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Christiane Northrup, MD
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Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine that acknowledges the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit.

Following a 25-year career in both academic medicine and private practice, Dr. Northrup, a board-certified OB/GYN, teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life.

Dr. Northrup is the author of two groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers, the newly revised The Wisdom of Menopause and Women's Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. She has sold over 3 million books in 20 languages. Dr. Northrup has also hosted seven highly successful public-television special

Dr. Northrup stays in touch with her many fans worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, at, on her weekly Hay House Internet radio show Flourish!, her monthly e-letter, and her Web site.

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Now Saturated Fat Is Good for You?

(6) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:37 PM

A recent article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) puts to rest a decades-old myth: Saturated fat is NOT bad for the heart. [1] This is news I've long suspected! And we now have science to support it. Fat is not the enemy when it comes to cardiovascular...

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If Your Son Is Not Circumcised... Beware the Well-Baby Check

(55) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Imagine this. It's the middle of the night and your baby boy has croup -- you are worried. So you take him to your local emergency room. The ER doc comes in, removes the boy's diaper, and forcibly retracts your child's foreskin, leaving the child screaming in pain and bleeding....

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The Miracle of Motherhood Your Way

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 10:22 AM

From the moment I gazed into the eyes of my firstborn child, Annie, I was enchanted. Given what I teach now (and how I practiced medicine), I think you will find this ironic: Up until the moment that I actually went into labor, I treated my impending motherhood in a...

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Wisdom From 'The Wisdom of Menopause'

(59) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 7:27 AM

Menopause is not something that happens to you! Nor is it something that you have no control over. Menopause is actually about coming home to yourself. Did you think it was the beginning of the end? A downward spiral of hot flashes and declining health? It's not! In fact, it...

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What Is Your Maternal Legacy?

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 3:03 AM

I wrote "Mother-Daughter Wisdom" several years ago because, as a woman's health physician, I noticed something long ago: nothing, and I mean nothing, trumps the influence of your mother on all aspects of your life. And regardless of whether your relationship with your mom is thriving or on...

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The Best Breast Test: The Promise of Thermography

(143) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 8:23 AM

Every year when Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) comes around I am a saddened and surprised that thermography hasn't become more popular. Part of this is my mindset. I'd rather focus on breast health and ways to prevent breast cancer at the cellular level than put the emphasis on testing...

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The Limits of Antidepressants: Exploring the Alternatives

(312) Comments | Posted July 25, 2010 | 7:00 AM

In 2008, we learned that the benefits of antidepressants had been greatly overstated. [1] Former FDA psychiatrist Erick H. Turner, M.D. uncovered some startling information about Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), including Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. In reviewing all the medical literature, he learned that...

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Ella, Week After Birth Control Pill: A Boon for European Women, But Will It Make It to America?

(631) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 8:00 AM

The FDA is studying a new morning-after pill, commonly known as Ella, for approval in the United States. Ella is short for EllaOne, the brand name of the pill in Europe. It is effective for preventing pregnancy up to 120 hours following unprotected sex and was approved for use in...

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A Diet That Protects Against Osteoporosis

(181) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 8:00 AM

The fourth edition of my book Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom has just been released and my seventh show for Public Television, also called Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, is now airing across the United States. (Go to for more information.) I'm thrilled to be able to...

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5 Natural Stress Busters

(91) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 9:04 AM

Today, women run from task to task trying to do more and be more than at any other time in history. At first, we push ourselves, relying on an adrenaline rush, the boost of cortisol, and maybe some extra caffeine to address today's crisis (real or perceived). Initially, we recover...

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The Pill Turns 50: Taking Stock

(219) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 12:22 PM

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, a development that ushered in the sexual revolution of the 1960s and gave women unprecedented freedom to explore their sexuality without having to worry about pregnancy. Because of its convenience, the pill remains the most popular method of birth...

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The Magic of Magnesium: A Mighty Mineral Essential to Health

(134) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 8:53 AM

Calcium has received an enormous amount of attention. It's likely that every woman reading this article has been told by her doctor to get enough calcium. If asked what role calcium plays in health, nearly every woman would answer that calcium is necessary for strong bones. But what about magnesium?...

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We Need To Stop Circumcision

(3578) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 8:20 AM

In the weeks ahead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are likely to publish a recommendation that all infant boys undergo circumcision. This is a huge mistake. Circumcision is an unnecessary procedure that is painful and can lead to complications, including...

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Sleep: A Surprising Way To Lower Blood Pressure

(6) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 8:10 AM

We've seen our stress levels skyrocket as a society as we take on more at home and in the office. Our culture has answered this challenge by getting less sleep. Some think it's a badge of honor. But trying to get through your life without enough rest (sleep macho) is...

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Top 10 Women's Health Stories Of The Decade: Nothing Replaces A Woman's Wisdom

(51) Comments | Posted December 26, 2009 | 9:04 AM

Now more than ever, it's critical that all women tune into their inner guidance and the fact that their bodies were designed to stay healthy for life. It has long been my experience that what we call women's health in this country has very little to do with actual health....

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Hormone Therapy: Synthetic Progestins Are Not The Same As Progesterone

(141) Comments | Posted November 24, 2009 | 7:39 AM

It's 2002 all over again, and women are being warned against taking hormone replacement because of its link to breast cancer. Why is history repeating itself? Because we haven't learned an important lesson. Synthetic progestins are not the same as progesterone, and reporting on them as if they confer the...

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A Woman's Nation: Reclaim Your Right To Birth Right

(466) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 7:23 AM

The times have truly changed. According to the newly released The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything, women now make up half the work force for the first time in written history! This means that our voices and skills are impacting all areas of society more than ever...

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A Natural Approach To Pelvic Health: Join A Research Study!

(12) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 9:16 AM

One of my colleagues, Alisa Vitti, HHC, founder of Laughing Sage Wellness Group (LSW) in Manhattan, has teamed up with a research team at Columbia to study the effects of an all-natural protocol on menstrual, ovarian, and hormonal imbalances. I'm very excited about this research for a number of...

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Protect Your Breasts With Vitamin D

(62) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 6:42 PM

There's a paradigm shift going on in medicine as new research reveals a far greater role for vitamin D. Vitamin D is not just for kids -- or the prevention of rickets. Optimal levels of Vitamin D (40-80 ng/ml) enhance the creation and functioning of healthy cells throughout the body....

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Buyer Beware: Statins To Lower Cholesterol Are Not a Panacea

(160) Comments | Posted July 29, 2009 | 8:41 AM

I'm sure that many of you read about the study showing that Crestor, a popular statin drug manufactured by AstraZeneca, has been found to confer an additional and potentially even greater benefit than its ability to lower cholesterol. Researchers, funded by AstraZeneca, wanted to explain why half of the people...

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