Judith Boice, ND, LAc Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts; 2007
This book takes a wonderful approach to menopause. A woman going into a bookstore finds so many similar books claiming to be “the one” to help cure her of the ills of menopause, but this book looks at menopause as a beautiful journey in which each woman who lives long enough will partake. In order to find the deeper meaning in menopause, the author offers meditation and self-knowledge techniques to help manage menopause and make educated decisions.
The book is divided into three separate sections: “Beginning the Journey,” “Entering the Rapids,” and “Following the River.” The first section encourages exploration of the inner self by starting a journal to record experiences, chart diet and exercise, and assemble a family history by talking to other female family members. The second section encourages developing knowledge of women’s hormones and possible use of hormone therapy, which might help severe symptoms. The third section does a phenomenal job of explaining the importance of nutrition, exercise, and bone health, as well as discussing the celebrations and rituals used to mark the menopause journey.
This book is unique. One cannot help but read it with a smile. Menopause is no longer the curse of the old; rather, it is to be celebrated with spiritual knowledge. The author suggests marking the transition in the company of others by journaling, having a celebratory walk, or throwing a party. This approach is long overdue. Aging is going to happen whether we want it to or not. We need to learn to embrace and deal with it head on. This concise and beautifully written book helps the reader prepare.
Robyn B. Faye, MD, FACOG
Assistant Clinical Professor
Credentialed NAMS Menopause Practitioner
Member, NAMS Consumer Education Committee