Fascinating or paranoid? Empowered or anxious? You will be the answer to that debate! Readers of The Better Baby Book must be able to see the glass half full and appreciate enlightening information that teaches steps you can take towards health without being overwhelmed by all the steps untaken! Otherwise it will leave you frantic about all of the dangers in the world. My advice – self monitor as you read. If the book is helping you lead a healthier life, keep reading! If it’s sending you into an anxiety spiral, put the book down and spend your time on something you know is good for you: like a walk, a glass of water, or some moving music.
The Better Baby Book is about the many things that you can do to be as healthy as possible in today’s world. They truly leave no stone unturned, covering topics from the best cooking temperatures to electromagnetic field avoidance and stress reduction. Based on my current knowledge of their subject, which is certainly less than theirs, I believe that their suggestions are true but overblown. For example, they state that “How we leave the world is largely determined by how we enter it. What happens in the womb environment can largely predict your baby’s cardiovascular health, eating patterns, tendency to gain weight, emotional resilience, intelligence, susceptibility to cancer, resistance to infection, and even blood pressure.”
They are referring to the power of the interplay between environment and genetic expression in early life, an area of very fascinating current research. From my read of some of the studies, there is strong evidence for a link, but in order for the link to show up, the situation must be extreme. For example, current evidence that nutrition during pregnancy can influence a tendency towards obesity is evident in populations where mothers are severely malnourished, like during the potato famine in Ireland. The quote above is therefore true – the womb environment does influence the tendency to gain weight – but doesn’t it sound a little less terrifying with my additional details? You will find that those additional details are missing from the discourse throughout The Better Baby Book.
That being said, I really enjoyed The Better Baby Book. The research they cite is interesting and increases my awe for human biology. The book also affirms my stance on many things in the world. I have been called “a health nut” on more than one occasion. If you’re like me, you will enjoy reading what you agree with, and you will also learn something new. If you’re not like me, and you think people who shop organic and avoid GMO’s are overly paranoid, you will likely see The Better Baby Book as another source of radicalized propaganda from the back-to-the-earth party.
The Better Baby Book’s Authors, Lana Asprey & David Asprey
Lana Asprey completed her MD at The Karolinska Institute in Sweden and then practiced family medicine and internal medicine in Stockholm before moving to California and working with a medical testing company. This book comes out of her own desire to start a family at an older age with her husband (and co-author), David Asprey, and have healthy babies.
David Asprey is an entrepreneur who learned about nutrition and wellness through his own attempts to be healthy and lose weight. His interests lie in tracking and analyzing data about the human body to attain optimal health and happiness.