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The Scientific Connection between Optimal Health and Pleasure

The Scientific Connection between Optimal Health and Pleasure

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by Science & the City


Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Christiane Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health. Following a career as a practicing physician in obstetrics and gynecology for over 25 years, Dr. Northrup has dedicated her lifework to helping women learn how to flourish on all levels by creating health, prosperity, and pleasure in their lives. She is the author of six acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, and The Wisdom of Menopause, and has been the host of two national public television specials on women's health.

Dr. Northrup's work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, NBC Nightly News, Rachael Ray, The View, Good Morning America, PBS, and ABC’s 20/20. Through her monthly e-letter, Women’s Health Wisdom, her Web site,, and her new, exclusive Women's Wisdom Community, Dr. Northrup stays in touch with her many fans worldwide.

As a business owner, physician, former surgeon, mother, writer, and speaker, Dr. Northrup acknowledges our individual and collective capacity for growth, freedom, joy, and balance. She says, “When you move toward that which is most fulfilling and life-enhancing, healing follows regardless of what your health is like in that moment.” Her talk at the Academy this evening will describe how finding pleasure in life can contribute to optimal health.

Reception to Follow


Christiane Northrup, MD

Christiane Northrup, Inc.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., a board-certified ob/gyn, is an authority in women’s health and wellness. AFter earning an M.D. from Darmouth Medical School in 1975, she served as Director of Resident’s Outpatient Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinic, St. Margaret’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts; Associate Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine; Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Vermont College of Medicine; and Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vermont College of Medicine at Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine. She also maintained a private practice in obstetrics & gynecology in Portland and Yarmouth, Maine, from 1979-2005. She served as the American Holistic Medical Association President from June 1986 – March 1988 and has been recognized with numerous honors and awards.

Dr. Northrup is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause. Her third book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, was voted Amazon’s #1 book of the 2005 (in two categories). Her latest books, The Secret Pleasures of Menopause and The Secret Pleasures of Menopause Playbook, teach how to experience joy, pleasure, prosperity, fulfillment, and vibrant health.

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