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New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for women 30-90

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

I. Overview

Author: Susun S. Weed.
Introduction by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. 304 pages, index, illustrations.
ISBN: 1888123036 Retails for $19.95

Recommended by Christiane Northrup MD and Susan Love MD.

New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way was chosen as one of the five best non-fiction titles of 2001. It is an expanded and updated version of Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, which has been a top-ten bestseller for the past ten years. It is fifty percent bigger, and one hundred pages longer then the original.

New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way offers help for women who come to menopause early, through surgery or as a result of chemotherapy or radiation treatments, as well as for those who reach menopause naturally. It offers advice for women taking hormones as well as for those who want to avoid hormones. This book includes the latest information on hormone usage and heart health, hormones and bone health, and hormones and memory.

New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way includes sections on: PMS, weight gain, emotional uproar, flooding, fibroids, sex, thyroid problems, hot flashes, sleeplessness, hairy problems, headaches, fibromyalgia, breast health, male menopause, fertility after forty, heart and bone health, and lots more. From homeopathy and herbs to surgery and drugs, with clear advice on how to avoid the latter and wisely use the former.

New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way
also has: herbal allies, remedies to avoid, herbal pharmacy for those who want to make their own, appendices, beautiful illustrations. When Ms. Weed turned 45 and realized menopause was around the corner she decided to write down everything she thought could help her: "Since I knew menopause fries your memory!" Finding little assistance in books, Ms. Weed turned to relatives, friends, and then groups of menopausal women that she convened to learn all she could about the true nature of this Change.

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:
If this book had not been given to me by a close friend, I would be experiencing menopause in an entirely different manner. The purring voice of Grandmother Growth, who introduces many of the chapters, assured me that I am not losing my mind or harboring a terminal illness; that menopause is not something to be endured or fixed, but rather an ongoing adventure loaded with opportunity. The Wise Woman approach to the various and unexpected discomforts and joys of the Change has motivated me to seize this experience to transform my life for the better.

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II. Competition

Please note that reviews of New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way from consistently rate at 5 stars, above other, similar titles such as:

The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change by Christiane Northrup

The Hormone Solution: Naturally Alleviate Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance from Adolescence Through Menopause by Erika Schwartz

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III. Market

Susun has talked with more than 50,000 women about menopause: their problems, and their solutions. This book compiled what she learned, the Wise Woman wisdom of our grandmothers who lived long active healthy lives without taking hormones.

The first edition of this book is an international bestseller. Called "my menopause bible" by more than half a million women. The revised edition is 50% bigger, with more than 100 new pages.

Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, published in 1992, rapidly became a best-seller and stayed among the top twenty best-sellers until the release of New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, which is destined to become another classic in the field of women's health books.

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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!

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

Table of Contents
Introduction . Juliette de Baïracli Levy viii
What are The Menopausal Years? xiv
Using This Book xv
Using Herbs Safely xvii
Foreword . Wonshé xx
Author's Preface xxi

Chapter One
Is This Menopause? Preparing for the Journey 1
Menstrual Irregularities 3
Erratic Intervals Between Flows 4
Flooding 7
Uterine Fibroids 13
Spotting 19
Menstrual Cramps 21
Cessation of Menses 22
Building Better Bones 24
Weight Gain 35
PMS Forever? 40
Water Retention 40
Sore Breasts 42
Digestive Distresses 44
Emotional Uproar 46
Fibromyalgia 48
Thyroid 52
Fertility After Forty 57
Sex 63
References & Resources: Chapter One 64
Herbal Allies for Women Beginning Menopause 67
Ritual Interlude . Crone's Time Away 78

Chapter Two
This is Menopause: Journey into Change 81
Flashes and Flushes and Chills 83
Hot Flashes 84
Kundalini Meditation 88
Menopause is Enlightenment 96
Night Sweats 99
Earthquake Flashes 100
Dizziness, Dry Eyes, Burning Mouth, Formication 102
Hairy Problems 104
Too Little 105
Too Much 108
Emotional Uproar 110
Depression 111
Thoughts of Suicide 116
Rage 117
Grief/Crying Jags 119
Anxiety/Fear/Extreme Nervousness 121
Oversensitivity/Irritability 125
Sleep Disturbances 128
Susun's Favorite Relaxation 130
Fatigue 132
Headaches/Migraines 135
Heart Palpitations 138
For Women Taking Hormones 140
Progesterone Creams 143
Preventing Breast Cancer 145
Male Menopause/Andropause 146
References & Resources: Chapter Two 149
Herbal Allies for Women in the Midst of Menopause151
Ritual Interlude . Crone's Crowning 177

Chapter Three
Post-Menopause: She-Who-Holds-the-Wise-Blood-Inside 181
Vaginal/Bladder Changes 183
Dry Vagina 184
Natural, Sensual Lubricants 186
Itching, Burning Vulva/Vaginal Atrophy 187
Pelvic Floor Exercises 188
Vaginal Yeast Overgrowth 190
Incontinence 193
Bladder Infections 197
Interstitial Cystitis 200
Postmenopausal Bleeding 203
Heart Healthy 207
Memory Loss/Dementia/Alzheimer's 216
Osteoporosis 219
Mending Broken Bones 226
My Aching Joints 228
Foot and Leg Cramps, Numbness 231
Restless Legs Syndrome 233
References & Resources: Chapter Three 235
Herbal Allies for Postmenopausal Women 237
Ritual Interlude . Crone's Ceremony of Commitment to Her Community 244
Herbal References & Resources 246
Appendix 1
Herbal Sources of Vitamins and Minerals for the Menopausal Years 247
Appendix 2
Recipes and Pharmacy for the Menopausal Years 253
Appendix 3
Minerals in Selected Herbs 261
Glossary 263
Endnotes 266
Index 269

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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 $19.95