Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Listen to your body to spark change

On the day before her phone interview with The Vancouver Sun, Dr. Christiane Northrup backed her car out of the construction zone that her Maine home had become and crashed into her contractor's vehicle, destroying both the contractor's bumper and her own and losing the use of her car for two weeks.

The timing couldn't have been worse. She had a full day booked with a video crew and she had no time to spare. While many people would react with curses and a surge of adrenalin that would ruin their day, Northrup -- bestselling author, radio host, Oprah guest and physician for women -- interpreted the moment as a reminder to take a breath, slow down, and then be grateful she had mangled her bumper and not her leg, or worse.

"The car is symbolic of our mobility," she says. "So this was kind of a spiritual flat tire. Slow down; you don't have to do it all at once."

This is classic Northrup, a Dartmouth-educated obstetrician/gynecologist who switched gears mid-life to promote women's health.

"The female body is not a lemon," she says. "The processes of the female body, the menstrual cycle, labour, breastfeeding, sexual response and menopause, are all imbued with wisdom that we can use to guide our lives."

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