventional methods of treating menopausal women until she became one. When she realized that available treatment options were ineffective for her and for millions of women, she started looking for an alternative. What she discovered are safe, effective, and natural forms of hormone replacement, virtually free of side effects, that can be used to treat a myriad of problems in women of all ages, including acne, migraines, PMS, depression and fibroids, as well as the common symptoms of menopause. Now, in this revolutionary book, Dr. Schwartz shares her proven program to help women prevent, reduce, and even eliminate these symptoms of hormone imbalance naturally.

Read Dr. Erika Schwartz's transcript

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Could It Be . . . Perimenopause?"  
Steven R. Goldstein, M.D., Laurie Ashner  
NY: Little Brown, 1998

"This clearly written and immensly readable book makes accessible to all women a wealth of information about this phase of feminine development. Dr. Goldstein and Ms. Ashner describe perimenopause in terms of the physiological changes that occur, and they explore with great sensitivity the effects that these changes can have on our emotions, thought processes and sexuality.  This information, combined with the practical, useful coping strategies they suggest, can be an enormously powerful tool for women to use in transforming their experiences of perimenopause."  -- Dr. Carla Solomon, Clinical Psychoanalyst.  

This book contains invaluable information about hormone replacement therapy. However, Dr. Goldstein espouses the belief that phytoestrogens aren't useful to women in perimenopause, something with which Power Surge disagrees. In providing Internet resources, Power Surge is referred to in five pages of a review as the "Premier site for women in menopause."  

Read Dr. Steven Goldstein's transcript

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Menopause Without Medicine:
Feel Healthy, Look Younger, Live Longer (rev. ed.)

Linda Ojeda, PhD.  CA: Hunter House, 4th Rev edition, 2000

Written by a consultant on nutrition and fitness, Power Surge guest and one of the pioneers of the nutritional approach to menopause, PMS and other menstrual  disorders. Ojeda examines how changes in diet and lifestyle can result in positive results for women and their changing bodies.  Excellent reading for those seeking natural ways to cope with menopausal issues.

Read one of Linda Ojeda's transcripts

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The Estrogen Answer Book:
150 Most-Asked Questions About Hormone Replacement Therapy

Ruth S. Jacobowitz.  
NY: Little, Brown & Company, 1999


Power Surge frequent guest, lecturer, medical journalist, Ruth Jacobowitz, has written another of her series of "150 Most-Asked Questions," books of resources, this one dealing with every question about estrogen and making the hormone supplement decision. Replete with tables of the most commonly prescribed forms of hormone replacement therapy, this is a "must have" on your shelf of women's health books.  Recommends Power Surge as an excellent
resource for women in menopause.

Read one of Ruth Jacobowitz's transcripts

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The Wisdom of Menopause:
Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change
 
Christiane Northrup, M.D.  
NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 2001

Dr. Christiane Northrup approaches menopause as she does medicine, using a mind-body approach to women's health. This book doesn't just cover hormones and alternative methods of treatment, but examines a woman's mind-set, lifestyle, spirituality, diet, attitude and how a positive approach to menopause can lessen the symptoms and provide an opportunity for tremendous personal growth. Northrup encourages women to avoid synthetic hormones, but, rather,
bio-identical hormones (estradiol, estrone and estriol). In this book, Power Surge Guest, Dr. Northrup, provides a plethora of resources and recommendations to help women at menopause make informed and educated decisions to make menopause more manageable. I have to say as much as I adore Dr. Chris Northrup and this book, if I had to choose one of the two, I'd choose "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (link above)

Read Dr. Chris Northrup's transcript

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Before The Change:
Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause

Ann Louise Gittleman
San Francisco. Harper, 1999

Head off depression, mood swings, weight gain, memory loss, hot flashes, and other menopausal symptoms before they start. "Before the Change" addresses perimenopause, the phase preceding menopause, providing women with the power to understand and  control its dramatic, often frightening symptoms. By a wonderful Power Surge guest and author or numerous other books, including "Super Nutrition For Menopause."  Recommends Power Surge as an excellent
resource for women at midlife and in menopause.

Read one of Ann Louise Gittleman's transcripts

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The 150 Most Asked Questions About Menopause
Ruth S. Jacobowitz  
William Morrow & Co, 1996

A medical writer, lecturer and Power Surge guest offers this woman-to-woman guide, answering 150 of the most common questions women ask about menopause. Part of the trilogy of "150 Most-Asked Questions About" books (Osteoporosis; Midlife Sex, Love and Intimacy).

Read one of Ruth Jacobowitz's transcripts

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What Every Woman Needs To Know About Estrogen :
Natural and Traditional Therapies for a Longer, Healthier, Life.

Karen Anne Hutchinson, M.D. and Judith Sachs
NY: Plume, 1997

Provides essential information in a simple Q & A format about their bodies and their health as they approach and enter midlife. For years some doctors have viewed estrogen as a "magic" hormone to help women stay youthful, alleviate menopausal symptoms, and protect against osteoporosis and heart disease. But what about the risks? Are there natural alternatives? Do all women really need hormone replacement therapy? Excellent resource for women.  Judith
Sachs has been a Power Surge guest and recommends Power Surge as an excellent resource for women in menopause.

Read one of Judith Sachs' transcripts

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Screaming to Be Heard:  
Hormone Connections Women Suspect... And Doctor's Ignore

Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.  
Nov. 1995
M. Evans & Co          

"This book is beautifully written. Replete with Power Surge guest, Dr. Vliet's groundbreaking theories on thyroid disease, PMS, menopause, 17-b estradiol, naturally compounded hormones. For those of us tired of hearing our doctors tell us, "It's all in your head!" when we know something is going on inside our bodies, who is listening out there?  Dr. Vliet addresses the questions of lost libido, memory issues, migraines, fibromyalgia, cystitis, weight
gain, food and alcohol cravings, insomnia, chronic fatigue, yeast infections "Screaming To Be Heard is a rallying cry to every woman whose body knowledge has been dismissed as "hypochondriacal," "neurotic," or "hysterical."  A must-have on every woman's bookshelf.

Read one of Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet's transcripts

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The Hormone Of Desire:
The Truth About Sexuality, Menopause and Testosterone.
 
Susan Rako, M.D.  
Three Rivers Press, Reprint Edition 1999.

Millions of women experience a traumatic loss of sexual desire during menopause. Although estrogen and progesterone alleviate many of the effects of menopause, they cannot address flagging sexual desire. In this ground breaking book, frequent Power Surge guest  psychiatrist and author, Susan Rako, draws on her 25 years as a psychiatrist, her research, and her personal experience with testosterone therapy to suggest the prudent use of this hormone for certain women who need its effects on energy and sexuality.  

Read one of Dr. Susan Rako's transcripts

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Dr. Susan Lark's The Estrogen Decision Self Help Book
Susan M. Lark  
CA: Celestial Arts, 1996

Another Power Surge guest, Dr. Susan Lark, provides a comprehensive guide for the relief of menopausal symptoms and addresses the number one concern of women in menopause today -- should I or should I not use hormone replacement therapy. Her book provides excellent information for maintaining heart and bone health via lifestyle changes, recipes, stress reduction, exercise, vitamins, herbs and complementary medicine.

Read Dr. Susan Lark's transcript

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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause
Dr. John R. Lee,  Virginia Hopkins  
NY: Warner Books, 1996

Pre-eminent authority on and pioneer of natural progesterone, Dr. John Lee gives readers the lowdown on the effective, scientifically proven, natural alternative to current HRT therapies, natural progesterone, in treating and combatting the effects of menopause and hormonal imbalance.

Read Dr. John Lee's transcript

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Super Nutrition For Menopause:
Take Control of Your Life and Enjoy New Vitality.
 
Ann Louise Gittleman.  
Publishers' Group West, 1998.

The renowned nutritionist, Power Surge guest, former Nutritional Director of The Pritikin Longevity Center, and author of Super Nutrition for Women (and eight other books)  presents advice distilled from her background in both traditional and alternative practices.   This book offers a revolutionary diet and exercise program to meet the menopausal woman's unique physical and nutritional needs. Includes seasonal menus and recipes.

Read one of Ann Louise Gittleman's transcripts

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With A Little Help From The Soybean
Julia Elliott  
Published by SCB/J.Elliot
April 1997            

"This book was born out of the need to pass along important information to people who are not happy with the cancer-causing preparations they are offered at menopause," says Power Surge guest," Julia Elliott. Women are experiencing many adverse side effects from synthetic hormones, which have led to finding an alternative, such as phytoestrogens, a plant form of estrogen found in the soybean.  In this, her  second book, Julia shares recipes you are
probably already preparing, you just make them healthier by modifying them with the soybean - an incredible source of natural phytoestrogens. Some of the valuable compounds, such as genistein, may be lost in during those procedures, according to some scientists.

Read one of Julia Elliott's transcripts

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Transcripts of these guest authors, physicians, et al, can be found in the Power Surge Library.

In addition, a very comprehensive list of menopause and women's health related books, each book linked for your convenience directly to amazon.com, can be found in the Power Surge Bookstore




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