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Infertility: A Sign of Possible Sub-Optimal Health

Nov 03, 2012

In Chinese medicine, we look at the body as a whole.  If you are not healthy, the body shows signs and symptoms of sub-optimal health such as fatigue, headaches, insomnia, acne, constipation and possibly infertility!

Everyone is talking about optimizing male fertility

Oct 25, 2012

There was a great article in the Georgia Straight last week interviewing Dr. Al Yuzpe of Olive Fertility Centre. The article outlined many lifestyle choices that can impact male fertility. Things such as age, smoking, hot tubs and carrying your cell phone in your front pocket.

Painful Periods - Acupuncture Is Effective

Oct 22, 2012

Acupuncture can be more effective in decreasing menstrual pain than some medications. Next time you are experiencing dysmenorrhea (period pain), you may want to reach for your local acupuncturist instead of medication!

Sunshine and Your Fertility - Both Men and Women

Oct 17, 2012

Another study has shown the benefits of vitamin D and the health of our fertility.  

In male fertility, this study showed a reduction in both sperm motility and sperm count with abdnormal levels of vitamin D. Not only was sperm affected but testicular abnormalities were also identified.

Want to lower your chance of a c-section? The Amish might have the answer.

Oct 15, 2012

A recent study out of Southern Wisconsin, followed 418 Amish women, who delivered 927 babies.

The Happiness Bug

Oct 15, 2012

An elaborate study involving close to 5000 participants and conducted over a 20-year period confirms what we all know to be true: happiness is contagious. That is, if one given person is happy, their friends are more likely to be more happy, and not only that, but even their friends' friends' friends are more likely to feel happier too! The benefits seem to spread to up to three degrees in separation.

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss - What Men Can Do!

Oct 11, 2012

Recurrent pregnancy loss is a horrible experience for a couple to go through. This is especially true when there is no "reason" as to why it is happening. Women have to go through many tests (i.e: hystersalpinograms [HSG], hysteroscopes, blood tests, biopsy...) but men generally have it easier, only having to give a semen sample and possibly a blood sample.

Your Weight and Egg Quality

Oct 05, 2012

Women undergoing fertility treatment are always looking for ways to improve their chances of success. In many, women weight loss could be that last influential key to a healthy pregnancy.

Home births shown to be just as safe as hospital births and may also reduce the risk of unnecessary interventions.

Sep 26, 2012

I read a great article from the University of Copenhagen that references a new Cochrane review on the benefits of establishing proper home births services in all countries.

An Exercise in Mindfulness

Sep 24, 2012

I noticed a difference over last week as I had started it with a Mindfulness Meditation Health and Happiness Retreat for two and a half days over the weekend.  Although it's an old practice, Mindfulness has been more recently studied for its high effectiveness in helping people feel more peaceful and calm in the face of emotional challenge, for example in dealing with repetitive thoughts and negative emotional reactions.  

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