I wish I had this book: Woman Code when I was 16 and had my first episode of endometriosis pain (which landed me in the emergency room and later included multiple surgeries). That episode was the first screaming sign my hurting body gave me that things were not right with my hormones and endocrine system. Later every psychiatric hospitalization I had (they came to an end by my mid 20s) was associated with my premenstrual phase.
Our hormones are always involved in our mental well-being whether or not it’s recognized. Our endocrine system must be healthy if we are to be healthy. They are foundational to all well-being. Had I had this book and followed it’s simple advice I’m quite certain the entire trajectory of my psychiatrized life would never have happened. I would not have been drugged those 20 plus years and therefore become disabled from iatrogenic injury. This book could have taught me to heal before I was gravely injured by psychiatric treatment. I have since been able to put together a similar lifestyle that has allowed for great healing. So much so, that I know this book can help others because it contains many tips that would have helped my young self and can help other women in earlier phases of their lives right now.
I have come off psychiatric drugs. With the help of many different disciplines I came to a lifestyle that is very much like what Alisa Vitti recommends in this book Woman Code. I read this book and cried several times in mourning for the young girl I was who had no guidance whatsoever as I moved into womanhood. I cried knowing that I had to figure out all this stuff so late in my menstrual cycle that I never got the chance to even consider having children, let alone have them. I cried as my monthly cycle came today, knowing that it may be the last one I have. I am in peri-menopause and though I did, finally, heal my endometriosis and regulate my cycle before I came to this phase in my life I had an unnecessarily difficult life as a woman because this information was not readily available for most of my life.
And I also felt joy because I know that this information is available today for young women in their child-bearing years. They can benefit from people like me and Alisa who had to learn this information on our own so that we might heal ourselves.
This book is a wonderful introduction manual to learning how to eat to support your hormones and endocrine system. I am 50 years old now. I also put together in disparate pieces, much like Alisa did, what I needed to become healthy, but it came late in my life and that is why I still need to mourn all those years in which I was poisoning my body and hurting my mind and soul as well. I feel joy that I can share what I learned the hard way and hope that young women everywhere will have the ears to hear so that they can heal and thrive long before age 50. I am just now coming into my own and can say that if you too are 50…it’s never too late and that too is reason to celebrate. Tears and laughter and joy…altogether for me these days.
The lifestyle in a nutshell. A pdf with some guidelines.
and this is the book:
- WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source– a brief description of the book: “Whether you are suffering from irregular periods, fertility issues, depression, or lack of sex drive, Alisa Vitti says that meds and anti-depressants aren’t the only solutions. Groundbreaking and informative, WomanCode educates women about hormone health in a way that’s relevant and easy to understand. And the five-step protocol can markedly improve health and overall quality of life.”
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and for the older woman traveling this path:
*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well-educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. Do not assume your MD will know how to do it either. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up