This review is part of a MotherTalk Blog Tour
The Natural Superwoman: The Scientifically Backed Program for Feeling Great, Looking Younger, and Enjoying Amazing Energy at Any Age is a new book by Dr. Uzzi Reiss (OB/GYN) and his daughter Yfat Reiss Gendell. Dr. Reiss is an Ob/Gyn in private practice Beverly Hills, CA who works with about 6,000 women a year to find natural solutions to women’s health issues. Ms. Gendell is the partner in a literary agency she co-founded, as well as being the co-author of several other health and non-fiction titles. The premise behind The Natural Superwoman is to build on the information in the previously published book, Natural Hormone Balance for Women, and help women be healthy and feel good through diet, exercise, and supplements.
The Natural Superwoman is a very eye-catching book: it has a bright pink cover with gold accents, an eye-catching tagline, and several questions on the back which guide you to “Feel like you again with Dr. Reiss’s groud-breaking program.” Inside, the book is broken into easily-digestible segments, with quizzes popping up every few pages to help you identify trouble areas, and then text to help educate you. The first part of the book focuses on lifestyle changes, part two on bioidentical hormones, part three on balancing mood, and part four on living disease-free. The sections are well-designed and set up so it is a very approachable book – easy to access the information you are looking for, and then get hooked by the text and keep reading.
When I am reviewing a non-fiction book, the first places I look are the resources and index. If a book doesn’t have resources to back it up, and an index that will help you find information quickly, then it isn’t a good resource. At the beginning of The Natural Superwoman, the authors say that a full list of changeable resources was available online, but they do include footnotes and some resources within the book. The index within The Natural Superwoman makes it very easy to find an area of the book that you wish to revisit. The layout of this book makes it very easily approachable and more likely that you will want to keep reading after finding your original answer.
I was prepared to dislike The Natural Superwoman, and I ended up very impressed. Due to our dietary restrictions, my own health issues, and my children’s health, I have done quite a bit of research into supplements and nutrition, and we have surrounded ourselves with others who have done that research as well. I wondered about the quality of information from an M.D., as well as questioning how well a man would understand the needs of a woman’s body. Dr. Reiss credits his wife for helping him understand reach epiphanies about bioidentical hormones because of her experiences, which makes him seem much more approachable. I had also assumed that Dr. Reiss would be affiliated with the source of bioidentical hormones, but he doesn’t even suggest only one answer – he refers readers to compounding pharmacies. After reading The Natural Superwoman, I think it is a valuable resource for women, and a good introduction into thinking differently about health and nutrition.
While I don’t agree with all of the information within The Natural Superwoman, I do agree with a lot of it. If you are looking for a place to start research on non-pharmaceutical options for improving health and mood, this is a great beginning. If you want to learn more about how hormones, vitamins, and minerals work together, The Natural Superwoman is a very useful guide. Much of the information in The Natural Superwoman has been published previously in other, less-mainstream books; it is wonderful to see an approachable book that extols the virtues of Vitamin D and Fish Oils! I recommend checking out a copy of The Natural Superwoman – it is easy find a part that speaks to you, and the writing style will keep you engaged.