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Menopausal Misconceptions
Post-Menopausal Bone Health
Weight Gain Good for Midlife Women
Common Health Problems
The Dangers of Soy
Holistic Approaches
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics
Alternatives to Drug Therapy
Herbal Alternatives to Vitamin Supplements
Relief From the Low-Energy Blues!
Top Ten Power Foods for Women
Garlic - Ally for Menopausal Women
Learn How to Eat Healthy - and LOVE it!
The True Menopause Story - health info you need to know!


Menopausal Misconceptions

Are pubescent girls better educated about the changes taking place in their bodies than women entering menopause?

Women’s health expert and herbalist Susun Weed, author of New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90, says today’s women are barraged with conflicting advice, obsolete misconceptions, and misinformation.

An internationally recognized authority on herbal medicine, Weed was inspired to rewrite, update, and expand her best-selling menopausal bible based on the latest science after listening to the issues and questions of 50,000 women over the past ten years.

Some topics Weed can discuss:

* What is menopause? The premenopausal years, menopausal climax years, and postmenopausal years each have distinct symptoms, energetic changes, and nutritional requirements women need to understand.

* Are herbs safe? Using herbs simply and safely…detailed dosage recommendations for menopausal symptoms…recipes…warnings about commercially available products.

* The HRT controversy. The latest scientific reports warning about the dangers of hormone replacement therapy…safe, effective, heart-healthy alternatives to HRT.

* Building better bones. New evidence linking dense bones with breast cancer…how to avoid osteoporosis and weak bones by using exercise, herbs, and nutrition.

* Natural remedies for common problems. Proven remedies for menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, low libido, dry vagina, menstrual problems, fibroids, heart disease, brittle bones, hairy problems, restless legs syndrome, and midlife weight gain.

Weed is highly regarded in the medical community as an eloquent advocate and spokesperson for integrative approaches to women’s health, using complementary natural remedies to resolve health problems with the least possible side effects.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Post-Menopausal Bone Health

An excellent source for your piece on bone density is Susun Weed, one of America’s foremost authorities on herbal medicine and complementary/natural approaches to women’s health.

Weed has just updated her best-selling book on menopause (the original edition sold half a million copies), called New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for Women 30 to 90 (Ash Tree Publishing, Jan. 2002).

Weed has written extensively on the topic of bone density in postmenopausal women. She can give you detailed information on what women should be looking for, how they can prevent breaks and fractures, common risk factors for osteoporosis, and what women can do to actively build better bones -- starting at any age.

In addition, Weed can discuss:
* How misinformation about osteoporosis is leading doctors and patients astray
* The truth about the correlation between low bone mass and fracture rates
* Why strong, flexible bones are superior to massive, rigid ones
* Why calcium supplements may not be very helpful
* Why drugs that increase bone mass are dangerous
* Which foods and beverages leach calcium from the body
* Best bone-building exercises, herbs, and foods
* How to prevent osteoporosis even if you are at high risk

You might also appreciate some of her favorite good-for-bones recipes: “Old Sour Puss Mineral Mix” and “Strong Bone Stew.”

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Weight Gain Good for Midlife Women

For women over forty, gaining weight is all too easy. Researchers are
finding, however, that weight gain can actually protect midlife women from
cardiovascular disease and improve their mortality.

A new study reported in the September/October issue of Menopause found that
moderate weight gain had a protective effect among the leanest postmenopausal
women studied, primarily due to a more than threefold decrease in
cardiovascular disease mortality risk.

Susun Weed, internationally known herbalist and author of the newly revised
classic, New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree Publishing, Nov. 2001), recommends that menopausal women gain ten pounds over five to ten
years.

But not ten ordinary pounds, Weed adds. "You want ten pounds of healthy fat
supported by muscle and bone. And you want to gain that weight very, very
slowly."

America's leading authority on natural approaches to menopause, Weed can
discuss:
a.. Why women who gain weight during menopause have less severe hot flashes
and denser bones
b.. Which high-calorie, hormone-rich foods are best to eat during menopause
c.. Which foods are rich in minerals your body needs during the menopausal
years
d.. Why one beer a week slowly increases your weight while it improves
memory, soothes nerves, and bolsters the immune system
e.. Why many herbal remedies sold for weight loss can disturb heart
function, cause excessive fluid loss, and disrupt electrolyte balance
f.. Why diet drugs may lead to life-threatening events during the
menopausal years, when heart and adrenal functions are unstable

Weed recognizes that weight gain is one of the most difficult aspects of
menopause for many women to accept. For those who are determined to lose
weight in midlife, despite the difficulties, Weed offers diet tips, appetite
foolers, exercise techniques, and herbal allies to help them shed pounds with
minimal side effects.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Common Health Problems

I have a great source for your piece on treating common health problems. She is Susun Weed, one of America’s foremost authorities on herbal medicine and complementary/natural approaches to healing and health.

Weed advocates a Six Steps to Healing approach to help people solve health problems with the least possible side effects, advising that people start with preventive or very gentle measures first before moving up the remedial ladder to extremely strong or dangerous approaches, such as drugs and surgery.

Let us go right down your list with some of Weed’s natural remedies:

Headaches/migraines: Blinking red lights can relieve extreme or severe migraines, within an hour, 72 percent of the time. Wear goggles that restrict side vision for maximum effect. Tea, infusion, or tincture of garden sage leaves offers immediate relieve from a headache, as does black cohosh root tincture or a vinegar of willow leaves. Ten drops of the tincture or 1 teaspoon/15 ml of the vinegar is equivalent to two aspirins. (She can provide recipes for tinctures and vinegars.) Mental/spiritual approach: Like fatigue, headache is a way for you to get some time alone. Follow your instinct: Lie in total silence, in complete darkness, and sleep until the headache is gone. Ask yourself: Is finding time for yourself becoming a headache?

Digestive problems: If your problem is constipation, slippery foods such as slippery elm bark powder, oats, seaweed, flax seed, and seeds from wild plantago (cultivated psyllium) are wonderful allies. Adding a teaspoon of any, or all, to a cup of rolled oats and cooking until thick in 3 cups water is a delicious remedy. If gas pain is the problem, plain yogurt is the solution. Sometimes even a tiny mouthful will bring instant relief. Mental/spiritual approach: Bless your food out loud before you eat; say grace; thank the plants and animals who nourish you; breathe in and feel grateful.

Menstrual problems: Black haw and cramp bark, both virburnums, are superb allies for menstrual cramping. The tincture of either is an astringent tonic, powerful antispasmodic, and rich source of hormonal precursors. Take 10-20 drops in water as often as needed. Mental/spiritual approach: Sit in a hot bath and flow, melt, dissolve, relax, release, let go.

Low libido: Best Rx for low libido is seven orgasms a week, with or without your partner, whether you feel like it or not, all in one day or spread over seven days. Pursue this remedy earnestly, like a therapy, and you will quickly notice a measurable increase in libido. Continue for at least three months. Mental/spiritual approach: Spend a quiet moment each morning with your eyes closed, take deep breaths, and focus on how good your body feels.

Sleep problems: Oatstraw strengthens your nervous system, smooths your energy flow, and gives you more restful sleep. Try a cup of infusion before bed, warm, with milk. For complete insomnia, when you need something very strong that acts as both a painkiller and sleep inducer, take some delicious, aromatic skullcap tincture. Use 30-60 drops of dried-plant tincture, or 3-8 drops made from fresh flowing plant as a dose. Drink it in water ten minutes before bed. Mental/spiritual approach: Put away all clocks and watches for a few days. Don’t listen to the radio or ask the time. Let the earth and moon and sun provide your timing.

Not surprisingly, Weed has a worldwide following and her books have sold over a half-million copies. Her latest title is New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree Publishing, Nov. 2001).

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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The Dangers of Soy

Did you know that consuming large amounts of tofu, soy milk, soy nuts, and
other unfermented soy products such as "fake" hot dogs, cheese, and cold cuts
can pose real dangers to women's health?

This, according to best-selling author, international lecturer, and herbalist
Susun S. Weed, who says that too many women wrongly believe that soy is
beneficial, particularly for relief of menopausal symptoms.

A report in the September 2001 Annals of Pharmacology states that women with
current or past breast cancer should be aware of the risks of potential tumor
growth when consuming soy products. October's Carcinogenesis and November's
Journal of Nutrition each report similar findings.

In addition to endangering breast health, unfermented soy contains substances
that interfere with our ability to liberate, utilize, or create key
nutrients, such as calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, and thyroid hormone. This
increases the likelihood of:
a.. Brittle bones
b.. Serious thyroid problems
c.. Memory loss
d.. Vision impairment
e.. Irregular heartbeat
f.. Increased risk of stroke
g.. Liver damage
h.. Allergic reactions
i.. Depression
j.. Vulnerability to infections

Is all soy bad? On the contrary, says Weed. In fact, miso, tamari, tempeh,
and natto are extremely beneficial foods because they are fermented, which
increases soy's mineral availability.

In her newly revised classic for menopausal women, New Menopausal Years: The
Wise Woman Way
(Ash Tree Publishing, Nov. 2001), Weed dispels this and other
myths regarding dietary and medical recommendations for women in midlife. Her
book is still the definitive bible for natural approaches to menopause.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Holistic Approaches

Susun Weed would be perfect to represent the "yes to holistic approaches" viewpoint for your piece on cancer.

Weed is regarded as one of the country's leading authorities on herbal medicine and complementary/natural approaches to healing and health. She is a best-selling author, a prominent media figure on national radio and television, director of the Wise Woman Center, an educational center in upstate, New York, and an international lecturer and teacher.

Weed strongly believes in every individual’s right to choose the course of treatment with which he or she feels most comfortable. She advocates an integrative approach, rather than an exclusionary one.

For those who have chosen the traditional, Western approach to cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery), she recommends “herbal allies” and complementary remedies that can ease the toxic burden, alleviate side effects, and boost immunity.

Known for her vast knowledge and voracious reading, researching, and studying habits, Weed can cite the very latest scientific evidence in support of her recommendations and advice. She can discuss:
-- the ideal anticancer diet
-- which foods work against healing and immunity, and why
-- immune building herbs and anticancer herbs, including a nutritious soup recipe
-- the role of certain fats in promoting cancer
-- a powerful herb that can be taken for a short course before one resorts to drugs
-- why it is important to always combine drugs such as painkillers and chemotherapy with protective herbs
-- the healing role of exercise
-- why beans and lentils and fermented foods are super for cancer sufferers
-- surprising new evidence about two common vitamins and why cancer sufferers should avoid them

Weed’s books are widely recommended by physicians and medical groups, and have sold over a half-million copies. Her latest title is New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree Publishing, Nov. 2001).

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics

I have an excellent source for your "natural alternatives to antibiotics"
piece. She is Susun Weed, founder of the Wise Woman Center in upstate New
York and the author of five critically acclaimed books on alternative health
care for women. Weed's books are well-regarded by M.D.s, who recommend them
to patients seeking reputable, well-researched sources of information about
complementary remedies.

In a recent book about breast cancer, Weed devotes an entire chapter to
immunity building. She discusses the anti-bacterial and/or immune
strengthening uses of many herbs including: echinacea, yarrow, poke, usnea,
stinging nettle, garlic, astragalus, and ginseng.

Unlike many herbal advisors, Weed can give you the scholarly whys and well as
the whats. She is also well-versed on the pros and cons of nutritional
supplements (nutriceuticals) as viable alternatives to antibiotics, and can
tell you which herbal medicines really do strengthen immunity -- and the
chemical reasons why they do.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Famous herbalist Susun Weed offers alternatives to drug therapy

An excellent resource for your drug-free cures piece is Susun Weed, one of America’s foremost authorities on herbal medicine and complementary/natural approaches to healing and health.

Weed advocates a Six Steps to Healing approach to help people solve health problems with the least possible side effects, advising that you start with preventive or very gentle measures first before moving up the remedial ladder to extremely strong or dangerous approaches, such as drugs and surgery.

Since she began studying herbal medicine thirty-six years ago, Weed has garnered an international reputation for her groundbreaking lectures, teachings, and writings on herbal health and nutrition, which frequently challenge conventional medical approaches. Weed’s books are recommended by such notable herbalists and women’s health physicians as Susan Love, MD; Christine Northrup, MD; Rosemary Gladstar; and David Hoffman.

She can offer specific natural remedies for common ailments such as headaches (tension and migraine), digestive problems, sleep problems, PMS and menopausal symptoms, joint and muscle pains, low energy/low libido, respiratory conditions, cancer, depression, allergies, and on and on. She has anecdotes and success stories to back up her therapeutic recommendations.

Not surprisingly, Weed has a worldwide following and her books have sold over a half-million copies. Her latest title is New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree Publishing).

I think you would find Susun Weed an invaluable expert for your piece. Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Herbal Alternative to Vitamin Supplements

I have a great source for your piece on new scientific findings regarding vitamin and mineral supplements. She is Susun Weed, one of America’s foremost authorities on herbal medicine and complementary/natural approaches to women’s health.

Weed has just updated her best-selling book on menopause (the original edition sold half a million copies), called New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for Women 30 to 90 (Ash Tree Publishing, Jan. 2002). I think you will find her a mother lode of data, facts, and insights for your piece.

I thought of you and your article when I read today a new study by Qing Jang of University of California, at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley, in which he and his colleagues have uncovered startling differences between vitamin E found in plants and the synthesized form of vitamin E found in supplements. The natural form has a long list of additional benefits not attributed to supplemental E.

Susun Weed has long promoted the advantages of obtaining vitamins and minerals from natural sources, most notably from plants and herbs. Why? Because natural sources enable you to control dosage and purity, thus decreasing harmful side effects.

Weed can discuss:
* most important vitamins and minerals for women of child-bearing age
* how to combat cancer, digestive problems, heart disease, low energy, diabetes, bad skin, weak bones, and other common health problems with vitamin/herb remedies
* food and herbal sources of important vitamins and minerals
* tips for preparing your own herbal vinegars and tinctures
* reliable mail-order sources for organic plants, weeds, seeds, and herbal preparations
* how to grow your own vitamin-rich weeds no matter where you live

Weed is legendary for her encyclopedic knowledge of herbs, her voracious appetite for up-to-date information (she reads about 100 scientific and health journals a month), and her unabashedly pro-woman stance.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Relief From the Low-Energy Blues!

An expert who is already known to many of your readers as an authority on alternative approaches to women’s health is Susun Weed, author of several well-known books on herbal and complementary medicine, and natural healing for women.

In her newly updated best-selling classic for women aged 30 to 90, called New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, Weed has pages full of tips, specific remedies, and advice for women suffering from lack of sleep, PMS-related fatigue, low thyroid, stress-induced fatigue, menopausal low energy, lackluster energy caused by low-level depression, and many other topics that are relevant to your article.

Weed can discuss:
* herbal remedies for low energy: recipes and dosages
* the alarming epidemic of thyroid conditions among women: what is causing it
* best diet for maximizing energy
* natural remedies for women who feel drained
* what your symptoms may be trying to tell you
* best mail-order sources for herbs, vitamins, and homeopathic medicines

I think you will find that Susun Weed is a wealth of information on this topic. She is legendary for her encyclopedic knowledge, her voracious appetite for up-to-date information (she reads about 100 scientific and health journals a month), and her unabashedly pro-woman stance.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Top Ten Power Foods for Women

I have a good source for your piece on top-ten power foods for women. She is best-selling author, international lecturer, and herbalist Susun S. Weed.

Her newly revised classic for menopausal women, New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree Publishing, Nov. 2001), is still the definitive bible that women aged 30 to 90 turn to for advice on a wide range of health issues, including diet.

Weed is an outspoken advocate for women, and wants to bring two foods to your attention. One is among the best things a woman can consume. The other is one of the worst.

Let me give you the bad news first. Soy (in its unfermented form). Too many women wrongly believe that soy is beneficial, particularly for relief of menopausal symptoms.

Did you know that consuming large amounts of tofu, soy milk, soy nuts, and other unfermented soy products such as “fake” hot dogs, cheese, and cold cuts can pose real dangers to women’s health?

A report in the September 2001 Annals of Pharmacology states that women with current or past breast cancer should be aware of the risks of potential tumor growth when consuming soy products. The October 2001 Carcinogenesis and November 2001 Journal of Nutrition each report similar findings.

In addition to endangering breast health, unfermented soy contains substances that interfere with our ability to liberate, utilize, or create key nutrients, such as calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, and thyroid hormone. This increases the likelihood of:
* brittle bones
* serious thyroid problems
* memory loss
* vision impairment
* irregular heartbeat
* increased risk of stroke
* liver damage
* allergic reactions
* depression
* vulnerability to infections

Is all soy bad? On the contrary, says Weed. In fact, miso, tamari, tempeh, and natto are extremely beneficial foods because they are fermented, which increases soy’s mineral availability. Therefore, if you include soy in your list, Weed urges that you please make sure it is one of the fermented types, above.

Okay, on with the good news. Red clover. Weed will explain how to prepare red clover into a delicious beverage that all women before, during, and after menopause can drink for the following benefits:
* keeps you hormonally fit
* reduces premature menopause
* improves your chances of having a child after 40
* moderates the intensity of hot flashes
* prevents and reverses breast cancer
* improves memory, clears confusion, and increases energy
* eases anxiety
* relieves muscle and joint pain, diminishes headaches
* keeps your skin supple and healthy, and increases vaginal lubrication
* eases incontinence, relieves cystitis
* prevents osteoporosis
* prevents strokes
* helps build strong bones

She can go into greater detail about how red clover has been shown to have all of the above benefits. By the way, as a sidebar to your piece, you might be interested in one of Weed’s most famous recipes for women, Strong Bone Stew.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Garlic - Ally for Menopausal Women

An excellent resource for your piece on garlic is Susun Weed, internationally renowned herbalist and expert on women’s health and healing.

Her newly revised classic, New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree Publishing, Nov. 2001), is still the definitive bible that women aged 30 to 90 turn to for advice on a wide range of health issues, including nutritional advice. The original edition has sold over a half million copies.

Weed is known for her voracious intellectual appetite, and reads more than a hundred medical and health journals a month. This in addition to her worldwide teaching and lecturing circuit keeps her information on the cutting edge.

Regarding garlic, she can discuss:
* The immune-strengthening properties of garlic
* How garlic is beneficial to women during and after menopause
* Recipes for using garlic in healthful dishes
* The distinction between a nourishing and a tonifying herb (garlic is the latter)
* How to prepare your own potent garlic tonic
* How to use garlic safely and in the proper dosage
* Which commercially available garlic products are beneficial, and which are hoaxes
* How garlic has been used by healers in many cultures throughout history

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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How to Eat Healthy - And Love it!

Editor,

Menopausal women have different diet needs than women under thirty-five. Here are some guidelines for midlife women who wish to maintain a healthy weight while building strong bones, a strong heart, and superimmunity.

The expert is Susun Weed, an internationally recognized authority on natural approaches to women’s health. Her newly revised classic for midlife women, New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way (Ash Tree Publishing, Nov. 2001), is still the definitive bible that women aged 30 to 90 turn to for advice on a wide range of health issues, including diet.

Weed has a diet plan perfectly suited to the hormonal and metabolic changes that occur during the menopausal years. She also recommends a minimum exercise level equivalent to brisk walking three hours a week. Learn:
* Which foods to eat in which proportions at each meal.
* Why meat is good – as long as it is organic and eaten sparingly.
* Why women who eat diets high in monounsaturated fat do not gain weight.
* Four fatty fish to eat at least once a week.
* Why olive oil is king for menopausal women.
* The secret ingredient to eggs than all women crave.
* Why eating bittersweet chocolate once is week is mandatory.
* How a spoonful of ground flaxseeds or flaxseed oil helps the female body.
* Why seaweed should be consumed weekly.
* Why broccoli is a must once a week.
* How to say no to refined flours and sugars.
* An energizing herbal infusion that makes you want to exercise more.
* Herbs that help strengthen bones, heart, and immunity in menopausal women.

Weed also has some fabulous recipes for menopausal women. One is a delicious cookie substitute that is high in calcium and estrogen. Another is her famous Strong Bone Stew.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit.

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Get the true Menopause story - health info you need to know!

Although today's women are bombarded with information about menopause, much of it consists of conflicting advice, obsolete misconceptions, and misinformation.

So says women's health expert and herbalist Susun Weed, author of New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90.

An internationally recognized authority on herbal medicine, Weed was inspired to rewrite, update, and expand her best-selling menopausal bible based on the latest science after listening to the issues and questions of 50,000 women over the past ten years.

Some topics Weed can discuss:

* What is menopause? The premenopausal years, menopausal climax years, and postmenopausal years each have distinct symptoms, energetic changes, and nutritional requirements women need to understand.

* Are herbs safe? Using herbs simply and safely detailed dosage recommendations for menopausal symptoms recipes warnings about commercially available products.

* The HRT controversy. The latest scientific reports warning about the dangers of hormone replacement therapy safe, effective, heart-healthy alternatives to HRT.

* Building better bones. New evidence linking dense bones with breast cancer how to avoid osteoporosis and weak bones by using exercise, herbs, and nutrition.

* Natural remedies for common problems. Proven remedies for menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, low libido, dry vagina, menstrual problems, fibroids, heart disease, brittle bones, hairy problems, restless legs syndrome, and midlife weight gain.

Weed is highly regarded in the medical community as an eloquent advocate and spokesperson for integrative approaches to women's health using complementary natural remedies to resolve health problems with the least possible side effects.

Please let me know if I can put you in touch with Susun Weed directly and send you her new book and press kit. Also, Ms. Weed would be delighted to submit an article to your publications. Check out her website at: www.susunweed.com and visit the Wise Woman Bookshop 

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NEW Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way:
Alternative Approaches for Women 30 - 90
by Susun S. Weed
Foreword by Juliette de Bairacli Levy.
304 pages, index, magical illustrations.
Completely revised with 100 new pages. All the remedies women know and trust plus hundreds of new ones. New sections on thyroid health, fibromyalgia, hairy problems, male menopause, and herbs for women taking hormones. Recommended by Susan Love MD and Christiane Northrup MD.
Retails for $16.95

read some excerpts :
Building Better Bones
Kundalini Meditation

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