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I received a copy of Rethinking Women’s Healthy by Allison Buehler in exchance for an honest review. This post does contain my affiliate link for Amazon from which I will benefit if you purchase through it.
This 235 page book tackles it all. Ms. Buehler is very comprehensive as she addresses all kinds of issues women face, from birth to death. She has done an incredible amount of research and after sharing much of what she found, she has a great resource list in the appendix with books and websites listed in each category she discussed.
Buehler is not afraid to tackle controversial subjects. She gives her world view which seems to be moderately religious, and although I did not always line up with her perspective, I found her tone to be very respectful of all positions different from her own. This includes those of other religions or no religion, and those who are more conservative or more liberal than her position. She addresses the issues of sex, STD’s, family planning and initiation rites for girls and handles each subject with respect and great care.
As a health blogger I greatly appreciate the author’s emphasis on healthy eating. She links the importance of clean eating and fermented foods and good gut health to automimmune diseases, pregnancy, fertility, and illnesses of women. I can applaud her recommendations in this area very strongly.
Ms. Buehler herself suffered with vulvodynia, a not so rare disease that is more rarely discussed among women. She has found healing apart from the medical community as she learned to take charge of her own health and do her own research. She offers hope to anyone who struggles with this issue as well as the research she studied on endometreosis, polycystic ovary disease, and PMS.
As a mother, another strong emphasis in the book is her desire to teach our kids that sex is sacred and not shameful. She also emphasis that our bodies changing is not shameful and structures much of the book through the seasons of life women will go through as they mature. While laying out her arguments for this theme she makes a strong case for the value of rites of passage to mark significant seasons in a woman’s life.
I found this book to be very well written and easy to read. Buehler raised many valuable points that should be brought to the table and discussed in our communities and families. I have benefited from reading this book and feel I can recommend it to my readers without significant reserve. I say this even as someone who is very strongly religious and committed to conservative beliefs. I come out a bit differently from the author in my position on birth control and a few other issues, but she leaves room for this in her writing style and approach.
Grab a copy for yourself and then share it with your daughters and sisters and good friends. The book is available in Kindle and in paperback. My affiliate link is below.