Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child Paperback – Feb 5 2013
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“It's clear from the very first chapter of this power-packed guide on maximizing fertility that a hands-on clinician, brainy scientist, holistic thinker and compassionate, thoughtful woman is offering up the very latest and best that integrative medicine has to offer. Be Fruitful is an eminently readable, warm, encouraging, practical book bursting with a wealth of consequential information, backed up by clinical research and epidemiology. It is destined to become a well-worn, gratefully used reference book for anyone interested in fertility, whether professionally or personally.”
--Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD, author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal; and creator of the Health Journeys Guided Imagery series.
“Who knew that low fat milk might lower your fertility, while hypnosis could boost it? I found Dr. Maizes' well researched book to be a treasure trove of this kind of valuable, but rarely discussed, advice. Be Fruitful is the perfect read for anyone seeking a happy pregnancy and a healthy baby." (Daphne Miller, MD, author of The Jungle Effect and Farmacology)
"For some of us, the road to motherhood is strewn with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. In Be Fruitful, Dr. Victoria Maizes has given us a superb, well researched guide to help transform our obstacles into health and life-affirming opportunities." (Julia Indichova, author of The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World)
“Women interested in protecting and maximizing their fertility will find this book filled with up- to-date facts that are easy to put into practice. I will recommend this book to my women patients in their late teens and early twenties to help them maximize wellness and fertility years before they start trying to have children. This is a must have book in my integrative medicine medical reference library.” (Roberta Lee, MD, author of The Super Stress Solution and Vice Chair, Department of Integrative Medicine Continuum for Health and Healing Beth Israel Medical Center)
“Be Fruitful is a must read for any woman currently attempting or planning for a pregnancy. Dr. Maizes is a leading advocate for Woman’s Integrative and Preventative Healthcare and her book provides practical, proven strategies for improving the chances of becoming pregnant and as well as enjoying a successful pregnancy. The importance of pre-pregnancy planning cannot be overstated. As a Reproductive Endocrinologist, I see daily how the positive influence an integrative approach to healthcare can benefit patients. This is a book I will ask all of my patients to read.” (Carmelo Sgarlata, MD, Reproductive Science Center of San Francisco and former President of the Bay Area Reproductive Endocrinologist Society)
“A well-rounded approach to ensuring a successful pregnancy. Maizes provides a wealth of practical advice and a comprehensive self-assessment test covering contraception, nutrition, diet and exercise, environmental factors and spirituality. Solid and wide-ranging prenatal advice for women of all ages.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Clear, comprehensive, and compassionate, this is one of the most important books in maternal health to appear in recent years.” (Larry Dossey, MD author of Reinventing Medicine and The Power of Premonitions)
"I cannot think of a more compassionate yet knowledgeable companion to accompany couples on their journey toward parenthood than Victoria Maizes. Her warm, friendly manner and her thoroughly integrative approach to fertility will give women and men the confidence and the practical advice they need to conceive with ease." (Linda Sparrowe editor-in-chief, Yoga International Magazine and author of The Woman's Book of Yoga & Health)
"A hopeful and encouraging map mothers-to-be can follow to increase the liklihood of achieving optimum health before conception and beyond. This straightforward resource clearly explains the fertility benefits of combining the best of conventional and alternative methods." (Publishers Weekly)
"Whether you’re at the stage of dreaming about starting a family in the future or frantically weighing your hormone treatment options, you need to read Be Fruitful. This friendly but concise guide can steer you toward your own personal well-being sweet spot. [A] thorough and inspiring book [that] manages to be comprehensive without being overwhelming." (Yoga Journal)
“Many women dream of becoming pregnant, but few ever stop to think about the possibility of having trouble with it. While there are no guarantees, it makes sense to do everything possible to boost the chances of baby-making. Victoria Maizes’s Be Fruitful is just the guidebook to prepare you—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Maizes is that all-too-rare medical professional, a family physician trained in Western medicine who values the power of alternative medicine.” (Alive Magazine)
About the Author
Victoria Maizes, M.D., is executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a professor of medicine, family medicine, and public health at the University of Arizona. An internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine, Dr. Maizes lectures worldwide to academic and community audiences on women’s health, aging, nutrition, and cancer. The co-editor of Integrative Women’s Health, the 2010 Oxford University Press textbook, she was named one of the world’s intelligent optimists in 2009. For more information, please visit VictoriaMaizesMD.com.See all Product Description
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I think every woman (and man -- yes, there's a lot of stuff in here for the gentlemen as well) should buy this book if you're planning a pregnancy, whether or not you've experienced difficulty conceiving. Many of the recommendations go well beyond fertility and are also helpful for women who are already pregnant or really anybody who wants to improve their health. No health care provider has the time to give you the depth of information contained in this book. Thank you to Dr. Maizes for writing it and to my nutritionist for recommending it to me.
Jessica T. Wei, MD
Not once did I feel rushed, nervous, confused, or scared. Dr. Maizes wrote so many kind, sincere, and profoundly helpful messages that as I closed the book I felt as though I had just ended a heart to heart with a wise, welcoming friend.
Being that my mother died when I was 13 and my family has dispersed widely among the states, there really isn't anyone around for me to talk to about my issues with fertility or what could happen if my health issues trump my desire to conceive. That said, this book provides so many answers and suggestions to my questions and problems that I now feel like I have plenty of support and guidance.
I'm currently battling an autoimmune / hypothyroid issue that my doctor is reluctant to treat further because everything "looks normal" per standard ranges despite my symptoms. Even with their "standard" ranges my fertility is threatened and it's frustrating to have a doctor tell me not to be concerned with conceiving now. At a time when I was sincerely considering giving up on having kids and on Western medicine, this book helped restore my faith not only in medicine and doctors but in myself.
It highlights a multitude of ways that I can repair and rebuild myself now so that my body is an optimal vessel to nurture what it may one day create. There are plenty of things for me to do on my end now to prepare for better health and the fruitful conception to come. And I will do whatever it takes.
I would definitely recommend this to young women and couples who are considering having children. It is well-written, concise, easy to follow, and very warm.
If you're reading this: Thank you, Dr. Victoria.
I was also deeply moved by her chapter on spirituality. It is a wonderful gift for a physician to bring scientific rigor to a topic, and also write with deep compassion about the pain and loss experienced by infertile couples. She brings practical, compassionate guidance for the spiritual and emotional journey. This is a terrific book: engaging, scientific, and filled with heart.