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    1. Down Came the Rain : My Journey
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    1. Down Came the Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
    by Brooke Shields
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    Asin: 1401301894
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 612967
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    In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery.

    When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed-a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

    In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, America's sweetheart Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled this debilitating condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

    Exhibiting an informed voice and a self-deprecating sense of humor, this first memoir from a woman who has grown up before the eyes of the world is certain to attract the attention and empathy of many new mothers and fans alike. ... Read more

    2. Body for Life for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation
    by Pam Peeke
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    Asin: 1579546013
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-16)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 193
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    It's not all about the jeans; flattening the tummy helps fight "Toxic Fat"--the disease-inducing weight Dr. Pamela Peeke teaches women how to conquer in Body-for-LIFE for Women. Her firm belief is, most women already know what they're supposed to do: eat a balanced diet, ditch junk food, exercise, think positively. Peeke strives to show her "girlfriends" how to accomplish these tasks, customizing plans for young and old. Clients' stories (including a 95-year-old who worked herself out of a wheelchair and into a martial arts class, and a 14-year old who replaced 90 lbs. of fat with a healthy load of self-confidence) lend credence to Peeke's 12-week weight reduction plan; so do the wowsie before-and-after pictures. Gender-specific scientific evidence supports Peeke's premise that women's bodies require different care than men's. But she doesn't stop there.

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    Peeke digs deeper for her audience, defining four hormonal milestones of a woman's life (menarche to beyond menopause) and customizing a physical and mental transformation plan to suit each. Easing off on strict calorie and weight guidelines, she focuses instead on serious fat reduction, muscle improvement, and practical suggestions for self-care. A handful of charts and formulae help readers assess their progress; sample exercises and fitness logs help, too. But for Peeke, weight reduction pales to bolstering a woman's self-worth through nurturing healthier habits. The only rough pill to swallow is Peeke's two-page list of smart foods: it lacks suggestions for turning acceptable proteins, carbohydrates and fats into palatable daily meals.--Liane Thomas Exclusive Content

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    Reviews (46)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Whew!! I ALMOST wasted my money!!!
    I was going to purchase this book until I began looking at the reviews!
    Time and time again, I have strayed away from Bill Phillips Body-for-life approach looking for a different way to lose weight.Whatever new research had been done or "the fastest way to burn fat", or the so called latest and greatest in supplements, I always failed miserably at any attempt to change my body and mind.
    As I popped around on Bill's site, I saw this book.I thought, WOW!!I gotta have this.Anything to make my attempts at a new body that much easier!So I came here and read the reviews.I have to say THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to put your honest view about this book out there!
    I noticed that all of you who were familiar to the original Body For Life way of life....Well, just plain hated this one.The LAST thing I needed was another book to make things more complicated than they need to be.I have struggled for a while with my unintentionally, having to make things harder than necessary.My husband always told me to go "back to the basics."Stop the calorie counting, don't worry about the GI of carbs, and not to believe that all supplements work!So needless to say, I didn't need the extra confusion that this book may have caused me.
    So, we have hormonal issues??? did all of the other successful women who transformed their bodies and minds and won Bill's Challenges.KUDO'S to all who helped me see that I didn't need this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I can't say enough good things about this book.
    I recently picked up the book, "Fighting Fat after 40", by Dr. Peeke, and was mesmerized the whole way through it.All the while I was nodding to myself, thinking "that's me, that's me".Everything I read just made so much sense, and explained a lot of things that were confusing me.

    When I had finished the book, I was pleased to find out that Dr. Peeke had just released "Body for Life for Women", so I bought that the very next day.Again, I was struck by how much sense everything made to me - being 49 and 30 pounds overweight.

    I began the program immediately - three weeks ago.I've lost 8 pounds in that time.I love the way Dr. Peeke gives her readers credit for the intelligence to put together appropriate meals and snacks based on her guidelines. This makes her program very flexible and doesn't pin us down to rigid meal plans.

    Dr. Peeke's exercise program is tough, but good.I do the strength training 3 evenings a week, and the cardio (walking & biking) the other three.

    In my opinion, the results speak for themselves.I feel great, I'm looking better every day, and I'm never hungry.Best of all, I really think that for the first time I've found a program that I can stick to for life.

    Thanks Dr. Peeke.Your book came to me at a time in my life when I was at an all-time low.Thanks for making so much sense.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Peeke's Got the Answer with Body for Life for Women
    I just want to share my happiness and joy with finding Dr. Peeke's book Body for Life for Women.As a 40 yr old woman, I've had the same problems everyone else has had with trying tokeep in shape despite my 24/7 life.But, I have always had problems with PMS and tend toward anxiety and stress eating.Also, I'm noticing the onset of that Menopot Dr. Peeke talks about in the book and I knew I needed help from someone who could help me as a woman fighting these issues.I bought Body for Life for Women when it came out a month ago right after I saw her launch it on the Today Show.I trust her as an expert in women's health and fitness.And, now I have bought a copy for each of my closest friends.She totally gets it.The program is so simple to follow and she's patient with people like me who were never athletes, have about 40 pounds to shed and don't aspire to look great in a bikini.That's not what this is about to me.It's about being the best I can be, mentally and physically.I love the fact that she is patient and doesn't do a "guy's program" of going hard in a gym where I don't feel comfortable.I'm following her exercise program with a friend who I work out with at my home and it's making all the difference in the world.In 4 weeks I have removed 9 founds of body fat, and dropped a whole dress size.I'm continuing on for my first 12 weeks, and will keep it up until I reach that body composition Dr. Peeke recommends for my health and wellness.I'm telling you if I can do it, so can all of you.Start her program today and you'll thank me for writing this review.Good Luck to you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally someone who understands!
    This book is different from all the workout/eating/self-help books you will ever read.Dr. Peeke is funny and witty but more importantly compassionate and caring in the way she writes.She truly understands the real challenges women face today.She focusses on a woman's body (hormonal changes and all) and our constant struggle to put ourselves on the never-ending "To Do" list.

    I have been active my entire life and at 29 years old I found out I was in premature menopause.I turned to Dr. Peeke's book for help with my aging female body.She discusses the mind, mouth and muscle elements of taking care of yourself.She includes helpful guides like a list of nutrition bars and how they stack up against each other.She is realistic, funny and informative.You owe it to yourself to buy this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I'll stick to the "Body for Life" Program
    When I bought this book, I was expecting the Body for Life program with some added information for women and more photos of transformations to inspire me. The transformations in the book appear to be women who actually did the original "Body for Life" program -- not this one. The diet plan lacked the simplicity of the original Body for Life plan. The book overall was also less inspiring than the original. If you're looking for a diet program that really works (I've lost 25 lbs and am still losing) I would recommend sticking with the original Body for Life book written by Bill Phillips. If you want more information, there is also Eating for Life and the Body for Life Success Journal which are much better sources for continued reading. ... Read more

    3. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition
    by Heidi E. Murkoff, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
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    Asin: 0761121323
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
    Sales Rank: 231
    Average Customer Review: 2.95 out of 5 stars
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    Eighteen years after it first hit the shelves and having sold more than 10 million copies, What to Expect When You're Expecting is still on nearly every mother-to-be's reading list. This completely revised and updated edition is packed with answers to hundreds of questions and worries expectant parents may have. The information is presented in a month-by-month format starting with planning a pregnancy and choosing a practitioner, and follows through to six weeks after delivery. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what to expect at a particular month's prenatal visit and a brief description of how mom and baby are growing and changing before getting to the heart of the matter: What You May Be Concerned About. Topics are presented as questions ranging from "Should I be taking vitamins?" to "What if I forget everything I learn in childbirth education class?" to "Will I be able to breastfeed?" The answers are generally reassuring and provide enough information to soothe a worried mom between prenatal visits. Despite the reassuring answers, however, the sheer volume of worries discussed may alarm an otherwise calm mom-to-be.

    The book also features a complete nutrition plan (though many women may find it difficult to follow), a special chapter just for expectant dads, and extensive information about dealing with minor illnesses, chronic conditions, and pregnancy complications. What to Expect has guided countless women through their pregnancies and makes an informative addition to the mainstream pregnancy and childbirth bookshelf. --Jennifer Lindsay ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Pregnancy Book By Far
    When we got pregnant, we bought and read something like 15 books. This one was the best by far.

    I can think of at least three reasons this book has sold so many copies.

    1> It's professional. A lot of books try too hard to be funny or cute. WTE is not humorless, but it deals with subject matter in a refreshingly straightforward way. The advice and help given echoes what our doctors have said and, in fact, answered most of our questions before we even saw our Obstetritian (no, it's not a substitute). It is quite astounding how many pregnancy books are written by fashion magazine editors or talk show writers; they sound exactly like they were written for a fashion magazine or talk show.

    2> It's complete. Got a question about diet, medication, flu shots, cat ownership, false labor, vitamin supplements, cramps, ultrasound, breastfeeding or how to judge your OB/GYN? It's in here, along with tons of other stuff we didn't think about until we came across it here.

    Just about every pregnancy book and magazine uses the "What Nobody Will Tell You" tagline. Once you've read this book, there will be very few surprises left. There isn't a topic that isn't touched on and most are covered in depth. That's not to say this is the only book you need, but it goes a long, long way.

    3> It isn't judgemental. There are a ton of books out there that are weight obsessed, make assumptions about single parents, and/or skirt some issues that some consider controversal. This book assumes you can make up your own mind once you're presented with all the information. I'm thinking specifically about the decision to have amniocentesis our geneticist said it was "a good idea but not necessary" and OB/GYN said "there were risks but it is not a bad idea". This book wasn't a replacement for our doctors, but it gave us a lot of really useful information without taking a side.


    Like I said, there are a ton of pregnancy books out there. Just about all of the ones we read were redundant when we held it up next to WTE. And it's pretty shocking how many pregnancy books we found to be completly WORTHLESS! I don't want to name names, and I've already written a couple of negative reviews, but I'm thinking particularly of the ones full of Erma Bombeck-esque anecdotes about La Maz classes, the "staying chic while you're pregnant" fashion mag type, the old-fashioned preachy church lady books, or--worst of all--the "nutrition" books that focused almost entirely on weight. Some of these books are written by people with no medical qualifications at all!

    My advice is to feel free to pick up one of those books if you're looking for some comic relief or if your specific pregnancy may need a supplement (I'm thinking specifically of things like fertility problems, or problem pregnancies; WTE gives a lot of good information on this stuff, but might not be enough).

    Either way, BUY THIS BOOK!! Even if you're not pregnant yet, you're missing out on an excellent reference if you don't.

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    As an aside, I was pretty shocked to read the reviews that complained about WTE containing a lot of information on rare pregnancy situations, saying that such information was "scary" and "unnecessary". WTE gives plenty of information on what is serious as opposed to what is a false alarm. Nobody PLANS on having a troubled pregnancy, aren't you better off knowing what's involved and how to detect and prevent such things?

    I suppose for some people ignorance is bliss, but I'm MUCH happier being prepared.

    What To Expect While You're Expecting isn't the only useful pregnancy book out there, but it is the best and it will be the standard for years to come.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, but better guides are out there
    Like many people, I bought this book at the beginning of my pregnancy because I had vaguely remembered seeing the book before and assuming it must be pretty good.
    Unfortunately, even though this book has gone through multiple editions, the information and tone of the book has changed little. I figured this out by reading other books, and while the information in the book was fairly progressive in the early 80's when it was originally written, many changes have taken place in ob/gyn practice and pregnancy care since then so many things are outdated.
    The diet and weigth gain information in particular is unrealistic (the most recent edition has revised this info. so it may be more realistic than it was in the past.) There is no need to eat solely whole grains - folic acid supplements are commonplace in cereals and white grains and have been used since 1998. Also there is no correlation between many pregnancy complications and eating habits/weight gain (with gestational diabetes being one major exception), which the book implies in some of the question and answer sections. The hormones of pregnancy play a MUCH bigger factor in the development of pregnancy complications, which makes sense when you think about how dramatically the levels are changing in your body. Most of this information is either in the medical literature or inferred through it so it is troubling that the authors are ignoring the facts and resorting to finger-wagging and scare tactics for mothers-to-be.

    Also the delivery section seems outdated but since I haven't delivered yet I don't have any first-hand experience. There is little to no mention of doulas or other "alternative" birthing procedures which are available and offered at the hospital where I'm due to deliver!
    I would recommend a more recently updated pregnancy guide which has more information on alternative birthing methods and de-emphasizes diet and weight gain issues. The book supplied by my OB/GYN's office which is put out by the Association of OB/GYNs (it has a pink background cover) was the best overall source I read. There was MUCH more balanced and non-judgemental information presented, and gave more realistic information I have used throughout my pregnancy so far.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great For Beginners
    This is a great all-around baby book for first-time Moms and Dads, from month-by-month developmental charts to when to call the doctor and when to relax and wait. Best alternatives are Sears and Leach, or you can pick from conservative to liberal books on child behavior or books on Dads or single parenting. My favorite recent book on parenting is "I Sleep At Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets," by Bruce Stockler, which captures the incredible chaos, joy, anxiety and humor in being a parent--and making priorities. Also loved Annie Lamott's "Operating Instructions" (although some women I know object to her bizarre background.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Even "thinking" parents need reassurance sometimes
    We are halfway through our first pregnancy. Four months ago, we bought this book, along with Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Simkin) and Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week book (Curtis). Of the three, we like Simkin's book best, and Curtis's book the least. The What to Expect book, while not as informative as the Simkin's book, is in our opinion very good.

    Many of the things the other reviewers said about this book are true: the authors' diet suggestions border on the fanatical (it seems as if they are writing for obese parents-to-be), and the tone of the book is definitely patronizing. The amount of knowledge about the biological aspects of pregnancy is also minimal---the book is very light on technical terms and diagrams.

    However, if you click on the image of the book at the top of the screen, you will notice a sentence that highlights the strongest point of the book: "...reassuringly answers the concerns of mothers- and father-to-be." We couldn't agree more.

    Several times throughout the pregnancy, my wife has had various symptoms that, while quite normal, were alarming for a first-time pregnant couple. Neither of the other two books said very much about these symptoms, but the What to Expect book reassuringly and accurately helped us evaluate whether the symptoms were anything to worry about. Examples are: Is extreme fatigue a sign of danger? Are nosebleeds anything to worry about? What about abdominal cramps during the second trimester? In most cases, the What to Expect was the best book of the three, allowing us to quickly find these concerns in the index, and read about them at length.

    Most importantly, the What to Expect book described the symptoms in sufficient detail to allow us to distinguish them from the truly serious.

    In short: there are many problems with this book. The month-by-month organization is not very useful, and there just isn't very much information about the biological aspects of pregnancy (Simkin's books provide that information very well). Sometimes, though, some of us just need to put that little bit of worry in our heads to rest. And this book helped us do just that.

    On a side note, I noticed that many reviewers accused this book of being alarmist. I found that the Curtis book was much more alarmist than the What to Expect book. Curtis's book might as well be named "What Could Be Wrong with Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week." The What to Expect book at least groups the most fear-inspiring stuff towards the end, in a separate chapter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, couldn't have done it without it!
    I'm not too sure what all the negative comments are about regarding this book because I think it is wonderful. If you're a first-time mom, this book explains absolutely everything you're experiencing. If you have difficulties, before you run and call your ob, check out this book first. Plus, it really tells you when and when not to worry, and when to call the doctor if there's a problem. I really could not have been without this book. I used it throughout my entire pregnancy and was extremely grateful that I had purchased it. It makes a great shower gift or just a new announcement of someone who is expecting. It offers guidelines on nutrition but it's best to follow your doctor's advice. You don't want to gain too much weight but you have to be sure to eat things that are healthy and not potato chips. Ginger snaps are awesome in helping getting rid of morning sickness. No herbal tea though! There's tons of helpful advice in this book and it really is a great resource especially for new moms. I just loved it! ... Read more

    4. Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover : An Accelerated Program of Exercise and Nutrition for Maximum Results in Minimum Time
    by Bob Greene
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    Asin: 0743254058
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-03)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 23748
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    Fitness is a lifetime commitment, but you can accelerate results and transform your body in 12 weeks, says Bob Greene, best known as Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer. Not for the "move a little" crowd, this program is intense and challenging, whatever your starting level. "It's a bit like boot camp," Greene acknowledges. You'll do vigorous aerobic exercise 15 (beginning level), 30 (intermediates), or 45 (advanced) minutes 6 days a week, and increase 2 minutes each week--and double your usual minutes for one workout a week. You'll also strength train with dumbbells or machines and do functional training (strengthening stabilizing muscles).

    The eating plan is not a diet--rather Greene describes 5 eating rules to help you eat fewer and burn more calories: curb emotional eating, eat breakfast, establish an eating cut-off time, drink lots of water, and limit alcohol. You'll get enough calories to sustain your intense exercise routine, but cut out the calories otherwise stored as fat.

    Greene, author of Get With the Program and Make the Connection, also analyzes popular diets, and fills the book with motivational stories of his successful clients. Recommended for those who are ready to commit to an intense program to burn fat, increase metabolism, and change habits for the long haul. --Joan Price ... Read more

    5. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
    by Jenny McCarthy
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    Asin: 073820949X
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
    Sales Rank: 727
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Brimming with the author's signature frankness and humor, a no-holds-barred account of what you can really expect when you're expecting.

    Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gasiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion; the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared these discomforts and humiliations, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy!

    In Belly Laughs, the actress and new mother reveals the naked truth about the tremendous mood swings, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. With tips and hilarious musings on morning sickness and hormonal rage, hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant or indeed, has ever been born! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The the truth about pregnancy - a funny must read!
    Jenny, you rock! I have always been a big fan of yours. A friend (who is not even pregnant and has no kids, but loved the book)sent this book to me and my hubby read through it in no time, laughing so hard together at the truth and frankness. We are 7 months pregnant and find that from family and friend you just hear the cleaned up cutesy version of what pregnancy is all about. But Jenny gives it to you real, with the funniest book on pregnancy I have ever read. It is nice to get away from the technical guides with all the negative chapters, and just have a good laugh at the crazy stuff you are going through. The chapter titles alone are worth reading because she sums each symptom up with 2 or 3 word titles. My favorite chapter titles were "The Blue Twinkies" and "Niagra Falls" - but you will have to read it to know what these are about. I highly reccommend this book, what a great shower gift too. Thank you Jenny!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book For Any Pregnant Woman
    I heard about this book from the Sharon Osborne show, searched everywhere,looking for a Jenny Mc Carthy website to find out how I could get the book, but found nothing. I even e-mailed Sharon Osborne! But no response:( Finally I found out the release date and counted down the days to get it on opening day. Let me tell you, I was the first to get this book in my town. I have read all the pregnancy books there is, but this one is the best. Being a young mother-to-be, it is helping to show me "how it really is going to be." Everything that she went through, I went through and am going through to a "T." I absolutely love this book and HIGHLY recomend it to people who aren't afraid to hear it how it is, not some technical terms. Hey, we're all not doctors, so why read all the other books that have technical terms and sugar-coat pregnancy? I can't express through words how this book has helped me along the way so far, and I guarentee it will help you; by making you literally laugh out loud crying because your cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. It will bring laughter to your stressed-out, mood-swinging, grumpy all the time self. I can't say enough about this book. It is my pregnancy bible, and I am so glad it came out before I'm due to have my son (May 18th!) So, GO GET THIS BOOK! YOU WON'T REGRET IT! IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY! And thankyou Jenny Mc Carthy for writing the best pregnancy book EVER! Oh, and to the people who find this book offensive or disrespectful: It is the 21st century, and if your not comfortable with your body and are too afraid to talk about it, then yeah your right this book isn't for you. But I must add that she wrote this to tell you how it is, being very blunt, and not beating around the bush. This is how she is and if you can't handle the truth, then you're right, don't buy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but nothing special.
    Let me begin this by saying that I've always found Jenny McCarthy funny.

    That aside, this book could have been so much better. Yes, it's refreshing to see a pregnancy book that discusses topics conveniently left out of most others. It just seemed like she threw the entire thing together in an afternoon. Or less. As I read each chapter, I kept hoping she would have written more or expanded on her experience.

    Overall, it was very disappointing. I expected much more from her. Maybe the next one will be better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Belly Laughs if Full of Laughs
    I would start by saying the only negative thing is that the book isn't that long. I read it in one sitting at the park. McCarthy does an excellent job of telling it like it is and not holding back. If you're pregnant, considering it, a parent and are looking to laugh out loud this book is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few pregnancy books I could stomach (literally)
    Belly Laughs is one of the few pregnancy books I could stomach -- literally. Most will either scare you to death or bore you to death. Thank you for saving me from those two fates, Jenny! ... Read more

    6. Slim and Sexy Forever
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    Asin: 1400053250
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 706950
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    7. What to Expect the First Year, Second Edition
    by Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisnberg
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    Asin: 0761129588
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-16)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 274
    Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    America's bestselling guide to caring for a baby is now better than ever: announcing a two-years-in-the-making, cover-to-cover, line-by-line revision and update of the 6.9-million-copy What to Expect the First Year, the bible for taking care of a newborn through the milestone of his or her first birthday.

    The Second Edition incorporates the most recent developments in pediatric medicine. Every question and answer have been revisited, and in response to letters from readers, dozens of new Q&As have been added. The book is more reader-friendly than ever, with updated cultural references, and the new material brings more in-depth coverage to issues such as newborn screening, home births and the resulting at-home newborn care, vitamins and vaccines, milk allergies, causes of colic, sleep problems, SIDS, returning to work, dealing with siblings, weaning, sippy cups, the expanded role of the father, and much more. An updated cover and all-new black-and-white line illustrations complement the fresher book with a fresher look.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing and sloppy
    I bought What to Expect When You're Expecting and loved it, so I got this book when my daughter was born, but it has not lived up to its predecessor. I find things are not consistent throughout the book -- what on one page they say the kid will be doing at 7 months, later they say they will be doing it at 8 months. This happens often, more so toward the latter half of the first year. They seem to change the ages halfway through -- in the beginning, "the first month" means from birth up to one month; later "the seventh month" seems to mean from the seventh up to the eighth month. They also use the ability to pay attention to or pick up a raisin as a benchmark of your child's development, but later the book explicitly advises against feeding your infant raisins (choking hazard)! The book is almost militant about diet -- whole grains only, absolutely no salt or sugar (this would rule out the number-one baby food, Cheerios!). Not practical for the real mother. However I was most upset by their treatment of homosexuality (in a footnote): "Boys who display feminine traits early in childhood, like to play with dolls, and avoid rough sports are more likely to become homosexual ... These boys become estranged from their fathers, and, it is speculated, may ever hunger for male love ... professional consultation may be a good idea." I was flipping to the copyright page after this, expecting to see a date from the 1950s, but this book was copyrighted most recently in 1996. Bottom line: While some of the information here is useful, you can get it elsewhere. Pick another book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars good reference but major flaws
    This is a good parenting book to have in your library but it should definitely not be the only one. All parenting books have their own bias about co-sleeping and breastfeeding and this one was definitely biased against co-sleeping at all and breastfeeding after the 9th month or so. When I first brought my baby home from the hospital, the only way she would get a decent night's sleep is to sleep with us. Otherwise she cried and fussed the entire night. After two months she was ready to sleep in a cradle but initially we had to adjust our parenting style to include co-sleeping because it was the only thing that would comfort our daughter. If this was the only parenting book I owned I probably would've felt incredibly guilty about having done this--the section of this book that addresses co-sleeping has nothing but negative things to say about it. I found "Good Nights" and "Gentle Baby Care" (perhaps because they were written by attachment parenting advocates) to be very thorough about the topic, with plenty of practical advice.

    As noted by other reviewers the book also contains some misleading information about breastfeeding and seems to assume that you'll begin weaning sooner than currently recommended by the govt.

    I also found this book to be very poorly organized. Because all babies develop according to their own schedule, it doesn't really make sense to have much of the information organized chronologically. I read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" when I was pregnant and they advised you in the beginning not to "read ahead" so I was doing the same with this book until I realized that it wasn't answering most of my questions! I needed a babysitter when my daughter was two months but for some reason that section was stashed in the third month section! Why? So now I have read into the 10-month section even though my daughter is only 3.5 months because I'm wondering if there are other tidbits of information hidden away in there. And I expect I'll have to reread it all again when she's actually 10 months.

    Finally, there was some conflicting information. I'm thinking of the alcohol and breastfeeding references in particular. At various points in the book it says to (a) have a single drink rarely if at all and then to wait two hours before nursing if you do have a drink, (b) have a drink just before nursing to "relax", (c) consult a doctor if you find yourself unable to stop at two drinks a day (what happened to the "rare" drink?!). And finally, it referenced no actual studies about the effects of alcohol on a nursing baby. For such a serious topic, it seemed amazing to me that they could have included so much conflicting information and no scientific backup.

    And finally, as someone who is using cloth diapers, I was put off by the offhand remark that (to paraphrase) "in your mother's day, diapers were cleaned and boiled and reused and now people simply throw their diapers away." There is a significant percentage of people who actually use cloth diapers but to read this section you would never know it! This was just one of many cases of the authors assuming that everyone does or should do things their way.

    All that said, the book did include good information about safety issues and child development and for these reasons I'm glad to have it on hand. The authors must seriously revise this book, however, for future editions.

    4-0 out of 5 stars you get what you expect!
    This is THE book you want to read if you're a first time parent and don't have much experience with babies. You're given very practical explanations on how to deal with your newborn and it helps to solve all the simple troubles you go through everyday, from treating fever and skin rashes to deciding which toy to buy.
    It is very helpful up to 7/8 months of age of your child, then it becomes less accurate.

    2-0 out of 5 stars There are much better books out there!
    I bought this book as a resource for my first child. Although it has some useful information, it is very "middle of the road" and I felt it didn't go in depth enough with research and information I felt to be important. One *huge* area that is lacking is the breastfeeding information. They do not adequately explain the differences between breastfeeding and formula, and recommend weaning a child at 9mo. The AAP recomments nursing for *at least* a year, and the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends at least 2 years. In WTE, the authors indicate that if you don't wean by 9mo, a child will almost assuredly not wean at all or until much much later. This simply is inaccurate at best. Throughtout the book, the book is obviously biased towards a "doctor knows all" point of view. I suppose it's a good book for anyone who would like to know what the average doctor would tell her to do, but it's not a good book for anyone who likes to have a little more information and make her OWN informed choices. No one is perfect, and doctors certainly don't have *all* the information that makes them experts on childrearing in general. This book to me seemed like doctor propaganda.

    Although there is definitely some good info in there, I feel that the biases (especially with regard to nursing) outweight the good that is in this book. I'd save your money on this one and look into other books for specific areas you are interested-- a nursing book for nursing, a child development book for child development, a medical guide for medical issues.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too much reading for new mom
    I prefer the week by week book instead of the q and a format of this book. I find myself using it as a reference tool sometimes, but have barely used it! The week by week book Dr. Curtis was much more informational. See rating on that book. ... Read more

    8. Our Bodies, Ourselves : A New Edition for a New Era
    by Boston Women's Health Book Collective
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    Asin: 0743256115
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Touchstone
    Sales Rank: 948
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    America's best-selling book on all aspects of women's health

    With more than four million copies sold, Our Bodies, Ourselves is the classic resource that women of all ages can turn to for information about every aspect of their well-being. Completely revised for the first time in a decade, these pages give women everything they need for making key decisions about their health -- from definitive information from today's leading experts to personal stories from other women just like them. This updated edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves includes the latest on:

    • Nutrition and exercise

    • Relationships, sexuality, and sexual health

    • Complementary health practices

    • Reproductive choices, pregnancy, and childbearing

    • Growing older

    • Medical testing and procedures

    Together with its companion website (, Our Bodies, Ourselves is a one-stop resource for women of all generations.

    Plus: The rearranged food pyramid, a chapter about sexual orientation and gender identity, advice for making safer sex more fun, the latest on breast-feeding, support for women experiencing pregnancy loss, and a section devoted to getting the best care in today's complicated health care system. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Your Body's Best Companion
    This is the book you want at your fingertips for accurate, helpful, proactive advice about your body. I had an earlier edition as a teenager, and I plan to have a copy on my bookshelf, for when my children have questions and need thoughtful, medically based, accessible answers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars expansion and improvement
    I was thrilled to see a new edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," and picked one of the first editions up immediately.This 2005 edition is truly an expansion and an improvement of past publications.The new "Our Bodies, Ourselves," addressed the international perspective of violence against women, which has long been a under-served issue and touched more on the profoundly political nature of women's issues, most particularly on race, health care, lesbian and gay and violence against women.This book should be required reading for ALL women. ... Read more

    9. 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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    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

    10. Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future
    by Mehmet Oz, Lisa Oz
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    Asin: 0452279550
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: Plume Books
    Sales Rank: 26785
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    "The medicine of the new millennium."--Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words

    Dr. Mehmet Oz, celebrated heart surgeon and co-founder of the Complementary Care Center at New York's Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, is spearheading the health-care revolution that is yielding powerful new healing tools that will forever change the way we think of medicine. In this ground-breaking book, he describes his pioneering work--combining cutting-edge Western medicine with such Eastern techniques as acupuncture and chi-gong, as well as such controversial therapies as hypnosis, music, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, and energy healing. The inspiring and affecting stories of his patients are the heart of this book--from the extraordinary discipline of Frank Torre, who used his professional sports training to "psych" himself into healing after heart transplant surgery, to the "impossible" recovery of blues great Johnny Copeland, who was roused from a seemingly impenetrable coma through the force of his own music. In recounting his patients' experiences, Dr. Oz forges a blueprint for the radical new medicine of the next millennium--drawing on the best from Eastern and Western therapies and empowering patients to become partners with doctors in promoting their own recovery.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars YES, a powerful voice for Medicine with Hope and Warmth!
    An inspiring doctor with a powerful but gentle voice. The more medicine opens up like this the better we are all going to be. I think everyone should read this book. Also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED is "Effortless Wellbeing: The Missing Ingredients for Authentic Wellness" by Evan Finer. Though not a medical book, it is a concise and extremely powerful guide to compliment any healing program, to induce true wellness and to help regain personal strength. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING. Thank you to the authors!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Medicine of the Future
    Dr. Oz is an accomplished heart surgeon in the field of cardiac transplantation. He describes how he combines complementary medicine (e.g. hypnosis, reflexology, yoga, message, acupuncture. Etc) with orthodox Western medicine. There is an excellent forward by Dr Dean Ornish, and an interesting epilogue containing an overview of the complementary medicine techniques. The bulk of the book contains stories of patients Dr. Oz treated using this revolutionary way. I am a cardiologist, and I have a great interest in combining western medicine with complementary medicine, which is the reason I bought this book. However this book was a bit boring to read and was also a bit of a disappointment. Nevertheless, those interested in this new medicine, which I think will be the medicine of the new millennium, will want to read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK - SUPERBLY WRITTEN!
    What is impressive about this book is the author's concepts of healing both heart and mind as he points out just how closely the two are interconnected. The writing style is one that will grasp the reader's attention from start to finish. The approach to holistic health is a welcome approach to healing. It is a concept that is gradually increasing in the health care field, but one that still has a long way to go before it is universally accepted by all physicians. More education and information needs to be provided in this area to all health care providers. Using the holistic approach, there can be fewer side effects from medication, less depression and a general feeling of well being during the most trying and difficult times. There is much to be said on combining Western and Eastern traditions in the process of healing. Our world can benefit dramatically from this approach and the author vividly explains why throughout the pages of this well-researched and superbly written book. It is highly recommended reading material and most deserving of a five star rating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book of the year
    A great book describing an insiders view of what total healing can mean in today's complex medical care system. The book has deservedly won the Books for Better America award for Best Wellness Book of the Year and should be required reading for all patients contemplating surgery.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book was fantastic - for the sick and healthy alike.
    Dr. Mehmet has given me a new perspective on holistic health and disease. As my mother is going through the breast cancer battle, I am incorporating many of his suggestions for heart patients: soothing music after the mastectomy, foot massages as she fades in and out of conciousness, arranging to have someone loved at the bedside constantly. I am looking into getting a masseuse to come in and perform foot massage as her body receives chemotherapy. As a result of this, her attitude is positive and I believe that has a grave impact on how her body reacts to all of this trauma. I'm waiting impatiently for his next book. ... Read more

    11. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
    by Vicki Iovine
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    Asin: 0671524313
    Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 484
    Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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    Beginning with the "10 Greatest Lies About Pregnancy" (number 10: Lamaze works), and ending with postpartum dementia, Vicki Iovine's Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy has fast become the laywoman's mouthpiece for the American pregnancy experience. Iovine is irreverent, sassy, and incredibly reassuring as she exposes the "truths" of pregnancy and childbirth, from sex to cellulite to cesareans. Iovine birthed four kids in six years, none of them twins, which certainly qualifies her as an expert. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy does reveal Iovine's particular cultural biases (pregnant or not, most of us don't have record-producer husbands, hang out with supermodels, or wear size-four pants) and philosophical beliefs (she's not a particularly strong proponent of natural childbirth or nursing), but, taken with a grain or two of salt, she provides many hilarious moments, acres of advice, and honest reassurance readers will find nowhere else. --Ericka Lutz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The lighter side of pregnancy
    I cannot disagree with all the negative reviews more!

    Vicki's (hey, I can call her that, we're 'Girlfriends' now) book has made me laugh out loud and also read in rapt silence. She makes it abundantly clear that this book is not to be taken as a be-all-end-all medical reference on pregnancy. Instead, she offers first-hand accounts of what this 9 month experience is all about and does so in a frank manner.

    Since this is my first pregnancy, I've been scouring the book stores for every book written on the subject and feel this is the first one that doesn't preach. I like her honest takes on eating, exercise, and pain management during labor. I don't believe she ever tells the reader to eat poorly, not to exercise at all, and that an epidural is a must - she offers her opinions on the topics and leaves it at that.

    I love this book and encourage first timers and other moms-to-be to read and enjoy this book as well. If nothing else, remember that laughter is the best medicine...and you can even take it while you're pregnant!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FUNNY! And SO TRUE
    I can't believe what some people are writing about this book. Each time I start to become scared about my pregnancy or about giving birth, I pick this book up to make me smile. Thank you Vicki Iovine for helping me with the difficult times of my first pregnancy! I've recommended this book to all I know that are pregnant!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just for fun
    The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy is politically incorrect at times, for sure. That's part of the fun. Vicki Iovine isn't afraid to spill her guts and talk about all the things that pregnant women tend to get a bit neurotic (dare I say crazy?) about while they are pregnant. A lot of pregnancy book authors dance around these issues. Only a handful of authors confront them head-on. I give Vicki a high-five for being one of the few who is willing to tell it like it is.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
    Reading this boring, trite, and obnoxiously fluffy book has made me appreciate the bright, funny, and wonderful girlfriends I have in my life. Granted, there are a few humorous moments in this book, but much of the humor is stale. (Perhaps I've been ruined by all the truly funny material I've read in my life.) Please, do yourself a favor: if you must read this book, buy it used - - especially if you can find it at a garage sale!

    2-0 out of 5 stars A fluffy read, but not a lot to learn here
    This falls under the entertainment and not pregnancy/childbirth education heading. The book focuses on the author's experiences and is unabashedly biased. It's a good background on what to expect with regards to symptoms, tests, etc.. It's also rather funny in some parts; however, I don't beleive the author ever intended for this to be a medical reference (although it's very medical-focused). Buy it used, there are tons of copies out there. Don't use it as a reference when making your decisions. ... Read more

    12. Varney's Midwifery, Fourth Edition
    by Helen Varney Burst, Jan M. Kriebs, Carolyn L. Gegor, Helen Varney
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    Asin: 0763718564
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
    Sales Rank: 144821
    Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
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    Encompassing the entire scope of the practice of midwifery, Varney's Midwifery covers the provision of primary care to women frompuberty through senescence, including the maternity cycle and primary care of the well newborn. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the full scope of current midwifery practice.

    It contains new chapters on nutrition in women's health, primary care and midwifery, pharmacology and midwifery, international midwifery and safe motherhood, cultural competence in midwifery practice, and common diagnoses in women's gynecological health. Four new skills chapters are also included. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the quintessential textbook for midwives.
    As Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery (JNM), the official publication of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, I would like to share my own unequivocal 5-star rating of this textbook for midwives as well as some excerpted comments taken from the excellent review it received in the March/April 1997 issue of JNM. Here's what Judith Carveth Trexler, CNM, PhD, the reviewer, had to say: "Midwives have long awaited the third edition of this classic reference. Its expansion in size and scope make it the definitive text for midwives and one that clearly serves as a primary reference for the profession .... Although midwives remain the primary audience for this book, it also serves as an excellent resource for medical students, nurses (particularly those in advanced practice), physician assistants, and other health professionals who find themselves in need of a comprehensive text that applies the physiologic and psychosocial dimensions of women's and infant health to safe, client-centered clinical management."

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read
    I have always found Varney to be useful and easy to read, especially in comparison to Speroff or Gabbe. I think that this book was never intended to be the definitive text on home birth. If a midwife's interest lies in homebirth, seek out books that cater to that option. I found the skills sections especially helpful. It isn't Varney's job to unite midwives, her primary job is to educate. You can not teach the spirit of midwife through a book, that's where mentoring comes into play. This is certainly a must have for all practicing midwives, regardless of educational background.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Technically accurate, boring read
    I am impressed by Varney's vast knowledge of hospital procedures as they relate to midwifery care. However, I found this to be "textbook" as a very boring read. Her information did not really cover the practice outside the hospital setting as thoroughly as would be needed for someone praticing in that setting. Her information would be most appreciated by the CNM and the L&D nurse - a great resource for them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Midwifery Bible
    I have come to rely on this book time and time again. No nurse midwife should be without a copy of this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This is a good reference book, but not the best for homebirt
    This book is a good reference book, but not the best one for homebirth midwives. Myle's, and Anne' Frye's books I have found to be more applicable in my practice. To the above person that thinks that Circumsision should not be addresses, I could not disagree more. Circumsision is a subject that should be addressed prenatally, and Since midwives are supposed to provide basic Post-partum care to the mother and baby during the first six weeks It is essentual that midwives and parents are educated about the issue antapartum ... Read more

    13. Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Fifth Edition
    by Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler
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    Asin: 1555613462
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
    Sales Rank: 1036
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Pregnancy should be a time of wonder and hope, but these days, it's associated more often with paranoia.Dr. Glade Curtis is keenly aware of the anxieties heaped upon expectantwomen: he has written several pregnancy-related books. So while he covers prettymuch any topic that an expectant mom might be concerned about, he does not overload the reader with extraneous information or horror stories that can be found in that other best-selling pregnancy guide. In this completely revised and updated edition, Curtis describesthe physical developments from weeks 1 through 40--or 41 or 42!--such as thesize and weight of the baby, emotional changes in the mother, typical medicaltests offered, and nutritional requirements. (The iron found in prenatalvitamins may exacerbate morning sickness, he writes, because ironsupplementation is usually not needed until the final trimester.) It is toobad that Dr. Curtis does not recommend more alternative-medicine approachesfor treating common pregnancy discomforts. In the chapter covering Week 8, herightly describes sciatic-nerve pain as excruciating, but does not adviseyoga or chiropractic treatments for its relief. However, he *is* hip to the useof doulas, or labor coaches, he encourages breastfeeding, and includes numeroustips for making your partner feel included in what should be a thrillingexperience for you both. --Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars For the woman who wants to be prepared.
    Getting pregnant after grad school, I wanted to be thorough in my study of what I and my baby would go through during pregnancy. I was ultra inquisitive, and luckily I picked this book off the shelf first. This book in its last edition was my top choice and gave me something to look forward to each week. I would get impatient between ultrasounds and want to actually see what my baby might look like. The drawings that head each chapter are lovely. They make even the earliest stages look palatable and adorable. But this book is not just for those who wish for a cute picture of a fetus or baby. This book is heady with the ins and outs of pregnant life--and yet it is easy to read and accessible. No need to be a graduate student to enjoy and engage with this text. I loved it because I felt not only fully informed but reassured. The book was NOT full of scary sensationalism/scenarios except when necessary to educate/inform. Even then, I found the knowledge gained and tone of the book reassuring. It was information that could prepare a woman for any possible incident or discomfort. Rather than being taken by surprise, I knew what might be heading my way and more importantly, how to avoid catastrophe if possible. I felt like I had an OB/GYN next to me each time I looked up a symptom or item of curiousity in the index. It was easy to use and gave digestible amounts of information per week. The more exciting aspect of the book is finding out that your baby is the size of an apricot or a banana at this or that stage in your pregnancy. The connection with my baby grew through use of this book. Finally, having had time to talk with other mothers, even a 5th time mother-to-be, I've found that even their lack of knowledge about symptoms and problems in pregnancy was quickly corrected by a quick peak through my copy of this book. Out of the 20 titles I read through on this subject during my pregnancy, this was the only one I kept.

    1-0 out of 5 stars There is a reason this is in the bargain bin!!!
    When I was pregnant my insurance company actually sent me this book--I never would have spent anything for it. The male author of this book adopts a condescending tone that, as an intelligent woman looking for information, I resented. He medicalizes birth, and ignores the need for empowerment of women in an arena that belongs to us. Not a single mention of current trends in childbirth such as birth centers, water birth, midwives, doulas (or, heaven forbid a HOME BIRTH!!)...If you are looking to be empowered with knowledge for a rewarding pregnancy and childbirth experience, I recommend anything by Penny Simkin or Sheila Kitzinger. (the authors my midwive recommended to me)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book to read
    I loved this book. It was very useful in learning about my pregnancy. I read this book cover to cover. Each week it gave you more information with out flooding your mind with to much to soon. I liked how I was able to read how I was changing and the baby was growing each week. I recommend this book to eveyone. I am on my second pregnancy and I have continued to read this book through out this pregnancy as well. I started from the beginning and read one week at a time and It has helped me understand so much even in the second pregnancy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Found
    I read about 4 different books and searched every web-site about pregnancy this is. This was the best I found. The week-by-week format is great, I knew what was actually happening to my baby every week, not just sometime during this month. The book also answered most of my questions. I think it is the best book out about pregnancy right now.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money
    The information in this book you can easily access anywhere else, both on-line and in better written books. Some estimations of size of fetus, etc. are not accurate. Most importantly, the section on labor and delivery is right out of the 1960's. Frankly, the tone of this text is absolutely insulting. I think I can decide for myself whether I prefer to have an enema before delivery or have my pubic hair shaved, regardless of what a hospital's routine procedure may be. Dr. Glade's point of view is that the obstetrician and assisting nurses make the final decision on all matters, stating that "there are two patients to consider". Yes, and the one that is an adult is the one that will be making the decisions. Expectant and new mothers (and their partners) need to know they have a right be consulted on the delivery and care of their newborn. ... Read more

    14. The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection--The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men
    by Suzanne Somers
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    Asin: 0609607219
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-08)
    Publisher: Crown
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    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

    15. The Breakdown Lane
    by Jacquelyn Mitchard
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    Asin: 0060587245
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 756
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Where can a woman turn when her own life threatens to overwhelm her ability to keep her children safe? New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard takes the readers of her newest novel on a wry and moving journey of loss and healing.

    Giving advice is what Julieanne does for a living -- every Sunday she doles it out to clueless people she doesn't know, in a column in her local Wisconsin paper. But when it comes to her personal life, Julie herself seems to have missed some clues. Having worked creatively to keep her twenty-year marriage to Leo fresh and exciting, she is completely caught off guard when he tells her he needs to go on a "sabbatical" from their life together, leaving Julie and their three children -- Gabe, Caroline, and Aury -- behind. But it soon becomes clear that his leave of absence is meant to be permanent. The succeeding months are filled with a confusion and sadness that shake the core of the entire family. Things take a turn for the worse when Julie is diagnosed with a serious illness and the children undertake a dangerous journey to find Leo -- before it's too late. As the known world sinks precariously from view, the clan must navigate its way through the shoals of love, guilt, and betrayal. Together, with the help of Leo's parents and Julie's best friend, Cathy, they work their way back to solid ground and a new definition of family.

    No one illuminates modern love, marriage, and parenting better than Jacquelyn Mitchard. Written with her trademark poignancy, humor, and insight, The Breakdown Lane is her most moving, eloquent, and life-affirming work yet.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!!!!
    This book blew me away!I like the author already but I purchased the book because of the subject matter. Like the character, Julieanne, I also have MS and was diagnosed at age 43.

    The story is so poignant and I could feel the characters just jump off the page.

    It is a story of one woman's battle with the sudden desertion of her husband of whom she has been with since she was a very young woman.Then finding herself with three children to take care of herself and being diagnosed with MS.

    She has to fight this monster of a deisease plus the feeling of abandonment.It is told from her point of view and her son, Gabe, who is 14 at the time and educationally challenged.

    I could go on and on.....but just read it.You don't have to have a chronic illness or even a crummy ex husband to appreciate this author and her style of writing.

    This story is told with truth and humor and tugs at the heartstrings as well. Read It, It's fantastic!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb novel
    A wonderful, gripping novel. Real charcters; real situations; real life.

    Okay--maybe just a LITTLE richer than strictly real. But not by much.

    Which is exactly what we want from our best novels, no?

    Mitchard is a master. Might as well go with your heart, and submit. If you do, you'll be treated very, very well. This is, after all, a writer who knows a thing or two about how best to treat the human heart. And if in her work it ever showed, it's here.

    3-0 out of 5 stars a good read, if not a great novel
    Jacquelyn Mitchard's The Breakdown Lane is an entertaining read, full of emotions, but in the end it leaves the reader feeling cheated.
    It starts out as the story of Julianne, who loses her husband, her health, and almost her job and her children and it is here that Mitchard's skill is apparent.She gets to the heart of every situation, leaving the reader with no doubt as to what every character is feeling. Julianne's son Gabe is especially well written, and a character that will stay with you for a long time after you've finished reading.
    However, Mitchard ties the ending up in a neat little bow that doesn't ring true.What began as a wrenching, painful, yet absorbing read, dissolves into a generic white knight to the rescue ending.It left me thinking that Julieanne's situation deserved a better, more realistic resolution than the one she got.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Honest, Moving Novel
    I really loved this book. I won't go into details of the plot, amazon and the other reviewers have done that already, but I just want fans of Ms. Mitchard's Deep End of the Ocean to give this one a try. I have not loved all of her other books since Deep End, so I wasn't sure about reading this one but the other Amazon reviews sparked my interest.
    The writing was honest and real, the characters had their flaws and blemishes, just like real people. Most of the time, a book about a woman who gets dumped, has children and has an illness, is made out to be a saint, an angel, a hero. Well, not here. She is real....As I got to the end, I was concerned about the way the story was going, everything tied up with a bow, nice and neat, I was afraid Ms. Mitchard was giving into happy ever after land...but she didn't. Even the ending was like real life, not perfect.
    Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down, give it a try, I think you will be glad you did.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It was ok...
    I gave this book 3 stars because it definately held my interest, but I would put it on the level with 12 Times Blessed-nowhere near the quality of Deep End of the Ocean.

    The story pulls at your heart strings (rotten husband leaving his wife and three kids for a new life-just as his wife gets sick).But I found a lot of the conversations a bit contrived, and the story became implausible as the book went on (dumped and sick and her eigth grade crush who turns out to be a doctor magically turns can probably guess the rest).

    It's definatly hard to put down, more of a light reading kinda like Danielle Steele. ... Read more

    16. Strong Women, Strong Hearts
    by Miriam E. Nelson, Alice Lichtenstein
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    Asin: 0399152873
    Catlog: Book (2005-05)
    Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 975007
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    17. Hormones, Health, and Happiness
    by Steven F., MD. Hotze, Steven F Hotze
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    Asin: 0976575108
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Forrest Publishing
    Sales Rank: 3743
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Dr Steven Hotze is leading a wellness revolution that advances a new model of healthcare.Unlike the prevailing medical approach of treating individual symptoms with the familiar "anti" drugs - such as antibiotics, antihistamines, and antidepressants - Dr Hotze addresses the underlying causes of poor health.

    Built around a regimen of biologically identical hormones and other natural treatments, Dr Hotze's model will help you obtain and maintain health and wellness naturally so that you can enjoy a better quality of life.In Hormones, Health, and Happiness you are shown how to reach and maintain optimal cell, tissue, and organ functioning so that you will feel at your peak physically, mentally, and emotionally.After your twenties, your hormone levels have already peaked and begun a slow, inexorable decline that may cause you to lose energy and gain weight.You may experience mood problems or have difficulty with thinking, concentration, and short-term memory.Your immune system is likely to become less efficient, leaving you vulnerable to infectious diseases.Dr Hotze reveals how you can restore hormones to their optimal levels using natural, biologically identical hormones in a safe, effective way that preserves vitality as you mature.

    In his eight-point treatment program, Dr Hotze addresses the entirety of your wellness:airborne allergies, food allergies, yeast overgrowth, low thyroid function, natural hormone replacement, treatment of adrenal fatigue, nutritionally balanced eating, and vitamin and mineral supplementation.He reveals how most illnesses are due to poor dietary habits and nutrition, lack of exercise, allergic disorders that weaken the immune system and make it more prone to infection, yeast overgrowth due to overuse of antibiotics, an imbalance and decline in the body's production of thyroid and sex hormones, and stressed adrenal glands.All of these factors can be addressed safely, effectively, and naturally without drugs. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!Someone hears me!
    When I picked up Dr. Hotze's book, I had such a sense of relief.This book validates my suspicions and explains why I feel the way that I do.More importantly, it explains how I can fix it!For anyone suspecting hormonal issues, this is a fast and important read.

    3-0 out of 5 stars There's more for people to know!
    I too am on bio-identical hormone replacement and had to travel many hours to find a qualified doctor. I found Dr. Hotze's book very informative and was not too surprised to see the one sidedness of the teaching facilities, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies! Bravo for bringing this out and detaching yourself from it!

    I also feel that his move to Allergist is a bit latteral. He's still prescribing "anti" medicines. He does not cover APICH Syndrome nor other reasons for candiasis - such as heavy metals and toxins due to dentistry. These are huge adrenal stressors! I went to one of these "famous" allergy clinics and they laughed at me (that condescending behavior)when I told them I was pursuing biological dentistry to remove my mercury amalgam fillings. My Allergist told me I was wasting my money. My chelation therapy urine tests PROVED I was very toxic with mercury, tin, lead, and other toxins. I went to the cause of my chronic (systemic) candida, allergies, arthritis and CFS!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Whole body wellness is a beautiful thing!
    Our bodies are incredible instruments, and it makes so much sense to learn how our many intricate parts can work together to make us feel better.In easy-to-read language, Dr. Hotze explains the interaction of the different human hormones, and why the bioidentical hormones work better than synthetic ones.I switched from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid and began taking bioidentical progesterone which resulted in profound improvement for me in just a few days. Unlike my recent experience with so many traditional physicians, the book encouraged me to continue to trust what I know about my own body and to seek out doctors who will actually listen to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hormones, Health and Happiness
    This is a marvelous book with usefull information, written in a clear and compassionate manner.Dr. Hotze translates his caring manner into the written word very well. This is a must read for women and men whose chronic symptoms are largely ignored by the conventional medical community.Be prepared to feel hopeful about the future and liberated to know that your symptoms are not "all in your head" and definitely not a drug deficiency.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Male 55 years old
    I am a male 55 years old. I considered myself to be in my prime time of my life, having over 40 years of experience in multitudes of professions. I found myself lacking in energy, beginning to forget things, having difficulty concentrating and of-course what males think of every 15 minutes, I lacked. When my allergies where in prime I had to cutting up a bed sheet, so I would always have something to blow my nose in.
    Since starting the allergy and male hormone program of Dr. Hotze I have lost 15 pounds. I am back to my weight that I was in college. My allergies are down by at least 90 percent. I am competing with a job market with 20 and 30 year olds very effortlessly. I paid dearly to buy my truck and keep it maintained. Dr. Hotze's program was very reasonable when I look back and see what I paid for my toys. There are many choices to pick for our health. I feel fortunately that I picked a hollistic way to a better life.
    God Bless (Opus Dei)
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    18. My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy
    by IAN DAVIS
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    Asin: 0761521674
    Catlog: Book (1999-10)
    Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
    Sales Rank: 2308
    Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
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    Finally—A Pregnancy Book That Won't Put Men to Sleep
    My Boys Can Swim! tells real men everything they really want to know about pregnancy, such as: How much is it going to cost? Why does your wife primp before seeing her doctor when she hasn't put a stitch of make-up on for you in months? And, most important, what's it going to do to your sex life?
    This rollicking, laugh-out-loud book is for expectant dads in search of bottom-line pregnancy information, without all that boring touchy-feely stuff you find in those books written for women. Inside you'll discover helpful—and hilarious—information and insights on such topics as:
    The Maternity Wardrobe: "A key part of the maternity wardrobe is maternity underwear—parachute-like undies big enough to fit an NFL defensive lineman."
    Baby Names: "Don't give your kids mockable names like Thaddeus, which is Greek for 'I'm a dork and should be beaten up.'"
    The Birth: "No one told me it's normal that babies' heads can be misshapen at birth. I was convinced that my wife gave birth to Veldar, the conehead."
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Chicago Tribune: Book Review
    WHAT DOES HE EXPECT? A NEW DAD ANSWERS QUESTIONS Women get morning sickness and swollen feet, strangers touching their bellies, unsolicited advice and hideous hand-me-downs from every mother they know. Men pretty much just don't get it when it comes to the nine-month drama their wives are starring in. They know approximately how it started and how it will end, but they're a little shaky on the role they'll play in between. That's the premise of "My Boy's Can Swim! The Officials Guy's Guide to Pregnancy."

    Ian Davis decided to write the 89-page changing table book when he needed straight from the (expanding) hip advice. Although named for George Costanza's reaction to getting someone pregnant, the book's similarity to "Seinfeld's" clueless character ends at the title. Davis know his (and her) stuff. He knows the lingo (amnio, layette), the major players (the "OB/GOD", the labor-delivery nurse, the insurance rep, and the hard truths (the price, the puffiness, the pain). And he knows he can't know everything, which is why he always lets his wife call the shots and advises readers to do the same.

    Davis gives a pregnancy play-by-play, pack with action -- running in terror from an overpriced maternity-wear boutique, running to the nearest bathroom--and colorful analysis. Davis, with the permission of his wife, Nada, recounts the experience, from the plus sign on the pregnancy test to the circumcision decision (which was a yes, minus an audience "stuffing their faces with bagels and lox").

    Part Cliff Notes, part Dear Abby, the book answers the questions most guys are too embarrassed to ask (e.g., no, you won't lose custody if you pass on the front-row view and ask to stand "above your wife's elbow" in the delivery room. And mind your manners after the birth. When she asks if the baby is beautiful, say yes--even though the infant might look like a mini-conehead for a few weeks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I actually read a book on pregnancy
    And I've never written a review on before. But when my wife gave this book to me, and told me that the author wrote it for the typical guy who "won't spend more than four extended trips to the john reading about pregnancy," I thought I'd have a look. Truth be told, it took a bit longer for me to read than the author predicted, but it is a GREAT bathroom book. I kept reading a few pages at a time, which worked out perfectly since there really is something to laugh at on just about every page. No one is more cynical than I am about Lamaze classes, baby books and other general baby stuff, so it really surprised me that I not only read this entire book, but I actually enjoyed it...and even learned a few things in the process. So, if you're profile is "anxious husband wanting to be helpful but no time or inclination spend hours reading hundreds of pages pregnancy material," this book is worth picking up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hysterical Read for Moms and Dads...
    I bought this book for my husband, who is deployed to Iraq and isn't here to experience the pregnancy with me. I read it first and had tears rolling down my face from the first page to the last. I hadn't laughed that hard in ages. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone who needs a good laugh. It won't disappoint.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Enjoyable Read
    I saw the author featured on CBS News Sunday with Charles Osgood on Mother's Day. He was really funny on the show, and when the reporter said that this book sold over 50,000 copies based on word of mouth alone, since I hadn't been able to get through any of the books my wife purchased for me, I figured I'd give this one a shot. I'm glad I did. While other pregnancy books for men are earnest/endearing works of 200 plus pages, which of course makes them impossible to get through, this one hits on the issues most men really want and need to know, and is written in a very fluid, lighthearted manner. It's a quick, fun read. If you're looking for a deep, detailed, and comprehensive text on pregnancy, there are plenty of other books to choose from (see "What to Expect," or "The Expectant Father." But if you don't have much time to read a lengthy book about the subject of pregnancy but want to feel better informed - and have a few laughs in the process - this book is a great choice.

    1-0 out of 5 stars One star for the ink and paper...
    This book is supposed to be funny, but frankly, it is not. Additionally, it falls into the typical cliches that men don't know anything about anything when it comes to pregnancies and babies, and that somehow they are emotionally or mentally challenged in these matters.

    But the worse part about this book, is not even its condescendence, but rather the complete lack of in-depth information the rare times it brings up subjects of interest. The book is like 12 pages long and is read in half an hour. It's like an expensive pamphlet. Don't waste your money! ... Read more

    19. Be a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment (2nd Edition)
    by Vladimir Lange
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    Asin: 0966361091
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-11)
    Publisher: Lange Productions
    Sales Rank: 387183
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Published in mid 2002, this 2nd edition presents the very latest information on sentinel node, immunotherapy, bone marrow transplants, reconstruction and more…

    Since the publication of the 1st edition of Be a Survivor, the book has gained tremendous recognition as a unique resource, and has become one of the three most often recommended to newly-diagnosed women.

    Several features make the book unique. It is by far the most visually appealing book on breast cancer. Hundreds of realistic photos and diagrams of radiation equipment, chemotherapy rooms, reconstructed mastectomies, etc. give the patients better insights.

    It is objective — representing the viewpoints of over two dozen leading specialists, rather than that of a single oncologist or surgeon.

    It is user friendly — clear explanations, lists of questions to ask, testimonials by survivors — all contribute to reassuring rather than intimidating the patient and her family.

    Be a Survivor the book is actually a free-standing proponent of an entire multi-media system, which includes a CD-ROM, several videos, and even a Spanish version of the program.

    Over the past years, Be a Survivor has been distributed by entire states — such as Vermont and Rhode Island. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars objective, definitive, easy to use
    My wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We did a thorough search of the literature. Be a Survivor was the most objective and informative book we found. Highly recommended for anyone looking for help with this difficult decision.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A necessity for the newly diagnosed woman.
    This is a wonderful book, packed with information, in a very easy to read format. There are 12 chapters:
    Facing Breast Cancer; Breast Cancer Basics; Diagnosis and Staging; Surgery; Reconstruction; Radiation; Chemo; Hormonal Therapy; alternative treatments; Clinical Trials; Life after Cancer; A guide for your partner. Each chapter explains what the chapter is about, e.g. What is chemo? How is it given? How it Works. Side Effects. Common Chemo drugs.
    This book is unique in that it has testimonials throughout from women, and their partners. It also has terrific drawings. I purchased a LOT of books when I was diagnosed. This was the book that I went to during my chemo and before surgery, to really find out what was going on. It is difficult to know what questions to ask your oncologist or surgeon, when everything is new. This book helps you prepare and should give you the confidence to make treatment decisions about your life. Highly, highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If You Only Buy One Book....
    A little over 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 3 lobular breast cancer. I was given this book shortly after the diagnosis by a nurse in the hospital where I work. It is the nuts and bolts of breast cancer, from the staging to the procedures with clear drawings, specific detailed information, and personal notations from women who have been where we are. It went everywhere with me-from chemo to radiation and the multiple surgeries I had. With this information, I had to face very few surprises. The drains left in place after the mastectomy are explained in detail. Radiation is presented clearly and realistically. There are photographs and drawing of how the chest looks after a mastectomy. The book takes some of the fear out of cancer treatment and replaces it with knowledge and advice. if you can only afford one book on the subject of breast cancer, this is the one I would recommend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best and most complete book on breast cancer.
    If you can only afford to buy one book on breast cancer than this is the one!

    This book is packed full of beautiful graphics and pictures of real breast cancer patients and their stories. A true and sensitive approach of their journey with breast cancer.

    The medical details presented in this book reveal breast cancer treatment in an easy to understand and concise manner. The medical information is technically accurate and explicit. No book on breast cancer gives as much information in such a concise and precise presentation.

    This book deals with all phases of a "breast cancer diagnosis". Included are chapters that highlight how a person deals with the feelings of a breast cancer diagnosis, how to share the news with loved-ones, friends and co-workers, how to create a supportive network, gathering the information needed to make informed decisions, and how to actively participate in the treatment plan.

    There is clear information on breast anatomy, cancer cell growth, biopsy, diagnosis and staging, surgical treatment, reconstruction options, chemotherapy and radiation treatments and of course, hormonal therapy. This book also has actual pictures of post-surgical breasts and the results of reconstruction. There is also a chapter about complementary and alternative treatments to assist the patient in battling cancer. The final chapters focus on life after cancer and a special section for your partner.

    I recommend this book as a must to every person I know who is facing the challenges of breast cancer, breast surgery and finally for life after cancer.

    Beautifully done. Parents of pre-teens and teenagers will find it helpful in explaining this disease to their children.

    This book is a companion to an award winning CD-ROM that gives the patient the opportunity to trek on a virtual tour of breast cancer!


    20. Baby & Me: The Essential Guide to Pregnancy
    by Deborah D. Stewart
    list price: $11.95
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    Asin: 0923521585
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-30)
    Publisher: Bull Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 664955
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    Baby and Me is a straightforward companion to pregnancy for women who don't want lengthy explanations or jargon. This bestseller focuses on prenatal care, communication with the physician, and problems arising from lifestyle choices. ... Read more

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