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Natural Solutions To Infertility: How to increase your chances of conceiving and preventing miscarriage [Paperback]

Marilyn Glenville
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23 Mar 2000
In Natural Solutions to Infertility Dr Glenville provides: A four month pre-conception plan, specially devised to balance your body's hormones, banish toxins and promote conception and a healthy pregnancy; Advice on how to recognise and eliminate fertility-decreasing factors from your lifestyle and environment; Eating plans for you and your partner; Guidance on how nutrition and supplementation can increase the success rate of treatments such as IVF and AID; Dietary advice on how to prevent miscarriage

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (23 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749920599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749920593
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marilyn Glenville PhD is the UK's leading expert in nutritional health for women. She obtained her doctorate from Cambridge University and is the Former President of the Food and Health Forum at The Royal Society of Medicine and patron of the Daisy Network, a premature menopause support group. She runs clinics in St John's Wood and Kensington in London and also has other clinics in Tunbridge Wells and Dublin.

For more than twenty five years, Dr Glenville has studied and practised nutrition both in the UK and the US. She holds lectures and seminars throughout the world and appears regularly on radio and TV.

Dr Glenville won the Best Nutrition Health Writer of the Year award in 2009 and appears in the 2010 edition of Who's Who.

She is the author of many internationally bestselling books including, 'The Natural Health Bible for Women', New Natural Alternatives to HRT'. `Fat around the Middle`. 'Getting Pregnant - Faster ', 'Healthy Eating for the Menopause'. 'The Nutritional Health Handbook for Women'. 'Overcoming PMS the Natural Way' and 'Osteoporosis - how to treat, prevent and reverse it. Her website is

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Marilyn Glenville PhD is one of Britain's leading nutritional therapists. She is chair of Foresight, the steering group for the Nutritional Therapy Council and the Governing Council for the British Association of Nutritional Therapists.

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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I was deeply disappointed in this book. I bought it based on the reviews I'd read here, and read it as soon as it arrived. It told me nothing I didn't already know from other reading and basic internet research, and while it promised a "detailed four month plan to improve your health before conception" that detailed plan was written on less than one page (!) and simply suggested taking supplements (detailed elsewhere in the book) and not eating non-organic food - something that is extensively and more effectively written about elsewhere. The book contains very little about how to use exercise and mediation to deal with the stress of trying to conceive, is very unclear on explanations of possible problems you may be experiencing, and provides extremely superficial content on chinese herbs which would have been better left out entirely as if anyone tried to self-medicate based on the information provided here they could get themselves into serious trouble.
I would strongly recommend that you buy an alternative. A combination of "taking control of your fertility" by Toni Wechsler and "fertility and conception" by Zita West would do the job of this book much more effectively. If you want to deal specifically with issues when you cannot conceive (which both these do touch on), then you might want to add "the infertility cure" which talks about chinese medicine, and/or a book on meditation such as those by Alice Domar and/or "yoga for fertility". This will provide a much more helpful, less patronising selection for your bookshelf.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother With This One 9 Jun 2003
By A Customer
If you are trolling Amazon looking to educate yourself about infertility, don't put this in your cart. Marilyn Glenville trades on the current climate of fear and lists hundreds of things that may or may not cause infertility. The only certain thing is that you will be scared to eat anything or do anything or go anywhere if you read this book. So don't. I appreciate that organic-food-vitamin-supplement types usually adhere to their views as articles of faith, but the rest of us would like some backing besides a few meager 1950's studies. You can learn what she tells you about diet, vitamins and supplements from any one of a dozen websites committed to fertility. Her detail is sparse and she - unforgivably- tries to bully you into lifestyle changes without concommitant medical proof. Buy Toni Wechsler's book if you are looking for facts on the physical elements of conceiving or Niravi Payne's book if you are searching for the spiritual elements. And good luck.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone who knows! 15 Jan 2003
By Pam,
Thank God someone out there wrote a book which doesn't assume that getting pregnant is easy! All I could find were books about being pregnant. I was feeling helpless, doctors say keep trying and all the time I wanted to find out if there was something I could do to improve my chances. This book has provided that. Marilyn Glenville puts forward her recommendations and gives sound scientific evidence in support of what she recommends and in support of what she suggests to avoid. I have a greater understanding of possible reasons for infertility & what could improve the chances. I have just finished her '4 month plan' and the other reviews I read about Marilyn Glenville missing the point that not all cycles are 28 days - well my experience has been that I don't recall a 28 day cycle, but since being on the supplements Marilyn suggests, I have had 28 day cycles. I can't be sure, but to me that has to be doing something good. In any case you may as well try, if nothing else it will improve your health and your husband/partner's as he will be taking supplements too! We are still trying, but I really believe that our chances have improved. If like me, you want natural help, then this is a definite read. It's more help than from doctors.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better books on the market 16 April 2001
By A Customer
I share all the readers views that this book is great for anyone wanting to be in optimum shape before a pregnancy. It is not aimed at those who expect that they are infertile but just for those planning for a healthy pregnancy and baby.
It had useful information on miscarriage and fibroids and was generally easy to read.
The reason that I have scored it so lowly is that I am angry - it is so wrong for a book of its type to make the assumption that a 28 day cycle is normal. If you have read around the subject and know your stuff you will be able to glean the information that menstruation cycles may be much long and much shorter. I am beginning to think the biggest single factor for couples thinking they are infertile is being told that the female ovulates on day 14 of a 28 day cycle. Having recently read Toni Weschler's "Taking Charge of your fertility" I know that becoming familiar with your own cycle is essential. Cycles range from 23 to 35 days yet the medical profession seem to ignore this.
If you have been "trying" for a while and think there may be something wrong - don't use this as a standalone. The fertility window is so small that all the healthy eating in the world is not going to help you if your timings wrong!
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book after seeing it discussed on a fertility site message board. I have to say that sometimes reading it made me quite angry - not with the book, but with our medical system which does not give us this vital (also relatively cheap and simple) advice!
The fact that taking certain vitamin supplements and having a healthy diet can dramatically affect your future child's health (as well as your chances of firstly getting pregnant and then having a viable pregnancy) should be made much more common knowledge. Why doesn't the NHS invest a bit of money in promoting this kind of information and potentially save itself huge amounts on fertility investigations and treatments?
The most amazing statistic is that of 325 couples who got pregnant using this advice, not a single one had a miscarriage or birth defects - the national average is that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage! Now that has to be worth a bit of effort. (The diet is also extremely good for your own health and future health, of course - cutting down your chances of a large number of diseases).
It is early days for us, so it will be some time before we know whether it has been successful, but even if it doesn't work, by reading the book my husband has finally been persuaded to 'do his bit' and alter his eating habits, too - so it's no longer all down to me.
Even if you are not aware of any fertility problems, read this book (or a similar one) before you try to concieve - it could save you an awful lot of heartache! (But read Toni Weschler, too - that contains a lot more info every woman should know about her body!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Solutions to Infertility
Excellent condition, and a really brilliant book! :) Very informative and enjoyable to read. I will definately order from the "used" section again. Thanks Amazon! :)
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by parks
5.0 out of 5 stars YOu must read it!
I love the way the book is written and Dr Marilyn Glenville talks to us.
when I read it I was feeling so down and discouraged about the problem BUT the book helped me to see... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Pamela1
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of vital information
This book is packed to the gills with vital information to help you avoid items that may be preventing you from conceiving and include nutrients to support successful conception.
Published on 5 July 2009 by D. Maddox
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
By the time you've flicked through this book, you'll be scared to eat or do anything! It seems to be anecdotal and based on old research... with lots of supplements to take. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2009 by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars This book gave me hope
I have recently had a miscarriage which left me devastated. No one from the medical profession at the hospital or GP surgery were helpful or supportive at such an emotional time. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2008 by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for us
I haven't read this book but my wife has.
We had been trying for children for four years and had three depressing experiences of failed IVF. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2008 by G. Willits
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading and very helpful
After almost 3 years of trying to conceive and western medicine failing us, we discovered Dr Glenville. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2006 by 2BoysMumsy
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB FAB FAB
Published on 16 Mar 2005 by J SUTTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot rate this book enough
I have only been following this book for about 4 weeks and their is a massive improvement in my cycle. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative fertility planner
I fully recommend this book and the 4-month fertility plan that is described within. Having researched secondary infertility extensively, I needed a book that would inform me and... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2004
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