Be Fruitful: Conceiving Healthy Children with Ease

presented by Victoria Maizes, MD

Health professionals are rarely taught to counsel women on how to enhance fertility, to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, or to improve the health of their future child.  At the same time, modern women are taught to ignore their biological clocks and proceed with their careers; the larger media message promising that fertility is possible at advanced ages with a bit of help from reproductive technologies.  This can be a false promise. The fetal origins hypothesis posits that the environment of the womb has a profound effect on a human being.  To optimize a baby’s health, wellness-promoting activities must begin prior to conception.  In her recorded presentation, Dr. Maizes discusses ways to reduce exposure to the thousands of environmental chemicals currently in use; the known consequences include increased risk of autism, leukemia, cancer and cardiovascular disease.  She reviews the impact of the standard American diet, which reduces fertility and increases obesity in children, as well as evidence for whole food diets and macronutrients shown to increase fertility. She also discusses the micronutrients proven to reduce the risk of neural tube and heart defects that are associated with lower levels of autism. Finally, she discusses the physiological effects of stress, the role of spirituality, and the whole systems that can be used to increase the likelihood of conception.

 Recorded: February 2014

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to discuss the role of macronutrient influences on fertility
  2. Participants will be able to list the three most important micronutrients for reducing risks of infertility and birth defects in children
  3. Participants will be able to recommend three ways to reduce environmental toxin exposure from food and water and personal care products