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Gynecological Conditions
Diet and Nutrition

Resources On Women's Health

The following is a list of books, research papers, journals and studies on women's health. We include topics on general health, headaches and migraines and the dreaded PMS. Also listed are resources on skin problems and how to cure them, gynecological conditions like fibromyalgia and endometriosis. Additionally we have an extensive list of books and papers on diet, weight loss, nutrition, exercise and wellness.

General Health

HCG Diet Profiles (Eleven Women Share their hCG Diet Experiences - Both Good and Bad) by Janice Jones (2012).
Natural Choices for Women's Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness by Dr. Laurie Steelsmith and Alex Steelsmith (2005)
The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU! by Adam Campbell (2009).
The New Harvard Guide To Women's Health, by Dr's Carlson, Eisenstat and Ziporyn. (2004).
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Christiane Northrup (2010).
Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Tori Hudson (2007).
Women's Gynecologic Health (Schuiling, Women's Gynecologic Health) by Kerri Durnell Schuiling and Frances E. Likis (2011).
Physical Fitness: The 12-minute Plan for Women. By P.Leach, Penguin 1987.
Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life. Gail Sheehy, published by Ballantine in 2007.

Antioxidants and fewer health problems, Bottom Line Persona 18, January 15, 1996. By M. Callahan. See: Skin care questions, for tips on creams, waxing and more.
Health psychology: psychological factors and physical disease from the perspective of human psychoneuro-immunology. Annual Review of Psychology 47:113-42, 1996. Cohen, S., and T. B. Herbert.
Jump Off the Hormone Swing: Fly Through the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Symptoms of PMS and Peri-Menopause by Lorraine Pintus (2010).
Social relationships and health. Science 241:540, 1988 by J.S.House.
The biology of the immune response. Journal of the American Medical Association 268(20):2790-2801, 1992. Clamlan, H. N.
The brain and the immune system. Psychosomatics 30(2):140-48, 1989. By Camara and T. C. Danao.

Headaches and Migraines

Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches by Ian Livingstone and Donna Novak (2004).
Headaches by Or John Lockie with Karen Sullivan (Bloomsbury, 1992).
Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain by David Buchholz and Stephen G. Reich M.D. (2002).
Migraine; A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Treatment by Eileen Herzberg (Element Books, 1994).
The Keeler Migraine Method: A Groundbreaking, Individualized Treatment Program from the Renowned Headache Clinic by Robert Cowan MD (2008).
Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines: Your Self -Treatment Workbook for Pain Relief by Valerie DeLaune (2008).

Common Health Questions

How long do women live on average?
What is considered middle aged?
Why am I so tired all the time?
Why do I ache all over?
Why do I feel faint?
Why have I lost my sex drive?
Treatments for common illnesses, from flus, colds, cold sores, warts and more.
For more questions like this, see womens health question directory.

Premenstrual Tension (PMS)

Beat PMT through Diet by Maryon Stewart (Ebury Press, 1988).
Coping With Periods by Diana Saunders (Chambers, 1985).
Jump Off the Hormone Swing: Fly Through the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Symptoms of PMS and Peri-Menopause by Lorraine Pintus (2010).
Self Help with PMS by Michelle Harrison (MacDonald, 1990).
The Smart Woman's Guide to PMS and Pain-Free Periods by Linda Woolven (2008).
The S.O.S. for PMS: Practical Help and Relief for Moms by Mary M. Byers (2008).

Functional hypothalamic amenorrhea: hypoleptinemia and disordered eating. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 84:873-77, March 1999. Warren, M., et al.
Nocturnal light effects on menstrual cycle length, Journal of Complementary Medicine, 1997,3, 387-90; Rex K M.
Seeing Red: The Politics oj Premenstrual Tension by S. Laws,V Hey and A. Eagan (Hutchinson, 1986).
Treatment of functional hypothalamic amenorrhea with hypnotherapy. Fertility and Sterility 80(4): 982-85, October 4,2003. Tschugguel, W., and S. L. Berga.

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Skin Problems

6 Weeks to Sensational Skin: Dr. Loretta's Beauty Camp Handbook for Your Freshest Face by Loretta Ciraldo (Sep 19, 2006).
Beat Psoriasis, by Sandra Gibbons (Thorsons, 1992).
Diets to Help Psoriasis, by Harry elements (Thorsons,1981).
Eczema: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Treatment by Sheena Meredith (Element Books). See what is eczema?
How to Remove Warts, Moles and Skin Tags: Your Comprehensive Guide to Safe and Effective Removal by Patricia Santhuff (2010). What is a mole?
Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist by Debra Jaliman (2012).
Solve Your Skin Problems: The Drug-Free Guide to Achieving Beautiful, Healthy Skin (Optimum Nutrition Handbook) by Patrick Holford and Natalie Savona (2001).
The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan and Valori Treloar (2007).
The Clear Skin Prescription: The Perricone Program to Eliminate Problem Skin by Nicholas Perricone (2004).
The Skin Cure Diet: Heal Eczema from Inside Out by Kathleen Waterford (2005).

Gynecological Conditions

Fibromyalgia: A Nutritional Approach. Woodland Publishing, 1999. William Hennen.
The Ovarian Cyst Treatment That Works
by Connie Bus and Womens Health - Womens Fitness - Women Empowerment (2012).
The Permanently Beat PCOS Diet & Exercise Shortcuts: Cookbook, Recipes & Exercise - Companion to Bestseller Permanently Beat PCOS: The Complete Solution (Women's Health Expert) by Caroline D. Greene (2012).

A review of controlled trials of acupuncture for women's reproductive health care. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 29( 4 ):233-36, October 2003. White, A. R.
Candidal vaginitis natural history predisposing factors and prevention. Proceedings from the Royal Society of Medicine, Vol 70 (4),1997. See our guide to yeast infections and vaginitis guide.
Fibromyalgia: A Leading Expert's Guide to Understanding and Getting Relief from the Pain That Won't Go Away. Perigee, 2002. D Goldenberg. See our fibromyalgia guide.
How long does laparoscopic surgery really take? By A. Shushan, University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Free Hospital, London.
Managing Fibromyalgia: A Nonmedical Approach: A Patient's Guide to do it yourself health care. Royal Publications, 1999. Miryam Willimson. Read about fibromyalgia treatment.
Meta-analysis of Pap test accuracy. American Journal of Epidemiology 141:680-89, 1995. Fahey, M. T., L. Irwig, and P. Macaskill.
Reproductive outcome after treatment of mild endometriosis with laparoscopic excision and electrocoagulation. Fertility and Sterility 69:229-31, February 1998. Read about endometriosis treatment options.
Treatment of hirsutism: comparisons between different antiandrogens with central and peripheral effects. Fertility and Sterility 71:445-51, March 1999. By F. Fruzzetti.

Diet and Nutrition

Body for Life for Women: A Womans Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation. Peeke, Pamela, MD.Rodale, 2005.
Burn Fat Permanently by Jonathan Bailor, John Paine, Hillel Black and Mary Rose Bailor (Jan 2, 2012).
Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, third edition. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002. Paul Pitchford.
Hypothyroidism Diet Tips & Tricks for Women - Fix Your Thyroid & Lose Weight Fast by Jennifer Jolan (2011). See, hypothyroidism guide.
IBS - A Complete Guide to Relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome by Christine Dancey and Susan Backhouse (Robinson, 1997). See IBS Guide.
Judith Wills Slimmer's Cookbook (Piatkus, 1998).
Live Well- the Ayurvedic Way to Health and Inner Bliss by Jane Alexander (Thorsons, October 2001).
Lose Belly Fat Fast for Women: The New MEDS System for Quck and Easy Reduction of Tummy Fat and Cellulite by Jenny Perry (2012). What is the best treatment for cellulite?
No More Diets: 9 Simple Steps To Permanent Weight Loss & Freedom From Dieting (60 Second System Fitness & Exercise Lifestyle Guides) by Sharon Moore (2012).
Permanently Beat Hypothyroidism Naturally: Proven 3-Step Guide to Healthy Thyroid Function for Increased Energy, Weight Loss, No More Anxiety, Better Sleep ... a Simple Diet (Women's Health Expert Series) by Caroline D. Greene and Thyroid Diet Support Group (2012).
Nutritional Medicine by Stephen Davies and Alan Stewart (Pan Books, 1987).
Rapid Weight Loss System: How to Lose 10 Pounds in a Week...A Simple Weight Loss Plan That Works by Jenny Perry (Feb 2, 2011).
Slim for Life by Judith Wills (Vermilion, May 2000).
The 5-Second Flat Belly Secret - Lose 2-3 Inches from Your Belly in Less Than 1 Month by Jennifer Jolan (Jan 1, 2011).
The Food and Mood Handbook by Amanda Geary (Thorsons, May 2001).
The Food Bible by Judith Wills (Quadrille, January 2001).
The Mind Body Workout - Pilates and The Alexander Technique by Lynne Robinson and Helge Fisher (Pan, April 1998).
The Natural Health Bible by Lisha Simester (Quadrille, January 2001).
The Quick After Work Low Fat Cookbook by Sue Kreitzman (Piatkus, March 1998).
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.
The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet: A Simple 3-Part Plan to Lose the Fat, the Wrinkles, and the Years by Nicholas Perricone (2007). See also, what is a wrinkle?
The Ultimate Diet Guide - For Busy Women! No Starving, No Food Restrictions, No Gym Workouts Required! by Jennifer Jolan (2011).
Weigh Less, Live Longer: Dr. Lou Aronne's "Getting Healthy" Plan for Permanent Weight Control by Louis Aronne MD.
Weight Loss for Wimps: Lose Your Belly Fat, Look Younger and Get Healthy, Sexy and Thin by Kevin C. Myers (2011).
Women, Weight and Hormones: A Weight-Loss Plan for Women Over 35 by Elizabeth Lee Vliet (2001).
You are What you Eat by Kirsren Hartvig and Dr Nick Rowley (Piatkus, 1996).

3 year follow-up of participants in a commercial weight loss program. Can you keep it off? Archives of Internal Medicine 156(12):1302-06, 1996. By Grodstein, Levine and Troy.
A Healthy Body a Healthy Mind: Long-Term Impact of Diet on Mood and Cognitive Function.Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 60 (2001): 135-43. Rogers, Peter J .
A Tired Older Woman: Loses Weight and Keeps It Off! by Annie Acorn (2011). Anorexia and Blllimia by Julia Buckroyd (Element Books, UK/USA, 1996).
Antioxidant vitamins affect food animal immunity and health. Journal of Nutrition 125(6 Suppl):1804s-1808s, June 1995. By B.P. Chew.
Antioxidants and fewer health problems. Bottom Line Persona 18, January 15, 1996. By M. Callahan.
Biobehavioral Responses to Stress in Females: Tend and Befriend, Not Fight or Flight. Psychological Review 107, no. 3 (2000): 411-29.
Body Chemistry: Acid Alkaline Imbalance: The Root Cause of All Illness. Wealth & Wellness, October 17, 2003. Counsel, David, PhD.
Brain Catechol Synthesis: Control by Brain Tyrosine Concentration. Science 185, no. 4146 (July 12, 1974): 183-84. F. Larin, S. Mostafapoun, J. D. Fernstrom.
Brain Serotonin Carbohydrate-Craving, Obesity and Depression." Obesity Research 4, supplement 4 (November 3, 1995): 4775-4805. Wurtman, R. J., and J. J. Wurtman.
Caffeine consumption does not impair fertility. American Journal of Public Health 88:270-74, March 1998. By B. Caan.
Chronic Social Stress in a Changing Dietary Environment.Physiology and Behavior 89, no. 4 (2006): 536-42.
Collins Gem Vegetarian Food (Harper Collins 1993).
Cortisol Responses to Mental Stress, Exercise and Meals Following Caffeine Intake in Men and Women. Pharmacological and Biochemical Behavior 83, no. 3 (2006): 441-47.
Diet and lifestyle in the prevention of ovulatory disorder infertility. Obstetrics & Gynecology 110(5):1050-58, November 2007.
Dietary fatty acid intakes and the risk of ovulatory infertility. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 85 (1) :231-3 7, Jan 2007.
Dietary Modification of Brain Function: Effects of Neuroendocrine and Psychological Determinants of Mental Health and Stress Related Disorders. Advances in Clinical Chemistry 45 (2008): 99-138. Waladkhani, A.R., and J. Hellhammer.
Eat It Up: A Parent's Guide to Problems, David Hasslam, Macdonald, 1986.
Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Eating. New York: Free Press, 2001. Willett, Waiter c., MD, with Patrick J. Slerrat.
Effects of Normal Meals Rich in Carbohydrates and Proteins on Plasma Tryptophan and Tyrosine Ratios. American journal of Clinical Nutrition 77 (2003): 128-32.
Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging 10 (November 5, 2006): 377-85. Bourre, J. M.
Effects of Nutrients (in Food) on the Structure and Function of the Nervous System: Update On Dietary Requirements for Brain. Part 2: Macronutrients. The Journal of Nutrition Health & Aging 10 (November 5, 2006): 386-99. Bourre, J. M.
Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus (Alive Books, 1993).
Feed Your Genes Right. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2005. Challem, Jack.
Feeding Time: How to Cope with Your Child's Eating Problems, Gillian Weaver, Columbus, 1985.
Food & Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best, second edition. New York: Henry Holt,1999. Sommer, Elizabeth, MA, RD.
Food Allergy and Intolerance by Jonathan Brostoff and Stephen Challacombe (Balliere Tindall, 1987).
Food Combining for Health, Doris Grant, Thorsons, 1984.
Food: Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper (Simon & Sehuster, 1993).
Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal (Reader's Digest, 1996).
French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano (Dec 26, 2007).
Fructose Consumption: Potential Mechanisms for Its Effects to Increase Visceral Adiposity and Induce Dyslipidemia and Insulin Resistance. Current Opinions in Lipidology 19 (2008): 16-24. Stanhope, Kimber L., and Peter J. Havel.
Functional Foods and the Immune System: A Review. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 56, supplement 3S (2002): 29-33. Lopez-Varela S., M. Gonzalez-Gross, and A. Marcos.
Good Housekeeping Eat Well, Stay Well (Ebury Press, 1999).
Happiness is Junk-free Food, Janet Ash, Thorsons, 1986.
Healing Nutrients by Patrick Quillen (Contemporary Books, USA/Beaverbooks,Can, 1987, Penguin, 1989).
Healing through Nutrition by Or Melvyn Werbach (Thorsons, 1995).
How physical exercise influences the establishment of infections. Sports Medicine 19:393-400, 1995. B. K. Pedersen and H. Brunnsgaard.
How to Lose 20 Pounds in 30 Days: Emergency Manual for Weddings, Job Interviews, New Year's Resolutions and Class Reunions by Kevin C. Myers (2011).
If I'm So Smart, Why Can't I Lose Weight?: Tools to Get it Done by Brooke Castillo (2006).
Impact of binge eating on metabolic and leptin dynamics in normal young women. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 84:428-34, February 1999.
Impact of Carbohydrate-Rich Meals on Plasma Epinephrine Levels: Cysregulation with Aging. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 90, no. 11 (2005): 6198-6206. Penev, Plamen, Karina Spiegel, Teresa Marcinkowski, and Eve Van Cauter.
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. New York: Penguin, 2008. Michael Pollan.
Insidious allergies caused by immune system's over-reaction. Health News and Review 9(2): Winter 1995. Hirsch, C.
Instant Calm: Over 100 Easy to Use Techniques for Relaxing Mind and Body. New York: Plume, 1995. Wilson, Paul.
Intake of Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Weight Gain: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 84 (2006): 274-88.
Letting Go of Compulsive Eating: Twelve Step Recovery from Compulsive Eating - Daily Meditations by Anonymous Twelve Step Recovery Members ( 2012).
Lose That Baby Fat!: Bouncing Back the First Year after Having a Baby--A Mom Friendly Fitness Program by LaReine Chabut (Feb 10, 2006).
L-theanine, a Natural Constituent in Tea, and Its Affect on Mental State. Asian Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 17, no. 51 (2008): 167-68. Nobre, Anna, PhD, Anling Rao, PhD, Owen, Gail N., PhD.
Manual of Nutrition (MAFF - published by The Stationery office, 10th Edition, 1995).
Metabolic Effects of the Normal Nocturnal Rise in Cortisol on Carbohydrate and Fat Metabolism, AJP Endocrinology and Metabolism 268 (1995): E 595-E 603.
Micronutritional Requirements of Physically Active Women: What Can We Learn from Iron? American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 81 (supplement): 12465-515.
Minerals: What They Are Why We Need Them, by Miriam Polunin (Thorsons, 1979).
Mood State Effects of Chocolate. Journal of Attention Disorders vol. 92, issue 2, 2006. Parker, Gordon, Isabelle Porter and Heather Brotchie.
Mulitvitamin Use and Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease in the Women's Health Initiative Cohorts. Archives of Internal Medicine 169, no. 3 (2009): 294-304
Natural Health Handbook for Women by Marilyn Glenville (Piatkus, March 2001).
Neurobiological Importance of Eating Healthy and Its Association with Pleasure. Neuroendocrinology Letters 27 (2006): 21-32. Esch, Tobias, Jae Wan Kim, and George B. Stefano.
Neurobiology of Nutrition and Obesity, Nutrition Reviews 65, no. 12 (2008): 512-32. Morrison, Christopher P., PhD, Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, PhD.
Neuroendocrine Mechanisms in Insulin Resistance. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 297 (2009): 104-11.
Neuroimmune Modulation by Nutrition in Stress Situations. Neuroimmunology 15 (2008): 165-67. Romero, Javier, Julia Warnberg, Sonia Gornez-Martinez, Esperanza Ligia Diaz, and Ascensia Marcos.
Nutrition and Cytokine Action. Nutrition Research Resources 3 (1990): 193-210. Grimble, R. F.
Nutrition and Mental Performance. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 53 (1994): 443-56. Rogers, J Peter and Helen M. Lloyd.
Nutrition and the Immune System. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 52 (1993): 77-84. Chandra, Ranjit Kumar.
Nutritional Modulation of the Brain-Gut Axis. Scandinavian Journal of Nutrition 49, no. 3 (2005): 98-105. Brummer, Robert J.
Obesity, health services use, and health care costs among members of a health maintenance organization. Archives of Internal Medicine 158:466-72, March 1998.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Anti-Oxidants in Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases: An Overview. Progress Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 31, #1 (2006): 1-15.
Overcoming Overeating by Hirschmann and Hunter (Ebury Press, January 2000).
Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James & Phyllis Balch (Avery Press, USA, 1990).
Response to the HPA Axis to High-Protein/Fat and High Carbohydrate Meals in Women with Different Obesity Phenotypes. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology.
Revised International Table of Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load. David Mendosa.
Rosemary Conley's Low Fat Cookbook 2 (Century, October 2000).
Stress and Food Choice: A Laboratory Study. Somatic Medicine 62 (2000): 853-65. Oliver, Georgia, Jane Wardle, E. Leigh Gibson.
Stress Control and Human Nutrition. Journal of Medical Investigation 51, August 2004: 139-45.
Stress May Add Bite to Appetite in Women: A Laboratory Study of Stress-Induced Cortisol and Eating Behavior. Science Direct, draft (November 3, 2000).
Stress, Eating, and the the Reward System. Physiology and Behavior 91, issue 4 (July 24,2007): 449-58. Adam, Tanja c., and Elissa S. Epel.
Superfoods for Children by Michael van Straten and Barbara Griggs (Dorling Kindersley, June 2001).
Superfoods: Superfoods Diet Book and Superfast Foods by Michael van Straten and Barbara Griggs (Dorling Kindersley, 1994).
The ABC of Healthy Eating for Babies and Toddlers, J Marshall, Hodder & Stoughton, 1997.
The Amino Revolution by Robert Erdmann & Meirion Jones (Century, 1987).
The Association between Nutritional Conditions During World War II and Childhood Anthropometric Variables in the Nordic Countries. Annals of Human Biology 31, no. 3 (May-june 2004): 342-55.
The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition by Anita Bean (A and C Black, 3rd edition, October 2000).
The Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals by Leonard Mervyn (Thorsons, 1986).
The Effect of Tryptophan on Social Interaction in Everyday Life. Neuropsychopharmacology 25, no. 2 (2001): 277-89.
The Flat Belly Fix: Your Pain Free Flat Belly Solution (60 Second System Fitness & Exercise Lifestyle Guides) by Sharon Moore (2012).
The Food Tolerance Diet Book, by Elizabeth Workman, Dr Virginia Jones, Dr John Hunter (Dunirz,1986).
The Food-Mood Solution. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2007.
The Immune System: A Target for Functional Foods. British Journal of Nutrition 88 (2002): 5165-76.
The Role of Functional Foods in the Psycho biology of Health and Disease. Nutrition Research Reviews 18 (2005): 77-88. Mark Hamer and Gail Owen.
The Smarter Science of Slim: What the Actual Experts Have Proven About Weight Loss, Dieting, & Exercise, Plus, The Harvard Medical School Endorsed Program.
Total antioxidant capacity of fruits. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 44(3 ):701-05, 1996. Wang, H., et al.
Vegetarian Mother and Baby Book, Rose Elliot, Fontana, 1984.
Vitamin C, The Common Cold and Flu by Linus Pauling (Berkeley, USA, 1970).
Vitamin C: The Master Nutrient by Sandra Goodman (Keats, USA, 1991)

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The Mind Body Workout - Pilates and The Alexander Technique by Lynne Robinson and Helge Fisher (Pan, April 1998).
Physical Fitness: The 12-minute Plan for Women, P.Leach, Penguin 1987.
Essentials of Exercise Physiology (2nd edition) by William McArdle, Frank Katch (February 2000).
The Athlete's Way: Training Your Mind and Body to Experience the joy of Exercise. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007. Bergland, Christopher.
The Complete Book of Fitness. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999. Editors of Fitness magazine, with Karen Andes.
The Complete Guide to Postnatal Fitness by Judy DiFiore (A & C Black, September 1998).
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The Complete Guide to Stretching by Christopher Norris (A & C Black, February 1999).
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A Pilot Study of the Effects of High Intensity Aerobic Exercise versus Passive Interventions on Pain, Disability, Psychological Strain, and Serum Cortisol Concentrations in People with Chronic Low Back Pain. Physical Therapy 87, no. 3 (March 2007): 304-12.
Aerobic Exercise, Mood States, and Menstrual Cycle Symptoms. Based on a paper presented at 28th Annual Conference of Australian Psychological Society, Bond University, 1994. Aganoff, Julie A., and Gregory J. Boyle.
Cortisol and Growth Hormone Responses to Exercise at Different Times of Day. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 86, no. 6 (2001): 281-88.
Drop Out and Mood Improvement: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Light Exposure and Physical Exercise. BMC Psychiatry 4.22 (2004): 1-11.
Effects of Acute Bouts of Aerobic Exercises of Varied Intensity on Subjective Mood Experiences in Women of Different Age Groups Across Time. Journal of Sport Behavior 24, issue 1 (March 2006): 40-55.
Effects of Physical Exercise on Depression, Neuroendocrine Stress Hormones and Physiological Fitness in Adolescent Females with Depressive Symptoms. European Journal of Public Health 16, no. 2: 179-84.
Exercise and Immune Function: Effect of Ageing and Nutrition. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 58 (1999): 733-42.
Exercise Prescription for Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Medical Journal of Australia 183 (August 2005): 142-43.
Exercise, Nutrition of Immune Function. Journal of Sports Sciences 22, (January 2004): 115-25. Gleeson, Daniel, David L. Nieman, and Berte K. Pedersen.
Gender Differences in the Endocrine and Metabolic Responses to Hypoxic Exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology 92 (2002): 504-12.
HPA Axis Response Recovery from High Intensity Exercise in Women: Effects of Aging on Fitness. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 99,no. 7 (2004): 3248-54.
I Feel Totally at One, Totally Alive, And Totally Happy: A Psycho-Social Explanation of the Physical Activity and Mental Health Relationship. Health Education Research 20, no. 5 (2005): 600-11. Crone, D., A. Smith, and B. Gough.
Individualizing the Exercise Prescription for Persons with Fibromyalgia. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America 28 (2002): 419-38. Dupree-Jones, Kim, and Sharon R. Clark.
Influence of Aerobic Exercise Training and Relaxation Training on Physical and Psychological Health Following Stressful Life Events. Psychosomatic Medicine 49 (1987): 355-65. Roth, David L., Ph D, and David S. Holmes, PhD.
Mayo Clinic Fitness for Everybody. Rochester, MN: Mayo Clinical Health Information, distributed by Kensington Publishing, 2005.
Physical Activity for Health and Fitness, updated edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2004.
The American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Book, third edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2003.
The Effects of Exercise Training on Body Composition and Metabolism in Men and Women. International journal of Obesity 15 (1991): 175-81.
The HPA Axis Response to Stress in Women: Effects of Aging and Fitness. Psychoneuroendocrinology 30 (2005): 392-402.
The Protective Role of Exercise on Stress System Dysregulation and Comorbities. Annals of New York Academy of Science 1083 (2006): 196-213. Tsatsoulis, Agathocles, and Stelios Fountoulakis.
Understanding Fitness: How Exercise Fuels Health and Fights Disease. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2008. Silver, Julie K., and Christopher M. Morin.
Walking Outside Improves Mood for Healthy Postmenopausal Women. Clinical Medicine: Oncology (2007): 35-43. Read about the postmenopause years.
Women, Exercise and Aging. JAMA 285, no. 11: (March 21,2001): 1429-31. Friedman, M. J.

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