OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Health Interactive - A new multidisciplinary women's healthcare
Campus - A very nifty collection of health sources, regular
news and more.
- Need information about menopause? Check out Powersurge, an empowering
exchange between women.
Women's Heart Book was recently released in paperback for
$14.95. Co-authored by Fredric J. Pashkow, M.D. and Charlotte Libov,
"The Women's Heart Book" is subtitled, "The Complete Guide
To Keeping Your Heart Healthy." Packed
with information on all types of heart problems afflicting women of
all ages, the book is available in most bookstores or ordered right from the
Internet at 20% off list price!. You can also email
Charlotte directly and request a copy.
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online
Medical Resources, by Joan Price. Part of the fun of the Internet
is wandering around. But if youíre faced with a life-threatening illness,
thereís no time to wander; you need information fast. The
book is also an excellent "how-to" guide if you're just learning how
to navigate around cyberspace.
- The Women's Health Products Handbook.
Smart Buys for Healthy Bodies - New in November, this is a combination
consumer buying guide and womenís health book. Written by well-known
health author Carol Ann Rinzler, it discusses everything from feminine
hygiene products to nutritional supplements. There
are also sections on birth control methods, diet and weight control
products and home health kits, including those that test for pregnancy
and cholesterol levels. Packed with useful charts, this handy resource
is published by Hunter House.
- If you need statistics on women's activities
for grant writing, program planning, writing about women, or just
winning a bet, the Statistical Handbook On Women in America, 2nd
Edition (Oryx), belongs on your bookshelf. This hefty volume reveals
everything statistically available about the American woman, including
birth trends, occupations, income, poverty, health status, marriage
and divorce figures. If you can name it, it's probably in there. Cost
is $54.50; call 800-279-6799.
American Dietetic Association Guide to Women's Nutrition for Healthy
Living, by Susan Calvert Finn, PhD, RD, FADA, Perigree Books.
A registered dietitian and chief architect of the American Dietetic
Association's Nutrition and Health Campaign for Women, Dr. Finn has
both knowledge and wisdom when it comes to knowing what to eat. Her
book includes a primer on how nutrition may play a role in the most
deadly diseases of women, how to change your eating patterns over
your lifespan, important nutritional basics, and how the foods you
eat can buffer the adverse effects of stress. In all, her book is
an abundant source of valuable advice.
Columbia Presbyterian Osteoarthritis Handbook, edited by Ronald
P. Grelsamer, M.D. and Suzanne Loebl. MacMillan, USA. Osteoarthritis,
known also as "wear and tear" arthritis, is the most common form,
afflicting an estimated 16 million people. Most of them are women.
If you have this chronic, progressive disease, this book provides
the comprehensive strategy you need to fight back.
Health Research: A Medical And Policy Primer, Florence P.
Haseltine, PhD, MD, Editor, et al. Health Press International. Although
women live longer than men, we are more likely to live out our last
years crippled by chronic disease. This book discusses the pivotal
role that medical research can play in changing that dismal future.
Impeccably researched, this book belongs in the library of every professional
working in women's health.
- The Readers Companion to U.S. Women's
History (Houghton Mifflin) is a fascinating collection of articles
and essays telling the story of women in the United States, from pre-Colonial
days to the present. The book's
view of women's health is broad, with sections on a number of health
problems, their affect on women and the strides female leaders have
taken to address them. Here are a few examples from the 400 articles
that cover the full spectrum of women's issues:
Help kicking the dieting habit:
- The important issue of heart disease
in women is reported by Charlotte Libov, editor of Women's Health
Hot Line. Although the greatest cause of female death, heart disease
in women was ignored by the medical profession for most of this
- In her revealing account of the birth
of the breast cancer movement, Barbara Seaman discusses how Dr.
M. Vera Peters challenged the routine procedure of having all breast
cancer patients undergo radical mastectomies, a disfiguring procedure.
Introduced in the 1880s, this technique continued for a century
until Dr. Peters published research in 1967 proving that many women
did just as well undergoing only a lumpectomy instead.
- Although AIDS has been characterized
most often as a disease of homosexual men, it's impact on women
has been overlooked. In her essay, Nan Boyd recounts how women remain
peripheral to AIDS research and education. She notes that because
many clinical trials exclude women from their research samples,
HIV-positive women have less access to experimental or innovative
These entries are just a few
of the 400 articles, contributed by 300 noted women writers, that
discuss women's roles in from the abolitionist movement to World
War II and every topic in-between. The book, retail priced at $45,
can be ordered at a discount price of $27 from amazon.com.
Anti-dieting is becoming trendy, which
is good news. But thereís a catch. There are lots of diet books cloaked
in non-diet rhetoric. If a book cautions you against dieting but offers
a plan involving restrictions and limits, well, thatís a diet book,
no matter what itís called. Here, though, are some true anti-diet books
recommended by the Council on Size & Weight Discrimination.
- Worth Your Weight: What You Can Do
About A Weight Problem by Barbara Altman Bruno, Ph.D., Rutledge
- Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your
Weight and Your Health by Glenn Gaesser, Fawcett-Columbine. Gaesser,
an exercise physiologist at the University of Virginia, believes that
poor diet and exercise are health culprits no matter what your weight.
- When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies:
Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession, by Jane R. Hirschmann
and Carol M. Munter, Fawcett-Columbine. This well-known book preaches
self-acceptance, no matter what you weigh.
- A ground-breaking one-hour PBS
documentary, "Women's Hearts at Risk", is now available on video.
The program focuses on the dramatic
stories of women of all ages and races who tell their personal stories
of heart disease. Supporting their narrative are interviews with cardiac
experts, information on cardiac research and issues facing women,
and footage of actual cardiac procedures. The
informative program also includes a question and answer session with
a panel of experts. To order "Women's Hearts at Risk" call 1-800-443-2156.
Price is $24.95 plus $3.95 shipping.
- Women's Health America Infolog: The
Complete Women's Health Resource Directory, is a 32-page catalog
filled with 300 of the best women's health books, videos, vitamins
and other products. Available from Women's Health America, the booklet
also includes health tips and a list of resources with toll-free numbers.
For a free copy, call 1-800-858-3980
or fax your request to 1-608-833-7412. A shipping fee is charged if
you order 25 copies or more.
- The Older Women's League, a Washington-D.C.
based organization which promotes older women's issues, offers free
information about osteoporosis. To
receive it, send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope
to: Osteoporosis Materials, Older
Women's League, 666 Eleventh St., NW, Suite #700, Washington, D.C.