The Fullest Book Club: The Period Repair Manual

Most women will tell you that, at some point in their lives, they’ve experienced period problems. If you’re not one of them, you surely know a friend who couldn’t get out of bed because of her extreme cramps or fatigue. From teenage years all the way to menopause, period pains have become a part of our lives.

Turning all conventional theories about periods on their heads, The Period Repair Manual by revolutionary New Zealand-based naturopathic doctor, Lara Briden, imparts the message that period health is a reflection of total health.

The book I’m referring to is the newly updated edition of Briden’s previously released publication of the same name. Described as an underground sensation at its first release, this time around the book has become mainstream — a sort of breakthrough guide to demystifying period culture.

For far too long, women have learned to live with painful periods and complications being made to feel “normal.”

Conventional medical practices have let women down by selling the idea that the birth control pill “regulates” periods, or that it is normal to live with symptoms like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) their entire lives without hope of resolution. Briden’s book shows us that this is simply untrue, and rather offers a myriad of plans to optimize our hormonal arc and every day wellness.

Briden’s ideas are sure to be a new concept for many readers as she dives into controversial topics, while listing safe alternatives to conventional birth control.

Considering how cemented the belief is that the pill can do wonderful things for regulation, Briden provides us with multiple reasons why we don’t actually need it, why we may not want it, and how, exactly, we can heal from it.

Briden concludes in tangible terms that your digestive wellness determines how well you can metabolize estrogen, which has been an almost unprecedented discussion barely considered until now. She adds that the immune system is more involved than many realize.

The author thoughtfully discusses the functional discipline surrounding the theories and treatment plans that drive towards the source of period concerns. To support her findings, she includes patients’ healing stories, providing a feel for how science becomes personalized for individuals.

For some, the barrier to a better period has been a lack of available practitioners to address issues and imbalances. Briden devotes a special section to help empower her readers towards creating an informed, personalized plan with their physicians. It will help you take matters into your own hands with step-by-step guidance for integrative testing, targeted nutritional therapies, and nutraceutical modalities.  

Your period is not a static nuisance that takes place monthly — instead, it is a multifaceted experience that influences and is influenced by the immuno-endocrine relationship.

The Period Repair Manual is an empowering, life-optimizing, thought-shifting guide that should be placed in the hands of every woman, starting a movement that will act as a cue for conventional models to get with the program.

Christine Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID is an integrative, epigenetic health and food therapy specialist, as well as a wellness, lifestyle, and food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. Christine lives, works, and plays with her family in Southern California.

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