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...
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When I meet with a patient for the first time, I always begin with a short explanation of what the system of naturopathic medicine believes to be the key to overall health and vitality – a healthy cellular environment. The health of all of the cells in the body depends, in large part, on the health of the environment in which those cells are living, I’ll say.
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 oxygen, I want to give a little plug for the much-maligned brassicas, so you can eat them everyday, just like your grandma told you. And also reward you with a recipe or two.
As the media frenzy around Zika has waned over the last 6 months, I’m noticing more and more of my patients contemplating vacations to southern US, the Caribbean and Mexico. While the media coverage of Zika is decreasing, the risks of contracting Zika while in these regions is still a concern. There have been 47 cases of Zika in BC, 3 of which were pregnant women. Most of the cases were from people traveling to Mexico.
I have had an incredible year so far working with some amazing patients. I'm lucky in the sense that I have been able to treat some very dedicated couples. I see patients for regular acupuncture to help improve their chances of pregnancy. But what happens when you can't come for regular acupuncture? Will you still have a greater chance of success when trying to conceive? Yes!
Endometriosis effects a large percentage of the patients I see in my practice. In most of these cases it has been a part of their infertility diagnosis as well as years of discomfort associated with their period. For the majority of these women their only mode of relief was from anti inflammatories such as Advil or by taking the Birth Control Pill. Neither of which offer long term relief once stopped.
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.
2 exercises you should avoid if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (and yes, your beloved Hot Yoga is one of them)Jan 25, 2017
Exercise is a vital part of staying healthy during pregnancy and when preparing for pregnancy. However, there are two forms of exercise that I suggest staying clear of during these times. (I can only imagine the heaps of hate mail I am about to receive)
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Thank you again to everyone who donated to the Acubalance Pad drive. We were able to provide the WISH Dop-in Centre with a hefty supply of pads and tampons. The donation couldn’t have come at a better time, as the centre suffered a sewage back up over the holidays and lost a lot of their donations.
Decisions don't always have to be difficult and most of the decisions we make are easy. From what time we need to wake up in the morning, what we make ourselves for breakfast and the clothes we wear are generally a simple and quick decision. Other choices we are faced with are not so easily overcome. Financial and health decisions can be extremely difficult and feel like a horrible gamble when choosing a road to go down. When looking at yo
One of my favorite things to do as an acupuncturist is to help patients who are very nervous about needles (i.e. pain) overcome their fears and experience that acupuncture can actually be a very comfortable, enjoyable, relaxing experience.