Christiane Northrup: M.D.

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Aging Gratefully episode 1: Christiane Northrup: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Minds

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Noted author and visionary Dr. Christiane Northrup asks us to ponder these questions because she finds that lasting health and wholeness are only possible when we discover and practice behaviors associated with true health and wholeness. Dr. Northrup believes that the time to listen to our body’s wisdom is now!

“Once you engage your own inner wisdom, you can change or improve your habits of thought, your emotions, and your behaviors . . . and create a more positive and joyful life experience right away,” Dr. Northrup says. “This process, when engaged in regularly, heals both your present and your future.”

Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health. Following a career as a practicing physician in obstetrics and gynecology for over 20 years, Dr. Northrup has now dedicated her lifework to helping women (and the men who love them) learn how to create health in their lives.

One can see that Dr. Northrup “walks her talk,” especially when she put her own personal truth on paper in 1994 in her first book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam). This groundbreaking reference of raw facts and intriguing case histories became a New York Times best seller, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 16 languages.

In 1998, Dr. Northrup continued to gain national recognition with her first two public television specials Women’s Bodies, Women’s Minds and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Choices. The success of these programs led to two more popular specials, which debuted in August of 1999: Your Diet, Your Health and The Wisdom of Menopause.

Two years later, Dr. Northrup wrote her second New York Times bestseller, The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change (Bantam). In this breakthrough book, she unearths new revelations about menopause, refutes the stereotypic definition as a frenzy of hot flashes and hormonal mood swings, and instead proves that it is a powerful , hormonally supported opportunity to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit on all levels. Over 1 million copies of this gutsy work have been translated into 15 languages.

In 2005, Dr. Northrup wrote a book that is very dear to her heart called Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Understanding the Crucial Link Between Mothers, Daughters, and Health (Bantam), which explores how the mother-daughter bond sets the stage for a woman’s health throughout her life cycle.

From the minute it hit the bookshelves, Mother-Daughter Wisdom began to receive accolades. It was nominated for the prestigious Quill Award, voted number one by the editors at in both the “Health, Mind & Body” and “Parenting & Families” categories, and recognized as one of the 50 Best Books of 2005. In the same year, Mother-Daughter Wisdom became a popular public television special. More than a quarter million copies of Mother-Daughter Wisdom have been sold in seven different languages.

Dr. Northrup continues to be a familiar face in the media. Her numerous empowering works have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, The View, Good Morning America, and the Rachel Ray Show.

In March, 2007, Dr. Northrup brought her cutting-edge ideas and groundbreaking guidance on the most commonly misunderstood female health issues to audiences nationwide with her latest public television special: Menopause and Beyond: New Wisdom for Women. This all-new show is based on Dr. Northrup’s long-anticipated revised edition of The Wisdom of Menopause—the book that women around the world have embraced, including Oprah Winfrey, who sought Dr. Northrup’s wise words when she turned 50 and faced “The Big M.”

Dr. Northrup has actually been busy revising two of her classic bestsellers—The Wisdom of Menopause and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. These most recent versions with new updated material are now available at bookstores everywhere.

Through her print newsletter, The Dr. Christiane Northrup Newsletter, and monthly e-letter, Women’s Health Wisdom, and her newly refurbished Web site, Dr. Northrup stays in touch with her many fans worldwide.

As a business owner, physician, former surgeon, mother, writer, and speaker, Dr. Northrup acknowledges our individual and collective capacity for growth, freedom, joy, and balance.

When she’s not traveling, Dr. Northrup loves devoting her leisure time to reading, going to the movies, getting together with her daughters, and playing with her adoring, longtime cats Francine and Buddy, in her picturesque home in Southern Maine.

She says, “When you move toward that which is most fulfilling and life-enhancing, healing follows regardless of what your health is like in that moment.”