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When John W. Travis, MD, lauded as one of the founding fathers of the wellness movement, became a parent, he was shocked to discover how unprepared he was for coping with the emotional challenges of parenthood. Here his wife and colleague, Meryn Callander, shares the story of their confident plunge into parenthood and the subsequent unraveling of that confidence, as they discovered themselves floundering, exhausted and struggling to deal with the challenges confronting them.


Why Dads Leave reveals the cultural and generational forces that are colluding to create an unacknowledged epidemic of disappearing dads—fathers leaving their families, physically or emotionally, soon after the birth of a child. Nearly twenty years in the making, this book provides insights and practical ways of preventing and healing the insidious and devastating impact of this dynamic.


Beautifully written, compassionate, and unflinchingly honest, Why Dads Leave offers understanding and hope for men and the women who love them.

“At last someone has come up with the courage to tackle one of the most insidious epidemics in American life. When men leave their families, society feels the destructive ripples for generations to come. Callander and Travis begin a dialogue and offer unique insights that must be heard. We have swept this one under the carpet too long.” 

  —Dean Edell, MD

“It's time we faced the inconvenient truth that fathers are a crucial part of the parenting equation, as Callander so compellingly shows.”  

  —Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Power of Premonitions



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“To say that this book could change human history is not an overstatement. In fact, were it heeded, it could change our species itself—and definitely for the better.” 

  —Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Magical Child and Crack in the Cosmic Egg


“An amazing book on a truly important topic.”


   —John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution


“A book few, if any of us men can afford to miss. I am one of those written about, so I know what my journey has cost me, as well as given to me, and what it has cost the family I left.


  —Fred Alan Wolf, PhD, Taking the Quantum Leapand featured in What the Bleep

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