Interview Christiane Northrup Part 1





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Published on May 1, 2011

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 25 years, Dr. Northrup has dedicated her lifework to helping women (and the men who love them) learn how to flourish on all levels by creating health, prosperity, and pleasure in their lives. She says, "I've spent the first half of my life studying and footnoting everything that can go wrong with the female body—and figuring out how to fix it. I'm dedicating the second half of my life to illuminating everything that can go right with the female body, including teaching women how to truly flourish."

One can see that Dr. Northrup "walks her talk," especially when she first 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 bestseller, has sold more than 1.9 million copies, and has been translated into 17 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 it is an illuminating chapter in a woman's life—one with wonderful gifts and challenges to embrace. Over 1.5 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: Creating a Legacy of Emotional and Physical Health (Bantam), which explores how the mother-daughter bond sets the stage for a woman's health throughout her life cycle. More importantly, this book provides step-by-step instructions for how to get the nurturing and care you've always longed for—regardless of your relationship with your mother. 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 Amazon.com 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. Almost a quarter million copies of Mother-Daughter Wisdom have been sold in seven different languages.

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 public television special: Menopause and Beyond: New Wisdom for Women. This show was 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's latest books, The Secret Pleasures of Menopause (2008), which is sold in 7 different languages, and The Secret Pleasures of Menopause Playbook (2009) deliver a powerful message that will help millions of women understand that at midlife, life has just begun! In The Secret Pleasures of Menopause, Dr. Northrup proves beyond a doubt that any stage of life—including midlife—can be the beginning of a very exciting and fulfilling time, full of pleasure beyond your wildest dreams.

In June 2010, a newly revised edition of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom was re-released, along with Dr. Northrup's latest public television special. These most recent versions of her work contain all new and updated material, along with the latest scientific research.

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, Rachael Ray, The View, Good Morning America, PBS, ABC's 20/20, and The Dr. Oz. Show.

Through her monthly e-letter, The Dr. Christiane Northrup E-Newsletter, her weekly radio show Flourish!, and her refurbished Web site, www.drnorthrup.com, Dr. Northrup stays in touch with her many fans worldwide.


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