Really Natural Books

April 25, 2013

Really Natural Cookbooks: RawEssence: 165 Delicious Recipes for Raw Living

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In the past year, I have shifted towards eating more raw food. During the day time, all I eat is raw. Dinner is the only mean I typically eat that is cooked.

Raw food doesn't have to simply mean you are munching on carrots and apples. There are many delicious recipes you can make! RawEssence: 165 Delicious Recipes for Raw Living by David Cote and Mathieu Gallant is sure to inspire you to eat healthier.

This new raw food cookbook is part of the growing movement that advocates a cuisine that is eco-friendly, meets nutritional needs and is immensely satisfying and delicious.

These outstanding recipes were originally created for Crudessence, the authors' restaurant and catering service, which is based on respect for living things and global well-being, which in turn promotes a healthy and responsible lifestyle. Rich in nutrients and enzymes, the recipes are recognized for their ability to revitalize and alkalinize the body.

The recipes are relaxed and flexible, making this an ideal cookbook for those who are just beginning to embrace the raw-food lifestyle. Because it also features an emphasis on attractive food presentation, experienced cooks will find it equally satisfying.

Sections include:


  • Living Raw Foods Worldwide

  • Techniques and Utensils

  • Basic Recipes

  • Juices and Smoothies

  • Soups

  • Salads

  • Pâtés

  • Fermentation

  • Dehydration

  • Appetizers

  • Main Dishes

  • Desserts.


In full color throughout, dozens of color photographs provide inspiration for meals suited for every occasion. In addition to the recipes, there's a plethora of information about the benefits of living foods, ingredient properties and all manner of advice for a natural and healthy lifestyle.

Some of the recipes I can't wait to try are the pecan dill terrine, island lime pie, dark desire cake, and riccota roulade! Yum, these recipes will inspire me to eat more raw food at dinner time too.

Raw desserts are my favorite!

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April 23, 2013

Really Natural Cookbook: The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook

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Eating gluten-free is a trend and a medical necessity. For some, gluten-free eating is medically indicated by Celiacs Disease. For others, it simply makes them feel better.

The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook: 125 Delicious Recipes from Amaranth to Quinoa to Wild Rice by Judith Finlayson is full of a wide variety of recipes from different cultures and includes beautiful photographs.

Consuming whole grains offers not only a wide variety of health benefits, but they can be incredibly delicious. We also know that more and more people are looking for gluten-free alternatives. It is a huge market, and that's where this book fits in perfectly, with great recipes featuring amaranth, buckwheat, corn, job's tears, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff and wild rice.

Its color pages throughout feature a wealth of health information on these grains. There is a culinary profile for each, with buying and storing information, cooking methods and recommendations, and detailed nutritional analyses for each individual grain as well as for the recipes. The color photographs for each grain provide easy identification.

Featuring mouthwatering recipes for breakfast through dessert, Finlayson ensures that good taste and a gluten-free lifestyle go together beautifully, from soups, salads and sides to pancakes, puddings and so much more.

This book is proof positive that good taste, excellent nutrition and gluten-free options are not mutually exclusive.


I can't wait to try the Cranberry Pecan Millet Salad and Mushroom Ragout. Many of these recipes include meat, but it looks like it can easily be omitted leaving a delicious recipe for vegetarians like me.

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April 9, 2013

You can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions

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 You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions explores holistic and alternative treatments, including nutritional aspects, for lung cancer.  Thankfully, I do not have lung cancer; I have one acquaintance that is a survivor. I remember visiting him in the hospital after part of his lung was removed.  

I have not tried the methods in this book; however, author Carl O. Helvie is a 38-year lung cancer survivor. In general, they are good healthy living tips in addition to cancer specific treatments.

Review
If you are ever diagnosed with advanced cancer, the odds are very good that your oncologist will tell you that unless you immediately consent to chemotherapy you are going to die. This is a lie! I know, I have been treating conventional chemotherapy failures for years. Other than for leukemia or lymphoma, conventional chemotherapy is almost always a death sentence. There are so many more effective ways to treat advanced cancer, and Dr. Carl Helvie's book, You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions, describes some of the most effective. In addition, his book is packed with references and information sources that will help anyone fighting cancer learn more about how to go about it successfully. --Frank Shallenberger, MD, HMD, ABAAM, Medical Director, The Nevada Center of Alternative Medicine, Editor: Real Cures Newsletter and Author

From the Author
This book was a joy to write because it discusses my experience with lung cancer 38 years ago when contemporary medicine gave me 6 months to live and I beat the odds of lung cancer and also the odds of 3 chronic illnesses and 5 prescribed medications (average for a 75 year old). And I used all natural holistic interventions so there were no side effects. Now at age 80 I am in excellent health and lead an active life, I want the same for others and realize it is so easy for those who are willing to live a healthy holistic lifestyle involving physical, mental, spiritual, relationships. environmental, and political components. Most of my other books have been textbooks for nursing and health students but this book and my last one are for the general public.

As Helvie writes, the major cause of lung cancer is smoking, but there are other risk factors as well, such as exposure to asbestos and arsenic. One causal relationship I was not aware of until skimming this book is that a diet low in fruits and vegetables is also a factor. In fact, consumption of green leafy vegetables protects against lung cancer even amongst smokers, according to Helvie.

I think this book is important for anyone diagnosed with lung cancer to read and discuss with their medical and alternative providers.

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April 5, 2013

DIY Home Preservation: The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

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Depending on where you live, strawberry season may be in full swing or a month or two away. Although I prefer fresh fruit, preservation is a great way to keep fruit through the winter. We were sent two recipes from The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook.

Rachel Saunders's The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook is the definitive jam and marmalade cookbook of the 21st century. In addition to offering more than 100 original jam, jelly, and marmalade recipes, master jam artisan Rachel Saunders shares all of her technical preserving knowledge, as well as her unique jam maker's perspective on fruit.
Rachel combines nostalgia with a modern, sustainable approach to creating fresh and vividly flavored preserves. The recipes are divided into chapters based on the seasons, and each chapter is organized by month and type of fruit. Sample recipes include Strawberry-Marsala Jam with Rosemary, Italian Lemon Marmalade, and Early Girl Tomato Jam.

More than 100 stunning photographs by Sara Remington illustrate each part of the preserving process--from the different stages of cooking to testing for doneness to the final canning stage. Each recipe includes an approximate yield and a suggested shelf life, in addition to details on recommended equipment, including Rachel's beloved copper jam pot. The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook gives all measurements by weight rather than volume, making it the most exact and reliable American jam book on the market. More than 20 recipe variations are provided, along with detailed information about common and rare fruits, hybrid varieties, and flavor combinations. Nothing is left to chance or overlooked; Rachel explains every aspect of jam and marmalade making in step-by-step detail. The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook is a one-of-a-kind, must-have resource for home and professional cooks alike.


The recipes we were sent were the Brandied Red Cherry Preserve, White Guava & Meyer Lemon Marmalade, and Italian Prune and Cardamom Conserve. All the recipes look easy to follow; however, I would like to see the whole cookbook to see if there are more standard recipes. I do really like how the book is arranged by season, so you know exactly when to be making what with local ingredients.

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April 3, 2013

A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife

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Never underestimate the power of literature to inspire someone to change their life. A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife by Sydney Lea is such a book of tales that makes one realize where you live does matter. I have always espoused that happiness is not conditional to location, yet it certainly does provide a backdrop for adventures.

A North Country Life is the story of author Sydney Lea's powerful connection to his family, friends, and the northern outdoors. Loosely organized by the changing of seasons, different sections feature essays on such topics as childhood family fishing trips in the wilds of Maine, trophy fly-fishing the northern reaches of the Connecticut River, the opening day of turkey hunting season in Vermont, and getting lost in the deep woods while deer hunting. The essays are introspective and dramatic illustrations of the blending of the human and natural worlds; emotion is attached to both spheres and adds texture to the sketches. Readers of varied interests will be drawn to the sincerity of the author's voice.

A notable writer and poet, Lea's lyrical writing preserves a picture of people and places from the past with vivid scenes recalling former times and contrasting them with modern life. Thoughtful portraits of New England elders and the author's friends bring to life the outdoors as seen through many different eyes, inspiring readers to take a new look at the world around them. With the author's knack for descriptive language, this compelling read will strike a chord with anyone interested in the contemplative side of nature--which, in truth, is most of us.


Although I am not a hunter or fisherman, there is a lot I can connect to in this book. The love and connection to a river, the ominous observations of nature and how it is changing, building that first fire in the woodstove when the seasons change, etc.

This book is heavy on the hunting, but it is enjoyable even if you are not one to go bag your dinner.

Lea is Vermont's Poet Laureate.

I could not find any information about recycled paper or FSC-certification from the publisher.

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March 15, 2013

Really Natural Children's Books: Orangutans

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Eye on the Wild: Orangutan by Suzi Eszterhas is a beautifully photographed book that introduces children to the life of an orangutan. This delightful non-fiction book gives children and mothers much to relate to as the baby orangutan grows into maturity. From nursing to needing a nap when baby is playful, moms can't help but connect to the universal motherhood experiences. Children also delight in these associations of the close relationship between mother and child, as well as watching baby orangutan learn to swing from branches at the same age baby humans are learning to walk.

High in the trees of the rainforest in Sumatra, a baby orangutan is born. Follow her from birth to adulthood, as she learns to look after herself. See her eating her first solid food -- mashed fruit, learning to climb, and relaxing in the "nest." She will stay with her mom, learning how to survive in the forest, until she is five years old.
I really like this book as it is developmentally appropriate non-fiction, well-written, and beautifully photographed.  Creating such connections to nature and wildlife ensure are children will grow up to protect our environment. 
 

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March 12, 2013

Slow Cooking for the Spring Holidays

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Easter is approaching and traditionally is a meal similar to winter holidays. Holiday Slow Cooker: A Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations is not a vegetarian cookbook, but it does have many recipes I would like to try.

SET I T AND GO CELEBRATE!
With the perfectly adapted recipes in this book, you can prepare all the holiday classics without spending hours in the kitchen! Simply toss the ingredients in your slow cooker and go enjoy the festivities with family and friends while dinner is cooking in the other room. From tasty appetizers and delicious sides to enticing entrées and heavenly desserts, Holiday Slow Cooker teaches you the easy, hasslefree way to make all the traditional favorites, including:
• Piquant Black-Eyed Peas
for New Year's
• Easy N'Awlins Slow Cooker Gumbo
for Mardi Gras
• Lobster Bisque
for Valentine's Day
• Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage
for St. Patrick's Day
• Leg of Lamb
for Easter Sunday
• Caramel Flan
for Cinco de Mayo
• Breakfast Quiche
for Mother's Day Brunch
• Buffalo Chicken Wings
for Fourth of July
• Autumn Pork Stew
for Halloween
• Pumpkin Butter
for Thanksgiving
• Candied Sweet Potatoes
for Christmas
• Challah Pudding
for Hanukkah
With full-color photos and great recipes, this book allows you to craft perfect dinners with minimal stress. Plus, the benefits of using a slow cooker go beyond tasty meals, they allow you to free up space on the stove, let dessert cook while you are enjoying dinner, and keep dishes warm for fabulous party dips, fondues and more.

I love cooking in my slow cooker, as it takes away the pressure of dinner preparations in the busy evening time.

I find it odd that the recipe for Maple Carrots has no maple syrup in it. Hmmm. There are very few vegetarian recipes included.

It is interesting that this cookbook is arranged by holiday, and I would love to make the chocolate fondue.

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March 11, 2013

Consciously Parenting

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Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families (Volume 1) by Rebecca Thompson, M.S. is a must read for parents.

In this book, Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families, Rebecca Thompson offers solutions that go beyond trying to change behaviors and are based on what truly matters: Building connected, trusting family relationships and bonds that can weather any situation. Her approach is grounded in science and research and uses straightforward language and examples to explain how parents can connect in deep, meaningful ways with their children.

The book combines ideas from attachment parenting and science.

I really like what Thompson says about "Watching Our Words", and it is lesson not only parents but educators need to remember.

Positive, affirming statements about our children go a long way toward creating a connected relationship. When we use words that affirm our child's innate goodness and willingness to help, we will begin to see more of those traits in our child.

Thompson also speaks of how our own needs influence our children's behavior, and I can see that reflected in my relationships with my children clearly after reading parts of this book.

Unfortunately there is no information about green paper or eco-friendly printing processes for this book.

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February 28, 2013

Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and other Health Professionals

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From yoga to the power of prayer, Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and other Health Professionals by Kathy Gruver, PHD, LMT explores the connections between body and mind.

If you are a bodyworker or health professional interested in adding mind/body therapies to your practice and your life, this is your book. Learn about the stress response, placebo effect and fundamentals of mind/body communication. You will understand the specific ways these methods can enhance the healing of your clients and learn multitudes of modalities you can add to help more people, increase your income and experience the new paradigm of the mind/body connection.

Gruver "boils down to basics" many techniques that are current, like Emotional Freedom Technique and Rebirthing. Even though this book is designed for body workers, there is a lot you can learn about therapies involved in body mind connections.

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February 19, 2013

Really Natural Cookbooks: Modern Flavors of Arabia

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Modern Flavors of Arabia: Recipes and Memories from My Middle Eastern Kitchen by Suzanne Husseini is a beautiful cookbook!

Modern Flavors of Arabia takes you on a culinary journey to the Middle East to explore a food culture that spans centuries. Each of the recipes will surprise and delight you and bring new colors, aromas and flavors to your table. Join Suzanne as she pays tribute to her mother's cooking and enjoy her refreshingly new take on the traditional--pilafs fragrant with herbs and spices, crepes speckled with pistachios and sweetened with rose syrup, scones enhanced with dates, orange and cardamom. Discover the secrets of perfect falafel, shawarma, and homemade labneh, and try other classic dishes such as kibbeh and fattouche. Recipes are arranged by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert and a whole chapter is dedicated to mezze. Suzanne's stories and ideas on how to serve each dish accompany the beautifully illustrated and easy-to-follow recipes.

Let Suzanne's refined Arabian cuisine inspire you. Fill your kitchen with the warm, exotic scents of the Middle East, and surprise yourself with how easy it is to create these mouthwatering delicacies at home.
It is not a vegetarian cookbook, but there are some recipes for veggies like me.

The photographs are beautiful and inspiring! I really want to make the Spiced Ricotta-Stuffed Dates and the Baked Baklawa Cheesecake. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

There are plenty of other recipes to round out a meal like Braised Stuffed Cabbage in Lemon Garlic Sauce and Grilled Eggplant with Pomegranate Dressing.

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February 18, 2013

Really Natural Self-Help: The Power of Personal Accountability

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As I mentioned before, I review all packages we receive. Sometimes they may not apply directly to this blog's ethos. I think Self-Help books fall into this category, but they may help you achieve your green living goals.

I don't so much like the title of Making Yourself Indispensable: The Power of Personal Accountability by Mark Samuel, but I like the idea of personal accountability.

Imagine waking up with enthusiasm every workday. Imagine being certain that you are highly valued by your boss and coworkers. Imagine feeling secure and in control because, even if jobs are being eliminated, you're too valuable to let go. In other words, imagine being indispensable

Sound too good to be true? Not according to Mark Samuel, who has helped thousands of people around the world get on the path to personal achievement and fulfillment. He shows why the key to becoming indispensable is to embrace accountability rather than run from it, in everything you do at work and in your personal life.

You'll see how Samuel's Personal Accountability Model really worked for people such as:
· Lynn, who transformed herself from the worst teacher at her school to one of the most respected.
· Dan, an office assistant of ten years who finally figured out how to jumpstart his career.
· Mary, a super visor who had continually been skipped over for promotion, until she finally decided to stop "playing it small."
· Jerry, a plant manager who got stuck in a "victim loop" when his division began to underperform. Only when he stopped blaming others could he find the energy and ideas to help his plant overcome its challenges.

Becoming indispensable doesn't require a fancy degree, a senior management title, or a huge income. It's a mind-set available to anyone, as you'll learn from these and other inspiring true stories. You'll also discover Samuel's proven strategies for letting go of victimhood, figuring out what's really holding you back, and taking smart actions to achieve your highest goals.


As self-centered as the title implies, the advice is not. The six choices promoted in the book included things like being "we" centered and valuing others. This is good advice!

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February 6, 2013

125+ Vegan Plant-Based Recipes: The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook

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The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook: 125+ Delectable Plant-Based Vegan Recipes for a Fit, Happy, Healthy You by Michelle Costello is truly the ultimate vegan cookbook!

The more than 7 million vegetarians and 3 million vegans in the United States alone are proving that chowing down on planet-friendly fare not only helps them look and feel better, but it can be delicious, too. In her debut cookbook, Karma Chow creator and celebrity chef Melissa Costello shares an exciting collection of 125+ recipes that will be a welcome addition for anyone already following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or for the growing number of people embracing more plant-based meals. As personal chef to celebrity fitness guru Tony Horton, creator of the bestselling P90X® fitness system, Melissa is constantly finding creative ways to keep Tony and her other clients happy, fit, and fueled.

With her "keep it simple" and "make it tasty" approach, she offers a smorgasbord of dairy- and animal-free appetizers and desserts, breakfasts, and dinners, as well as holiday- and company-worthy menus. Recipes include: Mac & Cheeze, Karma Burgers with Chipotle "Mayo," Thai-Style Tempeh Lettuce Wraps, Supreme-Oh Burritos, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Korean-Style Tempeh Tacos with Red Dijon Slaw, Enchilada Casserole with Ranchero Sauce, Artichoke and White Bean Dip, Cilantro Cauliflower Smash, Pad Thai in Peanut Coconut Sauce, Stuffed Mushroom Poppers, Indian Spiced Coconut Yam Soup, Chili Sweet Potato Fries, Un-Shepherd's Pie, Strawberry Crème Mousse with Pistachio Nut Topping, Banana Carob Bread Pudding, Apple/Pear Crisp, Brownie Bites, Chocolate Truffles, and Cardamom Chocolate Chippers (a Tony Horton favorite!)

The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook shows anyone how to reconnect with their food and honor it as Earth's source for keeping us alive--all while finding it easier to rock their workouts and sculpt a well-defined physique. It's a winning recipe for success for anyone looking to transition to a healthier way of life!


Some of the recipes I can't wait to try are:

  • Indian-Spiced Coconut Yam Soup

  • Cherry Pecan Quinoa Muffins

  • Kale Slaw with Creamy Pumpkin Seed Dressing

  • Sunflower Seed "Pate"
I really like how many of these recipes have accompanying photographs. The images help me decide what I would like to make, inspire me, and help when cooking to see what the final result will be.

Karma Chow has a great website too with many videos.

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January 30, 2013

Gluten-Free Cookbooks: Cooking with Quinoa for Dummies

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I have to say I find the title of the "Dummies" books a bit insulting, but heck you don't have to take it personally. Their approach to giving out information is easily accessible to all: dummies and savants alike.

Cooking with Quinoa For Dummies by Cheryl Forberg, RD is filled with recipes and a few photos sure to get your mouth watering.

Touted as "the gold of the Incas", quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has many health benefits. It is high in both protein and fiber, gluten-free, and has been known to help those with cardiovascular health problems, as well as people who suffer from migraine headaches. Research also shows that the nutritional composition of quinoa is important in fighting breast cancer, especially in post-menopausal women. It is a great gluten alternative, and provides complete protein in vegetarian or vegan dishes. Not only does it have all of these phenomenal health qualities, quinoa is also delicious and extremely versatile!

Quinoa can be made into a breakfast porridge, stuffed into a wrap for lunch, combined with vegetables for a hearty salad, rolled with spices and breadcrumbs to make a delicious burger, and added to an assortment of cakes and breads for an extra protein punch. Cooking with Quinoa for Dummies shows you how you can easily incorporate quinoa into each and every one of your meals and snacks.

  • Offers over 140 gluten-free recipes for incorporating quinoa into breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, and desserts
  • Explains the health benefits and disease-fighting power of this superfood
  • Provides the 4-1-1 on how quinoa can help you lose those unwanted pounds
  • Includes a 16 page color insert with beautiful photos of gluten-free quinoa-packed meals
My whole family loves quinoa, especially my kids! I even love it in chocolate. It cooks up faster than rice and is great alone or part of a dish, even soup!
 

This is not a vegetarian cookbook, but there are plenty of veggie recipes. I want to try the quinoa Nutty Banana Bread recipe!

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January 29, 2013

Really Natural Books: The Business of Baby

business_of_baby.jpgThe Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line by Jennifer Margulis is an eye opening book that discovers what many midwives, natural childbirth advocates and mothers suspect about the maternal medical infrastructure of this country.

In the tradition of Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism that challenges our common wisdom about pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby's life, showing how the mother and child's wellbeing are often undermined by corporate profit margins and the private interests of the medical community

Award-winning journalist Jennifer Margulis questions the information parents are given by the medical community and the consumer culture, addressing the relationship between the vast money-making business of pregnancy and the early childcare advice parents are given. Margulis encourages us to question what we're told about prenatal and infant care and explains how financial interests skew the care we give to mothers and infants. She investigates how the diaper industry perpetuates longer delays in potty training than ever before; why cesareans are increasingly prevalent; why more women don't breastfeed; and why, despite our state-of-the-art medical technology, the United States has among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the industrialized world.

An illuminating combination of investigative journalism, meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, and scientists, Margulis's critique uncovers how business interests and profit margins undermine the health of pregnant women and their babies. Shocking, groundbreaking, and revelatory, The Business of Baby arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.


Randomly opening the book, I came upon a section discussing the Hepatitis B vaccine which is given to hospital born babies in the US almost immediately after birth. Why? It is a sexually transmitted blood-borne virus. My midwives taught me your child was only at risk if you were an IV drug user or prostitute. Furthermore, instead of vaccinating the vast majority of infants, it would make more sense to test the mothers for the illness (which does occur in routine prenatal care) and then respond appropriately. Margulis quotes a pediatrician that says the vaccine is given not because they fear children will get sick but just in case they grow up to be part of this at-risk group (IV drug users and prostitutes). Plus, there are safety concerns with the vaccine.

Vaccine discussion is just a small part of this book. From Cesareans to ultrasounds, this in depth analysis of birthing practices in the United States needs to be read by all expectant parents to help you make informed choices and save money. I highly recommend this book!

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