fertility

A Return of Old Symptoms – a Naturopathic phenomenon

Two patients have had a Return of Old Symptoms this month, so I thought I would write about this amazing phenomenon that can happen to naturopathic patients. What is a Return of Old Symptoms? A Return of Old Symptoms is when, while someone is on their healing journey, they get symptoms of something they used to have chronically, many years ago. For example, Mrs. Apple came to her follow up [...]

Foundations of Fertility part 3: Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, and is responsible for how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and responds to other hormones. Thyroid hormones affect how fast or slow your brain, heart, muscles, liver, and other organs work. It is very important this gland is working optimally for a timely conception, pregnancy, and after the birth. Studies show that there is a “higher prevalence of [...]

Fertility for the Advancing Woman

Check out my latest blog post on the NaturalPath website. "Many women are delaying having kids due to “career priorities, advanced education, control over fertility, financial concerns, late and second marriages, and infertility”.1 Often, women start to feel pressure from medical professionals, family, and friends, telling them that it’s all downhill for fertility from 35 and on. I see many women who are stressed out, annoyed, sad, and not feeling [...]

Foundations of Fertility Part 2: Blood Sugar Regulation

Maintaining a tightly controlled insulin and blood sugar relationship is crucial for conception. This means ensuring the pancreas does not produce too much insulin in response to your meal. You may have a problem with blood sugar balance and insulin resistance if you have trouble with weight loss, have been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), live a sedentary life, or have been consuming a diet high in sugars, [...]

Foundations of Fertility Part 1: Stress Management

Dr. Donata Girolamo, N.D. explains in this 5-part series how to build a strong foundation to improve conception rates, labour experiences, and have a healthy baby. Stress is commonly overlooked and not considered as an obstacle to natural conception. I’ve chosen to write about it as part 1 of Foundations of Fertility, because stress is now acknowledged as being the cause for many disease processes.1 Managing stress better and initiating [...]

Endometriosis: “I love being a woman and I know where I belong”*

March is Endometriosis month. Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus which causes pelvic pain. Some causes may be: Altered immune function Exposure to environmental chemicals that mimic estrogen, like dioxin Increased free radicals (oxidative stress) Retrograde bleeding Qi and blood stagnation (Chinese medicine) Risk Factors: Estrogen dominance Hormone replacement therapy Environmental estrogens through food sources; meat, dairy Increased body fat Lack [...]

“Fear can be inherited through sperm”

Check out the article here "The research claims to provide evidence for the concept of animals "inheriting" a memory of their ancestors' traumas, and responding as if they had lived the events" In my medical intuition training, it is recognized that people can carry generational memories from many generations past. Homeopathy takes this into consideration with what is called Miasms.  

Men, give the fish oil some lovin’

Relationship of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids with semen characteristics, and anti-oxidant status of seminal plasma: A comparison between fertile and infertile men Infertile men had lower concentrations of omega-3 Fatty Acids in spermatozoa than fertile men. These results suggest that research should be performed to assess the potential benefits of omega-3 FA supplementation as a therapeutic approach in infertile men with idiopathic low sperm quality and count. Clinical Nutrition [...]

Fertility and Thyroid – one woman’s story

"One day my girlfriend called to tell me about a friend of hers who’d spent a fortune on IVF and then went to a naturopath for something unrelated. The naturopath had asked if she’d had any miscarriages (she had) and then checked her thyroid. He said her thyroid wasn’t functioning properly and told her to take two drops of iodine under her tongue daily. Incredibly, my friend’s friend did get [...]

Oxidative stress and fertility

Article written by my colleague regarding oxidative stress and infertility. Oxidative stress refers to the free radicals in the body caused by environment, and lifestyle. It has been implicated in endometriosis, recurrent pregnancy loss and poor embryo quality: "Female Fertility; oxidant stress and a potential for antioxidant therapy" Human studies into the effect of antioxidants upon reproductive outcomes have shown some promising results. Interventions including vitamin A, vitamin E, n-­acetyl [...]