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Most of my information comes from the following resources and from peer reviewed scientific or medical journals. If it doesn't come from one of the following books, I try to post the source where the information is presented.
Physiology of menopause and related topics:
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by John Lee, M.D.
This is a very detailed and comprehensive book about the biochemistry and physiology related to menopause. It is written for the lay public and covers everything from the politics of women's health to what happens in the body during menopause, and most importantly, how to maintain healthy hormone balance. The book is based on years of his own private practice as a physician in Mill Valley, CA and the research he did around hormone balance in treating his patients. It has a lengthy reference list for each chapter, so if you're into reading medical journal articles there are more than enough arrows to point you in that direction.
Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by David Brownstein, M.D.
This book is peripherally related to menopause. Symptoms of menopause and low thyroid overlap greatly. This is in part because the hormones secreted by the thyroid effect every cell in the body, as do the sex hormones. I often find with clients that support is needed for both the thyroid and for sex hormone production. Dr. Brownstein advocates for knowing the symptoms of thyroid imbalance, as he states the blood tests do not tell the whole story of how the thyroid is functioning.
Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal Series) by Susun S. Weed
Susun Weed is a well-known herbalist and this book is geared toward general healing for all. She shares in-depth information about seven different healing herbs that are useful for anyone and everyone: burdock, chickweed, dandelion, nettle, oatstraw, seaweeds and violet.
New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90
The approach in this book is organized by symptoms. What follows is a step-by-step of increasingly aggressive methods of dealing with the problem. For instance, under hair loss (an effect of menopause that I'm dealing with) lists first information about hair loss in menopause. Step 2: Engage the energy, recommends some homeopathic options. Step 3: Nourish and Tonify suggests herbs, supplements, and dietary approaches to dealing with hair loss. Step 4: Sedate/Stimulate she discusses the pros and cons of other herbs, essential oils, and things to avoid. Step 5: is supplements and drugs where she discusses both over-the-counter and common medical options and their pros and cons. It is up to the reader to determine how aggressively they want to address the issue. I like that approach, because it's compassionate about where each of us are in our journey with our symptoms and leaves room for everyone to explore what's right for them. I use this book a LOT!
Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
Again, this is a general book of herbal recipes. It's limited to only herbal information, but is a fantastic reference for anyone wanting to make your own teas, tonics, salves, oils, and tinctures. I use this reference less for specific recipes than I do for the index of common herbs that I use to make my own recipes... at least, that's what I use it for now... initially it was my Go To for figuring out HOW to make the things I wanted.
Self-awareness related to menopause (directly or indirectly):
Acupressure and body work:
What others say about my work :
Jill's particular genius is to process each emotion as savory and precious. She inspires the best of personal will for you to generate possibility, openness & ultimately lasting transformation. ~ Maya, Sacramento CA
It is clear to me that Jill cares deeply about her clients. She has worked with all of the members of our family to reclaim the wholeness and health of our bodies. ~ Laura, San Jose CA