Dr. Christiane Northrup: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
Airs Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published March 10, 2010 at 10:43 a.m., updated October 31, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.
“I've devoted the first half of my life and at least thirty years of my life studying and documenting and footnoting everything that can go wrong with the female human body, and I know why it happens. I'm dedicating the rest of my life to teaching you everything that can go RIGHT with the female human body!” - Christiane Northrup, M.D.
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With that proclamation at the end of segment one, Dr. Christiane Northrup sums up what her goal is for viewers of her seventh public broadcasting special: she is taking them on a journey to discover a completely new and inspiring lens through which to envision and achieve their best health.
"Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" is for any woman, of any age, who wants to change her relationship with her body, inside and out.
The content of the show is based on the updated and revised fourth edition of the book of the same title (release date by Random House: May, 2010) – the same book that shot to the top of the NY Times best-seller list back in 1994, and remains THE reference book for women's health which incorporates Northrup's original mind/body approach to the female body.
Dr. Northrup provides an overview of where women's health is today: based on disease screening, women's bodies have become medicalized, and this is illustrated with a humorous but thought-provoking graphic of the female body with caution signage, skull and crossbones, and danger signals.
We learn astounding statistics: maternal mortality rate has doubled in the last 20 years -- considered an unacceptable level – as the C-section rate in many American hospitals has gone from 30% to 50%. One out of three women over 40 have hysterectomies (“can you imagine that percentage of men having their testicles removed?” she asks an appreciative audience).
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Flourish With Dr. Northrup
The basis for Northrup's new rubric for health is encapsulated in one word: flourishing. “Normal is not healthy, and adequate is not optimal,” she explains. Optimal health is our birthright –and we must take responsibility for it. “[Flourishing] starts with the idea that your own power to get and stay well is far greater than the government's, than your doctor's, than your nurse practitioner's, than your acupuncturist's, than your insurance company's,” she explains.
Fundamentally, she wants women to rejoice in their bodies, and make the choices of health over suffering. “The central outmoded belief at the heart of women's health , or what we call women's health, is that the organs and the processes of your body were designed to cause you suffering and pain, and because beliefs become biology, that is the experience of millions and millions of women.”
With inspiring quotes, she sets the stage for the rest of the program, which will change that belief and experience for viewers. As she explains, “...the processes of the female body are imbued with wisdom that connects you with your inner guidance.” And so we will learn just how women's bodies, and women's wisdom are truly intertwined.