This is the book Dr. Barb hopes every woman (and every health care provider who serves women) will read. It explains the role of estrogen in women's health, and debunks false narratives that have emerged over the past several decades. Hear an interview with the authors, Dr. Carol Tavris and Dr. Avrum Bluming, on our podcast, The Fullness of Midlife.
Dr. Barb found this book to be clear and compelling, and very helpful in outlining the risks and benefits--based on scientific evidence--that will help every woman be an informed advocate for her own health.
320-page hardcover book
Anyone investigating health through menopause and beyond, especially if she's received conflicting advice about hormone therapy or has particular concern about heart, bone, or cognitive health. Which, Dr. Barb would say, means "Anyone!"
Dr. Barb and the MiddlesexMD team receive books for review periodically. Some are interesting, some are forgettable, but Dr. Barb found this one absolutely galvanizing.
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Michael Krychman, a long-time advisor and friend to MiddlesexMD, partnered with Alyssa Dweck to write The Sexual Spark: 20 Essential Exercises to Reignite the Passion. Both are doctors who specialize in aspects of sexual health.
The book opens with all of the ways in which sex is good for us, an excellent reminder when continued intimacy may take some effort. It goes on to outline activities for couples, encouraging fresh perspective, experimentation, playfulness, and communication. If you read only one chapter a month, we suspect you'll experience more pleasure and intimacy with your partner! And this second edition has an expanded resource section for even more spark.
144-page paperback book
Manufacturer: Dr. Michael Krychman
If you're in a long-term relationship and have found the passion to be flagging, if you're in a new relationship and are interested in learning about each other, or if the discomforts of menopause have begun to challenge your interest in sex, you'll find this book helpful.
Why We Chose It
The MiddlesexMD team has relied on Dr. Michael Krychman for a number of years as a medical advisor. We know he shares our mission to encourage and equip women (and their partners) to remain sexually vital for just as long as they choose.
The book explores the history of aphrodisiacs and offers a guide for pairing dishes with relationship stage, time of day, and season of the year. It also includes recipes for massage oils, bath oils, and salt scrubs. Full-color photographs throughout reinforce the relationship between food and sensuality.
208-page hardcover book
"Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves," Hanh maintains, and this book contains stories and exercises to show how meditation works in everyday life.
160-page paperback book
Choose this book to be introduced to mindfulness meditation to help you overcome stress, depression, or other ways in which your mind is getting in the way.
We find Hanh's writing to be simple, direct, and easy to understand. Many of our friends who've come to meditation on various paths have this book on their shelves.