Commuting along the seawall is my favourite part of summer. My even more favourite part of summer is running into people that I know, with their sunshiny smiling faces. I find when the Vancouver...
There’s been a lot in the news lately about how female fertility declines dramatically after the women turn 35. Of course age matters and if you’re in your 20s or early 30s and wondering if now’s the time to expand your family, don’t wait. But what if you’re one of the millions of women in your late 30s or 40s who discovered love late or only now decided to add to your family?
I recently read a article from Mothering Magazine which made me grateful to the women I work with, who allow me to be present throughout their pregnancy journey.
Spring is starting to finally spring in Vancouver, and hopefully we will start getting less of those dreary cloudy days and more gloriously sunny ones. Because we are more sun-deprived here in Vancouver, it is very important to maintain healthy levels of Vitamin D.
Patients often report that they feel an increased sense of well-being, less anxious, and more calm with regular acupuncture treatments. We all know that acupuncture reduces stress, but a recent study confirms it. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) have found that acupuncture significantly reduces a protein linked to chronic stress.
One of the ancient secrets to optimal health and longevity in the classical Chinese medicine texts is mindful eating. Scientists are now discovering what the ancient sages have known for thousands of years: if we slow down, we are able to be present with food and our relationship to food and we begin to know the true meaning of healthful eating.
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.