When patients see me at Acubalance fertility acupuncture clinic, their initial appointment always takes a little extra time. We go over labs results, talk about symptoms, and draw up a treatment plan together. Often I find that their doctors have referred them to a fertility clinic, but they’re still waiting to hear back. When they do finally get the phone call, their initial appointment is months away, leaving couples feeling helpless and...
Apr 28, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Once again, the traditional treatment modality of cupping has cycled its way back into vogue thanks to a recent sighting of Justin Trudeau’s forearms. The rest of his torso was suspiciously concealed, but since shirtsleeves are optional, we were hosted to a landscape of perfectly circular bruises. So now the media’s talking about cupping again, and it may be time to review its benefits, uses, and effects.
Mar 03, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
How many times have you heard that? The only thing missing is the shaky banana icon to highlight the most ubiquitous nonsense that flashes across your screen all day long. Just to be clear, there really is no “one weird trick” for getting pregnant or anything else, including losing belly fat, lowering cholesterol or completing a marathon. But labouring under the tower of “alternative facts”, how do we sift out the truth?
Feb 09, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
You know that feeling when you read a study, or a report about a study, proving something that you already knew through basic common sense? I get that feeling a lot when I’m clicking around the internet. The other day I read a short article about how vegetables are good for me; why didn’t somebody tell me this before!? So many wasted years! But seriously, at the risk of doing a double-blind randomized control study to prove the benefits of... Read more
Jan 27, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Blue Monday has come and gone, yet somehow still exerts its influence; grey sky, short days, unpredictable weather, and the post holiday blahs can be a real drag. If you’re feeling bummed-out with this whole new-years push to self-perfection, here are a few ways to improve your sense of well-being in these short dark days.
Jan 12, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
If you’re anything like me, even the word “cleanse” can make you run for the hills. The idea of going through the minutiae of my diet with a fine-toothed comb instantly makes me want cake. The new year inspires a certain extremism; sign up for tough-mudder; join a masters swim team; juice fasting; cross-fit; running group... the list goes on, driving a massive economy of physiotherapy as, one by one, all your friends injure themselves in the... Read more
Nov 29, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
Often enough, when I ask my patients what their diet is like, they respond with “Not bad. I try to eat healthy”, as if that was the beginning and the end of the conversation, and the intention to eat well can somehow sub in for the actual eating of healthful foods. Alas, the conversation has only just begun, and the key element, in my opinion, is inflammation.
Nov 03, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
When supporting my patients through their fertility journey, I tend to prioritize the major health pillars of diet, exercise, treatment and medicines (such as herbs and supplements). However, there is one last oft-neglected area to consider, namely, the use of household and cosmetic products.
Oct 07, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
As we’re approaching what may be my favourite holiday of the year, it seems only fitting to revisit an important topic for heal
Sep 27, 2016 | Bronwyn Melville, B.A., R.TCM.P
When I read recently that Acetaminophen, most commonly used in over the counter analgesics such as tylenol, is one of the leading causes of liver damage, I wondered if I’d misread the post. It turns out that I did not. The FDA in the US is currently reviewing ways to reduce the risk, such as changing label laws, dosages, and packaging, or removing certain products from the shelf altogether. Considering the inherent risks of even the most... Read more