Recommended reading list

Women's Health Network’s recommended reading list

We want to encourage you to learn as much about your health as you possibly can! Here is a list of our favorite books on achieving good health and wellness. Click on the links below to browse by topic. You can easily purchase these books through by clicking on the book titles. Read, read, read — and please let us know of any additional titles you would like us to review.

Menopause & perimenopause
Hormone replacement therapy
Women’s health
Detoxification, inflammation, & allergies
Diet & nutrition
Digestion & GI health
Heart health
Bone health
Emotions and stress
Sexuality & libido
Menstruation, fertility, & reproductive health


Dr. Christiane Northrup
The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change
paperback, 2003

Dr. Christiane Northrup has become one of American women’s most trusted medical advisers. In Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, she broke entirely new ground by demonstrating that women’s most common medical problems are often rooted in the basic conditions of their lives — and that they can returnto health by learning to listen to their bodies. She also integrated advanced medical techniques with the best natural remedies, offering readers specific guidance on choosing the right approach for themselves.

Dr. John R. Lee & Virginia Hopkins
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone
paperback, 2004

Here is a practical and resourceful guide that focuses on the effective, scientifically proven, natural alternative to current therapies used in combating the effects of menopause. This invaluable volume also contains a complete, non-prescription “hormone balance” program for optimal health, which lists foods, supplements, and herbs that can be used to balance a woman’s hormones.

Sadja Greenwood, with Marcia Quackenbush (Illustrator)
Menopause, Naturally: Preparing for the Second Half of Life
paperback, 1996

Marcus Laux & Christine Conrad
Natural Woman, Natural Menopause
paperback, 1998

From two leading experts on naturopathic medicine comes the definitive guide to natural menopause, featuring all the information women need to know about plant-derived hormone replacement — the proven safe alternative to Premarin and Provera. Thirty-three line drawings.

Joseph Collins, ND
What’s Your Menopause Type? The Revolutionary Program to Restore Balance and Reduce Discomforts of Menopause
paperback, 2000

A naturopathic physician invites women to identify their menopause type, to develop their own personal program to reduce symptoms and find relief.


Dr. Susan Love
Dr. Susan Love’s Hormone Book : Making Informed Choices About Menopause
paperback, 1998

With clarity and compassion, Dr. Love helps women entering menopause sort through all the choices, explains how to cope with short-term symptoms, addresses such long-term concerns as osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, and endometrial cancer, and discusses the pros and cons of hormone therapy.


Dr. Christiane Northrup
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
paperback, 2002

A groundbreaking book on women’s physical and emotional well-being, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom has become a classic, with more than 1.25 million copies in print. Here in this revised edition is the most up-to-date information available on women’s health issues.

Peggy Huddleston
Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster : A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques
paperback & CD, 2005

This book should be in the hands of everyone who is having surgery. This books shows you specific ways to enhance your healing as you prepare for, and go through, any type of minor or major surgery.

Connie Goldman
The Ageless Spirit : Reflections on Living Life to the Fullest in Midlife and the Years Beyond
paperback, 2nd edition

Compelling, uplifting, and above all, sincere statements of how prominent people experience what it means to grow old.


Frank Lipman, MD
Total Renewal

More than just about detox, Dr. Lipman’s Total Renewal Program is the key to reversing the unhealthy habits and poor functioning that we have slowly developed and come to accept.

James Bral, MD & Ron Hoggan, MA
Dangerous Grains: Why Gluten Cereal Grains May Be Hazardous to Your Health
paperback, 2002

A renowned food allergy expert and a respected patient advocate came together to reveal for the first time the links between gluten and chronic illness.

Allen J Dozer, MD & Kate Kelly
The Asthma and Allergy Action Plan for Kids : A Complete Program to Help Your Child Live a Full and Active Life

A complete program to help your child live a full and active life.

Sherry Rogers
Chemical Sensitivity

Learn from a leading environmental medicine expert how nutrient deficiencies and genetic causes can contribute to environmental diseases, and how you can counter them.

Merla Zellerbach
The Allergy Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know

Allergies can range from the slightly annoying to the potentially fatal. That’s why it’s important to have the best and latest information on how to deal with them. This is a comprehensive guide to common cause and types of allergies.

Sherry Rogers
Tired or Toxic

The first book that describes the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of chemical sensitivity, complete with scientific references. Written for the layman and physician alike.


Diana Schwarzbein (Intro) & Nancy Deville
The Schwarzbein Principle
paperback, 1999

The latest evolution in health and fitness, the unique, proven Schwarzbein Principle is revolutionizing the way millions of people look at eating, losing weight, and maintaining optimal health.

Diana Schwarzbein, Nancy Deville, & Evelyn Jacob Jaffe
The Schwarzbein Principle Cookbook
paperback, 1999

Renowned physician Schwarzbein teams up with professional chef Evelyn Jacob Jaffe to whip up 300 delicious, healing recipes, proving that eating the Schwarzbein way doesn’t have to be difficult, boring, or fat-free. Includes easy-to-follow directions and nutritional breakdowns.

Diana Schwarzbein (Intro), Nancy Deville (Intro), & Evelyn Jacob Jaffe
The Schwarzbein Principle Vegetarian Cookbook
paperback, 1999

This intriguing cookbook contains 371 healthful and delicious recipes including entrees, appetizers, snacks, salads, main courses, side dishes, sauces, and desserts adapted for the millions of readers who have adopted a vegetarian lifestyle.

Larrian Gillespie
The Menopause Diet
paperback, revised edition — 2003

The Menopause Diet will help you regain the vitality and shape of your youth without the need for pills or surgery. But more importantly, it can prolong your life by preventing damage to your body from uncontrolled blood sugar that can lead to heart disease, strokes and cancer. Written by scientist and medical researcher Larrian Gillespie, The Menopause Diet is the first book to deal with the number–one complaint of women entering menopause, providing scientific proof that women must eat differently from men if they want to lose weight and keep it off. This book will explain why women may be digging their grave with their own teeth when they eat a high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet and how stress and lack of sleep can make you fat. The Menopause Diet guides women in making choices about hormone replacement therapy and nutritional support so they can be the healthiest women ever. With over 5000 women entering menopause daily, this book is a must for every home health library.


Elizabeth Lipski
Digestive Wellness
paperback, 2nd edition — 1999

There is currently an epidemic of digestive illness in this country, an epidemic that can be traced to the foods we eat and the way we live. One-third to one-half of all adults suffer from some sort of digestive problem, and faulty digestion is directly responsible for a vast array of other ailments — everything from bad breath, ulcers, heartburn, and constipation to colitis, diverticulitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Disorders that are caused indirectly by this problem include arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and migraine headaches. In this well-researched, comprehensive book, noted nutritionist Elizabeth Lipski helps readers understand the complex interrelationships of the digestive process.


Mark Houston, MD
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypertension : The Revolutionary Nutrition and Lifestyle Program to Help Fight High Blood Pressure

This is an excellent book about the underlying causes of hypertension (high blood pressure) and all the methods you can use to relieve it.


Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD
Better Bones, Better Body

Better Bones, Better Body is the first text to critically rethink the nature, causes and best prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Dr. Brown’s book is the only study of osteoporosis that is informed by a comparative, cross-cultural perspective.

Ten years of research in the making, Better Bones, Better Body offers critical new understanding of, and insights into, the problems of excessive bone loss and increased bone fragility. Practical as well as scholarly, the book “rethinks” osteoporosis arriving at new bone-building insights.

Annemarie Colbin
Food and Our Bones: The Natural Way to Prevent Osteoporosis

A natural, no-drug, no-supplement approach to preventing bone loss from a leading authority on nutritional healing.

Miriam Nelson, PhD
Strong Women, Strong Bones : Everything You Need to Know to Prevent, Treat, and Beat Osteoporosis

From the bestselling author of Strong Women Stay Young comes an authoritative book explaining everything you need to know to prevent, treat and beat osteoporosis.


Robin Keuneke
Total Breast Health : The Power Food Solution for Protection and Wellness
paperback, 1999

This is a complete guide for women who want to use food to support breast health. Written by Robin Keuneke, an authority on natural foods and food editor at Total Health magazine, the book includes an informative interview with Dr. Susan Love, as well as 125 recipes.


Suze Orman
9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying
paperback, 2006

When Suze Orman was 13 she watched her father dive into the flames of his burning take-out chicken shack in order to rescue his cash register. In that moment Orman learned that money was more important than life itself. And so it became her quest to be rich. But years later, when Orman became a wealthy broker with a huge investment firm, she was profoundly unhappy. What went wrong? She had not yet achieved financial freedom. In her nine-step program, Orman covers the ingredients to financial success — confronting our beliefs and fears, learning the nuts and bolts (and insiders’ secrets!) of savvy management, and finding the spiritual trust that leads to abundance.

Louise Hay
Empowering Women
audiotape, 1996

Some of the points that Hay expresses are that developing self-worth and self-esteem are the most powerful tools a woman can have; a modern woman has the whole world in front of her; joy and happiness come from within; women needn’t feel incomplete without a man; and the most important relationship we women have is the one with ourselves.


Suzanne Somers
The Sexy Years
paperback, 2005

Here is Suzanne Somers’ personal story of being caught unawares by perimenopause, how she struggled to find relief through diet and nutrition, and how she ultimately found a doctor who introduced her to an approach that made her feel fabulous — compounded bioidentical hormones.


Niravi Payne
The Whole Person Fertility Program: A Revolutionary Mind–Body Process to Help You Conceive
paperback, 1998

Niravi has courageously led the way to the creation of a whole new language and approach to fertility. A unique book, the first in the field of reproductive health to call for a broader vision of fertility than our culture currently has. Niravi’s vision goes beyond biology.

Milton Hammerly & Cheryl Kimball
What to Do When the Doctor Says It’s PCOS
paperback, 2003

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the number–one cause of irregular periods and infertility in women, and affects 10% of women worldwide. PCOS is a condition of overproduction of androgens by the ovaries. In essence, the ovaries produce too much testosterone, causing abnormal hair growth, irregular or absent menstruation/ovulation, acne, and small benign cysts on the ovaries. If left undetected, PCOS can lead to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. While researchers haven’t determined the cause of PCOS, they know it is linked to insulin resistance, which causes obesity. This book helps women beat the insulin resistance with a low–carb diet. A great read!

Johanna Skilling & Eileen Hoffman
Fibroids: The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Well-being
paperback, 2006

The complete guide to taking control of your physical, emotional, and sexual well-being. True stories from the front lines — women with fibroids share their experiences.

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