Spirited Woman Top Pick Fall Books

Thanks to Nancy Mills, The Spirited Woman, for including two of my books on her fall list. The Spirited Woman unites spiritually conscious women striving to make a positive difference in the world. Browse the titles below and find the right inspirational book for you!
Spirited Woman Top 12 pick listFALL EQUINOX is a time of transition, a good book and a seasonal change. On our Fall Equinox Top 12 Book Pick list, we’ve included an array of gifted authors to help you be inspired. We urge you to support these spirited talents! Save this list all year round! A great book resource for you.
 

LIFESPARKS – In this collection of candid, dynamic and dramatic stories, 21 authors from around the world share their “sparks” of human triumph with a passion that creates positive change in the world. Each story won’t fit everyone, but one is sure to inspire, ignite, and illuminate a “spark” within you. Our stories are what connect us all. AuthenticMessengers.com.
BABA: A MAGICAL CAT WITH A MESSAGE – Baba shares his superior wisdom with his human pet, Mama Shirlee. Baba suggests how we can heal and at the same time be connoisseurs of comfort. He also suggests that magic can be a living part of our lives. Although he can purr his way out of anything, his message needs to be heard. Amazon www.behealedforever.com

MAI TAI ONE ON – by Jill Marie Landis. Em Johnson is divorced, broke and running a funky Tiki Bar on Kauai when an obnoxious neighbor is found dead in the luau pit. Em and a spirited troupe of over-the-hill Hula Maidens band together to solve the mystery before the next pupu party. Amazon book and Kindle. www.thetikigoddess.com.

PETRA’S ASHES: A TRANSCENDENTAL JOURNEY – Petra Nicoll’s real life story, could be fiction – but it’s not. Readers will find her life thought-provoking, mesmerizing – and perhaps even remarkable. At the age of nine, she has a near death experience and at sixteen she finds her mother dead under suspicious circumstances. Her book reveals a journey of unsettling discoveries and uncommon insight. https://petranicoll.com/
BUSY, STRESSED, AND FOOD OBSESSED – by Lisa Lewtan. Sometimes food is our best friend. Other times it’s our worst enemy. Some of us eat healthy one day, and not the next. In this award-winning book (the Winner of a Gold Medal in the Motivation – Practical Self Improvement Category of the Annual Living Now Awards) you’ll discover what truly nourishes you. 
THE COLOR OF MY HEART IS YOU – Heartbreak transitioned Gina Venturini’s life. Traveling from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, it was there where a casual kiss awakened her out of her dark, deep sleep from years of merely existing in a diluted love affair. That connection inspired her heart’s true poetic voice and words became the translucent window to her soul. Amazon

THE ADVENTURES OF JAGUAR JACK – When Jaguar Jack Campbell, television’s globe trotting hottest hero, meets Major Maggie Savannah, USMC, it’s dislike at first sight. But, when an American missionary is kidnapped, Jack and Maggie must join forces to secure her rescue and defeat an enemy of Biblical proportions. Visionary fiction filled with mystery, adventure, and romance.  Amazon.

THE BEST OF MARGARITAVILLE 2015: QUEPOS & MANUEL ANTONIO – is a bi-annual Costa Rica travel guide by Evelyn Gallardo. This intimate portrait of a unique beach community, its friendly locals and their favorite hangouts makes you feel like an insider in the Happiest Country on the Planet. Enjoy 24 different adventures including zip lining and whitewater river raftinghttp://tiny.cc/costaricaguide

TRAPPED: VISITOR FROM HEAVEN – A redemptive story narrated by Archangel Ramiel. A woman’s firsthand experience rising from the depths of abusive power that led to a persistent search for truth, psychic and spiritual phenomena, complete surrender and a healing likened to a modern day resurrection.  The heroine’s journey demonstrates the power of faith and the force of the mind. www.behealedforever.com Amazon.

SUPERNAL ADVENTURES: EXPLORING THE NEW NORMAL OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL LIVING – What happens after a “miracle healing?” Author Dana Taylor and two friends set out to understand the mysteries behind the miracle. Their mystical experiences weave through the subjects that arise – Energy Healing, Past Lives, Akashic Records, Pre-Life Planning, Spirit Communication and more. Welcome to the New Normal. Amazon

SHIFT: A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO TRANSFORMATION – Dr.’s Latz and Ross examine the 10 most common obstacles in women’s lives: feeling unloved, guilt and shame, abandonment, anger and resentment, self-definition, lack of self-love, heartache, powerlessness, fear of the unknown and stress. Creating awareness they give tools to overcome each issue. Stories of real people show how it really can be done Amazon.

MOMENTS: MAGIC, MIRACLES AND MARTINIS – During times of uncertainty, challenges and change, how do we find a ray of hope to move forward? In Amy Van Atta Slater’s bestselling book, she offers a torch of inspiration, motivation, mindfulness and authenticity that illuminates even the most desperate of situations with possibility. Order your copy today to see what the buzz is all about: www.AmyVSlater.com Amazon.

spirited woman book Would you like your book to be “showcased” in our Top 12 Book Pick List? Next book pick list is coming for late fall – a great time for reading books. We now offer you a logo with the list to get more recognition for your book. This list is by invitation only. Call Nancy to insure a spot at 805-698-3555 or via e-mail: NancyMills@TheSpiritedWoman.com.

Leaving Hormone Hell

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angry-womanBeing a woman has never been easy. Historically dominated in a patriarchal society, women suffered multiple, unstoppable pregnancies, child birth, child bed fever, early death. All that laundry….

Life now is definitely better, generally speaking–in Western cultures–anyway. Personally, I’ve enjoyed freedom and choices as an American woman heretofore never known in recorded history. However, we gals still struggle with what I call Hormone Hell. Ups and downs, weight issues, irritation, depression, skin problems, fatigue, insomnia, hair loss, mysterious maladies. You know what I’m talking about. Hormone Hell.

At this point I’ve reached a certain age when I’ve experienced most of the stages in a woman’s life (except death). One thing I’ve learned is not to count on doctors and Big Pharma to solve all my health issues. PREMARIN (short for Pregnant Mare Urine) is still the go-to solution advertised for most female complaints, despite decades of revelations of connections to heart disease and cancer. Somehow ingesting horse piss (yes, that’s actually where it comes from) simply goes against common sense. Read an article about PREMARIN at Dr. Mercola for more information here.

So what’s a girl to do? Well knowledge is power. Read some books, open your mind to solutions. Follow your inner guidance. Learning about hormonal imbalances is a good place to start.

71LAJ6B0m2LThe winner of The Indie Spiritual Book Awards this year in the Alternative Medicine Category is Adrenaline Dominance: A Revolutionary Approach to Wellness by Michael Platt, MD.  Dr. Platt lays out a compelling argument for hormonal imbalances contributing to a wide range of illnesses–insomnia, chronic illness, mental instability and much more. From the description:

Adrenaline is a powerful hormone whose effects have been virtually ignored by the medical community. “Adrenaline Dominance” explains how this hormone might be a major underlying cause of many conditions currently considered incurable. This book explains why people produce this “fight-or-flight” hormone even when they are not facing danger. It presents a natural protocol for rapidly reducing excess adrenaline. In most cases, this protocol allows patients to reassess their need for taking prescription medications, which treat symptoms rather than address the root cause of their conditions.

This book brought to mind the now classic books from Dr. John Lee on estrogen dominance and the incredible toll hormones-gone-wrong take on a woman’s life.

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These books largely focus on exploring PROGESTERONE levels as the missing link to balanced hormones.  From Natural Hormones.net

Progesterone is key in the normal function of the reproductive system, the regulation of a woman’s menstrual cycle, and a number of other systemic functions including skin, blood, and bone health. Read full article here

Another avenue of exploration is the rise of Bio-Identical hormone treatments, as touted by Suzanne Somers. This is an emerging field and has stirred its own pot of controversy. There are many books on the subject. An overview can be read at Natural Hormones.net here.

Natural Approach

Believing more in nature than laboratories, I explored supplements from whole food sources. Eating well is the first step to hormone balance–green, leafy and organic as much as possible. “When estrogen levels are high, progesterone levels will drop. Studies have shown that diets rich in foods that promote stable estrogen levels such as soy, apples, alfalfa, cherries, potatoes, rice, wheat, and yams go a long way toward regulating or preventing symptoms of progesterone imbalance. Avocados, nuts, seeds, and olives promote progesterone production.” (Natural Hormones.net)

Herbal Remedies

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After my first hot flash, I visited my local health food store, which was run by a Korea-trained doctor. She did some muscle testing with various products on me and we chose Transitions from Pure Essence Labs. This blend of female-friendly herbs helped me sail through the often rough seas of perimenopause. I stayed on Transitions for a couple of years.

Progesterone Supplements

Progesterone creams became all the rage for a while. You can read an excellent article about them on How Stuff Works here. Sold as over-the-counter products from health and cosmetic companies, they make many promises for balance and health, but results vary from person to person. The ones I tried didn’t feel balanced. One of my favorite natural health providers claimed they were all too “hot.” Progesterone pills can also feel too powerful.

4640The product that has worked for me is the Progessence Plus Serum from Young Living Essential OilsProgessence™ Plus serum is a pure, harmonizing serum that is designed specifically for women. Along with wild yam and vitamin E, Progessence Plus is formulated with Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint essential oils for optimal results.

Just one drop over the thyroid after a shower several times a week has been key in keeping my hormones in balance, meaning I sleep well, have excellent energy, good moods and generally enjoy life.

In other words, I escaped Hormone Hell

Reducing stress, eating well, exercising and seeking the right supplements can be the path out of Hormone Hell. Be pro-active about your health. Educate yourself, take back your power, and life can be downright Heavenly.

Wishing you the best of health–

Dana Taylor