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What Is A 'Normal' Semen Analysis? Debunking the Numbers

Aug 24, 2016

Doing some research for a talk I have coming up, I came across an article from the ASRM (American Society For Reproductive Medicine, the association that sets the standards of care in conventional reproductive endocrinology) about male fertility that made me pause.

Menstrual Pain

Aug 19, 2016

If you’re anything like the vast majority of my patients, then you know first-hand the experience of crouching over on the couch and calculating the number of minutes it takes for the advil to kick-in versus how long before you have to leave for work, class, or - if you’re Fu Yuanhui - your olympic swim meet. And you’re not alone; from the first twinges in early adolescence (alerting you that your previously dormant, pear-sized uterus has come to life) to the monthly cycle of discomfort and pain, over 80% of menstruating women experience dysmenorrhea.

Endometriosis-friendly Breakfast

Aug 15, 2016

 

Endometriosis is one of the many conditions we treat regularly here at Acubalance as well as something I have suffered from myself.

 

Cupping

Aug 09, 2016

Something surfaced repeatedly in the media this week that seemed odd, and perhaps worth mentioning. However fascinating, a shirtless, photo-bombing Justin Trudeau is certainly nothing we haven’t seen before. What shocked me, however, (and I doubt I’m the only one who noticed) was his conspicuous absence of cupping marks. Perhaps a visit to Acubalance is in order while he’s in town? All that to say, cupping has been in the media in recent days,so it may be time to outline some of the facts, uses, risks, and benefits of the ancient traditional art of cupping.

Ovulation Tracking

Jul 29, 2016

Ovulation tracking is the most common topic I cover during an initial intake with a new patient. If you’re trying to conceive, the timing of ovulation is of primary importance. Here are a few ways that you can track your cycle and use the signs in your body for information about your ovulation.

Can Your Phone Do a Semen Analysis

Jul 28, 2016
I wanted to write a quick update on some new technology that I read about brought to my attention from a member of the ABORM earlier today.

The 6 Keys of Losing Weight Safely to Improve Your Fertility

Jul 20, 2016

One summer, while visiting my family in France, I cut my foot on some coral while wading through the water at low tide.

Recipe: Quinoa Tabbouleh

Jul 19, 2016

I had THE most delicious salad for lunch when I was out last week. Since then, I’ve been craving to have it again, and wanted to recreate at least some of the components at home. So I made a big batch of quinoa tabbouleh – and it has satisfied my cravings perfectly.

Top 5 Dietary Recommendations to Simplify your Life

Jul 08, 2016

I was asked recently to share my top nutritional recommendations. My initial response was the classic “eat food; not too much; mostly plants”. After all, I loath the idea of a life co-opted by menu planning. However, trying to distill endless reams of nutritional information into a cohesive whole is no small task. Asked to name my favourites, these 5 come to mind.

Natural Pregnancy with PCOS

Jul 07, 2016

For many women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), the process of trying to conceive can be incredibly challenging. By nature of the condition, most women with PCOS do not ovulate regularly - making it hard to figure out when to try to conceive. The hormonal imbalances of PCOS also alter the ovarian environment and impact egg quality, a further block to conception. Luckily, with natural medicine, we have great results using diet and lifestyle changes along with acupuncture to regulate the hormonal system and make natural conception much more likely.

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