The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception Paperback – Jul 8 2008
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About the Author
James Schwartz (Colorado), a Board Certified Hypnotist, is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and is also a member of the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists. He is the founder of the Hypnosis to Promote Fertility program and the director of the Rocky Mountain Hypnotherapy Center in Lakewood, CO.
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Easily accessable, no doubt I will be referring to this book again and again in the coming years.
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From an ecological/biological point-of-view, when the environment contains too many things stressing the population (whether that population is prairie dogs or humans), often the effect of those stressors is first seen in the ability to reproduce, or more accurately the lack of the ability to reproduce. Modern society has tossed quite a few 'big' stressors at its human population, including endocrine-disrupting pesticides that mimic estrogen in the body, endocrine-disrupting residues from plastics leaching into our food because we lazily heat everything in plastic in the microwave, increasing incidence of food allergies & food intolerance, high levels of stress because of work, personal life issues, and just LIFE issues in general. The list goes on and on. Combine those with women putting off child bearing until their later years, and you have a recipe for reproductive disaster.
Jim offers hope for many in the midst of all those stresses, who desperately want children and who either don't want to start down the ART/IVF route, or those who have already gone that route and and who are hoping to find another way to work with, assist, and strengthen the body. Often, docs will refer an older woman for ART/IVF based on age alone, although no tests have been done on hormone levels or the health of the eggs. Addressing the mind, body, and spiritual issues place as much control as possible back with the mommy (and daddy) to be. And considering that the highest stress levels of all occur because of things out-of-our control, this is a very good thing indeed.
Jim only touched on the energy healing aspects of this integrated approach, but it is also (IMHO) a very important part of re-balancing the body and helping to clear the endocrine system, which the chakras work with intimately. Other things that also help with this are dietary changes, daily meditation (his 10-minute visualization is a perfect example), daily Qi Gong, and adapting other helpful practices that make you feel BETTER, body, mind & spirit.
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Certified Reiki Master Teacher
Certified Karuna Healing Master Teacher
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BS Biology (ecology concentration), Chemistry minor
First, he includes some helpful meditation/visualization sections. These are pretty standard-issue, and I'm afraid that I'll be giving away the essence of them when I say that he encourages you to picture conceiving, the blastocyst growing, the implantation, the wonders of pregnancy and you holding your baby. If you can do that everyday, you've done all the work that I found useful in the book.
Second, he points out that some of us have baggage that might be causing stress that undermines our ability to get pregnant. He breaks this down. If you are interested in learning more about that, buy the book.
Bad things? Well, the idea that women's subconscious thoughts are holding them back from allowing themselves to get pregnant upsets me. I guess for some people that would be empowering, for me it seems creepy. It reminds me of the idea that women can prevent themselves from getting pregnant if they are raped by "shutting the process down". That's nonsense, so why is it not nonsense in this context? I think that some people on the journey to conceive want as many ways to try to address their infertility as possible. He certainly gives another way: figure out what your SUBconscious baggage is and work on it.
Which leads me to the worst thing about the book. It feels like an ad for hypnotherapy and Mayan uterine massage. At least 3 times he says that rooting out these negative feelings can't be done through regular therapy, psychotherapy will take many years, and the best way to do it is hypnotherapy. Well, he's not a doctor, and not a psychologist. But he IS a hypnotherapist.
Since I have no interest in spending money on hypnotherapy, this book was not for me. At all.