Synopses & Reviews
From an internationally recognized integrative physician, a thorough guide to fertility that encompasses all aspects of female well-being to help women prepare their bodies for easy conception, pregnancy, and the delivery of healthy babies.
The increase in environmental toxins, processed foods, and stress, as well as the advancing ages at which couples seek to have children, have made it more difficult for women to conceive. In Be Fruitful, Dr. Victoria Maizes, an expert on women’s health and the executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, delivers all the information women and their partners need in order to conceive with ease and confidence, and to bear healthy children.
Warm, friendly, and hands-on, Be Fruitful offers a comprehensive self-assessment to help identify any potential physical, emotional, and practical roadblocks that may interfere with conception, as well as clear and easy-to-follow dietary, supplemental, and exercise recommendations proven to increase optimal fertility. Dr. Maizes details how nutrition, mind-body practices, elimination of environmental toxins, and traditional Chinese medicine can all contribute to a successful pregnancy.
Unique in its integrative approach, Be Fruitful acknowledges that wellness comes from caring for the entire person—not just the physical body—a crucial factor for the countless women trying to conceive and committed to transforming their overall health.
"Maizes, a physician and executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, approaches fertility from the perspective of integrative medicine, synthesizing advances in medical science and the wisdom of ancient healing traditions. Maizes devotes an opening chapter to defining how integrative medicine works to address the whole person and the needs of body, mind, and spirit, and then moves on to individual chapters on such topics as lifestyle, nutrition, supplements, and environment. There are also separate chapters on mind-body medicine (including stress management), conventional medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, and spirituality. Throughout, the author offers practical suggestions to help women prepare their bodies for fertility and a healthy pregnancy. For instance, she offers a 'fertility enhancing anti-inflammatory diet,' reveals what supplements and foods (including herbs) will promote fertility, and helps readers reduce exposure to environmental toxins. While noting that for various reasons it may be more difficult for women to get pregnant now (e.g., new birth control methods, cultural pressure to be thin, hormone-disrupting stress, fast-food diets), Maizes presents a hopeful and encouraging map mothers-to-be can follow to increase the likelihood of achieving optimum health in body, mind, and spirit before conception and beyond. This straightforward resource clearly explains the fertility benefits of combining the best of conventional and alternative methods." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.