Alternative Medicine Therapeutics
Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine: Tori Hudson, ND. Dr. Hudson demonstrates how to use an integrative medical plan combining conventional and naturopathic health care to maintain and heal your body. This work covers a range of women’s health issues including cancer prevention, contraception, heart conditions, sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis, menopause, menstrual cramps, osteoporosis, pregnancy, PMS and much more. Dr. Hudson provides information to help you decide when self-care is possible and when an alternative or conventional practitioner should be consulted.
Women’s Health Update, volume I, II, III: Tori Hudson, ND. This three volume series contains 15 years of Dr. Hudson’s Townsend Letter For Doctors column, Women’s Health Update.
Textbook of Natural Medicine, 3rd Edition: Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND, Michael T. Murray, ND. Unsurpassed in its authority and scope, the 3rd Edition of the most thoroughly researched and carefully referenced text on natural medicine has been revised to include the most up-to-date information on its application to specific health problems. With over 90 well-known contributors and 10,000 citations of peer-reviewed research literature, practitioners will find accurate, detailed pharmacologic information on herbs and supplements, and crucial knowledge for making recommendations to patients.
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Michael Murray, ND, Joe Pizzorno, ND. Prima Publishing. This is a problem-oriented treatment approach to 73 different medical conditions. Treatments include the therapeutic use of diet and exercise, nutritional, supplements and herbal therapies. Most of the therapies included can be supported by scientific research. This book is a good reference for both the practitioner and the educated or eager-to-learn consumer. For those who want more, scientific references are provided.
The Definitive Guide: Burton Goldberg Group. Future Medicine Publishing.
Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons. U.S. Government Printing Office.
Five Steps to Selecting the Best Alternative Medicine: Mary and Michael Morton. New World Library.
Healing Power of Herbs: Michael Murray, ND. Prima Publishing.
Herbal Prescriptions for Better Health: Don Brown, ND. Prima Publishing.
The Ultlmate Consumer’s Guide to Diets and Nutrition: James Marti. Houghton Mifflin Company.
Miracle Cures: Jean Carper. Harper Collins.
The Holistic Herbal: David Hoffmann. Element Books.
Textbooks for Practitioners
Novak’s Textbook of Gynecology: Howard Jones, MD, Anne Wentz MD, Connie Burnett, MD, Williams and Wilkins. This is the classic gynecology textbook that I would expect to see in any gynecologist’s office or any other practitioner who delivers gynecological health care. You can’t beat this as a reference book with comprehensive chapters on all the typical gynecological disorders. This text is updated frequently which increases its value as an accurate practical compendium of information on disease descriptions, diagnosis and conventional treatments.
Comprehensive Gynecology: Arthur Herbst, MD, Daniel Mishell, MD, Morton Stenchever, MD, William Drogemueller, MD. Mosby Year Book. I often prefer this textbook as a comprehensive gynecology reference book depending on the medical topic. I like the way it is written and I can often find a more satisfactory answer to my questions than the other two general gynecology reference books I use.
The Medical Care of Women: Phyllis Carr, MD, Karen Freund, MD, Sujata Somani, MD. Saunders Company. This textbook broadens the concept of what is usually included in a women’s health textbook. With chapters on cardiovascular disease, rheumatologic disorders, irritable bowel, gallbladder disease and depression, this text offers the advantage of including other disorders that are either more common in women or that have special implications in women. With additional chapters on HIV, domestic violence, sexual abuse, lesbian health care, health care for homeless women, health care for the disabled patient and care of the mentally retarded patient, this book is progressive in its scope of what it means to deliver health care to women, as well as its sensitivity to issues for a broader spectrum of patients. Augment your gynecology reference library with this one.
Synopsis of Gyn Oncology: Paul Morrow, MD, John Curtin MD, Duane Townsend, MD, Churchill Livingstone. An excellent reference book that provides much more in-depth information than a general gynecology text book on cancers such as cervical, vulvar, ovarian, endometrial, etc. Includes pathology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic studies, conventional management
Breast Diseases: Jay Harris, MD, Samuel Hellman, MD, Craig Henderson, MD, David Kinne MD. Lippincott. If you can lift this heavy book, there is no other better comprehensive medical publication on everything you wanted to know about benign and malignant breast diseases.
Benign Diseases of the Vulva and Vagina: Raymond Daufman, MD, Eduard Friedrich, Jr., MD, Herman Garder, MD. Year Book Medical Publishers. When you can’t find what you need in the usual gynecology reference books, this is where you’ll find it when it comes to disorders of the vulva and vagina.
Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility: Leon Speroff, MD, Robert Glass, MD, Nathan Kase, MD. Williams and Wilkins Publishing. This is my most favorite of reference books in gynecology because I can find answers to some of my questions here that I can’t find anywhere else. Although it wrestles with some of the complex endocrinologicaI issues, it is generally written in a style and format that renders it manageable and even useable for a 5 minute exit from the exam room for a quick review.
Comprehensive Management of Menopause: Jacques Lorrain, MD. Springer-Verlag Publishers. As our practices include more and more menopausal women, you will find this book an important one in having a comprehensive understanding of menopause. It incIudes physiology, diagnosis, epidemiology, medical aspects of menopause, gynecological aspects of menopause and management and conventional therapeutic guidelines.
Treatment of Postmenopausal Women: Editor Rogerio Lobo, MD. Raven. This is a well-written, easy-to-use medical textbook that provides expertise in all topical areas of menopause management. Includes the obvious chapters like osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease but also includes some lesser understood areas such as sexuality.
Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology: Joseph San Filippo, MD, David Muram, MD, John Denhurst, FRCOG, Peter Lee, MD. W.B. Saunders Company. Gynecological problems in children often present differently and require a different orientation on the part of the practitioner even for simple things such as vaginitis. This text also gives the practitioner a good education in the areas of child sex abuse, eating disorders, adolescent pregnancy and STD’s in children.
The Wisdom of Menopause: Christiane Northrup, MD. In The Wisdom of Menopause, Dr. Northrup once again challenges convention. “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 relationship 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.
The New Menopause Book: Mary Tagliaferri, MD. This informative book offers readers a variety of traditional and alternative options for
treating their menopause symptoms. Each chapter presents a different therapeutic approach and is written by an expert in that field. These experts provide
valuable insight into the problems associated with menopause and the solutions available.
Menopause: Naturally: Preparing for the Second Half of Life: Sadja Greenwood, MD. This was one of the very first menopause books on the market when the baby boomers began to deal with menopause issues. Dr. Greenwood was also one of the early conventional medical physicians to embrace some natural therapies in her discussion of menopause. I often recommend this book as a patient’s first introduction to menopause and is good at assisting her in making decisions about what is right for her.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You: John Lee, MD, Virginia Hopkins. Warner Books. This book essentially reveals the scientific as well as not-so-scientific rationale for the use of progesterone in the treatment of PMS, perimenopause, menopause, osteoprosis and more. Dr. Lee’s commitment to and passionate position on natural progesterone is evident and provides an important perspective in women’s health care. Many patients come into my office already having read this book and it has given them a lot of reassurance about their own instincts and what they themselves have been experiencing with their own body.
Natural Woman, Natural Menopause: Marcus Laux, ND, and Christine Conrad. Harper Collins Publishers. This is the first book that I am aware of that has made a serious effort in communicating the distinctions between conventional hormone replacement therapy vs. natural hormone bio-identical plant-derived hormones. Dr. Laux has taken great care to provide accurate information, references, and resources that enables both the practitioner and consumer to extend their scientific inquiry, where to go for products, and practical guidelines.
Dr. Susan Love’s Hormone Book: Susan Love, MD, with Karen Lindsey. Random House. A breast surgeon, Dr. Love challenges the conventional medical establishment by questioning the validity of increasing a woman’s risk of breast cancer while offering benefit in other areas. Although she has been criticized for overstating the breast cancer argument, the book is an imporcant resource for women making informed decisions about HRT or not.
The Hormone of Desire: Susan Rako, MD. Harmony Books. This is the best and maybe only book that discusses the role of testosterone in menopause. For women who have experienced fatigue, loss of vitality, loss of libido and a diminishing of their sexual response, this is the book you’ve been looking for. All physicians and health care practitioners should be reading this book also; as a result, many more women would have solutions to their often undetected and misunderstood symptoms.
MenopausaI Years: The Wise Woman Way: Susan Weed. Ash Tree Publishing.
Women of the 14th Moon: Edited by Dena Taylor and Amber Coverdale Sumrall. Crossing Publishing.
Menopause and Midlife Health: Morris Notelovitz, MD, PhD, Diana Tonnessen. St. Martin’s Press.
The Complete Book of Menopause: Carol Landou, PhD, Michele Cyr, MD, Anne Moulter, MD. The Berkley Publishing Group.
The Pause: Lonnie Berbach, PhD. Signet Health.
Preventing and Reversing: Alan Gaby, MD. Prima Publishing. Dr. Gaby does our homework for us by steering through the large amount of scientific data on exercise and diet and nutritional supplementation that has been amassed. Although he includes estrogen replacement therapy and its role in osteoporosis, he clearly offers women the rationale and supplementation approach is essential therapy and may make hormone replacement therapy unnecessary.
Better Bones, Better Body: Susan Brown, PhD. Keats Publishing. With a nice discussion on the nature and causes of osteoporosis, Dr. Brown challenges the wisdom of looking at osteoporosis as merely a matter of calcium and estrogen. Nutrition, lifestyle habits, and the health of other glands in our endocrine system draw her attention as well as rethinking the role of estrogen replacement therapy.
The Osteoporosis Handbook: Sydney Bonnick, MD. Taylor Publishing.
Breast Cancer, Beyond Convention: Isaac Cohen, Mary Tagliaferri, Debu Tripathy. In Breast Cancer: Beyond Convention, today’s leading medical writers and researchers contribute essays showing the depth and breadth of current breast cancer treatment knowledge. Dean Ornish, Susan Love, Rachel Remen, Michael Lerner, and Jon Kabat-Zinn are only a few of the outstanding contributors. Included in this important book are chapters on Chinese medicine, diet, food as medicine, and the elusive yet powerful “will to live.”
My Healing from Breast Cancer: Barbara Joseph, MD. Keats Publishing. I first became aware of this book at a women’s herbal conference where the author did readings from her book. I was very struck by the clarity and strength from which she spoke. She especially offers the woman diagnosed with breast cancer a hope and power and attitudinal perspective that gives her renewed strength and will at turning her experience into a healing process.
Estrogen and Breast Cancer: Carol Rinzler. Hunter House Publishers.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer: Jon Jichnovica, MD, PhD
Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book: Susan Love, MD. Addison Wesley Publishers.
Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome: Michelle Harrison, MD. Random House.
PMS Self Help Book: Susan Lark, MD. Celestial Arts Publishing.
Headache Relief for Women: How You Can Manage and Prevent Pain: Alan Rapoport, MD, Fred Sheftell, MD. Little, Brown and Company. Thc different types of headaches are defined with a special emphasis on migraines and tension-type headaches. The connection between headaches and pregnancy, menstrual cycles and menopause are discussed as well as treatment approaches including conventional and alternative.
Eating Disorders/Body Image
Fat is a Feminist Issueot Weinshel, MSW. HarperPerennial Publishers.
The Eating Disorder Sourcebook: Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd. RGA Publishing Group.
The Secret Language of Eating Disorders: A Revolutionary New Approach to Understanding and Curing Anorexia and Bulimia: Peggy Claude-Pierre. Times Books, Random House.
Strong Women Stay Young: Miriam Nelson, PhD, Sarah Wernick. Bantam Books. This is a great book for individualizing your workout plan. I can recommend this book for women who need not only motivation but guidance in exercise with an emphasis on the value of weight training in preserving muscle strength, balance and bone health. This book is appropriate for women of all ages and abilities.
The Physician’s Guide to Domestic Violence: Patricia Salber, MD, Ellen Taliaferro, MD. This book is written for doctors, but its writing style is free of medical jargon and offers important advice for lay readers and practical important advice for women who are in danger.
Cookbooks and Nutrition
Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements: Michael Murray, ND. Prima Publishing. This is one of my favorite references; it seems to always enable me to better answer my patients’ questions and is a valuable resource for both the lay reader and the practitioner. An easy reference for indications, contraindications, toxicity, dosages, bio-available forms and more.
The Nutrition Desk Reference: Robert Garrison Jr., MA, RPh, Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD. Keats Publishing, Inc. Another favorite easy-to-use reference book on individual nutrients and the use of nutritional supplements.
Nutritional Concerns of Women: Editors Ira Wolinsky, PhD, Dorothy Klimis-Tavantzix, PhD. CRC Press. Each chapter is written by different experts in nutrition and discusses the effect of diet for many different illnesses such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, obesity, eating disorders, cancers, and anemia.
Estrogen The Natural Way: Nina Shandler. Villard Books. This is the essential cookbook for menopausal women who are seeking alternatives to conventional HRT. This is basically a book on how to use phytoestrogens in the diet and includes 250 recipes ranging from snacks, main courses and dessert and shows how to incorporate soy, flaxseed, and other ingredients high in phytoestrogens into your diet.
Women’s Nutrition for Healthy Living: Susan Calvert Finn, PhD. R.D. Perigee Publishing.