The Joy of Menopause
For the younger woman, menopause is a mystery that hangs out there in the dim future without much relevance to her daily existence.
But to the middle aged woman, the presence of menopause is increasingly felt with each physical twinge or delayed period, fed by reports from women in the throes of menopause with discouraging tales of hot flashes, brain fog, osteoporosis, and medical interventions.
What a woman experiences during and post-menopause is largely the result of the choices she has made, or perhaps more accurately, not made, meaning she has accepted cultural norms without scrutiny even when they threaten her health.
There’s an old saying, “It’s not what we know that gets us into trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.”
With all the marvels life makes available to us today, our world also is a horror show when we really look clearly and carefully around us.
Just two examples…
The grocery stores are filled with manufactured products sold as “food”, the vast majority of which no living thing should put into their bodies.
The medical system purports to be all-knowing in matters of health, when in fact, they know practically nothing about health. Medicine is a disease-care system and deeply corrupted by the financial motivations of the pharmaceutical and surgical supply companies.
The dreadful stories of menopause with which every woman is familiar are largely the result of our profound disconnection from the natural world.
With re-connection to nature comes wonderful revelations about menopause for women.
Yes, menopause is a profound change at every level, physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual. It signals the end of a woman’s reproductive years, which for most women is, with the possible exception of her career, the fundamental ordering principle of her life.
The reproductive-aged woman is reminded monthly of her body’s readiness to conceive and give birth. Her sexuality, social dynamics, and life aspirations are all at least colored, if not fundamentally organized by her reproductive capacity.
For the past few years I have been studying and researching menopause.
I have discovered a powerful and growing body of research, to which very few women will ever be exposed.
I hate to sound cynical, but there is just too much money at stake in keeping women ignorant and afraid. The medical-pharmaceutical establishment has no interest in educating women about the truth of their inevitable transition.
When the facts are reviewed, almost every conventional dimension of modern life becomes suspect as a contributor to the menopausal difficulties of which every woman has heard, and too many have experienced personally.
And yet, many many women report that after the menopausal transition, they feel as if they have finally come into their own as women and contributors to society.
In short, learning about menopause is essential for all women.
Through the vehicle of Whole Woman, I have worked hard to make the existing body of knowledge that continues to pour out of our research laboratories accessible, relevant, and of practical value for women.
In the past I have delivered the definitive information on prolapse, urinary incontinence, chronic hip pain, post-hysterectomy syndrome, and other conditions with practical tools and techniques, backed by solid science.
Now we are producing a new multi-module video course on menopause.
Menopause is a gateway to a new dimension of living for a woman, and as such, should be a powerful and positive experience.
And yet, for far too many women it is a difficult and painful ordeal, made far worse by the misguided and venal manipulations of the medical system.
It is time for the truth to be told so that women, both young, middling, and older can experience this gateway to the third trimester of life joyfully, comfortably, and confidently.
I have explored a wide variety of ways to package and deliver this information. The sheer volume of material needing to be covered convinced me that the Joy of Menopause should be a nine month course.
Each month, you will receive a video module that addresses the physiological realities of a symptom or related group of symptoms.
Then four times a month, you will receive a short, practical sub-module relating to diet, exercise, making your own medicines, and other practical aspects of what you can do to make your pre-, peri, menopausal, or post-menopausal life healthier, happier, and as free as possible from physical distractions that might diminish your quality of life.
There are many physical and emotional problems associated with menopause.
- Cardio-vascular challenges such as arrhythmia
- Breathing difficulties
- Vaginal atrophy and dryness
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS)
- Deadly cancers including lung, skin, and breast
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Urinary incontinence
- The medical system’s obsession with hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- Hot flashes, day and night
- Anxiety and depression
- Debilitating insomnia
- Changes with teeth and oral health
- Diminished interest in sex
This is a huge list of issues and challenges to even a long-term relationship.
Fortunately, many of these challenges are related and can be successfully managed together.
Be aware that many of the conventional medical approaches are destructive and a threat to quality-of-life. The medical bias toward drugs and “one size fits all” standards of care too often leaves women struggling when they should be experiencing their third trimester of life in its fullest expression.
I am very excited to share with you the main modules of the course.
- All Health Begins in the Mouth
- Bones of Contention - Strong Bones, No Drugs
- Melanoma is an Estrogen-Dependent Disease
- The Myth of BRCA Genes and the Untold Story of Breast Cancer
- Prevent Dementia and Revitalize Your Aging Brain
- Conquer Insomnia and Cool Hot Flashes
- Vaginal Atrophy and Closing of the Flower
- Healthy Heart, Happy Life
- Soaring Spirit and Endless Becoming
This course is the culmination of a lifetime of thought and learning
- from my studies of culture as a young anthropology student
- to the life-changing book Diet for a Small Planet that my husband Lanny gave me forty years ago
- to the twenty-five years I have spent studying and learning as a nursing student
- and later uterine prolapse sufferer who was determined to solve the riddle of prolapse.
One of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, is quoted as saying,
“The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.”
Nowhere is this more true than dealing with the changes of your own body.
Depending on whose research you read, it is estimated that 50-80% of all women will experience prolapse at some point in their lives. Yet most women have no idea prolapse even exists as a condition.
This is not true of menopause. Virtually every woman past puberty is aware that her “clock is ticking” and that menopause awaits.
Will menopause be a powerful and joyful transition, or a medically managed nightmare?
The difference between the two experiences is the power of knowledge.
We live in a world that is creating knowledge far faster than it can be assimilated by the species. For reasons that are a mystery to me, I discovered in middle age a gift for sifting through reams of arcane scientific data and ferreting out the practical knowledge and information that we women need to fulfill our potential and live the life nature wants us to live.
Having suffered a profound uterine prolapse in the early 1990s as a result of bladder suspension surgery, Christine refused the recommended hysterectomy and spent more than a decade researching her condition in the medical literature and experimenting with dance, alignment, body work, and posture. Finally, she brought her own prolapse under control and began teaching other women how to control theirs.
Author of Saving the Whole Woman, still the definitive book on the subject of non-surgical intervention for pelvic organ prolapse, Christine has also produced, written, directed, and narrated over a dozen videos and video courses to help women help themselves. Her work has kept thousands of women out of the operating room in over sixty countries.