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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As the holiday season approaches, we all think of merry cheer, cozy gatherings, and celebrating with family. It’s a happy time, but for some, it can also be very stressful and anxiety-ridden. I’m not talking about the last minute shopping; I’m talking about the endless reminders that people who are struggling to start their families have to face.
Once in awhile, a couple of months into treatment, a patient will say “remind me why I’m not eating bread?” As part of the fertility diet, we generally recommend minimizing inflammatory foods, one of which is gluten.
I read recently how science is looking at the behavior of rats and how their response to stress can shed some light on human reproduction. When I first mentioned this connection between stress and infertility in a public forum in 2002, I was raked over the coals by a local RE. It was nonsense, I was told, and lacking any evidence.