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Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way

I. Overview
II. Competition
III. Market
IV. Publicity
V. Bio
VI. Chapter Outline
Other Titles

I. Overview

Author: Susun S. Weed.
Foreword by Christiane Northrup, M.D. 380 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $21.95

"The perfect antidote to fear." Carolyn DeMarco, MD

Recommended by Susan Love, MD

Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way offers women control of their own breast health. Loaded with specific information on anti-cancer lifestyles, herbal allies for women dancing with cancer and alternative/complementary medicines to aid them through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Whether your interest is prevention (anti-cancer foods, breast self massage, building powerful immunity) or diagnosis (mammograms and worrisome lumps) or treatment (alternative or conventional) -- all the tools and help you need are gathered together in this one incredible resource. Look here first for information on and remedies for the side-effects of all major treatments, a level-headed look at alternatives, and a first-person account by a woman twice diagnosed with breast cancer; including her journey with surgery, chemotherapy, and herbs.

Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way includes a full Materia Medica of Herbal Allies. Plus an herbal pharmacy section including delicious dinner dishes as well as simple instructions for making any of the safe, successful remedies described in the book. IT is simple, practical, and safe.

Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way germinated while Ms. Weed was writing Menopausal Years. "I realized that I was not going to die of hot flashes, but that breast cancer could kill me. My best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. How could I protect myself? Should I get a mammogram? That question led me to lots of others, and some surprising answers."

Ash Tree Publishing
was founded in 1985 to reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients and to make the Wise Woman Tradition available to modern women. The information gathered in Ash Tree books offers women simple, easy, successful, and safe ways to regain and maintain health.

Sample Review:
What a gift to women of all ages! This book helped me overcome my fear of what I might discover during self-examination. I am so grateful that this book came my way and I am healthier in mind, body, and spirit thanks to Ms. Weed's wise words! All of my questions and doubts were addressed in a voice that speaks for all the wise women who have chosen the path of natural and sensible personal health. If I could, I would give a copy of this book to every woman in the world!

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II. Competition

Please note that reviews of Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way from consistently rate above other, similar titles such as:

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Woman's Guide to Healing from Breast Cancer
by Nan Lu, Ellen Schaplowsky

Total Breast Health: The Power Food Solution for Protection and Wellness by Robin Keuneke

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III. Market

Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way is the "perfect antidote to fear." Its coverage of the choices and resources available to women is comprehensive and thorough.

The voice of Grandmother Growth advises us throughout with her salty, down-to-earth humor and insightful comments. The illustrations by Kimberley Eve and Alan McKnight are exceptionally lovely and instructive.

Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way was awarded a certificate of merit in the 1996 Writer's Digest National Self-publishing Contest. Published in German as Brust Krebs? Brust Gesundheit! with an introduction by Susun Love, MD.

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IV. Publicity

Susun Weed has appeared on numerous national radio, television, and new-media venues, including National Public Radio, NBC News, CNN, and She has been quoted and interviewed in many major magazines, including Newsweek, Natural Health, Woman's Day, First for Women, Herbs for Health, and Whole Earth. She is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, and writes a regular column in Sagewoman. Ms. Weed publishes a monthly ezine at her 500+ page site

Susun Weed's publicity team continues to actively seek radio, television and speaking engagements on a regular basis. Visit her online press kit and publicity schedule.

Susun Weed is an enthusiastic and well informed guest who encourages people to take control of their health. She is the keeper of a wealth of herbal knowledge. I hope she returns as a guest soon. - Susan Lembo, Healthy Lifestyles Radio

I was so impressed with Ms. Weed's wisdom. It is awesome and we can all benefit from being in her 'presence' whether we read her books or have the pleasure of talking to her.
- Barbara Holstein, Enchanted Self

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V. Bio

Susun Weed is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades. Click here to for more about Susun Weed.

Ms. Weed's four herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including menopause, childbearing, and breast health. Visit her site for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more!

Learn more about Breast Cancer? Breast Health! at the website dedicated to it

Browse the publishing site to learn more about her alternative health books. Venture into the NEW Menopause site to learn all about the Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way.

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VI. Chapter Outline

Foreword: Christiane Northrup, M.D. o x
Preface o xii
My Anti-Cancer Lifestyle o xv
The Six Steps of Healing o xvi
Using This Book o xvii
Using Herbs Safely o xix

Section One: For All Women

1. Can Breast Cancer Be Prevented? o 3
Reproductive Factors o 5
Estrogenic Factors o 6
Hereditary Factors o 8
Environmental Factors: Organochlorines o 10
Dietary Factors o 12
Health-Care Factors o 15
Environmental Factors: Radiation o 17
Environmental Factors: Petrochemicals o 19
Environmental Factors: Electromagnetic Fields o19
Lifestyle Factors o 20

2. Can Food Prevent Cancer? o 27
Anti-Cancer Foods o 28
Anti-Cancer Phytochemicals o 46
Vitamin and Mineral Sources o 53

3. Taking Our Breasts Into Our Own Hands o 57
Breast Self-Massage o 57
A Slippery Assortment of Herbal Oils o 61
Breast Self-Exam o 69
Breast Massage Oils by Mail o 75

4. Building Powerful Immunity o 79
Journey to the Wise Healer Within o 82

5. Mammograms-Who Needs Them? o 93

6. There's A Lump In My Breast! o 107
Breast Lump Option Circuit o 104
There's Something in My Mammogram o 110

Section Two: For Women Dancing with Cancer

7. What Is Breast Cancer? o 131

8. The Diagnosis Is Cancer o 141
The Diagnosis Is Carcinoma In Situ o 144
Dealing With Feeling o 163
Resources o 166

9. Choosing Breast Surgery? o 171
Questions to Ask o 171
Breast Surgery Problems o 175
Before Surgery o 175
After-Effects of Anesthesia o 177
Wounds, Bruises, Scars o 178
Infections o 180
Pain, Numbness, and Discomfort o 181
Lymphedema o 183
Instead of Surgery? o 188
Altered Body Image, Depression o 189

10. Preventing Breast Cancer Recurrence o 193

11. Choosing Tamoxifen? o 201
Relief from Hormone Therapy Side Effects o 202
Thrombophlebitis o 203
Liver Problems o 205
Eye Problems o 205
Abnormal Uterine Changes o 206
Vocal Cord Damage o 206

12. Choosing Radiation Therapy? o 209
Relief from Radiation Side Effects o 210
DNA Damage o 211
Skin Damage o 212
Appetite Problems o 215
Hair and Scalp o 216
Fatigue o 218
Chest Pains o 219
Pneumonia o 221

13. Choosing Chemotherapy? o 225
Relief from Chemotherapy Side Effects o 224
Chemotherapy Option Circuit o 226
For Women Choosing Chemotherapy o 228
Protecting Your Liver o 228
Bone Marrow, Immunity, White Blood cells o 229
Nausea, Vomiting, and Appetite Loss o 231
Diarrhea and Constipation o 234
Mucous Surface Sores o 235
Thrush and Anal Yeast o 237
Maintaining Strong Veins o 238
Anemia and Platelet Damage o 238
Exhaustion o 239
Hair Loss, Sore Scalp o 239
Induced Menopause o 240
Unwanted Weight Gain o 240
Vaginal Dryness o 241
Your Sex Drive o 242
Herbal Allies for Women Choosing Chemotherapy o 243

14. Off My Chest by Betsy Sandlin o 245

15. Late Stage Breast Cancer o 253
Resources o 261

Section Three: Help

Materia Medica: Herbal Allies o 267
Herbal References o 292
Herbal Pharmacy: Recipes o 293
Sources for Herbs o 312
Organizations That Offer Help o 313
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment o 317
Glossary o 327
References o 333
Index o 343

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Mammograms - Who Needs Them? from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
Using Herbs Safely from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
My Anti-Cancer Lifestyle from Breast Cancer? Breast Health!

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Other Titles

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
Healing Wise, The Second Wise Woman Herbal

New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

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Breast Cancer? Breast Health!
The Wise Woman Way

by Susun S. Weed
Foreword by Christiane Northrup, MD
380 pages, index, profusely illustrated.
Foods, exercises, and attitudes to keep your breasts healthy. Supportive complimentary medicines to ease side-effects of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or tamoxifen.
Retails for $21.95


What a gift to women of all ages! This book helped me overcome my fear of what I might discover during self-examination. I am so grateful that this book came my way and I am healthier in mind, body, and spirit thanks to Ms. Weed's wise words! If I could, I would give a copy of this book to every woman in the world!