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A Delicate Balance: The Dance of Your Hormones

Oct 11, 2013

There is certainly no question in my mind that hormonal imbalances in the body are a major contributor to the majority of modern health concerns – including and certainly not limited to all of the reproductive conditions. It is the equilibrium, or balance, of all these hormones in relation to each other that allows our bodies to perform optimally.

AMH: The Test and What It Tells You

Oct 07, 2013

When you’re first being screened by a fertility clinic, Ob-Gyn, or by your naturopathic doctor for any issues that may be present in regards to your fertility potential, one of the tests they’ll run is called AMH - short for Antimullarian Hormone. During the (often) overwhelming visit where your physician presents all of your test results, it’s a good idea request a copy so you can review them on your own time. You’ll see among them a test for AMH, and here I'll explain what it is and why it’s important.

3 Types of Patients ! Which One Are You ?

Oct 04, 2013
In my practice treating infertility, women's health and pregnancy I have found that there are 3 types of people I treat.  In every case what my patient needs from me is different and evolves as we move forward towards a healthy pregnancy.  Here are 3 types of fertility patients I generally treat:
 

The Thyroid And Fertility: What You Need To Know

Oct 03, 2013

One of the most frustrating things for a fertility patient to hear is that they are clinically sub-fertile, but there is nothing wrong with their blood work – in other words, you’re perfectly healthy! But you’re not getting pregnant and we don’t know why. At Acubalance, we’re always striving to figure out the “why” – and since thyroid problems are extremely common and difficult to diagnose based on lab results, it’s a topic that often comes up with our fertility patients.

Want to Increase Pregnancy Rates when Undergoing an IUI? Try Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine.

Oct 01, 2013

 A study from 2012 completed by Dr Shahar Levi-Ari from Tel Aviv University compared successful  IUI cycles with the combination of Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Special treat for patients today Two sets of doctor eyes

Oct 01, 2013

Today, October 1st, 2013, I have Dr. Kali MacIsaac joining on my initial consults.  This is a special treat for our patients as they are getting two sets of eyes looking into some of the reasons why they are not conceiving and what action steps can be taken to increase their chances of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby.

Reduce Childhood Allergies and Cavities With This Pacifier 'Cleaning' Method

Sep 30, 2013

Recently, I came across an interesting article with the following title: Pacifier Cleaning Practices and Risk of Allergy Development. Health authorities in the past have told Mums that cleaning their babe’s pacifier under running water or by boiling is the best way to avoid transferring harmful bacteria from her mouth to her little one (bacteria like Strep mutans, the one that causes cavities, in particular). This article challenges previous recommendations..

Leptin and Your Fertility - A New Hormone

Sep 27, 2013
Leptin is a very interesting hormone that I have been reading about recently.  It plays major roles in weight management, fertility and a persons energy.  Leptin's relatively recent discovery makes it not entirely understood but more research is underway.

Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, and Fertility

Sep 26, 2013

Numerous studies in the recent literature have shown a link between celiac disease (the autoimmune disease) and infertility for both men and women. It is not necessarily clear from the research why this link exists yet, but it isn’t hard to postulate some of the reasons gluten could be interfering with conception.

Why IVF is like being kicked in the balls for girls!

Sep 26, 2013

IVF patients often ask me if it is “normal” to feel sore and even tender to touch in the lower abdomen after egg retrieval and the days leading up to embryo transfer. 

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