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Wait For Harvard Or Have A Baby

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No backdrop reveals the high cost of confusion as clearly as the emotionally charged world of baby making.

In 1994, author Julia Indichova gave birth to a healthy baby girl, in direct contradiction to all that medical dogma of the day declared possible. Library Journal hailed her first book Inconceivable (Doubleday 2001) as "an important consumer health resource ... the first such book written from the patient's point of view." In the last fifteen years, Indichova's commitment to share her experience brought forth an original mind-body program, documented in her second book The Fertile Female (Adell Press 2007).

While a diet overhaul was an important piece of Julia Indichova's repair regime, commenting on The Fertility Diet (McGraw Hill, 2007), she notes, "I was lucky that this book was not in print at the time of my own diagnosis. Otherwise, I too might have been tempted to follow it." On Monday, January 21, a study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology linking caffeine and miscarriages validates Ms. Indichova's concerns.

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Indichova, who has spent over a decade and a half observing the effect of simple, healthy eating habits on fertility, is concerned that regardless of the well-founded critical points being made in such venues as The New York Times, the fact that the Harvard name is linked with the book will prevent readers from questioning its conclusions as they should.

"Several of the recommendations," she notes, "can be dangerously confusing to women at risk for reproductive difficulties."

Consider the following guidelines in The Fertility Diet followed by Julia Indichova's comments:

"Choosing whole fat milk and ice cream as a preventative for ovulatory disorders?" Dairy products can in some women in fact deplete ovarian reserve, and further impair endocrine function. (Cramer et al., 1994, 139(3):282-9)