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Primal Health

Easy Steps to a Safer Pregnancy - View e-book or Download PDF - FREE!
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.

Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy

These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.

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The primal period includes fetal life, perinatal period and early infancy (from conception until the first birthday).

Primal health research includes all studies exploring correlations between the primal period and health and behaviour later on in life.

The Primal adaptive system refers to the basic adaptive systems involved in what we commonly call health. The nervous system, the endocrine system, and the immune system should no longer be separated and should be understood as a whole (e.g. the brain is a gland, insulin is a neuromediator, lymphocytes can release endorphins, etc..). We need a simple term such as ‘primal adaptive system’ to replace complex phrases still used in the scientific literature, (e.g. ‘psychoneuroimmunoendocrinologic system’).

The ‘primal period’ may be presented as the period of maturation of the primal adaptive system. Health is how well the primal adaptive system works (it is not the absence of disease). At the end of the primal period we are in a basic state of health called ‘primal health’.

In order to clarify the meaning of ‘hormonal set point levels’ we proposed a comparison with a thermostat, which is set to a particular temperature at the beginning of the day.

Welcome to WombEcology.com! - This website focuses on the life period with the highest adaptability and vulnerability to environmental factors - the period inside the womb.

Primal Health Research Data Bank

Michel Odent, MD, is the premier primal health researcher.  He's the author of Primal Health: Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday

A Baby Boon - by E.J. Mundell for HealthDay [4/18/06] -  The odds of living to 100 and beyond double when a person is born to a woman under 25 years of age, compared with those people born to older mothers, according to one of the most rigorous studies conducted on the subject.

"It turns out that the whole phenomenon of firstborn order and longevity is driven by young maternal age," said study co-author Leonid Gavrilov, a research associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago.

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