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Primal Health: Understanding The Critical Period Between Conception And The First Birthday

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Michel Odent, the leading pioneer for natural childbirth, indicates that the period between conception and a child's first birthday is critical to lifelong health. In this prophetic book, first published in 1986, Odent argues that different parts of the primal adaptive system develop, regulate and adjust themselves during fetal life and the time around birth and infancy. E ...more
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Published October 15th 2002 by Clairview Books (first published January 15th 1987)
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hellaD
Jan 25, 2016 hellaD rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this book. Really powerful work that Michel Odent has done in understanding Primal Health. I especially enjoyed his appendix on Bechamps. As well as the last chapter discussing how important it is for women to keep the time of giving birth sacred and mysterious. I am amazed how far ahead of most of us Michel is in his discussions of the microbiome. When this book was written in the mid- 80s none of us had heard of the microbiome and yet he is discussion the importance of the bir ...more
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An interesting read with a visionary idea on the future of birth - that one may or may not appreciate. Whether one agrees or not with the author, the book contains interesting ideas on the development of modern medicine led by Pasteur's debated contribution, contrasted with Rousseau's naturalism.
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For several decades Michel Odent has been instrumental in influencing the history of childbirth and health research.


As a practitioner he developed the maternity unit at Pithiviers Hospital in France in the 1960s and '70s. He is familiarly known as the obstetrician who introduced the concept of birthing pools and home-like birthing rooms. His approach has been featured in eminent medical journals s
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