Christiane Northrup, MD, is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, which includes the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life. A board-certified OB/GYN physician, Dr. Northrup graduated from Dartmouth Medical School.

“Recently, I was asked to provide ten health tips for a well-known women’s publication. It’s a common request I receive, because everyone wants simple keys to good health. The editor wanted me to come up with a list of things like cutting back on sugar, drinking more water, and having good friends—and all that’s good stuff. But I also mentioned that it was important to have a relationship with the Divine. The editor said, “We’re a traditional magazine. And talking about God is a little far out for our readers. Can you please replace that tip with something like ‘get regular checkups’?” Now, keep in mind that regular checkups have not been found to improve health! And 90 percent of Americans say they believe in God. But a magazine editor doesn’t want to “go there” because we’ve been taught to put spirituality in one box and health in another.”

“What we commonly refer to as stress — mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual — actually creates inflammatory chemicals in the brain and body that lead to memory deterioration. Whether that stress comes from too much sugar in the diet, chronic worry, or lack of sleep, stress leads to cellular degeneration. Fortunately, you have the ability to turn that around.”

“When you look at typical women’s health issues, even as you give your body the physical support it needs, I want you to think beyond the literal and start seeing your state of physical being as reflective of your state of emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Your heart isn’t just a muscle and your pelvis isn’t just the place where your body nurtures a baby. You are so much more than the sum of your parts!”