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    1. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition)
    by Toni Weschler
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    Asin: 0060937645
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 804
    Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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    THE GROUNDBREAKING BESTSELLER NOW UPDATED AND REVISED

    Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or are you demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you also experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your cycle, but are frustrated by a lack of simple explanations?

    This invaluable resource will help you find the answer to your questions while giving you amazing insights into your own body.

    Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, or simply gain better control of their health and lives. This book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:

    • enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices


    • maximize your chances of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement


    • increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of your baby


    • gain control of your sexual and gynecological health

    This expanded new edition includes:

    • a revolutionary new, fully intuitive charting system


    • numerous new master charts, including separate ones for birth control, pregnancy achievement, and menopause


    • the latest on fertility conditions and high-tech treatments


    • comprehensive tables that clearly summarize fertility-related drugs and procedures
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This needs to be read by all women everywhere!
    This is probably the most life changing book I've ever read. I wish in school as young girls we had known exactly what our body does at menstruation and ovulation. It's amazing.

    Not only can this be used for TTC - it can be used to learn how to better utilize birth control methods. Being aware of your basal body temp & cervical fluid you actually know when you are ovulating and when your period is due. Like clockwork!

    In addition, having your temps stay high instead of dipping down as your period approaches is indicative of pregnancy achievement. In my case this happened, (preg test to confirm) but unfortunately I wasn't able to hold the pregnancy and my temps started to go downwards -- making my period a couple of days late. If I hadn't have been charting, I would've never known I was pregnant, and just chalked it up to a late period.

    This book is good for all women - empowering them to learn more about their amazing bodies!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing book for EVERY woman
    After announcing to a close friend of mine who was eight months pregnant that I was about to begin to try to have a baby, I was given a weathered copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I direct a women's health program at a community hospital and was amazed at what I DIDN'T know about my body after reading this book. Toni Weschler is a gifted writer. A public health practitioner's dream, she is extremely clear, distilling scientific facts to manageable pieces of information. She dispels the myth that charting your fertility, traditionally referred to as "Natural Family Planning", is a method used only by a select few who choose natural methods of birth control because of religious beliefs. Moreover, she emphasizes the connection between women's empowerment and knowledge of normal biological processes that are often medicalized to the point of leaving many women mystified. I would go so far as to say this should be required reading for all young women entering high school! (NOTE: I am now in my first trimester as a result of the information provided in the pages of this book. I am very grateful!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Got Pregnant the Second Month Using This Method!!!!!
    I highly recommend this book and method for getting pregnant. I am 39 and had been trying to get pregnant for six months using an ovulation predictor kit. We already have a 2 year old daughter that was conceived the first month we tried, so I was very discouraged that we were not pregnant yet. A friend of mine recommended this book, and I thought it was worth a shot! I found the book a very easy read. I read the sections relevant to getting pregnant in one night (there are also sections on birth control, menopause, etc). I began charting immediately. I did not go crazy with charting-I just recorded my temp each day and checked the other 2 signs (cervical mucus and cervical position) starting about a week before I knew I was going to ovulate. I got pregnant the second month!! The book is super informative about all aspects of a woman's reproductive body. A great read even if you just want to get to know what's going on with your body every month. Hope this review helps!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
    Wow!! First of all - I was quite ignorant about my own body until I read this book. I will share this book with my children. I also purchased the software that goes along with it - and IT WORKED SUCCESSFULLY!! I am expecting my first child Dec. 04 !! I did "practice" charting for one month and then the first month that we tried for real - well it happened!! A friend of mine and my cousin both used this book and it helped them as well. I highly suggest this book to anyone who wants to conceive. It really helps you to understand your body. It has some medical terms - but explains them in detail. I also suggest the software - it made it MUCH easier for me!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to read this book
    I bought this book for two reasons, to get pregnant after 35 & due to everyone else's review of this book. Now, I'm a believer. If you're a woman and think you know about your body, you don't until you read this book. My whole life I thought there was something wrong with me, and now I know I was normal all along. I wish I would have had this guidance as a teenager and just discovering the intricacies of my body. Just knowing the basics of your body and what's normal & what's not, will give you a confidence you can't imagine. If you have teenage daughters, buy this book and read it together. It could save years of doubt, confusion and low-esteem. ... Read more


    2. The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection--The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men
    by Suzanne Somers
    list price: $25.00
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    Asin: 0609607219
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-08)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 747
    Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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    Menopause is a complicated business. Medical issues vary widely and treatment options seem endless--especially in the wake of bad news about hormone replacement. While The Sexy Years isn't meant to supply you with a specific program of daily supplements, Suzanne Somers does offer an excellent inspiration to march forth and take control of this stage of health. Much of the book covers her own experience of menopause, including some detail on her breast cancer ordeal. She advocates the use of natural, bioidentical hormonal replacement, available through a variety of creams and supplements--it's a rare page that doesn't gush about the power of these substances or raise negative issues about the use of synthetic hormones. Introductory medical information is included on how estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone work together to keep people healthy and active; the vocabulary is understandable and generally entertaining rather than overwhelming. She provides interviews with a variety of doctors and women in various stages of menopause. These will give women a good place to start with topics to address with their own medical providers. While a short index of doctors and compounding pharmacies is provided, most women will have to do their own research to find local natural hormone specialists. But if you're looking for a boost of courage to bring up these treatments with your doctor--or simply want to investigate more natural alternatives to the standard synthetics--this is a fine place to get started.--Jill Lightner ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Agree with Suzanne, bot only on some things......
    I believe Suzanne made a great point about about bioidentical hormones for symptom relief. Premarin may work for them, but by its very nature it just "sounds" like a bad idea....Now as for using bioidentical HRT for disease prevention, I think it is not a good idea to jump on that bandwagon until conclusive research says that it fulfills what synthetic HRT (Premarin) failed to do....

    One point Suzanne makes in this book that I find a little worrisome is manipulating the hormone formulation to make sure that you're having periods, or rather periodic monthly bleeding in order to mimic the natural hormonal cycle of your premenopausal years. I guess that's accurate to want to do that rather than taking continuous HRT but I find it a little disturbing the thought of having a period into my 70s or 80s.

    I'm also concerned about the recent research that has cast a dark shadow over HRT. Prempro carried risks of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, and dementia. Premarin carried the same risks for stroke and dementia. Putting these facts aside, I believe it is not the best idea to be touting yet another type of hormone therapy for prevention when the research to support its safety and efficacy is not comparable whatsoever. Bioidentical seems better, but there have been no randomzied controlled trials to prove it works for all of these diseases...

    Also I think it's not good for women to believe that having premenopausal levels of hormones our entire lives will insure our longevity. I think the evidence is actually to the contrary: high estrogen levels seem good only as far as keeping our bones strong. Lifetime estrogen levels (ie age of menopause) seem unrelated to one's risk of heart disease. But women with naturally high levels of estrogen, even after menopause (yes the ovaries don't completely "quit" - they continue to produce small amounts of hormones), run higher lifetime risks of breast and uterine cancer. Also (and I read this is the Journals of Neurology and Neuroscience), some research is actually indicating that high levels of estrogen throughout life are associated with more cognitive deficits and Alzheimer's. One study showed that women with the highest natural levels of estrogen, whether postmenopausally or those who had the most menstruating years, had higher risks of dementia. Even more disturbing, hysterectomized rats given estradiol lost their abilities completely to learn new tasks. This information is line with the recent evidence showing that estrogen or estrogen/progestin ups the risk for dementia. So to say it's good for the brain is probably wrong. I realize Suzanne touts testosterone for healthy brain function, but it's far from proven; the same goes for estrogen. Again, I think we need to wait for the proof.....

    I also am not buying into the idea that menopause takes away our beauty, vitality, and sexuality. I personally found sex better after the change - my kids were grown, I didn't have to worry about unplanned pregnancy. Also, and I think this is important - there IS good reason to believe that menopause is necessary for the survival of the species. If you think about it, there's good reason why 70-something-year-old women can't reporduce any longer. At that age, your health is more likly to be compromised due to aging(though not necessarily!) so the thought of having another baby would be bad for the baby, especially if the mother isn't well enough to care for it!! And since our children naturally spend the first 20+ years of life in or around the nest, it makes sense to me that menstruation ceases at an early enough age so that the mother would have enough healthy years remaining to raise the very last child she was capable of having (although most of us don't want any new babies at 50!! :)). But all in all, this seems the most plausible explanation as far as the life cycle goes and the posibble benefit of having menopause prgrammed in.

    But back to the book, bioidentical HRT is a viable option for combating the symptoms of menopause and is more likely to agree with a woman's system as compared to the synthetics. But I don't believe there is any conclusive evidence whatsoever to show that they're better for us over the long haul. They might be, but it's imperative we wait for the proof, lest we repeat the mistakes of the last 30 years by giving women hormones preventively for life only to learn that they're dangerous.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advice, Recommendations, and Solutions
    There are many doctors in my family who have witnessed firsthand the disastrous effects of synthetic hormones, compared to the natural bioidentical hormones that are helping both men and women regain their youth, with a dramatic decrease in the symptoms of aging, along with the risks involved directly associated with synthetic hormone replacement.
    I can only tell you that the research that went into this book brings outstanding recommendations to some of the country's best doctors who are leaders in this field, as well as places to contact if you are looking for further information to do more research on your own so you can make the most intelligent choice that will be best for you.
    This is another review where I give 5 stars because it clearly brings solutions that will help people make the most informed choices, once they know about different options that are available. An excellent read, and HIGHLY recommended!

    1-0 out of 5 stars L I A R
    Let's be truthful.
    Why would I waste my time on this self-obsessed, soulless, & dishonest huckster? It's because of something she tried to get away with a few years ago. Do you know the prime ingredient in a successful magician's act? It's called misdirection. Ms. Somers was caught exiting the office of a plastic surgeon. Rather than being up-front & admitting to her desire to use "any means necessary" to beat nature's & gravity's affects upon the body, she concocts a story about breast cancer.
    Yep, that's right. A "story". Pure fiction. Never was.
    And to compound this folly, she said that she was treating herself with "natural remedies." Of course, she couldn't risk exposure by reputable physicians. And she had fellow huckster Larry King to help shovel this mess around.
    Those in the know wondered how she would get out of this one.
    It must be great having a team of writers in your employ (plus the ever-present doting/drooling Larry King), but she did it. It took a year or two, but very quietly, almost off-handedly, the story was out there that the "cancer" was gone.
    Folks, this is a woman who will do anything to keep her face & name right at the top of everyone's B-list. Why be a party to it?

    PS: Larry King need not reply.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Moviestar hocus-pocus
    Bio-identical hormones! If I hear that one more time, I'm gonna scream.
    Why do people believe this ex-moviestar but distrust their doctors?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wow - You go Suzanne
    I think this book is one of Suzanne's most helpful, recent contributions to society. My husband has been using thor-plex for a year or so now, and it has helped him tremendous with male issues. Boy did it help! Now, Suzanne has offered us ladies some help... I was given this book as a gift from one of my girlfriends who is an avid Amazon shopper. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. You'll learn all about the hormones that control every activity in your body. Though I've started thor-plex along with my hubby, I plan to start on some of the ideas expressed in this wonderful work that Suzanne has given us. Thanks Suzanne and thanks Amazon! ... Read more


    3. The Men's Health Book of Muscle
    by Lou Schuler, Ian King
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 1579547699
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-17)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 2475
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    You might think that the subtitle, "The World's Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body," is hyperbole, but The Book of Muscle from Men's Health delivers as promised. Australian strength coach and former powerlifting champion Ian King and Men's Health fitness director Lou Schuler cover everything you want to know about your muscles and what makes themgrow, complete with dietary recommendations, exercises for every muscle group, and exercise routines. Each muscle group is illustrated and discussed, with 149 pages of clearly described, well-photographed exercises using a variety of equipment. A section on workout routines helps you put together your own program, from beginner to advanced.

    Schuler's guy-talk style makes the book enjoyable to read, even on days when you have no intention of going to the gym. The artistic drawings of muscle groups, full-color photographs of beginning and ending positions of every exercise, and stunning close-ups of buffed body parts make The Book of Muscle is as beautiful as it is practical and motivating, an exceptional gift for the fitness guy in your life, and well worth the price. Highly recommended for men wanting to get in shape or stay there. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Most informative and extensive fitness publication I've seen
    Lou Schuler and Ian King take extensive scientific information, put it in easy to understand language, and equip the average fitness enthusiast with all the tools needed to achieve his training goals.

    This book gives readers a basis in the physiology of building muscle, and then, body part by body part, gives full descriptions and illustrations of exercises to build the body you want. Excellent workouts for beginners or more advanced lifters.

    With it's pages of full colour photos and illustrations, interesting presentation, and depth of information, The Men's Health Book of Muscle is easily one of the most comprehensive fitness resources I've come across.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Jam packed
    I have read this book from cover to cover and I'm amazed at the sheer content and concise format in which it was presented. It reads easy so that even a novice can understand the terminology and the advanced lifter will even gain valuable information. The workouts are simply some of the best that I've ever done in my 15 years of lifting experience, and I haven't come across even one yet that can't be completed in an hour or less. Not only does the book layout fantastic workouts, but it gives the reader a plethora of outstanding exercise examples with progressive pictorals in many cases. I am now armed with some of the best information available out there regarding lifting AND nutrition. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's serious about gaining strength, mass or just plain wanting to look good on the beach this summer. Your lifting library should NOT be devoid of The Book Of Muscle!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have For Any Fitness Library
    As the Fitness Editor for Men's Fitness magazine, I've read more fitness books than I care to remember. It's how I make my living. And I can honestly say that The Book of Muscle is one of the best fitness books ever written. Let me just say that I have no personal investment in this book. In fact, you'll notice that it's published by my competition. But I believe in directing the public to quality material--and this book fits the bill and then some. I have known Schuler and King personally for years, and can attest that they're tops in the fitness biz.

    Because of my job, I think I can say with some authority that the writing is superb. Schuler makes complicated physiology seem simple. But let me put it in perspective: I have a master's degree in exercise science, and I wish that this book would have been available when I was in graduate school. It would have saved me hours of boring textbook reading--and I would have learned MORE!

    Just as important, Schuler's co-author, Ian King, is known in my circles as one of the best strength coaches in the world. And he backs that reputation up with the highly effective, cutting-edge training programs that are presented in this book.

    I highly recommend The Book of Muscle to anyone who wants to:

    *Understand the science of building muscle--from the basic functions of each of your major muscles to the secrets of increasing their rate of growth.
    *Learn how to do over 100 exercises with perfect form.
    *Have at your fingertips months' worth of expertly designed workouts from one the world's leading fitness authorities, Ian King.

    So for what it's worth, consider this my professional opinion. I hope it's useful to you.

    Adam Campbell
    Fitness Editor
    Men's Fitness

    1-0 out of 5 stars TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME
    I was unimpressed by every aspect of this book.

    The writing's sloppy, the information is basic and (where it stretches) suspect, the photography is so so '70s, the design non-existent.

    Buy a set of dumbbells instead of this book. It's an infinitely better investment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book
    In many respects this is the perfect first book for someone looking to get into regular exercise. More than most other books in the genre, this one seems to have more than a modicum of scientific understanding backing it. The first sections set the tone, going over the actual science of muscles, why they get bigger, and how. The authors know their audience, though, and don't overdo the science. However, if you are going to lift weights then you need some level of understanding of what things work and why. This first section gives you that. I personally would have liked to see more scientific detail and references but understand that that probably would alienate large chunks of their target audience.

    After that primer you get introduced to the major muscles and the exercises that target them. There are also sections on diet, warming up, and stretching. While none of these sections are comprehensive, and many have been done better elsewhere, they are done well enough here that it makes the book a viable one stop shop for beginners.

    Before you rush out and buy this, though, there are few caveats.

    One, the book does not cater to the home exerciser. Depending on how well stocked your home gym is and how creative you are with coming up with replacement exercises this might not be a big deal, but the exercises DO assume access to barbells, dumbbells, and a machine.

    Two, some of the exercise descriptions are lacking detail or, in a few cases, plain wrong. The upright row, for instance, shows a form -- bringing your elbows way above parallel -- that most trainers and researchers caution against because it causes shoulder injury in many people. I would expect the world's most authoritative guide to at least mention this.

    Three, the routines provided sometimes leave me scratching my head. They give a cadence for things like the push up hold. The description of this exercise says to "hold the position for the specified period of time" yet the actual routines don't specify a period of time. Am I supposed to hold for 3 seconds or 30 or 90? Who knows?

    Four, the routines -- at least early on -- take far too long and seem more like overtraining than training. In "Phase One" King prescribes circuit training and by week three you're supposed to be doing this circuit 2-3 times per day, three days a week. I found that doing the circuit twice took me over an hour. Doing it a third time would have pushed me well over 90 minutes of exercise. Throw in warm up and post-work out stretching and you're looking at a solid two hours. This is for "beginners" and they're supposed to do it three times a week.

    Later on in "Phase One" King piles even more work on that. Not only are you supposed to do each circuit 2-3 times, you're supposed to do 2-3 reps of each exercise. In week 6, if you do the minimum number of reps, the minimum number of sets, the minimum number of circuits, all with the minimum recommended resting the whole thing will take you 93 minutes. Do that three times a week. This is for "beginners".

    While I like the workouts I think this kind of time commitment is more likely to lead to overtraining rather than useful gains. Admittedly later on it looks like King scales back the time requirements but you have to persevere through 8 weeks of workouts that are easily 90 minutes in length. ... Read more


    4. Dr. Peter Scardino's Prostate Book: A Comprehensive Guide Toovercomingand Understanding Prostate Cancer, Prostatitis, and Prostateenlargement.
    by Peter Scardino
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    Asin: 1583332200
    Catlog: Book (2005-04)
    Publisher: Avery Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 148297
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    5. The Testosterone Syndrome
    by Eugene Shippen, William Fryer
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    Asin: 087131858X
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
    Publisher: M Evans & Co
    Sales Rank: 21836
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Fryer uses cas histories to prove that high levels of testosterone is directly related to higher levels of mental and physical functioning. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener and Life Saver
    This book opened my eyes to the many symptoms that plague me as an aging male. Most people think of testosterone as solely a sex hormone, but this book reveals all the other things that testosterone does to keep you living long and well. I take THOR-Plex regulary and watch my diet (with testosterone in mind), and exercise...much of which I learned in this and other books from Amazon. Get the book, you'll undoubtedly learn quite a bit from it. If you're over 40, I hope you're going to read this book or something like it - soon!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book
    I read this book after being formally diagnosed with testosterone deficiency (hypogonadism) at the relatively young age of 34. For me, testosterone deficiency tied in with a long battle with severe, medication resistant clinical depression, not with "anti-aging" issues or self esteem/virility issues of middle aged men. It was the only book I could find that seemed to address the issue of testosterone deficiency. Written by a Medical Doctor gives it more credibility, I try to avoid reading books of this sort that are not written by MDs.

    Once I started reading it, I found it fascinating. I didnt realize testosterone is responsible for so many things. I also didnt realize the importance estrogen plays in the male...many males with low testosterone also have high estrogen levels which is a bad thing. Dr. Shippen explains how you can naturally lower your estrogen levels, which is good for male health. And he also explains how to naturally increase testosterone, although he fails to mention heavy strength training which I always understood was a hallmark of "naturally" increasing testosterone levels.

    This book is really more oriented for the middle aged male who has hit his "mid life crisis" or "male andropause" as Dr. Shippen likes to describe it. In my opinion, its not really oriented for men who are truly hypogonadal (not producing enough testosterone and flunked formal lab tests). It is an anti-aging book, but it has lots of information thats useful for any male who doesnt want to end up getting hypogonadal at some point. Dr. Shippen describes the details of testosterone replacement therapy.

    I find it odd that there arent a lot of other "me too" testosterone replacement books on the market. It seems like there would be more interest in this subject.

    I really was amazed at the total lack of mention Dr. Shippen placed on exercise and especially strength training to maintain or improve testosterone levels. Thats my only complaint with this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Important Book
    This book helped save my marriage. I was suffering from low sex drive, poor performance and general malaise and irritability. A doctor suggested I have my thyroid level tested, but it was normal range. Viagra only gave me massive headaches. Then an article I saw suggested this book. It is very readable and informative, but most of all balanced: It does not advocate testosterone treatment as a cure-all for everyone or everything. I had my blood retested, and discovered that I had a severe case of testosterone deficiency. I began the treatments advocated by Dr. Shippen. It took trying several different methods of application (because my level was so abnormal), but within about 8 months, my testosterone levels were normal. Thank you Dr. Shippen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I feel like a brand new man!
    After suffering with a low level sex drive, this book has opened my eyes. It has helped me to better understand my low energy levels and depression. This is a must read for any man.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely must reading for anyone approaching fifty
    I have never read any medical book--let me amend that--any book that set off so many alarms and bells simultaneously in my mind. This book has a great deal to say about aging, healthy heart function, mental acuity, and testosterone and other hormonal replacement benefits for both men and women. There is much fascinating information about testosterone and estrogen function in both men and women. He documents his arguments extremely well with case histories--particularly the relationship between lowered testosterone levels and heart disease, physical aches and pains, the ageing process in general, immune function, prostatitis and female bladder problems. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Go out and buy it today! (...) ... Read more


    6. On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep with Men
    list price: $21.95
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    Asin: 0767913981
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-14)
    Publisher: Broadway
    Sales Rank: 3065
    Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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    The closer a secret is kept, the more powerful the impact once it is finally revealed. Such is the case with author and activist J.L. King's intriguing look at the lives and lifestyles of black men who sleep with other men but do not consider themselves to be gay. These men live "on the down low," the "DL" for short, and their sexual activities have gained significant notice as the rate of HIV/AIDS infection in black women has skyrocketed, with the vast majority of cases coming from heterosexual sex. King is a veteran of the DL himself and his book serves partly as a social and psychological survey of the other men he has surveyed and partly as highly candid memoir. King was well regarded in his community, popular at his church, successful in his career, and married to a woman who had no idea that his secret life existed. But when she caught him in a lie and with another man, the marriage collapsed and King's long and painful path to self-awareness began. King cites the negative image many socially conservative black men have of homosexuality as an obstacle to those men being honest with their partners and themselves about who they are. Among the more intriguing elements of On the Down Low are the peculiar approaches men on the DL have to the sexual act, seeking a strictly physical sexual relationship with their secret male partners while remaining in more traditional arrangements with women. Whether this discrepancy is a product of scrupulously guarded secrecy and shame or the natural preference of an understudied sexual identity is one of the numerous questions raised by this book. Though the infection statistics make the DL a huge public health issue, King is neither a sociologist nor a medical professional. And while a more clinical look at this issue would be welcome, King accomplished what he set out to do: provide light and insight into a world that so many have worked so hard to keep in the shadows. --John Moe ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Come Out, Not Down Low
    J. L. King's part informative, part personal book exposing the trend of down-low African-American men who sleep with other men leaves a bittersweet taste in my mouth. Granted, I commend him confronting this decadent truth that many women (and some men) don't seem to know about or turn a blind eye to. He provides an honest look at what this DL behavior is doing to our communities, our homes and our relationships, and paints a disturbing portrait of the rise of HIV among young people. King also imparts prudent advice to women looking for signs about their men and counsels them to care about themselves and their health a little more.

    Yet, how can a man who sleeps with another man deny his own sexuality? That, in my opinion, is the root of this problem. That disavowal of who they are is what's killing African-American women and men at an alarming rate. Although King does tell men to be honest with their partners, making them aware of their sexual tastes, he doesn't encourage men to confront their own sexuality enough. Labels aside, you should get to know yourself before you get involved with someone else. They don't have to scream it to the world, but at least to thine own self be true. As Black women, we will always stand behind our men, and for us they need to be honest with themselves.

    For what it's worth, King has done his homework and gotten in touch with himself about his life and issues. I applaud him. For our sistahs and brothas' sakes, DL men should do the same.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr. King!
    I'd like to thank Mr. King for writing this book. I was hesitant to read On the Down Low because I thought it was going to be a typical "black women can't keep their men" type of book. But I was pleasantly surprised. Mr. King has presented a very well rounded look at the subculture of "down low brothers" as well as the effects of this activity on the black community. After reading this book I felt like a blindfold has been lifted from my eyes. I want to discuss this issue with my fellow sisters. The AIDS epidemic is effecting people at alarming rates and it's time to stop pretending that we're invincible. Knowledge is Power! Mr. King is applauded for doing his part to get the word out about the not so obvious sexual "landmines".

    1-0 out of 5 stars "What A Darn Shame"!!!
    I think Mr. J. King's book is part of his evil plot to self-promote himself & turn even more brothas' on to this nasty-germ traveling phenomenon!!! It's such a shame that a large number of our Beautiful, Handsome, Intelligent, Black men are being turned on & schooled about this *straight from hell* trend! God still has a plan for our Black American men....no matter how the devil tries to turn them out & destroy them as a whole! King, on The Oprah talk show said he still doesnt consider himself gay....now if this man doesnt come across as a complete nut-case, I dont know who does! No man can sleep with other men & enjoy it greatly each time & NOT no they're not gay/homosexual!
    That's insane! -- The one thing I do hope comes about as a result of this book being released is that MANY of those Down Low black men living in Atlanta Georgia & most of California [as well as other cities/states] will want to be more honest about there sexuality for a change with the growing number of black women testing postitive for HIV because of DL brother's actions!

    1-0 out of 5 stars WHY BASH YOUR BROTHA's
    J.L.King, may have meant well with this long an dwordy piece but all he did was badh his own people. He baegan belittling the relationships that gay/bisexual men have with each other in to jsut sexcapades. That is a crime in itself. I never thought I would see the day when one man took the Church's condemnation and made it PC. That hurts alot of people in the process. The Most horrifying thing about the book is that it is being revered for its stereotypes of men. Now he has given homophobia a new weapon against the homosexual community. This book really is hurting rather than healing the SGL community as well as American society in general.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Uncovered!
    What you do in the dark will eventually surface to the light. Mr. King has stripped the covers from underneath this double lifestyle that many of our men are living. It's scarry. It makes a woman want to become a Nun. I appreciate his honesty. It took a lot of courage for him to come forth to reveal his sins of homosexuality and infidelity. I only hope that women will take heed to his message. Unfortunately, many will not and will find themselves in a heap of trouble. It was recommended to me to read a novel called "Lust Of The Flesh," and I am so glad that I read it. It was the best novel I ever read. It was different from all of the mainstream novels that are being written today. Lust Of The Flesh is full of entertainment, page-turning excitement. The author lets you know that there are consequences to your actions, without coming off as preachy. If anyone reads this review, PLEASE READ THE NOVEL: LUST OF THE FLESH. It is necessary. Kudos to the author of Lust Of The Flesh and to Mr. King. May God continue to bless your ministries. ... Read more


    7. Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer
    by Patrick C. Walsh, Janet Farrar Worthington
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    Asin: 0446679143
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 7732
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    This year, an estimated 31,500 American men will die of prostate cancer, and more than 198,000 will be diagnosed with the disease. But with early diagnosis and better treatments, the medical establishment has made progress towards defeating this devastating illness. This invaluable guide covers every aspect of prostate cancer, from potential causes to diagnosis, treatments, and innovative means of controlling advanced stages of cancer. It also addresses impotence and incontinence after surgery, tells men what to look for in a surgeon, and features a section on alternative medicine. With an extensive glossary, index, and listing of where to get help, this comprehensive book is the definitive guide on prostate cancer. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A pioneering resource for the field of men's health...
    Not satisfied with having revolutionized the field of prostate cancer surgery, Dr. Walsh has teamed with Janet Farrar Worthington to produce a book that may well be the gold standard for communication about the disease and its treatment. Their lens is wide, embracing discussions about the epidemiology of the disease (e.g. variations among population groups, risk factors, associated lifestyle patterns, trends), the diagnostic tests available, the current approaches to staging the disease, the treatment options, and the experience under those options with potentential side effects, like incontinence and impotence. They draw fully upon the available medical literature and offer substantial detail on the anatomy, physiology, pathology, psychology, analytical chemistry of the disease and its diagnosis, as well as the approaches to treatment. Detail of this intricacy could be tedious or confusing, yet the authors present it in an unusually accessible fashion. For the curious, the book offers an informative and thought-provoking review of the role of possible dietary and lifestyle triggers in the etiology of prostate cancer. For those sorting through--and preparing for--treatment options, the book offers important insights and practical guidance.

    Because prostate cancer is a disease fraught with uncertainty, and much is being learned daily about its possible causes, about the diagnostic limitations, and about the effectiveness of various current and emerging treatments, the book is aiming at a moving target. Written in 2002, there are 2004 elements the authors would no doubt add. But, as is, Dr. Walsh's Guide is itself a pioneering resource both for those with immediate concerns about prostate cancer, and for the nascent field of men's health. It is a wonderfully helpful contribution.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Understanding and some guidance
    This book was recommended to me by Oncology Doctors and Nurses. I found it very helpful to read after the blur of diagnosis. It helped me to understand what was happening to me and what outcomes might be in my future. I found myself re-reading sections of it to gain a deeper understanding of all the new medical lingo. It helped me formulate the questions I should ask. Only "weakness" is that since it is written by a Urologist, the surgical options are covered most extensively while other, newer options are only lightly covered. So you will need to continue reasearching treatment options. Well worth the investment of money and time. A sincere thank you to Dr. Walsh for making it all comprehensible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read book!
    This book is a must-read for anyone who has a prostate or knows someone who does! It provides complete, up-to-date information on all aspects of the prostate. The chapters are organized so that you can read the material that is most applicable to your situation. It answers any type of question that you may have - from prevention to the treatment of common prostate problems. The material is presented in a compassionate, caring way by a doctor who has dedicated his career to saving lives and to helping patients maintain their quality of life.

    Dr. Patrick Walsh is urologist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins whose urology department was ranked #1 in the country in a recent U.S. News & World Report analysis. Dr. Walsh is also known for his pioneering work in the development of the anatomic approach to radical prostatectomy, which involves nerve-sparing techniques that have reduced the possibility of impotence and incontinence. This procedure is widely regarded as the "gold standard" for prostate cancer treatment. So, the information in this book is simply the best available material on this subject.

    Does the book always recommend radical prostatectomy surgery? Definitely not! It offers useful information on radiation -- both external-beam and radioactive seed treatments. It discusses the use of hormone treatments. It helps you sort out which procedure is right for your situation. It also covers basic information about the prostate, prostate enlargement and prostate infections.

    Perhaps most importantly, it provides tips on maintaining a healthy prostate and testing procedures for detecting prostate cancer. And if prostate cancer is caught early enough, the book emphasizes that it is completely curable.

    A must-read book for all men and for the people who care about them!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile "first opinion"
    The book is very thorough, and does have a noticeable bias toward surgery. BUT it does an excellent job with that viewpoint, and surgery is indeed the "gold standard" for cure in many cases. That being said, I'd suggest buying this one but also reading "A Primer on Prostate Cancer" by Stephen Strum and Donna Pogliano, which is the best overall PC resource book I've seen, and better balanced.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be an informed patient...
    An extremely well written book referred to me by my urologist. Many of my friends also referred this book to me once they learned that I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. While cancer is fearful, knowledge will lessen that fear and provide you with a course of action. Reading the book will enable you to more readily understand and validate the advice of physicans. Understanding this disease will also help you in asking the right questions about what you will be facing in the future.

    The book is written for the lay person to easily understand prostate cancer. The subject matter is organized in a manner that will enable you to initially skip some chapters depending at what stage of the disease you are at when you acquire the book. For example, if you already know that you have cancer as the result of a biopsy, you can go immediately to "your options to fight the disease" without first reading what the prostate gland is and where it is located. You can save the basics for a later date. Even if you don't have prostate cancer I would highly recommend this book to any man. If nothing else, it will inform you why your annual physical consists of a digital exam and a PSA analysis of your blood. Knowledge of the prostate is important to all men...be informed.

    I am greatful to my urologist and friends that they recommended this book to me. In return, I have recommended it to other friends and I recommend it to you. If you have prostate cancer, I wish you the best. It is highly curable. ... Read more


    8. The Infertility Diet: Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage
    by Fern Reiss
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    Asin: 1893290395
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
    Publisher: Peanut Butter and Jelly Press
    Sales Rank: 35319
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    Eat your way to pregnancy!The Infertility Diet is a nutritional approach to fertility enhancement and miscarriage prevention.Endorsed by infertility doctors across the country, this book is based on over 500 medical studies linking fertility and nutrition, and is a groundbreaker in the field.The essential diet for anyone trying to have a baby.A caring gift for all potential parents.

    The Infertility Diet: Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage supplies specific nutritional advice for couples with problems including sperm count, motility, morphology and clumping; miscarriage; candida albicans; cervical fluid; endometriosis; estrogen/progesterone balance; hypothyroidism; luteal phase defects; ovulation; PCO; elevated prolactin levels; and prostaglandin.Learn what foods to eat--and what foods to avoid--to get pregnant and carry your baby to term. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment, Overall
    The only novel information in the book was on the studies linking a heavy yam diet with increased birth rate. I'd like to try the (true) yams (not sweet potatoes), but I haven't been able to find them (though I've gone to three health food stores). For people with already healthy diets and a reasonable understanding about fertility, the book will probably be a disappointment. Almost half its pages are devoted to recipes for yams, whole grains, tofu and the like. Your money is much better spent on Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. Good luck to all who are trying to have a baby!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing really new or interesting ...
    If you're totally clueless about nutrition, this book is for you. Since health, diet, and fitness are hobbies of mine, I'd like to think that I know a bit about each subject. There wasn't really anything new or exciting for me to latch on to and say, "ah, maybe this will help with infertility problem".

    This is why I found The Infertility Diet book quite bland and a complete waste of money.

    Monica, San Diego

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
    I have mixed feelings with this book. I bought the book and have even tried following some of the recipies which are pretty tasty, however some of the ingredients (especially yams and Kelp) were difficult for me to find. However, after much searching I found them. I found some of the info to be too vague! For instance one minute she tells you the benefits of soy and in the next breath tells you not to consume to much! Well, how much is not too much? She recommends eating yams in the first part of your cycle before ovulation and not in the second half and not to consume dairy (or meat) products while trying to conceive but most of her yam recipies have dairy products in them!! Can you say contradictory? I emailed my question about this through her website but it was not answered at all!
    Another thing is her yam recipies call for 4 yams or 6 yams or 1 yam. Well, I'd like to know where she purchased her yams because the true African yams that I found were 12"-15" long and weighed 8lbs-10lbs. Two tubers (yams) cost me $19.00! Not very practical to use 4 -6 per recipie! I wish she would have put some additional information in the back of her book or keep her web site updated but she doesn't do that either. I tried contacting the author (as was suggested in another review) but all of my questions were not answered or I'd get an answer that had nothing to do (I feel) with my question. Finally after my third e-mail I was told that Fern wasn't in the fertility business anymore. And, if you go on her website it hasn't been updated for quite sometime and the Website is really pushing other business ventures she is now in. It's an o.k. book but don't put all of your hopes into it, like I'm afraid I might have.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Now I don't know what to think!
    I wish I had read all of these reviews before I purchased the book. I recently bought the book and went on a spree at the health food store! Then I started thinking about some things that don't add up. For instance we need protein, but her suggestions are to eat tuna, sardines, and rice and beans. Some options! I have been pleased with the recipes I've tried so far, and I intend to keep using many of them. However, they weren't written by a chef so they can be a little vague and hard to follow. I've decided to get a couple of other more highly rated books. I'll let you know how it goes!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth $24.95..
    Apart from the Author (Fern Reiss) repeating herself many times throughout the book (I can count the same sentences repeated over and over again in different sections) - I thought it would have more solid advice than what it contained. I am really dissapointed. I was looking forward to reading this book so much!

    A couple of examples of why I was dissapointed with this particular book:

    Example 1 - "Yet another good reason to avoid dairy as well as meat is dioxins."

    Yes true. Meat contains dioxins - depending on where your meat is from. Fern does not give you advice on where to obtain clean meat (free of dioxins) but instead takes the easy way out and says - avoid.

    One of the deficiencies that can arise through lack of red meat is Zinc. The author fails to inform us that Zinc deficiency is very dangerous to the development of feotus (particularly mental). Her suggustions are - Consume Pumpkin and Sunflower seeds. However unless you consume 300g daily you will not meet your RDI for Zinc. That's quite alot of seeds!

    Red meat and Eggs contain an easily absorbed form of Zinc. They also contain many other nutrients essential for pre-conception. So the advice - avoid meat and dairy, is not one I would follow. Focus on purchasing clean meat and eggs - I have, and have not looked back since.

    Example 2 - Her reccomendation to eat orange vegetables (that contain Beta-carotene) for Vitamin A. Quite alot of people with poor thyroid function CANT convert Beta-carotene into Vitamin A. So if you are relying on carrots and pumpkins to give you Vitamin A without knowing your thyroid status - Don't! She failed to mention that essential point.

    Example 3 - Page 50 - "Although one study indicates that too strict a vegetarian diet can lead to irregular ovulation, we still recommend sticking to a health whole grain vegetarian diet that goes heavy on the fruits and vegetables, and avoids excess protein."

    Even though this supposed study shows that too strict a vegetarian diet (which is EXACTLY what she recommends throughout her whole book) can impede fertility, she still insists on it, and YET she rejects everything else (no matter how trivial) that can impede fertility. Is she contradicting herself? Absolutely!

    Example 4 - She reccomends to "Consume Wheatgerm for Vit E". She also fails to mention that this is bad practice. Wheatgerm easily becomes rancid and rancid oils are dangerous and useless to your body.

    ALSO, A large part of the diet she advocates includes consumption of wild Yams. If you cannot get hold of these - don't bother buying the book!

    The only thing that I do agree with in her entire 277 page book is that we all should all ditch processed 'empty' foods. But then again, that information is and should be common sense.

    This book is certainly not worth its cost. Its good reviews are very overrated IMO. I bought this book based on those reviews and am very dissapointed.

    Fern has gone through some effort to put this book together and thats why I award it one star. I don't believe it's content deserves more than that though. ... Read more


    9. The Body Sculpting Bible for Men
    by James Villepigue, Hugo A. Rivera
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    Asin: 157826085X
    Catlog: Book (2002-02)
    Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
    Sales Rank: 6600
    Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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    A complete guide for men who seek the perfect physique. Men everywhere seek the winning recipe for the ideal body—just the right amount of muscle tone, washboard abs, a chiseled chest, big guns, big and broad shoulders and tight buns. Now two certified trainers have put together the ultimate men's exercise book guaranteed to create the perfect look: The Body Sculpting Bible for Men.Join fitness experts James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera as they reveal a sure-fire plan for male body sculpting, including

    • the proper exercises and fitness techniques that allow men to gain lasting results
    • an easy-to-follow balanced diet plan that provides essential nutrition for men
    • detailed progress charts, workout schedules and resistance training guidelines guaranteed to have any man looking his best

    The heart of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men is Hugo and James' unique 14-day body sculpting workout—a proven fitness regimen that's helped thousands of men achieve the body of an Adonis. Whether you want to slim down, reduce fat or build muscle, this book is indispensable! 100 b/w photos. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best a man can get...
    This book really is the ultimate in men's fitness. The language is straightforward, clear, and concise. The guide is also incredibly comprehensive, covering everything from mental focus to nutrition to each exercise. I'm currently doing the 14-Day Body Sculpting Workout and I find it challenging and very effective. You don't need to use heavy weights as you just need to focus on proper form and "zoning in" on the muscle(s) you're working. You can almost feel your body taking shape as you progress through the workouts. Also, the descriptions and images of how to perform each exercise are very well done and help you focus on exactly what you need to do to maximize your efforts. I'd highly recommend this book to any man looking to get into serious shape the right way. Many thanks to Hugo and James!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive; a good value for your money
    The book is divided into 4 parts followed by appendices. Part 1 is background/foundational knowledge: myths, common mistakes, focus/concentration during exercise, etc. About 30 pages altogether. Part 2 explains the components of a successful fitness program; Training, nutrition, rest and recovery. About 52 pages or so. Part 3 explains the exercises. There are individual chapters for legs, back, chest, shoulders, triceps, biceps, and abs. About 140 pages. Part 4 explains the routines. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced routines. About 20 pages. There is an appendix for each of the following: glossary, table of food values, sample diets, exercise chart, nutrition log, tracking your progress, grocery shopping list, body hair free, body-sculpting under special circumstances, anatomy charts, and exercise descriptions.
    The book is very thorough. The authors spent the time to make it as complete as possible. The exercises are very well described, and there are photos as well. My only beef was w/ the description of the nutrition program that they recommend. At one point it sounds like they're recommending a diet based on individual protein needs. But the ready-made diets they provide seemed to be based on calories. I felt that it was a little vague; so I e-mailed them and they answered my questions to my satisfaction (they're very busy and it did take nearly 2 weeks though, so don't be in a hurry!). Here is an excerpt from their reply e-mail: "The reason for the discrepancy is the following:
    While the best way to determine needs is by
    calculating your individual protein requirements (a la
    zone style) and then going from there, fact is that
    most people get overwhelmed by such calculations..." And later in the e-mail,"SO what we did for those people that are intimidated by numbers is that we broke the diet down by calories
    instead of protein requirements. While the protein in
    the calorie broken down diets may be a bit higher than

    what some individuals need, since the amount is not
    extremely excessive and total calories are not that
    high, the body will not be storing that extra protein
    as body fat. Worst case scenario it gets burned as
    energy.

    So for you we would recommend that you follow a diet
    based on your individual protein requirements. Use 1
    gram/lb for low calorie weeks and 1.5 grams per pound
    for high calorie weeks. Also, adjust the carbs
    accordingly.

    As far as the Zone Diet, like you said it does make
    sense. The only thing that we do not agree with Dr.
    Sears is the strictness that he prescribes in adhering
    to very precise gram amounts and the fact that he does
    not like starchy carbs. Other than that, he is pretty
    much right on the money. Balance, not the banning of
    one macronutrient in favor of others is the key for
    long term success."
    The book is well-written, comprehensive, and the authors seem conscientious, and willing to answer additional questions. I recommend this book without reservation.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Narrow audience, poor editing
    The word "Bible" should be reserved for truly ambitious, encyclopedic types of books. But the authors of this book have only a specific audience in mind and a single, specific workout method to offer (with variations). Though their plan may be excellent for their target audience (and for those who have access to the right equipment), it is hardly comprehensive. This is all to be expected from a normal workout manual -- but not from a "Bible".
    For starters, do not buy this edition of the book if you are an ectomorph (skinny). The authors clearly show their bias in the introduction: "I can remember when I was 14 years old...very heavy and very depressed." The entire book is written from that perspective. The Appendix *does* include a "14-Day Mass Workout", but one must rely on divine insight to figure out that it will help ectomorphs to bulk up. You will find nothing but an obscure cross-reference to this workout in the main text. In fact, the authors claim on Page 48 that the book contains only "three different workouts": the Break-in, 14-Day Body Sculpting, and Advanced 14-Day Body Sculpting. What about the "Mass Workout"? It seems as if it was added to the appendix because the editors noted that ectomorphs had been ignored.
    A further problem with this book involves the way the authors overlapped the different routines. Who should do the Break-in routine #1 versus #2? Who should do the 14-Day #1 versus #2? I vaguely remember this being explained somewhere in the text (which I read) but where? I can't find it without reading the entire book over again. A page-reference and a phrase should be included on the charts in the Appendix to remind readers which workout is for them. While this may not stop a determined reader, it will certainly frustrate him.
    Finally, I appreciate the authors' enthusiasm, but it often seems disingenuous. Phrases like "blow your mind", "into the stratosphere", "soon to be amazing...life" are the stuff, not of "Bibles", but of quackery. I don't believe that these authors are quacks, but they certainly need an editor who will do more to keep their occasional bravado and personal editorializing below the "stratosphere".
    I am willing to give their method a try; it seems sound. I only hope that the book can be improved for later editions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book with Free Personal Advice from Authors
    I got this book 10 weeks ago as it was highly recommended by a trainer in my gym. I just wanted to lose those last 10 lbs that seemed to stick in the stomach area no matter what. In any case, 10 weeks later not only did I lost the baggage but also increased my energy levels, strength and muscle tone significantly while drastically cutting my time in the gym.

    The book was not only very informative as its 300 pages cover everything from myths, mind-set, training, nutrition, rest, supplements, and exercise descriptions, but much to my surprise I was able to easily get in touch with one of the authors (Hugo Rivera) by e-mail through his site www.hrfit.net. The fact that I got a reply within a week from one of the authors tells me the level of attention and care that they have towards their customers. I feel that the personal attention that I received was instrumental to my transformation as it was very comforting to hear from one of the authors themselves the reasons why my program prior to this one was failing.

    So if you want to get a book where not only you will learn a ton about fitness but also get personalized e-mail attention this is the book for you.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their looks, health and life.

    PS: Regarding the two similar e-mails on the Spotlight review section, something that I also found to be odd at first before posting my review, if you take a look at chefgrad's Sept 4, 2003 post, he does state that he is re-posting a previous opinion by saying "I read this post somewhere and couldn't think of a better way to say it... So I'll repost it here!". Also, if you click on chefgrad, he has at least another review on a different book which indicates that he is a real person. With the volume of e-mails and sales that the authors probably get, I doubt they have the time or need to be posting fake reviews on their work.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Self marketing????
    How amazing that the top two 5 star reviews that INCREDIBLY helped so many fine folks, are exactly the same review from the words "I'm currently doing the 14-Day Body Sculpting ..."!

    Check it out...
    The best a man can get..., February 19, 2002
    Reviewer: timothyigobran from Cambridge, Mass

    ultimate in men's fitness, September 4, 2003
    Reviewer: chefgrad (see more about me) from Toronto, Ontario Canada

    I think that you should save your money & purchase from an author who doesn't self promote, & doesn't think that future readers are morons & won't notice those posts. Who knows, maybe the whole book is plagerized. ... Read more


    10. Adult Children of Abusive Parents
    by STEVEN MA, MFCC FARMER
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    Catlog: Book (1990-04-14)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
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    The violent forms of child abuse that make headlines are not the only ones that leave lifelong scars. A child who grows up in an unstable environment where empathy, clear boundaries and trust are lacking, can end up living a ravaged adulthood. Children can be crippled by mixed messages, family secrets and reversed parent-child roles. Many victims of these practices are not even sure their childhood was abusive. This balanced, practical guide delineates traits of abusive families. Narrative vignettes in each section illustrate and personalize critical issues. Most valuable is the step-by-step self-help program that includes exercises and journal work for recovery. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars How did he know that is what I have been feeling?
    This book is phenomenal for people starting the road to recovery from childhood abuse. I have read it, highlighted it for my husband to read, and continue to refer to it alot. As I continue down the road to recovery, I am thrilled to have found this book that has helped me become aware that my thoughts and feelings are totally normal. Thanks you Mr. Farmer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
    I highly recommend this book for anyone who had a painful childhood. It helps you to realize how much your childhood and the patterns you learned from it affect your adult life. Even if you think you have dealt with the issues, reading this book will help you to find the ones you did not even know were there and fix them.

    3-0 out of 5 stars good start, but need more
    I thought this book was great for anyone FIRST realizing that they were abused as children in any form: physical, verbal or sexual (most literature about abuse is on sexual, and most literature on domestic violence focuses on wife battering instead of child battering, so this book seemed more inclusive). Unfortunately, the book, which is 10 plus years old, focuses too much on forgiveness, which puts a huge burden on the abused child/adult. I recommend that one skip some of Farmer's "steps to healing" and move on to other books more recent, such as Jean Jenson's "Reclaiming Your Life: A Step-by-step guide to Using REgression Therapy to Overcome the Effects of Childhood Abuse." I think Jenson does more to get at the root of one's triggers, and the need to grieve from the right space, whereas Farmer seems to be putting band-aids on the situation. I think Farmer's was a good book for it's time, and is a good first step, but I would move on to more intensive books that will really help the abused route out the cause of so much pain and unconcious living. This is my humble opinion and I speak from experience.

    4-0 out of 5 stars For all now-adult-suffering due to a rotten childhood.
    The first section, "Growing up abused", is a non-technical yet thoroughly informative. It provides a clear picture of how abuse effects a child and how this afflicts your adult life. A must read, even if only while browsing through your book store.

    The second section, "Your Recovery", contains an expansive collection of physical and emotional exercises. Each is accompanied with an outline of healthy behaviour. I guess each person has their own recovery schedule and prefered methods so the the exerecises may not suit everyone. Most of them didn't suit me but at least this section acted more like a compass needle to what is strived for in recovering.

    This book is a definite stop on the road to recovery and a good reference companion after you move on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Help is on the way
    This book is a step by step instruction, by a licensed psychologist who himself is a vitim of a child abuse. Written in an easy-to read and informative fashion is provides you with specific set of exercises to heal the emotinal wounds and see things from healthier perspective. It's a must-read for anybody seeking healing and help in that difficult area.

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    11. The Steroid Bible
    by Steve Gallaway
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    Asin: 1890342009
    Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
    Publisher: Belle Intl
    Sales Rank: 25916
    Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book
    The Steroid Bible paints an accurate picture of steroid use. The good and bad effects of steroids are covered in great detail. The tips on how to avoid the negative side effects that steroids can cause are more than worth the cost of the book. I have read other steroid books costing over twice as much and I have obtained the best information from The Steroid Bible. The Steroid Bible is often imitated, but never duplicated. The Steroid Bible has been one of the best selling steroid books for over a decade now because it contains valuable steroid information that you can't get anywhere else.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good information but somewhat dated and...
    Overall, this book is very informative. Most of the information in the book is relevant and useful for a person wanting to learn more about the benefits (and dangers) of anabolic steriods. The author also spends some time discussing other alternatives to steroids and the effects of these products on the human body.

    However, a vast majority of the research is dated from the 1980's and almost none is provided from within the past 10 years(except for the real life experiences).

    Unfortunately, Belle Labs also uses this book as a platform to also sell their Growth Factor-1 product which is completely hypocritical since the author spends a good amount of time talking down about other products and supplements, about the hype produced by muscle magazines, and about companies out there trying to make a quick buck with useless supplements.

    Finally, while the book offers a somewhat neutral representation of steroids, the associated web site appears to promote anabolic steriod usage with several positive testimonials.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Steroid Book For Your Money
    I have read other steroid books that cost over twice as much as The Steroid Bible and they simply do not stand up to the quality of information found in The Steroid Bible. There is a reason this book has been around for a long time and continues to sell well. It contains high quality, comprehensive information on steroid use, development, and muscle growth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
    The Steroid Bible explained the reality behind steroid use and sport long before the current baseball steroid scandal. Athletes who compete at the highest level are encouraged by society at large to break records and make a lot of money. People don't want to see mediocre play. Society rewards athletes for great athletic performance even when it is widely know what many athletes do to achieve it. The Steroid Bible explains how society can allow athletes to compete at the highest level in a safer manner.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Advise you to not spend your money on this book
    This book is a compilation of stuff that is readily available on the net. There is not any new, groundbreaking or special advice contained within.I feel that anyone with internet access could have written this book within just a few days. ... Read more


    12. The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
    by Randine Lewis
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    Asin: 0316172294
    Catlog: Book (2004-01)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 7793
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    For thousands of years, Chinese women have trusted traditional Chinese medicine to help them conceive. A recent medical study found that women who augmented Western fertility treatments with TCM, traditional Chinese medicine, doubled their chances of a succesful pregnancy. THE INFERTILITY CURE gives women an effective, natural means of supporting their efforts to get pregnant. Based on techniques and remedies drawn from traditional Chinese medicine, this program shows readers how to increase their overall health and well-being, strengthen the organs and systems vital to reproduction, heal specific conditions that may affect fertility, and even support Western-based reproductive technology such as IVF and hormone therapy. Dr. Lewis' easy-to-follow program begins with diagnosis, using an extensive questionnaire to determine each reader's unique diagnostic category. The next three steps involve bringing a woman's body back into balance through diet, acupressure, and Chinese herbs. By following this program, women will be able to create a welcoming physical and emotional environment for what they desire most: a child. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars From a former skeptic
    After several failed attempts to get pregnant using western medicine (at a cost of over $30,000), I was referred to Dr. Lewis by one of the best reproductive endocrinologists in Houston, TX. I was extremely skeptic about acupuncture and what it could do for me but decided to give it a try based on my doctor's recommendation and the fact that I had nothing to lose. In addition, the cost of acupuncture treatments and herbs were miniscule compared to the money my husband and I had already spent.

    After only a couple of weeks, I noticed significant changes in my menstrual cycle. After three months, I had more energy, felt better than I ever have before, and was no longer bothered by allergies. I have not gotten pregnant, but given the vast improvement in my well being and quality of life I feel blessed to have come in contact with Dr. Lewis. I continue to receive treatments at Dr. Lewis' clinic to address my endometriosis.

    Dr. Lewis' book explains the traditional chinese medicine approach and her own diagnostic and treatment methods. She also cites many examples from her own patients' experiences. More importantly, she is extremely compassionate and understands what people dealing with infertility are going through. I highly recommend her book to anyone considering expensive fertility treatments. Read her book first and consider pursuing traditional chinese medicine treatments before you spend money on western fertility treatments.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for couples dealing with infertility issues
    I think this book is the answer to what a lot of couples faced with infertility are looking for.
    It provides a comprehensive view point of the available options today from both a western and eastern medicine standpoint. Best of all you do not have to be a Chinese medicine practitioner to understand this book. An excellent simplification of the ancient theories and wisdom of Traditional Chinese medicine. The dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes can be incorporated to maximise health and therefore chances of conception no matter what path you adopt to achieve your goal of a healthy baby. It clearly lays out the different syndromes and patterns that could be underlying the same diagnosis, emphasizing how the acupuncture and herbal treatments need to be individualized. Dr Randine is one of the pioneers in this acupuncture speciality her knowledge and experience reflects through the information provided in this book.
    A source for acupuncturists and medical doctors too!!As stated in another book I recently read on Acupuncture and Infertility by Dr Lifang Liang, it can greatly improve your chances of success.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hope for the Fertility Struggle
    This book was recommended in my fertility-support group, and it has been a great read. I've tried everything I'm going to from Western medicine, but no solutions have been forthcoming. (And I have a great doc -- not like the "specialist in a top US clinic" I first went to (see negative review #2) who did a few tests and told me I had no problems... oops, she missed the endo and my low hormone levels!) I highly recommend this book not only for people who have tried everything else, but also for those who haven't started trying everything yet, and those who are pursuing medication and/or surgical treatments. Try this early, and save yourself a lot of heartache and expense.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Randine Lewis will show you that you are NOT Infertile!
    Dr. Randine Lewis' book addresses the problem of infertility from the standpoint that most women who are of reproductive age, with the proper anatomy are FERTILE; the inability to conceive is an expression of an imbalance within their system that can be improved through the techniques that this book teaches. The text is both scientific and a self-help primer. Through the pages in this book you will learn to diagnose your underlying imbalance and then follow the approach that Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates for your diagnosis. The treatment generally includes the use of acupuncture or self-performed acupressure, stress reduction, dietary changes, supplement use, restorative exercise (yoga, Qi Gong), and relaxation techniques.
    Perhaps most encouraging is the fact that Dr. Lewis has experienced approximately a 75% success rate with achieving pregnancy with her patients, many (if not most) of whom came to her clinic after years of failed Western procedures. The Western medicine definition of "infertile" is rather narrow, defined by inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. I never believed I was infertile, despite solidly falling within Western medicine's definition and it has been reassuring to find an approach that has validated my intuition about my body: namely, I am not infertile, I am just very imbalanced and stressed and I need help to restore my reproductive health. While this book contains the information that is necessary to self treat, it can be complicated and I'd recommend that you seek the treatment of a licensed acupuncturist, preferably one who specializes in infertility or, at least, women's health.
    If you undertake this approach for yourself, you cannot lose. Surely, you will be more hopeful, feel more relaxed, experience increased vitality and generally improved health. This is a book that will help you to reclaim your body and, in so doing, you can reclaim yourself and recognize that you are not broken, a failure, nor infertile.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I'm giving it a shot
    After 10 + years of fighting against infertility I have pretty much tried everything Western medicine has to offer so when I saw this book I decided to give it a chance. I have to say that it is quite well written. Randine Lewis presents her case clearly and consisely. She doesn't make any wild claims and she's not pretending that her mehtods are the only ones that will work. I went looking for something to criticize in this book and I can't find anything. It's the best "natural" infertilty book I've come across and I've read enough of them to fill a book case over the years.

    Now, who is this book for? I think it's best for mature readers who have nothing left to lose. If you no longer have any illusions and won't be heartbroken if this doesn't work out go ahead and buy this book. However, I would say to any potential reader to go to her doctor first and then to remember two things: Rhinos and tigers are endangered mainly becuase Eastern medicine promotes the idea that pills made from the bodies of these animals has medicinal benefit. In other words Eastern medicine is not perfect. It's a diferent approach to the human condition, not necesarily a better one. This is a entertaining, and highly readable book but don't expect a miracle; okay? ... Read more


    13. How to Survive Your Husband's Midlife Crisis: Strategies and Stories from the Midlife Wives Club
    by Gay Courter, Pat Gaudette
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    Asin: 0399528822
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: Perigee Books
    Sales Rank: 21735
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    A midlife crisis can devour a relationship. The Midlife Wives Club is a supportive online sisterhood for midlife mates-a place to vent some steam, share advice, or just get a reminder that they're not alone. In this guide, readers find wisdom from both Midlife Wives and experts on:

    € Recognizing the symptoms of male midlife crisis
    € Coping with the threat (or reality) of infidelity
    € Handling bad behavior-thrill-seeking, financial irresponsibility, or substance abuse
    € Identifying underlying problems like depression and anger
    € Deciding when to stick it out-and when to pack it in
    € Protecting children from the fallout
    € Making it through the crisis...and coming out stronger, saner, and more self-reliant

    With personal stories from real women (and men), a list of resources, and a heartening sense of humor, How to Survive Your Husband's Midlife Crisis can help smooth out the rough spots-and turn a tumultuous time into a change for the better.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful guide through the journey called midlife crisis!
    It is unfortunate that so many marriages are falling prey to midlife crisis (if you want to call it that). Point is our disposable society makes it too easy to divorce. This book is a pratical guide to help you traverse this journey. Not only is the book an easy read and very helful in understanding and keeping yourself in check, it really focuses on learning about yourself and not talking blame for your wayward spouses issues. It helps you be a better you! As well, the website listed is a direct link to others suffering the same things. That site has so much information, one could read for days. There is also chat which is helpful and one bonus is that friends can be made to last a lifetime. This book has it all and I implore anyone in the throes of this anxiety called midlife crisis to read this book and then peruse the site for loving and supportive help. It is a truly a gift to know you are not alone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars practical and helpful
    I found this book to be easy to read, and chocked full of practical and sound advice, along with comforting words and stories from others who have been on that journey.

    For anyone who has found themselves on a path of confusion, as well as those who are dragged along for the ride, this book will give comfort and hope to many. I have read through it several times, and find something new in it every time. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver Guide to MLC
    This is an extremely helpful book on the various ways to handle your significant other's (s/o) MLC. Although its focus is on men, it is beneficial to both sexes.

    It doesn't just tell you to hang on or act as if as some anti divorce sites suggest. It tells gives you real life stories of various people and how they handled their s/o MLC.

    It also shows there is life, no matter which road you take, whether it be riding out the rollercoaster ride, getting a divorce, getting a legal separation or just co-existing until you KNOW what is the right course of action for you.

    The book even shows humor in the whole process because when experiencing either your own MLC or someone else's...you have to be able to find humor.

    I highly recommend this book for those going through or being affected by someone with MLC. It's a very easy read and you'll find yourself closely relating to these individuals.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ON THE ROAD WITH MIDLIFE CRISIS
    With a skeptical attitude, I flipped open HOW TO, prepared to breeze through it in a flash. But this compelling page turner forced me to admit that I too had lived through a husband's midlife crisis when "his problem" had indeed "become my problem." Lest other "perilous journeys" along the midlife road express too much of an Ann Landers' sentiment, Courter, a veteran author and film-maker, and Guadette, the founder of [a website], provide the biological, psychological and anthropological frame that makes this book a more serious read. Old familiars like the Eric H. Erikson model give the developmental backing for new models like The Four Types of Midlife Men by Farrell and Rosenberg (MEN AT MIDLIFE) whose pyscho-babble ("punitive disenchanted, pseudo-developed, trasncendent generative") is nevertheless a window on how social class and stress affects midlife behavior.
    While the sections on depression and anger are illuminating, counseling couples trapped in traditional gender roles is often counter-productive whereas groups restricted by gender provide less opportunity to play man-woman games and more pressure to stop blaming the partner and look instead within. Social models like 12-step and role change groups (as established by pioneer Charles Kreiner) penetrate harmful role behaviors that keep women from thinking for themselves and men from expressing their feelings via any conduit but anger. Role change models do not encourage the use of prescribed drugs for coping with grief and crisis whereas HOW TO sees it as necessary when depression is long-standing. The problem with using medication is that the touted short-term use often turns into long time dependency, as documented by Glunmullen in PROZAC BACKLASH: OVERCOMING THE DANGERS OF PROZAC, ZOLOFT, PAXIL AND OTHER ANTIDEPRESSANTS WITH SAFE EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVES. According to Glunmullen, fifty percent of users who quit will suffer withdrawl symptoms and neurological effects can include tics, agitation, muscle spasm and - in some cases- Parkinson's Syndrome.
    However, HOW TO itself provides a number of alternatives to drugs: life style changes and in the Appendix websites, hotlines, readings and support groups. In the final section, guidance is offered for the most difficult task along the "perilous journey:" forgiveness. Welcome To The Club. ... Read more


    14. Color for Men
    by CAROLE JACKSON
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    Asin: 0345345460
    Catlog: Book (1987-05-12)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 53479
    Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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    Based on the same system that has already worked for millions of women, COLOR FOR MEN is foolproof and scientific and works for every part of a man's wardrobe, from his business suit to his jogging suit. Using basic principles to understand the subtleties of skin, hair, and eye color, you match yourself to one of four seasonal palettes. Then you'll discover which shades of color in clothes complement your natural coloring. COLOR FOR MEN is the complete wardrobe system no man afford to miss.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good detailed descriptions of men vs. clothing color
    Great book! After finishing Color for Men I was amazed by the information contained in the book. Through trial and error (for the past three decades) I'd roughly figured out which colors look better on me. I wish I'd had this book 20 years ago. It does a very good job of showing which colors look good on various men's face colors through numerous color photo examples. Althrough it tries dilligently to walk the reader through the process of determining face color type, I still had a hard time determining which I am; but this is probably not the book's fault. I wish the on-line Internet clothing vendors would use the information in this book; it would make men's clothing shopping much easier. If you've ever wondered why that green shirt looks great on your brother but terrible on you, now you'll know.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great money saver, a solid value.
    Avoiding to buy wrong colored clothes you never end up using easily saves up the price of this great book! It is very nicely written with excellent photos. I only wish they had included a more complete tear-away palette for shopping! My initial response was that many colors especially in the spring and summer palettes appeared very bright and kind of "feminine" (say bright orchid, raspberry, lavender), but perhaps I'll get used to the idea. I bet the only one's really using those colors are the guys that have read the book!?

    My main complaint is the discussion about facial color or tone and other problems related to determining one's own season. It is confusing. The book distinguishes between blue and yellow (golden) based facial prototypes, but also maintains that "cool types" (blueish) may appear yellowish in appearance ("sappy"). Then how can I tell whether yellow or orange clothes harmonize with my own (natural) yellowness or produce the exact opposite, i.e "make me look even more sappy"? How can I tell a "sappy summer" or a "pastel autumn" from a "olive-skinned winter"? Help! The differences seem very subtle indeed. It seems like there actually was a need for more intermediate palettes for all us "between-seasons" types?

    I found the manly styles discussion in the end of the book a bit silly. Those prototypes seemed very unreal to me.

    These are actually very minor complaints, even if they may not sound like they were, as I was very positively influenced by this book. It has saved me loads of money.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy from Bookopia@speakeasy.net
    Beware, I bought this book thru an Amazon bookseller, bookopia@speakeasy.net one month ago and it still has not arrived.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still Feels Current 19 Years Later
    I have not quite finished reading this book but am very excited about it. It really is a good comprehensive guide for men. These are difficult lessons for men to digest and they are presented fairly straightforwardly and in a manner that is simple to understand. Despite the fact that the book is almost twenty years old, it is one of the few where I find the illustrations do not seem particularly out of date. On one point I may have to disagree with Ms Jackson. She states that a man should not mix three patterns when wearing a suit, shirt, and tie. I find that in modern dress, this can distinguish the men from the boys. I do agree that this is somehting that not all men will be able to do effectively so it may be best to avoid it (which may be the authors point in discouraging it). If you want to go one step beyond this book, pick up Alan Flusser's Style and the Man. With these two resources, you will have no excuse for not looking your best every day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant book for men
    This is a great style book for men since there are few good ones out there for us and, if we spend too much time thinking about it, some people think we're you know what!

    The main thrust of this book is: different color and shades look best on certain people depending on their skin coloring but that isn't limited to race either. The four areas are: winter, spring, summer and fall. Few variations in each one, too.

    Now, that alone would give this a four star but the author goes beyond that: she covers hair styles based on face shapes, combining colors, clothes to buy based on your dressing style (these are broken down, too) and advice for what to seek out based on your color styles and your dressing styles. For instance, a more formal type gets certain types of jackets and slacks whereas a casual type gets more jeans and the like.

    Excellent book. Highly recommend. ... Read more


    15. How To Overcome Premature Ejaculation
    by Helen Singer Kaplan
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    Asin: 0876305427
    Catlog: Book (1989-03-01)
    Publisher: Brunner/Mazel Publisher
    Sales Rank: 14790
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    Discusses male sexual response and the cause of its disorders, and provides advice on leading a more normal sex life. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
    This is the book for you, if, like me, your endurance level is about 15 seconds from a soft-start. My partners have often been sympathetic but sexual dysfunction can put a strain on any relationship - it's all very well saying "It's all in the mind", but this does not help when you have coated your underpants by second base. Although I did not get off to a good start with the book... I found the author's compassion and knowledge extremely helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book really works
    I gave this book to a younger friend when I overheard his girlfriend talking about their checkered sex life recently. When she referred to him as the "Mennen speed stick," I knew just the thing to recommend for his PE problem. So I gave him this book, and it worked like a charm.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Info but available on internet for free
    I was disapointed to find that this book covers the same information that is available free with a little searching on the internet. Nothing new or dramatic in this book. It is good information but not worth buying the book for.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but...
    A highly recommended book, but I can't help but think the wording of the title is deliberately pointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's worth a try -- really worked for me
    When I read some of the positive reviews, I was skeptical, but this relatively short paperback was not really expensive, so I figured it was worth a shot. The bottom line is that it worked for me, and I am so grateful that I have the sexual confidence I have been missing my whole life. I didn't do the exercises with a partner. The author has exercises you can do by yourself, and they worked for me over about a month period. I find the author to really have a great handle on what "real" sex is really like, and what real sex should be like. In a world full of misconceptions and lies about sex, this book was so refreshing. I learned a ton about women, myself and sex in general. I would recommend really following the exercise steps closely and carefully, and keep at it. I am amazed. It only took 4-6 weeks of concentration and learning, and it really does work. I am amazed and relieved that I found this great book when I did. It could have been a lot more years, or a lifetime, of uncertainty and disappointment. If the author wasn't deceased, I would write her a letter to personally thank her for changing my life in an important way. I know this sounds over the top, but it's true. ... Read more


    16. The Testosterone Advantage Plan : Lose Weight, Gain Muscle, Boost Energy
    by Lou Schuler, Jeff Volek, Michael Mejia, Adam Campbell
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    Asin: 0743237919
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-02)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 42661
    Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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    EAT LIKE A MAN TO LOOK LIKE A MAN


    For years now, the so-called experts have told you to avoid the foods you love. That you're supposed to ditch the weight room and jog your way to maximum fitness. And that testosterone -- the hormone that makes you a man -- is actually a problem for you, rather than the solution to your problems. In the meantime, American men have kept getting fatter and more frustrated. Which is why we've looked into all this, and from what we've learned, we can tell you -- the know-it-alls are know-nothings.

    The Testosterone Advantage Plan is about realizing your full potential as a man, and will

  • show you how nature intended you to eat.
  • explain how the male body differs in its nutritional needs from the female body -- especially when it comes to the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that are not bad for you.
  • give you a superior workout regimen to help you attain the muscular physique you've always wanted.
  • explain how you can boost your testosterone and energy levels naturally, without supplements or quick-fix fads.
  • help you tick off the long list of benefits you'll likely reap in terms of energy and enthusiasm, power and potency, confidence and charisma.

    This much you know: What you've done in the past hasn't worked. Why not try it our way? You have everything to gain -- and nothing to lose except your gut. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Men's Health becomes more hardcore--and it works!
    No, Lou Schuler did not "sell out," and no, the meat/dairy industry is not in cahoots. Visit the Men's Health fitness forum any time and there's Lou, along with the other authors of this book, examining this research more and more every day.

    Going further than the mainstream approach of the magazine, this Men's Health publication takes a more hardcore look at diet, supplementation, and lifting techniques for men who want to be edgier, and achieve more, than the average guy at the gym. It takes courage for a newcomer to really believe the astonishing science--you mean fat is GOOD?--but with faith I tried it and found it successful.

    The workout routines are tough. On paper they seem simple enough, but in practice they're guaranteed to press you past your mental limits. No, this isn't "Body For Life;" THIS book is for the man who's ready for the next tough step. Mike Mejia has raised the bar. Now squat the damned thing!

    For us weightlifting guys who have been heralding the high-protein, high-fat, moderate-carb approach for a long time, this is THE book to give to your buddies who "just don't get it, man," and want to know why we do all this weird eating and strenuous lifting. When people remark, "How you be so lean?? You eat high fat foods!" this book will explain why it works.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Results met expectations
    This plan works. I don't believe I've ever eaten right in my life until following the meal plan in this book. I never thought I had the time to eat five times a day, nor did I believe that I had the time to exercise. I bought a weight bench and a few hundred pounds of weights and followed the home version (the book also gives a gym version) of the workout to the best of my ability. Some exercises I could not do well in the home gym so I looked at alternative exercises which I could do. The bottom line is that I did what the book said for 9 -10 weeks and have gone from 191 pounds down to 168, I have lost inches in my waist and gained muscle that I haven't had in years. Nine weeks didn't make me look like Mr Olympia but it did give me enough encouragement to continue on. I am sticking with the meal plan and am currently looking for another workout plan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Workout Plan, not just for weight loss
    I used this plan for 9 weeks and got great results (then I got a girlfriend and no longer had time to workout, had other activities on my mind). About 1 year later, I got on the workout portion of the plan again for 13 weeks and again I got great results (stopped again when I got a girlfriend, different one; but I guess it was working because the point is to look good and feel good about yourself). I am now 27, first used the plan when 25. I was about 151 lbs and got up to 159 at then end of the first 9 weeks (I'm 5'10"). I was going for weight gain so this was exactly what I was looking for. The second time I did the plan I only added about 5 lbs to get up to 160.

    Workout plan is great. I've been reading magazines and books for years, but this is the best workout plan in my mind. The book contains proper techniqe which is vital to remaining injury free. It is also phased, so you start out with a full body workout that gets you ready for more intensive stuff. I'd never specifically worked my rotator cuff before, but the book showed me how and I never got a nagging shoulder problem as I have occasionally had in the past. The book also does a good job of discussing symetry - so if you're like me and you like to bench, the book really does convince you to at least work the back a bit (which, along with the shoulder work, explains why I didn't fell pain as I have in the past). I also got much stronger at lower body exercises that I have neglected in the past.

    I also added in cardio/fat burning once or twice per week. The book discourages, but I'm an endurance person and I enjoy a good sweat and wanted to work my lungs and heart as only cardio can.

    I really just followed the workout plan and didn't really do much in the way of following the diet. I did try to eat immediately after the workout, but rarely snacked during the day and ate whatever I wanted. It does contain a good deal of information about diet and food content if thats what you are into.

    Three things I will always take away:
    1 Have a plan, write it down, follow it
    2 Work the entire body, leaving some muscles out is just settin you up for injury or chronic pain
    3 Mental focus - don't just go through the exercises, do them with a goal in mind

    5-0 out of 5 stars SO FAR SO GOOD
    I couldnt wait to finish the program to write this because I might forget to. I am going on week 3 of the program and I can say when you first look at the nutritional guide as I did I was a bit overwhelmed with how much less I might be eating. I weighed 185 at the start and growing because I like to eat, but after reading and understanding what the purpose was I found it very easy to follow because as long as you read the labels on food containers you can substitute certain foods to your liking as long as you remain within the guidelines. The foods I eat now are better for me and I feel a lot better and they surprisingly taste good. The only real hard part was giving up some of my favorite snacks. I have also been substituting a meal for a protein shake made from milk, yogurt, and whey protein. Along with the workouts which you will feel the first week I started running which for the most part the book tends to frown upon sticking to strength training to burn body fat and build muscle but I figured a mile every other day wont hurt. The workouts in the book are great because they describe ways to do them if you have gym equipment available to you or ways of doing exercises with just your own body weight. All in all the book is a great starting point and should just be used as a guideline to get you started and see what works for you. I am 30 years old and I now weigh 175 going into week three.(give or take a pound)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A new workout bible!
    A very good book for the beginner and the advanced alike. The book dispells many of the myths about exercise and weight training. It also sheds some excellent light on sports nutrition such as when to eat and what to eat. Sections about cholestrol were very informative and benefitted me personally. The workout plans are superb and really demand a lot out of you. The only drawback, I thought, the book had was the over-emphasys the authors placed on testosterone as if it were the main objective of the book. Otherwise, this book is a must read for every man who wants to get in shape. ... Read more


  • 17. The Natural Prostate Cure
    by Roger Mason
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    Asin: 1884820611
    Catlog: Book (2000-08-20)
    Publisher: Safe Goods Publishing
    Sales Rank: 43431
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    This book contains the distillation of 30 years of prostate research, including BPH (benign prostate hypertrophy), prostate function, beta-sitosterol, saw palmetto and other natural supplements considered to support good prostate health. The Natural Prostate Cure dispels the myths and reiterates the truths about your choices for treatment of prostate illness. A must-read for men of all ages, not only for treatment of an illness, but for preventive measures as well. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars the proof is in the puddin'
    About a year ago my Doctor noticed a nodual on my prostate and took a PSA test,which read 6.25 keeping a watch it kept rising,so they did a biopsy ( aginst my better judgement) it came back negitive. Their was talk of castration,operation,planting seeds all kinds of nonsense.Not for me.As my PSA continued to climb,they wanted to do another biopsy and I said nothing doing !! I got my hands on Roger Masons book "the natural Cure"(from a friend of mine)
    and followed his instructions,as to strict diet,and supplements
    By this time my PSA was at 11.00. After taking the supplements suggested in the book and following the macrobiotic diet,he also suggested.
    My PSA level dropped to 3.65 and I've had no apparent problems or side affects..The Doctor didn't even believe it.!!And stated "Mmmm maybe their is someting to this stuff after all"
    Hey, beats castration any day !!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
    As one whose father died of prostate cancer I have followed virtually all the literature on what I should be doing to protect myself.

    Roger Masons' book is the most comphrensive and informative material I have yet read. Until reading his book I have not known exactly what to do to protect myself.

    Now I do.

    Based on his intense research, I am totally confident that I will not die as my father did. This is the best material I have ever read, it is literally a life saver and MUST READ for any man over 40

    1-0 out of 5 stars Flies in the face of reason
    Roger Mason's little pamphlet has some serious flaws in it. He proclaims that the way to beat prostate cancer is to eliminate meat and dairy in favor of whole grains and vegetables. His authority for this is that a grain based diet is what mankind has been consuming throughout recorded history.

    This is falacious reasoning at best. Archaeologists can tell him that they can determine the eating habits from ancient skeletal remains by examination of the teeth. Healthy, undecayed teeth are indicative of someone whose diet was primarily meat; while teeth that demonstrate considerable deterioration proves that their diet was primarily grains. Why is it that grains do that and meat doesn't?! In addition, they might also reveal that the natural mode of human biology is for a mother to nurse for up to three years and remain infertile throughout that time; while a grain based diet interferes with the natural biological cycle and returns a woman to fertility in as little as three months despite nursing an extant child. Mason should also explain why humans have incisors...

    The Atkins diet plan is juxtaposed to Mason's views. It emphasizes the more natural diet of meat and de-emphasizes grains and starches as the heaviest carbohydrates. The results are startling - reduced weight and cholesterol despite eating MORE red meat! Carbs get stored in fat cells when there is an overabunbance. That leads to disease. The human body can't store extra protein. It's the extra carbs that cause an oversupply of estrogen in men, not the consumption of protein as Mason contends.

    Mason just doesn't know what he's talking about. Try reading instead Drs. Eades & Eades' Protein Power, in which real medical doctors give real medical evidence about estrogen, insulin and how the body manages protein, carbohydrates and fats.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of 0 stars
    This guy is a quack with a capital Q.

    I've been taking his product for over a year and just had my second surgery. Clearly Roger Mason is a man that is taking advantage of the desperation of the elderly.

    How can amazon sell this CRAP!

    5-0 out of 5 stars dares to go against the grain
    As a registered nurse I have seen the medical profession at work. Most doctors still reject any method of healing if it does not come from our western medical schools. This book has excellent research throught western medicine well explained and easy to understand. The author does not claim to give medical advice. He gives a great overview to tons of research worldwide. To any one who is willing to change life style and eating habits for health reasons: follow the book! I am hoping my 84 year old father will give it a try! ... Read more


    18. The Seasons of a Man's Life
    by DANIEL J. LEVINSON
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    Asin: 0345339010
    Catlog: Book (1986-05-12)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 27044
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    The first full report from the team that discovered the patterns of adult development, this breakthrough study ranks in significance with the original works of Kinsey and Erikson, exploring and explaining the specific periods of personal development through which all human begins must pass--and which together form a common pattern underlying all human lives.
    "A pioneering and radical theory of adult development."
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Dated Material
    This book reads like a bad psych textbook from the 60's & 70's; because thats basically what it is. There are some masculine universal truths but you really have to search for them. The case studies & occupations are dated & irrelivent to baby boomers in the 21st century and not very helpful IMHO. Still there are a few pearls and saving graces but you really have to work hard to read this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Life Saver
    When I was looking for books along this line, I saw the review titled "This book provides insights that could save your life" and thought that this book might be the one to read. It was. This book can be a life-saver, literally. It certainly made a huge impact for me.

    The book may be a bit too much for a person to read unless they like psychology. No, it is not hard reading, it just may be too much material unless you were looking for specific advice. Although you may be tempted to jump to your immediately applicable section, I would suggest reading chapter 2 (on men's different eras) before doing that.

    The author has a friendly, mature, informed approach. It is analytical, yet comforting. Certainly a book to recommend for men in your life that are going through changes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    Great book, great read for everyone. Author discusses the primary phases of adulthood in great detail, and very thought provoking way. Book discusses the life cycle as several distinct phases that we all go through one way or another. Having going through a transition myself, reading "Seasons" is an eye opener. If anything the more you know about your own transition, the better you can deal with it. Also, the phases help in understanding others too. Season's work will no doubt last for many generations to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life Correcting
    You can't ask much more from a book than that it changes your life.

    Or more correctly, it helps you change your life. I first read this book during my last transition ten years ago, and I'm reading it again for this one. It made all the difference last time, and I'm dipping into the same well a decade later.

    Levinson reasoned that while Piaget and Freud had well documented the stages of development of infants and children and adolescents, it mostly stopped at 20. It's as if that's it--you're all grown up now!

    He thought perhaps there were changes, phases and stages of adult life akin to those of children. When he researched this with a large number of American males he was surprised to find just how consistent they are.

    You can almost set your watch--oops! 25 years old! Time to find a mentor! Ooops 55 years old! Time to be a mentor!

    The major transitions he identified at the decade turnovers. They seem to be times of significant discomfort, questioning, reassessment, and redirection in a man's life. They are followed by a period of consolidation and stability--until the next transition ten years later. While the transitions are different for each person and the results are different for each person, each of us in our way goes through them. The "mid-life crisis" he calls the "mid-life transition", since it's only a crisis if you don't get through it well.

    This is not a particularly easy read (Gail Sheehey's "Passages" is easier), but if you, or someone you know is trying to figure out "what next?" try this book.

    Hey, it worked for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book provides insights that could save your life
    Reading about the "seasons of a mans life" has been a complete and life-changing revelation. No one ever teaches us about adult development, mid-life crisis, coping with transition. They are often joked about but seldom discussed. Reaching mid-life proved to be no joke for me and being unprepared led to a personal crisis. This book played a major part in helping me understand the changes I was going through and provided clear insights that I believe I would not have found elsewhere. Clearly written; the book addresses every stage of adulthood with convincing theories about the emotional and psychological changes which we all have to cope with. ... Read more


    19. A Headache in the Pelvis: A New Understanding and Treatment for Prostatitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes, Second Edition
    by David, Ph.D. Wise, Rodney, MD Anderson, David Wise, Rodney Anderson
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    Asin: 097277551X
    Catlog: Book (2003-10)
    Publisher: National Center for Pelvic Pain Research
    Sales Rank: 19251
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    A Headache in the Pelvis: A New Understanding and Treatment for Prostatitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes presents a new and revolutionary understanding and treatment for prostatitis and related pelvic pain syndromes that was developed at Stanford University. The book is written for the laymen and includes patient stories who have recovered from pelvic pain as the result of following the protocol described in the book ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It works!
    If you've experienced symptoms of pelvic dysfunction, such as pain, difficulty with urination, or sexual problems, and have not yet found an answer, this book may be exactly what you need. The book applies to both sexes, but I can speak from experience to the men: if you have any of these symptoms, and/or have been diagnosed with prostatitis and especially if antibiotics have given limited or no relief from symptoms, PLEASE read the book. I began to improve within a week of starting the book and applying its methods.

    However, as the author points out, the treatment methods found in this book are not a quick fix. They require dedication and consistent effort. If you are as frustrated in your search as I was in mine, you will have no problem making that effort, and you may find the book to be a godsend, as I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Headache in the Pelvis
    This is ABSOLUTELY the most ACCURATE book I have ever read, and I have never done a review of a book before, but I just have to on this one. I asked my daughter to order it for me and she did. I haven't quite finished reading it yet (still in the process), but it is soooo true. I am so excited about the results of the exercises in this book that I just had to do this review of it. I have been having lots of trouble with my bowels not working since I was in a wreck a little over 15 years ago from which I found out later that I had a blood clot in the groin area and now have Lupus, cirrhosis, and diabetes. My intestines only worked from once to twice a week for the past four to five years. With these exercises (and I've only done them for one month now) my bowels are moving every day. This is AMAZING for me because I have tried everything before, and nothing worked. I have been from doctor to doctor trying to get help. I am soooo thankful to the kind doctors that took their precious time to write this book! I don't know them, but they deserve a great reward for this. I'm just soooo AMAZED at the exercises, and what they say about getting the blood supply to the muscles is so true! Thanks again to all that took the time to write such an accurate book. WOW

    3-0 out of 5 stars Just to be honest...
    After reading the previous 'review' I have to be very skeptical of it.

    The fact that the book was released in February and the reviewer states "It is now 2 1/2 years after I first started to practice..." means that they are not reviewing the book, but the book writer and his practices. I would almost think that the person has a vested interest in the success of the book.

    I may buy it yet, since I have only recently realized that I have prostatitis. I will listen to my physician's recommendations first, then look to alternative therapies, usually under the supervision of my physician. If you find that you are not comfortable enough to do the same, then I would suggest that you get a new physician, until you find one that will not only be responsible, but listen to your thoughts also. I fired 4 physicians before I found the one that I currently have, you can too. Doctors aren't gods, they need your business, not the other way around.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It works
    I experienced pain above my groin and in the pelvis/abdomen for about four years before it was successfully controlled--mostly elminated--by learning the techniques from these authors. My pain was a dull ache, and the pain would worsen if I had to stand or walk for a long time (e.g. a movie theater line or walking in a shopping mall). Three urologists in 4 years could not find the reason for the pain, but it persisted. I also endured uncomfortable invasive medical procedures and bouts of powerful antibiotics, all without being healed. Finally, a urologist who had heard a research paper being delivered by one of the book's authors at a medical conference referred me to them at Stanford Urology. After beginning their progressive/deep relaxation protocol and physical therapy, my symptoms were reduced in intensity by 90%-100% (becaming mild, occasional episodes rather than chronic and painful). The best part of it: no drugs, no fancy medical procedures or spooky side effects. Actually knowing how to heal the problem elminated the tremendous emotional and mental burden of having the previously mysterious pain; I could control it--and even eliminate it. This is not the quick-fix; it takes time and discipline, probably for a lifetime.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the techniques in this book healed me completely
    I suffered from prostatitis/CPPS for 3 years and my life became absolutely miserable. I received 4 different diagnoses from 4 urologists, tried over 20 prescription medications, vitamins and herbs and underwent several very uncomfortable and expensive procedures, all of which did hardly anything to help my symptoms which had slowly increased in intensity over time (sound familiar?) Eventually I met one of the authors of this book, David Wise, and he taught me the techniques described in the book. Slowly I began to heal myself, without any medication. Six months later my symptoms were diminished significantly and nine months later I felt I was healed. It is now 2 1/2 years after I first started to practice these methods and I feel that I have been freed of this horrific condition. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for those who are still suffering. There are many schools of thought regarding this syndrome and I studied all of them obsessively at one time. I feel very strongly that over the coming years the ideas in this book will eclipse the other models of this disease and come to be recognized as the most powerful methods for dealing with it as more and more people are seen to have solid and long-lasting benefits. Mine is not the last testimonial you will see. I should say however that it is not a simple or quick solution and it requires a lot of devotion, but chances are the end-result will be your freedom. Best of luck, do not abandon hope until you have given these methods your most sincere effort. ... Read more


    20. The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need to Know to Maximize Your Changes of Success
    by Liza Charlesworth
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    Asin: 0738208973
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
    Sales Rank: 23890
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A wise and compassionate guide to getting successfully through one of the most expensive and stressful fertility treatments.

    Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it. While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.

    From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel. Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't do IVF without it!
    The author explains every step in an upbeat, positive and friendly way. I enjoyed reading it thru and referred back to it several times as our cycle progressed. Thank you, Liza, for writing such a relevant, timely and helpful book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Need to Know about IVF But Were Afraid to Ask
    This book is fabulous! Not only is the book packed with easy-to-understand, medically accurate information, it addresses the considerable management, financial, and emotional aspects of the process as well. What truly surprised me about THE COUPLES GUIDE TO IN VITRO FERTILIZATION, though, was that it accomplished all of the above while also being truly fun to read. I found myself nodding, crying, and laughing at the stories shared by the many couples interviewed for the book. As both a docter and someone who has experienced IVF, I can whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone embarking on this challenging- and potentially rewarding journey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Guy¹s Perspective
    My wife and I are struggling with infertility. I don¹t know how it is for other couples (it varies, I¹m sure) but the inability to have a baby can be heartbreaking for guys, too. So it was nice to come across a guide aimed at couples. Liza Charlesworth¹s wise, heartfelt book provides superb advice on a bunch of key issues: picking the right doctor, understanding IVF protocol, getting your finances together, keeping sane. I especially enjoyed the insights from other women -- and men --who have struggled with the process. It gave my wife and I hope, which is worth everything.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Smart & Compassionate
    By far the most useful book I have read on this topic. Charlesworth is simultaneously optimistic, warm, AND logical in her plain-language explanations of this complicated, overwhelming process. Reading it is like having a best friend who also happens to be a reproductive endocrinologist drop by for a few hours for coffee and a long chat! Charlesworth is an expert communicator--distilling detailed scientific processes into plain English. (My favorite is when she talks about the process of conception, and compares the navigation of sperm in the cervical canal to an action-adventure flick--as opposed to a tender romance movie--it's actually quite a feat for sperm to perform.) The author also sprinkles the book with enough information about her personal experience to reassure you that she's been there herself. But, she's not heavy-handed about it, as you read, you feel like the focus is on YOU and your experience rather than her and hers. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read this book
    Liza Charlesworth's book is a complete guide that fills you in on all the deatils of the cumbersome process that is IVF. And Charlesworth does it with style. This is a a fast read (hard to believe that s'thing so complex and technical as IVf can be a page turner, but this thing moves.) Unlike other cold and technical books on the topic, this one is reader-friendly, accessible and warm. As someone who went through IVF herself, Charlesworth has made sure that hers is a compassionate guide. She shares her stories and those of other women going through IVF. These are the very stories those of us IVFers seek out daily on the Web. If you're thinking about IVF or are starting a cycle, you'll want to buy this book. It will give you the low-down on the process, help you prepare for an IVF cycle (physically and emotionally) and most of all it will give you hope. ... Read more


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