Book Review – 8 Weeks to Women’s Wellness by Dr. Marianne Marchese

Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP – Women’s International Pharmacy


As I write this, the whole country is wondering about the long-term environmental impacts of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. A blog by Dr. David Brownstein, a Board-Certified family physician and one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine, recommends precautions to minimize the health effects that may arise from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors. Supplies of iodine are being bought up quickly with the intention of protecting ourselves from the radioactive fallout.

We are becoming more environmentally aware, and asking questions. We are finding it is no longer blissful to be ignorant, and we are worried about what we don’t know about what we don’t know. Dr. Marianne Marchese’s  book, 8 Weeks to Women’s Wellness, organizes some of those questions for us and puts answers into our hands. As more and more of us seem to have health issues associated with hormone disruptions (such as breast cancer, endometriosis and infertility), it’s time to consider the “why” this is happening.

Dr. Marchese carefully takes us through women’s health concerns, telling us about toxins, solvents, and metals we may have been exposed to, how we may have been exposed, and how this exposure has impacted our health. But, best of all, she puts her guidance into our hands so we can do something about it.

She provides nutritional guidance, and resources for cleaner water and air in your home, workplace, and surroundings. She provides detailed instructions for sauna, hydrotherapy, castor oil packs and coffee enemas, which are some of the tools for reducing the body’s toxic substance burden. In essence, she supplies all the information we need to take action.

This isn’t a book to sit down, read, and then pass on in a “Goodwill” box or book sale. You will want to keep it handy on the shelf so you can review it again and again to take advantage of the many resources Dr. Marchese provides. Order the book or visit  her out at