Book Review: The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health

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Stacie Deyglio, ND

The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health

Dr Sat Dharam Kaur is an authority on women’s health, breast cancer, detoxification, saunas, and healthy breast practice. She developed the Healthy Breast Program, a naturopathic protocol for preventing breast cancer and treating women with the disease to be used in combination with allopathic diagnostic and treatment options. The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health is a coauthored book that provides comprehensive information on integrating naturopathic medical treatments into a healing program for the unique health concerns of women. Although laypersons are the target audience for this book, health professionals will benefit from Dr Sat Dharam Kaur’s expertise and sound research: “[W]hat you have in this book are tools for a lifetime of good health. Build slowly on your successes” (p 7).

The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health is organized into 6 major content sections, concluding with a separate area for resources and references. Section 1 describes 11 different natural medicine traditions, including Native American medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, allopathic Western medicine, and naturopathic medicine.

In section 2, food as medicine is the subject of focus and includes sections on women’s health diet and age-appropriate supplementation. The “Women’s Health Diet” chapter is very thorough, supported by scientific evidence, and provides plans for low-carbohydrate diets, including multiple variations of incorporating vegetables and fruits. The age-appropriate supplementation includes a table of recommended daily supplements distinguished by age category.

Sections 3 through 5 offer the reader unique and significant information. Section 3, “Living with Nature’s Rhythms,” integrates health and wellness with biological cycles, hormonal balance, and health throughout the aging process. Section 4, “Restoring Harmony with the Earth’s Elements,” gives pertinent information about restoring harmony to the body by healing the damage done to the Earth: “[W]e have violated the Earth by contaminating the soil, squandering fresh water, polluting the air and dissipating her energy. The consequences of our carelessness now threaten our well-being. As the Earth becomes progressively polluted, so do our individual bodies” (p 119). This section includes the effects of chemical contaminants in soil, water, air, and energy on health. In section 5, the content highlights a “Seasonal Cleansing and Rejuvenation Program.”

The final section 6 focuses on women’s conditions and is a clinically relevant component of the book. Within the chapters, a broad spectrum of information on natural medicine is incorporated with a comprehensive list of specific women’s health issues, ranging from menstrual conditions to reproduction to breast health and cardiovascular issues. The book provides readers with a thorough and practical review of alternative approaches to women’s healthcare.

Table of Contents:

  • Section 1: What is Natural Medicine?
  • Natural Medical Traditions
  • Four Steps Toward Optimum Health
  • Section 2: Food as Medicine
  • Women’s Health Diet
  • Age-Appropriate Supplements
  • Section 3: Living with Nature’s Rhythms
  • Daily and Monthly Health Cycles
  • Hormone Balance
  • Women’s Health through the Ages
  • Section 4: Restoring Harmony with the Earth’s Elements
  • Our Soil
  • Our Water
  • Our Air
  • Our Energy (Fire)
  • Our Bodies
  • Section 5: Seasonal Cleansing and Rejuvenation Program
  • Fall Program
  • Winter Program
  • Spring Program
  • Summer Program
  • Late Summer Program
  • Section 6: Women’s Conditions
  • Menstrual Conditions
  • Reproduction
  • Cervical Conditions
  • Uterine Conditions
  • Ovarian Conditions
  • Vaginal Conditions
  • Breast Health
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Musculoskeletal Condition
  • Cardiovascular Conditions
  • Resources and References
  • Index

Title: The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health

Authors: Sat Dharam Kaur, ND; Mary Danylak-Arhanic, MD; and Carolyn Dean, ND, MD

Publisher: Robert Rose

Available from: http://www.robertrose.ca

Pages: 477

Style: Softcover

Copyright: 2005

MSRP: $22.95

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