Bronwyn's Blog

Homemade Lotion

Nov 03, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
In my continued effort to make a world where more people make their own basic self-care products, I will describe my most recent foray into homemade lotion.

Mud-puddle-icious

Oct 26, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Despite the biblical rain, there are still those of us who endeavor to get onto a bicycle everyday.

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Oct 19, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Not long ago I posted an article on the importance of cutting down unnecessary chemicals in our environment in order to support health and fertility. My hope is that you will be exposed to non harmful compounds only. To follow up on that, I’ve decided to do a series of blogs outlining some of my favourite home-made basics; a toiletries kit for beginners. These are not theoretical for me. I actually use these products and have thus cut most store... Read more

Acupuncture For the Relief of Pain

Oct 12, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
I have a confession.

AcuMythBuster

Oct 05, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Looking on the internet, which, by the way, you should never do, I’ve noticed a handful of acupuncture myths that continue to cycle through popular consciousness. Some of them are funny, some are frightening, but the one thing they have in common is being woefully uninformed. I have picked a few of my favourites for your perusal.

Brussels Sprouts

Oct 01, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Brussels sprouts

Giving Thanks

Sep 28, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Don’t you wish people would be more grateful? Don’t you just hate it when they expect everything, but fail to notice who’s behind the scenes making it all happen (especially when that person is you)? Don’t you wish someone would just say thank you? There’s a lot of research out there about gratitude, after all, and its many benefits. But for all it’s health benefits, it’s not “good for you” when someone else is grateful: it’s good for you when... Read more

Non-Striving

Sep 21, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
Most people believe that working hard, following through, organizing, and planning lead to success. We see evidence of this everywhere from our professional lives to personal endeavors. This idea is part of a “grit narrative” that we tell ourselves. Push through; work hard; persevere! So why does it seem like this doesn’t apply to fertility? You track ovulation, get focussed, change your diet, check cervical fluid, do blood work on days 3 and 21... Read more

My Tool Kit: What Chinese Medicine Can do For You

Sep 14, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
The other day a patient asked me why her IVF doctor was using a specific protocol for her current cycle. It was her second round, and the medications and schedule were different this time. I explained that her doctor has a "fertility tool kit" that she can draw from; that new drugs and protocols are coming out all the time and that, based on research trials, her doctor chose what she believed was the best way forward for her individual case.... Read more

Recipe - Baked Falafel

Aug 24, 2017 | Bronwyn Melville, R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A.,
I’ve been in a real plant-based diet phase lately. It’s so satisfying to look down at my table and see a pallet of colour and texture.

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